Lots of stuff to report this week – so much that I’m going to split the blog into two in fact – the first part will cover Blood Law related news, while the second will be a review of the Latitude Festival (the festival review will be posted tomorrow).
Blood Law News
In support of the release of Blood Law, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing a book signing at the Norwich branch of Waterstones (Castle Street) on Saturday 15th August at 12 noon. If you’re in the area, please come along to grab a personalised copy of what’s sure to be one of the summer’s most action-packed reads! The last time I had a signing in my hometown the support from the local populace was humbling, and I hope to see a few familiar faces and make a few new friends this time around also.
And while we’re on the subject of signings, I’d like to extend my thanks to Richard Reynolds of Heffers bookshop in Cambridge, who hosted the annual ‘Bodies in the Bookshop’ event at the store last week. The event was a very informal affair that allowed crime fiction fans to mingle with forty or so writers while partaking of the odd glass of wine – as you can no doubt surmise, I enjoyed myself enormously.
Thanks also to esteemed author Martin Edwards, who gave Blood Law a plug in his blog posting on Tuesday 21st July. I first met Martin at the CrimeFest convention in Bristol earlier this year where he was moderating one of the panels that I appeared on, and since then he’s proven himself to be an incredibly nice guy. This is the second time he’s given me a lengthy mention in his blog, and his continued support is much appreciated. You can check out what Martin had to say here:
The initial reviews for Blood Law have now started to appear on line, and I’m pleased to report that the first came from the excellent Sons of Spade website, one of my favourite crime sites on the web. Last year they voted Zac Hunter the best new PI in crime fiction, so I’ve been eagerly waiting to find out what they made of my main man’s continued adventures. The good news is they’re still fans, describing Blood Law as ‘even more action packed then Justice For All’, and saying that one of the new characters to appear is ‘so impressive you get the feeling he deserves a novel of his own.’ Please click here to read the full review:
A further review has appeared on the Love Reading website, and as this one is short and sweet, I’ll reprint it in full here:
Zac Hunter is back in his second outing as the ex-cop, now Private Investigator. This thriller sees him drawn in to the gangland world of LA and it’s just as gritty and hard hitting as his previous novel, Justice for All. Urban noir with the cool, collected and very dangerous Zac Hunter.
And finally’ I’d like to draw your attention to an article I wrote for CrimeTime concerning gangland culture, a subject I researched heavily in the course of writing Blood Law. The article was meant to be around 400 words long, but I got a bit carried away and it ended up coming in at almost 1400 words. I’m pretty pleased with the final piece, and I think it makes an important comparison between what’s happening in the UK right now, and what’s been happening in LA for decades. Please click here to give it the once over:
So that’s it for today, but keep an eye out for my Latitude Festival review tomorrow!
What’s Steve been listening go this week?
Sink Or Swim – by The Gaslight Anthem
Day And Age – by The Killers
To Lose My Life – by White Lies