A Present for you! Books to look forward to - these are new books being published in 2011, not reissues. You'll find old favorites in here - some characters long missing and we're thrilled to see them in the catalogs. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from the Crew!
(Books listed in dark red were added after the list was originally posted)
From the Northwest
Bill Cameron & Skin Kadish, June
Megan Chance, City of Ash, June
Mary Daheim, The Alpine Vengeance, Mar.
Mary Daheim & the Bed-n-Breakfast gang, July
William Dietrich, Blood of the Reich, July
Robert Dugoni & David Sloane, June
Carola Dunn & Daisy Dalrymple, April
Aaron Elkins, The Worst Thing, May
J.A. Jance & Beaumont, Aug.
Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts, May
Mike Lawson & Demarco, July
Cricket McRae & Sophie Mae, July
Boyd Morrison, The Vault, July
Kat Richardson & Harper Blaine, Aug.
Chevy Stevens, Never Knowing, July
From the Rest
Megan Abbott, The End of Everything, Mar.
Catherine Aird & Insp. Sloan, Mar
Donna Andrews & Meg Langslow, July
Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog, Mar.
Brett Battles & Quinn, Mar.
Mark Billingham, Bloodline, Mar.
Benjamin Black & Quirke, July
Cara Black & Aimee Leduc, Mar.
Lawrence Block & Scudder, May
S.J. Bolton, Now You Show Me, June
C.J. Box & Joe Pickett, Mar.
C.J. Box, Back of Beyond, Aug.
Rhys Bowen & Molly Murphy, Mar.
John Burdett & Sonchai Jitpleecheep, July
Alafair Burke, Long Gone, July
Jan Burke & Irene Kelly, June
Harlan Coben & Myron Bolitar, Mar.
Max Allan Collins & Nate Heller, Aug.
Michael Connelly & Mickey Haller, April
Thomas H. Cook, The Quest for Anna Klein, June
Colin Cotterill, Killed at the Whim of a Hat, July
Diane Mott Davidson & Goldy, April
Janet Dawson & Jeri Howard, April
Jeffery Deaver & James Bond, June
Garry Disher & Wyatt, Aug.
Anthony Elgin, Garden of Secrets Past, May
Kjell Eriksson & Ann Lindell, Aug.
Loren D. Estleman & Amos Walker, July
Janet Evanovich, Smokin’ Seventeen, July
Joseph Finder, Buried Secrets, June
Bill Fitzhugh, The Exterminators, April
Jasper Fforde & Thursday Next, Mar.
Karin Fossum & Insp. Sejer, Aug.
Earlene Fowler & Benni Harper, May
Meg Gardiner, The Nightmare Thief, July
Tess Gerritsen & Rizzoli and Iles, July
Sarah Graves & Jacobia Tiptree, May
Jane Haddam & Gregor Demarkian, Aug.
Carolyn Haines & Sarah Booth Delaney, June
Steve Hamilton & Alex McNight, May
Charlaine Harris & Sookie, May
Carolyn Hart & Death on Demand, May
John Hart, Iron House, July
David Hewson & Nic Costa, May
Reginald Hill, The Woodcutter, Aug.
David Housewright & Rushmore McKenzie, June
Craig Johnson & Sheriff Walt, June
Morag Joss, Among the Missing, July
Alex Kava & Maggie O’Dell, July
Philip Kerr & Bernie Gunther, April
William Kent Krueger & Cork O’Connor, June
Camilla Lackberg & Patrik Hedstrom, May
Joe R. Lansdale & Hap and Leonard, Mar.
Donna Leon & Brunetti, April
David Levien & Frank Behr, Aug.
Sophie Littlefield, A Bad Day for Scandal, June
Peter Lovesey & Peter Diamond, June
Lisa Lutz, Heads You Lose, April
Henning Mankell & Wallander, Mar.
Michael Marshall, Killer Move, May
Steve Martini & Paul Madriani, June
Walter Mosley & Leonid McGill, Mar.
Jo Nesbo & Harry Hole, May
Hakan Nesser & Insp. Van Veeteren, June
Joan Opyr, Shaken and Stirred, June
Katherine Hall Page & Faith Fairchild, April
Robert B. Parker & the last Spenser, May
George Pelecanos, The Cut, Aug.
Anne Perry & the Pitts, April
Thomas Perry & the Butcher’s Boy, May
Scott Phillips, The Adjustment, Aug.
Stephanie Pintoff & Det. Ziele, May
Preston & Child & Pendergast, Aug.
