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Karin Slaughter is honored as Author of the Month at VJ Books

With the release of her latest thriller–Cop Town–Karin Slaughter is honored as Author of the Month at VJ Books

Cop Town by Karin SlaughterInternational bestselling author Karin Slaughter has sold more than 30 million books in print, published in 30 languages, and is passionate about saving libraries. She is online bookseller VJ Books’ Author of the Month.

Slaughter is best known for her Grant County series which is set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, and the Will Trent series, which takes place in Atlanta, featuring special Agent Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell.

“We are excited about COP TOWN” reports bookstore owner John Hutchinson, “Karin has garnered quite a following of readers as she is the master of character, atmosphere, and suspense. For now COP TOWN is a stand-alone, but one can only hope that it’s a series in the making.”

To help spread the word about the needs for community support for public libraries, Karin founded Save the Library Foundation and has spearheaded, with events to benefit the DeKalb County (GA) Public Library system. Her op-ed piece Fight for Libraries As You Do Freedom in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and fund raising events with fellow International Thriller Writers (ITW) authors Tess Gerritsen and Michael Connelly, have raised over $50,000 for the project.

Slaughter’s UNSEEN (Random House) took the prize for Best Foreign Thriller at the 11th annual Crimezone Thriller Awards, her unprecedented fifth win, with about 10,000 crime writers, publishers, reviewers, and readers voting for Slaughter’s last novel.

Praise for Karin Slaughter:

“Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and COP TOWN shows the author at the top of her game—relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched. . . . I’d follow her anywhere.”—Gillian Flynn

“Stunning . . . In Karin Slaughter’s first stand-alone novel, she breaks new ground with this riveting story of two young police officers trying to stop a serial killer targeting cops. Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers and if you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.”—Michael Connelly

“A masterpiece . . . Much more than a thriller . . . Karin Slaughter’s unforgettable female characters and stunning evocation of time and place make Cop Town one of the most powerful and moving reads of recent memory.”—Kathryn Stockett

Award Winning Writer James W. Hall is November 2011 Favorite Author at VJ Books

Press Release

VJ Books announces author James. W. Hall as Author of the Month with the release of his latest novel, “Dead Last”. To celebrate this event, VJ Books is discounting many of Hall’s signed and collectible novels.

Tualatin, Oregon, November 7, 2011 James W. Hall is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including his latest thriller, Dead Last. Dead Last, which Publishers Weekly is calling “compelling”, features the return of loner sleuth Daniel Thorn.

“Hall was one of the first authors to sign for us and we are always excited to receive his newest title,” reflects John Hutchinson of VJ Books. “Dead Last looks to be a classic Thorn mystery, full of edge of the chair suspense and Thorn’s edgy approach to events,” continued Hutchinson.

Dead Last by James W HallAbout the Book

Thorn gets involved with an obituary writer for the Miami Herald, (she’s an old flame) and through her Thorn becomes way too involved with a TV crime show being shot in Miami. TV stars, writers and directors can be very dark and twisted.

With the pacing of a thriller, and the lyrical prose for which Hall is renowned, this story pits Thorn against a killer—or killers—whose motives are as elusive as their identities.

About the Author

James was born (1947) in Kentucky but has lived most of his life in Florida. Originally a poet, he began writing crime fiction in the mid-1980s, publishing his first novel, Under Cover of Daylight, in 1986. Under Cover of Daylight is a murder mystery–starring a Key West fisherman named Thor–and was a well-received beginning to a popular series.

Besides the Thorn books, Hall has written stories and novels of life in South Florida, as well Hot Damn!,  a collection of essays.

Hall has earned the Shamus Award for the Thorn novel, Black Water Sound and an Edgar Award (Best Short Story Category) for The Catch.  Hall’s novels have been Book-of-the-Month and Literary Guild selections.

James W. Hall was a Fulbright professor of literature in Spain and is a professor of literature and writing at Florida International University. He and his wife Evelyn and their three dogs, Carrie, Stella and Maggie, divide their time between South Florida and the mountains of western North Carolina.

This is a great opportunity to own a signed, first edition copy of Dead Last, available now at VJ Books.  In addition to Dead Last, VJ Books offers other fast-paced Hall novels such as Body Language, Bones of Coral, Gone Wild, Mean High Tide, and many more.  Visit James Hall’s homepage on the VJ Books website.

Publishers Weekly Reviews Inmate 1577 by Alan Jacobson

Inmate 1577 by Alan JacobsonIn Jacobson’s complex fourth novel featuring FBI profiler Karen Vail (after Velocity), San Francisco Police Inspector Lance Burden turns to the D.C.-based Vail for help in solving the murder of 82-year-old Maureen Anderson, who was tortured and brutalized at her house in the city’s Marina district. Anderson’s husband, William, is later found dead, tied to the base of a column in the Palace of Fine Arts. Other similar murders rapidly follow. Insp. Robert Friedberg, reporter Clay Allman, and Roxxann Dixon, “an investigator with the Napa County District Attorney’s office,” lend assistance as Vail becomes increasingly frustrated by the rising body count and the killer’s taunts. Alternating chapters detail the bad luck tale of prison inmate Walton MacNally, from the murder of his wife in 1955 to his career as a thief and armed robber. That the two cases merge will come as no surprise, but Jacobson manages to tantalize with each segment and pull off a stunning surprise ending. (July)

Publishers Weekly

“Adrenaline”, “An Agent of Defeat”, “Delta Solution”, “Diamondhead”, and “Flashback”

Just in!  Signed 1st edition copies of:

  • Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott
  • An Agent of Deceit (UK Edition) by Chris Morgan
  • The Delta Solution and Diamondhead by Patrick Robinson
  • Flashback by Dan Simmons