No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help.
For six stormy weeks back in high school, V. I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he went off to drive a truck for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was arrested for bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full twenty-five years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V. I. for help. V. I. doesn’t want to get involved. Stella hated the Warshawskis, in particular V. I.’s adored mother, Gabriella. But life has been hard on Frank and on V. I.’s other childhood friends, still stuck in the hardscrabble streets around the dead steel mills, and V. I. agrees to ask a few questions. Those questions lead her straight into the vipers’ nest of Illinois politics she’s wanted to avoid. When V. I. takes a beating at a youth group meeting in her old ’hood, her main question becomes whether she will live long enough to find answers.
Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.
It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness?or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.
As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.
The week of July 18th – 25th, we’re having a sale25% off used books that are $25 and up. That includes any used book in the shop – general used hardcovers and collectibles – as well as those we’ve listed on Biblio. So, whether you’re local or “not in commuting distance”, you can browse the shelves for the gems you’ve been looking for.
What could make this better? Starting on the 18th, it’s the return of Blind Date with A Book! Yes, once again we’re overwhelmed with advanced reading copies so you get to benefit. Spend $10 and pick a bag of free books to take home with what you buy.
The 30th Annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference
It’s taking place this year the weekend of Oct 2nd. Featured speakers will be two noted PNW authors –Stella Cameron andRick Steves. Details can be found at the conference’s website.
Links of Interest:
In light of “El Chapo”’s prison escape, Don Winslow and his new novel The Cartel have been getting deserved attention.
Eric Roberts: The Spy who Suffered - “One of the UK's most brilliant wartime spies was poorly treated by colleagues at MI5 in the paranoid years of the Cold War and was left gripped by fear that he was suspected of being a traitor. Now an extraordinary letter and a series of family documents reveal the full story.”
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 and the website calendar contains plot synopses. Click Here.
Christine Carbo, July 18
Jenny Milchman, July 30
Kevin O’Brien, Aug 1
P.F. Chisholm, Aug 7
Richard Kadrey, Aug 25
Julie Weston, Sept 5
J.A. Jance, Sept 8
K. K. Beck, Sept 12
Maia Chance, Sept 19
Peter May, Sept, 26
Yasmine Galenorn, Oct 31
Stephanie Gayle, Nov 14
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!
- 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.
Word of the Week:
cahoots (n.) From 1829, American English, of unknown origin; said to be perhaps from Frenchcahute "cabin, hut" (12th C.), but U.S. sources credit it to Frenchcohorte (see cohort), a word said to have been in use in the U.S. South and West with a sense of "companions, confederates." (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.
Fran & JB Recommend (after she finishes it this weekend, you can count Adele in on this, too):
This write-up is for people who are already hooked on John Connelly’s Charlie Parker series. If you haven’t started it, begin with Every Dead Thing (Pocket, $7.99) and read them in order. It is crucial with this series to do that. And then skip the rest of this – it won’t make much sense.
At the end of The Wolf in Winter (Atria hc, $26,a few signed copies still available), Parker’s left in limbo after being grievously wounded in an attack. As A Song of Shadows opens (this is not a spoiler – you knew the series wasn’t ending!), Parker is on the Maine coast recovering in a small town. Louis and Angel have prepped the cabin to make it secure, Walsh of the state police is keeping watch, Epstein and Ross have been in touch – he’s well taken care of.
But there are ugly forces in play – people with hidden trails back to Nazi evils, people who want to keep such trails hidden and are willing to kill to ensure they do. Evil knows evil and they’re in touch with forces that have tangled with Parker before.
What is different here is that there’s a new force for good that emerges – - -
And that’s all we can say. You just have to read the damn book.
It’s a tender story, even while it deals with great horrors. Bad guys are vanquished, even though we know they’re part of a greater army. But as the battle continues, there are significant changes taking place in the series and we truly wish we could get this book into your hands right now!
But we can’t.
A Song of Shadows goes on sale September 29th, $26. No word yet on signed copies but we’ll alert you as soon as we hear.
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Hardboiled, maintained by JB – pulp covers, film noir and other images of crime and mystery!
July 20, 1938 – future Dame and sex symbol Diana Rigg was born in Doncaster, England. Mrs. Peel, you’re always needed.
July 20, 1944 – as part of the Valkyrie plot, a bomb was placed near Hitler who, unfortunately, survived the assassination attempt
July 20, 1954 - the head of the West German secret service, Otto John, defects to East Germany
July 20, 1965 – future Edgar-winner and National Book Award Nominee – and all-around great writer and droll wit – Jess Walter was born Early Happy Birthday, Jess!
