Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Compilation - First Thrills

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and the International Thriller Writers, Inc. present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. Showcasing many of the organization's bestselling authors (John Lescroart, Lee Child, Stephen Coonts, Jeffrey Deaver, Gregg Hurwitz, Ken Bruen, Karin Slaughter, and Heather Graham, among others) as well as rising stars in the genre, here are twenty-five brand-new, never-before published, stories packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem. 

*A cunning criminal thinks he can use a child to take the rap for his crimes.
*A hospital intern turned body-snatcher.
*A priest who comes face to face with his wife’s murderer on death row.
*A confederate soldier comes home to his love, but changed by more than just the war….he comes back wrong.
*The discovery of a flying saucer in the deep sea brings one man to the brink of a massive revelation.
*A dying man’s last request proves to his ex-wife that he’s still rotten to the core. 
*A clandestine operative finds himself caught in a wicked game of confusion . . . but who is calling the shots?  
 No matter what type of thriller you read, you’ll find something here that will entertain you . . . and perhaps a new writer you’ll cherish for years to come.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sarah Langan - Audrey's Door

Looking for chills this summer?
Sarah Langan’s book, AUDREY’S DOOR, won the
2009 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel.
Presented annually by the Horror Writers Association, The Bram Stoker Awards
 recognize superior achievement in horror writing in twelve different categories.
The Awards are a well-recognized guide to the best new horror literature and film.
 For more information, please visit:


Above is video from the event with Sarah last year
entitled 'Ghoulie Gals'. The video was shot at the
Scottsdale Public Library. Sarah spoke with fellow paranormal
authors Alex Sokoloff and Rhodi Hawk.

Coming up later this year will be another, even larger
event at The Scottsdale Public Library called Smart Chicks Kick It.
More details about that event will be posted as we get closer to the
date of the event: September 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BOUNCING, NEW, (signed, first edition) PALAHNIUK!

Questions for Chuck Palahniuk on Tell-All
Q: A casual observer might be surprised at the depth of knowledge of 50’s-era movies that you display in Tell-All. Where does this come from?

 A: That vast wealth of 50's film info comes from my editor, Gerry Howard (who has a life-long crush on Gene Tierney, so feel free to tease him about it. He still carries her photo inside his wallet). Originally I'd written Tell-All chock-a-block with references to silent movie stars from the 'teens and 1920's, but Gerry thought they were too, too esoteric and forgotten. Ask me anything about silent movies--did you know that Lon Chaney was such a brilliant master of gesture because both his parents were deaf and mute--and I will bore you with trivia until you weep like a little girl.

Q: What is your favorite movie of that time, and why?

A: Anything by Douglas Sirk. All I have to do is hear the opening strains of Earl Grant singing the theme to Imitation of Life and I collapse into a quivering heap. Susan Kohner throwing herself across her dead mother's casket... that's movie magic!

Q: What is your favorite star of that time, and why?

A: Gloria Grahame, and I don't want to know anything intimate about her. In my mind she must remain a glorious, perfect object. In particular I do NOT want to know if she was dubbed when she sang in Oklahoma!.

One of our Signed, first edition copies of Tell-All, complete with scented lip stamps. The cover is doused in glitter and a neon colored adhesive. (It really looks like it should glow in the dark but sadly, doesn't)

Q: What is your favorite black and white movie, and why?

A: This question is nowhere near fair. Almost all of my favorite films are black-and-white: Wuthering Heights ("I am Heathcliff!"), Suddenly Last Summer ("So we went to Cabeza de Lobo...") and The Last Picture Show (Hank Williams is god) are all my favorite of the moment. No, wait, now my new favorite is Mildred Pierce. changes by the minute.

Q: How do the films of that era differ from, say, the movie adaptations of Choke and Fight Club?

A: Back then, the studio system seemed dead-set on producing stories with happy endings. Now we're willing to accept something closer to real life, i.e. everyone gets divorced and dies.

Q: How has movie star celebrity changed since that time?

A: My guess is that the explosion of media outlets--the internet, cable television--have fragmented the world of celebrity into smaller and smaller fames. The growing monster of mass media needs so many new "reality stars" that the entire world has become a stool at the counter of Schwab's Drugstore. Hey, anytime I can work in a Lana Turner reference, I gotta go there. 

