Thursday, February 24, 2011


Eight copies of ONE TRUE SENTENCE will be awarded by early next month.

Details for entry are HERE.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


A quick reminder that tonight I'll be appearing at 7 p.m., Scottsdale, AZ time, with the incredible James Sallis at Poisoned Pen.

The event marks the end of the first leg of the ONE TRUE SENTENCE tour (more events will be following in the weeks ahead).

If you can't be there in person, copies of Mr. Sallis' novels, and my own, will be available from PP.

To mark the occasion, Poisoned Pen recently posted a guest blog about the event.

Mr. Sallis is, of course, the author of numerous fiction and nofiction works, including the Lew Griffin Series, the Turner Trilogy (recently collected under the title, WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT), and DRIVE, which is forthcoming as a film starring Ryan Gosling and "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks.

The next novel from James Sallis, THE KILLER IS DYING, is forthcoming in August.

Monday, February 21, 2011

ONE TRUE SENTENCE: New essays; new events

Tuesday marks one week since the release of my new novel, ONE TRUE SENTENCE, a literary/historical thriller set in the 1920s Paris of Hemingway and Gertrude Stein and featuring crime novelist Hector Lassiter.

The novel is the fourth in the Edgar/Anthony nominated series that began with HEAD GAMES. Strictly speaking, ONE TRUE SENTENCE, chronologically, is the first book in the series because of its February 1924 setting.

Since last Tuesday's book release, I've racked up many miles; signing books in Houston at Murder by the Book, and at Austin's BookPeople. I've played ONE TRUE SENTENCE with many a brave soul nightly on Twitter.

The past couple of days have also seen several new essays appear:

-At Patti Abbott's, I penned a piece about "How I Came To Write the Book" that debuted Monday.

-The Paperback Dolls are hosting a specil week dubbed, "Passport to France," for which I contributed an essay on ONE TRUE SENTENCE's Paris setting. You can read it here.

- At the Poisoned Pen site, I have an essay on "Pulp Fiction" in preparation for my Tuesday, Feb. 22 event with the remarkable James Sallis. That piece can be read here.

- At Writer's Read I described some of the books I've recently been delving into.


The fifth round of the new game to celebrate the release of ONE TRUE SENTENCE, the fourth Hector Lassiter novel, wrapped up week one of competition. (This week's winners will be announced the evening of Feb. 21.)

Some quick background: Every night, I start a True Sentence on Twitter (@HectorLassiter, hash tag #1TS), and all brave takers finish that sentence.

Each Sunday, I pick the best sentence of the week and award the winner with a rare copy of the TOROS & TORSOS limited edition.

In the world of Hector Lassiter, the game was one the author created and played, chiefly with Ernest Hemingway, but sometimes with others, and, sometimes, for unthinkable stakes.

Here's a sampling of results from Round Five (my apologies to those that got by me because no hash tag was used).

It would have been the perfect crime, if only Dody had...

…remembered there's no safety on a Glock. @hilarydavidson

…not returned to the store to claim his $2 scratcher win. @popculturenerd

…had busted out his teeth w/ the hammer when she removed his fingerprints w/ the saw. @matthewjmcbride

…not carved his initials in her smooth white abdomen. @maddeejames

…remembered to check the toy shelf for a nannycam. @romyk

…not felt the need to moon the cops as we drove away. @nj713

…not tripped on his shoelace. @WhatnotShops

…given a damn. @LitHousewife

…gotten the address right. @spitballarmy

…had decided not to leave his cell phone charging at the crime scene. @jennsbookshelf

…eaten toast instead of the bean quesadilla. @jasummerell

…loaded the gun. @jenforbus