HAPPY FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH
We've just gotten confirmation that Dennis Lehane will stop by next Tuesday, March 17, to sign copies of World Gone By, the end of his Coughlin Trilogy.
Time is tight and we must order soon. If you'd like a signed copy, let us know by 8am on Monday March 16.Preferably sooner.
- There will be no chance to get earlier, older copies signed, and since we probably won't know when he will be here until he walks through the door, do not plan on coming to meet him.There will be no time. We'll be busy getting all of the reserves signed!
- Don't assume we'll know you want one! If you don’t ask for one, you won’t get one.
- Let us know if you do or if you want more than one copy!
- Don't wait until Monday!
Our fourth wheel is being re-attached to our bookmobile!
Adele has recovered enough to start working again. Initially, she’ll be back to her regular Saturday slot, 10 – 5, and is taking over the Sunday slot, noon – 5.
She’ll be in for different signings (Valentina Giambanco – a book Adele really liked – on Tues the 17th, and Timothy Williams – whose Italian mysteries she’s liked – on the 18th) and probably the lunch slot on Fridays, 11-2.
How often she works will, quite bluntly, depend on sales and how many hours we can afford to have her.
Her first day is this coming Sunday, the 15th.
Come in and see how she’s doing (she’s doing really well!).
Amber put up a selection of Green Books for St. Patrick’s Day.They’re GREEN!
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:
And here’s a profile of Larson and details about his writing methods and thoughts on the new book about the Lusitania. (Signed copies available in early April – reserve one now!)
Here’s the inside dope on the development of “Better Ask Saul” as a series and Mike Ehrmantraut as a character – an interview with series co-creator Peter Gould and actor Jonathan Banks
And one man’s opinion: Adrian McKinty Ranks the most Despised Literary Genres
While we specialize in mystery and crime books, we can order virtually any new book that you might want, no matter what its topic.
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.
V. M. Giambanco, March 17 - drop by
Timothy Williams, March 18
Jacqueline Winspear, March 24
J.A. Jance, March 27
Mary Daheim, April 11
Kate Dyer-Seeley, April 18
Greg Iles, April 28
Steve Martini, May 12
Allison Leotta, May 19
Ace Atkins, May 27
Carola Dunn, June 27
Jenny Milchman, July 30
Kevin O’Brien, Aug 1
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:
Trick (n.) From the early 15th C., "a cheat, a mean ruse," from Old North Frenchtrique "trick, deceit, treachery, cheating," fromtrikier "to deceive, to cheat," variant of Old Frenchtrichier "to cheat, trick, deceive," of uncertain origin, probably from Vulgar Latin*triccare, from Latintricari "be evasive, shuffle," fromtricæ "trifles, nonsense, a tangle of difficulties," of unknown origin.
Meaning "a roguish prank" is recorded from 1580s; sense of "the art of doing something" is first attested 1610s. Meaning "prostitute's client" is first attested 1915; earlier it was U.S. slang for "a robbery" (1865). Todo the trick "accomplish one's purpose" is from 1812; tomiss a trick "fail to take advantage of opportunity" is from 1889; from 1872 in reference to playing the card-game of whist, which might be the original literal sense.Trick-or-treat is recorded from 1942.Trick question is from 1907. (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:
There are always books we mean to get to...but somehow time gets away from us, there are newer books popping up,look - something shiny!
So it took me until now to finally get toWarren Ellis'sGun Machine (Mulholland, $17.00), and I'm sorry it took me so long! I'd been intrigued by the premise: a locked room filled with guns arranged in an arcane pattern, and the book trailer video - Gun Machine by Warren Ellis (trailer) narrated by Wil Wheaton - cemented my interest.
Gun Machine is about a burned out detective in New York. When John Tallow's partner is killed in a shoot-out on Pearl Street, he should be given leave. But with the discovery of the room filled with guns, Tallow's put in charge of the case, ostensibly because the force is stretched too thin, but possibly to give him a chance to fail completely and be put out to pasture. Because this room is filled with guns, and each one is attached to a specific unsolved murder. There's no way to figure this out, but Tallow is nothing if not bull-headed.
At first glance, it looks like Gun Machine is almost satire becauseWarren Ellis has utilized so many traditional noir tropes - burned out cop, big city, addiction, no-win situation. But with a deft hand and a darkly sardonic sense of humor that actually had me laughing out loud, Ellis lifts John Tallow's story out of the ordinary into something different. It's still "mean streets noir", but Ellis neatly sidesteps all the traditional pitfalls and brings a clear, new voice to a dark, urban tale.
Now I'll grant you, when he relays what's coming across the cop radio what he relates is pretty gruesomely dark, and is at times a bit hard to read. But that so clearly relates why Tallow is the way he is that it's never gratuitous. And the characters that Tallow runs into along the way, including the killer, are fabulously developed, and you know I'm a sucker for great characters! And did I mention the humor?
Gun Machine is a great story, and I'm sorry it took me so long to get to it. However, now that I have, I look forward to everythingWarren Ellis writes, including his Twitter feed - he's that good!
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On This Date:
Mar 15, 44 BC – Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back – literally "Beware the Ides of March!"