Bill Pronzini & Nameless, June
Ian Rankin, The Complaints, Mar.
Kathy Reichs & Tempe Brennan, Aug
Ruth Rendell, Tigerlily’s Orchid, June
Ted Riccardi, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, June
Michael Robothom, The Wreckage, June
James Rollins & Sigma Force, June
David Rosenfelt & Tara & Laurie & Marcus, July
Marcus Sakey, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, June
James Sallis, The Killer is Dying, Aug.
John Sandford & Lucas Davenport, May
Daniel Silva & Gabriel Alon, July
Karin Slaughter & Sara Linton and Will Trent, June
When the Seattle Mystery Boookshop asked me if I would do a blog for their website, I of course responded, "Show me to your computer!" I mean what author wouldn't jump at the chance to do a little self-promoting?!
First of all, my name is Shirley Tallman and I write the Sarah Woolson historical murder mysteries set in 1880s San Francisco. If she were real, Sarah would have been only the third female attorney in the state of California. Boy, does she face a lot of prejudice, not only from the all-male legal establishment, but from her own friends and family.
Since I'm tooting my own horn, I thought I'd talk about how much fun I had researching my latest Sarah Woolson historical novel, SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL, (St. Martin's Press). The best part, I have to admit, was reading about San Francisco's infamous high-end brothels in the 1880s. I can't remember a time when I had such fun researching a novel!
In previous books in the series, I've had my characters viswit some of the lower-end brothels located in the city's Barbary Coast, but let me tell you, the higher-end establishments of this kind were quite a different story. Gorgeous young girls came to San Francisco from all over the country, and even from abroad, to make good use of their beauty and feminine wiles in one of the wildest, fastest growing cities in the world. And make their fortunes they certainly did, working for some of the saltiest, inovative, outrageous madames to be found anywhere.
When Sarah and her good friend and colleague, Robert Campbell, pay a visit to one of these brothels, Robert turns beet red when he receives some very unwelcome attention from a bevy of scantily-clad young beauties. Lots of fun!
I also enjoyed researching San Francisco's theater district, in particular the city's famous Tivoli Theater. What did the theater look like in 1881? What sort of lighting did they use in those days? What about the staging, the personalities who performed there, the brave and innovative owners? More fun!
Well, I've gone on long enough about research. Read the book, SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL, and treat yourself to a visit to San Francisco's colorful past. Add in a score of murders, a trip to Chinatown to visit an infamous Tong Lord, and I think I can guarantee you'll have a good time.
Many thanks to the staff of the Seattle Mystery Bookshop for inviting me to their store today (Saturday, December 18th) for a great visit with friends and mystery lovers. They're the best. As always!
Shirley Tallman Author of: MURDER ON NOB HILL THE RUSSIAN HILL MURDERS THE CLIFF HOUSE STRANGLER SCANDAL ON RINCON HILL The Sarah Woolson Historical Mysteries St. Martin's Press
Last night we watched It's a Wonderful Life - my first time for 2010, but probably not the last as it is such a delightfully subversive movie - and I had this thought strike me this morning: colorization.
Remember when the great controversy was the colorization of classic old black and white movies? Man, when was that, 10 years ago, 20? I really don't remember. But it was a huge controversy. Does adding color 'improve' the movie, or is it a desecration of something great and wonderful as it was? It didn't help that the colorizations themselves were weak and washed out, as if someone had gone through the film frame by frame and brushed in watery color from a grade schooler's set of oval disks of tempera. Really, what were they trying to do? Cater to a lazy rabble (as Mr. Potter would call us) who require colors to watch the tube? Sell us another copy of what we have ("Guess I'll have to buy the White Album again" - great line from Men in Black) - probably.
But when was the last time the colorization issue even came up? When was the last time you even saw an old favorite that had been colorized? They don't show them. Turner Classic Movies probably spends half of their air time showing black and white movies and wasn't it Ted Turner who was one of the leaders of colorization? It was a fad, a 'new thing' being driven down from the top. There wasn't a massive outcry FOR colorized movies. We were being told it was the Wave of the Future.
Now we're all being told that e-books are the Wave of the Future. Printed books are dead, out of date, passe, hopelessly old fashioned. Sure demand is up for them and the readers and the downloads are selling well, but is it really an improvement? Colorization just changed the viewing but didn't make the movie better. E-readers are handy for people who travel and people who like gizmos. But they're not cheap to buy, they can break easily, the downloads can be withdrawn, you can't loan them, you can't sell them or turn them in for credit to get other e-books, you can't smell the paper, you can't quickly flip back and forth from text to end-notes or glossery or cast of characters, the battery can run out, your computer at home can be on the fritz and you can't download any more books, the damn thing get's stolen when your backpack gets taken at the gym, you leave it on the bus --- I don't see the improvement of e-readers! Nothing about them makes them an improvement on the simplicity of a printed book!
