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After a 16-year absense, I've decided to resurrect the Holland Taylor novels and my good friends at St. Martin's Minotaur have agreed to publish them! Look for DARKNESS, SING ME A SONG in January (or February) of 2018 followed by the fifth book in the series a year later. I don't have an actual publication date, but I will so stay tuned.

I have to give some props to my man Otto Penzler for talking me into releasing the original Taylor novels -PENANCE , PRACTICE TO DECEIVE, and DEARLY DEPARTED - in ebook form through his MysteriousPress.Com imprint. That, and so many fans buying so many copies, is what inspired us to continue the series.

Friends of Rushmore McKenzie do not dispair. We will also continue writing that series. In fact, you can expect another adventure titled LIKE TO DIE in June, 2018.


I'll be conducting a day-long seminar on how to build a crime novel starting at 10 AM Saturday, November 18 at the Loft Literary Center at 1011 Washington Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis, MN. I've always maintained that the best mysteries have always been about more than who killed Mr. Body in the library with a candlestick. They help us explore the truth of our existence with as much validity as any so-called work of literature. In this seminar, we'll help students achieve this goal by examining the structure of the crime novel starting with the simple question — What is this book about? From there we will discuss what Hitchcock called "the McGuffin" — the reason the story takes place — followed by the importance of conflict in moving the story along and exploring the theme as well as a detailed discussion of the three parts of the crime novel—snare, joyride and payoff. We will also discuss the Voice of the Narrator. Bring a bag lunch; we'll break mid-day. Call 612-215-2575.


4:30 PM Thursday, Sept. 28 - I'll be taking part in an author event sponsored by the Friends of the Rochester Public Library along with Julie Krammer and Chuck Logan. The event will be held at Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE in Rochester, MN. Call 507-328-2300.

11 AM Tuesday, October 3 - I've been invited to address the Women's Club of Minneapolis. You can call 612-813-5300 for details, but I think ther event is member's only.

Thursday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14 - If you're in the neighborhood, join me at Bouchercon 2017 held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada. I'll be a member of a panel entitled "Did I Write That" starting at 1 PM Saturday in Sheraton B where we will discuss “Characters that take on a life of their own.”

Friday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Oct. 21 - I'll be the guest of honor at the Mystery Festival held by the Lanier Library Association at the Lanier Library at 72 Chestnut Strett in Tryon, North Carolina. Call 828-859-9535.

7 PM Wednesday, Oct. 25 - I'll be chatting with the Anoka Book Club at the Rum River Public Library at 4201 6th Ave in Anoka, MN. Call 763-324-1520 for details.

4:30 PM Wednesday, January 3 2018 - I'll be the guest at the Totally Criminal Cocktail House sponsored by the Valley Bookseller at the Dock Cafe at 425 East Nelson Street in Stillwater, MN. Call 651-430-3385.


Alas, my time as President of the Private Eye Writers of America has come to an end. The great Gary Phillips has replaced me. Now I join the legion of ex-presidents including William Campbell Gault, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Ed Gorman, Linda Barnes, SJ Rozan and Steve Hamilton. Not bad, huh.


Meanwhile, my volume of short stories - FULL HOUSE - is now available at fine bookstores everywhere, as well as in eBook format. It's published by my pals at Down & Out Books in Florida. They're the folks who brought you THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA, the Minnesota Book Award nominee that I wrote with Renee Valois (the main squeeze) and FINDERS KEEPERS, my young adult crime novel (see below). The volume contains every short story I've ever written to date, including a Holland Taylor adventure for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and a piece for True Romance.


To my great joy, HighBridge is bringing out all three of my Holland Taylor novels in audiobook starting with PENANCE (that's the Edgar Award winner, folks). Veteran actor R. C. Bray is providing the voice (he has also narrated books by James Ellroy, Joseph Wambaugh and Ross Thomas, one of my heroes). I'm told the audiobooks for PRACTICE TO DECEIVE and DEARLY DEPARTED will be available soon.


FINDERS KEEPER, my first young adult crime novel about a 13-year-old boy who finds a suitcase filled with cash and thinks all of his problems are over, is out! You can find it in eBook format in all the usual places. Plus, my publisher, Down And Out Books, is also releasing it in trade paper. You'll be able to get it through your favorite bookstore any day now.


Meanwhile, sales for THE DEVIL AND THE DIVA, a decidedly adult ebook original I wrote with writer and theater critic Reneé Valois, remain strong. A "gothic suspense thriller adventure romantic crime novel with jokes," - think Beauty and the Beast in the wrong hands - is available in ebook format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Sony, Diesel and others. It's also available as a trade paper book through Print On Demand outlets, although my good friends at Once Upon A Crime and Uncle Edgar's bookstores in Minneapolis are stocking it on their shelves as well.


Click on the various links below to watch my acceptance speech for the 2010 Minnesota Book Award, an interview with my pals at the Minnesota Crime Wave, and a radio interview with Heidi Holton on Minnesota Public Radio.


According to Mary Lou Metzger, program specialist and librarian at Sterling Heights Public Library in Sterling Heights, Michigan, it's the Rushmore McKenzie and Holland Taylor mystery series. Heremail reports that both series will be included in the SHPL's upcoming What Do I Read Next, Mystery III program. She says the books are "hot ticket items." Yowzer! Check out www.SHLP.net for details.


It's true. Because they say I have visitied their store more often than any other author, Jo Gilbertson and the good folks at Barnes and Nobel in Eden Prairie, MN (3000 Eden Prairie Center) have tagged a very nice, blond-wood chair with the name "House" in my honor. They pull it out for me every time I'm there. How cool is that?


The Anoka County Historical Society here in snowy Minnesota has recommended TIN CITY to readers during I Love To Read Month at the Anoka County Library (that would be February for those scoring at home). After spending several paragraphs praising the book, it concludes "While certainly not in the class of a book like War And Peace, Tin City is fun and set among places we all know."


Mary Anne Grossman of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has listed Tin City among her Top Ten Mysteries written by Minnesota Authors in 2005. So I have that going for me.


Empire Pictures, an independent production house, has purchased the film rights to my novel PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. These are the good folks who brought you Barry Levinson's film Bandits starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchette and who released The Big White starring Robin Williams,Holly Hunter and Woody Harrelson. I'm afraid I can't give you any more details at this time, but watch for an announcement soon.


That's the title of a brief memoir I wrote for the Feb./March edition of Crime Spree Magazine. It tells the tale of how as a young man I met the great Jabbo Smith and became a jazz fan for life. You might also be interested in a brief sidebar I added which features a list of eight classic jazz albums from my personal collection. These are not necessarily my best albums nor my favorite. But if you don't like these, you don't like jazz. The articles will accompany a much longer piece exploring the birth of jazz by mystery author David Fulmer (JASS).


That's what my high school alma mater - Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota - calls me in the Fall 2004 issue of Traditions Magazine. Which was awfully nice of them considering all the silliness if perpetrated when I went there.


to learn that my novel PENANCE (that's the one that earned the Edgar in '96) is being taught in the mystery writing class at the Roseville Area High School in Roseville, Minnesota (where I now live).


my good friends at Once Upon A Crime bookstore for the latest titles.

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