MG's July author events conclude with an afternoon of crime, spotlighting James Ziskin, Eric Beetner, and Caroline Kepnes. James continues his Anthony and Macavity Award-winning 1960's journalist Ellie Stone Mysteries -- which have also been finalists for the Edgar, Barry, and Lefty Awards -- with A Stone's Throw, which has received praise from multiple trade journals. "The lonely, well-developed Ellie is the conscience of this cinematic story that has a strong sense of place but in which the characters shine most.” —Library Journal “The carefully constructed plot unfolds in unexpected ways as tough, ambitious, and dogged Ellie follows clues in the horse-racing mecca of nearby Saratoga Springs. Ziskin keeps readers guessing every step of the way.” —Publishers Weekly
James has a story in Unloaded: Volume 2, an anthology of crime stories crafted without characters using guns, edited by Eric. Anthony Award-winner Eric is also a frequent contributor to anthologies, including the recent The Obama Inheritance, as well as the Lars and SHane crime novels.
Los Angeles author and screenwrite Caroline's genre-blending works include her latest, an Indie Next Pick, Providence. “Say it with me now: Caroline Kepnes is the master of the depraved love story. Providence is a novel that kept me up at night with characters that made my heart a little bigger. A dark beauty of a book,” noted Jessica Knoll (The Favorite Sister) And Paul Tremblay (A Cabin at the End of the World) stated: “Caroline Kepnes’s Providence is an inventive, dark fairy tale/love story for the 21st Century. A compulsively readable novel about the complexity of love, relationships, and monsters we allow ourselves to become. Plus, I have a new favorite character named Eggs.”
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Ellie Stone, a young newspaper reporter in 1960s' upstate New York, investigates a double murder at an abandoned stud farm near glamorous Saratoga Springs.
August 1962. A suspicious fire claims a tumbledown foaling barn on the grounds of the once-proud Tempesta Stud Farm, halfway between New Holland and Saratoga Springs, NY. The blaze, one of several in recent years at the abandoned farm, barely prompts a shrug from the local sheriff. That is until "girl reporter" Ellie Stone, first on the scene, uncovers a singed length of racing silk in the rubble of the barn. And it's wrapped around the neck of one of two charred bodies buried in the ashes. A bullet between the eyes of one of the victims confirms it's murder, and the police suspect gamblers. Ellie digs deeper.
The double murder, committed on a ghostly stud farm in the dead of night, leads Ellie down a haunted path, just a stone's throw from the glamour of Saratoga Springs, to a place where dangerous men don't like to lose. Unraveling secrets from the past--crushing failure and heartless betrayal--she's learning that arson can be cold revenge.
The Anthony-nominated collection of crime stories without guns--the collection we didn't want to be necessary--is back for Volume 2.
Two dozen more crime writers have come together to raise their voices and take pen in hand to call for a sensible and reasoned debate about guns in America. As the mass shootings continue, the avoidable accidents, the suicides, the gun violence that consumes our country rolls on unabated and unaddressed by our leadership other than to say, "Now is not the time to discuss it," these crime writers have chosen to start the dialogue.
In stories of crime, mystery and suspense these authors have left the guns out to show for a short while that we can do without them and the plot doesn't fall apart. Maybe, in a small way, we can show that the American way of life doesn't cease to be, either.
Not anti-gun, Unloaded Vol. 2 is pro-reason. These authors comprise gun owners and non-owners, voters on both sides of the political aisle. The cause that unites us all is the desire to see the senseless killing stop and to be able to have the discussion without the divisive language, vitriol and name calling that too often accompanies this debate.
The top priority in these stories is to entertain with thrilling action and suspense that readers know and love about a crime story. To do so without guns leads to some creative leaps from writers who spin tales of simians on the loose, androids with buried secrets, punk rock shows and tattoo shops.
Bestselling authors like Chris Holm, Lori Rader-Day, Bill Crider, Laura McHugh, James Ziskin and John Rector along with many more join together to call for an end to the needless violence and a start to a reasoned debate. With a forward by legendary Sara Paretsky, Unloaded Vol. 2 is a book we wish wasn't needed. But staying silent is no longer an option.
Proceeds go to the non-profit States United To Prevent Gun Violence.
“Providence, a novel for the Stranger Thingsaudience, is a fun and interesting blend of light fantasy and soft horror themes. I am a huge Lovecraft fan and devour fan fiction or books that reference Lovecraft, and author Caroline Kepnes does a nice job creating a weird and entertaining ride while explaining Lovecraft and The Dunwich Horror to those who may not be familiar. Overall, I found this book to be exactly what I needed: a nice escape from the confines of the horror genre. I’m also happy to see more female writers bringing their own voices to horror in new and interesting ways.”
— Guy Lopez, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA