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AUGUST 2016

A TIME OF TORMENT for the United States (but in a good way)

A Time of Torment
Deep Woods
Americans, your long national nightmare is over: you can buy the 14th Charlie Parker novel, A Time of Torment, in stores everywhere today. Sadly I cannot be with you to celebrate this momentous event, but these stores have signed copies, with the companion CD, The Deep Woods:

Book Carnival, Orange, CA
Classic Bookshop, Palm Beach, FL
Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA
Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS
Murder by the Book, Houston, TX
Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach, FL
Mystery on Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
The Mysterious Bookshop, New York, NY
Once Upon a Crime, Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA
VJ Books, Tualatin, OR

Charlie Parker returned from the events of The Wolf in Winter a changed man, and A Time of Torment offers a few hints at his new nature. He takes a job from Jerome Burnel, recently released from prison for a crime he did not commit. Burnel knows his days are numbered, and turns to Charlie Parker only because he wants to find out why. Charlie, Louis and Angel begin a search that leads them to an isolated West Virginia community known as The Cut, where the leaders serve a being they call the Dead King.

A Time of Torment got both a box and a star from Publishers Weekly, which called it "grim but compelling." Grim but compelling, that's me.

For those of you in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere, take comfort in the knowledge that I have already begun work on the 15th Parker novel, tentatively titled A Game of Ghosts and tentatively scheduled for release on April 6, 2017, if we're all spared.

MISCELLANY and Miscellaneous

Parker: A Miscellany Copies of Parker: A Miscellany, with the six-CD box set, are still available for purchase directly from Bad Dog Books headquarters (i.e., my dining room), or from the fine booksellers listed here. An electronic text of the book, without the CDs, is available from your local Amazon or Kobo site.

The paperback edition of Dominion, co-written with my partner Jennifer Ridyard, went on sale last Thursday in the UK and Ireland, making it easy to give deserving young people all three volumes of The Chronicles of the Invaders in one reasonably-sized package. There should be just enough time to read all three before school starts again, and if you're nice about it, I won't even give you a quiz. (The US paperback of Dominion goes on sale in January 2017.)

Although I'm not doing a US tour for A Time of Torment, I will be in New Orleans, Louisiana for Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, September 15-18. I will be part of a panel called "It Only Takes a Minute," which will be our version of the popular BBC quiz show "Just a Minute." The panelists, who include Mark Billingham, Laura Lippman, Lisa Lutz and Martyn Waites, will have 60 seconds apiece to discuss topics chosen by me, without hesitating, deviating or repeating themselves. It should be great fun.

I'll have more to tell you between now and then, but in the meantime, best wishes for the rest of the summer (or winter), and if you can't find something good to read, you can hardly blame me for that.

Industriously,

John

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