Thursday, February 02, 2012

Night Vision by Paul Levine is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

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MystereBooks is pleased to feature Night Vision by Paul Levine as today's free mystery ebook.

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Night Vision by Paul Levine

Night Vision by Paul Levine
A Jake Lassiter Mystery
Publisher: Bantam/Nittany Valley

This is the second mystery in this series, originally published in 1991. After a 14 year break, Paul Levine published a new Jake Lassiter mystery this past fall.

About Night Vision (from the publisher): Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter is appointed a special prosecutor when women in a sex-charged Internet chat room are targeted by a serial killer. Enlisting a brilliant female psychiatrist and assisted by retired coroner Doc Charlie Riggs, Lassiter wades into a maze of lies and corruption to uncover the murderer. Soon, Lassiter finds himself on the trail of a psychopath from the mean streets of Miami to an insane asylum in London and the very streets where Jack the Ripper once stalked his prey.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Informant by Thomas Perry to be Adapted for Film

The Informant by Thomas Perry

The third mystery in the "Butcher's Boy" series by Thomas Perry, The Informant, will be adapted for film by screenwriter Matt Wheeler for Sony. (The first book in the series, The Butcher's Boy, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.)

The Butcher's Boy is a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia, who leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. Many years later, the Butcher's Boy finds his peaceful life threatened when a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. He knows they won't stop coming and decides to take the fight to their door.

Soon Waring, now high up in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department, receives a surprise late-night visit from the Butcher's Boy. Knowing she keeps track of the Mafia, he asks her whom his attackers worked for, offering information that will help her crack an unsolved murder in return. So begins a new assault on organized crime and an uneasy alliance between opposite sides of the law. As the Butcher's Boy works his way ever closer to his quarry in an effort to protect his new way of life, Waring is in a race against time, either to convince him to become a protected informant — or to take him out of commission for good.

In our review of The Informant, we called it an "exciting, fast-paced thriller," but added, "possibly the best way to experience this novel is to simply to sit back and enjoy the ride and not dwell too much on the details as they go racing by."

(Related article: Deadline.)

Casting News for Film Adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Switch

The Switch by Elmore Leonard

It's been almost two years since we last reported on the film adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Switch but today we're learning that John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) will co-star with Yaslin Bey (The Italian Job) in this prequel to Jackie Brown — which was itself adapted from Leonard's novel Rum Punch — playing younger versions of Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, the characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson. Dan Schechter will direct his own adapted screenplay.

Set some 15 years before the events in Jackie Brown, Ordell and Louis hit it off in prison, where they were doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing — with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

(Related article: Variety.)

New Trailer for Paranormal Thriller Red Lights

Red Lights (2012)

An English-language trailer for the Spanish thriller Red Lights has been posted online; we've embedded it below.

Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés, the film stars Robert De Niro as Simon Silver, a legendary psychic, perhaps the most famously gifted of all time, who returns after thirty years of mysterious absence to become the world's greatest challenge to orthodox science and professional skeptics. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) are rationalist scientists, who dissect phenomena from the metaphysical world, exposing it as fraud, and see Silver as both dangerous and a challenge. But Buckley begins to develop a dense obsession for Silver, whose magnetism is enhanced dangerously with each new manifestation of inexplicable phenomena. The past and the present of each of the protagonists contain still unrevealed shadows, setting in train a dark story of growing tension, full of unexpected twists and turns.

Millennium Entertainment has obtained the US distribution rights to the film, though a release date has not yet been set.

The Woman in Black Opens in Theaters Friday, February 3rd

The Woman in Black (2012)

Opening in theaters this Friday, February 3rd, is the adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 Gothic thriller The Woman in Black. One of the film's many taglines: "She'll never let go."

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client's papers. As he works alone in the client's isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.

The Woman in Black is directed by James Watkins from a screenplay by Jane Goldman. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Harlequin Worldwide Mystery Titles for February 2012

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Harlequin.com has released the list of February 2012 titles for its Worldwide Mystery imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors.

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Grey Matters by Clea Simon

Grey Matters by Clea Simon
A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (2nd in series)

For Harvard doctoral candidate Dulcie Schwartz, the pressure to finish her thesis is murder — and so is the body she discovers on the steps of her professor's office. The male victim, a fellow grad student, was a brilliant linguist and charmer who had stolen more than a few ladies' hearts. But now he's dead, and Dulcie's quiet world of academia is rife with mystery, manipulation … and danger.

The clues soon lead Dulcie deeper into her professor's obsessive world and produce an odd list of suspects, at the top of which is the strange man himself. Adding to the puzzle is the curious behavior of his two assistants and a suspicious rare book dealer. With the ghost of her beloved cat, Mr. Grey, offering cryptic messages, Dulcie attempts to piece together the events that led to murder, all the while fighting to keep a grip on her grant money, sanity and life.

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The Drowning Pool by Jacqueline Seewald

The Drowning Pool by Jacqueline Seewald
A Kim Reynolds Mystery (2nd in series)

A romantic evening with her favorite police lieutenant is shattered for librarian Kim Reynolds when a body is found floating in the pool of her apartment complex. Everyone at La Reine Gardens knew the victim — he was a player, womanizer and user who made a lot of women, and their husbands, very angry. Someone stabbed him then tossed him in the pool, and for detective Mike Gardner and a very intuitive Kim, there is no shortage of suspects.

