Our Spring Newsletter is nearly ready for release. Crossing those Ts and dotting those pesky eyes has been completed. They’ll soon be in the mail, available here in the shop and up on the website. Promise!
Sales! Sale! Sale! Last Weekend!!
But don’t think there’s nothing going on for you who come in the shop: Fridays and Saturdays in Feb, Fran and Amber will be allowing you toRoll the Dice Discount to get a discount on your entire cost of books. Possible discounts range from 1% to 20% (these are special dice you see). The discount does not apply to sales tax or to shipping.
AND,the last weekend for theBlind Date With A Book – that perfect date that will surprise and (we hope!) delight you, and there are no calories involved! There are still some great book bags available. A $10 reduction in our inventory on the shelves gets you one of these great surprises, so come on in and get yours!
Used Books In!
Another week of used books – big runs of John Dickson Carr (and some Carter Dickson, Brett Halliday, Leslie Ford, Mignon Eberhardt, Alistair MacLean, Sax Rohmer, Frank Kane and Mickey Spillane paperbacks.Lots and lots of great pulp covers throughout all of these runs (Aarons and Prather, etc.) Let us know if you’re looking for something. Maybe we have it!
They’re available in Whatever Denomination You Want; They Don’t Expire; You can Order Them by Phone, e-mail or through the Website, and we can Mail them directly to the Recipient if you’d like. Perfect for all sorts of occasions.
Links of Interest:
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
New Signings(with authors who will be visiting the shop):
Tuesday April 28, noon,Greg Iles signsThe Bone Tree (Morrow hc, $27.99). 5th novel with Penn Cage. Lawyer Cage learns that his battles with the evil men who control the racial evil in Mississiippi did not end when he defeated Brody Royal [Natchez Burning (Mar., Harper, 9.99)]. FBI Special Agent John Kaiser informs him that someone else has been pulling the strings from the shadows and is now is after Cage.
Tues, May 12, noon,Steve Martini signsThe Enemy Inside (Morrow hc, $27.99). Paul Madriani comes to the defense of a young man accused of vehicular homicide. The guy is a friend of Paul’s daughter, swears he had only one drink but can’t remember anything about the accident. To make it worse, the victim was a nationally known attorney whose clients were the most powerful people in the country. To say she knew where the bodies are buried is an understatement. Madriani is suspicious about the simplest details of the accident.
Tues., May 19, noon,Allison Leotta signsA Good Killing (Touchstone hc, $25.00). Prosecutor Anna Curtis returns to her Michigan hometown after her sister is accused of killing their high school coach, a man who was a hometown hero. Curtis will have to switch sides, from prosecution to defense and finds that everyone in town thinks her sister is guilty and that they have no allies.
Signed Copies to Reserve (the authors will not be here for a formal signing or we’ll be getting the copies from other sources):
Robert Crais – The Promise – Has beenPostponed until November 5th! We are still going to be getting signed copies, but just a bit later than we thought!
[Quantities of signed copies for these books will bevery limited. Reserving ahead of time – such as in next few days – is HIGHLY recommended. For the most part, we’ll be ordering only enough for those who reserve. You don’t have to pay until you pick it up or we mail it. Ask us to hold a copy for you!]
See the calendar ofall currently-scheduled events on our website. The website calendar contains plot synopses. At the bottom of it is the updated, complete list of signed copies that we’ll be getting from other sources. Click Here.
Cara Black, Mar 2
Glen Erik Hamilton, Mar 3
C.S. Harris, Mar 7
Leslie Budewitz, Mar 10
Timothy Williams, Mar 18
Jacqueline Winspear, Mar 24
J.A. Jance, Mar 27
Mary Daheim, April 11
Kate Dyer-Seeley, April 18
And there are always more on the way!
Remember, too, that while it is always fun to come in and meet the author in person, that isn’t always possible. So reserve a signed copy to be mailed to you or for you to pick up later. Those who reserve in advance get the copies in the best condition!
Word of the Week:
Bribe (v.) Late 14th C., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old Frenchbriber "go begging," from bribe.
Bribe (n.) Late 14th C., "thing stolen," from Old Frenchbribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14th C., compare Old Frenchbribeor "vagrant, beggar"), frombriber,brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (compare Bretonbreva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15th C. (thanks to etymonline.com)
You can browse our collectable and hard-to-find books, as well as signed copies from earlier author events, on Biblio.com. You do not have to place an order through them, especially if you’re a long-time customer and we have your ordering info. Just email us to order.
