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Big City Detectives | Los Angeles

Police._V312132955_[1]For the month of September we will be crisscrossing the nation, visiting Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, and Seattle talking about the uniqueness of Crime Fiction from each of these places, and learning about the fictional detectives who work those streets.  

Los Angeles

The City of Angels and its environs has long been synonymous with the glamour and excitement of the film industry, and with it remarkable rags to riches tales.  The appeal isn’t just fame:  the weather, the beach, the money, and unique opportunities to leave the past behind at the edge of the Pacific Ocean attract people from all over the world longing for their chance at new lives. 

The ambitious and the dreamers flock to Southern California and mingle with locals to form a community truly like no other.  And perhaps it is this unique blend of transplants and natives, the mix of dirty streets and beautiful beaches, or the high percentage of captivatingly famous people that grabs us, but LA Crime Fiction has an appeal all its own. 

Here are our editor’s picks of captivating crime solvers from Southern California:

  • Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone: from A IS FOR ALIBI to the simply titled X, Grafton is winding down her PI series based in the fictional SoCal beach town of Santa Teresa. An ex-cop, Kinsey has tacked everything from petty crimes to serial killers. We love how tough, quick-witted, charming, and ambitious she is.  Start this series now, there are only 2 letters left!
  • Robert Ellis’ Detective Matt Jones: On his first night working Homicide in LA, Matt Jones is called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, as he investigates he uncovers deep-seated corruption and a cover up with far reaching consequences. 
  • Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch: LA cop, maverick, jazz lover: Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch has captivated readers from his first appearance in THE BLACK ECHO.  Patrolling the streets of the City of Angels, hunting down killers, and seeking justice for all victims, Bosch’s adventures shine a light on the dark corners of Hollywood and beyond. The twentieth Harry Bosch novel, THE CROSSING, will publish this fall.
  • James Ellroy’s Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard: Boxers turned Warrants Squad cops in post-World War II LA, “Mr. Fire and Mr. Ice” are caught up in one of the biggest manhunts of the century in Ellroy’s masterpiece THE BLACK DAHLIA, the first book in his classic LA Quartet. Obsessed with finding the murderer of the beautiful young woman known as the Black Dahlia, Bleichert and Blanchard’s search takes them to some very dark places.



Photos from Sarah J. Maas' Book Tour

To celebrate the launch of "Queen of Shadows," the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, Teen and YA author Sarah J. Maas shares photos with us from her last book tour for "A Court of Thorns and Roses." Both books are avaiable now on Kindle.


Sarah signs A Court of Thorns and Roses for fans Parnassus Books in Nashville (Photo credit Elizabeth Mason)


Sarah answers fans’ questions at the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem, PA blogger and moderator Jamie Miller from Perpetual Page Turner. Check out the awesome A Court of Thorns and Roses  wall behind her! (Photo credit Elizabeth Mason)


An excited fan meets Sarah Maas and has A Court of Thorns and Roses signed at Octavia Books in New Orleans (credit Tom Lowenburg)


Sarah (middle) in conversation with moderator Christina Franke from the blog A Reader of Fictions (left) and Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly (right) at the DeKalb County Library, Decatur, GA (Photo credit Elizabeth Mason)

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Blake Crouch: My Book in 15 Seconds

In 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared and not a single bone was ever found. Find out more about Abandon by best selling author Blake Crouch in a 15 second video.




Behind-The-Scenes: "Cimarronin: The Complete Graphic Novel"

CIMARRONIN: THE COMPLETE GRAPHIC NOVEL tells the story of Kitazume, a disgraced samurai in seventeenth century Manila who is recruited to to help smuggle a Manchu princess to Mexico.  It's a globe-spanning historical adventure that collects two popular Jet City Comics series, CIMARRONIN: A SAMURAI IN NEW SPAIN and CIMARRONIN: FALL OF THE CROSS.

Check out the video below to hear writers Neal Stephenson, Mark Teppo, Charles Mann, and Ellis Amdur discuss how the idea sprang from a fascinating, little-known bit of history, and how they, along with artist Robert Sammelin, eventually brought the story to life as a graphic novel.

CIMARRONIN: THE COMPLETE GRAPHIC NOVEL is available for pre-order in paperback and Kindle books, and will be release on September 16, 2015.

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"Weekly Shonen Jump" Comes To Kindle

Shonen JumpManga fans have a new reason to celebrate: Weekly Shonen Jump, the world's most popular manga, makes its digital debut today in the Kindle store and on comiXology.  The English language digital manga magazine is published simultaneously with the weekly print version in Japan, and will be available to readers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Weekly Shonen Jump is a fan favorite magazine where emerging and long-running hit manga series are shown to the world first,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor-In-Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump, “We’re excited to expand the readership of this magazine to the comiXology and Kindle audience.”

