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    Series: BILLY BOYLE WWII MYSTERY, A
    When Hell Struck Twelve James R. Benn
    9781616959630 Hardcover FICTION / War & Military On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $35.95 CAD 6.29 x 9.29 x 1.14 in | 360 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Soho Crime
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      Description
      In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz travel into the heart of Nazi-occupied Paris on a dangerous mission: ensure a traitor to the French Resistance unwittingly carries out a high-stakes deception campaign.
       
      August, 1944: US Army detective Billy Boyle is assigned to track down a French traitor, code-named Atlantik, who is delivering classified Allied plans to German leaders in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also hot on his trail and out for blood, after Atlantik’s previous betrayals led to the death of many of their members. But the plans Atlantik carries were leaked on purpose, a ruse devised to obscure the Allied army’s real intentions to bypass Paris in a race to the German border. Now Billy and Kaz are assigned to the Resistance with orders to not let them capture the traitor: the deception campaign is too important. Playing a delicate game, the chase must be close enough to spur the traitor on and visible enough to ensure the Germans trust Atlantik. The outcome of the war may well depend on it.


      Story Locale: WWII Paris

      Series Overview: An Irish-American cop from Boston helps his “uncle” Ike Eisenhower in sensitive WWII investigations.
      Bio
      James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was named one of five top mysteries of 2006 by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee, A Blind Goddess was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Rest Is Silence was a Barry Award nominee, and The Devouring was a Macavity Award nominee. Benn, a former librarian, splits his time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and Connecticut with his wife, Deborah Mandel.

      Author Residence: Hadlyme, CT

      Author Hometown: Southington, CT and Bradenton, FL
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Series-wide promotion on www.discovermysteries.com, our mystery fiction vertical, with corresponding digtal adverstising spend.

        Consumer-facing Shelf-Awareness Reader Blast

        Digital advertising to a targetted intersection of WWII buffs, historical readers, mystery readers.

        Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.



        Publicity: National media campaign targeting mystery reviews, historical interest, and veteran’s affairs magazines. James Benn will be touring once again this year to build on the success of last year’s tour. Reviewers will love the appearance of another Soho Crime favorite character.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for When Hell Struck Twelve

      “An especially fine example of Benn’s long-running series…the emotional journey that is evoked by the talented Benn along the way is strong, vivid, and completely authentic. If you want to get a feel for what it might have been like for a Parisian in 1944 to finally be liberated from an oppressive rule, pick up this novel.”
      —Mystery Scene Magazine

      “Even after all this time U.S. Army detective Billy Boyle is still one of the coolest characters out there.”
      —Suspense Magazine

      “Vastly entertaining, decidedly literary…Benn writes with a brutal and evocative skill about the grim and bloody reality of a situation and environment reflecting the cumulative cost of war.”
      The Day

      “Fascinating characters and history-worthy plots…You won’t be able to put it down till the last page!”
      Eyes on World Cultures

      “I’ve read every book in James R. Benn’s series, reviewed most of them, loved all of them, and this is the best one yet.”
      —BookPage, Starred Review

      “This consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far…a grandly suspenseful, old-school war story…Benn’s portrayal of the gallimaufry of competing Resistance groups, whose bullets, Billy learns, kill you just as dead as the Germans’ more powerful weaponry, adds a fascinating dimension to this exciting story of the sometimes-deadly chaos that accompanied the liberation of Paris.” 
      Booklist, Starred Review 

      “Stellar…The author makes the most of the tense and dramatic backdrop to this high-stakes whodunit. Benn has surpassed himself with this installment.”
      Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review 

      “The action starts on the first page and doesn’t slow down.”
      —Library Journal

      “A World War II supersleuth slips into Paris to find a murderous French traitor…As usual, Benn packs this installment with historical detail and writes with authority and punch.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “Once I started this tension-filled mystery, I realized nothing short of a major catastrophe would stop me from reading it…With thorough research and authentic characters, James R. Benn always bring his stories to life for me.”
      —RJ Julia Independent Booksellers (Madison, CT)

      Praise for the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries


      “Spirited wartime storytelling.”
      —The New York Times Book Review

      “A fast-paced saga set in a period when the fate of civilization still hangs in the balance.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “Full of action, humor and heart.”
      —Louise Penny
       
      “[A] thrilling battle of wits between a dogged US investigator and cunning killer. Deft, gritty, and real as a howitzer blast.“
      —Andrew Gross, bestselling author of The One Man

       
      “Benn’s Billy Boyle mysteries are always entertaining…Benn’s research is admirable and the expert way in which he uses this historical data to tell a riveting story is brilliant…Historical mysteries just don’t get any better than this.”
      Seattle Post-Intelligencer

       
      ”Cleverly told…the book weaves fascinating military facts with obscure historical details about the islands and native life.“ 
      The Arizona Republic
       
      ”These creations just keep getting better and better.“
      —Suspense Magazine
       
      ”Exceptional…Benn has never been better at integrating a whodunit plot line with a realistic depiction of life on or near the battlefield."
      —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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    Series: SUEÑO AND BASCOM NOVEL, A
    The Line Martin Limon
    9781641290890 Paperback FICTION / War & Military On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 5 x 7.48 x 1.01 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Soho Crime
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      Description
      George Sueño and Ernie Bascom return for their thirteenth outing, which takes them from Seoul to the DMZ in their most politically charged murder case yet.

      The Korean Demilitarized Zone, 1970s: A battered corpse is found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea. When 8th Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom pull the body to the South Korean side on orders from their superiors, they have no idea of the international conflict their action will spark. Before war breaks out, they must discover who killed Corporal Noh Jong-bei, a young Korean soldier working with the US Army.
       
      The murderer could be on either side of the DMZ. But without cooperation between the governments involved, how can two US military agents interrogate North Korean witnesses? What George and Ernie discover gets them pulled off the case, but fearing they’ve put the wrong man behind bars, they disobey orders in an attempt to discover the truth.


      Story Locale: 1970s Korea

      Series Overview: Sergeant George Sueño and his partner, Ernie Bascom, are stationed in Korea with the US 8th Army in the 1970s. They investigate crimes in which US Army personnel might have been involved. Meanwhile, George finds Korea and its culture fascinating, and does what he can to soften the bad opinion of Americans in Korea.
      Bio
      Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of thirteen other Sueño and Bascom investigations: Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha’s Money, The Door to Bitterness, The Wandering Ghost, GI Bones, Mr. Kill, The Joy Brigade, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, Ping-Pong Heart, The Nine-Tailed Fox, and GI Confidenital, as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.

