CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in July/August 2012

James Fogle Dies

James Fogle died of malignant mesothelioma on August 23 at a prison in Monroe, Washington. He was a drugstore robber and spent much of his life in prison, where he wrote DRUGSTORE COWBOY (Delta, 1990), an autobiographical crime novel about a junkie and his gang rob drugstores to support their drug habit. The then-unpublished novel was made into the 1989 film of the same name, starring Matt Dillon. He wrote other novels but DRUGSTORE COWBOY was his only published one. He was 75. (August 28, 2012)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the shortlists of the three categories of the 2012 Dagger Award. The shortlist in the Gold Dagger is as follows:

VENGEANCE IN MIND, by N.J. Cooper (Simon & Schuster)
THE FLIGHT, by M.R. Hall (Mantle)
THE RAGE, by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage)
BEREFT, by Chris Womersley (Quercus)

To see all three shortlists, click here. The winners will be announced on October 18 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. (August 24, 2012)

Phyllis Diller Dies

Phyllis Diller died peacefully on August 20 at her home in Los Angeles, California. The former housewife started her career as a professional standup comedian at the age of 37. She also appeared as a very good concert pianist with over 100 symphony orchestras under the name Dame Illya Dillya. She wrote four best-selling funny books including HOUSEKEEPING HINTS and THE JOYS OF AGING AND HOW TO AVOID THEM as well as 8 short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, whose June 1990 issue featured her on its cover. She was 95. (August 21, 2012)

Jeff Sherratt Dies

Jeff Sherratt died on August 18. The ex-businessman wrote the Jimmy O'Brien mystery novels -- O'Brien being an LAPD cop-turned-criminal defence lawyer in Downey, California -- including SIX TO FIVE AGAINST (2004); GUILTY OR ELSE (2009); DETOUR TO MURDER (Innova Press, 2010). His last novel, CYANIDE PERFUME will out in 2013. He was 70. (August 21, 2012)

Harry Harrison Dies

Harry Harrison died on August 15 in England. He was mostly famous as a science fiction writer. His most famous book may be MAKE ROOM! MAKE ROOM! (Doubleday, 1966), which was turned into the 1973 movie, "Soylent Green," starring Charlton Heston. He wrote dozens of science fiction novels and stories as well as several mystery stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Saint Magazine and ghostwrote a Saint novel, VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT (Doubleday, 1964), for Leslie Charteris. He was 87. (August 16, 2012)

T. Jefferson Parker Book Award Nominees Announced

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) has announced the 2012 SCIBA Book Award Finalists in six categories. The nominees in the mystery category (T. Jefferson Parker Book Award) are as follows:

GETAWAY, by Lisa Brackmann (Soho Press)
KINGS OF COOL, by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)
TAKEN, by Robert Crais (Putnam)

To see the nominees in the other categories, click here. The award nominees must be Southern California residents. The winners will be announced at the Authors Feast & Trade Show on October 20 in Long Beach, California. (August 16, 2012)

Benjamin Black To Write a New Philip Marlowe Novel

Man Book Prize winner John Banville will write a new Philip Marlowe novel under the Benjamin Black pseudonym after another writer turned the assignment down. It has been authorized by Raymond Chandler's estate, and will be published by Henry Holt in 2013. (August 12, 2012)

Judith Crist Dies

Judith Crist died on August 07 at her home in New York after a long illness. She was a famous film critic for The New York Heral Tribune, TV Guide, The New York Post, NBC-TV's "Today Show" among others. She also had been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, her alma mater. She was a recipient of the 1971 Raven Award as Reader of the Year from the Mystery Writers of America. She was 90. (August 09, 2012)

Partners & Crime To Close Its Door

I am terribly sorry to hear that Partners & Crime Mystery Booksellers will close its door on September 20 after 18-years on business in New York's Greenwich Village area. I dropped in at the bookshop everytime I visited New York. (August 06, 2012)

Gore Vidal Dies

Gore Vidal died on July 31 of complications from pneumonia at his home in Los Angeles. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and essays. He may have been famous for the best-selling novels such as LINCOLN and MYRA BRECKENRIDGE and the Tony-nominated play, "The Best Man," but he also wrote the three mystery novels -- DEATH IN THE FIFTH POSITION (1952); DEATH BEFORE BEDTIME (1953); and DEATH LIKES IIT HOT (1954, all from Dutton) -- under the Edgar Box pseudonym featuring public relation man Peter Sargeant as well as THIEVES FALL OUT (Gold Medal, 1953; as by Cameron Kay). Vidal won the 1955 Edgar in the espisode-in-a-television-series category for "Smoke" (Suspence/CBS). He was 86. (August 01, 2012)

Michael Connelly Wins Harper Lee

THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, 2011) has been named the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. THE FIFTH WITNESS features Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller. The prize has been created by the University of Alabama Schoold of Law and the ABA Journal. (July 29, 2012)

Donald J. Sobol Dies

Donald J. Sobol died on July 11 from natural causes in Miami, Florida. Ex- newspaper reporter started "Two Minute Mystery" series in 1958 before he published the first ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE (1963). He received the Special Edgar Award in 1976 for his Encyclopedia Brown series from the Mystery Writers of America. ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE SOCCER SCHEME, the 29th in the series, will be out this October from Penguin. He was 87. (July 19, 2012)

Ronnie Klaskin Dies

Ronnie Klaskin died on July 07 after suffering from dementia for many years. She was active in fan gatherings and professsional writers' organizations such as Mystery Writers of America, International Association of Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime. She wrote several short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, an MWA anthology, and an IACW anthology. "Child Support" published in A HOT AND SULTRY NIGHT FOR CRIME (Berkley, 2003) was nominated for a Macavity award. (July 18, 2012)

Stephen King Wins Thriller

The International Thriller Writers has announced the winners for the 2012 Thriller Awards as follows:

Best Novel: 11/22/63, by Stephen King (Scribner)
Best First Novel: SPIRAL, by Paul McEuen (Dial Press)
Best Paperback Original: THE LAST MINUTE, by Jeff Abbott (Sphere)
Best Short Story: "Half-Lives," by Tim L. Williams (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March-April 2011)
2012 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Jack Higgins
2012 True Thriller Award Recipient: Ann Rule
2012 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Richard North Patterson

(July 15, 2012)

Pelecanos and Finder Tie for Strand Critics

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners for the 2012 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel (tie): THE CUT, by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)
and BURIED SECRETS, by Joseph Finder (St. Martin's)
Best First Novel: SISTER, by Rosamund Lupton (Crown)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipents: Joseph Wambaugh and John Sanford

(July 12, 2012)

Laura Grimaldi Dies

Laura Grimaldi, Italy's queen of crime, died on July 03 in Milano, Italy of respiratory failure. She was an editor at Mondarori for many years and became a co-publisher of Interno Giallo in Italy with Marco Tropea. She translated Thomas Harris, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Donald E. Westlake among others as well as ten novels, only one of which has been translated into English: SUSPICION (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003). She was 84. (July 08, 2012)

CWA Dagger Award Winners Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the winners of the following six categories of the 2012 Dagger Awards:

CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger: ICELIGHT, by Aly Monroe (John Murray)
CWA International Dagger: THE POTTER'S FIELD, by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Mantle)
CWA Non-fiction Dagger: THE ELEVENTH DAY, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (Transworld/Doubleday)
CWA Short Story Dagger (Tie) : "The Message," by Margaret Murphy (in MURDER SQUAD: BEST EATEN COLD, edited by Martin Edwards; The Mystery Press)
and "Laptop," by Cath Staincliffe (in MURDER SQUAD: BEST EATEN COLD)
CWA Dagger in the Library: Steve Mosby
CWA Debut Dagger: BEACHED, by Sandy Gingras
Diamond Dagger Award Recipient: Frederick Forsyth

(July 06, 2012)

Iwan Morelius Dies

It has been reported that Iwan Hedman Morelius (called "the Swedish Al Hubin" by Marv Lachman) died suddenly on June 21 in Spain. While he was a Swedish Army man, he founded DAST Magazine, a bilingual fanzine in Swedish and English, in Sweden in 1968. For DAST Magazine (short for Detectives-Agents-Science Fiction-Thrillers), he reviewed crime fiction and interviewed a number of crime writers in the United Kindgom and in the US. After his retirement in 1982, he moved to Spain for his health, and his friend Kjell Genberg took over the editorship of DAST in 1995. I met him several times at the mystery gatherings in New York in the 1970's. He was 80. (July 05, 2012)