Happy Birthday to US!
July 1st is the day we traditionally take as our birthday. This year will mark 24 years since Bill started this outfit. To celebrate and reward you loyal supporters, we’re giving you the present: for the first half of the month, July 1st through 15th, all used hardcovers will be 25% off. Whether they’re $5 reader copies or $55 million copies of the Gutenburg phone book, they’ll all be 25% cheaper to buy for the first half of the month.
And while we’re on the subject of birthday – we’re going to be initiating some changes, in addition to what we’ve already been doing. Here’s an explanation.
And that leads neatly into the beginning of July:
We’ll be closed on Friday, July 4th.
That means next week’s newzine will be a day early. Back to regular hours on the 5th.
Rest In Peace
The great Eli Wallach died this week. For the last six decades, he’s been in everything – TV, stage, movies – and played all sorts of characters, both good and bad, both elegant and grubby. A list of his roles would take up all the space we have, so let’s limit it to crime entertainment: The Lineup, The Moon-Spinners, The Two Jakes, The Deep, Mystic River, The Godfather III, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”,”Kojak”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Batman”, “L.A. Law”, “Law & Order”, to name just a few. He began acting on TV when it was almost all live, and continued up until 2009. He appeared in movies from 1956 to 2010! He won a Tony award in 1951.
Studying at the University of Texas, he met and acted with future governor John Connally and future anchorman Walter Cronkite, who became a life-long friend.
While he’s probably most well known for his role of Tuco in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, he related that he received more fan mail for appearing as Mr Freeze in “Batman” than anything else he’d done.
With Wallach’s death, only Robert Vaughn is left alive from the stars of The Magnificent Seven.
Eli Herschel Wallach was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Dec 7, 1915, and grew up the only Jewish kid in a neighborhood full of Italians. His parents owned a local candy story – Bertha’s. . He served in the Army medical corps during WWII. In 1948, he married fellow actor Anne Jackson and spent the next 66 years with her – three children, 5 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren
He kept his perspective on things to the end. “Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.”
Mr. Wallach died in his native New York City on June 24th. He was 98.
Vayos con dios!
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 occassions.
Links of Interest:
Raymond Chandler is being honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (love to hear his reaction to that – it’d probably be, shall we say… acidic)
How the CIA secretly published Dr Zhivago
Italian police 'solve' the 1909 Petrosino Mafia murder.
NPR is starting their Summer Mystery series, “Crime in the City”. First up, Julia Keller: In Mystery Series’s W.Va. River Town, There’s No Escape from Terror
Pure fun: time-lapse video of the huge London bookseller Foyle’s moving half a million books 100 meters away to a new location.
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)
Wed, July 16, Jacqueline Winspear drops by to sign The Care and Management of Lies (Harper hc, $26.99).
A nonmystery novel of The Great War. Kezia and Thea have been best friends nearly all their lives. But the relationship has been tested by Thea’s politicization from the suffrage movement and Kezia’s romance with Thea’s brother. Kezia does marry Tom and they move to the family’s farm in the summer of 1914 as War looms. Tom is soon off to war and the women are left to try to stitch their relationship back together as the world descends into madness and death. [Please note: this will not be a scheduled time. She’s coming in as a favor to us while on tour. We HIGHLY recommend reserving a signed copy now so that we know how many copies to have for her to sign and so that you are assured of a copy for later pick-up or to be mailed.]
Fri, Oct 10, noon – Hank Phillippi Ryan signs Truth Be Told (Forge hc, $24.99)
Truth Be Told is part of the bestselling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series. It begins with tragedy: a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home. In digging up the facts on this heartbreaking story—and on other foreclosures— reporter Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Turns out, there’s more than one way to rob a bank. Boston police detective Jake Brogan has a liar on his hands. A man has just confessed to the famous twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday killing, and while Jake’s colleagues take him at his word, Jake is not so sure. But he has personal reasons for hoping they’ve finally solved the cold case.
See the calendar of all 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.
Jennifer Murphy, June 28
Burt Weissbourd, June 28 (please note 3:00pm)
Ingrid Thoft, July 2
Mike Lawson, July 3
Yasmine Galenorn, July 5
Diana Renn, July 7
Leslie Budewitz, July 11
Emma Campion (Candace Robb), July 12
Warren C. Easley, July 19
J.A. Jance, July 22
Greg Rucka, Aug 2
Kat Richardson, Aug 9
Mary Daheim, Aug 14
Martin Limón, Aug 19
Chelsea Cain, Aug 20
Jayne Castle, Aug 26
Yasmine Galenorn, Oct 4
Urban Waite, Oct 21
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!
Our website has a Wish List capability. If folks want to know what you’d like for a given holiday or birthday, it is easy to point people to our website. Amber has put together a dandy blog post explaining it and how it works.
Word of the Week (in honor of July 4th)
bang (v.): From the 1540s, "to strike hard with a loud blow," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin. Slang meaning "have sexual intercourse with" first recorded 1937. Bang-up "excellent, first-rate," 1820, probably shortened from phrase bang up to the mark. The noun is recorded from late 16th 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
Amber’s project for 2014: My 52 Weeks of Agatha Christie. Here’s her explanation.
This Week: Telephone & Tangled
Generally, I enjoy novels over short stories. I like being lost in someone's world for long stretches.
But sometimes short stories hit the spot, especially when they're set in a favorite world, so I really enjoyed Craig Johnson's Wait for Signs(Oct., Viking hc, $22.00, no idea if we'll have signed copies, but fingers crossed). For years, Craig has gifted his friends with stories at Christmas, and this anthology has brought them together for the first time as a book, along with one entirely new story - you'll love Petunia! - and it's a nice dip into Walt Longmire's world.
