Newsletter, November 2013


We’re thrilled to say that our October title Montana has been a break-out success, with another print run already in the works. Rights have been sold in Italy and Germany and reviews have been fantastic, with Library Journal selecting is as Debut of the Month: “Breathless pacing, strong characterizations, and a nuanced plot blend into an unforgettable read. With its strong sense of place and an intriguing ethnic character mix, consider for fans of Lori Armstrong, C.J. Box, and Wayne Arthurson. Florio is a veteran journalist, so she knows her stuff.” Next on the list is Publishers Weekly, with a starred review: “Quirky and cantankerous, Lola is grudgingly willing to learn from experience. Believable action complements razor-sharp observations of people and scenery.” Dakota, the sequel to Montana, will be released in March of 2014. 

Continuing on the upswing, word is just in that our November release, Cries of the Lost by Chris Knopf, has been named one of “Library Journal’s Best of 2013”.  Chris  has succeeded again, as this is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 Nero award winning Dead Anyway, also one of Publishers Weekly top picks for 2012. On Dec. 7th in NYC Chris will receive the award from the Nero Wolfe society at the Black Orchid Banquet at Arno Ristorante. The award is given to the best American mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. The keynote speaker will be Robert Goldsborough, author of the prequel Archie Meets Nero Wolfe and several other Wolfe books. Great reviews for Cries of the Lost have already appeared in Kirkus, Library Journal (starred review !) , Booklist (starred review!) and Publishers Weekly.

On the audio front, one of our January 2014 titles, the eco-thriller The Culling, has already been sold to Blackstone Audio for release approximately the same time as our publication. Kirkus reviews says: “Johnson’s debut thriller could be more science fact than science fiction. A scary premise. Get a flu shot. Wash your hands regularly.”

Two of our 2013 titles have been selected for consideration for the prestigious 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen is being considered in the mystery category, and The Stone Lion by William Eisner in the fiction category. This prize is notable because publishers cannot nominate their own titles for selection, but must wait for a request by one of the judges.








The Staff: Judith and Martin Shepard, co-publishers and senior editors; Cathy Suter, managing editor; Sarah Flood, editorial assistant; Brian Skulnik, editorial assistant; Susan Ahlquist, typesetting, design and production; Joslyn Pine, copy editor;  Lon Kirschner, cover artist; Caleb Kercheval, web designer and web master; Jennifer Hartig, acquisitions editorial assistant; Felix Gonzalez, shipping and warehouse manager