Adding to the mystery are thefts involving high-grade pharmaceuticals, a woman suspiciously pushed down a flight of stairs and another deadly discovery in a ravine. Seems there might be more at stake here than a crime of passion. As Gardner and Kim get closer to the truth, they discover a tangle of greed, duplicity and twisted motives. But the most shocking revelation of all may be the identity of the killer …

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The Shoeless Kid by Marcelle Dubé

The Shoeless Kid by Marcelle Dubé
Non-Series

A former big-city cop haunted by past tragedy, Kate Williams accepts the job of police chief for the rural Canadian town of Mendenhall. But instead of the low-key troubles typical of a smaller force, she finds a station divided by rivalries — and very few supporters. The pressure only increases when a crazy old man shows up with a child's red running shoe, insisting he witnessed a kidnapping.

Is six-year-old Josh Hollister in jeopardy — or just staying with his grandmother, as his mother calmly insists? Rallying her factional force into a collective unit to investigate proves less difficult once they determine there is no grandmother. But there is a missing father who desperately wants to protect his son, and a mother with dangerous associates. Finding Josh quickly becomes a race against time … to stop a tragedy Kate vowed would never happen on her watch again.

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Cry Baby by Fay Cunningham

Cry Baby by Fay Cunningham
A Gina Cross Mystery (2nd in series)

A forensic sketch artist with an uncanny ability to reanimate the deceased through her drawings, Gina Cross is troubled by a new case. It concerns a murdered teenager who recently gave birth. But who is she and where is her baby? Police get a break in the case when Gina's likeness produces the girl's mother. But now another pregnant young woman has gone missing — and Gina has a bad feeling.

Then the clues lead to an upscale fertility doctor and his private clinic, Gina's assistant, Megan, goes undercover, posing as a lost and vulnerable girl "in trouble." And Gina's worst fears are confirmed — something terrible is happening in the clinic's back rooms. With time running out to find the missing girl and Megan's safety also in jeopardy, Gina races to expose the clinic's sinister secret before more innocent lives are taken.

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Barnes & Noble Announces Finalists for the Discover Great New Writers Awards

Barnes&Noble

This morning Barnes & Noble announced the finalists for the 21st Annual Discover Great New Writers Awards … and all three of the finalists in the Fiction category could properly be shelved under Mystery & Suspense. The Discover Awards honor the best works featured during the previous calendar year in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

Fiction Finalists:
• Alan Heathcock for his short story collection Volt (Graywolf Press)
Alice LaPlante for her novel Turn of Mind (Atlantic Monthly Press)
• Scott O'Connor for his novel Untouchable (Tyrus Books)

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, at a private awards ceremony.

(Source: Press release.)

The Cape Fear Crime Festival Returns this Weekend in Wilmington NC

Mystery Event Calendar

This weekend, the Cape Fear Crime Festival returns to the New Hanover Library in Wilmington (North Carolina).

The conference opens with a reception on Friday, February 3rd, and a full day of programs on Saturday, February 4th. A long list of mystery authors is expected to attend, including Chris Roerden, Ellis Vidler, Judy Nichols, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and many more. New this year: crime novelist Randy Rawls will critique the first 10 pages of any manuscript. Details for submissions will be given at the conference.

Visit the festival website at CapeFearCrimeFestival2.com for more information about registration and where to stay.

Harlequin Mira Mystery and Suspense Titles for February 2012

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Harlequin.com has released the list of February 2012 titles for their Mira imprint, the brightest stars in women's fiction. From all titles available, we've only listed those that are mystery, thriller, or suspense on this page.

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Secrets of the Lost  Summer by Carla Neggers
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Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers
Non-Series

A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England hometown nestled in the beautiful Swift River Valley. She's transforming a historic home into an idyllic getaway. Picturesque and perfect, if only the absentee owner will fix up the eyesore next door …

Dylan McCaffrey's ramshackle house is an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can't resist … any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story … past and present.

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Next of Kin by Sharon Sala
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Next of Kin by Sharon Sala
A Rebel Ridge Novel

Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes off-grid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will.

The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming — even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker — is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep. Hidden in a remote cabin with the man she's always wanted, Beth begins to dream of a new life: her old one. But after so long, with such dangers stalking her … impossible.

But love can distill life down to its essence: an elixir of pure hope, nerve — and the will to survive.

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Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler
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Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler
The Chasing Evil Trilogy (3rd in series)

The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach — bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer. After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped—and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.

FBI agent Eric MacFarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession … and Mia holds the key. She'll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.

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Love is Murder Conference Begins Friday, February 3rd, in Chicago

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On Friday, February 3rd, the 13th annual Love is Murder — "When chocolate and flowers aren't enough …" — mystery writers and readers conference opens in Chicago and runs through Sunday, February 5th.

A full schedule is planned, far more than we can cover here, but includes panel discussions, master classes, "pitch-a-palooza", the presentation of the Lovey Awards, and much, much more. And even if you can't make it for the entire weekend, be sure to drop by Thursday evening, February 2nd, from 5 to 7 PM in a pre-conference event to meet crime novelists Donald Bain, Julie James, David Morrell and Hank Phillippi Ryan, plus local featured author Julie Hyzy, at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel. The event is free, so bring your friends and fellow mystery fans to get your book(s) signed, chat with the authors, mingle with other authors, and maybe win books and Love is Murder souvenirs in prize drawings every 15 minutes.

See the conference website at LoveIsMurder.net for all the details, including registration information and where to stay.

First Official Photo of Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

James Bond, 007

The official James Bond website, 007.com, has released an image from the upcoming 23rd film in the series, Skyfall, showing Daniel Craig in a typical "Bond with gun" pose from a scene set in Shanghai (see below; click for larger version).

In a press release from last November, the plotline for the film is given as "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

Directed by Sam Mendes from a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan, the film also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, and Albert Finney.

Skyfall will be in US theaters November 9th, 2012.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

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