Join us in welcoming authors Matt Goldman and Hart Hanson for an afternoon of investigative thrillers, following their appearances at the San Diego Festival of Books! Their debut novels, Gone To Dust and The Driver, are both staff favorites this month. Matt Goldman is an Emmy Award-winning television writer whose credits include writing for Seinfeld and Ellen, and his novel blends his signature humor with a classic private-eye mystery. Terry calls Gone to Dust a “sure-to-be-a-hit-series.” Hart Hanson, creator of the television series Bones, delivers a smart and exciting debut that Emilio calls, “fast paced and filled with danger, gruesome action and a sense of humor that will keep you turning the page until the last bullets fly.” Read the full reviews below.
I admit it. I am a sucker for a smart, sexy, funny, damaged private detective in a small town setting. And that is what I have found in Goldman’s excellent, engrossing debut. Niles Shapiro made a reputation for himself by solving a case that eluded the police several years ago. This, in combination with his long-time friendship with Edina Police detective Anders Ellegaard, brings him into a case involving a local woman who has been murdered in her home under unusual circumstances in the quiet town of Edina, Minnesota. Niles has lived in Edina all his life, which means that he knows his way around the frozen terrain, many of the locals, and most of the local haunts. In fact, some of the people from his past become major suspects as he investigates this crime through the freezing and icy Minnesota winter.
Goldman is an Emmy Award-winning television writer whose credits include writing for Seinfeld and Ellen. He also has some history as a stand-up comic. All of this makes for an entertaining and lively read. I can hardly wait for the second book in this sure-to-be-a-hit series. –Terry
Michael Skellig was a military specialist of the “I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you” type. That life is now over. He now runs a limo service with a few other broken ex-military friends. When his latest client, hotshot skateboarder Bismarck Avila, becomes a target for assassination, Michael’s skills kick in and he saves Avila’s life. After which Avila blackmails Michael into being his driver/bodyguard. Michael knows everything stinks in Avila’s world but he has no choice. Meanwhile his lawyer/ex-girlfriend is trying to keep him out of jail, while his latest love interest is a cop that’s investigating the attempted murder. Michael is caught in the middle and trying to stay above water. This book is fast paced and filled with danger, gruesome action and a sense of humor that will keep you turning the page until the last bullets fly. – Emilio