From time to time we talk about the specialty bookstores and their gracious way of hand-selling mysteries. A few years ago, Jeff Hatfield, one of the owners of Uncle Hugo's/Uncle Edgar's bookstores in Minneapolis, wrote a wonderful review of HELL SCREEN in the store magazine. It was long, detailed, intelligent, and insightful and appeared together with a review of one of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels. I felt greatly honored. Now, several years later, Jeff Hatfield's customers apparently still remember and buy another Akitada novel. Never say, bookstores can't make a difference.
It happened once before at the Poisoned Pen store in Arizona. The owner reviewed my novel and selected it for the book club. That month, I made the bestseller list there. My thanks to both stores for their generous support.