What We’ve Been Reading:
Last week, JB told you aboutGlen Erik Hamilton’s debut,Past Crimes (Morrow hc, $26.99,signing March 3rd at noon), and let me tell you, he’s absolutely right.
To recap, Van Shaw grew up under the rough and criminal tutelage of his grandfather, the respected but feared Dono Shaw. Van knew the tricks of heists, scams and crimes large and small but at the end of high school, he broke with Dono and ran away to join the army. Now an Army Ranger, Van has added a new raft of talents to his arsenal but believes he’s left his past in Seattle well behind him.
Then he receives a cryptic message from Dono, the first communication between them in years and sent in a way that lets Van know he is needed back in Seattle. So home he goes.
Past Crimes is action packed, that’s true, but it’s more than a heist novel. Van has to come to terms with who he really is, and he finds himself walking a very thin line between the folks he knows from his criminal past with Dono and his desire to stay out of the criminal world in the life he’s now built. The people we meet along the way are also a mixture of good and bad, like any of us. Okay, some of these folks are more honestly criminal than anyone I know, but in a way, that makes them more interesting!
But I have to admit that I was enchanted by the way Hamilton uses Seattle as a character inPast Crimes. I know these places, a lot of them anyway, and he captures the feeling of being in Seattle beautifully. I was talking to a couple of folks here in the shop about it while I was reading it, and at one point, I said something about a crime in the book taking place on Capitol Hill, and the response was basically, “Break in of car? Or house?” Well, house, now that you mention it. Then I commented about a dive bar with a bad band, and someone else observed, “Well, THAT never happens here!” and we all laughed.
This is quite the promising debut, and one I honestly think is going to be a solid hit. Because it’s labeled a “Van Shaw novel”, I’m hoping we’re going to see more of the folks inGlen Erik Hamilton’s world, and I hope he stays close to Seattle for most of them
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On This Date:
Feb 29, 1936 – actor Alex Rocco was born in Cambridge, MA
Feb 29, 1944 – Dennis Farina, retired Chicago detective and actor, was born in Chicago
Feb 29 – a couple of killers were born: Aileen Wournos (1956 Rochester, MI) and Richard Ramirez (1960 El Paso)
Mar 1, 1692 – the Salem Witch Trials got underway
Mar 1, 1872 – Remington & Sons begin the mass production of the typewriter
Mar 1, 1910 – the urbane and wonderful David Niven was born in London
Mar 1, 1932 – the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped
Mar 1, 1929 – Robert Conrad (“West, James West”) was born in Chicago
Mar 1, 1941 – editor and anthologist Martin H. Greenberg was born in South Miami Beach
Mar 1, 1946 – Svetlana Nikolaevna Zakharenko was born in Santa Monica. As Lana Wood, she would appear inDiamonds are Forever as Bond girl Plenty O’Toole. She also had roles in TV series from “Mission: Impossible”, “Police Story”, “Starsky and Hutch” to “Nero Wolfe” (and, of course, her sister’s name was Natalie)
Mar 1, 1952 – Nevada Barr was born. She once joked that her mother, a pilot, went into labor while in the air. Had she landed a few miles the other way, she’d be Utah Barr
Mar 1, 1954 – Puerto Rican nationalists attack the US Capitol Building
Mar 1, 1971 – the Weather Underground sets off a bomb in the US Capitol Building
Mar 1, 1972 – Haldeman, Erhlichman and Mitchell were indicted for the Watergate Burglary
Mar 2, 1831 – the first American woman to publish a mystery novel, Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, was born. As Seeley Regester, she publishedThe Dead Letter in 1867
Mar 2, 1902 – major league catcher and spy Moe Berg was born in NYC
Mar 2, 1914 – writer and director Martin Ritt was born in NYC
Mar 2, 1916 – Jonathan Ross, pen name for John Rossiter, was born in Staverton, Devon
Mar 2, 1917 – noir writer David Goodis was born in Philadelphia. His first novel,Dark Passage, 1946, was made into a film noir classic with Bogart and Bacall
Mar 2, 1941 – British actor Jon Finch was born
Mar 2, 1968 – the blonde Bond, Daniel Craig, was born in Chester, Cheshire