Mar 15, 1902 – Lillian Bueno McCue was born in NYC. As Lillian de la Torre, she wrote Dr. Sam Johnson, Detector (1946), certainly an early example of using a real person from history as a fictional sleuth
Mar 15, 1919 – movie tough-guy Lawrence Tierney was born in Brooklyn
Mar 15, 1920 – the prolific Lawrence Sanders was born, also in Brooklyn
Mar 15, 1943 – ‘Prime Suspect’ creator Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool
Mar 15, 1952 – Gillian Slovo was born in Johannesburg
Mar 15, 1953 – legal thriller writer Brian Haig was born
Mar 15, 1972 –The Godfather premiered in NYC
Mar 16, 1920 – the late, great Leo McKern was born (aka Rumpole of the Bailey) in Sydney, Australia
Mar 16 - Robert Irvine was born in Salt Lake City (1936) and journalist and novelist Edna Buchanan was born in Patterson, NJ (1939)
Mar 16, 1964 – Fleming’s 12th Bond novel,You Only Live Twice, was published
Mar 16, 1968 – mass murder in My Lai
Mar 17, 1904 – playwright Patrick Hamilton was born in Sussex. Two of his plays become noted films: ‘Rope’ is filmed by Hitchock and ‘Angel Street’ is transformed by Cukor intoGaslight
Mar 17, 1913 – Clay Shaw – the only man ever charged in the Kennedy Assassination - was born in Kentwood, LA
Mar 17, 1915 – Richard Martin Stern was born in Fresno
Mar 17, 1917 – Watergate burglar Bernard Barker was born in Havana
Mar 17, 1942 – a man who would give people reason to be scared of clowns, John Wayne Gacy, was born in Chicago
Mar 17 - Richard Martin Stern was born in Fresno (1915) and Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire (1950)
Mar 17, 1951 – an actor of great range - from a computer wearing tennis shoes to Elvis to Wyatt Earp - Kurt Russell was born in Springfield, MA
Mar 17, 1954 – the ever lovely and talented Lesley-Anne Down was born in London
Mar 17, 1955 – the always remarkable and reliable Gary Senise was born Blue Island, IL
Mar 18, 1852 – Wells Fargo is founded in California to provide banking and express services
Mar 18, 1882 – 5 months after the OK Corral, Morgan Earp was shot dead, shot in the back
Mar 18, 1905 – Academy Award winning actor Robert Donat was born in Withington, England
Mar 18, 1915 – Richard Condon was born in NYC.The Manchurian Candidate published in 1959
Mar 18, 1926 – Peter (Good morning, Mr. Phelps…) Graves was born in Minneapolis
Mar 18, 1948 – thriller writer Joy Fielding was born in Toronto
Mar 18, 1959 – French film director Luc Besson was born
Mar 18, 1990 – the largest museum heist in US history – and still un-solved – the Gardner Museum in Boston was robbed
Mar 19, 1831 – the City Bank of New York lost $245,000 but how it was taken was never determined – was it a robbery or a burglary? – so it cannot be cited as the country’s first bank robbery
Mar 19, 1848 – Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth, IL
Mar 19: two future jurists of note were born: Earl Warren (1891 LA) and John Sirica (1904 Waterbury, CT)
Mar 19: a few from Hollywood: Tige Andrews (1920 Brooklyn), Patrick McGoohan (1928 Astoria, Queens), Ursula Andress (1936 Ostermundigen, Switzerland), Glenn Close (1947 Greenwich, CT) and Bruce Willis (1955 Idar-Oberstein, West Germany)
Mar 19 – births of Patrick Quentin (1912, Middlesex), M.R.D. Meek (1918, Scotland), Joe L. Hensley (1926, Bloomington, IN), Angus Ross (1927, born Kenneth Giggal in Yorkshire)
Mar 19, 1931 – Nevada legalized gambling. Thus was born ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’, especially your money
Mar 19, 1943 – Frank Nitti commited suicide, bringing the Capone era of Chicago mobsters to a close
Mar 19, 1944 – Sirhan Sirhan was born in Jerusalem. Strange how he was in front of RFK yet the Senator was hit behing the ear…
Mar 20, 1813 – future publisher, journalist, writer Edward Zane Carroll Judson was born in Stamford, CT. His lasting fame comes from his Western Dime Novels of gunfights and adventure issued as Ned Buntline
Mar 20, 1868 – Ernest Bramah was born. His collections of stories with blind sleuth Max Carrados in 1914 would be touted as ‘of the ten best volumes of detective shorts ever written’
Mar 20, 1925 – his conviction for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury 50 years away, John Ehrlichman was born in Tacoma, WA
Mar 20: more Hollywood babies: Hal Linden/Barney Miller (1931 NYC), Wendell Corey (1914, Dracut, MA), Carl Reiner/Lymon Zerga (1922, The Bronx), William Hurt (1950, DC), Spike Lee and Theresa Russell (1957, Atlanta and San Diego)
Mar 20, 1969 – the “Chicago 8” were indicted for civil unrest during the 1968 Democratic Convention
Mar 20, 1992 – the provocativeBasic Instinct premiered
Mar 20, 1995 – the Sarin attack on the Tokyo subway
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled