Saturday, March 31, 2012

Telemystery: The Killing, Season Two, Premieres Sunday April 1st on AMC

The Killing Season 2 (AMC)

Tomorrow, Sunday April 1st, the second season of The Killing premieres on AMC with a two-hour episode starting at 8 PM (ET/PT).

Of course we all know that last season ended without a resolution to the only question asked by everyone all season, Who Killed Rosie Larson? And we all know based on all the pre-season publicity that the answer won't be coming until the final episode of this second season. Which almost begs the question, why bother tuning in until the season finale?

Still, for those who may be interested, in the aftermath of the shooting at City Hall and Linden's discovery that the photo leading to Councilman Darren Richmond's arrest was forged, Sarah returns to Seattle to investigate a possible cover up and wonders if she can trust her partner.

Get a 3-plus minute summary of the first season and a brief preview of this season below.

Review: Paradise Falls by Jonnie Jacobs

Paradise Falls by Jonnie Jacobs

We've just published our Review of Paradise Falls by Jonnie Jacobs. Five Star Hardcover, March 2012.

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Scorpion House by Maria Hudgins is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Scorpion House by Maria Hudgins as today's second free mystery ebook.

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Scorpion House by Maria Hudgins

Scorpion House by Maria Hudgins
A Lacy Glass Mystery
Publisher: Maria Hudgins

This stand-alone, possibly the first in a new series, is by the author of the Dotsy Lamb Travel mysteries.

About Scorpion House (from the publisher): It sounds like the chance of a lifetime, to explore the tomb of an ancient Egyptian nobleman and live in an expedition house with other scientists. All expenses paid, and her name on a paper sure to be published in a prestigious journal. But when her housemates start turning up dead, all under unpleasant circumstances, Lacy Glass has reason to suspect she’s next.

Lacy is a botanist, a pigment specialist, recruited to analyze the paint on the walls and the dyes in the linen found in the tomb. Altogether, nine specialists share the house on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, but Lacy isn't sure she can trust any of them. The first to die is her best friend, her mentor, and the only housemate she knows well enough to trust.

These housemates include a cook who believes she's the pharaoh Hatshepsut's daughter, an ex-pat American botanist, an overbearing team leader, and a surfeit of scorpions.

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Last Dance in Redondo Beach by Michael J. Katz is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Last Dance in Redondo Beach by Michael J. Katz as today's free mystery ebook.

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Last Dance in Redondo Beach by Michael J. Katz

Last Dance in Redondo Beach by Michael J. Katz
An Andy Sussman Mystery
Original Publisher: Putnam

The is the second sports mystery (of three in the series) to feature radio personality Andy Sussman.

About Last Dance in Redondo Beach (from the publisher): Sportscaster Andy, now a network reporter, is assigned to anchor the Celebrity Network Superteams. When the masked wrestler Dr. Double X mysteriously drowns in a rowboat race, Andy intrepidly digs up more facts than he’d wished for. He soon calls in his girlfriend/lawyer, Susie Ettinger and his pal Murray Glick, who has taken a break from his shopping mall office to run Mystery Cruises.

The world of pro wrestling provides a raunchy and hilarious backdrop for the story, including Shakespearean actor Lennie Weintraub, aka The Renaissance Man, and Dr. XX’s manager, Wireless.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Production Underway for Film Adaptation of A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones

A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones

Here's some news that surprised us a bit. Production has begun on the film adaptation of Matthew F. Jones's thriller A Single Shot. The news itself isn't surprising, just the timing.

We first heard about the adaptation in 2010, and then there was a news items from mid-2011 that production had begun in Vancouver. But apparently that was a false start.

Jones has adapted his own book for the film screenplay, which is being directed by David M. Rosenthal. A Single Shot was originally published in 1996 by Farrar Straus & Giroux and recently reissued by Mulholland Books. Here's the synopsis from the book:

After the loss of his family farm, John Moon is a desperate man. A master hunter, his ability to poach game in-season or out is the only thing that stands between him and the soup kitchen line. Until Moon trespasses on the wrong land, hears a rustle in the brush, and fires a single fateful shot.

Following the bloody trail, he comes upon a shocking scene: an illegal, deep woods campground filled with drugs, bundles of cash and the body of a dead young woman, killed by Moon's stray bullet.

Faced with an ultimate dilemma, Moon has to make a choice: does he take the money and ignore his responsibility for the girl's death? Or confess?

But before he has a chance to decide, Moon finds himself on the run, pursued by those who think the money is theirs. Men who don't care about right and wrong and who want only one thing from John Moon: his body, face down in a ditch
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Starring Sam Rockwell as John Moon and co-starring Jason Isaacs and Willilam H. Macy, the film is expected to be released during 2013.

(Related article: Deadline.)

Anathem by Neal Stephenson is This Week's Amazon Deal Vote Winner

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Anathem by Neal Stephenson as this week's Amazon Deal Vote Winner. The deal price of $1.99 is valid this weekend only.