      Author Residence: Seattle, WA

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Series-wide promotion on our mystery vertical, www.discovermysteries.com, with corresponding digital spend.

        Digital advertising to fans of military crime fiction.

        Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.



        Publicity: We will be focusing on building up the already long list of military/VA/National Guard media outlets that cover Martin’s work.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for The Line

      “A fascinating inside look at Korean culture as well as the world of overseas Army personnel in the late 1970s.”
      —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

      “The thirteenth novel in this outstanding series is one of Martin Limon’s best…[Limon] brings an authenticity to the stories of soldiers caught in the machinery of the post-War era…It is all told with an irreverent humor, yet the tension never lets up.”
      —Deadly Pleasures Magazine

      “Limón’s fiction comes from personal experience, with some obvious parallels between his own life and main protagonist Sueño’s. As well as sharing a Hispanic heritage, Limón also served in Korea, first arriving in 1968…Rare foreign fiction set in Korea.”
      —The Korea Times

      “Superb…Limón has never been better at incorporating a logical mystery plot into the politics of his chosen time and place.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “One of the most powerful episodes in an always-strong series.”
      —Booklist, Starred Review

      “[The Line] entertains with its easy banter and fascinates with deep insight into its precise historical moment.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “I have read every Limón book since 1992’s Jade Lady Burning, and I have every intention of continuing to do so; they are that good.”
      —Bruce Tierney, BookPage

      “Acclaimed author and army vet Martin Limón again hits the target with his 13th military murder mystery.”
      —Critics on the Aisle

      Praise for the Sueño and Bascom Investigations

       
      “Limón is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today—and valuable slices of history tomorrow.”
      —Lee Child
       
      “An enduring and freshly relevant series…Limón, himself a former US Army man who served 10 years in Korea, writes with knowledge of the travails and rewards of military life.”
      The Wall Street Journal
       
       “Limón is an expert guide to Korea and the US army whose passionate commitment to his subject is expressed in direct, searing prose.”
      —John Burdett, international bestselling author of Bangkok 8
       
      “As always, the author vividly contrasts adventures in the seamy side of Seoul’s nightlife with a sensitive appreciation for Korea’s ancient culture.”
      The Seattle Times
       
      “Altogether engaging.”
      The Washington Post Book World

      “A fast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last.”
      San Antonio Express-News

      Praise for The Nine-Tailed Fox

      “An enduring and freshly relevant series…Limón, himself a former US Army man who served 10 years in Korea, writes with knowledge of the travails and rewards of military life.”
      The Wall Street Journal  

      “​Clever plotting and superior characterizations lift this suspenseful, atmospheric installment.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review ​ 

      “A fast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last.”
      —San Antonio Express-News​
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    Series: A LEW GRIFFIN NOVEL
    The Long-Legged Fly James Sallis
    9781641291439 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 5 x 7.48 x 0.67 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Soho Crime
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      Description
      As much a classic detective story as it is a literary masterpiece, The Long-Legged Fly introduces us to Lew Griffin: tough, smart, and living in a corner of society where life is fought for as much as it is lived.

      In steamy New Orleans, black private detective Lew Griffin has taken on a seemingly hopeless missing-person case. The trail takes him through the underbelly of the French Quarter with its bar girls, pimps, and tourist attractions. As his search leads to one violent dead end and then another, Griffin is confronted by the realization that his own life has come to resemble those of the people he is attempting to find.


      Story Locale: New Orleans, LA

      Series Overview: Lew Griffin is a private detective, teacher, writer, poet, and a black man moving through a white man’s world. The darkest corners of New Orleans are illuminated in this series by living legend and master of noir James Sallis.
      Bio
      James Sallis has published eighteen novels, including Drive, which was made into a now-iconic film; Sarah Jane; and the six-volume Lew Griffin series. He is a recipient of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the Deutsche Krimipreis, and the Brigada 21 in Spain, as well as Bouchercon’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His biography of Chester Himes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and he has been shortlisted for the Anthony, Nebula, Edgar, Shamus, and Gold Dagger Awards.

      Author Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

      Author Hometown: Helena, Arkansas
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online: Advertising-Shelf Awareness for Readers-Dedicated eBlast

        Dedicated advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this series and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com, and our digital vertical: www.discovermysteries.com

        Author appearance and signing at Book Expo and ALA Annual.



        Publicity: These re-issues, packaged into a consistent and beautiful series look, will cement living legend James Sallis as the master of noir. Major media outlets will be excited about the new hardcover (SARAH JANE), and the paperback re-issues will have national reviewers pitching profiles and retrospectives. Creating a pamphlet that will include PR, long bio, back ad, and introduction by (famous author TK).

        Author Website: jamessallis.com/
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for The Long-Legged Fly

      “A compelling novel. Lew Griffin holds us rapt.”
      The Washington Post Book World

      “An extraordinary first novel…justly compared to James Lee Burke and Raymond Chandler.”
      Los Angeles Times Book Review
       
      “One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature. If you don’t ordinarily read crime fiction, you will love these books. if you do read crime fiction, you will never look at it the same after meeting Lew Griffin.”
      —Sara Gran
       
      “Through poetically spare phrases and emotionally evocative dialog, James Sallis inspires both boundless beauty and slow-burn, unimaginable terror—at times simultaneously. In The Long-Legged Fly, Sallis skillfully, patiently, brilliantly peels back the skin, muscle, and bone of each character, exposing both their highest promise and most consuming evil. This is an exciting book; far more than a crime fiction. It is an ingenious, visceral expose of the dark poetry that, thread by ebony thread, is woven into the fabric of each of us. This is the extraordinary and expansive talent of James Sallis.”
      —Stephen Mack Jones, author of the August Snow series

      “Sallis has created in Lew Griffin one of the great literary characters and written what may very well be the last great detective novel.”
      —Spinetingler Magazine

      “Poet and short story writer Sallis creates a lyrical, unconventional suspense novel that reads like variations on a blues riff…A haunting debut novel.”
      Publishers Weekly

      Praise for James Sallis

      “One of the most inventive and affecting sagas in recent crime fiction. Lew Griffin is an African-American private detective in New Orleans (and a poet and teacher) who specializes in finding missing persons. Griffin’s moral intelligence and questioning mind fold a noir perspective into post-existential angst. And of course there’s New Orleans, full of dangerous mirage.” 
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal 