Q: Speaking of Kitty Kelley, what do you think of the whole Oprah phenomenon? 

A: I think Oprah should invite me on her show, then shower me with endorsements. She and I will become best-friends-forever and bad mouth about Jonathan Franzen. As her new BFF, I promise I will make her thin.

Q: What are some favorite recent movies?

A: Notes on a Scandal. The Hunger. Paper Moon. Wait, what year is this? Did George Cukor die?

Q: What did you think of Avatar?

A: I haven't seen it yet; I'm waiting for the Douglas Sirk remake with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee. Just imagine... Sandra Dee in 3-D. When Troy Donahue beats up the black girl, it will be like he's slapping me around.

Q: What are you reading these days?

A: Honestly, no lie, I'm reading Judy Blume books. Of course I'm reading her to study her style and "voice" but as an added bonus I now know how it feels to have my hymen broken by a high school boy who didn't really love me that much in the first place. Sigh.

Q: What are you listening to?

A: The internet machine is playing some thing-y called Pandora, and that's playing Blondie's Heart of Glass. Otherwise, Hank Williams is god. Because I somehow love both Country music and New Wave... that should qualify me for a handicapped parking permit.
Q: Any particular challenges/joys in writing this novel?

A: For me, anything involving keyboarding is a challenge. Oh, and spelling. The joy came mostly from reading 75+ Joan Crawford biographies and getting to tax deduct them all. 

Q: You’ve been coming out with a book a year for some time now. Is that a pace that works for you for any specific reason? Any thoughts on producing more or less?

A: The moment I find something that's more fun than writing--and is NOT drugs--I will retire so fast it will make your head spin. I am addicted to the fantasy, research, the writing process. Seriously, I need an intervention. My only other dream job would be to work as Oprah's butler.

 You can order your signed copy of Chuck's latest from The Poisoned Pen

Monday, June 21, 2010

A New Collection of Shorts - John Harvey

John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime and in "A Darker Shade of Blue", he has collected together some of his very best writing. From the killing fields of the East Midlands to the mean streets of London, from the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho to the barren fenlands of East Anglia, this is a world of broken families and run-down estates, revenge killings and prostitution, drugs, guns and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid detectives, men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; and, a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price.

Featuring characters like Frank Elder, who tried to turn his back on police work and failed; Jack Kiley, ex-copper and one-time professional footballer, now a London-based PI; and, the renowned jazz loving and much-loved Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey's finely-crafted vignettes perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of modern Britain.

 John Harvey is the author of the richly praised Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century'. His first novel featuring Detective Inspector Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004, and a Barry Award for the Best British Crime Novel published in the US in 2004. He is also a poet, dramatist and occasional broadcaster. In 2009 he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham. For more visit

Friday, June 18, 2010

Killer Instinct (by Zoë Sharp$15 Signed June 24)

"One of the best crime debuts in years.”—Yorkshire Post

“An exciting . . . entertaining first novel.”—The Sunday Telegraph


Killer Instinct US Trade PaperbackIntroducing a tough new heroine in thriller fiction—Zoë Sharp's Charlie Fox! Charlie makes a living of sorts teaching self-defense to women. It’s a skill she picked up out of necessity, having been kicked out of the British Army for reasons she prefers not to go into. So when Susie Hollins is found dead after she mistakenly tussles with Charlie, Fox knows it’s only a matter of time before the police come calling. And when the real killer starts taking a very personal interest in Charlie, she finds herself in the middle of the investigation, where she has no choice but to stand and fight. Fans of Lee Child, Greg Rucka, Gayle Lynds, and Stella Rimington should not miss this thriller series! Never before published in the United States, this is the highly-sought first novel in the Charlie Fox series. An original novel with an introduction by Lee Child.

The Charlie Fox Novels 

1. Killer Instinct (2001)

2. Riot Act (2002)

3. Hard Knocks (2003)

4. First Drop (2004)

5. Road Kill (2005)

6. Second Shot (2007)

7. Third Strike (2008)

8. Fourth Day (2011) - UK edition available for pre-order

Monday, June 14, 2010

Forget the TIE ! Perfect Gifts for Father's Day


Father's Day is Sunday, June 20.