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series.  Currently featured series include Black Clover, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, Toriko, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

“It’s amazing we live in an age where it’s possible for fans to read manga in English the same day as appears in Japan,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology VP of Communications & Marketing, “This is why we’re thrilled to share Weekly Shonen Jump on comiXology and Kindle, as we’re now able to give fans access to the latest and greatest manga around.”

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Black Mask Studios Comics, Graphic Novels Make Kindle Debut

The Kindle Comics selection continues to expand, with Black Mask Studios comics and graphic novels available beginning today through both the Kindle Store and comiXology.

51sxSqzkXML._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Today’s announcement sees the digital debut of Black Mask’s breakout hits including We Can Never Go Home, Godkiller, Space Riders, Ballistic, The Disciples as well as the much anticipated Young Terrorists and Sinatoro by Grant Morrison and Vanesa del ReyMoving forward, Black Mask's new releases will also be available same day as print on both platforms.

Black Mask’s reason for existing is to connect visionary, fearless creators with smart, discerning, curious readers, and no one is building opportunities for those connections on the scale that comiXology and Kindle are, said Matt Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios.

Comics have the power to touch the hearts and minds of millions of readers… by building bridges to new audiences, the teams at comiXology and Kindle are bringing these stories to new and diverse readers who might otherwise have missed them.”

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Editor Picks: Favorite Legal Thrillers

LegalThrillers._V312765471_[1]There is something uniquely satisfying about stories of daunting foes being taken down by the little guy.  From David and Goliath to Erin Brockovich, these tales are everywhere across every kind of media and format. 

Our editors agree that these kinds of stories can be especially gripping when tied back to our own sense of freedom and justice.  The law being manipulated to thwart the proper balance of fairness, robbing the innocent of their freedom, allowing the real criminals to go free, or causing financial ruin -all in with the courts approval- strikes close to home in a way that is more daunting then other threats.  After all, what happens when the law, our very benchmark for right and wrong, is incorrect? 

Our editors compiled a list of their favorite legal thrillers, where justice is sought despite insurmountable odds.


  1. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow: Released in 1987, this book is considered by some to be the first true Legal Thriller.  It tells the story of Rusty Sabich, a married prosecuting attorney whose affair with a colleague comes back to haunt him after she is brutally raped and murdered. Sabich's professional and personal lives begin to mingle painfully when he becomes the accused.
  2. The Professor, by Robert Bailey: A devastating trucking accident in Henshaw, Alabama, leaves a young family dead. Rick Drake, a fledgling lawyer just out of law school, takes the case against the freight carrier and soon begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery, and greed.
  3. The Rainmaker, by John Grisham: Just out of law school and already in over his head, Rudy Baylor takes on an insurance claim for a family whose son’s treatable disease goes ignored.  Up against a heavyweight corporate defense team, the case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill and outright violence--a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life.
  4. Bum Rap, by Paul Levine: Successfully combining series heroes Jake Lassiter (State vs. Lassiter) and Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord (Solomon vs. Lord) in a single case that showcases the three attorneys’ very different styles and strengths. When Solomon is found with a body, and the weapon used to kill him, Lord and Lassiter must work together to find the true culprit.
  5. Con Law, by Mark Gimenez: John Bookman -professor, ladies’ man, and constitutional law expert- spends his summers seeking justice for underdogs and the wrongly accused all across the country.  This time he is called on to address the controversial issue of fracking and how the money, and power involved affects the people of small town Marfa, Texas.



Exclusive Audio Excerpt: "Banquo's Son" by T. K. Roxborogh

T. K. Roxborogh shares an exclusive audio excerpt from her newest book Banquo's Son.


Hundreds of Fantagraphics Books Now Available on Kindle

Fantagraphics-Launch-on-DeviceFantagraphics Books is one of the world's most acclaimed publishers of alternative comics, anthologies, and graphic novels. Beginning today, the Kindle Store will feature more than 300 Fantagraphics titles, including LOVE & ROCKETS by Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, I KILLED ADOLF HITLER by Jason, HOW TO BE HAPPY by Eleanor Davis, HIP HOP FAMILY TREE by Ed Piskor, and more.

“It’s very important to us to promote stories by these amazing cartoonists to as many comics and graphic novel fans as possible, and with this deal we’re doing just that,” said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, “We’re excited to reach comics and graphic novel fans around the world via Kindle.”

The debut is part of an expanded and renewed distribution agreement between Fantagraphics Books, comiXology and Amazon.  The newly-announced agreement also means Kindle readers will have same day as print access to new releases.

“Fantagraphics Books is one of the premiere publishers of cutting edge work from an impressive line up of cartoonists today and the last 25 years,” said David Steinberger, comiXology’s co-founder and CEO. “It’s great to expand their availability by adding these titles to Kindle, where they’ll be available to an all-new, ever-expanding audience!”

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