Fiction Review

David Joy, The Line That Held Us

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David Joy

David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us, will appear at the Poisoned Pen on Wednesday, August 22, in conversation with J. Todd Scott. Joy’s books, including signed copies of some of them, are available through the Web Store.

If you would like to find out a little more about Joy and his writing, The Real Book Spy asked him five questions recently.

Of course, you’ll want to come to the Poisoned Pen on Wednesday, if you can, to hear what Scott will ask him.

Line that Held Us

The Line That Held Us is summarized here.

From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption, where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

Craig Johnson for the Poisoned Pen

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Craig Johnson

The new novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.

Welcome to Walt Longmire’s worst nightmare. In Craig Johnson’s latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the one-hundred-and-ten degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

*This is an offsite event. Doors open 1 hour before program.

$30.00 General Admission Ticket includes copy of DEPTH OF WINTER. $35 ticket admits two people and includes one copy of DEPTH OF WINTER.


Multiple book signing is limited to *ONLY 3 PERSONAL BOOKS. Photos can be taken at the author’s discretion. Please be mindful.



Thu, September 6, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM MST

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ASU Kerr Cultural Center

6110 North Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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Hot Book of the Week – Gina Wohlsdorf’s Blood Highway

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Gina Wohlsdorf writes unusual thrillers. There was last year’s Security, and, now Blood Highway. Blood Highway is the current Hot Book of the Week at the Poisoned Pen. You can orders copies of both of her novels, including signed copies of Blood Highway, through the Web Store.


Here’s the summary of Blood Highway.

“A sensational hard-boiled thriller as tough and uncompromising as its main character, Rainy Cain. Don’t miss this.”Lee Child, bestselling author of The Midnight Line

Meet Rainy Cain, a tough, smart seventeen-year-old whose primary instinct is survival. That instinct is tested when her life is upended by the sudden appearance of her father, Sam, who she thought was long dead, but instead had been in prison for his part in an armored truck robbery gone murderously wrong. Now escaped and on the run, he kidnaps Rainy, who he is convinced knows where the money from the robbery, never recovered, is hidden.

Accompanied by a henchman with secret motives of his own, they set off on a cross-country dash to Big Sur, where Sam suspects his late wife stashed the cash. On their heels is a Minneapolis cop intent on bringing Rainy safely home.

It is an odyssey that will push Rainy to the limits of endurance, and that will keep readers guessing until the very end. What does Rainy really know—and what is she willing to sacrifice in order to live?

Around the World with Crime

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I’ve been waiting for a shareable copy of Tina Jordan’s article in The New York Times ever since Poisoned Pen Press author Jeffrey Siger shared a tiny map on Facebook. Siger’s Inspector Kaldis novel, Target: Tinos, is included as the thriller set in Greece in the article, “All the World’s a Crime: Thrillers from Around the Globe.”


You may have met some of the authors on the list at Poisoned Pen events. You may have been introduced to their works through the bookstore. Now, you have a reading list to take you around the world. Check the Web Store for your selected authors and titles.

Susanna Kearsley in Conversation with Diana Gabaldon

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Did you miss the event at the Poisoned Pen when Susanna Kearsley, author of Bellewether, was in conversation with Diana Gabaldon and Barbara Peters, owner of the bookstore? You can now watch it on YouTube.

Don’t forget to order a copy of the book through the Web Store.


Here’s the summary, including a quote from Diana Gabaldon.

“I’ve loved every one of Susanna’s books! She has bedrock research and a butterfly’s delicate touch with characters—sure recipe for historical fiction that sucks you in and won’t let go!”— DIANA GABALDON, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Outlander

“The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren’t such easy things to keep.”

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley’s latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you’ve closed the last page.

Praise for A Desperate Fortune:
“Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!” —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
“Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable.” —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
“Enchanting! Beguiling! Gorgeously romantic! A truly brilliant book.” —Kate Forsyth, award-winning author

Praise for The Firebird:
“A lovely and memorable novel.” —Booklist, STARRED Review
“A glittering, bewitching tale.” —Kirkus
“The present and past come together as Kearsley masterfully merges paranormal elements with a wonderful dual story and a fascinating historical setting.”—RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK 4½ Stars

Fiona Davis’ 7 Sentence Story

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Fiona Davis is the author of three novels set in some of New York City’s iconic buildings. The Dollhouse featured the Barbizon Hotel for Women. In The Address, she writes about the Dakota. Her latest novel, The Masterpiece, takes readers into a lost art school within Grand Central Terminal. All three books are available through the Web Store.


Davis recently wrote a 7 Sentence Story for Penguin Random House, “Girl on the Bridge”. It might remind you a little of an urban legend. Enjoy!

Meet Michael Poore, author of Reincarnation Blues

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The publisher Penguin Random House produces occasional videos to introduce new authors. A recent video features Michael Poore, author of Reincarnation Blues. You can order a copy of Reincarnation Blues through the Web Store.

Reincarnation Blues

Here’s the summary of Reincarnation Blues.

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try? 

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.

Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he’ll never have to leave her side again.

But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle—if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut’s, Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it’s more than Milo and Suzie’s story. It’s your story, too.

Praise for Reincarnation Blues

“The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident.”—NPR

“This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life.”Chicago Review of Books

“Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun.”New York Journal of Books


You can “meet” Michael Poore in the video from Penguin Random House.