      “Beautifully captures the struggle between despair and hope within Griffin’s soul, and the piquant savor of a curiosity that—like New Orleans itself—refuses to die.”
      —The Seattle Times

      “Sallis is a sure hand—characters and prose, of course, dialogue, too, but he is also a subtle weaver of plot, with the perfect level of push. His descriptions evoke a place that seems to fully exist just around the corner, and his people speak and sweat and live and die and it’s all a great pleasure.” 
      —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone 
       
      “James Sallis—he’s right up there, one of the best of the best…Sallis, also a poet, is capable of smart phrasing and moments of elegiac energy.”
      —Ian Rankin, for The Guardian

      “Unlike those pretenders who play in dark alleys and think they’re tough, James Sallis writes from an authentic noir sensibility, a state of mind that hovers between amoral indifference and profound existential despair.”
      —The New York Times
       
      “Sallis writes crime novels that read like literature.”
      Los Angeles Times
       
      “Classic American crime of the highest order.”
      Time Out
       
      “[A] master of America noir…Sallis creates vivid images in very few words and his taut, pared down prose is distinctive and powerful.”
      Sunday Telegraph

      “James Sallis is without doubt the most underrated novelist currently working in America.”
      Catholic Herald
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    Series: TAIPEI NIGHT MARKET NOVEL, A
    99 Ways to Die Ed Lin
    9781641290883 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: September 24, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.49 x 0.74 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Soho Crime
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      Description
      In Taipei, Taiwan, the kidnapping of a Mainlander billionaire throws national media into a tizzy—not least because of the famous victim’s vitriolic anti-immigration politics.

      Jing-nan has known Peggy Lee, a bullying frenemy who runs her family’s huge corporation, since high school. Peggy’s father has been kidnapped, and the ransom the kidnappers are demanding is not money but IP: a high-tech memory chip that they want to sell in China.
       
      Jing-nan feels sorry for Peggy until she starts blackmailing him into helping out. Peggy is worried the kidnappers’ deadline will pass before the police are able to track down the chip. But when the reluctant Jingnan tries to help, he finds himself deeper and deeper in trouble with some very unsavory characters—the most unsavory of whom might be the victim himself.


      Story Locale: Taipei, Taiwan

      Series Overview: Taipei, Taiwan: A young man who runs a dumpling stand in a bustling night market crosses paths with some very dangerous gangsters—including his own uncle.
      Bio
      Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He’s the author of the Taipei Night Market series, Ghost Month and Incensed; his literary debut, Waylaid; and his Robert Chow crime series, This Is a Bust, Snakes Can’t Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.

      Author Residence: New York, New York

      Author Hometown: New Jersey
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Co-promotion with the $9.99 “Passport to Crime” of Ghost Month timed to help discovery of this delightful series.

        Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com.



        Publicity: International media campaign targeting a wide array of outlets (crime fiction, geopolitical interst in Taipei, and cullinary interest). Ed Lin’s hillarious yet poigniant Taipei Night Market Novels have won him a loyal readership among critics. He has been interviewed about the books on prominent shows like NPR’s Morning Edition and PRI’s To the Best of Our Knowledge.

        Author Website: edlinforpresident.com/
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for 99 Ways to Die

      99 Ways to Die immerses readers in urban Taiwan…Come for the dark world of the night market, and stay for the unpredictable, entertaining characters.” 
      —Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine 

      “Stellar…Lin effortlessly blends humor, plausible plot twists, and the politics and economics of contemporary Taiwan.”
      —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Lin’s books are most appealing for the insider’s look at Taiwanese culture, the motley crew of supporting cast and the multiple laughs per page.”
      —BookPage

      “Lin takes readers on a whimsical ride along with the reluctant Jing-nan, the overbearing Peggy, and some very shady characters, deftly mixing comedy, mystery, and drama in a page-turning story…This will appeal to readers who enjoy dark comedy, drama, and some very unexpected plot twists.”
      —Library Journal

      “Top-notch international crime fiction that will have readers dreaming of a visit to the Taipei market.”
      —Booklist

      “What a wonderful, wild ride this is.”
      —The Shawangunk Journal

      “It’ll definitely keep you guessing, and it’ll keep you laughing from start to finish.”
      —BookBub

      “[Lin] twist[s] his crime fiction in marvelous ways that incorporate almost as much humor as the master Donald E. Westlake.”
      —Kingdom Books

      “Well-plotted.”
      —Stop, You’re Killing Me!

      Praise for the Taipei Night Market Novels

       
      “A stylish, smart thriller for the mind, heart, and gut. Sex, music, history, politics, food, humor, and just a touch of violence and death—you get it all. And when you’re done, you’ll beg for more.”
      —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer 
       
      “A unique blend of tension, charm, tragedy and optimism, with characters you’ll love, and a setting so real you’ll think you’ve been there.”
      —Lee Child

      “A sidewalk noodle shop in Taipei’s Shilin Night Market during summer’s Ghost Month is the vivid backdrop …The plot twists come fast and furious as the story reaches its climax. Come for the exotic food and fascinating setting; stay for the characters.”
      The Boston Globe
       
      “Covers Taiwan’s complicated political identity and relationship with mainland China, all during one of the most remarkable times of the year: Ghost Month.”
      To the Best of Our Knowledge

      “Pure and perfect suspense and a book that is almost impossible to put down.”
      Crimespree Magazine 
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    Sarah Jane James Sallis
    9781641290807 Hardcover FICTION / Psychological On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $27.95 CAD 5.23 x 8.28 x 0.78 in | 216 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Soho Crime
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      Description
      A spare, sparkling tour de force about one woman’s journey to becoming a cop, by master of noir James Sallis, author of Drive.

      Sarah Jane Pullman is a good cop with a complicated past. From her small-town chicken-farming roots through her runaway adolescence, court-ordered Army stint, ill-advised marriage and years slinging scrambled eggs over greasy spoon griddles, Sarah Jane unfolds her life story, a parable about memory, atonement, and finding shape in chaos. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she is named the de facto sheriff of a rural town, investigating the mysterious disappearance of the sheriff whose shoes she’s filling—and the even more mysterious realities of the life he was hiding from his own colleagues and closest friends. This kaleidoscopic character study sparkles in every dark and bright detail—a virtuoso work by a master of both the noir and the tender aspects of human nature.


