Monday, February 23, 2009

Praise For Whitcomb's "Romantic Vision"

School Library Journal praises Laura Whitcomb's THE FETCH in its March issue, concluding, "This fantasy, based on Christian themes of Heaven and Resurrection, is at its heart a tender love story. The author's romantic vision of the hereafter could be fodder for thoughtful discussion, as well as a satisfying escape for those who thrill to disembodied lovers."

Read the full review here.

ARLA's Artful Golfer

Darrin Gee, our resident golf guru, is profiled on The Artful Golfer!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dennis Lehane I Sverige

Click here if you'd like to see a hilarious interview with Dennis Lehane in which he imagines what a murder in a Stockholm tunnel would look like.

(If your Swedish is a little rusty, fast forward to about 23:17.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The People Are Guilty As Charged

EASY INNOCENCE by Libby Fischer Hellmann won a Reader's Choice Award for Best PI/Police Procedural at the Love Is Murder conference in Chicago!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Fetch Brings It!

We're very pleased to tell you that THE FETCH by Laura Whitcomb will appear on the Spring 2009 Children's Indie Next List at #5!

One book-selling fan writes, "When Calder, a ghostly minister of death, falls in love with a mortal, neither things on earth nor things in the spiritual realm will ever be the same! Readers will be enthralled by this unique combination of supernatural thrills, historical fiction, and sweeping romance as Whitcomb crafts a novel that is singular and enchanting."

The book hit stores earlier this month, so pick up a copy today for your favorite young adult!

Three Weeks Is #4!

THREE WEEKS TO SAY GOODBYE hit #4 on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's January bestseller list!

Monday, February 09, 2009

They Found It Quite Fetching

The Bulletin has some kind words for Laura Whimtcomb's latest novel, THE FETCH:
Whitcomb's writing is clear and thoughtful, and she makes elegant sense of this unusual and original plot. Though the real-life connections certainly add to the story's intrigue, the quasi-historical subplot is really secondary to Calder's own absorbing journey and his introspection about his past life, his work as a Fetch, and his possible future with Ana in Heaven. The title's genre-crossing nature will make it appealing to fans of several different categories: supernatural stories, mysteries, hisrorical fitrion, and/or romance.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

More Praise From U.K. For The Given Day

From Time Out London:
Boston-based writer Dennis Lehane is man of the hour: Clint Eastwood made his 'Mystic River' into an Oscar-winning film, Benn Affleck's adaptation of 'Gone Baby Gone' also attracted praise and Scorsese is presumably hoping to garner glory of his own with 'Shutter Island' (out later this year). Not to be outdone, Sam Raimi has signed on to direct this latest novel before its publication. It's easy to see the attraction: ambitious and hugely impressive, 'The Given Day' covers the turbulent period in American history between the outbreak of the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 and the Boston police strike the next year.

Danny Coughlin is a second-generation cop and, if he succeeds in infiltrating a domestic terrorist cell, will become the force's youngest detective. Luther Lawrence, on the run from a gangland slaying, finds work in the Coughlin household, under the watchful eye of Danny's father. Together they witness a world in turmoil as racial tensions stew, organised crime gains power and political corruption spreads.

'The Given Day' is an epic potrayal of a city at war with itself. Boston has always been to Lehane what LA is to James Ellroy: a morass of compromised individuals on both sides of the law (it was no surprise to find Lehane writing for 'The Wire'). As if to emphasise the seriousness of his intentions, Lehane strews real people among the fictional characters, including Jack Reed, Calvin Coolidge, Eugene O'Neill and Babe Ruth, who appears throughout as a witness to the simmering conflicts between races and social groups.

The book is meticulously researched and often beautifully written, while thanksfully retaining the hard-edged style of his previous work. In the tradition of James Lee Burke's 'The Tin Roof Blowdown' (set during Hurricane Katrina) and Ellroy's Camelot novel 'American Tabloid', this is a novel that transcends genre, instead presenting a riveting portrayal of American life.

More Praise For C.J. Box's Latest says THREE WEEKS TO SAY GOODBYE is "as chilling and riveting as anything he has ever written," concluding:
Box gets better and better with each novel, whether it be a part of his Joe Pickett mythos or one of his stand-alone works. THREE WEEKS TO SAY GOODBYE, from its opening sentences to its concluding paragraphs, is impossible to put down. The clock that Box sets to ticking at the beginning gets louder and louder with each page, leaving his readers well out beyond the edge of their chairs by the book's midpoint. Don't start this one without leaving yourself time to finish in one sitting.
Read the full review here.