Why not get him a Gift Card from the Poisoned Pen? He can redeem it in person or by email, spend it all or hold a balance. You can purchase one in any amount by emailing


To listen to Alan Furst, widely acknowledged as one of the best espionage writers today, on Monday's NPR’s Morning Edition  GO HERE

 Furst talks about his new thriller, Spies of the Balkans (Random $28 Signed for you).  As he notes, few people have written about Greece’s role in WWII; his research proved there was a good story to tell about Balkans Greece.

Salonika, 1940. To the bustle of tavernas and the smell of hashish, a secret war is taking shape. In the backrooms of barbers, envelopes change hands, and in the Club de Salonique the air is thick with whispers. Senior cop Costas Zannis faces a myriad of Allied and Axis spies as Mussolini prepares a second invasion into Northern Greece. Zannis, who aids Jewish refugees coming to his country, winds up joining the army to repulse the Italians where he meets Capt. Marko Pavlic, who as a policeman in Zagreb investigated crimes committed by the Ustashi, Croatian fascists. Zannis and Pavlic, sharing views, soon become friends and allies as another of Furst's intricate plots unfolds. Subtle details foreshadow the coming crimes perpetrated by the Nazis in the Balkans as Furst again takes his stage to less frequented parts of wartime Europe. Zannis is great and the unusual love story compelling.


Carter, Stephen L. Jericho's Fall ($16).
A combination of country house murder (it's a log cabin in the Rockies) and intelligence-community thriller.

Downing, David. Stettin Station (Soho $25). 
Anglo-American journalist John Russell is trapped in 1941 Berlin by his love for his 14-year-old son by his divorced wife, and for the actress Effi, his lover. In efforts to protect himself and them he's struck bargains with American and German intelligence, and Russian, while he tries to get them out of Germany. And now those bargains come to roost. Titled for train stations, which evokes the movements of troops, prisoners, those transported to camps in a system not yet well understood, private citizens, and those with agendas like Russell's. Zoo Station; Silesian Station ($14 each).

Dryden, Alex. Red to Black ($15).
It bridges the Cold War with resurgent Russia, sending warning chimes. Finn is a veteran MI6 operative stationed in Moscow. In the guise of an amiable trade secretary, he has penetrated deep into the dangerous labyrinth that is Russia under Vladimir Putin to discover some of its darkest secrets. The youngest female colonel in the KGB, Anna is the ambitious daughter of one of the former Soviet Union's elite espionage families. Charged with helping to restore Russia to power under Putin, she is ordered to spy on Finn and discover the identity of his mole.  These adversaries find themselves brought together by an unexpected love that surges between them.. When Finn uncovers a shocking and ingenious plan-hatched during the Cold War-to control the European continent. This marks a debut under the name "Dryden" for a British journalist.

Fesperman, Dan. The Arms Maker of Berlin ($15).
Fesperman's explored many theaters in his superb thrillers, but he may do Germany best of all. We saw it in A Small Boat of Great Sorrows ($13). And now, using the missing documents ploy, four from WWII, he explores more of that era linked to this. FBI hires Nat Turnbull, a Nazi expert at a second-tier New England university, to find the documents, but Nat soon discovers that the agency has reasons other than historical integrity for wanting them found: to keep a lid on certain war-era sins committed by a German industrialist whose enormous company has been a major weapons supplier to the West. As Turnbull shuttles between Europe and the U.S., he manages to stay a step ahead of a mysterious killer who's knocking off anyone who may know something about the missing files.

Duns, Jeremy. Free Agent ($14).
David Morrell, a critic with genuine expertise, writes, "Because the fine points of the "spy game" took place during the Cold War, Duns cleverly sets Free Agent in that period, specifically 1969, when British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, visited Nigeria during its harrowing civil war. East and West governments vied for control of the region. Espionage schemes were rampant. The main thrust of Duns' novel is an assassination plot against the prime minister, so if you're an action fan, you'll find plenty to your liking, but for my money, it's the true espionage details that kept me turning the pages of this remarkable novel."

Gruber, Michael. The Good Son (Holt $28 Signed).
Recommended by Sandford and Tom Perry. According to their most recent signing here Gruber is one of their favorite new authors. Surely one of the most unusual of the summer spy crop is this marvel by Gruber who paints what befalls Special Ops soldier Theo Bailey when his off-the-charts mother up and travels to Pakistan to attend a symposium organized by women, including his aunt, on peace. Mom, excelling at languages and Jungian psychotherapy (but an absolute nightmare to her family and a character so self-involved I wanted to whack her myself), is part of a group soon taken hostage and what follows his Theo's war with himself and the operation he leads to rescue them. Gruber, always a fluid moralist able to see multiple answers to principles and situations, outdoes himself here in a novel that will shake you up. Highly recommended-but hang on tight.

Pattison, Eliot. Lord of Death ($14).
What more praise can I give to a series of brilliant novels set in Tibet under the iron hand of China where a former police inspector came to grief investigating Party corruption, was sent to durance vile; sprung by Tibetan monks from the gulag; connected still to a former colleague; allied with American Indian kin; and has survived politics and intelligence activities high in the Himalayas? Skull Mantra won the 2000 Best First Novel Edgar, a First Mystery Pick. The quality of Pattison's work has remained at the same high level. Shan Tao Yun now finds himself arrested for the murder of China's Minister of Tourism when she is gunned down near Mount Everest along with an American, and near to where an avalanche has crushed a military bus filled with political prisoners. It plays out on the Roof of the World complicated by a consensus that the American, a veteran climber, is not dead, and Shan's conviction that only success here will release his son from a Chinese asylum. A nail biter!

Pears, Iain. Stone's Fall ($16).
This big, brilliant book is at once modern storytelling and a return to the Edwardian age when it was still about Empire, financial hubs, European politicking, and intelligence gathering before technology. Told backwards from the death of the central figure to the story's origin, this gem is at once hugely entertaining and educational, no surprise from Oxford's Pears whom mystery fans know best as the author of edgy contemporary art fraud mysteries and his big blend of history and mystery in bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost ($16).

Penzler, Otto, ed. Agents of Treachery (Vintage $16 trade original: Signed Limited Ed. $150 by all contributors;).

Among its various Starred Reviews is this from Booklist: "Spy fiction and short stories are usually mutually exclusive. As editor Penzler points out in his introduction, spy fiction is usually lengthy, as the authors weave byzantine plots bolstered with double crosses, red herrings, and dozens of characters. Tough to fit all that into a few thousand words. He also points out this is the first anthology of original short spy fiction. The 14 authors include Lee Child, James Grady, Stephen Hunter, Andrew Klavan, and Stella Rimington, who was the director-general of Britain’s MI5. David Morrell weighs in with the moral and professional dilemma of Andrew, a professional CIA interrogator who ultimately succumbs to...well, that’s the surprise. Stephen Hunter contributes a WWII tale in which love and a Mata Hari-like character play key roles. Charles McCarry introduces readers to a mysterious man on the Guinea coast in the fifties who assists an American agent and may have questionable motives. Espionage fans will absolutely love this collection of uniformly fine stories-a series of 500-page spy novels expertly distilled to their involving, suspenseful essence."

Steinhauer, Olen. The Nearest Exit (St. Martin's $27 Signed).
Worth another mention too is the second in a blistering, dark series for American agent Milo Weaver. Steinhauer "reprises the themes of bestseller The Tourist ($15) with even more success... skillfully rendering the game of espionage in the post-cold-war, post-9/11 era. Like Le Carré’s George Smiley, Weaver is a richly imagined creation with a scarred psyche and a complex back story that elevates him above the status of run-of-the-mill world-weary spook. [...] brisk pacing, sharp dialogue and convincing evocation of a paranoid subculture. -New York Times Book Review. Steinhauer lives in Eastern Europe and limns it with a laser-like, deft pen.

Stone, David. The Skorpion Directive (Putnam $26).
A former intelligence op, "Stone" is among several writers disaffected from this administration's stance on intelligence activities and fires a real rocket here at "patriots" too pusillanimous for the power they hold. The old delineation between the other side and us often becomes part of us against other parts of us with personal agendas rather than national welfare the driver. Stone's main man, cleaner Micah Dalton, is in Vienna for a top secret meeting with a Mossad agent when he senses surveillance by a professional team. And then all hell breaks loose.... Fast moving, unsparing, and winding up to an impressive climax (plus a coda), Stone keeps you firmly in his grip.


