CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 2013

Richard Matheson Dies

Richard Matheson died on June 23 at his home in Calabasas, California after a long illness. He was famous as a prolific writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He authored I AM LEGEND (1954), THE SHIRINKING MAN (1956), BID TIME RETURN (1975), WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (1978), HELL HOUSE (1971) and many many others. He also wrote a lot of screenplays such as "The House of Usher" (1960), "The Raven" (1963; both based on Poe's stories), as well as TV scripts for "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Night Gallery," "Twilight Zone," "Combat!," "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and many many more. He wrote three "noir" novels (FURY ON SUNDAY, Lion, 1953; SOMEONE IS BLEEDING, Lion, 1953; and RIDE THE NIGHTMARE, Ballantine, 1959) and one locked-room mystery, NOW YOU SEE IT....(Tor, 1995). He won the 1973 Edgar in the television feature category for "The Night Stalker." He was 87. (June 25, 2013)

Doug Danielson Dies

Doug Danielson died on May 27 in Vantura, California after battling with cancer. He was an experienced yachtsman and had been writing since 1997. He wrote short stories, in both fiction and non-fiction, for Dockside and Santana Magazine as well as two mystery novels featuring yacht-delivery captain Jake Mortensen: SHORE LOSERS (reissue: 2012) and SEA-DUCTION (reissue: 2013; both from Oak Tree Press). He also founded the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group in Mexico where he lived. He was 73. (June 25, 2013)

Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2013 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the hardcover category are as follows:

ROBERT PARKER'S LULLABY, by Ace Atkins (Putnam), featuring Spenser
TAKEN, by Robert Crais (Putnam), featuring Elvis Cole & Joe Pike
HUNTING SWEETIE ROSE, by Jack Fredrickson (Minotaur), featuring Dek Elstrom
BLUES IN THE NIGHT, by Dick Lochte (Severn House), featuring David Mason
THE OTHER WOMAN, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge), featuring Jane Ryland

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 20 during Bouchercon 2013 to be held in Albany, New York. (June 25, 2013)

Vince Flynn Dies

Vince Flynn died from complications of prostate cancer on June 19 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. He self-published TERM LIMITS (Cloak and Dagger, 1997; reprinted from Atria 1998), his first book and also non-series political thriller. TRANSFER OF POWER (Pocket hardcover, 1999) is the first novel in the Mitch Rapp series, Rapp being a CIA counter terrorism operative. The 14th Rapp novel, THE SURVIROR, will be out this October from Atria. He was 47. (June 20, 2013)

Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, the Official Nero Wolfe Society, has announced the nominees for the 2013 Nero Award as follows:

ANTIQUES DISPOSAL, by Barbara Allan (collaborative pseudonym of Max Allan Collins & Barbara Collins) (Kensington)
TRUTH OF ALL THINGS, by Kieran Shields (Crown)
BURNING MIDNIGHT, by Loren D. Estleman (Forge)
DEAD ANYWAY, by Chris Knopf (Permanent Press)

The winner will be announced at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held on December 07 in New York. (June 16, 2013)

Joan H. Parker Dies

Joan H. Parker died of lung cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts on June 12. She was more than the widow of Robert B. Parker (RBP). She was the inspiration for Susan Silverman, whether you like it or not. She co-wrote (with RBP) a number of TV scripts for Spenser TV movies and TV episodes such as "Walking Shadow" (2001); "Pale Kings and Princess" (1994); and "Ceremony" (1993). She authored one mystery story, "Galahad, Inc.," (with RBP) for Otto Penzler-edited sports anthology, MURDER AT THE FOUL LINE (Mysterious Press, 2006). She also co-wrote (with RBP) THREE WEEKS IN SPRING (Houghton Mifflin, 1978), a nonfiction book about her bout with breast cancer. She was 80. (June 14, 2013)

Iain Banks Dies

Iain Banks died of b\gall bladder cancer on June 11. He wrote "mainstream literary" novels under his real name, and science fiction novels under the Iain M. Banks "pseudonym." His novels often deals with crimes such as COMPLICITY (1993) and STONEMOUTH (2012; both from Little Brown UK). His last novel, THE QUARRY will be out this June. He was 59. (June 11, 2013)

