ALIEN QUARTET puts together four linked Samson stories.
The link - besides all being set, as ever, in Indianapolis, and during a single year - is that the client in the first story returns in each of the others. Here's a teaser, that first client is LeBron James, who wants Samson to investigate a break-in at his run-down Indy home...
The stories have previously been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, but never together. I like them a lot and, happily, some other people have as well. Two of the four were nominated for the Shamus, and one won that prize (Best PI story of the year.) As well, Ellery Queen’s editor was among those suggesting I publish them together. Well, now (at last) I have. Soft cover and all electronic formats. Over to you.
Well, research is an important part of storytelling...
Somewhat older news now, but still good, is that fourteen of my mysteries have now been reissued in the US and Canada in (all) electronic formats.
The books include the complete Albert Samson series, the complete Leroy Powder series, and two more Indianapolis novels (Underdog and And Baby Will Fall) in which some of my series characters make supporting appearances. As well there's the first of my British-set mysteries, set in Bath. Did I mention I'm thrilled? I'm thrilled!
Here's the new cover for that first Albert Samson appearance.
Appearing now at your favorite electronic retailer - if you're in the US or Canada.
But for all of you in the rest of the world new editions of the Samson and Powder books are now available - in electronic formats and also as paperbacks and hardbacks via print on demand. Folks in northern North America will not be allowed to have them (at least theoretically.) Here's a sample cover. I'm thrilled s'more!
Here's the new cover for ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION!
Available electronically from Amazon: CONFESSIONS of a DISCONTENTED DEITY. It's different from my other work, but you'll recognize the style if you're used to it. $2.99 and equivalent in other countries. To read a sample click at the top of the column on the right.
CONFESSIONS is now available in a paperback edition in Japan. Here is what the cover looks like.
There are four five star reviews for the book on the US Amazon site now. One says, among other things, "...If you like Lewin, read this novel." Another compares it to Twain and Vonnegut. A third is by my sister. But it's not expensive, $2.99 for now. Give it a try?
In my response to the first reaction to CONFESSIONS to be posted on my Chit, Chat & Pics page I've described how this book relates to my earlier ROVER'S TALES. God... dog... The poster also asks if I've gone dyslexic. Take a look?
Latest-to-first: the eighth Albert Samson novel is available on Kindle and in paperback.
Check the picture - it's one I took on one of my research trips to Indianapolis.
2009 marked the 40th anniversary of many things - first men on the moon, the Miracle Mets, PBS, Woodstock, Monty Python, Nancy Banks-Smith's first wicked TV reviews, the forerunner of the internet, Sesame Street. And Albert Samson.
Albert Samson? you say. Although the first Samson novel was published in 1971, I began writing it in November of '69. Recently I discovered the manuscript of those first few pages. This is what page one looked like:
Can you spot a line or two that survived intact in the published edition?
On this site I hope to provide a combination of accurate information about my current and past writing along with some less work-focussed bits and pieces. I normally have a look at the site each day.
So, look around and then, if you care to, comment on the Chit, Chat & Pics page, sign up for a very occasional newsletter, or contact me with the links provided.
And in any case, thanks for checking in.
I'm proud of the beautiful falcon that I was so fortunate to receive when I won the Maltese Falcon Society's award for Best Foreign Novel in 1987. It's here in my living room - along with another prized possession, my 1992 "Marlowe" from the Raymond Chandler Society in Germany. And some tulips from my patio garden.