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June 2009

June 1, 2009

An International Celebration for Three Bantam Dell Thriller Authors

Three Bantam Dell authors were recognized for their novels this week.

In England, Lee Child’s Bad Luck and Trouble and David Hewson’s The Garden of Evil were both shortlisted for the fifth annual Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the only UK crime award voted for by the general public. The winner will be announced on July 23.

And in Iceland, Johan Theorin’s The Darkest Room won The Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel, awarded by the Crime Writers of Scandinavia. The Darkest Room has already won the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year award.

Congratulations and good luck to all our authors!

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June 1, 2009

Free Chapters/Webisode 2 from Warren Fahy’s FRAGMENT

You will think twice before planning an island vacation after reading Warren Fahy’s riveting and absolutely terrifying debut thriller. Already hailed as an “heir to Michael Crichton”*, Fahy has written a brilliantly imagined novel that combines meticulously researched science with heart-stopping adventure. If you are a fan of Jurassic Park or The Ruins, you are bound to find yourself the perfect summer read in FRAGMENT.
*Katie Glasgow, Mitchell Books, Ft. Wayne, IN

Here are the facts:
The players: The cast of SeaLife, a science-based reality television show, has stumbled upon an unexplored island.

The situation: The South Pacific island is just what the show needs: the scientists are intrigued and the ratings are through the roof. But it turns out Henders Island is home to many vicious and exotic predators—animals that have evolved in extreme isolation. And it isn’t long before the ultimate test of survival begins.

A small sampling: “As its jaws peeled open, revealing dark appendages, he smelled the sour stench of its breath and felt a splatter of stinging drool on his face. The rope lunged upward as the beast yanked it with two arms, and its head stretched down over the rocky edge on an elastic neck. He felt its hot breath and his heart pounded as the creature screamed a sound he never imagined could come from a living thing.”

What others have said: “Mr. Fahy takes readers on a wild ride… Think Jurassic Park but scarier.&rdquo —Wall Street Journal

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Watch the second FRAGMENT episode!

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June 8, 2009


On June 15th, we'll be giving you the opportunity to read 6 free chapters from Lisa Gardner's new novel, The Neighbor, before it goes on sale the following day.

Can't wait that long? Well then, we're giving away free advance copies of The Neighbor to the first 50 readers who e-mail us at with “The Neighbor giveaway” as the subject line. All we ask in return for this golden opportunity to read the book in advance of its release is that you send us a quick review. We'll post some of the more eloquent reviews right here.

You can find out more about Lisa Gardner and The Neighbor here.

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June 10, 2009


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June 10, 2009

Seth Harwood visits New York and JACK WAKES UP podcast episode #7

Last Thursday I visited NYC to meet with my agent and editor, visit the Random House building, and read downtown at the Mysterious Bookshop from my novel JACK WAKES UP! Here is the short video of all the goodness that ensued!

I had a great time and love being back in the city! Always.

For those of you looking for more of the JACK WAKES UP podcast audiobook, I’m happy to present episode 7 here (right-click or ctrl-click to download).

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Miss the first episodes? This is the link to episode one and THIS is the link to the free download of the first three chapters in print form.

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June 15, 2009


Known for her tight plotting and unbelievable ability to keep the twists and turns coming, her novels are the definition of one-sit reads. Her latest stays right on course. Gardner brings Detective D. D. Warren back to investigate a crime that brings to light the dangers that lurk closer than we would ever think. How much do you really know about the people living among you?

Here are the facts:

The hero: Sergeant D. D. Warren, a hard-nosed Boston detective

The situation: A young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. As the days go by, the victim’s husband seems more intent on destroying evidence and isolating his daughter than on searching for his “beloved” wife. This leaves D.D. Warren wondering if this perfect husband is trying to hide his guilt—or just trying to hide…

Opening lines: “I’ve always wondered what people felt in the final few hours of their lives. Did they know something terrible was about to occur? Sense imminent tragedy, hold their loved ones close? Or is it one of those things that simply happens?”

What others have said: “Gripping… [and] full of inventive twists, this highly entertaining novel delivers a shocking solution as well as a perfectly realized sense of justice.” —Publishers Weekly

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June 16, 2009

JACK WAKES UP at the Harvard Coop!

Here’s a short video that excerpts my reading from JACK WAKES UP at the Harvard Coop last week. Enjoy this chunk of the first chapter!

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June 18, 2009

CrimeWAV Special: Dashiell Hammett - “The Barber and His Wife”

Today I’m happy to bring you Dashiell Hammett’s story “The Barber and His Wife” (1923) with permission from the Literary Property Trust of Dashiell Hammett and with thanks to Vince Emery for sending me a copy of the book Lost Stories by Dashiell Hammett and helping me get this project on the way.

In case you haven’t already stopped by CrimeWAV, I regularly bring you the best in crime fiction short stories from today, yesterday, and all around the globe for free. It’s Have a listen.

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Also, for those of you keeping score at home, my novel JACK WAKES UP came in at #9 for May on the IMBA Bestsellers List! Thank you IMBA!
More to come in June: Next week I’m at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale on Thursday June 25th at 7PM, in Tuscon at Clues Unlimited on the 26th at 5PM and then Saturday (6/27) I’m in Houston at Murder by the Book at 4:30PM. Hope I’ll see you!

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June 23, 2009

Jack Wakes Up - Episode 8 - Free Download

Here is episode 8 of Jack Wakes Up.

Rundown of episode: The Club Mirage. A big meet goes wrong. Shots fired and Al going crazy. Jack gets him out and finds Maxine, waiting. Touch of hands.

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June 29, 2009

Changing things up with Karin Slaughter

I know authors always say that they are really excited about their next book, but Undone, my new one, is very special to me. I started working on my Grant County series over ten years ago, and over time, the characters have become part of my life. Everything that happens to them is like watching something happen to a good friend. With each book, I felt closer and closer to pediatrician/coroner Sara Linton, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and detective Lena Adams.

In 2006, I decided to change things up and created a new series with a character named Will Trent. Will lives in Atlanta and works for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. His stories feel more urban to me, but they’re really touching on the same issues I work on in my Grant County series—what happens when violent crime rips a family, a community, apart? What happens to the people that death leaves behind?

I was so enchanted with Will that I wanted to write more about him. After going back to Grant County in Beyond Reach, I decided that I wanted to combine the two series. First, I needed a partner for Will. He’s very much a loner and that’s worked well for him for his entire life, but I’m never a writer who likes to keep things predictable. Faith Mitchell fit the bill in Fractured, the next story in Will’s series. She’s not a love interest by any stretch (Will has enough relationship problems to last him a lifetime) but she slowly becomes Will’s best friend—something he needs much more than a lover.

Over the next week, I’m going to talk a bit about the characters you’ll find in UNDONE—what makes them tick and what makes their lives combine. I’ll also tell a little bit about myself.

I have never blogged before, but I’ve written a few newsletters that I send out to people basically begging them to read my books. (If you want me to beg you, too, you can sign up on my website). I also have a lot of contests that I do, like this one where you can take a picture of your pet reading one of my books. Oh, and don’t forget me on Facebook.

If you’re still reading this, please also note that UNDONE is called GENESIS in the UK, so please don’t order GENESIS thinking you’re going to get a brand new book and then email me because it cost you eleventy billion dollars to get it shipped over. I promise you not a word has been changed (except for that color/colour thing).

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