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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?

When the news imitates my novels

GQ has an article in this month’s issue about being abducted for fun. Yes, just like in The Nightmare Thief. And, as in my novel, people who buy kidnappings are sensation-seekers. Rich ones: “Experiences are the newest, hottest luxury items.”

Kidnapped (Just Kidding!)

At some point, in order for the illusion to work, the script has to break down. The kidnapper has to acknowledge that the kidnapping is fake and then create the impression that the fake kidnapping has somehow gone awry. All it takes is a tiny seed of doubt. I had asked to not be stun-gunned—a small break in the rules. And I was suddenly not fully confident that I knew Adam’s entire criminal history. It also dawned on me that, outside of my captors, no one on earth knew where I was. I quietly began to freak out. Control was slipping from me, just a bit, and the doubt began to creep in with surprising ease.

In the end, the author talks to a friend who’d been held hostage in the Philippines for seven months. That man’s reaction to the game: “It’s a callous waste of money.” To which I say: at the very least.

Second: on a lighter yet weirder note, what kind of person can’t tell a poodle from  a ferret?

Man pays $150 for toy poodles that turn out to be ferrets pumped up on steroids and groomed like dogs.

Even in China Lake, the fugitive ferrets didn’t attempt to disguise themselves as dogs to hide from the law. Maybe they should have.

De Spelbreker: The Nightmare Thief Dutch edition

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If that’s Jo Beckett, she’s looking… determined.

The title translates as both “Game Breaker” and “The Killjoy.” Which seem equally appropriate.

And the Audie goes to…

The Nightmare Thief.

My novel has won the Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. I share the award with narrator Susan Ericksen. My huge thanks to her, and Brilliance Audio, and my publisher Joe McNeely, for making the audiobook a winner. And yes, I am pretty damn thrilled. I only wish I could have been at the ceremony in New York City, to hear Neil Gaiman announce the award.

Tonight: the Audie Awards

The Audie Awards are today, and The Nightmare Thief is nominated for Best Audiobook in the category Thriller/Suspense. I share the nomination with the audiobook’s wonderful narrator, Susan Ericksen. Here’s what Audiophile magazine said about her performance:

Susan Ericksen’s talent shines in this latest Jo Beckett offering. Ericksen is unsurpassed in her ability to become a character, and she convincingly provides distinctive and perfectly selected voices for the various characters. From whiny college kids to international financiers, psychopaths, and a pistol-packin’ mama, Ericksen delivers an engaging performance. An audio winner.

My thanks to Susan for bringing the book to life for listeners. And thanks to my publisher, Brilliance Audio, for everything. It’s a great pleasure to be nominated.

Todesmut: German edition of The Nightmare Thief

Here’s the cover of the German edition of The Nightmare Thief. The title translates as “Great Courage” or “Total Daring.” And maybe I’m twisted, but I think the imagery is gorgeous.

As with all the German versions of the Jo Beckett books, this one is translated “Aus dem Amerikanischen” by Friedrich Mader.

It’s published April 23rd.

Jo Beckett gets spied on

Over on Dru’s Book Musings, find out who’s conducting surveillance on Jo Beckett.

Date: July 17
Place: San Francisco
Observation point: Residence adjacent to Jo’s. On the balcony, behind the statue of Cupid.

A Day in the Life of Jo Beckett.

Then stick around Dru’s blog to read more Day-in-the-Life stories from other mystery characters.