Archive for December, 2006

And a Happy New Year!

And a Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone Happy New Year. I’ll be out of the office and offline until January 2. My New Year’s resolution, by the way, is to catch up on all the great ideas I had planned to write about in 2006 but didn’t quite get to. We’ll see how that goes.

Posted in: Books and Authors
Merry Christmas to Me

Merry Christmas to Me

Here’s a holiday story that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. In New York City, the CEO of a media company spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on an original, handwritten copy of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” and then–in an act of wonderful Christmas cheer–read […]

Posted in: Book News
Murder Ink, R.I.P.

Murder Ink, R.I.P.

From The New York Times: Murder Ink, the mystery bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is going out of business after 34 years, along with its younger sister store, Ivy’s Books and Curiosities. On Monday the owner, Jay Pearsall, posted a sign in the window announcing that Dec. 31 would be the final […]

It's C. J. Box's Fault That I'm Tired Today

It's C. J. Box's Fault That I'm Tired Today

By the way, even though I could have really, really used the sleep, I stayed up last night and finished C. J. Box’s Free Fire. I couldn’t stop reading. I wrote yesterday that I loved it up to page 192 and that I was really hoping it would hold up. Well, it holds up. Boy, does […]

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It Depends on What Your Definition of "Cabal" Is

It Depends on What Your Definition of "Cabal" Is

The HarperCollins vs. Regan bout is clearly going to go all 15 rounds. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at the Wall Street Journal quotes Judith Regan’s lawer, Bert Fields, and a spokesman for News Corp., Andrew Butcher, each offering different versions of Regan’s alleged anti-Semitic statements: In the next breath, Mr. Butcher said, Ms. Regan said that literary agent […]

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A Return to Form

A Return to Form

John Shannon is one of my favorite crime writers. C. J. Box is another. Yesterday I read about half of the latest in Box’s Joe Pickett series, Free Fire, and over lunch I made it to page 192. As much as I love reading, there are times when opening a book is about as exciting as picking […]

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Regan Sacked!

Regan Sacked!

From the New York Times:  . . . a stunned Ms. Regan was confronted by security guards who arrived with boxes and ordered her to leave . . . Judith Regan, she of the O. J. Simpson book imbroglio, has been sacked, allegedly for making anti-Semitic remarks. People who scrutinize the industry much more closely […]

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Kelley vs. Winfrey

Kelley vs. Winfrey

Just added to the upcoming slate of celebrity prizefights: crafty veteran Kitty Kelley, a scribe who’s never pulled a punch, takes on the worldwide champeen of all media, the belle of book-dom, the Isis of image, the tsarina of talk, yessir, Oooooooooooooooprah Winfrey! In this corner, wearing a svelte black Armani suite with a taupe […]

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"I shot him someplace high."

"I shot him someplace high."

Rather than offer anything original today, I will copy down the words of another writer. Peter Rabe is one of my favorite pulp fiction writers, someone who deserves to be better known today than he is. I recently finished reading a two-for-one reissue, My Lovely Executioner/Agreement to Kill (Stark House), and I did a lot […]

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The Booklist Book Club Makes Some Friends

The Booklist Book Club Makes Some Friends

The Booklist Book Club, which I lend a hand with, but which is really the domain of my colleague Mary Ellen Quinn, has taken a great leap forward by forming a partnership with the amazing folks at Downers Grove Public Library. You can read all about it here. Or you can just go straight to the […]