Hirsch, Reece. The Insider (Berkley $7.99 Signed).
A senior associate expecting to make partner swipes his card to get in, ignores the ringing phone signaling his supervisor is in as early in the day as he, and presses to finish work under pressure. Wait, was that someone falling past his window from the 39th floor? Rushing down, Will Connelly is horrified to realize his own building access card is in the dead lawyer's pocket-and the man's card is in his. Within days, Will is the prime suspect in a murder, the target of an SEC investigation, and the unwitting pawn in a complex scheme of international import. While the thrillers where the fast-track legal eagle gets derailed, the boot, and ends up either outside the profession or in some small but satisfying niche are plentiful, this one has a fresh voice making it fun to read.

Martini, Steve. Rule of Nine (Morrow $27 in stock).
Who knew Constitutional Law could power a thriller? Yes, in the second of three thrillers taking San Diego's Paul Madriani out of the courtroom and on to the national stage (and into an omniscient narrative voice so you can see what's going on from multiple points of view), Martini points out a vulnerability that may surprise you. Start with Guardian of Lies ($7.99).


Brackmann, Lisa. Rock Paper Tiger (Soho $25 Can be Signed June 25 but it's here now if Signing isn't necessary).
Ellie, the Iraqi vet with PTSD-will she even keep it together over the course of (unraveling) the conspiracy against the Chinese government? Here's your China, not the "foot-binding saga China" but the China as a kind of place with a Starbuck's on every corner and where on-line gaming is so huge-and so addictive it's led to bankruptcies and deaths-that a debate now is in progress over regulating it (true also in Korea). Ellie and the Uighur and all the rest are a fabulous rag-bag of characters and the suspense is dynamite. "A terrifying odyssey in present-day China...with the protagonist pursued by the Chinese and American governments alike in a global panorama. A totally captivating page-turner with vivid, first-hand details and nuanced multi-cultural facets."

Cardetti, Raphael. Death in the Latin Quarter (LittleBrown UK $24 trade).
It begins early one morning in Paris when the magnificent tranquility of the is shattered by the death of an eminent if unpopular (and oddly obscure) professor of medieval literature. Why would Albert Cadas have thrown himself out his office window to the cobblestones below? Meanwhile, Valentine Savi, a talented young restorer we learn was canned from her position at the Louvre after a project went hideously awry, receives a visit from an enigmatic elderly gentleman with a unique commission: to restore a priceless medieval manuscript by one Vasalis, a cleric up against Pope Clement IV. Naturally it contains a secret of eternal fascination to scholars. And naturally those who would wrest it from her are ruthless and probably part of a dark cabal. Her ebullient friend Hugo Vermeer, a larger than life Dutch aristocrat, epicure, and crook, and David Scotto, the one graduate student Cadas' death has screwed over, and her new mentor are all part of the action.  As it winds through the narrow streets and gloomily palatial mansions of the Latin Quarter, you discern Cardetti is having a lot more fun here than it appears on the surface. For fans of Arturo Perez-Reverte.

Johnson, Craig. Junkyard Dogs (Viking $26 in stock).
One blizzardy February day, Sheriff Walt Longmire and his deputies-Victoria Moretti and Santiago Saizarbitoria-visit the Durant, Wyoming, dump owned by the Stewart family to investigate a severed thumb found in a discarded cooler.. Then things escalate from there in Johnson's trademark blend of reality and zany as the resolve of the owners of a new housing development in Durant, to get rid of the Stewart family's dump/junkyard on its edge strengthens.

Karp, Larry. The Ragtime Fool (Poisoned Pen $25 Signed).
Kirkus reviews: "Scott Joplin died on April Fool's Day, 1917, but his legacy blazes brightly within Brun Campbell, once known as The Ragtime Kid and working, 34 years later, as a barber in Venice, Calif. A fan letter from Alan Chandler, an aspiring young musician in New Jersey, leads to a mutually satisfying correspondence as well as a parallel plotline. Meanwhile, in Sedalia, Mo., ragtime fans kick things up. Karp seamlessly weaves real people like Campbell into an interesting historical yarn with a whodunit kicker." PW says: "Karp handles the intricate plot well, but the best part of the book is its picture of people torn between what they want to forget and what they need to remember."

