'Tis the season to start thinking about holiday gifts. I wanted to figure out a fun way to share book recommendations for the crime fiction reader, so I asked some friends to help me out this year. Each weekday throughout November and possibly into December, I'll have a picture of a crime fiction author recommending a book that he/she enjoyed and would recommend to others. Then I will pair the author's recommendation up with a recommendation of my own. The stipulation I gave everyone participating was that it didn't have to be a book published this year, but it did have to be in print. So you won't have to chase it down or pay a fortune for it.
I'm linking each recommendation to an independent book store, so if you want to quickly and easily order it, just click on the book title's link. Each recommending author will be linked back to his/her website. I hope you'll take some time to check out authors who may be new to you. You'll see some new faces here this month. I'm very excited about that.
So, let's kick "Crime Writers Caught Recommending Crime" with a wonderfully funny, talented writer, who also happens to be one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter. Bill Cameron, author of DAY ONE, is recommending JUNKYARD DOGS by Craig Johnson. I don't think you can go wrong with Craig Johnson.
Bill says, "I can never get enough Walt Longmire. Hell, I want to BE Walt Longmire. There's nothing like settling down with a Craig Johnson novel, can of Ranier at my side, for an evening's read."
So then my recommendation for the first day of CWCRC is a book by an author who was new to me this year. I read THE LOCK ARTIST by Steve Hamilton earlier in the year, but it has stuck with me all year long. I am regularly recommending it to friends and family for the layered plot, the masterfully sculpted characters, the haunting tone. And I originally listened to it on audio from Brilliance, and can equally recommend the audio as well. THE LOCK ARTIST is truly a must for any crime fiction fan.
O.k., Day 1 brings you a recommendation of Craig Johnson's JUNKYARD DOGS from Bill Cameron and Steve Hamilton's THE LOCK ARTIST from yours truly. Check back tomorrow for another great holiday gift recommendation!
Happy reading and holiday shopping.