The Kings (bookstore, girlfriend, assassin)

Ah ha! The Salt Lake City penny drops!

I recently received a terrific online review from Paula Longhurst, who writes for a great little bookshop called The King’s English out of Salt Lake City.

I have not been to The King’s English.  But my girlfriend, novelist Katy King, has.

I just realized that she spoke there in 2004 or 2005, just after her mystery novel, “City of Suspects,” was published. She said it was an absolute top-of-the-line bookshop: great crowd, enthusiastic readers and, all told, a wonderful experience.

More infamous, perhaps, was her flight back home to Portland. When one of the flight attendants found out Katy was a novelist doing a signing tour, she was asked to read a segment of her novel … over the P.A. system. I have photos of my girl reading to all 136 souls of a Boeing 737-600.

It’s an excellent novel. That the pilots weren’t so distracted they drove the jetliner into the Wasatch Mountains is a testament to their training.

[OK…. blog subtext: Katy was in Salt Lake City that summer. Last week she was in Nashville. This week, she’s in Omaha for a public health conference. And yes, I understand that this makes it sound as if she’s a contract assassin for an alphabet-soup agency and she uses these covers because, a) I’m not that bright and don’t ask too many questions – a good habit for the boyfriend of a hitwoman – and b) who the hell holds conferences in SLC and Nashville and Omaha in August, when it’s 100 percent humidity? Sure. I’m with you: Right this minute, she’s either leading a panel discussion on the value of high school health clinics, or she’s putting a double-tap to the back of a Syrian intelligence agent’s skull in a back alley behind The King’s English. If it’s the latter, just let me say: Sorry about that stain. I will personally fly to Salt Lake City to power-hose that out.]

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on August 5, 2010, in Blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Darling,
    I have a ‘cleaner’ who takes care of the stains.
    Katy “Aka Katyusha”

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