MacBride, Stuart. Dark Blood (Collins $34 Signed).
With no new book from Ian Rankin this year, why not visit Aberdeen? They are hard men in Granite City and in this 6th for copper Logan McRae, we meet others. Martin Knox has served his time, so why shouldn't he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, he was convicted of the brutal rape and abduction of a 68-year-old man, but he's seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle and make a new start in an Aberdeen home. DSI Danby from Northumbria Police - the man who put Knox behind bars for ten years - is supposedly here to keep an eye on things. Edinburgh gangster Malk the Knife wants a slice of the Donald Trump golf course under development here. And three blokes from Newcastle want a "quiet word" with DSI Danby about a missing mob accountant. Local crime lord Wee Hamish Mowat has plans for Logan's future. And Martin Knox's dark past isn't done with him yet...  In short, there's a lot going on....

O'Donovan, Gerald. The Priest (LittleBrown UK $45 Signed).
The Irish crime writing renaissance continues with this fine first novel featuring Detective Inspector Mike Mulcahy. The veteran cop thinks he's seen it all, but he's never encountered anything like "The Priest," the name the Garda has given to a new killer stalking the Dublin streets at night. Mulcahy and his young partner Claire Brogan pick up the case after a Spanish diplomat's daughter is found horribly brutalized, her body branded with burns from a scalding cross. But this is just the beginning for a killer who is on a twisted sort of divine mission: before each attack, he makes the sign of the cross and ritually "sends each new victim to God."  This sort of plot isn't necessarily a new thing, and you could say that the Irish have a complicated relationship with the clergy-hey, it was Joyce who referred to the Irish as a "priest-ridden race."  What sets this book apart is O'Donovan's feel for his setting and characters. Mulcahy fits squarely into a long tradition of melancholy, loner cops like Rebus, Charlie Resnick and Jack Taylor."

Palahniuk, Chuck. Tell-All (Knopf $25 Signed).
A Sunset Boulevard-inflected homage to Old Hollywood when grand dames like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost. It is a Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama full of big gestures and muted psychic torment. It is a veritable Tourette's Syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list. A dark reimagining of "All About Eve" and an hilarious assault on celebrity, "Tell-All" is vintage Palahniuk.

Rose, MJ. The Hypnotist (Mira $27 Signed).
Haunted by a 20-year old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work as a Special Agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team. Currently investigating a crazed art collector who has begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation-dedicated to the science of past life study-where, in order to maintain his cover, he agrees to submit to the treatment of a hypnotist. Under hypnosis, Glass travels from ancient Greece to 19th century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie capital of world. These journeys will change his very understanding of reality, lead him to question his own sanity and land him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history: the theft of a 1,500 year old sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Steiner, Peter. The Terrorist (St Martins $24 Signed).
Retired 72-year-old ex-CIA agent Louis Morgan now lives in the South of France and just wants to enjoy his tranquil life. But the agency resorts to blackmail to get Morgan back to work. When he turns them down they keep applying pressure, ending with the arrest of his friend's 16-year old son, who is studying in the U.S., on charges of terrorism. Morgan complies with the CIA but conducts the mission his way, baffling his handlers...  Steiner has written another spy thriller that is tight, twisty, and fun to read. It's a general Staff Favorite and a story to please Dad for sure....

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Laurie R King

Recently Laurie signed her latest novel The God of the Hive and was surprised with a gift from Barbara and Rob...A Green Man. He was carved in France and appears to be from a single piece of wood.(See the image below)
You can see a webcast of the entire event at 

We still have several signed, first-edition copies of God of the Hive available as well as Laurie's very nice creation, the Birth of a Green Man Broadside pictured above signed for 25$.

About God of the Hive:
Russell and Holmes have worked together to solve the most perplexing of cases. Now, The God of the Hive picks up where The Language of Bees left off: with the duo and those they are protecting scattered to the winds, Scotland Yard after them from one side and a shadowy faction of the government from the other—in rickety airplanes above Scotland and on boats in the North Sea; in hidden rooms above London shops and rustic woodland cabins. Chased by those who want them dead, chasing answers to deadly mysteries, the consequences of what they find will circle the globe, and involve a man with a curious identity and a dangerous past. With the God of London’s hive watching them, it will take more than deduction if they ever want to see each other alive again.