A Big Week in Books!

March 20, 2014

Friends and Readers,

I’m getting pumped up about a whole bunch of things that are going on or coming up in the next couple of months.  The first little bit of excitement arrived yesterday with the news that THE OPHELIA CUT is now out in paperback!  I hope that many of you discovered this, as I did, by way of the half-page full color ad in USA Today, which just blew my socks off.  If you’ve been waiting to buy this book until it got less expensive, now’s the time to pounce.  THE OPHELIA CUT was a NY Times hardcover bestseller last May, and I’m hoping you’ll all help put the book on the paperback bestseller list this year.

Also in the mail, just yesterday (yesterday was a big day!), I got my own author’s copy of the Mystery Writers of America’s anthology, ICE COLD: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War (edited by Jeffrey Deaver and Raymond Benson).  My contribution to this book is a short story entitled “The Last Confession,” and as I’ve said before, I believe this is the best short story I’ve ever written, maybe the best pages ever.  As they say in Hollywood, it’s based on a true story that occurred in my own life during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and I think it’s that personal connection that provides such an emotional wallop.  Check it out.

While all this is going on in the here and now, of course the year’s big event looms ever larger, and that is the release of THE KEEPER.  Publishers Weekly has just chimed in, calling it entertaining and surprising, and I think you’ll find it’s all of that and perhaps more.  It always gives me a great feeling to be able to present another Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky novel to my readers and this one, following some of the traumatic events in THE OPHELIA CUT, is absolutely chock full of surprises and changes.  The actual publication date for THE KEEPER is May 6, and if you’re wondering, it’s a giant leg up in terms making the NY Times Bestseller List if the book gets lots of pre-orders before the actual date of publication.  So if you think you’re going to want THE KEEPER as soon as possible after its release, don’t hesitate to pre-order a copy now from your favorite website or brick & mortar bookstore.  And thanks so much for your loyal and even passionate support.

Finally, in what is turning into a major publishing event, this year’s short story anthology from the International Thriller Writers, FACE OFF, features one of the coolest ideas that I’ve run across in my thirty years in the book business.  The idea behind FACE OFF is that eleven pairs of well-known protagonists from different authors get together in the same story.  They get to hang out, interact, and oh yes, get involved in some thrilling adventure.  I was flattered to be approached as part of this project, and then absolutely delighted to get teamed up with one of my favorite writers in the world, and one of the nicest guys, T. Jefferson Parker.  Jeff’s Edgar Award winning Best Novel, SILENT JOE, features the unforgettable character Joe Trona, and in SILENT HUNT, Trona teams up with none other than Wyatt Hunt on what begins as a fishing trip to Baja, California, and turns into a life and death struggle to preserve a Mexican village’s hope for its future based on . . . whoops, I don’t want to give it away.  I think you’ll have to buy a copy of FACE OFF.  And remember, it’s always okay to pre-order to help build the buzz.  Simply go to the link (here!) and push the button.  Besides SILENT HUNT, you’ll get ten more stories from the top thrillers writers in the world.  Besides me and Jeff, look at this lineup:  Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joe Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Steve Martini, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson.  Wow!


Face Off

FACE OFF, with stories by many of the heroes of John Lescroart


I always enjoy talented young authors at book events that I get to attend, such as this past weekend’s Tuscon Festival of Books (highly recommended). One of my favorites was Laurie Stevens, who sent me this delightful photograph. See her note, below. ~John

John Lescroart with Laurie Stevens

John Lescroart with Laurie Stevens


Hi John,

 It was nice to meet you and Lisa at the Tucson book fest (technically at the airport).  At the festival I saw you were doing many events and keeping busy.  I also had a wonderful time and sold out my stash of books.

The story you told me about how your German and Japanese deals set your wonderful career in motion made me very excited about the deal I’m signing with Blanvalet (German publisher).

It was an honor to meet you. I read and admire your writing — (I really enjoyed Damage.)  Thank you for taking the photo with me and supporting another author!

Wishing you the best,

Laurie Stevens


Kirkus Review Star recipient. Read the entire review here

Named Kirkus Review’s Best of 2011


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I’m really excited about my inclusion in the wonderful new anthology, ICE COLD:  Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, to be published on April 1, 2014.  In addition to being a terrific concept to begin with, in the magic way that these things sometimes develop, I wound up digging very deep and very personal for my story that’s included here:  ”The Last Confession.”  Based, as they say, on a true event that happened in my own life, I believe that this short story is my single best work to date.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that the Cold War claimed many more victims than history would have us believe.  This is the almost true story of one — or maybe three — of them.


Authors on the Move

February 6, 2014

I can’t wait for this year’s “Authors on the Move: Bridges to Other Lands” event on March 8. Authors on the Move brings together nearly 50 authors and their recent books for an evening food, wine, auctions, and literary appreciation. Keynote speakers Orville Schell and John Delury will talk about their new book, Wealth and […]

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A Collaboration with T. Jefferson Parker

February 4, 2014

I recently had the exciting opportunity to work with the inimitable T. Jefferson Parker in a collaborative contribution to FaceOff, an anthology of short stories edited by David Baldacci to be released in June of this year. We had a great time working together on “Silent Hunt,” which combines my Wyatt Hunt with Parker’s “Silent” Joe […]

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