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Subject: Noir Bar author help...
Date Posted: 9/16/2008 2:14 PM ET
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DH and I are attending a booksellers conference this weekend.  One of the events is a late night cocktail hour called the NOIR BAR, where you get to mingle with mystery authors... the only problem is DH I read older and cozy mysteries.. we're not hip enough to know any of those attending... Here's the list.  What can you tell me about them (and YES, any  mystery goodies we pick up that we can't sell at he store willbe offered on t his forum first!) :)

  •  Jeff Cohen, this one we know- DH read the first inteh movie theatre series this winter :)
  • D.H. Dublin,
  • Allison Gaylin,
  • Chris Grabenstein,
  • Linda Greenlaw, isn't she the one that wrote the book about fishermen off  the coast of Maine- Lobster Chronicles?
  • Craig Johnson,
  • Marshall Karp,
  • Chris Knopf,
  • Tim McLoughlin,
  • Clare O’Donohue,
  • SJ Rozan,
  • F. Paul Wilson,
  • Alafair Burke, 

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Date Posted: 9/16/2008 4:10 PM ET
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I read a lot of mysteries but not these authors. Hope you have lots of fun!

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Craig Johnson!! YOU LUCKY DUCK! LOL I love-love-LOVE his Walt Longmire series--about a sheriff in Wyoming. I normally space reading series books out by several months but this series I read within a short time and I'm all caught up with and eagerly awaiting the next one. You tell that man to stop his conference-hopping and write faster! LOL

I also have read Marshall Karp's first book The Rabbit Factory, about a series of murders occurring in a family theme park. I enjoyed it though I thought it was a little long and bloated. 600+ pages for a mystery?? But it was definitely a good story and I have the second one here waiting on my TBR.

Chris Grabenstein is great too--I've read several of his John Ceepak mysteries and enjoy them; it's a police procedural series that actually is told from the point of view of Danny, who is Ceepak's young partner. They're set in a seaside town in New Jersey and feature carnival rides as the names of the books: Tilt-A-Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack-a-Mole, etc.

The only other one I know is Jeff Cohen and I didn't really like the first book of his I read, one of the "Aaron Tucker" mysteries which I think was supposed to be funny but I found the humor forced and didn't read more than 50 pages. Otherwise I don't know those other folks.


Date Posted: 9/16/2008 5:04 PM ET
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I've read Craig Johnson's four books and have enjoyed them immensely. His lead character, Walt Longmire, is an irreverent Wyoming sheriff.


I've also read both of Linda Greenlaw's Jane Bunker mysteries. Bunker is a former Miami homicide detective who seeks a calmer life and moves to Green Haven, Maine.  


Havent' read any of S. J. Rozan's Lydia Chin books, but I  have several of them on my TBR pile.





Date Posted: 9/16/2008 7:27 PM ET
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I've read 2 or 3 of Chris Grabenstein's and really enjoyed them.

There's one by Allison Gaylin on my list "to try," but I think i've been tempted to remove it.  I have to keep trying new ones because all my old favorite writers died.

I've seen a couple of the other ones mentioned, but I guess they didn't sound like my thing, which doesn't mean much.

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Date Posted: 9/16/2008 8:06 PM ET
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Hi, Sam.  I'm consumed with envy!  :)    LIke others have said, Chris Grabenstein, is quite wonderful.  The "voice" in his books is unique IMO.  The protaganist (Ceepak) is a bit almost cartoonish at times--think Dudley Doo-right.  And yet, Grabenstein pulls the whole thing off using the pov of the young deputy.  Very good.  Good plotting, good dialogue, too.

I've read a few of the SJ Rozan books including a couple or three of  the Lydia Chin/ Bill Smith ones.  The interesting thing about them is the point of view change that happens with each alternate book.  One is Chin and the next is Smith and so on.  I also read Absent Friends which was just excellent.  It was brilliantly done with 9/11 in New York as the backdrop.  It was the first fiction book I had read with that as the setting and I was overwhelmed at times.  Both plot and characters were complex and well developed.

Those are the only ones I've read.  I've heard great things about Craig Johnson and know he is well-respected; he's on my 'one of these days" list.  I'm also interested in Alafair Burke but don't know much beyond that.  

Have fun and get lots of great books!  :)


  • Date Posted: 9/16/2008 9:01 PM ET
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    I'm reading some noir right now but it's all older (of course -- since when do I ever read anything written in the last three decades??).  So unfortunately I don't have any great advice for you, Sam, except to say have fun!  It sounds like an absolute blast!

    Date Posted: 9/16/2008 9:55 PM ET
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    OHHHHHHHHHH!  Sam, I LOVE F. Paul Wilson!  Love him, love him, love him! 

    He's mainly known for 2 overlapping series of books - his Repairman Jack series and the Adversary Cycle.  Wikipedia says about the RJ series:  "Repairman Jack is a self-titled "fix-it" man, but not in the common workshop sense. He is something of an underground mercenary, hired by everyday people to fix situations that cannot be dealt with through legal means (ex: blackmail). He is careful about who he agrees to do fix-its for, preferring innocent, desperate citizens being victimized with no one else to turn to. These fix-its usually begin simply, but grow into complex problems that begin to involve more and more sci-fi & supernatural elements as the novels continue." 

    The Adversary Cycle is more horror/supernatural in nature, but the two series overlap and eventually will coalesce into one (along with his new series of YA books about Jack's teenage years). 

    His books are smart, sad, funny, and scarily in tune with current times. 

    These books are some of my all time favorites and from all the interviews I've read, FPW seems to be a really cool guy.  If you meet him, would you please tell him that I love him?   Please? 

    No, I'm not a creepy fangirl.    :D

    Date Posted: 9/16/2008 9:59 PM ET
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    Oh and I haven't read any of Alafair Burke's books, but I her dad's (James Lee Burke) are wonderful.

    I guess it's not appropriate to say, "Hey, I hear your dad is a great writer!"   LOL

    Date Posted: 9/16/2008 10:39 PM ET
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    Thanks guys. They do sound like great mystery series. I'm sure I'll be getting copies of the latest realease, so once Dh & I plow thorugh them I'm sure a few will pop up here by a little WL fairy :)


    SO i"m guessing you all don't want to hear about the other events at the conference,huh??? hee hee (I'll be blogging, and of course posting goodies when we return)...

    So I should say "that crazy stalker chick that helps sick dogs is your biggest fan",  Cindy????

    Date Posted: 9/18/2008 3:41 PM ET
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    Mmm, yep.  That would be pretty accurate, I think.   :)

    Date Posted: 9/22/2008 6:57 AM ET
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    DH went to Noir Bar last night.  Said all the authrs were super duper nice.  :)  Had 2 that want to come do signings at our store :) (Craig Johnson & Clare O'Donohughe)   DH really like Craig Johnson, Cheryl, so thanks for giving us the thumbs up on him :)

    Date Posted: 9/22/2008 11:52 AM ET
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    I have Angels Tip by Alafair Burke on my WL.  Sounded good, but I haven't read any of her work yet.

    Date Posted: 9/22/2008 6:53 PM ET
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    Glad your hubby enjoyed himself at the Noir Bar, Sam! I occasionally read Craig Johnson's blog, and aside from being a great writer, he does seem like a really nice guy, too.