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Some news!

And it is news although it’s about olds. The olds being old books – well, let us not say “old”, let us say “timeless”. To be specific, many of my early novels have now been reissued.

All eight Albert Samson and all three Leroy Powder novels are now freshly available in all popular electronic formats, throughout the world. And except the US and Canada they’re also available as new paperback and hardback books.

Sorry about that, US and Canada. But as compensation you can get three more novels (electronically) that the rest of the world can’t get. These are my Indianapolis mysteries, UNDERDOG and AND BABY WILL FALL, which both feature some of my other characters in them. As well, you can get FAMILY BUSINESS. This is completely different, set in the city where I live now (Bath, England) and is the first of the Lunghi family novels.

Does it sound a bit complicated? Well it’s been a long process, involving two different publishers, two countires, and two sets of new book covers. I’ve attached the new cover for my first ever mystery, ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION. It’s the one you can get in the US and Canada. But I’ve posted the other new ASK cover on my website.

But do check out your favorite/​favourite online suppliers of books to see all the covers, titles, and editions available to you. If, that is, you’re inclined to read or reread some of these books.

And as a special tempter, on February 18th only, those of you in the US and Canada will be able to get HARD LINE (2nd of the Powder novels) at a discounted price. Give it a try?

And that’s the news. Given that I haven’t issued a newsletter for three years I guess you believe me when I say on my website that I won’t inundate you with them.

And otherwise, things here are good here – apart from the unreliability of British weather. I’m continuing to work and will announce things as they emerge. And as well I have it in mind to publish a collection of Samson stories that have otherwise only been available individually in magazines. Four of them are linked and one won a prize (and another a nomination.) So later this year. Or next…

Meanwhile you can keep up to date on my website – where, among other things, I now try to post a picture every month or two as I wander around this part of the world.

I hope you’re well too.

Michael Z. Lewin


A new Albert Samson book!

November 28, 2018

A new book! Just out is ALIEN QUARTET, a collection of four linked Albert Samson short stories – nice cover, eh? Well, I think so.

The stories have all been published before, in Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine, but they’ve never been together in a book.

They’re linked because Samson’s client in the first story returns in each of the others. Sometimes he’s the client again, and sometimes he turns up with someone else who needs PI help. I’m not a student of detective stories but it’s unusual for clients – as opposed to investigators – to be series characters.

Anyway, I really like these stories and I hope you will too. They do already have some fans. Two have been nominated for prizes, and one won it: the Shamus, for the best PI story of the year.

Following the stories is a short Afterword – a bit about writing the stories and about coming up with Albert Samson in the first place. Some of this material has never appeared elsewhere, if you’re interested in that sort of thing – not even on the website (MichaelZLewin.com).

The book is available in soft cover (ISBN 9781532061097) as well as on all electronic formats. And if you’re a bookseller, soft cover copies may be purchased on sale or return through the end of 2019.

If you’re receiving this, chances are high that you already know – or knew – who Albert Samson is: a private detective who lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first of the eight Samson novels was published in 1971; the most recent in 2004. Happily Samson has not aged as rapidly as I have…

And otherwise? Well, another Ellery Queen story will be published next year in a book celebrating the 25th year of the Crippen & Landru publishing imprint, which has been pre-eminent in the English speaking world for keeping author collections of mystery short stories going. My contribution, “Death Row” in the collection (tentatively called SILVER BULLETS: Stories in Celebration of Crippen & Landru's 25th anniversary) is set in a pub in Bath, England (down the road from where I live these days.) Death Row, in a pub…? All is revealed, and that part of the story is real.

Recently – well, two years ago – in another anthology, a new Lunghi family story was included in a book celebrating the 80th birthday of legendary mystery writer, Peter Lovesey. That’s called MOTIVES FOR MURDER, and my story is “The Right Thing.” All the contributors are members of The Detection Club, a group that has an interesting history too, if you’re inclined to look it up. The story has only ever been published in this book.

Otherwise…? Keep on truckin’.


Click on the title for more information.

Click the title to see a sample of this new novel - or look at the first 15% of the book on Smashwords.
B - Albert Samson Novels
C - Short story collection
Stories written over a period of twenty years or so, along with an introduction - by me - about writing stories and an extensive bibliography of my crime writing. Click on the blue title for more information.
D - Leroy Powder Novels
The three Lt Leroy Powder novels. Click on the blue titles for more information.
E - The Lunghi family private detective novels
Three generations of an Italian family run a private detective agency in Bath, England. Ever seen a detective agency run as a family business? I don't think so. Click on the titles for more information.
F - other Indianapolis novels
A homeless "entrepreneur" in Indianapolis gets more than he bargains for when he sees an opportunity in UNDERDOG. Albert Samson's woman friend gets a book of her own in AND BABY WILL FALL. A mystery writer finds himself compelled to participate in a real life mystery in OUTSIDE IN. Click on the titles for more information.
G - a historical mystery
A young woman pursues her best friend's killer in 19th Century US and England. Click on the title for more information.
H - stories told by Rover
Rover, a stray dog, describes his live as a crusader on behalf of downtrodden dogs. Click on the titles for more information.
I - novelization of a film script and non-fiction book
Sean Connery starred in the movie THE NEXT MAN and I wrote the book while it was being filmed. HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS was my first book. Click on the titles for more information.