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John Reviews: DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

Review by John Hutchinson, VJ Books, July 15, 2016

Dark Matter Blake CrouchOkay, I’ll admit, I am a Blake Crouch junkie, and he has been way too busy with all of his Hollywood success to put out a new novel . . . until now. So I was thrilled to sit down with his new novel, DARK MATTER, disconnect for a while, and be taken on yet another Crouch thrill ride.

Jason Dessen is a modestly successful physicist teaching at a small college in Chicago. He is happy with his life, loves his wife Daniela and his teenage son, Charlie. His life seems calm and predictable until one night when he walks to a local bar to have a drink with an old friend.

As he leaves the bar he is attacked and abducted by a masked man who strips Jason of his clothes and his dignity, leaving him unconscious on a dark, damp concrete floor in an abandoned building on the edge of the city.  (more…)

Craig Johnson VJ Books Author of the Month October 2014

Ask Craig Johnson – Are Longmire fans too old?

Craig JohnsonCraig Johnson’s latest Longmire book WAIT FOR SIGNS releases this month, and as a long time fan of the series I can hardly wait (no pun intended).

The three seasons of LONGMIRE on A&E helped to solidify the fan base. Robert Taylor portrayed Sheriff Longmire with style and grace. Lou Diamond Phillips rocked as the sheriff’s oldest and closest friend and confidant, Henry Standing Bear, and Katee Sackhoff was ideally cast as Longmire’s deputy, Vic Morelli.

So why would A&E cancel Longmire, its second-most popular show behind “Duck Dynasty,” averaging 5.6 million viewers? Are you ready? Because the viewers are too old! Unfortunately for “Longmire,” it has the wrong audience. A&E said it pulled the plug on “Longmire” because it appeals primarily to older viewers – networks are all trying to be younger and have edgy shows that attract a lot of attention.

Longmire CastThat is baffling to Greer Shephard, the executive producer of “Longmire,” who said , “It is hard for me to believe that you are not able to monetize one of your highest-rated show . . . “you don’t just flush 5.6 million people.” The producers are shopping the series to other networks, and we hope they find a new home soon.

You can show your support for Longmire by joining the posse – The Longmire Posse Rides – join them on Twitter and on Facebook, with the hashtag #LongLiveLongmire, or let Craig know how you feel on Facebook ( Check out the posse’s progress here.

Wait for Signs by Craig JohnsonThe good news is that Longmire is still very alive in the creative mind of Craig Johnson. WAIT FOR SIGNS brings us 12 Longmire short stories in a single volume—with an introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips.

Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award–winning “Old Indian Trick.” This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s bestselling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

Wait for Signs collects those beloved stories—and one entirely new story, “Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighorns”—for the very first time in a single volume, regular trade hardcover. With glimpses of Walt’s past from the incident in “Ministerial Aide,” when the sheriff is mistaken for a deity, to the hilarious “Messenger,” where the majority of the action takes place in a Port-A-Potty, Wait for Signs is a necessary addition to any Longmire fan’s shelf and a wonderful way to introduce new readers to the fictional world of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

Signed copies of WAIT FOR SIGNS are available at VJ Books who is proud to feature Craig Johnson as an Author of the Month, with special pricing on many of his Longmire stories.


John Connolly – VJ Books Author of the Month October 2014

John Connolly – VJ Books Author of the Month October 2014

John Connolly’s Next Pulse-Pounding Thriller

John ConnollyJohn Connolly was born in Dublin, studied English at Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper.

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel—and first stand-alone book—Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. John’s seventh novel, The Book of Lost Things, a story about fairy stories and the power that books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006, followed by the next Parker novel, The Unquiet, in 2007, The Reapers, in 2008 The Lovers, in 2009, and The Whisperers, the ninth Charlie Parker novel, in 2010. The tenth Charlie Parker novel, The Burning Soul, was published in 2011, to be followed in 2012 by The Wrath of Angels. THE WOLF IN WINTER, the twelfth Parker novel, is releasing in October.

The Wolf in Winter by John ConnollyTHE WOLF IN WINTER finds the Charlie Parker, based in Portland, Maine, still on the hunt for the serial killer known as the Collector, with his sidekicks—and comic relief—Angel and Louis in tow. Meanwhile, the seeming suicide of one of the city’s better known homeless men, Jude, diverts his attention. Before Jude’s death, Parker was intent on tracking down his estranged, wayward daughter, Annie, to try to reestablish a connection. The investigative trail leads to the wealthy, isolated town of Prosperous, Maine. Sparks—and bullets—fly when Parker starts poking his nose into the deeper secrets of Prosperous, where he finds out fast that some secrets are worth killing for. A compellingly flawed hero and a detail-rich plot make for another satisfying read.

John Connolly has produced “Ghosts,” a limited-edition CD for THE WOLF IN WINTER, similar to CD’s he’s had made for earlier Charlie Parker novels, and we will include one free with every book (while quantities last). We are pleased to name John Connolly an Author of the Month and are offering special pricing on many of his titles. Check them out here!

Follow John Connolly on Facebook here. Connolly is one of the best – don’t miss THE WOLF IN WINTER.


Read the Latest News About Lawrence Block

Read the Latest News about Lawrence Block

What’s a AWATT – and what is Liam Neeson doing presenting it at the Zurich Film Festival?

Lawrence BlockAWATT is the film industry’s abbreviated form of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, a film based on Lawrence Block’s tenth Matthew Scudder novel. It is the brilliant work of writer/director Scott Frank, and stars Liam Neeson, with a terrific supporting cast. It opens worldwide Friday September 19.

To quote Block, “Unless you’ve spent the past month in one of those sensory-deprivation tanks, floating your troubles away, you’ve probably been blitzed . . . by lobby cards and trailers and bus-and-subway posters and TV commercials, all in aid of A Walk Among the Tombstones.”

Lawrence Block is without a doubt the most prolific American crime writer.

Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994, Lawrence Block came to prominence in the 1970s when he introduced us to his most famous creation, the ever-evolving Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic ex-cop working as an unlicensed private investigator in Hell’s Kitchen. He has written 17 Scudder novels and a collection of short stories, the most recent being 2011’s A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF.

Block also created 11 Bernie Rhodenbarr novels, including THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED SPOONS in 2013, 8 Evan Tanner novels, 4 Chip Harrison novels and a collection of eighty-four short stories, ENOUGH ROPE containing two Chip Harrison stories, and 5 Keller novels including 2013’s HIT ME.

Recently, Block began reissuing titles he wrote in the 50s, 60s and 70s under different pseudonyms.

With the release of a new Jill Emerson novel GETTING OFF in 2011, he wrote 8 books as Jill Emerson, 3 written as Paul Kavanagh, 8 written as Sheldon Lord with 69 BARROW STREET recently re-released with his Ben Christopher novel STRANGE EMBRACE, 5 as Andrew Shaw and numerous others.

Block also wrote over a dozen standalone titles, a half-dozen or so books of short stories, several books about writing and a memoir. Wow!

A Walk Among the Tombstones is the first movie from a Matthew Scudder novel. In 1987 Hollywood had plans to make a movie adapted from Block’s 1978 novel The Burglar in The Closet, starring Bruce Willis as Bernie Rhodenbarr, Block’s lovable burglar, with Whoopi Goldberg playing the next-door-neighbor. When Willis backed out of the production, they adapted the script to star Whoopi in the title role. It was released as Burglar.

Defender of the InnocentNew This Month! – DEFENDER OF THE INNOCENT: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf by Lawrence Block

– John