Leonard, Connelly and especially Graham Green are some of my favorite authors. I like the description of Izzy (a psychotic partner yet!) and I enjoy crime thrillers, so I'll have to look for your book when it's released. Welcome to the world of publishing crime novels, which is sometimes a bit bone crushing in itself. Best of luck!
Good luck with Bang Bang ... and don't worry about that two-book deal. To my mind, it gives you a degree of security and obliges the publisher to commit to your long-term success. And if the first book is a massive hit, you'll be getting so much in royalties, the (relatively) paltry advance on book two becomes an irrelevance.
Hey! Thanks for wanting to be crimebuddies. You got good taste in writers - reading Sanctuary as we speak. Brooklyn - you don't know an actress named Molly whose last name was or still is Townsend by any chance?