      Story Locale: Everywhere, USA
      Bio
      James Sallis has published eighteen novels, including Drive, which was made into a now-iconic film, and the six-volume Lew Griffin series. He is a recipient of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the Deutsche Krimi Preis, and the Brigada 21 in Spain, as well as Bouchercon’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His biography of Chester Himes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

      Author Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

      Author Hometown: Helena, Arkansas
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online: Advertising-Shelf Awareness for Readers-Dedicated eBlast

        Dedicated advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com.

        Author appearance and signing at Book Expo and ALA Annual.



        Publicity: Living legend James Sallis (author of DRIVE, LONG-LEGGED FLY) serves up what he does best: a twisty, character-driven noir. This writers’ writer and critical darling features a fascinating female protagonist in his Soho Crime debut. This slim novel explores how memory and time intersect in one life, and how crime and literary fiction intersect to make a modern classic. Profiles, career retrospectives, and national reviews expected.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
      New York Times Best Crime Novel of 2019
      Financial Times Best Book of 2019

      Publishers Weekly Big Indie Book for Fall 2019
      Library Journal Best Crime Fiction of 2019

      Praise for Sarah Jane


      “Spellbinding…like a piece of stormy poetry.”
      —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

      “Slim and affecting…Sallis writes of life’s mishaps as well as its consolations in a poetic style well-suited to his introspective yet appreciative main character.”
      —The Wall Street Journal

      “Sallis is a sure hand—characters and prose, of course, dialogue, too, but he is also a subtle weaver of plot, with the perfect level of push. His descriptions evoke a place more real than mere realism could render, and his people speak and sweat and live and die and it’s all a great pleasure.”
      —Daniel Woodrell

      “Gorgeously written.”
      —The Toronto Star

      “Remarkable…[Sallis’s] ability to evoke moments of everyday life ultimately delineates powerfully the experience of a woman who matters to us, in a life that, from her own point of view, she feels ‘taking shape around me.’…An extraordinary novel about a woman’s sometimes violent and ultimately insightful encounter with ordinary life.”
      —Los Angeles Review of Books

      Sarah Jane is a mesmerizing tale, noir-gothic fiction shot through with veins of a fractured cautionary tale. It’s lyrical but taut, a meditation on memory, choice, randomness, and death.”
      —Phoenix New Times

      “James Sallis probably couldn’t write a boring line if he tried.”
      —The Irish Times

      “A piercing psychological study.”
      —The Herald (Scotland)

      “Sallis has delivered a long list of excellent crime novels, as well as biographies and books of poetry. With its spare but insightful prose and probing exploration of the price of our sins, Sarah Jane fits among his finest…This book will leave you marveling about our ability to carve out a life, no matter how different it is from what we expected.”
      —BookPage

      “Engrossing…Sallis proves once again that he is an acute chronicler of humanity.”
      —Mystery Scene

      “Utterly wonderful from start to finish… Sallis’s plotting is a masterclass in sleight of hand, misdirecting the reader with a glance and a nod.”
      —The Big Issue

      “A hypnotic, meticulously crafted crime novel…An insightful character study of one woman’s reckoning with her own demons, this is also a powerful look at contemporary America. Sallis is writing at the top of his game.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “This quietly powerful blend of noir and character study finds both despair and great tenderness in the daily lives of ordinary people…Sallis’ words hold plenty.”
      Booklist, Starred Review

      “Sallis has a quiet way of narrating a powerful story of accidents and death. The lyrical language and ambiguous ending is reminiscent of the best of Craig Johnson’s ’Longmire’ stories.”
      —Library Journal, Starred Review

      “With his impeccable pacing, and richly humane story-telling, Sallis brings his heroine to life in a way that is tender and yet as threatening as only the best noir can be.”
      —Daily Mail

      “James Sallis is never to be missed—never. Everything he writes is most worthy and so beautifully written to boot you will marvel. He’s a sorcerer with words. Because most of his novels feature a crime and subsequent matching atmosphere they are called mysteries but trust me these are novels first of the highest literary quality that work within the world of bad deeds gone even more wrong. Sarah Jane is no different. What’s not to admire in a sentence that reads; ‘There’s a small revolution going on in that sentence.’ Trust me—find this guy—start here—read this book!”
      —Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Books (Northern California)

      “This powerful short novel is both a crime story and an incisive character study of a young woman forced by circumstances to fight for survival.”
      —Stop! You’re Killing Me

      Praise for James Sallis


      “A perfect piece of noir fiction…focus[ing] on those hollowed-out moments when a man’s moral landscape suddenly shifts and he’s plunged into darkness.”
      The New York Times Book Review

      “One stark and stunning tale of murder, treachery, and deceit.”
      Boston Globe

      “[Sallis] might just be one of our greatest living writers.”
      USA Today   

      “A taut page-turner…[and] a lovely piece of work that makes you wish some other writers would take lessons from [Sallis].”
      —Washington Post
       
      “One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature.”
      —Sara Gran

      “James Sallis is one of our greatest living crime writers…Try to get his words, his stories, his people out of your head. Just try.”
      —Laura Lippman
       
      “Speaking of Jim Sallis in the same tone as Poe and Dostoevsky is not overblowing on my part.”
      —Harlan Ellison
       
      “Sallis is a gifted writer and he doesn’t cram his story into this slim volume. Rather he distills it into a superbly potent brew that burns going down and explodes in the belly.”
      —Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine  

      “James Sallis might be the ’purest’ writer of crime fiction in America today…his books are worth reading solely for what rises from the inspired use of language.”
      San Francisco Chronicle

      “In addition to his masterly novels, Sallis is known for his work as a poet, and the lyrical beauty of his words shines through his pages. The story unfolds with the cadence of the down-home music that plays such an important part in the characters’ lives, weaving stories from the past through the narrative of the present to create a harmonious melody. It’s a crime that a writer this good isn’t better known.”
      Chicago Sun-Times

      “Sallis’s treatment is minimalist, stylish, and all the more evocative for it. Essential noir existentialism.”
      —The Guardian

      “A story full of heart, imbued with a warmth of human spirit that most longer books could only dream of.”
      —The Independent

      “The power of simplicity and the musical ring of truth as only Sallis can deliver it—as he has done bravely, consistently, for the last few decades.”
      The Los Angeles Times

  • 6
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    Series: JUNIOR BENDER MYSTERY, A
    Nighttown Timothy Hallinan
    9781641290913 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: October 08, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      “Exceedingly funny…this one’s good for what ails you.”The New York Times  

      Reluctant P.I. to the perfidious, 
      Junior Bender, may be L.A.’s smoothest operator but when he breaks one of the cardinal rules of burglary (don’t take scores that you’re being paid way too much for) he finds himself once again on the wrong side of, well, the wrong side.


      Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender has a rule about never taking a job that pays too well: in the criminal underworld, if you’re offered more money than a job is worth, someone is going to end up dead. But he’s bending his rule this one time because he and his girlfriend, Ronnie, are in desperate need of cash to hire a kidnapper to snatch Ronnie’s two-year-old son back from her ex. The whole thing is pretty complicated and has Junior on edge.
       
      The parameters of the job do nothing to calm his nerves. A nameless woman in an orange wig has offered Junior fifty grand—twenty-five up front—to break into the abandoned house of a recently deceased 97-year-old recluse, Daisy Horton, and steal a doll from her collection. Junior knows no doll is worth 50K, so he figures there must be something hidden inside the doll that can get him in a heap of trouble. It doesn’t take long for Junior to realize he’s not the only one looking for the doll. When an old friend ends up murdered, Junior decides he will stop at nothing to figure out who the woman in the orange wig is, and why she wants the doll badly enough to leave a trail of bodies in her wake.


      Story Locale: Los Angeles, CA

      Series Overview: Junior Bender is an LA burglar with an unwanted side career of solving crimes for folks on the wrong side of the law—many of them in show business
      Bio
      Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity, and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of twenty-two widely praised books, including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, most recently Fools’ River, and the Junior Bender Hollywood burglar mysteries, including Herbie’s Game, winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. After years of working in the television and music industries, he now writes full-time. He lives in California and Thailand.

      Author Residence: Santa Monica, CA

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC
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        Digital advertising to fans of crime fiction, funny mysteries.

        Digital advertising to a targetted intersection of Los Angeles and other metro areas, crime, fiction, and funny stories.

        Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.



        Publicity: The Junior Bender series is one of the most critically praised on our list. Nearly every installment has ended up with multiple national-level reviews, not to mention wound-up on a diverse run of “Best of the Year” lists, ranging from Publishers Weekly to NPR.

        Author Website: www.timothyhallinan.com/
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Finalist for the 2019 Nero Award

      Praise for Nighttown


      “Exceedingly funny…this one’s good for what ails you.”
      —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times 

      “If you enjoy the ironic wit and criminal adventures of Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr, then you’ll want to read Timothy Hallinan’s Nighttown. Junior Bender is one of my favorite fictional felons and Hallinan is a writer with the kind of heart and healthy cynicism that I admire.”  
      —Carole E. Barrowman, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

      “Hallinan’s top-notch prose and plotting are reminiscent of Lawrence Block and Elmore Leonard.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Nothing puts a smile on my face or chuckle in my heart like a new Junior Bender book. Always fresh and ever insightful, Hallinan delivers pleasure reading in its purest form.” 
      Tim Tigner, author of Pushing Brilliance

      “Everybody’s go-to burglar in LA, takes on another job that doesn’t smell right—it fairly reeks of talcum powder—and lives to regret it early and often…Highly readable.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “[Nighttown] packs an unexpected wallop, which resonates long after the last (and highly satisfying) sentence is read.”
      Bookreporter.com

      “A not-to-miss mystery…Hallinan is easily one of the most entertaining crime writers in the business today.” 
      —New York Journal of Books

      “Are you a fan of Donald Westlake’s caper books, or the first series from Bethany Maines with its side-splitting moments among makeup experts who ride on the wild side? Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: exquisitely plotted action and twists, with conversation and commentary so dryly funny that those pee-proof panties advertised on TV should be sold with the book in some regions.”
      —Kingdom Books

      “Tightly plotted and fast-paced… Nighttown is the real deal.”
      —Kittling Books 

      “This novel was extremely intriguing, suspenseful, and mysterious. It is highly recommended reading.”
      —The Gumshoe Review

      “Humor is a hallmark of the Junior Bender series, and this latest title is no exception.” 
      —Bookgasm

      Praise for Fields Where They Lay


      Kirkus & Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
      A BookPage Top Pick

      “Burglar Junior Bender may just be our favorite literary PI.”
      —Entertainment Weekly

      “West Coast fun for the noir at heart.” 
      Sunday Times

      “Slick sleuthing, a touching romance and several good laughs.” 
      —Toronto Star 

      “Comparisons to Raymond Chandler and Donald Westlake are totally deserved and should give you a clue as to whether you’ll like this book as much as I did.” 
      —Raleigh News & Observer 

      “Hallinan deserves to win an Edgar for his ingeniously plotted, often hilarious sixth Junior Bender novel.” 
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

      “Nobody does comic mystery with an edge better than Hallinan.” 
      Booklist, Starred Review
  • 7
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    Series: SUEÑO AND BASCOM NOVEL, A
    GI Confidential Martin Limon
    9781641290388 Hardcover FICTION / War & Military On Sale Date: October 15, 2019
    $33.95 CAD 5.78 x 8.52 x 1.22 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 18 Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      US Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom become entangled with a pushy tabloid reporter as they investigate a series of violent bank robberies throughout South Korea.
       
      South Korea, 1970s: A rash of armed robberies at local Korean banks doesn’t concern the American military—until a fatality occurs, and proof surfaces that US soldiers are behind the crimes. The case has been assigned to CID Agents Jake Burrows and Felix Slabem, but they certainly won’t do anything that might make 8th United States Army look bad. So Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom have decided to step in and investigate the robberies—and murder—themselves.
       
      George and Ernie have their own problems to worry about, namely Katie Byrd Worthington, a pesky reporter for the Overseas Observer—an unsanctioned English-language tabloid that has found strong roots in South Korea. Katie has published a story that implicates Army higher-ups in both sex trafficking and treason, and the pressure is on for the CID to disprove her claims. But what if they aren’t false? As George and Ernie dig deeper into the case, they find themselves the targets of a very unflattering publicity campaign, but perhaps also something much more dangerous.


