Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Steve Brewer / Max Austin's Duke City Series

Steve Brewer returns to tell us about his pseudonymous series centered not on a single protagonist but on the varied denizens of a city:

Can you write a series that doesn't have a continuing protagonist? Does that even qualify as a series? Those are the questions I asked myself as I wrote my new Duke City crime series for Random House/Alibi. I'm writing the series under a pen name – Max Austin – and felt like pushing the envelope. Books about crooks, with no white knight in sight.

The novels have protagonists, of course, but each one features a different cast of criminals. Some minor characters and law enforcement types continue throughout, and Duke City – my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico – is practically a character itself. But the protagonists change from book to book.

Over my 20-year publishing career, I've drifted toward the criminal side of the crime novel. I've written about plenty of good guys, but it's always been the bad guys who interest me most. With the exception of A Box of Pandoras, all my recent stand-alone novels center on crooks, often small-timers who are in over their heads. It's fertile ground to work.

The first Max Austin novel, Duke City Split, was published in April as an ebook original from Alibi. It stars two professional robbers who hit it big when they knock over an Albuquerque bank. Duke City Hit, which comes out December 16, is about a hitman who learns he has a grown son. The son wants to get into the family business.

The third one, Duke City Desperado, features two nimrods who try to rob a drive-through bank. It's slated for June 2015, and will be my 27th published book.

Those three were sold as a trilogy, but I'm polishing up a fourth Duke City novel now. It pulls together characters and events from the first three books, and writing it has been a real high-wire act.

Is it a series yet? I guess I'll leave that up to the readers. I'll keep doing what I'm doing, because I'm having a ball writing these books about crooks. —Steve Brewer

Monday, October 20, 2014

S.J. Rozan talks BLOOD OF THE LAMB by Sam Cabot

Co-authors S.J. Rozan and Carlos Dews launched a paranormal thriller series in 2013 under the pseudonym Sam Cabot. Featuring the unlikely team of Jesuit Fr. Thomas Kelly and vampire historians Livia Pietro and Spencer George, the books are Blood of the Lamb (2013), Skin of the Wolf (2014), and Brush of the Ghost (TBA). S.J. returned to Chatterrific to talk about the series' origin.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Alex Segura talks SILENT CITY

Pete Fernandez is a mess. He's on the brink of being fired from his middle-management newspaper job. His fiancée has up and left him. Now, after the sudden death of his father, he's back in his hometown of Miami, slowly drinking himself into oblivion. But when a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld - and, shockingly, his father's past. Making it up as he goes and stumbling as often as he succeeds, Pete's surreptitious quest becomes the wake-up call he's never wanted but has always needed - but one with deadly consequences. Welcome to Silent City, a story of redemption, broken friendships, lost loves and one man's efforts to make peace with a long-buried past to save the lives of the few friends he has left.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chris Leek talks GOSPEL OF THE BULLET

Mitchel McCann may have lost a war, but he never lost his belief. The preacher kept his faith throughout all the blood and the dying; trading his pulpit for a saddle and delivering his sermons with a brace of Walker Colts. McCann still believes in God, but he is no longer sure that God believes in him. Now fate has given him a chance at redemption; the opportunity to save a life instead of taking one.

Justice Simpson was only seven years old when she lost father. She has been losing steadily ever since. The Yankee ball that did for Dan Simpson also killed his wife, Rosalee, although it took another nine years to do it. Alone and destitute on the unforgiving streets of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Justice knows that the sooner or later the bullet will find her too.

In the winter of 1872 the war is long over, but on the Kansas—Missouri border old wounds are slow to heal and they leave ugly scars. The past is something that neither the preacher nor the girl can escape.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman Launching Brash Books

My friends Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, veteran writers and successful self-publishers, now turn their talents to publishing "the best crime novels in existence" under the bold banner Brash Books.

Getting to know Lee and Joel over the years, I've found we have much the same taste in books. Lee sent me some Brash review copies, and it's great to see so many gems brought back to print and ebook with a passion that could only come from two readers who loved them.

Brash Books launches in September with twenty-eight reprints and two original novels. Some of my favorite authors in the launch are Bill Crider, Gar Anthony Haywood, Tom Kakonis, Dick Lochte, and Michael Stone. I also look forward to reading some titles that, up to now, I could only wish to find.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bracken MacLeod talks WHITE KNIGHT

Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: "I want to drop the charges." Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he’d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn't keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he's in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and free himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.


Thursday, June 05, 2014

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