Saturday, December 5, 2009

What David Handler has been up to...

Edgar Award-winning mystery writer David Handler has long been a favorite of mine, no matter what he writes. He's just contributed a fine story for next fall's BFP anthology Damn Near Dead 2, and though he's no longer writing the award-winning Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag & Lulu novels (featuring a celebrity ghostwriter & his faithful yet neurotic basset hound), he remains committed to the wonderful Mitch Berger & Desiree Mitry mysteries (starring a shlubby NYC film critic & his Halle-Berry-sexy Connecticut resident state trooper girlfriend) that are being published by St. Martin's Minotaur. If you're a fan of intelligently-written whodunits that are a pleasant mix of hard- & soft-boiled amateur detective fiction, you can't go wrong with David Handler. Start with either the first Hoagy book, The Man Who Died Laughing (available from BFP), or the Mitch & Desiree debut, The Cold Blue Blood.

Here's David himself with a few words on what he's been up to...

"I'm pleased to report that I have a kick-ass new political thriller called Click to Play (Severn House) out now. It's something a bit different for me -- a turbo-charged page turner about a dying child star from TV's golden age who reaches out to a renegade internet journalist with the true story behind the most famous murder spree in Hollywood history. A secret that's so shocking it will most certainly destroy the U.S. senator who is poised to become America's next president. I had an absolute blast with Click to Play. It's chock full of bizarre characters and plot twists. Good, dirty fun. I promise you won't be able to put it down.

"However, if you are a loyal Berger-Mitry fan do not despair. My next Mitch and Des installment, The Shimmering Blond Sister, is all finished and scheduled for publication in fall 2010 from St. Martin's Minotaur. And I'm happy to report that I just agreed to write a new one entitled The Blood Red Indian Summer."

I know I, for one, am very much looking forward to these!

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