      Story Locale: Seoul, South Korea, 1970s

      Series Overview: Sergeant George Sueño and his partner, Ernie Bascom, are stationed in Korea with the US 8th Army in the 1970s. They investigate crimes in which US Army personnel might have been involved. Meanwhile, George finds Korea and its culture fascinating, and does what he can to soften the bad opinion of Americans in Korea.
      Bio
      Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of twelve previous Sueño and Bascom investigations: Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha’s Money, The Door to Bitterness, The Wandering Ghost, GI Bones, Mr. Kill, The Joy Brigade, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, Ping-Pong Heart, The Nine-Tailed Fox, and The Line as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.

      Author Residence: Seattle, WA

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Print Advertising in one major veteran/military media outlet.

        Series-wide promotion on our mystery vertical, www.discovermysteries.com, with corresponding digital spend.

        Consumer-facing Shelf-Awareness Reader Blast

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        Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.



        Publicity: National media campaign targeting mystery book reviews as well as larger market and series-wide profiles of this important mystery writer at a time when his work is full of exigence. We will be focusing on building up the already long list of military/VA/National Guard media outlets that cover Martin’s work. This fun installment winks at James Ellroy’s legendary crime novel LA CONFIDENTIAL, in both plot and title, which is sure to peak the interest of crime and literary reviewers.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for GI Confidential

      “Robust, socially alert, and perceptive.”
      —The Seattle Times

      “Limon’s stories of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) criminal investigators George Sueno and Ernie Bascom provide a vivid look at the Korea of the past.”
      —Korea Times

      “Stellar…Limón does his usual outstanding job of combining clever plotting and period detail with sympathetic, flawed leads. This series shows no sign of losing momentum.”
      —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      GI Confidential is one of Limón’s best to date in a series that never fails to entertain… Limón’s writing style is casual and humorous, and his military experience, which included a decade in Korea, lends an unmistakable realism to the atmosphere of his novels that brings readers back for more each time.”
      —New York Journal of Books

      “Sueño and Bascom’s lively 14th investigation is long on action, gritty dialogue, and period authenticity.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      GI Confidential is one of the best in a series that gets better and better. You feel close to our two heroes, the themes are bigger and more complex, and even with all that, Limón brings it all in with a tight, well paced tale. I’m already looking forward to the next one.”
      —Mystery People (Austin, TX)

      Praise for the Sueño and Bascom Investigations

       
      “Limón is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today—and valuable slices of history tomorrow.”
      —Lee Child
       
      “An enduring and freshly relevant series…Limón, himself a former US Army man who served 10 years in Korea, writes with knowledge of the travails and rewards of military life.”
      The Wall Street Journal
       
       “Limón is an expert guide to Korea and the US army whose passionate commitment to his subject is expressed in direct, searing prose.”
      —John Burdett, international bestselling author of Bangkok 8
       
      “As always, the author vividly contrasts adventures in the seamy side of Seoul’s nightlife with a sensitive appreciation for Korea’s ancient culture.”
      The Seattle Times
       
      “Altogether engaging.”
      The Washington Post Book World

      “A fast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last.“
      San Antonio Express-News

      ”Limón’s fiction comes from personal experience, with some obvious parallels between his own life and main protagonist Sueño’s. As well as sharing a Hispanic heritage, Limón also served in Korea, first arriving in 1968 . . . Rare foreign fiction set in Korea.“
      The Korea Times

      ”Superb …Limón has never been better at incorporating a logical mystery plot into the politics of his chosen time and place."
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • 8
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    Series: A LEW GRIFFIN NOVEL
    Moth James Sallis
    9781641291453 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: October 15, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 5.02 x 7.51 x 0.74 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Lew Griffin, now fifty years old, has abandoned his former career as a New Orleans private investigator for the safety of teaching. But his old life draws him back.
       
      One of the very few lights from Lew Griffin’s dark and violent past has flickered out. His one-time lover, LaVerne Adams, is dead—and her daughter, Alouette, has vanished into a seamy, dead-end world of users and abusers, leaving behind a critically fragile premature infant daughter. Griffin is determined to keep his distance from the dangers of the New Orleans night. But his inescapable obligation to an old friend keeps bringing him back like a moth to a flame.


      Story Locale: New Orleans, LA

      Series Overview: Lew Griffin is a private detective, teacher, writer, poet, and a black man moving through a white man’s world. The darkest corners of New Orleans are illuminated in this series by living legend and master of noir James Sallis.
      Bio
      James Sallis has published eighteen novels, including Drive, which was made into a now-iconic film; Sarah Jane; and the six-volume Lew Griffin series. He is a recipient of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the Deutsche Krimipreis, and the Brigada 21 in Spain, as well as Bouchercon’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His biography of Chester Himes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and he has been shortlisted for the Anthony, Nebula, Edgar, Shamus, and Gold Dagger Awards.

      Author Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

      Author Hometown: Helena, Arkansas
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online: Advertising-Shelf Awareness for Readers- Dedicated eBlast

        Dedicated advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this series and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com, and our digital vertical: www.discovermysteries.com

        Author appearance and signing at Book Expo and ALA Annual.



        Publicity: These re-issues, packaged into a consistent and beautiful series look, will cement living legend James Sallis as the master of noir. Major media outlets will be excited about the new hardcover (SARAH JANE), and the paperback re-issues will have national reviewers pitching profiles and retrospectives. Creating a pamphlet that will include PR, long bio, back ad, and introduction by (famous author TK).

        Author Website: www.jamessallis.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for Moth

      “An intelligent, enigmatic book…Engrossing and disturbing.”
      The New York Times

      “There is danger, violence, suspense; there are characters so vivid as to be documentaries in miniature and milieus as perceived by all the senses…The reader has to hope the remarkable biography of Lew Griffin will continue.”
      Los Angeles Times  

      Praise for the Lew Griffin Novels

      “One of the most inventive and affecting sagas in recent crime fiction. Lew Griffin is an African-American private detective in New Orleans (and a poet and teacher) who specializes in finding missing persons. Griffin’s moral intelligence and questioning mind fold a noir perspective into post-existential angst. And of course there’s New Orleans, full of dangerous mirage.” 
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal 

      “Beautifully captures the struggle between despair and hope within Griffin’s soul, and the piquant savor of a curiosity that—like New Orleans itself—refuses to die.”
      —The Seattle Times

      “Poetic, complex and multidimensional, James Sallis’s crime novels about New Orleans detective Lew Griffin…are unlike any you are likely to crack open.”
      Los Angeles Times