So call me a relic of a past age, call me a stick-in-the-mud, call me a dinosaur, call me a curmudgeon, but e-readers are just this era's colorized movies. In ten or twenty years we'll all look back at things from the past that caused a hub-bub but ended up being flash-in-the-pan buzz and I think e-readers will be a cocktail party conversation, like pet rocks. Think of the things that came to public consciosness with great alarm or celebration: Y2K, laser disks, was George Orwell rigtht about 1984, cars that converted to boats, or quadrophonic stereos. We've gone from the 33 1/3 to the 45 to the album to reel-to-reel/cassettes/8-track to CD, we've gone from the Wright Brothers to the Space Shuttle, we've gone from the Model T to the all-electic car, from having to place your phone call through an operator on a trunk line to every grade-schooler having their own cell phone, from physicians using leeches and blood-letting to non-invasive surgery, from silent movies to 3D extravaganzas... And what has been with us the entire time?
The printed book.
Can't be improved.
Even if you colorize it.
I do see where JB's coming from, I really do.
However, I don't think that e-readers are easily dismissed as a fad. I think they're simply another way of delivering content, that's all. Like cassettes and CDs, I think e-readers are simply another way to "read" books.
I know for a lot of people, the convenience and immediate gratification is a huge selling point. We've got a whole generation that, it seems to me, has been born with nanotechnology embedded in their genetic code. There a lot of folks, not just the nano-set, who are addicted to the latest gadgets and will want the latest no matter what. People used to think that personal computers were a fad too, at one point. Now they're indespensable!
But a lot of the younger folks are as addicted to the paper book as I am. I find that to be hopeful.
Traditional books will be around for a long, long time yet to come, I have no doubt, partly for the reasons that JB has outlined, but also partly because books are art, they're heritage, they're inheritable, they're classics. A signed first edition can be handed down from generation to generation, while an electronic book can't, and even if it could, it wouldn't have the emotional weight of the physical book.
Then too, with a book that has been published by a mainstream publisher, the reader is assured (generally) that the book has been edited, has been polished, rather than having been sent out without any safeguards.
Still, because of their convenience and immediacy, e-books are going to be increasingly popular, and I do think they're here to stay.
Well, at least until the zombie apocalypse, and then, when all the power grids go down, the traditional book will be back with a vengeance!
The Seattle Times called the other day and asked for a bestseller list to be published in this Sunday's paper. Easy enough, we said, we'll put together the bestsellers for the first half of the month. That's the trick with bestsellers - bestsellers for what period?
So here are our bestsellers for the first two weeks of December:
Jon Talton, South Phoenix Rules, Poisoned Pen
Dennis Lehane, Moonlight Mile, Morrow
Steve Berry, The Emperor's Tomb, Ballantine
Lee Child, Worth Dying For, Delacorte
Ken Harmon, The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir, Dutton
Boyd Morrison, Rogue Wave, Pocket
Jon Talton, South Phoenix Rules, Poisoned Pen
Sue Grafton, U is for Undertow, Berkley
Jon Talton, Deadline Man, Poisoned Pen
tie - Greg Rucka, A Gentleman's Game, Bantam
Dana Stabenow, A Night Too Dark, St. Martin's
Here's where you come in: if you have copies of books on hold, come get 'em before the end of the year. You alone may change the listings. Every sale influences the monthly lists as well as the yearly lists. Do your bit for your favorite author! Somebody on your list need a gift? Buy them a copy of one of your author's books and help out the author's bestseller chances! Sure, you help us, as well - both with the sale and by being able to show the publishers what we can do for their authors. And that can and will influence which authors get sent here to sign in the future.
So help yourself, help a friend, help a favorite author and help a favorite bookshop!
Just in yesterday, Subteranean Press's new Omnibus reissue of three early books written jointly by the two Grand Masters: A Girl Called Honey, So Willing, and Sin Hellcat. With a new intro by Block, 400 pages of dames and trouble back in print. And a gorgeous painting on the cover from Glen Orbik, it's a dynamite package! Hot Stuff!!
Our own Bill Farley was awarded 2010 Willo Award from the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Named for Willo Davis Roberts, the award is given to recognize the PNW figure who has done the most to promote Pacific Northwest writers and their works.
