Top Five???

December 4th, 2009

BREATHING WATER was just named one of the Five Best Thrillers & Mysteries of 2009.  Here’s the link to the page.

I’m doubly thrilled about this, first because it’s Barnes & Noble and second because the critic behind the choice is Dick Adler, someone I’ve respected for years.  So this is a great ending to a great week.

Maybe I can tell you soon about the rest of the week.  After/if some things get finalized.

14 Responses to “Top Five???”

  1. fairyhedgehog Says:

    This is great news! Congratulations!

  2. Dana King Says:

    Well deserved and hard earned. I looked forward to BREATHING WATER with high expectations as soon as I finished THE FOURTH WATCHER, and was still knocked out by it. Let’s hope this endorsement from B&N leads to some extra sales and a little more love from the pubisher.

  3. Glenn Says:

    Hey Timothy,

    I’m delighted for you: for BREATHING’S recognition, for your successes, but mostly for all the good things it brings to your life; bucks? sure, but all of this is more than that. You’ve earned it,’ol buddy, so enjoy it, bask in it, and motor on!

  4. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Thanks, everybody. This has been a great week, with interest in I-can’t-say-what from another medium, and the new book coming like a landscape lit by bolts of lightning — just one big piece at a time.

    I really appreciate that you all keep checking this blog, which I allowed to languish while I was slamming my head on THE ROCKS and also devoting energy to the MURDER IS EVERYWHERE blog, where I just posted a piece, with photos, about Christmas, Thai-style. It’s here.

    So happy holidays to all of you from all of me.

    Captcha — girlish Sowells

  5. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Hey Tim, That’s fantastic news! Now maybe you’ll get the recognition you deserve!

    But, when all the new fans start pouring in, you’ll still love us old fans, won’t you?

    Captcha: buxomer 112

    ps: Regarding checking your blog while it was languishing, sometimes I’d check it just to see what the catpcha would be!

  6. Sphinx Ink Says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news…and so well-deserved. I’m delighted on your behalf.

  7. Greg Smith Says:

    Way to go, Tim. Good to know that talent and perseverance prevails.
    Well, it’s the least you deserve after that whirlwind, one-man book tour. That was an awesome feat.
    Congratulations on reaping the rewards of your efforts.

  8. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Cynthia — I’m writing a book in which the characters are imprisoned intellectuals who work eighteen hours a day writing Captchas. They were sold to the Captcha people by their original owners who made fortune cookies. And forget you? Puhleeeeze.

    Sphinxy, thanks for the generosity of spirit. Definitely cheered me up.

    Hey, Greg — getting rained out today? Oh, and I’m writing Topanga right now, so we must both be riding some sort of psychic wave. And I have to confess that the tour took some getting over.

  9. Larissa Says:

    So it sounds like they are finally realizing just how cool you are? Congrats! That’s awesome and I can’t wait to hear more about it when you get a chance. 😀

  10. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Yo, Riss!

    Thanks for “cool,” which seems to be the only immortal piece of slang. Good heavens, it was a jazz word in the 30s, the Beatniks used it in the 40s and 50s, the hippies appropriated it, and here you are on December 7, 2009, using it. Bet you wouldn’t say, far out” or “heavy.” And I’m glad you wouldn’t.

    I appreciate the support, Riss. Been thinking and talking about Kansas lately. This probably isn’t the prime season, but I really did love it.

  11. Larissa Says:

    hehe. Cool has had a great history. They should write a book about how language defines the culture and what impact “cool” has had over the decades. or something like that (c:

    The last time I used “far out” was when I was watching The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because they said it..which it made it (dare I say) cool. Then again, I also said “cowabunga” because of them…there’s no accounting for a 7 yr old’s taste in language I guess.

    And yes, Kansas is working its way towards being bloody well frozen right now. Mmm…winter! Bring on the snow days! 😀

    You should come back and visit sometime and do it up right. BBQ, Jazz and all those good things.

    Captcha: donohue utegaard Seriously? I can’t believe they decided to make a captcha in honor of the Great Donohue Utegaard! You know..that guy…ahem. So silly.

  12. J. Edward Tremlett Says:

    Hey Tim – I just checked on your blog and saw this, and that is super-great news, and well-deserved. Congratulations!

    I am eagerly awaiting news of Poke’s next misadventure 🙂

  13. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, James —

    Thanks so much — the new one is currently the subject of, um, spirited title debate at William Morrow.

    For those who don’t know, James wrote an absolutely great review of BREATHING WATER and works at Schuler Books, one of the best small chains in the country.

  14. Itapgasypsymn Says:

    Шиномонтажное оборудование
    Стенд развал схождение

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