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RUN AWAY with Harlan Coben

Meg Gardiner & Harlan Coben.jpg

I had a great time on Saturday interviewing Harlan Coben at Murder by the Book in Houston. Despite Harlan having one flight canceled and a second delayed by severe weather across the region, readers waited, packing the bookstore, until he arrived. Harlan didn’t even have time to catch his breath before we launched into a discussion of his new novel, Run Away. But he’s a pro, and a champ, and a great person, and the evening was fantastic.

My kind of Saturday night.

The Shadow Tracer: June-July events

The Shadow Tracer will be published in the US and Canada (yes, Canadians — did you hear that?) on June 27th. Here are the book events on tap for me right now:


The Shadow Tracer US publication launch
June 27, 2013
Book People
603 N Lamar Blvd  Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050
7 p.m. — It’s a book party. Come on down.

Houston: Murder by the Book
The Shadow Tracer: Author Talk
June 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
713-524-8597 / 888-424-2842

Oklahoma City
The Shadow Tracer: Author Talk
July 2nd, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
6100 North May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

ThrillerFest VIII
July 10-13
Grand Hyatt, New York City

At ThrillerFest I’ll be the panel master for “BOXERS OR BRIEFS? Making Your Attorney Stand Out,” Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 am – 10:20 am. Panelists will be Linda Fairstein, Al Giannini, John Lescroart, John Sheldon, Andy Siegel, and Walter Walker. And if that bunch doesn’t make for a fantastic discussion, nothing will.

I’d love to see you at any of these events.

Upcoming events: Austin, Houston, New York City

My summer schedule of events for the launch of The Shadow Tracer is shaping up. Here’s what’s on my plate so far:


June 27th, 7 p.m.
Austin, Texas
Book People

June 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Houston, Texas
Murder by the Book

July 11-13
Grand Hyatt, New York City

I’d love to see any or all y’all at these events.

Book People is calling my event a book party. And when folks in Austin say party, they mean it. Plus Book People is becoming my local bookstore. I’m halfway to being an Austinite, and Book People is just around the corner from us. I can and do walk there, often. In January I was serendipitously in town the night Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke there, and when I got to the bookstore the line was around the block. The atmosphere was like a rock concert. A rock concert where the crowd excitedly discussed U.S. Supreme Court cases. I thought: These are my people. Last month I told myself that if I wrote 10,000 words by the end of the week, I could go to Book People and buy the new T. Jefferson Parker novel. Which I did. Plus two others. I now realize that rewarding myself with trips to the store could bankrupt me, which is why I have flown to London.

And Murder by the Book in Houston is one of my favorite mystery bookstores. It has supported my novels for years, since back when the books had to be imported from Great Britain. Plus, once readers enter this store, they never want to leave. It’s the Hotel California of bookstores. I know. I barely escaped last time. I’d still be there if they hadn’t found the little fort I built out of Michael Connelly hardcovers in the corner of the stock room.

As for ThrillerFest: It’s in Midtown Manhattan. There’ll be 400 thriller authors there. What’s not to love?