So you attended today’s webinar, “Killer Crime Fiction for Mystery Month” and registered for the next one, “Discovering Great Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight.” You hacked into your library’s catalog and put more books on hold than you could read if you were a con pulling a seven-year stretch.
But still your hands just won’t stop shaking. You down two fingers of bourbon, then three, before you crack a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and light up an Old Gold. You put the .38 on the desk in front of you and remove 5 of the bullets, and, after giving the cylinder a wheel-of-fortune spin, you pull the trigger.
The gun goes off. Good thing you were pointing it at a picture of your ex and the lounge lizard she left you for. Get a grip, gumshoe! Booklist‘s Mystery Month is only three days away. You’ve sat on stakeouts that lasted longer than that with only a ham sandwich and a coffee-cup spittoon to keep you company. If you just can’t live without distraction, open your case files and read about the one that didn’t get away.
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
By Daniel Kraus
If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered why he stopped publishing.
Booklist did indeed review DeSario’s first novel, Limbo. We did not, however, review Sanctuary. So when I met with DeSario and he showed me his sole copy of the original galley (pictured), I did what Booklist reviewers do with galleys: I reviewed it. Starring a book never felt so good.
DeSario was also gracious enough to submit to a few questions on video. Below, he talks about getting that phone call from me out of the blue, how Sanctuary was inspired by this Little Steven song (!), and where he plans to go from here.