Mar 3, 1756 – William Godwin – journalist and political agitator – was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. You know his daughter, too – she wroteFrankenstein
Mar 3, 1882 – the man who would lend his name to an entire school of crime – Charles Ponzi – was born in Lugo, Italy
Feb 3, 1900 - the day after being struck in the chest by one of several bullets fired, newly elected William Goebel of Kentucky became the only US governor to be assassinated – so far…
Mar 3, 1901 – Edgar winner John Collier was born in London
Mar 3, 1920 – James Doohan - Canadian-born Mongtomery Scott and the late husband of our long-time customer Wende and father to the budding forensic technician Sarah – was born
Mar 3, 1927 – the versatile Nicolas Freeling was born in London
Mar 3, 1934 – Dillinger used a fake pistol to escape from the Crown Point, IN, jail
Mar 3, 1945 – writer, director and producer George Miller was born in Brisbane
Mar 3, 1947 – Fredric Brown’s Edgar-winningThe Fabulous Clipjoint was published
Mar 3, 1948 – Max Allan Collins was born in Muscatine, IA
Mar 3, 1991 – LAPD officers were videotaped beating Rodney King
Mar 4, 1790 – birth of David Lewis who, in time, would become known as “The Robin Hood of Pennsylvania”
Mar 4, 1881 – T.S. Stribling, creator of Psychology Professor Henry Poggioli, was born in Clifton, TN
Mar 4, 1913 – movie star John Garfield was born in NYC, as was character actor Harold J. Stone (you’d know his face and voice if you were watching TV in the 60s and 70s)
Mar 4, 1914 – prodigy novelist Barbara Newhall Follett – who published critically acclaimed novels at 13 and 14 – was born. In 1939, she walked out of her apartment and was never seen again. Presumably, she’s hanging out with Judge Crater and Jimmy Hoffa
Mar 4, 1927 – actor Thayer David was born in Medford, MA – Mr. Dragon and Nero Wolfe
Mar 4, 1937 – Canadian journalist, activist, criminal lawyer and award-winning crime writer William Deverell was born
Mar 4, 1938 – Roy Hazelwood was born in Pocatello, ID. He joined the FBI in 1971 and developed pioneering profiling methods to identify and characterize sexual predators and killers
Mar 4, 1948 – the Mad Dog of Crime Fiction – James Ellroy – was born in (where else?) LA
Mar 4, 1953 – master of Ozarks Noir and a writer of astonishing power Daniel Woodrell was born in Springfield, MO
Mar 4, 1941 – British director Adrian Lyne was born
Mar 4, 1948 – Jules Dassin’sThe Naked City premiered
Mar 4, 1982 – the cheerful lunacy of “Police Squad” premiered on ABC and gives the world Leslie Nielsen as Det. Frank Drebin. The series lasts just one season but will result in theNaked Gun movies a few years later
Mar 5 – from Hollywood, singer and actor Jack Cassidy was born in (1927 Richmond Hill, NY), James B. Sikking [1934 LA, Howard from “Hill Street Blues” -“Judas Priest, Frank!”], and Dean Stockwell (1936 North Hollywood)
Mar 5, 1936 – editor and publisher Allen J. Hubin – founder of “The Armchair Detective” and compiler of ‘the Hubin’ (a comprehensive bibliography) – was born
Mar 5, 1938 – professional football player, architect and actor Fred Williamson was born in Gary, IN
Mar 5, 1939 – Canadian serial killer Peter Woodcock was born in Ontario
Mar 5, 1940 – W.R. Burnett’sHigh Sierra published by Knopf
Mar 5, 1953 – the biggest mass murderer of all time, Joseph Stalin, died – was it natural??
Mar 5, 1984 – the urbane and amusing William Powell died at the age of 91
Mar 5, 1985 – the private eye comedy “Moonlighting” premiered
Mar 6, 1915 – Thomas B. Dewey, writer of hard-boiled crime stories, was born in Elkhart, IN. He as not the guy who lost to Truman (see Mar 15, 1931)
Mar 6, 1917 – comics writer and artists Will Eisner was born in Brooklyn. He created the masked crime fighter The Spirit in 1940
Mar 6, 1928 - William F. Nolan was born in Kansas City
Mar 6, 1933 – Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was killed in Miami when Giuseppe Zangara tried to assassinate FDR. Or was Cermak the real target???
Mar 6, 1951 – the Rosenbergs went on trial
Mar 6, 1970 – three die when a bomb being made goes off in a Greenwich Village safe house for the Weather Underground
Mar 6, 1975 – first public showing of the Zapruder Film
Mar 6, 1987 – Coen Brothers’Raising Arizona premiered
And Have a Relaxing and Book