Sunday, August 25, 2019

A Sunday Smattering

• In Reference to Murder reports that “The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association has announced finalists for its 2019 book awards, winners of which will be celebrated at SCIBA’s annual trade show, to be held September 27-28 in San Gabriel …” Here are the finalists for the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award:

The Feral Detective, by Jonathan Lethem
The Good Detective, by John McMahon
The Border, by Don Winslow

• Hugh Laurie, formerly of House and The Night Manager, will star next year as a British Conservative minister in what The Killing Times terms “a high-profile political thriller called Roadkill …” The Web site goes on to explain: “Roadkill is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician called Peter Laurence [Laurie]. Peter’s public and private life seems to be falling apart—or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. However, events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?”

Happy 89th birthday, Sean Connery!

• Readers of The Columbophile have selected their 10 favorite killers from Peter Falk’s Columbo series. I’m pleased to see Gene Barry, who guest-starred in the first Columbo pilot (Prescription: Murder) featured on the list, and I am not at all surprised that Jack Cassidy makes a double appearance among the honorees.

• You knew it would happen: Elvis Presley turns spy.

• And for Tidal, author Alex Segura (Miami Midnight) muses on the noir stylings of “beloved pop princess” Taylor Swift.

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