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Love Noir Stories? Check out the L.A. Noire Video Game and Free E-Book Download

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Last month the highly anticipated video game L.A. Noire debuted by selling more than a million units in the first week alone. While the stunning realistic graphics and the complex narrative of the game virtually ensured instant success, developer Rockstar Games took no chances with marketing their product to the public. Blanketing park benches, buses and billboards in Europe and America as well as saturating radio and television with ads, virtually no one could miss the game’s release.

But the marketing campaign goes a lot further than just advertisements. Rockstar Games has pulled out all the stops including appealing to mystery readers. Using the same world as the L.A. Noire game, eight heavy hitting authors were tapped to contribute to an anthology that has the same dark tone as the game. Titled L.A. Noire: The Collected Short Stories, the e-book releases today and includes short works by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss. These tales of suspense capture the dark underbelly of 1940s Hollywood – the corrupt cops, femme fatales and their dupes and the gumshoes that tried to make sense of it all. And the best part is that the collection is now available for free! So whether you have already in love with L.A. Noire the game or are just looking to read some great mystery short stories, you can enjoy these tales of noir.

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Inside Andrea Kane’s The Girl Who Disappeared Twice – With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

 

Have you ever wondered what is actually in the personnel files of your favorite fictional detective? Today Andrea Kane satiates your curiosity with a sneak peek into the files of three members of the Forensic Instinct team. Get an up-close look at these investigators racing against the clock to locate The Girl who Disappeared Twice, the new series starter — and RT Top Pick — from mystery mastermind Andrea Kane. (And don’t miss your chance to win this new suspense story at the end of the post!)

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From the personnel files of Forensic Instincts… 

NAME: Marc Deveraux 

AGE: 39 

SEX: Male 

CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Asian (maternal), French (paternal) 


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Alafair Burke Hosts The First Annual Duffer Awards

BY MORGAN, JUNE 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

The Duffer Awards have just taken over thriller writer Alafair Burke’s website. All month long, readers will get to vote which fictional characters will win a “Duffer”. A dubious honor at best and a clever putdown at worse, Duffer awards will include such categories “Quickest Rebounder From A Failed Relationship” and “Most Likely To Be Institutionalized”. Mystery and thriller fans will be happy to see favorite characters on the list of nominees. Such diverse characters as Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta and Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne make appearances as well as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and James Patterson’s Alex Cross, just to name a few. 

Each day in June, two mystery characters will be pitted against each other to vie for a Duffer, named after Burke's beloved French Bulldog. Readers who comment on their choice for the categories' winners will be entered in a contest to win copies of Burke’s books and $50 gift certificates.

I don't know about you, but I am heading straight there to vote for the character "Most Likely To Make A 15-Mile Detour For Good Junk Food". I'm thinking this is going to have to go to Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone...


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Michael Crichton's Posthumous Thriller To Publish In November

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

Fans heartbroken by author Michael Crichton's death in 2008 are in for an unexpected surprise. HarperCollins will be publishing the author's last work, a thriller, this November. At the time of Crichton’s death, Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham revealed that Crichton had written approximately 90 pages of a new thriller along with detailed notes for the story’s plot. The publisher did not wait long before deciding to get the unfinished book in reader's hands.  

 

Another bestselling author, Richard Preston, was tasked with completing Crichton's last project. Titled Micro, the story is about an American biotech company where shady things happen and the group of graduate students who get caught up in the mess. 


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BEA 2011: Giant Book Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

We spent the past week at BEA meeting authors, publishers and fellow book enthusiasts. And each day we braved the long lines in the Autographing Area in order to give readers a chance to win signed books from fan favorite authors. 

Today is the day you've all been waiting for, because we are giving away not one, not two, but five bags full of signed books and ARCs from across genres! And with much thanks to all of the authors who contributed and publicists who made this giveaway possible, you can check out the lists below to see which books are in each bag.

To enter to win one or any of the bags, simply leave a comment below telling us what new book you can't wait to read and which bags you are hoping to win:

 

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller:

Inside by Brenda Novak — Signed and pubs in July!


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Sneak Peek: Gregg Hurwitz's You're Next

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first look at Gregg Hurwitz's upcoming novel You're Next. We go beyond the back cover blurb with the author who shares how this story is different from his other works. Also, check out the giveaway at the end of the author's message. 

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Part of why I’m a writer is that I’m an insomniac. An image will hit me, or a scene, and it’ll gnaw on my brain in the small hours until I need to write it down to get it out. You're Next is the most emotional book I’ve written, I think because it’s the first book I’ve attacked fully from the perspective of a parent. 

What was the scene that struck me and wouldn’t let go?

A boy is dropped off by his father at an unfamiliar playground as a four-year-old and told to go play. Climbing out of the station wagon, he notices a single drop of blood on the cuff of his father’s sleeve. But whose?


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Amazon To Publish Mystery Novels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Following the announcement that Amazon will be publishing romance novels, the online retailer has revealed that it will also be entering into the mystery and thriller genres with its own publishing imprint. 

Named Thomas & Mercer after the streets around Amazon’s headquarters, the newest imprint will release four titles this fall including D.M. Annechino’s Resuscitation, J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch’s Stirred, Kyle Mills' The Immortals and John Rector's Already Gone. These books will be available in Kindle e-book editions, audio and print. 

Thomas & Mercer is Amazon's fifth publishing imprint. Others include AmazonEncore which features emerging and new writers, AmazonCrossing which publishes translations of foreign language works and the aforementioned Montlake Romance. So what's next for Amazon? We predict a science fiction imprint, so stay tuned...


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Debra Webb Debuts Her New Self-Pubbed Mystery Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we take a coffee break with popular romantic suspense author Debra Webb. Webb is known for her Colby books, series length tales of pulse-pounding action and romance, but this month she is embarking on a new project — a self-pubbed mystery series that kicks off with May's Dirty

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Can you tell us a little about your newest release Dirty?


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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TNT To Offer Tuesday Night Mysteries

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Cable television channel TNT is lining up “The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery” feature. This programing will include contemporary crime dramas as well as made-for-TV movies that will be shown each week. And even more exciting, many of the proposed projects are adaptations of works from fan-favorite mystery authors. 

Beginning in November, TNT will premier movies that are based on popular novels like Scott Turow’s Innocent, Sandra Brown’s Ricochet, Lisa Gardner’s Hide, as well as other works by Richard North Patterson, April Smith and Mary and Carol Higgins Clark


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Cozy Corner: Joanna Campbell Slan's Life - More Interesting Than Fiction

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mystery author Joanna Campbell Slan shares what she has in common with her cozy series heroine, Kiki Lowenstein.

Once upon a time, a writing coach gave my critique group this sterling piece of advice: “Never, ever use your own life as the basis for a protagonist. Trust me. You’re just not that interesting.”

Since she was the expert and I was the beginner, I did the logical thing. I ignored her. I created Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky and good-hearted woman who regularly finds trouble stuck to the bottom of her shoes.

You see, I think most of us actually DO have interesting lives. And so I use my personal foibles regularly for material that (with a little tweaking) perfectly illustrates Kiki’s lack of pretensiousness.

For example, one day while on carpool duty, I drove away from a gas pump with the hose still attached. (Yeah, it was a real parenting low point. Or highpoint, depending on your sense of humor.) One of my son’s friends in the back seat tapped me on the shoulder and stuttered, “Uh…Mrs. Slan? Uh…there’s a…a hose hooked up to the car.”

“Whose car?” I asked.

“Um…yours.”


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