STAY HIDDEN (on sale July 3) is set on Maquoit Island, which is roughly 20 miles off the Maine coast. As I note in the story, Maquoit is one of the state's most remote communities and the foggiest place on the Eastern Seaboard. I'm grateful to mapmaker extraordinaire Jane Crosen and designer Barbara Tedesco for furnishing me with this beautiful map to use in the book.
I am thrilled to report that "Booklist," one of the important prepublication journals in the book industry, has given STAY HIDDEN a starred review, signifying it is a work deserving of special attention.
Read the entire review for yourself.
Taking a cue from my friend C.J. Box, here are the 10 crime novels that influenced me the most (in no particular order and probably not at all what you would have expected).
• THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Arthur Conan Doyle
• DEVICES AND DESIRES by P.D. James
• THE BIG SLEEP by Raymond Chandler
• FACELESS KILLERS by Henning Mankell
• HEAVEN'S PRISONERS by James Lee Burke
• MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie
• A THIEF OF TIME by Tony Hillerman
• DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley
• THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson
• WINTER'S BONE by Daniel Woodrell
No doubt, I am forgetting something because I tend to do that.
This is always such an itchy time for me, before a book comes out. The novel is done. There is nothing for me to do on my end except to help my excellent publicity and marketing teams plan the tour and promotional campaign. And, of course, to wait for the pre-publication reviews to begin coming in. Here's an excellent one from "Booklist."
Thank you, Annie Bostrom, for the wonderful notice.
The Edgar Awards are presented each year by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best creative works in our genre. (My debut, The Poacher's Son, was a finalist in the Best First Novel category in 2011.) As a judge in the Juvenile Fiction category, I had the privilege of co-presenting the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery with my fellow panelist, the wonderful Hank Phillippi Ryan. Our committee selected OCDaniel by Wesley T. King as the winner, but all of the finalists were worthy of the prize. This was my third time serving as an Edgars judge, but my first time presenting. What an honor it was!