Howard Shrier
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Montreal, QC
About Me:
I'm a crime writer based in Toronto. My debut thriller, Buffalo Jump, which introduced investigator Jonah Geller, won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel in 2008. The sequel, High Chicago, won the Arthur Ellis for Best Novel of 2009. Book three in the series, Boston Cream, is due out Jan. 31, 2012. Film rights to all three books have been optioned and Canada's CTV network is funding development of a pilot script. Slowly. I play a somewhat mean guitar, love to sing hurtin' tunes and cherish my wife and kids. I'm contracted to write one more Jonah Geller book for Random House, due out in 2013. I'm also releasing my first standalone thriller, Lostport, as an e-book this fall.
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Books And Authors I Like:
First Loves: Chandler, Hammett and Ross Macdonald. Enduring Relationships: Elmore Leonard, Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connolly, T. Jefferson Parker, Lee Child, Walter Mosely, Tony Hillerman, Ken Bruen, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Arnaldur Indridasen, Jo Nesbo (but not Henning Mankell, thank you...ZZZZZ) and many many more. Newer discoveries: Sean Chercover, Dave Zeltserman, Giles Blunt, Marcus Sakey, Denise Mina, John Harvey.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Favorite films (i.e., repeated viewings) include Chinatown, Witness, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, Godfather I and II, Donnie Brasco, The Manchurian Candidate (original), To Have and Have Not, Hombre, Lord of the Rings, Duel, Jaws, Don't Look Now, Marathon Man, Tootsie and so many more. TV? Not so much, except for the usual HBO suspects. And Corner Gas. And whatever my kids want to watch.

A few blurbs about my books:

For High Chicago

“Shrier writes with an easy assurance and a killer sense of humour… High Chicago is a great addition to the mystery shelf. Jonah Geller is the kind of wise, justice-seeking guy you can’t resist.” -- NOW Magazine

“Howard Shrier’s first novel, Buffalo Jump, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. High Chicago, his second, will definitely be short-listed for another. It’s got the same stellar characters, the same clever plotting, and, if anything, an even better story.”
-- Globe and Mail

“High Chicago confirms Shrier as an author to watch for, both in Canada and abroad." -- Hamilton Spectator

“A more than worthy sequel, with an intriguing plot, a wicked sense of humour and masterfully managed dialogue. You might even say that Shrier is making the world of crime fiction a better place, one Jonah Geller mystery at a time.” -- Calgary Herald

“Combining fast-paced action with well-structured plots, and featuring a complex but likeable protagonist, Shrier’s novels are fast winning him legions of loyal fans. If you enjoy contemporary hard-boiled tales with nuanced characters, check out High Chicago; you won’t be disappointed. “ -- Sherbrooke Record

"Shrier is one of the most exciting new voices in the mystery genre. This sophomore effort is sure to please." -- Village Post

“With High Chicago, Shrier cements his reputation as a fine mystery writer. I suspect and hope that he and Jonah will be around for a long time to come.” -- Canadian Jewish News

“Dialogue so sharp you could cut your tongue on it. That’s what makes this second novel by Howard Shrier so appealing.” -- Guelph Mercury

“Buffalo Jump was named best first novel at the Arthur Ellis Awards this year. When a debut is that successful, we tend to keep our fingers crossed that the author can sustain the pace the next time out. No worries here -- if anything, High Chicago is tighter, tauter, and speedier than its predecessor. I am looking forward to the next American city to receive a flying visit from Jonah Geller and his crew." -- Yvonne Klein, reviewing

“Shrier's first Jonah Geller mystery was terrific; High Chicago is even better.”
--Linwood Barclay, bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home

"Howard Shrier starts with the canvas of a crackling good mystery, then paints a compelling portrait of modern secular Jewish life complete with its wisdom, contradictions, and abiding humor. High Chicago is often funny, sometimes violent, and always thoughtful, with a powerful sense of place throughout. Toronto may have just found its Spenser in PI Jonah Geller, and I can’t wait for his next case."
--Sean Chercover, award-winning author of Trigger City and Big City Bad Blood

“Equal parts Rambo and Spenser, with the wisdom of a world-weary Rabbi thrown in. [Jonah Geller] returns for more beatings, bullets, and betrayals in High Chicago, a fast-moving and violent tale that proves your deadliest enemy is probably the person sleeping right beside you. It takes more than his devotion to his Jewish faith, or his expertise in martial arts, to survive this time. I hope he returns for a third book."
--Lee Goldberg, author, TV writer-producer, blogger and past Chair, Edgar Edwards

For Buffalo Jump

“A great debut novel. A terrific opening to what is certainly going to be a fine series.”
-- Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“A strong, clear voice with a wry sense of humour….continues the tradition of Robert B. Parker and Robert Crais with a hearty and promising Maple Leaf twist.” – Sarah Weinman, Quill and Quire

“A debut novel winner. A well-juggled storyline brimming with dry humour. A must-read for summer.” -- Hamilton Spectator

“Top-notch, a page-turner to rate with the best of them.” -- Guelph Mercury

“Well-written, smart, keenly observed, often funny and utterly suspenseful.”
-- Canadian Jewish News

“Tough-guy action, snappy dialogue, and a flawed protagonist, set against a gritty background. Buffalo Jump is a fine debut novel, and readers will want to keep an eye out for its sequel.” --Sherbrooke Record

“Shrier nails his first crime novel with the aplomb and impact of a seasoned pro. A completely satisfying read that made me wish Jonah Geller could work cases on my shows."--René Balcer, Exec. Producer, Law & Order; Creator, Law & Order, Criminal Intent

“Jumps right off the page…a barreling freight train of a mystery. I can't wait for Jonah Geller's next case." -- bestselling author Linwood Barclay

"A crime story that is both thrilling and thoughtful." –bestselling author Kelley Armstrong

“A strong individual voice... Contemporary, appealing, and fresh in several senses of the word. --Yvonne Klein,

“Journalist turned actor turned author Howard Shrier has a great new first novel.”
--Craig Rintoul,

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