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updated March 16, 2017

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It's true. My novel STEALING THE COUNTESS has been nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in the Genre Fiction category. For those keeping track, this is my seventh nomination. I've won three times for PRACTICE TO DECEIVE, , JELLY'S GOLD , and CURSE OF THE JADE LILY. That might seem like a lot until you consider that William Kent Krueger and Louise Erdrich have both won five times.


Or is it Happy Birthday? In any case, Once Upon A Crime Mystery Bookstore turns 30 on Saturday, April 1, and it's celebrating with an author bash starting at noon. I'll be there to help them along with a clutch of Minnesota mystery writers including Laura Childs, Jess Lourey, Kristi Belcamino, Ellen Hart, Brian Freeman, Julie Kramer, Jenifer LeClair, PJ Tracy and Allen Eskens. Allen and I are both scheduled to appear at 3:45 PM so you can see us wrestle over which one of us is going to win the Minnesota Book Award this year. There's an open house with wine and apps starting at 5 PM. OUAC is located at 604 W 26th Street. That's on the northeast corner of Lyndale Avenue and 26th in Minneapolis for those without GPS. Call 612-870-3785 for details.


4 PM Friday, April 7 - Join me at the Waterville Public Library at 210 E. Paquin Street, Waterville, MN. Call 507-625-6191 for details.

6:30 PM Saturday, April 8 - You'll find me somewhere near the bar at the InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront at 11 East Kellogg Boluevard in downtown St. Paul during the reception for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. The awards ceremony takes place at 8 PM. Call 651-222-3242 for details.

7 PM Monday, April 24 - Meet me at the Perham Public Library. Call 218-346-4892 for details.

1:15 PM Friday, June 30 - I've been invited to a join a panel featuring fellow Minnesota mystery writers William Kent Krueger and Ellen Hart that will discuss the theme - "was student am now writer" of the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference held June 25 - July 1 at Hotel 340 at 340 Cedar Street in downtown St Paul. This is only the second time that the conference will be held in the great author's hometown and will feature academics and Fitzgerald aficionados from around the world. This is very humbling!

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


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 November of 2017 followed by the fifth book in the series a year later. 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 in June of this year and in 2018 as well.


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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