      “Sallis is a sure hand—characters and prose, of course, dialogue, too, but he is also a subtle weaver of plot, with the perfect level of push. His descriptions evoke a place that seems to fully exist just around the corner, and his people speak and sweat and live and die and it’s all a great pleasure.” 
      —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone 

      “Richly atmospheric, haunting, utterly compelling, the Lew Griffin novels are really cool. James Sallis is an outstanding crime writer—an outstanding writer period.”
      —Frances McDormand
       
      “James Sallis is doing some of the most interesting and provocative work in the field of private eye fiction. His New Orleans is richly atmospheric and darker than noir.”
      —Lawrence Block
       
      “One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature. If you don’t ordinarily read crime fiction, you will love these books. If you do read crime fiction, you will never look at it the same after meeting Lew Griffin.”
      —Sara Gran, author of the Claire DeWitt novels

      “James Sallis breathes new life into the wheezing detective genre with Lew Griffin, a black resident of the seamier side of New Orleans…Griffin is an original creation, a loner who, in the classic private eye tradition, does things his own way, in his own time.”
      San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner 
  • 9
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    Series: A LEW GRIFFIN NOVEL
    Black Hornet James Sallis
    9781641291477 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: November 12, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 5 x 7.52 x 0.69 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      With this flashback novel to Lew Griffin’s past, James Sallis takes readers to 1960s New Orleans, a sun-baked city of Black Panthers and other separatists.
       
      A sniper has fatally shot five people. When the sixth victim is killed, Lew Griffin is standing beside her. Though they are virtual strangers, it is left to Griffin to avenge her death, or at least to try and make some sense of it. His unlikely allies include a crusading journalist, a longtime supplier of mercenary arms and troops, and a bail bondsman.


      Story Locale: New Orleans, LA (1960s)

      Series Overview: Lew Griffin is a private detective, teacher, writer, poet, and a black man moving through a white man’s world. The darkest corners of New Orleans are illuminated in this series by living legend and master of noir James Sallis.
      Bio
      James Sallis has published eighteen novels, including Drive, which was made into a now-iconic film; Sarah Jane; and the six-volume Lew Griffin series. He is a recipient of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the Deutsche Krimipreis, and the Brigada 21 in Spain, as well as Bouchercon’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His biography of Chester Himes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and he has been shortlisted for the Anthony, Nebula, Edgar, Shamus, and Gold Dagger Awards.

      Author Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

      Author Hometown: Helena, Arkansas
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online: Advertising-Shelf Awareness for Readers- Dedicated eBlast

        Dedicated advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this series and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com, and our digital vertical: www.discovermysteries.com

        Author appearance and signing at Book Expo and ALA Annual.



        Publicity: These re-issues, packaged into a consistent and beautiful series look, will cement living legend James Sallis as the master of noir. Major media outlets will be excited about the new hardcover (SARAH JANE), and the paperback re-issues will have national reviewers pitching profiles and retrospectives. Creating a pamphlet that will include PR, long bio, back ad, and introduction by (famous author TK).

        Author Website: www.jamessallis.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for Black Hornet

      “What Chester Himes did for Harlem when he began publishing in the late 1950s with Masque Noir, the famous detective imprint of the French publisher Gallimard, and Walter Mosley now does for Los Angeles, James Sallis is doing for New Orleans: appropriating the genre of the American detective novel and casting it with black characters in an authentic voice and setting…James Sallis writes in the tradition of Raymond Chandler, albeit via Albert Camus: a little plot and a lot of atmosphere and attitude…A good, wry, borderline cynical and yet deeply moral voice that carries the book with style…[A] rich tapestry of social unrest and vividly evoked characters and settings.”
      The New York Times Book Review

      “James Sallis is doing some of the most interesting and provocative work in the field of private eye fiction. His New Orleans is richly atmospheric and darker than noir. Black Hornet is terrific.”
      —Lawrence Block

      “Haunting…Black Hornet is fast-moving, elliptical, and like a jazz trumpet solo, has a plaintive note of melancholy woven through it.”
      Washington Post Book World

      “With two fine crime works in the tales of black operative Lew Griffin, Sallis here delivers another: a prequel and a grim, utterly absorbing novel set in 1960s New Orleans…Sallis’s New Orleans sparkles.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      Praise for the Lew Griffin Novels

      “One of the most inventive and affecting sagas in recent crime fiction. Lew Griffin is an African-American private detective in New Orleans (and a poet and teacher) who specializes in finding missing persons. Griffin’s moral intelligence and questioning mind fold a noir perspective into post-existential angst. And of course there’s New Orleans, full of dangerous mirage.” 
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal 

      “Beautifully captures the struggle between despair and hope within Griffin’s soul, and the piquant savor of a curiosity that—like New Orleans itself—refuses to die.”
      —The Seattle Times

      “Sallis is a sure hand—characters and prose, of course, dialogue, too, but he is also a subtle weaver of plot, with the perfect level of push. His descriptions evoke a place that seems to fully exist just around the corner, and his people speak and sweat and live and die and it’s all a great pleasure.” 
      —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

      “Richly atmospheric, haunting, utterly compelling, the Lew Griffin novels are really cool. James Sallis is an outstanding crime writer—an outstanding writer period.”
      —Frances McDormand
       
      “One of the most intriguing, disturbing, literate, intelligent novels I’ve read in years, and Lew Griffin is one of the most flat-out human detectives since Marlowe. There’s enough story here for three good novels, but Sallis crafts them into one truly fine one.”
      —David Bradley, author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning book The Chaneysville Incident

       
      “One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature. If you don’t ordinarily read crime fiction, you will love these books. if you do read crime fiction, you will never look at it the same after meeting Lew Griffin.”
      —Sara Gran, author of the Claire DeWitt novels
       
      “James Sallis’s Lew Griffin series has distinguished itself by the moodiness of its New Orleans atmosphere, the jagged elegance of its narrative style and the expansiveness of its anti-hero’s literary citations…Dead men don’t tell tales, or so the saying goes. But the tale told by this one is extraordinary.”
      —The Washington Post


      “Poetic, complex, and multidimensional, James Sallis insect-titled crime novels about New Orleans detective Lew Griffin…are unlike any other you’re likely to crack open.”
      Los Angeles Times
       
      “Allusive and stylish, this stark metaphysical landscape will leave a resounding impression.”
      The Guardian
       
