Homicide inspector Ben Raveneau is the focus of novelist Kirk Russell’s San Francisco-based procedural series. First in the series, A Killing in China Basin, won kudos from Booklist: “A plot that’s chock-a-block with red herrings and unexpected twists, an appealingly hard-bitten hero, and plenty of action make this solidly written police procedural a good choice for all fans of the genre.” Novelist Michael Connelly also had praise for this new series and its protagonist, noting, “A city storied with characters gains a relentless new hero with Ben Raveneau.” Second in the series, Counterfeit Road, comes out in May.
Former DEA agent and now head of a special operations unit of the California Department of Fish and Game, John Marquez is the unlikely protagonist of Russell’s first series, which began with the 2003 title, Shell Games, and continued with Night Game, Dead Game, and the 2011 installment, Redback. Booklist called Marquez “far and away the most inventive new detective hero,” and of the fourth installment that same periodical declared: “Readers looking for a superbly crafted, cleverly plotted, highly suspenseful thriller with a larger-than-life hero need look no further than Redback—or, indeed, the entire John Marquez series. Outstanding!” (more…)
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Posted in Interviews, tagged A Plague of Secrets, Dead Irish, Dismas Hardy, John Lescroart, San Francisco, The Hunter, The Motive, Treasure Hunt, Wyatt Hunt on December 9, 2011 |
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John Lescroart and San Francisco are synonymous. The author of over a score of novels, Lescroart usually bases his action in California’s city by the bay. His long-standing series featuring ex-cop, ex-bartender, ex-PI, and current defense attorney Dismas Hardy, takes place in the courtrooms and mean streets of San Francisco, as does his series featuring private investigator Wyatt Hunt.
Lescroart, who came to writing after a career in music, regularly finds his fast-paced fiction on the bestseller lists. He has been dubbed “one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike” by USA Today, and “reliably excellent” by Publishers Weekly. His third novel featuring Wyatt Hunt, The Hunter, appears in January, 2012.
John, it’s great to finally have you on Scene of the Crime. Let’s start things off with a discussion of your own crime scene. What’s your connection to San Francisco? (more…)
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Posted in Interviews, tagged Bree, Deborah Grabien, Graceland, Haunted Ballads, JP Kinkaid, London Calling, Rock and Roll Never Forgets, San Francisco, While My Guitar Gently Weeps on March 14, 2011 |
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San Francisco-based author and musician Deborah Grabien blends musical elements and mystery in many of her novels. The author of the Haunted Ballads series, Grabien mixes historical sleuthing and old English ballads in books featuring musician Ringan Laine and his talented significant other, Penny Wintercraft-Hawkes. That five-book series began in 2003 with The Weaver and the Factory Maid, and concluded with New Slain Knight in 2007. Publishers Weekly found the latter work “enthralling,” while Booklist declared, “Grabien once again creates a fascinating thriller by blending traditional folk music and lore with elements of the supernatural.” (more…)
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