Members of the local chapter of MWA presente him with the award on Sunday, Dec 12th, here in the shop.
Congratulations to Bill! We're pleased he's been recognized for all that he's done since opening this shop!
It's no mystery who is the best bookstore in Seattle. Thanks to JB and the staff for making the launch signing of my new mystery, South Phoenix Rules, such a success. Several other of my titles are also in the store, signed and ready for the holidays. I had a great time today — and now have to get to work on a new book so I have something for you in the future. Thanks again! Jon
There's been a great deal of news coverage over the idea that independent bookshops might be able to participate in the Great E-Book Revolution. Here are some of our thoughts about it all.
First of all, JB notes that for nearly all of the 20 years this shop has been here, 'they' have been forecasting the death of the book. The first nail in the coffin was going to be audio books on cassette. Remember cassettes? Then, it was definately going to be audio books on CD, definately. Now it's gonna be e-books.
There is nothing that can compete with the convenience of the book. It is just that simple.
The current view, however, is that unless independents can get a slice of the e-book downloading 'goldmine', they're going to vanish. At persent, those who are the Big Guys - the Big Box outfits, Amazon and the publishers themselves. The new proposal is that a customer would order the e-book through our website and we would then split the money with the provider. Here's where what sounds looks like in the cold light of the early morning:
- To participate, we'd have to re-do our website so that it included a shopping cart. Many people ask us if they can order books through our site and we say 'no, a shopping cart requires an entirely different level of technology and security'. We've avoided shopping carts for very good reasons. The banks and corporations, and probably the government by now, require a very specialized system that keeps credit card information safe. Hacker proof, worm proof, bad-guy proof. That requires an investment in money and time that we have not needed to fill. You or your neighbor or your Aunt Gladys can call or e-mail us an order so we're excused from the higher levels and investments and oversight. Yes, to have a shopping cart we'd have to let others record what is going on. To participate in the e-book sales, we'd have to do a bunch of stuff.
- And if we were to get sales of e-book downloads through our website, we'd not be keeping all that money. The $15 or $9.99 or whatever the price of the book would be split between us and the provider. So there is no guarantee that we'd sell enough through downloads to pay for the investments we'd need to make to allow us to take them. Would we actually make money at it? Impossible to know in advance. We'd have to make the leap and put the money out first in order to find out if it'll pay for itself, let alone lead to profits. Is it worth the gamble? Fran wants to continue to investigate it. It makes JB want to take a nap...
- The way this new system would work is that it is the independent would partner with Google but the downloads would actually be routed through/from/with Ingram, one of the two, large, national wholesalers. (See, not so simple.) You may've heard a couple of months ago about one of the big publishers working a deal to have their slower moving titles (ie - the majority of author's books) available as Print On Demand books. The 'great news' about this is that, instead of going out of print because the publisher didn't want to keep the books in the warehouse, the book would always be available because it'd be printed when it was orderd. (There are many problems with this route, but we'll leave that for another post). The outfit doing the publishing? Ingram. Fran and JB agree that concentration of power is not in the general best intersests of anyone, especially when it comes to books.
- Then there is the question of actual payments. Say we do this and you download a book on the 3rd of the month. We would not get paid for it until the 15th. If you download on the 20th, we don't get our cut until the end of the month. As we understand it, the sale is not routed through us though it starts with 'our' website. Someone else gets your payment and we are paid by them only twice a month. So we may earn money from the sale but we don't benefit from it right away.
- Lastly, one of the things about e-books that makes us distrustful of the whole enterprise is that there have already been cases of the provider taking back downloads. Just because you 'buy' the book doesn't mean you are guaranteed of keeping it. When you download the file, you're really just borrowing it. Remember, there was the case of Amazon repossessing 1984 (July '09)? It may raise a stink, but they can do it. If it were to happen while we were involved, would we have to give back our cut of the 'sale'? And if the customers involved decided to sue, would we inevitably be part of the group being sued?
As you can see, it isn't a simple decision.
And then, of course, we're fans of the book, too.
What are your thoughts about this? If we did take the plunge and re-do everything to add in e-books, would you order them through our website? Ultimately, it'll come down to you, the customer. We believe that we, as a specialty indie bookstore will survive without getting involved in the e-book world, but we want to be able to give you, our loyal patrons, what it is you need and want. It'll be your guaranteed participation that is the deciding factor. Either in the brick-and-mortar world or in the virtual world, we need you to keep us going!