Lauded by the great Ed Gorman

Sometimes my minor attempts to secure a place in the mystery writing/biography  field reap rewards far beyond my expectations.  That happened recently when the legendary mystery writer Ed Gorman, an incredibly prolific novelist and highly respected editor (who helped produce The Big Book of Noir), called Gunshots in Another Room a “masterpiece.”  It doesn’t get any better than this. Read his review and then the comments. Incredible.

http://newimprovedgorman.blogspot.com/search?q=Gunshots+in+Another+rom

 


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Lee Goldberg of Diagnosis: Murder Praises GUNSHOTS

I’ve been a fan of Lee Goldberg ever since I picked up one of his books with the mock-hardboiled title My Gun Has Bullets. Funniest title ever. His books, such as Watch Me Die, with a killingly amusing description of Travis McGee, are great. However, he’s best known to the public as a TV writer/producer with credits for Diagnosis: Murder, Monk, Hunter and Spenser: For Hire. Now Goldberg has issued a blush-inducing review of  Gunshots in Another Room, my opus on hardboiled writer Dan J. Marlowe. Thanks, Lee!

Here it is: http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2013/03/booze-bullets-and-broads.html


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Self-Publishing Can Work!

A very kind review of Gunshots in Another Room by Jessica Argyle on Keysnews.com, which originates in the Florida Keys, notes that the book is self-published but says it is quite professionally done. Jessica, author of an intriguing collection of short stories, Arrest Me (before I write again!), says the formatting, organization and editing of the book rival that of books published by traditional houses.  This is gratifying, and a tribute to the cover designer, J.T. Lindroos, and to my editors and friends, Patrick Millikin and Ed Foster.

Here’s a link to Jessica’s review:

http://keysnews.com/node/45835


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Cullen Gallagher, who writes the celebrated blog Pulp Serenade and is an expert on all things pulp, noir and hardboiled, published a very nice review of Gunshots in Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe on the Los Angeles Review of Books. The first part of his column deals with the work of Bill Pronzini, a giant in the field of mystery writing.

Here’s a link to Cullen’s column:

http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type=&id=1387&fulltext=1&media=#article-text-cutpoint


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Rough Edges favors Marlowe bio

James Reasoner, legendary Western writer and author of several of the Mike Shayne private-eye novellas, posts on his Rough Edges blog that Gunshots in Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe is “a fascinating book and definitely one of the best things I’ve read this year.”

http://jamesreasoner.blogspot.com/2012/11/gunshots-in-another-room-forgotten-life.html?spref=fb


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Finally, the Marlowe bio

After six years of research and writing, I’ve finally published the Dan Marlowe bio as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Kobo.  Also, as a trade paperback on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It’s already been reviewed by Bill Crider on his blog, and mentioned on the Existential Ennui and James Reasoner blogs.  Several people at the recent NoirCon in Philadelphia expressed interest.  Marv Lachman, editor of the Reader’s Guide to The American Novel of Detection, even suggested that I enter it in the Edgar Awards.  But, alas, the Edgars don’t accept self-published books. 


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Didn’t win, but had a great time

Hi, everybody.  I didn’t win the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest with Grace Humiston and the Vanishing, but I had a great time.  Congratulations to the General Fiction winner, Alan Averill, and kudos to his novel, The Beautiful Land. Also congrats to Young Adult Fiction winner Regina Sirois for her winning novel, On Little Wings.  I got to hang out with Alan, Regina, finalists Rebecca Phillips, Brian Reeves, and Casey Griffin, and various spouses and friends, in Seattle for the awards dinner weekend.  A bunch of wonderful folks, and we had a lot of fun.  Thom Kephart of Amazon, who coordinated the whole thing, made it all look easy.  All contests should be run this well. My fellow finalists were all very talented, and I’m sure they will find publishing success in the future. I loved the whole ABNA experience, and I highly recommend it to all novelists.


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