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Posts Tagged ‘T. Jefferson Parker’

26 Thriller Writers Collaborate on Serial Novel for Charity

The new serial novel No Rest for the Dead features writing contributions by 25 thriller writers, including Sandra Brown, Jeffrey Deaver, R.L. StineGayle Lynds and Alexander McCall Smith. Novelist David Baldacci wrote the introduction to the charity novel.

Strand magazine managing editor Andrew Gulli and Lamia Gulli edited four-year project. Proceeds from the Simon & Schuster novel will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, honoring the memory of Andrew’s mother.

Here’s more about the serial novel: “When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death.”

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The Philosopher-King Wants a Light Read

In today’s NYT op-ed section, Stanley Fish browses the mystery section*, and we learn that the greatest minds in America face the same problems buying a book you do: The jacket copy’s unreliable, the blurbs even more so, but first sentences will almost always steer you right.

Among the books he dismisses on the basis of bad (for him) openings are Rain Fall by Barry Eisler and Roses Are Red by James Patterson; what he likes is Elizabeth George‘s What Came Before He Shot Her. (Contacted for a response, Eisler wrote back to say that he enjoyed Fish’s article: “Look, no one’s work appeals to everyone. Stanley just didn’t like that (misquoted) sentence; that happens, and it would be silly for me to hold it against him. He sounds like a thoughtful guy.”) Anybody got a lead on where the sentence “Stromose was in high school when he met the boy who would someday murder his wife and son” comes from? Google was singularly unhelpful not only for the exact phrase, but for all sorts of words searched for in conjunction with “Stromose,” which you’d have thought would make things easier…

UPDATE: Sarah double-checked and the mystery opening line belongs to T. Jefferson Parker‘s STORM RUNNERS, just out from William Morrow. “Stromose” is actually misspelled; it should be “Stromsoe,” who is the protagonist of Parker’s book.

*It’s TimesSelect, so you might not be able to read it all.