July 20, 1975 – future Edgar-winner Theresa Schwegal was born in Algonquin, IL
July 20, 1973 - Bruce Lee died far too young, in Hong Kong, at the age of 32. He's buried here in Seattle, next to his son Brandon
July 20, 1977 – under a Freedom of Information request, the CIA releases documents that detail their experiments in mind control
July 20, 2012 – a man dressed in SWAT clothes shot up a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO [this week, a jury of his peers just found him guilty]
July 21, 1865 – Matthew Phipps Shiel – who published both as M.P. Shiel and Gordon Holmes – was born on Montserrat Island in the West Indies
July 21, 1865 – In what is generally considered to be the first real Western showdown, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in the Springfield, MO, market square. No word if it was high noon
July 21, 1873 – the James/Younger Gang commit their first train robbery
July 21, 1924 – while he may have not been very effective, Barney Fife was still an officer of the law and Don Knotts was born on this day
July 21, 1942 - Michael Z. Lewin was born in Springfield, MA
July 21, 1946 – Timothy Harris, creator of PI Thomas Kyd, was born in LA
July 21, 1956 - future Edgar-winner – and all-around great writer and nice guy – Michael Connelly was born in PhiladelphiaHappy Birthday, Michael!
July 21, 1967 – Basil Rathbone died in NYC
July 21, 1979 – first child vanished in what will become known as the Atlanta Child Killer case
July 22, 1873 - one of the most powerful and corrupt 'bosses' in American history was born: Tom Pendergast. We have him to thank for Kansas City jazz and Harry Truman
July 22, 1876 - pulp illustrator H.L. Parkhurst was born in Minneapolis
July 22, 1902 - pulp illustrator William Reusswig was born in Somerville, NJ
July 22, 1902 – novelist and screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring was born in Dunlap, CA. He’s best remembered for his last novel, published in 1946 under the pseudonym Geoffrey Homes,Build My Gallows High. That became the basis for the 1947 film noir classic Out of the Past
July 22, 1934 – John Dillinger was shot down in Chicago – beware the woman in red…
July 22, 1936 – 5th of the dozen victims credited to the Cleveland Torso Murderer found. She would never be identified
July 22, 1943 – Bartholomew Gill, future writer of Irish mysteries, was born in Holyoke, MA
July 22, 1947 – Crossfire premiered
July 22, 1939 – Terence Stamp was born in London. Tough guy but he looks nice in a dress
July 22, 1946 – Danny Glover – bad guy in this crime movie, good guy in that one – was born in San Francisco
July 22, 1955 – Willem Dafoe - bad guy in this crime movie, good guy in that one – was born in Appleton, WI
July 22, 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik shot up a youth camp on an island off Oslo, killing 69 and wounding many more
July 23, 1775 – Eugène François Vidocq was born in Paris. He would go from criminal to criminalogist when he founds the French national police, the Sûreté, in 1811
July 23, 1888 – Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago. His first published crime story doesn’t come until 45 years later when the Dec. 1933 issue of Black Mask carries “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot”. He’s 51 when his first novel,The Big Sleep, is published
July 23, 1907 - Elspeth Huxley was born in Kenya
July 23, 1937– Think Fast, Mr. Moto, first staring Peter Lorre, premiered in France
July 24, 1821 – William Poole was born. Years later he became a member of the Bowery Boys, one of the gangs around the Five Point section of early Manhattan. He had the nickname of Bill the Butcher and was the inspiration for the Daniel Day-Lewis character in Gangs of New York
July 24, 1853 – William Gillette, the first great Sherlock Holmes actor, was born in Hartford, CT
July 24, 1905 – future critic and editor Howard Haycraft was born. His landmark Murder for Pleasure was the first serious scholarly work on detective fiction published in the US (1941)
July 24, 1905 - Mildred Nixon Gordon (the other Gordon) was born in Eureka, KS
July 24, 1916 – John D. MacDonald was born Sharon, PA. His first Travis McGee came out in 1964
July 24, 1933 – the law caught up with the Barrow gang again outside of Dexter, IA. Bonnie & Clyde escape but the mortally wounded Buck and a nearly blinded Blanche are left behind. Buck died five days later. Blanche went to prison
July 24, 1935 – one of the people most responsible for this shop existing, Edgar Award-winner Aaron Elkins, was born in Brooklyn. It was Aaron who, while signing in Philadelphia, mentioned to Bill that Seattle needed a mystery bookshop and, 25 years later, here we are …Early Happy Birthday Aaron!
July 24, 1939 – Barry Malzberg was born in NYC
July 24, 1940 – character actor Dan Hedaya was born in Brooklyn
July 24, 1941 – crime reporter and police procedural writer Roger Busby was born in Leicester
July 24, 1951 – British attorney and novelist John Burdett was born
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there's nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don t get chosen to save the universe. And then he sees the flying saucer.
Even stranger, the alien ship he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called "Armada "in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. "" No, Zack hasn t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he's seeing is all too real. And his skills as well as those of millions of gamers across the world are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it.
It's Zack's chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn t something about this scenario seem a little familiar?
Probably has nothing to to with the book - but it's a fun short!