Sometimes, a new publisher with interesting books comes to our attention but too late to include these interesting books in the appropriate newsletter. Case in point: Open Road, a press we just learned about yesterday.
Three of these books should, by their release dates, have been in the Fall newsletter. Alas, didn't happen. We'll include them in the website version of our Winter newsletter but we wanted to start getting the word out about them as soon as we could.
Let us know if you're interested in any of them.
Lawrence Block, Afterthoughts (Sept., Open Road tpo, 14.99). In the 50 plus years he’s been publishing, Block has written nearly as many afterwords to his books. This volume collects them, providing a witty and inspiring view into his mind and works – and into his life as well, as the book features an illustrated biography of the Grand Master that includes personal photos and documents from his life and work.
Robert Goldsborough, Archie Meets Nero Wolfe (Nov., Open Road tpo, 14.99). A prequel to the treasured series set in the brownstone on West 35th St. Looking for adventure, a young guy named Goodwin arrives in NYC from Ohio. In his third week as a night watchman, he stops a burglary with a couple of bullets. Fired as ‘trigger happy’, he quickly gets a job with Del Bascom, a private investigator. His education progresses nicely until he is faced with the kidnapping of Tommie Williamson, the son of a hotel magnate. It is through that case that he meets, and proves his metal to, Nero Wolfe.
J. Robert Janes, Bellringer (Sept., Open Road tpo, 14.99). After a decade’s gap, we return to WWII, to the winter of 1943, and to the joint investigations of the Sûreté’s St.Cyr and the Gestapo’s Kohler. Many British and American women were unable to flee France when the Nazis shut the borders. Two of the country’s finest resorts were turned into glorified internment camps. An American woman has been found murdered in one and it’ll be up the this pair of investigators to unravel the crime. 13th in this popular series.
Janice Law, Fires of London (Sept., Open Road tpo, 14.99). During the blackout nights of WWII London, the painter Francis Bacon walks the streets as a warden, looking for activities that might help the Axis. Before the war, the young artist became well known on the continent for his flamboyant lifestyle in addition to his paintings. These evening, even during wartime, are paradise for the bohemian Bacon, until he stumbles onto a murdered young man, a man known to the denizens of the demimonde that includes Bacon. The Nazis, apparently, are not the only danger in London.