The Private Eye Writers of America hand out The Shamus Award every year at Bouchercon. This year, Critical Damage has made it to the final five entries in the “Best Original Paperback P.I. Novel” category. (see here for a complete list of all the finalists). The winner will be announced in October at an awards dinner during Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Shamus Award is handed out to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. I have to be honest here and say that I am both stunned and amazed and incredibly happy by this nomination. And this is also incredible for another reason, as Critical Damage was a very cathartic novel for me, written during a very painful period of my life. It’s the Mallen novel that is closest to my heart.
Trust me, I’ll keep you posted. If you happen to be going to Bouchercon this year, please let me know. The hotel naturally has a bar, and that’s where you will find me.
Except of course, Friday night.
Out into the world it goes to whatever fate has decreed for it. Of course you can find Innocent Damage at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. Looking forward to what people have to say about it.
I’ve been writing blog posts for a very awesome blog hub entitled Campaign for the American Reader.
The first blog post is called “The Page 69 Test”, and you can read all about that means. the post that came out today is “What is the Writer Reading?”
Even more news to come.
The second Mark Mallen novel, CRITICAL DAMAGE, has arrived after a VERY tumultuous year.
Here’s what Library Journal has to say about the second Mark Mallen novel: “Lewis’s second entry in his gritty, no-holds-barred series (after Untold Damage) portrays the darker side of San Francisco and features a struggling hero still finding his way. Not for the faint of heart, this chilling tale of sexual depravity is perfect for conspiracy aficionados.”
So, get your copy now! You can find it at your local bookstore, or barring that, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to review it. And again, thank you all for your undying support over the last couple years. SO very appreciated.
Ever wonder how Mallen was, back when he was in uniform? Well, now is your chance to find out.
The first Mark Mallen E-only short story, “Pure Mallen” is now available on Amazon, and Barnes&Noble. And at the low cost of $1.99, it’s a steal! Learn about Mark’s first night out on his own as a rookie.
Here’s the opening:
“Mark Mallen carefully adjusted the dark blue San Francisco policeman’s hat on his head. Checked his reflection in the full-length mirror Chris had nailed to the back of the bathroom door when they’d moved in six months ago. Staring at his reflection wasn’t really a thing he needed to do, it was more an homage to his father Ol’ “Monster” Mallen, who had been a cop for over thirty-five years until Alzheimer’s had taken both its toll and his shield. He remembered watching his Pops do this very thing every morning before he went out on his beat. Seemed only right that his son should do it, too…”
Hope you enjoy! If enough of you do, then there’s every chance this will be the first in a series of Mallen short stories.
Oh, Harry O!
“Oh man, O Man.
I need to come clean on something before I get going. And that is that I was only nine or so when this very incredible, very thoughtful TV show first came on the scene. I was too young to stay up that late. I only vaguely remember the second half of the first season, when the show was moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. Some sort of money thing, as shooting in San Diego quickly became too costly. Harry, played to the hilt by David Janssen, was the penultimate private eye. Harry Orwell had been a cop but was wounded in the line of duty.
However, getting shot in the back didn’t kill him…”
Hope you enjoy. And definitely spend some time over at Criminal Element, THE place for fans of crime fiction.
I’m finally working on another Criminal Element post. I love Criminal Element. It’s the best place for fans of crime fiction and mysteries. All tastes of mysteries: cozy, noir, medical, movie mysteries, TV mystery shows… anything and everything mystery.
I have a lot of fun… no, I have A BLAST, writing posts for them. They’ve even come out with their first short story collection, The Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble. This is the first and hopefully not the last of their themed short story collections, written by the contributors to their site.
On this occasion, I thought I would corral all the posts I’ve done for them, up to this point. I like to think I’ve contributed in a positive manner. You be the judge…
You can find me here, and here.
Hope you enjoy, and check out that short story collection, The Malfeasance Occasional!