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"I am not a trickster, I am a magician. That is, I perform feats of conjuring and illusion for the purposes of entertainment. Performance is the key. In truth, tricks are incidental; if magic consists of mere trickery, then acting requires nothing but costume and make-up." — from The Houdini Girl, by Martyn Bedford In The Houdini Girl, award-winning mystery writer Martyn Bedford explores the pulsing spiritual chaos that lies at the heart of erotic obsession. Fletcher “Red” Brandon is a master magician who uses his talents to seduce Rosa, a flinty Irish woman. But when Rosa is killed suddenly, Red discovers secrets about the woman with whom he shared one sexy, combative, freewheeling year. Inside Rosa’s shoulder bag are a wig and a stranger’s passport. And when a routine investigation reveals that Rosa has vanished before—and that her father was a terrorist for the IRA—Peter suspects foul play. Red finds himself in Amsterdam, a stranger stumbling through his lover’s secret history. Following a trail of addiction, prostitution, and murder, Red’s search for the truth becomes more and more laden with mystery and forces him to reveal his own unsavory secrets. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vVfDw
"I am not a trickster, I am a magician. That is, I perform feats of conjuring and illusion for the purposes of entertainment. Performance is the key. In truth, tricks are incidental; if magic consists of mere trickery, then acting requires nothing but costume and make-up."
— from The Houdini Girl, by Martyn Bedford

In The Houdini Girl, award-winning mystery writer Martyn Bedford explores the pulsing spiritual chaos that lies at the heart of erotic obsession. Fletcher “Red” Brandon is a master magician who uses his talents to seduce Rosa, a flinty Irish woman. But when Rosa is killed suddenly, Red discovers secrets about the woman with whom he shared one sexy, combative, freewheeling year. Inside Rosa’s shoulder bag are a wig and a stranger’s passport. And when a routine investigation reveals that Rosa has vanished before—and that her father was a terrorist for the IRA—Peter suspects foul play. Red finds himself in Amsterdam, a stranger stumbling through his lover’s secret history. Following a trail of addiction, prostitution, and murder, Red’s search for the truth becomes more and more laden with mystery and forces him to reveal his own unsavory secrets. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vVfDw

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“It’s [the word “sorry”] the most infuriating word in the English language. Just a cheap way to behave badly then shelve responsibility by putting the onus on the other person to be forgiving.” ― Minette Walters, The Chameleon’s Shadow The Chameleon’s Shadow is a psychological thriller about a scarred Iraq war veteran whose physical trauma may reflect the inner turmoil of a killer.Somewhere in the endless, deadly desert between Basra and Baghdad, Lieutenant Charles Acland’s convoy was attacked. Recovering in the hospital, Charles is crippled by migraines and suspicious of his doctors. He grows uncharacteristically aggressive, particularly against women. Rejecting cosmetic surgery, he moves to London. There he sinks into a quagmire of guilt and paranoia—until an outburst of irrational, vicious anger brings him to the attention of the local police, who are investigating three recent murders. Now under suspicion, Charles is forced to confront his issues before it’s too late, but the shadowy forces working against him—or in him—could be more than he can overcome. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vO8mF

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“It’s [the word “sorry”] the most infuriating word in the English language. Just a cheap way to behave badly then shelve responsibility by putting the onus on the other person to be forgiving.”
― Minette Walters, The Chameleon’s Shadow

The Chameleon’s Shadow is a psychological thriller about a scarred Iraq war veteran whose physical trauma may reflect the inner turmoil of a killer.Somewhere in the endless, deadly desert between Basra and Baghdad, Lieutenant Charles Acland’s convoy was attacked. Recovering in the hospital, Charles is crippled by migraines and suspicious of his doctors. He grows uncharacteristically aggressive, particularly against women. Rejecting cosmetic surgery, he moves to London. There he sinks into a quagmire of guilt and paranoia—until an outburst of irrational, vicious anger brings him to the attention of the local police, who are investigating three recent murders. Now under suspicion, Charles is forced to confront his issues before it’s too late, but the shadowy forces working against him—or in him—could be more than he can overcome. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vO8mF

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“You will find out who you are when the difficult moment comes.” ― Håkan Nesser, Mind’s EyeHåkan Nesser is firmly established as one of the world’s bestselling crime novelists. And now the novel that introduced Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is available for the first time in English. The swift conviction left Van Veeteren uneasy: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and his wife dead in the bathtub. With only the flimsiest defense, he is found guilty and imprisoned in a mental institution. But when Mitter is murdered in his bed, Van Veeteren regrets not following his gut and launches an investigation into the two murders. As the chief inspector delves deeper, the twisted root of these violent murders will shock even him. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vO7OM

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“You will find out who you are when the difficult moment comes.”
― Håkan Nesser, Mind’s Eye

Håkan Nesser is firmly established as one of the world’s bestselling crime novelists. And now the novel that introduced Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is available for the first time in English. The swift conviction left Van Veeteren uneasy: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and his wife dead in the bathtub. With only the flimsiest defense, he is found guilty and imprisoned in a mental institution. But when Mitter is murdered in his bed, Van Veeteren regrets not following his gut and launches an investigation into the two murders. As the chief inspector delves deeper, the twisted root of these violent murders will shock even him. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vO7OM

