Fiction Review

A Note from Daniel Palmer on TRAUMA

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Dear Readers:
     Every September, after submitting his latest novel to St. Martin’s Press, my father would immediately begin to brainstorm. What kind of story would he be sharing with his readers next? Autumn 2013 was no exception. Pop knew he wanted his twentieth thriller to return to the hospital setting that was the hallmark of his earlier works. The protagonist would be a young female resident who encounters a desperate patient with the repeated claim, “I don’t belong here.” The doctor begins to believe the patient, investigates, and soon descends into a labyrinth of murder and corruption.
     Dad’s next story was in place. Then, in October of 2013, my father died suddenly.
     I don’t know how long my dad would have kept writing. He had no plans to stop. He had journals and file folders filled with ideas. With each novel, my father aimed to deliver his very best because he cared deeply for his readers. When news broke of his passing, my inbox flooded with messages from fans around the world.
     Even though he was a bestselling novelist published in over thirty languages, the business of writing was sometimes lonely for my dad. It meant blank pages, solitude, and deadlines. But something changed for him in 2009. That was the year I landed my first publishing contract.
     I was working from home doing consulting and writing. My dad was at his office, too, some sixty miles to the south. I’d leave my iChat application running all day so whenever Pop wanted a little face time, he could just dial me up online and there I’d be. Or me and his grandkids, or all of us plus his daughter-in-law. We would jawbone about plots until our fingers grew itchy to do some key tapping. I learned the craft of writing from my father during those long talks. Remembering them gave me confidence that I could run with his great premise for TRAUMA.
     Working on the book proved to be a remarkable and deeply emotional journey.  When the email from Dad’s beloved editor Jennifer Enderlin came in accepting the manuscript, I said aloud, “We did it, Pop.”
     I can’t replace my father; nobody can. But I can continue his legacy, and that’s a thrill and an honor that leaves me humbled and incredibly grateful.
In friendship,
Daniel Palmer

Neil Griffin signs Benefit of the Doubt thia Friday, May 15th at 7:00 PM

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Hi Readers,

This Friday, Neal Griffin will be joining us to discuss his new book, Benefit of the Doubt. The book is about a police officer who commits an act of abusive force so egregious that it lands him in a media firestorm. An experienced police officer himself, Neil is the perfect person to explore this extremey relevant, if not prescient, story. Here are a few interesting write ups from newspapers on Neal and the book.



Michael Harvey optioned for a film!

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Michael Harvey’s stand alone novel, Brighton, was aquired by filmmaker Graham King. Given his stellar record, we all can’t wait to see it. Congratulations Mike!

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Producer Graham King arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Cool Video about the Pen made by a local student

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Local ASU student, James Carroccio, made this short video about our fair bookstore, the Poisoned Pen. Even though I am in the store nearly everyday, seeing it through this lens sheds a fresh light on it. It really is a unique place that enriches the local community, a cultural oasis amidst a desert metropolis. The Pen thrives because of the faithful patrons and readers, so, from all us here, thank you.

We’ll see you soon!

Here is a link to James’s portfolio:

Don Winslow @ the Poisoned Pen discussing The Cartel on June 24th

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Greetings Readers,

This is a fascinating book and sure to be an amazing interview. If you haven’t already, mark it down in your calendar. An event not to be missed!