I think they'll be a great sampler for folks who want to get to know what Craig Johnson's writing is like, but as someone who's familiar with Absaroka County, I found these little snippets of time spent with favorite characters was like a little vacation, a series of short visits with old friends.
Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and always entertaining, Wait for Signs is a complete delight. With an introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays Henry Standing Bear in the television series, this is a short story collection you're not going to want to miss!
[JB concurs and says that the story “Messenger” is one of the funniest things he’s read in ages!]
We have three Tumblr blogs, in addition to our regular shop blog:
Books and Decay, maintained by Amber – interesting photos with literary quotes to match
Hardboiled, maintained by JB – pulp covers, film noir and other images of crime and mystery
On This Date
June 28, 1891 – birth of serial killer, arsonist and burglar Carl Panzram. He confessed to killing 21 around the country and died in Leavenworth
June 28, 1909 – future thriller-writer and Edgar-winner Eric Ambler was born in London
June 28, 1926 – funnyman, writer, director, actor and producer Mel Brooks was born in Brooklyn
June 28, 1947 – writer of stories for kids of all ages Peter Abrahams was born in Boston. Co-incidentally, at that same instant, Spenser Quinn was born, too!
June 28, 1966 - Åsa Larsson (Uppsala, Sweden) and John Cusack (Evanston, IL) were born
June 28, 1970 – future author of the Spenser series Ace Atkins was born
June 28, 1971 - Joe Columbo, head of the Columbo crime family, was shot
June 29, 1908 – pulp and paperback original writer Bruno Fischer was born in Berlin
June 29, 1924 – future Black Dahlia and murder victim Elizabeth Short was born in Boston
June 29, 1930 – producer Robert Evans was born in NYC and we thank him for The Godfather and Chinatown
June 29 –from Hollywood: Slim Pickens (1919, born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. in Kingsburg, CA), Ian Bannen (1928, Airdrie, Scotland), and Gary Busey (1944, Goose Creek, TX)
June 29, 1945 – Quintin Jardine, Scottish crime writer and creator of Skinner and Blackstone, was born
June 29 – birthday of two of the shop’s favorite people: Pat Lee and cookie-lady Gina Williams. Early Happy Birthday to you both!
June 29, 1987 – The Living Daylights, the first Bond movie with Timothy Dalton, premiered in London
June 30, 1901 – future bank robber and prison-escapee Willie Sutton was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
June 30, 1951 – Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train premiered
June 30, 1959 – Vincent D’Onofrio, star of silver and TV screen, was born in Brooklyn
June 30, 1966 – Margery Allingham died
June 30, 1970 – novelist and screenwriter Derek Haas was born in Houston Happy Birthday, Derek!
June 30, 1997 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published and a phenomenal publishing and entertainment empire began
July 1 – noir master James M. Cain was born in Annapolis, MD (1892), William DeAndrea was born in Port Chester, NY (1952), the delightful and talented Lisa Scottoline was born in Philadelphia (1955)
July 1 - from Hollywood: Charles Laughton (1899, Scarborough, England), Harold Sakata (1920, Honolulu – immortality as Oddjob), Dan Ackroyd (1952, Ottawa) and Andre Braugher (1962, Chicago)
July 1, 1949 – Mankiewicz’s House of Strangers, with Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward and Richard Conte premiered
July 1, 1957 – “Richard Diamond, Private Eye”, staring David Janssen, premiered
July 1, 1981 – the Wonderland Murders took place
July 2, 1864 – William Le Queux was born. A member of the British Secret Service at the end of the 19th C., he turned to writing thrillers based on his experiences. He needed the income to finance his intelligence efforts. They weren’t funded by the government. His stories help lay the foundations of the espionage novel
July 2, 1881 – President James Garfield was shot
July 2, 1927 – rumbly-basso Brock Peters was born George Fisher in NYC. You don’t think of To Kill a Mockingbird as a crime story, but it is – courtroom drama of the highest order
July 2, 1931 – German child murderer Peter Kurten is executed. His case was the inspiration for the great Peter Lorre film M (1931)
July 2, 1971 – Shaft premiered
July 3, 1906 – the debonair George Sanders was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
July 3, 1908 – award-winning French mystery writer Pierre Ayraud (aka Thomas Narcejac) was born in Rochefort-sur-Mer
July 3 - William Ard was born in Brooklyn (1922), Evelyn Anthony was born in London (1928) and Gwen Moffat was born in Sussex (1924)
July 3, 1947 – funnyman, columnist and novelist Dave Barry was born in Armonk, NY
July 3, 1945 – future Mod Squad member Michael Cole was born in Madison
July 3, 1961 – future serial killer Westley Allan Dodd was born in Toppenish, WA
July 3, 1962 – Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse
July 4, 1776 – a bunch of old white guys put their names to a document that made them all guilty of treason
July 4: two of the biggest mobsters in American history: Meyer Lansky was born in 1902 and Johnny Roselli was born in 1905. Patriotism and crime, skipping hand-in-hand through the 20th Century
July 4 – Scotsman Gavin Black was born in Tokyo (1913), Anthony Oliver was born in Abersychan, Wales (1922), Sébastien Japrisot in Marseille (1931) and Edgar-winner Kay Nolte Smith was born in Eveleth, MN (1932)
July 4, 19XX – Charlotte Elkins was born
July 4, 1969 – 2nd ‘official’ Zodiak attack
And Have a Relaxing and Book-Filled Weekend!