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“Artists stand on the shoulders of those who have come before… Sjöwall and Wahlöö…have shoulders that can accommodate all of today’s crime writers…. [They] have shaped the genre and the reader’s expectations as to what crime fiction should be.” — Jo Nesbø, from his introduction to “The Man on the Balcony”The chilling third novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck investigating a string of child murders.In the once peaceful parks of Stockholm, a killer is stalking young girls and disposing their bodies. The city is on edge, and an undercurrent of fear has gripped its residents. Martin Beck, now a superintendent, has two possible witnesses: a silent, stone-cold mugger and a mute three year old boy. With the likelihood of another murder growing as each day passes, the police force work night and day. But their efforts have offered little insight into the methodology of the killer. Then a distant memory resurfaces in Beck’s mind, and he may just have the break he needs. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vLfue

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“Artists stand on the shoulders of those who have come before… Sjöwall and Wahlöö…have shoulders that can accommodate all of today’s crime writers…. [They] have shaped the genre and the reader’s expectations as to what crime fiction should be.”
— Jo Nesbø, from his introduction to “The Man on the Balcony”

The chilling third novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck investigating a string of child murders.In the once peaceful parks of Stockholm, a killer is stalking young girls and disposing their bodies. The city is on edge, and an undercurrent of fear has gripped its residents. Martin Beck, now a superintendent, has two possible witnesses: a silent, stone-cold mugger and a mute three year old boy. With the likelihood of another murder growing as each day passes, the police force work night and day. But their efforts have offered little insight into the methodology of the killer. Then a distant memory resurfaces in Beck’s mind, and he may just have the break he needs. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vLfue

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“Don’t try to skin your rabbit and keep it as a pet too.” 
― Joe R. Lansdale, The Two-Bear Mambo

Full of savage humor, heart-stopping suspense, and a cast of characters so tough they could chew the bumper off a pickup truck, The Two Bear Mambo is classic country noir.In this rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a novel, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine take a break from their day jobs to search for Florida Grange, Leonard’s drop-dead gorgeous lawyer and Hap’s former lover, who has vanished in the Klan-infested East Texas town of Grovetown. Before she disappeared, Florida was digging up some dirt behind the mysterious jailhouse death of a legendary bluesman’s son, who was in possession of some priceless merchandise. To Hap and Leonard, something don’t smell right. With murder on their minds, Hap and Leonard set out to investigate as only they now how … chaotically.

“Don’t try to skin your rabbit and keep it as a pet too.” 

― Joe R. Lansdale, The Two-Bear Mambo

Full of savage humor, heart-stopping suspense, and a cast of characters so tough they could chew the bumper off a pickup truck, The Two Bear Mambo is classic country noir.In this rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a novel, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine take a break from their day jobs to search for Florida Grange, Leonard’s drop-dead gorgeous lawyer and Hap’s former lover, who has vanished in the Klan-infested East Texas town of Grovetown. Before she disappeared, Florida was digging up some dirt behind the mysterious jailhouse death of a legendary bluesman’s son, who was in possession of some priceless merchandise. To Hap and Leonard, something don’t smell right. With murder on their minds, Hap and Leonard set out to investigate as only they now how … chaotically.

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“We always know when we are awake that we cannot be dreaming even though when actually dreaming we feel all this may be real.”  ― Ruth Rendell, One Across, Two Down Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now—and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever… In One Across, Two Down, master crime writer Ruth Rendell describes a man whose strained sanity and stained reputation transform him from a witless loser into a killer afraid of his own shadow. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vIz32

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“We always know when we are awake that we cannot be dreaming even though when actually dreaming we feel all this may be real.”
Ruth Rendell, One Across, Two Down

Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now—and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever… In One Across, Two Down, master crime writer Ruth Rendell describes a man whose strained sanity and stained reputation transform him from a witless loser into a killer afraid of his own shadow. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/vIz32

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WRITING ADVICE FROM Raymond Chandler…
1. A writer who is afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.
 
2. Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder… The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
  3. The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the single most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It [style] is a projection of personality and you have to have a personality before you can project it. It is the product of emotion and perception. 4. The challenge is to write about real things magically. 5. The more you reason the less you create. 6. Don’t ever write anything you don’t like yourself and if you do like it, don’t take anyone’s advice about changing it. 7. I am a writer, and there comes a time when that which I write has to belong to me, has to be written alone and in silence, with no one looking over my shoulder, no one telling me a better way to write it. It doesn’t have to be great writing, it doesn’t even have to be terribly good. It just has to be mine.

WRITING ADVICE FROM Raymond Chandler

1. A writer who is afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.

 

2. Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder… The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.


3. The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the single most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It [style] is a projection of personality and you have to have a personality before you can project it. It is the product of emotion and perception.

4. The challenge is to write about real things magically.

5. The more you reason the less you create.

6. Don’t ever write anything you don’t like yourself and if you do like it, don’t take anyone’s advice about changing it.

7. I am a writer, and there comes a time when that which I write has to belong to me, has to be written alone and in silence, with no one looking over my shoulder, no one telling me a better way to write it. It doesn’t have to be great writing, it doesn’t even have to be terribly good. It just has to be mine.


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