Visit the deal page to see this week's winners in all four categories — Instant Video, MP3 Album, Kindle Book, and Game Download — and to vole for next week's winner.

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Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Publisher: HarperCollins

This long — very long at almost 1000 pages — novel defies simple categorization, but is possibly best described as a near-future thriller.

About Anathem (from the publisher): Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside "saecular" world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent's walls. Three times during history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. And Erasmas has no fear of the outside — the Extramuros — for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago.

Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fraas and suurs prepare to venture beyond the concent's gates — at the same time opening them wide to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected." But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change.

Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros — a threat that only an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose — as, one by one, Erasmas and his colleagues, teachers, and friends are summoned forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a staggering responsibility, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world — as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet … and beyond.

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Paramount Options Film Rights to French Thriller Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez

Le Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez

Paramount has acquired the film rights to the French thriller Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez. This first in a series was originally published in late 2010 in France, and has its US debut in August — the first of the crime novelist's works to be translated into English.

The story is of beleaguered detective Lucie Hennebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare — and violent — film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it — especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

Enlisting the help of Inspector Franck Sharko — a brooding, broken analyst for the Paris police who is exploring the film's connection to five murdered men left in the woods — Lucie begins to strip away the layers of what is perhaps the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. Soon Sharko and Lucie find themselves mired in a darkness that spreads across politics, religion, science, and art while stretching from France to Canada, Egypt to Rwanda, and beyond. And just who is responsible for this darkness will blow readers minds, as Syndrome E forces them to consider: what if the earliest and most brilliant advances and discoveries of neuroscience were not used for good — but for evil.

(Related article: Deadline.)

New Book Trailer for Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith

Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith has been in the news a lot lately, what with two movies coming out for which he wrote the screenplays — Dark Shadows and an adaptation of his own novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — and he has a new book, a biblical thriller, being published in April, Unholy Night. The publisher, Hachette Book Group, has now uploaded a trailer, which we've embedded below. Word of caution: it's not for the faint of heart.

They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio.

In this new telling of the story, the so-called "Three Wise Men" are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod's prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod's men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.

It's the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.

Skin by Patricia Rosemoor is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Skin by Patricia Rosemoor as today's second free mystery ebook.

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Skin by Patricia Rosemoor

Skin by Patricia Rosemoor
Publisher: CreateSpace

This stand-alone indie thriller is by an author with more than 7 million books in print, one fascinated with "dangerous love", combining romance with danger.

About Skin (from the publisher): She'd do anything to save her sister …

After a decade of searching for her runaway sister, Lilith Mitchell finds her dancing at a gentleman's club. They barely reconnect when a killer kidnaps Hannah. Keeping his victims prisoner for days, he then hunts and kills them in a forest preserve. Determined to identify the killer and find her sister, Lilith transforms herself into Hannah’s double and gets a job at the club to lure the killer into coming after her. The killer savors the idea of doing the sisters together but first takes up Lilith’s challenge by terrorizing her. In a world of deception, where everyone seems guilty, who can Lilith trust?

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Death Angel by Martha Powers is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Death Angel by Martha Powers as today's free mystery ebook.

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Death Angel by Martha Powers

Death Angel by Martha Powers
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

We called this stand-alone in which a woman's conviction her husband is innocent and her doubt he may be guilty "a compelling suspense novel".

About Death Angel (from the publisher): The search for truth can be deadly. Kate and Richard Warner have a quiet life — a routine life — until the one afternoon that changes them forever. Within a few short hours they are thrust into the black hole of every parent’s worst nightmare. Suddenly they are at the center of attention of their community, the media, and the police … for all the wrong reasons. The chief of police has singled out Richard as the primary suspect in a heinous crime that took more than an innocent life. With Richard as a suspect, Kate’s life unravels into unbearable chaos, grief, and a whole new world of deception. Neighbors turn away, and only a small handful of close friends are there to help. Or are they? After a second murder and Richard’s disappearance, Kate sets out to find the killer in their midst and clear her husband’s name. She begins to piece together an eerie puzzle, finding clues in the heart of her own community.

Anguish, suspicion and death combine in the horrifying aftermath of a vicious crime that pits a mother’s love against a ruthless killer. In a stunning conclusion, Kate risks her own life to track down and kill the Death Angel.

Read our review of Death Angel by Martha Powers.

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The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan is Today's Barnes&Noble Nook Daily Find

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan as today's Barnes&Noble Nook Daily Find. The deal price of $2.99 is valid only for today, Friday, March 30, 2012.

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The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
The Homelanders Series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

This is the first in a series of young adult thrillers by this multi-Edgar Award winning author.

About The Last Thing I Remember (from the publisher): Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things — working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point … how is he going to get out of this room alive?

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Borrowed Time by C. J. Lyons is Today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Borrowed Time by C. J. Lyons as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. The deal price of $0.99 is valid only for today, Friday, March 30, 2012.

