Cops and Private Eyes ~ Show September 12 and 13

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Black” by Russell Blake
“Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter
“Brush Back” by Sara Paretsky
“Cross and Burn” by Val McDermid
“X” by Sue Grafton
“Dexter is Dead” by Jeff Lindsay
“Bum Rap” by Paul Levine

INTERVIEW
Sara Paretsky, Author

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An arresting mix of new titles with amateur sleuths, private eyes and cops in the line up. Sara Paretsky drops by to speak about her newest title in the VI Warshawski series, “Brush Back.”

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Stephen King Wins The Edgar Award

Master of horror Stephen King has won America’s top crime-writing award for his serial killer thriller “Mr Mercedes.” The novel sees King steer clear of paranormal elements to focus on a very human evil. The book beat titles by more traditional practitioners of crime writing including Ian Rankin, Stuart Neville and Karin Slaughter was named best novel at the Edgar Awards in New York at the end of April.

“He represents a plausible evil; it’s impossible not to hear echoes in his story of other troubled young American men who have opened fire in crowded schools or cinemas, as King peels back the layers to understand how a killer like Brady is formed,” said the Observer review of the novel.

Run by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgars, named for Edgar Allan Poe, have been running for over 60 years, with the best novel prize won in the past by Patricia Highsmith, John le Carré and Raymond Chandler.

“Well, on the minus side I didn’t win the Edgar award – some young ruffian called Stephen King did. On the plus side … I got to meet Mr King,” tweeted Rankin after King’s win. The Scottish writer had been shortlisted for “Saints of the Shadow Bible,” part of his series of crime novels about the detective John Rebus. Neville, shortlisted for “The Final Silence,” in which a woman discovers a catalogue of victims in her late uncle’s house, wrote on Twitter: “I didn’t win the Edgar, but I got to meet @StephenKing, who was very gracious in tolerating my fawning.”

The best first novel by an American author award went to “Dry Bones in the Valley” by Tom Bouman. Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl,” took the best short story prize for “What Do You Do,” from the Rogues anthology. The ceremony also saw James Ellroy and Lois Duncan named grand masters, an honor the Mystery Writers of America says represents “the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing”.

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Meet The Queen of Danish Crime

MEET THE QUEEN OF DANISH CRIME

In her native Denmark, Sara Blaedel is a household name, dubbed by her fans as the Queen of Danish Crime. She has sold more than 1.8 million copies of her nine bestselling books, and her latest publishing deal is the largest in Danish history. U.S. readers, though, probably haven’t heard of Blaedel. With her latest novel, The Forgotten Girls, Blaedel, her new American publisher, and a few famous literary friends are out to change that.

In the weeks following the February 3 release of Forgotten Girls, Grand Central sent Blaedel across the country for various events featuring heavy hitters in American fiction, all of them outspoken fans of her work. Blaedel kicked off the tour on February 17, when she was joined in conversation by Karin Slaughter at Eagle Eye Books in Slaughter’s hometown of Atlanta. The two authors met, and became friends, when Slaughter was in Denmark promoting her 2011 novel, Fallen. (It was through Slaughter that Blaedel met Sanders.)

The tour moved on to Coral Gables, Fla., where Brad Meltzer introduced Blaedel to a crowd gathered for the February 18 event. (Blaedel met Meltzer on a thriller panel at last year’s BEA.) Bestselling mystery-thriller author Sara Paretsky paired with Blaedel for an event on February 19 at Women & Children First in Chicago, and on February 24, Michael Connelly, who called Blaedel “one of the best I’ve come across,” will join her in conversation at Vroman’s in Pasadena, Calif.

“These writers are Sara’s biggest fans,” said Mitch Hoffman, Blaedel’s editor at Grand Central. “They all came to Sara and said ‘how can we help?’”
The Forgotten Girls, which is the seventh book in Blaedel’s series starring Detective Louise Rick (three other titles in the series were published in the U.S. by Pegasus), hinges on Rick’s investigations of crimes committed, and hidden, in a forest outside of Copenhagen.

When asked what drew him to the submission when it came across his desk in 2013, Hoffman pointed to the “same qualities that have made her books international bestsellers, and that have earned her such a passionate following among her fellow authors. She is a fantastic storyteller, and her character Louise Rick is simply a wonderful, singular creation,” added Hoffman. “Once American readers get to know Sara and Louise, I have no doubt that they will fall in love with both the author and her books.”

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Wrong Place/Wrong Time ~ Show Aug 2 and 3

Wrong Place/Wrong Time ~ Show Aug 2 and 3
Featured Books Previewed
“Those Who Wish Me Dead” by Michael Koryta
“Suspicion” by Joseph Finder
“An Untamed State” by Roxane Gay
“Phantom Instinct” by Meg Gardiner
“Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter
“Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke
“Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King
Interview
Joseph Finder, Author
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A look at new thrillers centered around average people who happen to be in the wrong place… at the wrong time. Elaine speaks with Joseph Finder about his newest bestseller, “Suspicion.”
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