      “James Sallis breathes new life into the wheezing detective genre with Lew Griffin, a black resident of the seamier side of New Orleans…Griffin is an original creation, a loner who, in the classic private eye tradition, does things his own way, in his own time.”
      San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner 
       
      “Sallis is a masterful stylist in the contemporary crime-writing scene who clearly knows that in real life, the truth doesn’t always appear neatly gift-wrapped in a pretty package.”
      Lansing State Journal
       
      “Skillfully weaving Mr. Griffin’s past into the tapestry of the novel, Mr. Sallis has put together a mystery that is more than a mystery: it is the definition of a man’s life.”
      The Dallas Morning News
  • 10
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    Series: A LEW GRIFFIN NOVEL
    Eye of the Cricket James Sallis
    9781641291491 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: November 12, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 5 x 7.52 x 0.85 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Finding people is what former private investigator Lew Griffin excels at. The terrible irony is that the exception is his own missing son. Dreams, memories, and reality run together to form his own darkest night.
       
      Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans—a teacher, a writer, and an ex-detective. Having spent years finding others, he has lost his son—and himself in the process. Now a derelict has appeared in a New Orleans hospital claiming to be Lewis Griffin and toting a copy of one of Lew’s novels. Learning the truth is a quest that will take Griffin into his own past as he tries to deal with the present: a search for three missing young men.


      Story Locale: New Orleans, LA

      Series Overview: Lew Griffin is a private detective, teacher, writer, poet, and a black man moving through a white man’s world. The darkest corners of New Orleans are illuminated in this series by living legend and master of noir James Sallis.
      Bio
      James Sallis has published eighteen novels, including Drive, which was made into a now-iconic film; Sarah Jane; and the six-volume Lew Griffin series. He is a recipient of the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the Deutsche Krimipreis, and the Brigada 21 in Spain, as well as Bouchercon’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His biography of Chester Himes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and he has been shortlisted for the Anthony, Nebula, Edgar, Shamus, and Gold Dagger Awards.

      Author Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

      Author Hometown: Helena, Arkansas
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online: Advertising-Shelf Awareness for Readers- Dedicated eBlast

        Dedicated advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this series and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com, and our digital vertical: www.discovermysteries.com

        Author appearance and signing at Book Expo and ALA Annual.



        Publicity: These re-issues, packaged into a consistent and beautiful series look, will cement living legend James Sallis as the master of noir. Major media outlets will be excited about the new hardcover (SARAH JANE), and the paperback re-issues will have national reviewers pitching profiles and retrospectives. Creating a pamphlet that will include PR, long bio, back ad, and introduction by (famous author TK).

        Author Website: www.jamessallis.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for Eye of the Cricket

      “One of the most intriguing, disturbing, literate, intelligent novels I’ve read in years, and Lew Griffin is one of the most flat-out human detectives since Marlowe. There’s enough story here for three good novels, but Sallis crafts them into one truly fine one.”
      —David Bradley, author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning book The Chaneysville Incident

      “In Eye of the Cricket, Lew Griffin once again casts his multifaceted gaze over the streets and people of New Orleans. Not much escapes this itinerant academic-cum-detective in Jim Sallis’s latest elegiac, philosophy-tinged mystery.”
      —The Times-Picayune
       
      “James Sallis breathes new life into the wheezing detective genre with Lew Griffin, a black resident of the seamier side of New Orleans…Griffin is an original creation, a loner who, in the classic private eye tradition, does things his own way, in his own time.”
      San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner 
       
      “A laudable fusion of the detective novel and the literary novel, at once eerily surreal and darkly realistic, and often quite profound. James Sallis’s novels, as one of the characters here says of Griffin’s books, ‘tell the truth.’ No reader can ask more of any work of fiction.”
      —Bill Pronzini, author of the Nameless Detective novels

      “The fourth book in the Lew Griffin series…proves once again that Sallis is one of the least conventional and most interesting writers working in the mystery genre.”
      Publishers Weekly
       

      Praise for the Lew Griffin Novels

      “One of the most inventive and affecting sagas in recent crime fiction. Lew Griffin is an African-American private detective in New Orleans (and a poet and teacher) who specializes in finding missing persons. Griffin’s moral intelligence and questioning mind fold a noir perspective into post-existential angst. And of course there’s New Orleans, full of dangerous mirage.” 
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal 

      “Beautifully captures the struggle between despair and hope within Griffin’s soul, and the piquant savor of a curiosity that—like New Orleans itself—refuses to die.”
      —The Seattle Times

      “Sallis is a sure hand—characters and prose, of course, dialogue, too, but he is also a subtle weaver of plot, with the perfect level of push. His descriptions evoke a place that seems to fully exist just around the corner, and his people speak and sweat and live and die and it’s all a great pleasure.” 
      —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

      “Richly atmospheric, haunting, utterly compelling, the Lew Griffin novels are really cool. James Sallis is an outstanding crime writer—an outstanding writer period.”
      —Frances McDormand
       
      “James Sallis is doing some of the most interesting and provocative work in the field of private eye fiction. His New Orleans is richly atmospheric and darker than noir.”
      —Lawrence Block
       
      “One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature. If you don’t ordinarily read crime fiction, you will love these books. if you do read crime fiction, you will never look at it the same after meeting Lew Griffin.”
      —Sara Gran, author of the Claire DeWitt novels
       
      “James Sallis’s Lew Griffin series has distinguished itself by the moodiness of its New Orleans atmosphere, the jagged elegance of its narrative style and the expansiveness of its anti-hero’s literary citations…Dead men don’t tell tales, or so the saying goes. But the tale told by this one is extraordinary.”
      —The Washington Post


      “Poetic, complex, and multidimensional, James Sallis insect-titled crime novels about New Orleans detective Lew Griffin…are unlike any other you’re likely to crack open.”
      Los Angeles Times
       
      “Allusive and stylish, this stark metaphysical landscape will leave a resounding impression.”
      The Guardian

      “Sallis is a masterful stylist in the contemporary crime-writing scene who clearly knows that in real life, the truth doesn’t always appear neatly gift-wrapped in a pretty package.”
      Lansing State Journal
       
      “Skillfully weaving Mr. Griffin’s past into the tapestry of the novel, Mr. Sallis has put together a mystery that is more than a mystery: it is the definition of a man’s life.”
      The Dallas Morning News

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