The seventh Poke Rafferty thriller, The Hot Countries, will be released by Soho Crime on October 6, wrapped in this stunning cover. This is the final book in an informal trilogy in which the action emerges from the wake of evil left behind by the villain of The Fear Artist. I hope it’s good enough to deserve its cover.

Herbie's GameLefty AwardI’m thrilled to say that the fourth Junior Bender mystery, Herbie’s Game, won the Lefty Award as the Best Comic Crime Novel of 2014 at Left Coast Crime. And I’m sorry to say that the fifth Junior, King Maybe, won't be out until April 2016, because I missed my deadline by miles and miles.

Nero Wolfe AwardHerbie’s Game has also just been nominated for the Nero Award as the Best Mystery in the spirit of Rex Stout's immortal Nero Wolfe books. Rex Stout has given me more pleasure than just about any crime writer, so this nomination is very gratifying.

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