Friday, August 30, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre



The Bride Collector

by

Ted Dekker

FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.
It's there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person's life when she touches the dead body.

In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise's help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most 'sane people' sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls...or inside.

As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector's next target.

The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it's too late?


Ted Dekker (October 24, 1962)

Ted Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing. In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew. He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel.

Novels

The Circle Series:
  • Black: The Birth of Evil (February 2004, August 2009)
  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (May 2004, August 2009)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (September 2004, August 2009)
  • Green: The Beginning and the End ( 2009)
  • The Circle (2010)
The Paradise Series
  • Shasdown (January 2006)
  • Saint (October 2006)
  • Sinner  (September 2008) 
The Lost Book Series:
  • Chosen (December 2007)
  • Infidel (December 2007)
  • Renegade (May 2008)
  • Chaos (May 2008)
  • Lunatic (with Kaci Hill, May 2009)
  •  Elvon (with Kaci Hill, May 2009)
Other books
  • House (with Frank Peretti, March 2006)
  • Skin (April 2007)
  • Immanuel’s Veins (September 2010)
  • The Blood Book (with Kevin Kaiser and Josh Olds, June 2011)
  • Genesis; The Birth of an Idea (June 2011
The Books of Mortals
  1. Forbidden (with Tosca Lee, September 2011)
  2. Mortal (with Tosca Lee, June 2012)
  3. Sovereign (with Tosca Lee, Spring 2013)

The Outlaw Series

  • Eyes Wide Open (February 2013)

Thrillers

  • In the Blink of an Eye (January 2003, November 2007)
  • Thr3e (September 2003)
  • Obsessed (February 2005)
  • Adam (April 2008)
  • Kiss (with Erin Healy, January 2009)
  • BoneMan's Daughters (April 2009)
  • Burn (with Erin Healy, January 2010)
  • The Bride Collector (April 2010)
  • The Priest’s Graveyard (April 2011)
  • The Sanctuary (October 2012)

The Caleb Series

  • Blessed Child (with Bill Bright, April 2001)
  • A Man Called Blessed (with Bill Bright, September 2002)

The Martyr's Song Series

  • Heaven’s Wager (October 2000)
  • When Heaven Weeps (May 2001)
  • Thunder of Heaven (February 2002)
  • The Martyr's Song (2005)

Other titles

  • The Promise (September 2005)
  • The Drummer Boy (October 2006)
  • To Kill with Reason (April 2010

Non-fiction

  • The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth (July 2005)
  • Tea with Hezbollah (with Carl Medearis, January 2010)

Graphic novels

  • Black (2007)
  • Red (2007)
  • White (2007)
  • Chosen (2008)
  • Infidel (2008)
  • Green (2009)
  • Renegade (2009)
  • Chaos (2009)
  • Water Walker (October 2013)
  • Outlaw (October 2013)

Friday, August 23, 2013

In Remembrance



Pronto

by

Elmore Leonard

Fans of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of the hit TV series Justified are in for a major treat. The unstoppable manhunter with the very itchy trigger finger stars in Pronto, a crime fiction gem from the one and only Elmore Leonard, “the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever” (New York Times Book Review). The Grand Master justifies the overwhelming acclaim he has received over the course of his remarkable career with an electrifying thriller that sends the indomitable Raylan racing to Italy on the trail of a fugitive bookie who’s hiding from the vengeful Miami mob. The legendary Leonard, whom the Seattle Times lauds as the “King Daddy of crime writers,” proves that all comparisons to American noir icons John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain are well deserved with this tale of very dirty doings and extremely dangerous men coming together in the birthplace of Puccini, Garibaldi, and La Cosa Nostra.


Elmore “Dutch” Leonard (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013)
 
Leonard was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.
Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for the movie Jackie Brown.)  Leonard's writings include short stories that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current FX television series Justified.

Novels:
·        The Bounty Hunters 1953
·        The Law of Randada 1954
·        Escape From Five Shadows  1956
·        Last Stand at Saber River 1959
·        Hombre  1961
·        The Big Bounce  1969
·        The Moonshine War  1969
·        Valdez is Coming  1970
·        Forty Lashes Less One  1972
·        Mr. Majestyk  1974
·        Fifty-Two Pickup  1974
·        Swag  1976
·        Unknown Man No. 89  1977
·        The Hunted  1977
·        The Switch  1978
·        Gunsights  1979
·        City Primeval  1980
·        Gold Coast  1980
·        Split Images   1981
·        Cat Chaser  1982
·        Stick  1983
·        La Brava  1983
·        Glitz   1985
·        Bandits  1987
·        Touch  1987
·        Freaky Deaky  1988
·        Killshot   1989
·        Get Shorty  1990
·        Maximum Bob  1991
·        Rum Punch   1992
·        Pronto   1993
·        Riding the Rap   1995
·        Out of Sight  1996
·        Cuba Libre   1998
·        Be Cool  1999
·        Pagan Babies  2000
·        Tishomingo Blues   2002
·        Mr. Paradise  2004
·        A Coyote’s in the House  2004
·        The Hot Kid   2005
·        Up in Honey’s Room   2007
·        Comfort to the Enemy  2009
·        Road Dogs   2009
·        Djibouti   2010
·        Raylan   2011
 

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre

Mystery Mile
by
Margery Allingham


Crossing the Atlantic on the luxurious liner Elephantine are an American judge, Crowdy Lobbett, and his children. A number of people around Judge Lobbett have been murdered, and he is said to be fleeing to England for safety. Apparent buffoon Albert Campion offers the family sanctuary with his friends in remote Suffolk, but a local commits suicide, the Judge vanishes, and another disappearance follows soon after. What is the Judge's mysterious secret? How was he kidnapped from a remote maze? Can Campion and his friends get to the bottom of things before it's too late?

Margery Louise Allingham (May 20, 1904 – June 30, 1966)



Margery Allingham was an English crime writer, best remembered for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. She was born in London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, and her mother Emily Jane were both writers - he was editor of the Christian Globe and The New London Journal. Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of The Crime of Black Dudley. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in Mystery Mile, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. With a strong central character and format to work from, Allingham began to produce a series of popular Campion novels. At first she had to continue writing short stories and journalism for magazines, but as her Campion saga went on, her following, and her sales, grew steadily. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.
Albert Champion Novels:
·        Sweet Danger
·         Mystery Mile
·         The Tiger in the Smoke
·         The Case of the Late Pig
·         Traitor's Purse
·         The Fashion in Shrouds
·         Flowers for the Judge
·         Coroner's Pidgin
·         The Beckoning Lady
·         Police at the Funeral
·         More Work for the Undertaker
·         China Governess
·         Hide My Eyes
·        Cargo of Eagles
·         The Mind Readers
 A film version of Tiger in the Smoke was made in 1956; a highly popular series of Campion adaptations was shown by the BBC in 1989-90, (available on DVD).

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Release

                                            Keeper of Reign
                                                 by Emma Right


                                       About the Book

Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.

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Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

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