Crime: 2013 Edgar Award nominees

It’s that time of year, and the Mystery Writers of America have announced their nominees for the 2013 Edgar Awards. However you feel about awards – winners, losers, what all that means – if you read crime fiction, the following titles/series are all worthy of your notice. Continue reading “Crime: 2013 Edgar Award nominees”

Crime: New books for the new year

Well, here we are: the world didn’t end, the fiscal cliffhanger is past, and the Library has upped the number of reserves to fifty, so let’s fill up that holds list with some stellar new crime offerings from tried and true authors.

Find Hit Me by Lawrence Block in the Seattle Public Library catalog.Lawrence Block started writing crime fiction over 50 years ago, (and some of his oh-so-naughty vintage pulps are coming wonderfully back into print; I just downloaded eBook copies of Campus Tramp, Gigolo Johnny Wells and Hellcats and Honeygirls.) His next title – Hit Me – is the fifth outing for stamp collector and semi-retired hitman Keller, who starts picking up contracts again after to help make ends meet. This delicious episodic series (mentioned in a previous post on hit men) just keeps getting better, as the utterly winning antihero Keller sizes up each new target from both logistical and ethical angles. Continue reading “Crime: New books for the new year”

Thrilling Chilling Winter Stories, Live!

Vintage Mystery Cover courtesy of TonySanchez via FlickrThis Winter, Thrilling Tales (the Library’s storytime for grownups) has got some great tales of crime and suspense lined up by masterful storytellers of today and yesteryear. We’ll have arctic adventure, unspeakable terror, hitmen, con-men, stick-up artists and librarians! Yes, that’s right – on Monday January 28 we will be having a special storytime dedicated to libraries and librarians, and coinciding with the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, meeting in Seattle that weekend.  Continue reading “Thrilling Chilling Winter Stories, Live!”

Death Comes Knocking

Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me.

The Carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality.

-Emily Dickinson

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore is an edge-of-your-seat read. After seeing a man in mint green at his wife’s hospital bedside – a man he shouldn’t be able to see – Charlie Asher’s life goes from ho-hum normal to utter insanity. Recruited to be Death, Charlie must juggle raising his daughter, hearing voices coming from the sewers, people dropping dead and raven-like creatures attacking him. The characters are brilliant, the humor is epic and the adventure is one of a kind! Continue reading “Death Comes Knocking”

SPL Discoveries: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Find works by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding in the Seattle Public Library catalogI’m a big fan of the Hardcase Crime imprint, which has been publishing a succession of luridly jacketed vintage pulp fiction alternated with contemporary noir ever since their premiere title – Grifter’s Game by Lawrence Block – in the sultry summer of 2004. I also love Stark House, a small press publishing a steady stream of vintage crime fiction by such forgotten pulpsters as Day Keene, Harry Whittington, Stephen Marlowe, Wade Miller, and the prolific Peter Rabe. Continue reading “SPL Discoveries: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding”