If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Book Review – Stay Close by Harlan Coben


Yesterday I had my first bookstore signing for Bad Policy at Ms. Wendy’s Wonderful World of Books in St. Mary’s, GA. Today I have the official book launch party in the afternoon. I’ll write about those in the future, but while I’m enjoying the company of friends and (hopefully) signing a few books, I’ll leave you with some thoughts on a recent book I read.

I’m way behind on my TBR (to be read) pile, so you may have already read Stay Close since the paperback is already out. The back cover blurb for this standalone suspense starts off this way:

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but now he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case.

I need to fess up to being a Harlan Coben fan. This is the 16th book of his I have read. Fifteen I have rated as either very good or excellent. Only one earned an “okay” rating. The ratings on Amazon for Stay Close are all over the lot, but I gave it an excellent.

Coben’s suspense novels are not thrillers where world peace is at stake. His milieu is individual character. Steven Covey has said, “We are free to choose our actions; we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” In Stay Close Coben explores the consequences of actions taken and not taken, of truths told and withheld. For me, the book’s signal strength is indeed the character studies – something many Amazon readers did not like.

For those who enjoy plot twists and turns, Stay Close should fit the bill. I did figure out the miscreant somewhat before the revelation (my partner Jan did not), but I misguessed many other minor and major plot points along the way.

Anyone else read it? What did you think?

~ Jim

3 comments:

Gloria Alden said...

Jim, I haven't read this book or anything by Harlan Coben, but now I would like to after reading this. I do have a book by him - PLAY DEAD - on my TBR pile. Maybe I'll start it next as soon as I finish the books I need to finish for my two book clubs coming up this week. I prefer his premise rather than that of trying to save the world or the country.

Warren Bull said...

I have not read it either but it sounds interesting.

E. B. Davis said...

I have to confess that I've never read a Coben novel. I should read one to see how he writes since he is a best-selling author. I hope your events were successful, and that the weather where you are is better than D.C. Everyone is cocooning here--from staying out of the damp cold and watching Daffodils bend in the wind. Today-freezing mix. Yippee.