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Borrowed Time by C. J. Lyons

Borrowed Time by C. J. Lyons
Publisher: Legacy Books

The author says that Borrowed Time "was the first thriller novel I wrote. In it, a Pittsburgh police officer tracks a killer targeting cops. The only problem? He's already killed her once."

About Borrowed Time (from the publisher): Pittsburgh Police Officer Kate O'Hern is on the trail of a killer targeting cops. Only problem, he's already killed her once …

Trauma surgeon Joshua Lightner saved Kate's life, only to have her awaken suffering from an unexpected side effect: visions of other people's deaths. As a doctor, he refuses to believe in "psychic mumbo-jumbo" but as a man, he can't deny his feelings for Kate.

When the killer targets them both, are they living on borrowed time?

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Mystery Bestsellers for the Week Ending March 30, 2012

Bestselling Hardcover Mystery Books

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending March 30th, 2012 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

As predicted, last week's featured title, Stay Close by Harlan Coben, assumes the top spot this week … and by a decisive margin.

Two new titles debut this week.

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Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

At number six is Guilty Wives, a stand-alone thriller by James Patterson and David Ellis.

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.

In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened — something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime — for survival.

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Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Four places lower at number 10 is the 9th Maisie Dobbs mystery, Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear.

Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden — sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London — Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie — and why?

Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death.

Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla.

As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

A&E Adapting Graphic Novel O.C.T. for Potential Series

O.C.T. by Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Eagle Eye) is bringing her graphic crime novel O.C.T. to A&E. (The acronym stands for Occult Crimes Taskforce.)

The potential series is expected to center on Dawson's alter-ego character in the book, Sophia Ortiz, an NYPD detective versed in the black arts and equipped with mystical weaponry. The O.C.T. detectives are responsible for keeping the peace as an organized demon-force attempts to take over Manhattan.

Jorge Zamacona (Homicide: Life on the Street, Wanted, The Unusuals) will write the screenplay for the pilot.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)

Bones Renewed for an 8th Season

Bones (Fox)

With Bones returning on a new night this coming Monday after a long absence, fans have something else to cheer about: Fox has renewed the crime drama for an 8th season.

"Over the past seven seasons, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible Bones cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility," said Fox president Kevin Reilly. "I'm really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season."

Based on characters created by forensic anthropologist and crime novelist Kathy Reichs, Bones stars Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has an uncanny ability to read clues left behind in a victim's bones. Her partner in solving crimes is FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz).

First Trailer for House at the End of the Street

House at the End of the Street (2012)

Before she was Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence was Elissa living at the House at the End of the Street, a horror thriller directed by Mark Tonderai. A new trailer for the film (via MTV) has been released, which we've embedded below.

In the film newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret.

Also starring Max Thieriot as Ryan, the sole surviving member of a double murder that took place at the House at the End of the Street, the film opens in theaters September 21st, 2012.

Review: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s by David Goodis

Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s by David Goodis

We've just published our Review of David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s edited by Robert Polito. Library of America Hardcover, March 2012.

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First Trailer for Crime Thriller The Samaritan

The Samaritan (2012)

Earlier this week we featured the first poster for the crime thriller The Samaritan. Now the first trailer for the film (via Yahoo! Movies) has been released, which we've embedded below.

The film stars Samuel L. Jackson as ex-con Foley, who — after 25 years in prison — is finished with the grifter's life. And when he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real.

But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan's web of secrets … until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.

We may have had our dates wrong in our earlier post, as the latest information available indicates The Samaritan will open in theaters May 4th, 2012.

One-Sheet Poster, Viral Website for Total Recall

Total Recall (2012)

It's been a busy week for Total Recall. First there was the trailer for the trailer. Then there was the banner poster. Then the motion banner poster. And now today, the standard one-sheet poster (right; click for slightly larger version). The poster's tagline: "What is real?"

And there's more!

Sony has a new viral website, separate from the film's website, that offers you the opportunity to "escape from your world to ours. Come to Rekall for the memory of a lifetime." Enter your phone number and a Rekall representative will contact you when experience packages are available. (It doesn't seem to be much more than that for now.)

In the meantime, welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life — real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police — controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world — Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Directed by Len Wiseman from a screenplay adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Mark Bomback and Kurt Wimmer, Total Recall opens in theaters August 3rd, 2012.

Nominees for the 2012 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Announced

Mystery Book Awards

A new literary mystery award is being introduced at this year's Bloody Words 2012 conference, the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award. It will be presented to the author of a "book that makes us smile", a print or ebook published the previous year by a Canadian author. The winner will be announced at the Bloody Words XII banquet in Toronto on June 2nd, 2012.

The nominees for this inaugural prize are:

Dire Threads by Janet Bolin (Berkley)
A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley (Doubleday)
Cheat the Hangman by Gloria Ferris (Imajin Books)
The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder by Mary Jane Maffini (Berkley)
Champagne for Buzzards by Phyllis Smallman (McArthur)Review of Champagne for Buzzards by Phyllis Smallman

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(Hat tip to The Rap Sheet for alerting us to this information.)

 

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