(nzherald.co.nz, Jan 09, Nicky Pellegrino)
When writing about the year ahead it seems almost mandatory to be all doom and economic gloom, but for book lovers at least, 2009 holds plenty of promise – new authors to discover, new releases from well- loved writers and a publishing industry that is as vibrant as it’s ever been.
First, let’s get the shameless self-promotion out the way. My own new novel, The Italian Wedding (Orion) is released here in April (two months before the UK gets it) and is a story about food, feuds and discovering who your parents really are. Naturally, highly recommend it!
Most publishing companies encourage their big-name authors to release a book each year so I can expect some stiff competition on the shop shelves. For instance Jodi Picoult’s next blockbuster also lands in April. Handle With Care is the story of a child born with brittle bone disease whose mother decides to file a wrongful birth lawsuit against the obstetrician who also happens to be her best friend.
Crime/thriller writers tend to be especially prolific for some reason. Michael Connelly has two new titles on offer this year as do Janet Evanovich, Jonathan Kellerman and Ian Rankin, who will be introducing
readers to a brand new series to replace the retired Rebus.
There will also be offerings from all the usual suspects: John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver … and a book called Dead Man’s Dust about a vigilante hero from newcomer Matt Hilton, who’s being heralded as the next big (more…)
Ian Rankin was born in 1960 in Cardenden, Fife. His best known books are the Inspector Rebus novels. A long list of awards honor this Scotish author’s 25 novels. Rankin has been elected as a Hawthornden Fellow and won the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has also won two Crime Writers’ Association Dagger prizes for short stories and in 1997 the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for ‘Black and Blue’ (which was also short-listed for the Edgar). He won the Edgar in 2004 for Resurrection Men. In 2005 he was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger to mark a lifetime’s achievement in crime writing. In 2008 he won the Crime Thriller Award for Author of the Year, for Exit Music. In June 2002 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. VJ Books offers many of Rankin‘s most popular titles.
(connpost.com, jan. 16, Joe Meyers)
With so many “literary” novelists turning inward and away from broader social concerns and traditional storytelling, readers have been enjoying crime fiction in larger numbers each year.
A genre that was once viewed as essentially escapist — cozy little murders in cozy little towns — is now the place to look for stories that tell us how people live and die all over the world.
You could make a strong argument that some of the finest novelists writing today are working in the mystery and crime fields.
Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos are just three of the many “stars” on this side of the Atlantic and the popular and critically acclaimed crime writers in the United Kingdom include Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and P.D. James.
Another U.K. star, Val McDermid, will be kicking off her U.S. book tour for “A Darker Domain” (HarperCollins) in Westport on Feb. 9.
The Scottish novelist has two dozen books to her credit. The Observer in London has called her “one of the world’s leading mystery writers … Thomas Harris crossed with Agatha Christie, if you will…” (more…)