Monthly Archives: December 2011
Word came this weekend that reviewer Joe Hartlaub of Bookreporter.com has listed BREAKING POINT as one of his Top 10 favorite novels for 2011!
In his review, Mr. Hartlaub wrote, “There is mystery, action, suspense, death and romance from beginning to end, and the last 60 or so pages are strictly jaw-dropping. The result is something that you’ll take with you long after you read the last page.”
Wow! Thank you indeed, Joe!
Here are Joe Hartlaub’s picks:
BREAKING POINT by Dana Haynes
THE WOODCUTTER by Reginald Hill
LUCIFER’S TEARS: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson
THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock
THE HYPNOTIST by Lars Kepler
THREE SECONDS by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom
FEAST DAY OF FOOLS by James Lee Burke
THE PACK by Jason Starr
COLD SHOT TO THE HEART by Wallace Stroby
SOFT TARGET by Stephen Hunter
BREAKING POINT got a very nice write-up from MPL’s Book Nook blog site this week. Thank you!
Promoting the new book has been a blast. I did signings at one chain store and one indie this week, and also spoke to high school students at a program sponsored by the Hillsboro (Oregon) Area Chamber of Commerce. That was a blast.
Now I’m just waiting to hear back about the third book.
I started noodling around the edges of a second Daria novel this last week. Trying on character names; picking international locals. Not really a plot yet, just random notes.
I don’t write music, but I imagine it’s similar to sitting down at a piano and looking for interesting cords and bridges, hoping to find a song in there somewhere.
Let’s take a moment to remember Jerry Robinson, 89, who died this week in Manhattan. Although Bob Kane is credited with giving us The Batman, one of the greatest heroes of all time, Robinson generally is thought to have been the mad genius behind The Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis who has lasted now into his eighth decade of mayhem.
As a creator of good guys and bad guys, I have always had a soft spot in my heart and a twisted spot in my soul for The Joker. He has no super powers. He has no over-riding agenda. He just wants to be bad.
Thank you, Mr. Robinson. Your creation will live on in our nightmares.
The image at left features pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by Terry Austin. To me, this is the definitive Joker.