Category Archives: The Memory Collector

A reminder: My books

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Every now and then, readers ask how many books I’ve written, and what the titles are. Here’s the list as of February 2019. Into the Black Nowhere is the most recent. Click on each cover to learn more about each title.

And if you want to know the order in which they’ve been published, here you go. From first to fourteenth:

Evan Delaney novels:
China Lake
Mission Canyon
Jericho Point
Kill Chain

Jo Beckett novels:
The Dirty Secrets Club
The Memory Collector
The Liar’s Lullaby
The Nightmare Thief

Stand alone novels:
Ransom River
The Shadow Tracer
Phantom Instinct

UNSUB novels:
Into the Black Nowhere

Happy reading, y’all.

Get signed, personalized books for the 2017 holidays

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The holidays are coming up, and of course you’re contemplating giving books as gifts to everyone you know and love. Right?

If you’d like to get copies of my novels, you can now arrange for me to scribble in them, no matter how far away you live or whether you catch me in person when I have a pen in my hand. Thanks to my fantastic local bookstore, Book People in Austin, you can order signed, personalized copies of my novels. The store ships across the USA and internationally.

Book People doesn’t have a hard deadline for holiday shipping, but the sooner you order, the better.

UPDATE! Book People says:

To ensure orders make it somewhere in time for Christmas, we ask that they be placed before (not on) December 19th at the absolute latest. Making an order that late would require UPS shipping, our more expensive option, so customers looking to ship through USPS should place orders before the 12th to be sure they make it on time. UPS shipping typically takes 3 to 5 business days and USPS typically takes 5 to 10 business days.

If you’d like to order copies of my books and have me sign them, call (512) 472-5050 or CLICK HERE.

And once you order my books, you can keep on going and order books by other authors as well. Book People has a whole store full of them. What are you waiting for?

Geheugenfout: The Memory Collector Dutch digital edition

You know I love to see foreign editions of my books. Here’s the latest: Geheugenfout, the Dutch digital edition of The Memory Collector.
The title translates as “Memory Error.”

I’m also excited to see e-book editions begin to appear in various languages. Cool.

My books hit the road: Sao Paolo

The Memory Collector has been found in the wild — in Brazil. And look who has hunted it down. It’s Snart.

I expect more pictures during Carnival, when I hope the novel, and Snart, will cavort in the streets. I want to see both of them at the Sambadrome, adorned with feathers and towering hats made of fruit.

Souvenirs de Sang

Here’s a new edition of one of the Jo Beckett novels, freshly translated. It opens:

Longtemps après, Seth n’avait rien oublié, l’air froid, la lumière rougeoyante qui zébrait le ciel vers l’ouest, la musique dans ses oreilles et son propre souffle profond. Longtemps après il comprit, et sa prise de conscience se ficha dans sa mémoire telle une épine. À aucun moment il ne les avait entendus arriver.

Can you guess which book it is? If not, I haven’t plastered enough clues around this post.

Souvenirs de Sang will be published in September by Fleuve Noir.

UK! Book! Giveaway!

To celebrate the upcoming British publication of my new novel, The Nightmare Thief, my UK publisher is giving away copies of earlier books in the Jo Beckett series. Yes, giving them away. This is to lure you into becoming addicted to the novels. It is an insidious plan that I enthusiastically endorse.

If you are a reader in the UK — meaning, for purposes of this giveaway, you have a UK mailing address — you can win one of these books.

This week, Blue Door is giving away The Memory Collector.

It’s first come, first served. Basic stuff. Here’s how it works: The first two people in the UK to post in the comments will get a copy.

So don’t wait.

Copies are also being given away via Twitter and Facebook. But don’t wait to post there either. Those folks are fast. Like Mr. Peebles with his grabby little hands, they are.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners, Gareth Uncles and David. Everybody else: I’ll have another giveaway next week.

The Memory Collector chosen for CrimeSquad’s Top Ten: Thanks!

How jazzed am I that has named The Memory Collector one of its Top Ten Books of 2010? Seriously jazzed.

Congratulations to all the authors on the list:  C.J. Sansom, Jo Nesbo, Sheila Quigley, Tom Cain, Simon Kernick, Chevy Stevens, Roger Smith, Diane Janes, and Don Winslow. It’s an honor to be in your company.

Die Strafe: The Memory Collector German paperback

Die Strafe, the German edition of The Memory Collector, is now out in paperback. Here’s another of the cool and moody covers from Heyne that I love.

San Francisco: the perfect crime scene

Here’s a tribute to San Francisco and the classic crime movies set in the city. The film was made by Serena Bramble and screened at the opening ceremonies of this year’s Bouchercon.

And if you didn’t understand why I love San Francisco and set the Jo Beckett novels there, this ought to help.

(Via Janet Rudolph.)

And for the record

Whiskey is fine.

That is all.

Combat rescue

Readers of the Jo Beckett novels know that her boyfriend, Gabe Quintana, is a PJ — a pararescueman with the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard. PJs perform search and rescue on land, at sea, and underwater. They also serve as combat medics. This video, by filmmaker and veteran MrGlory, offers a glimpse of the work they do in combat search and rescue.

These guys are awesome. And that’s an understatement. The epigraph at the end of the video — “So That Others May Live” — is their motto.

My Book, The Movie — the Jo Beckett series

Back in August, I asked who you’d cast in a movie version of the Jo Beckett series. Now my own answers are up at My Book, The Movie, where I have some fun casting fantastical screen editions of Jo and her friends.

I’m outside the box, thinking.

The characters in the Jo Beckett series live vividly, and sometimes obstreperously, inside my head. I know what they look like. So do readers—when I asked them who should play the characters in the movie, I got twenty-five different answers.

So, how can I pick a single cast? In this era of HD, 3D, avatars and performance capture, why collapse the possibilities to a single face? Let’s not. I’m casting Jo Beckett, The Movie with a few mashups.

Jo is a forensic psychiatrist—a deadshrinker. The Kirkus Mystery and Thriller Review called her a “rock climber, monkey wrangler, and confessor extraordinaire.” She needs spunk, intelligence, and some serious physicality.

Read the rest.

And here’s a special thank you to Marshal Zeringue, who runs the Campaign for the American Reader and all the blogs in the Campaign’s network, including The Page 69 Test, Writers Read, and The Page 99 Test, along with My Book, The Movie. The CftAR network is a treasure trove of fresh and intriguing information about authors and their books.

Muistojenkerääjä — where was the photo taken?

Yesterday I asked if anybody could pinpoint the location shown in the cover photo for Muistojenkerääjä, the Finnish edition of The Memory Collector.

Snart guessed: “Van Ness and Pacific, downtown S.F.?”

Dave answered: “North Beach, right across the street from City Lights Bookstore.”

That is correct!

Well done, Dave.

Muistojenkerääjä — The Memory Collector Finnish edition

Muistojenkerääjä. Translated: “Memories Collector.”

I think the cover’s cool and vivid. Can anybody pinpoint the location in the photo?