My colleagues may’ve mentioned some of these – we’ve got very similar tastes as you know.
My ‘wish list’ is for new books by some of my long-time favorites. I’d like a new Matt Scudder novel from Lawrence Block. Anything, really, from Peter Spiegelman – whether it is a John March or a follow-up to Thick as Thieves, doesn’t matter. I need another Vicki Hendricks novel, something thick and unrelenting from Don Winslow, a new Patrick & Angie book from Dennis Lehane, a new Lou Boldt from Ridley Pearson, and something from Cornelia Read. Oh – and a new thriller from Lono Waiwaiole.
Then I’ll end with a few that even you, Mr. Claus, can’t provide – but you’re supposed to ask for what you want from the North Pole, no matter how outlandish, so here are my special requests:
I like a new Bookman mystery from John Dunning. I’d like a new Willow & Parker book from Laurence Gough, and a new John Marshall Tanner from Steve Greenleaf.
I’m not sure if I have you to thank for the new John Straley, Robert Goldsborough’s new Nero Wolfe books, the recent Hammett reissues or someone getting Benjamin Black to pen a new Marlowe novel but thanks if you did play a part!
Hope the reindeer are rested and ready for their flight!
Best to you, the missus, and all the elves.