Fiction Review

Book Launch, Michael Connelly’s The Wrong Side of Goodbye

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The Poisoned Pen is hosting the book launch for Michael Connelly’s The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Tuesday, November 1 at 7 PM. (Doors open at 6 PM.)


Please note that the program will be at The Doubletree, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. And, although the first releases said tickets would be required, and there was a charge, that has changed. Tickets are no longer required. If you bought a ticket, you will be notified by someone on the staff.

So, there’s free parking. A cash bar. And, it’s a free book launch for Michael Connelly’s book.


If you can’t make it, you can buy a signed copy through the Web Store.

Hot Book of the Week – Tim Hallinan’s Fields Where They Lay

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Tim Hallinan will be at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, Oct. 25 a5 7 PM, joining Ed Lin, author of Incensed. If you can be there, you really want to hear Hallinan talk about his book, Fields Where They Lay. The latest Junior Bender mystery is our Hot Book of the Week. And, this is the release date for Fields Where They Lay.


There’s a good reason it’s our hot book. Check out these comments.

Publishers Weekly Editor’s Top 10 Pick for Fall 2016

A BookPage Most Anticipated Fall Mystery

 “Comparisons to Raymond Chandler and Donald Westlake are totally deserved and should give you a clue as to whether you’ll like this book as much as I did.”

—Raleigh News & Observer

“It’s hard to top Hallinan’s Junior Bender, the Los Angeles ‘Thief of Thieves’.”


“A plum pudding stuffed with cynical disillusionment, organized and disorganized crime, two Santas, a seasonal miracle, and an ending that earns every bit of its uplift.”

—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Hallinan deserves to win an Edgar for his ingeniously plotted, often hilarious sixth Junior Bender novel.”

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Nobody does comic mystery with an edge better than Hallinan.”

—Booklist, Starred Review

“Everything readers could want.”

—Library Journal, Starred Review

It’s three days until Christmas and Junior Bender is up to his ears in shopping mall Santas, Russian mobsters, desperate holiday shoppers, and (’tis the season) murder.

It’s Christmas in Tinsel Town. Well, it’s the week leading up to Christmas, and Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself at the Edgerton Mall. He’s not just among the last-minute shoppers (though he is that too); he’s also on a job. The Edgerton Mall isn’t exactly full of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas, canned Christmas music, chintzy bows, and metallic garland. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem.

Thus Junior Bender, the unwilling fixer for LA’s various underworld bosses, is on the scene. The murderous Russian gangster who owns the mall hires Junior to look into the shoplifting problem for him. But Junior’s surveillance operation doesn’t go well: within two days, two people are dead. It’s obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall’s problems. Meanwhile, Junior must confront his own deep-seated melancholy at the very notion of Christmas—both present and past.





Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of nineteen widely praised books, including For the Dead, The Hot Countries, Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, King Maybe, and Herbie’s Game, which won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. After years of working in the television and music industries, he now writes full-time. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

If you can’t make it to The Poisoned Pen, you can still order a signed copy of Fields Where They Lay through the Web Store.


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I hope by now that you’ve watched some of the events from The Poisoned Pen via Livestream. We’ve had a few recently that I didn’t have photos for. Even so, you might be interested in catching the events now. Don’t forget we have signed copies of the authors’ books in the Web Store.

Did you miss Jeffrey Siger and Mark Pryor when they were here?

You can still watch their event.

Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass write as Jefferson Bass.


While Jon Jefferson was in the store, Dr. Bass appeared via SKYPE. Do you want to see that program?

If you have an hour, and want to feel as if you were at The Poisoned Pen, check out the LIvestream programs.

Hemingway, Whitman, Twain Brought to Life

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In, Mtfrancis talks about the National Archives use of GIFs to bring scenes to life. To illustrate, there are photos of Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain. Check it out here.

Randy Wayne White at The Poisoned Pen

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Randy Wayne White was just in town from Florida, on book tour for Seduced, the fourth Hannah Smith novel.


Check out the drink Randy’s carrying as he enters through the audience.


It’s a Tequila Sunrise in honor of the orange juice in the book, Seduced. The audience did get drinks as well.


Randy brought gifts for the audience, too.


And, he discussed his writing, and answered questions.


Now, maybe he didn’t answer the same type of questions as he answered on “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” on Oct. 1.

If you would like to see the event from The Poisoned Pen, you can watch it on Livestream.

You can purchase a signed copy of Randy Wayne White’s Seduced through the Web Store.

Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston Competition

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Although we have photos from The Poisoned Pen program featuring Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston’s new Agent Pendergast novel, The Obsidian Chamber, we really should start with the competition between the two authors.


Lincoln Child signed 4,000 copies of The Obsidian Chamber in New York for The Poisoned Pen. Naturally, when Douglas Preston came to the store, he tried to out-do his fellow author. We have video of both signings. Here’s The Poisoned Pen’s e-news about the event:

How much fun is this?

Enjoy two time-lapse videos: one of Lincoln Child signing 4000 copies of The Obsidian Chamber (Grand Central $27) in New York City at the beginning of October to ship to The Pen. 7 hours of work compressed into 1.5 minutes. Watch Lincoln at work here.

So Lincoln ignited a contest with Doug for the best time, and best video.

The time was roughly a tie. Our video of Doug signing the books has an extra. You can spot it (them) HERE.   Note; we will work to slow it down a little so you can enjoy the surprises more. There’s a leaning curve involved for us.

And you can watch a Livestream of what become a rather raucous event as Lincoln wielded a bullhorn when he felt like it, and our laptop computer handling the Skype decided to reboot itself mid-program. Oy. Lincoln Child, who has already signed all our copies, appears by Skype

Our copies come with a postcard of the Pendergast coat of arms. You can order the signed copies of The Obsidian Chamber here. We also have signed copies of earlier Pendergasts and Gideon Crew thriller by Preston & Child. You can order them through the Web Store.

Now, if you don’t want to watch the Livestream, or if you’d like to see a few photos from the program, we have those as well.

Douglas Preston entering through the audience
Preston and bookstore owner Barbara Peters watching the time-lapse signing video (That’s Preston in the gorilla mask.)
Lincoln Child via SKYPE
Lincoln Child with his bullhorn
Two fans presenting Douglas Preston with quilts

Sandford and Ide at The Poisoned Pen

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It’s always nice to see a debut author meet an established author’s audience. I remember when Lee Child introduced debut author Cornelia Read at The Poisoned Pen. This time, debut author Joe Ide, author of IQ, shared the stage with John Sandford who is on book tour for Escape Clause, the ninth Virgil Flowers novel.

We have photos, beginning with the authors in the back room.

Joe Ide listens to a master.
Left to right – Barbara Peters, owner of The Poisoned Pen, John Sandford, Joe Ide
Sandford and Ide
Patrick Millikin, John Sandford, Joe Ide
John Sandford and Joe Ide

You can actually see the event, and hear both authors, via Livestream.

And, don’t forget to pick up your signed copies of Escape Clause and IQ through the Web Store.