Tom Sharp Dies

Tom Sharp died on June 06 at hom home in Llfranc, in the Catalan region of Spain. The British author wrote satirical comical novels. His five Henry Wilt comical mystery novels feature a hapless college lecture who plans to kill his wife Eva and gets chased by an inept policeman. The Wilt series starts with WILT (Secker, 1976) and ends with THE WILT INHERITANCE (Hutchinson, 2010)]. He was 85. (June 11, 2013)

Charlotte Carter Dies

Charlotte Carter (real name: Charlotte C. Lobb; not to be confused with another "Charlotte Carter," a mystery writer whose main character Nanette Hayes is a young black jazz musician) died on June 02 in Torrance, California. She was basically a romance writer using the maiden name, Charlotte Maclay and Charlotte Moore. She was one of the several writers who author "Mysteries of Sparrow Island" inspirational mystery series for Guideposts Books featuring ornithologist Abigail Stanton, and she wrote 6 of them such as A MYSTERIOUS HISTORY(2005) and PLUNDERED TREASURE (2008). She also wrote another inspirational mystery, READING THE CLUES (2012), number 3 of "Secrets of Mary's Bookshop" series, also from Guidepostes Books. She was 77. (June 06, 2013)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists (Part One) Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the nominees for six Dagger Awards. The nominees for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger are as follows:

THE HERETICS, by Rory Clements (John Murray)
PILGRIM SOUL, by Gordon Ferris (Corvus)
THE PARIS WINTER, by Imogen Robertson (Headline)
DEAD MEN AND BROKEN HEARTS, by Craig Russell (Quercus)
THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT, by William Ryan (Mantle)
THE SCENT OF DEATH, by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)

To see all the nominees of the six Daggers (International, non-fiction, historical, short story, library, and debut), click here. The winners of these six Daggers will be announced and Lee Child be presented the 2013 Diamond Dagger on July 15 in London. (June 01, 2013)

Andrew M. Greeley Dies

Andrew M. Greeley died in his sleep at his home in May 30 (officially not on 29) in Chicago, Illinois. He had been in poor health since an accident in November 2008, in which he had a brain injury when his clothing got caught in the door of a departing taxi cab and he fell on the pavement. He was an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, sociology professor at University of Arizona, very prolific best-selling author. He wrote religious books as well as mystery novels. His first mystery novel, DEATH IN APRIL (McGraw-Hill, 1980), was a stand-alone, and so was his second one, THE CARDINAL SINS (Warner 1981). He started the Bishop John Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan series with HAPPY ARE THE MEEK (Warner, 1985) and ended it with THE ARCHBISHOP IN ANDALUSIA (Forge, 2008). His another series features Nuala Anne McGrail, a young Irish immigrant psychic in Chicago, which started with IRISH GOLD (Forge 1994) and ended with IRISH TWEED (Forge 2009). He was 85. (June 01, 2013)

Giles Blunt Wins Arthur

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWA) announced the winners for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards on May 30 in Toronto as follows:

Derrick Murdock Award: Lyn Hamilton
Best Novel: UNTIL THE NIGHT, by Giles Blunt (Random House Canada)
Best First Novel: THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE, by Simone St. James (NAL)
Best Novella: CONTIGENCY PLAN, by Lou Allin (Orca Rapid Reads)
Best Short Story: "Spring-Blade Knife," by Yasuko Thanh (from FLOATING LIKE THE DEAD; McClelland & Stewart)
Best Non-fiction: THE DEVIL'S CINEMA, by Steve Lillebuen (McClelland & Stewart)
Best Juvenile/Young Adult: BECOMING HOLMES, by Shane Peacock (Tundra)
Best Crime Book in French: LA NUIT DES ALBINOS: SUR LES TRACES DE MAX O'BRIEN, by Mario Bolduc (Libre Expression)
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel ("The Unhanged Arthur"): SINS REVISITED, by Coleen Steele

(May 31, 2013)

Jack Vance Dies

Jack Vance died on May 26 at his home in Oakland, California. He won many awards such as three Hugo awards and a Nebula as a prolific and influential science fiction writer. He also liked mystery fiction and wrote a number of mystery novels. Most of his science fiction novels and stories had elements of mystery, suspense and adventure set in the future. His first and second contemporary mystery novels were ISLE OF PERIL as by Alan Wade and TAKE MY FACE as by Peter Held (both from Mystery House in 1957) respectively. His third contemporary mystery novel, THE MAN IN THE CAGE (Randam House, 1960; as by Jack Holbrook Vance), won the 1961 Edgar in the first novel category. He then wrote two Sheriff Joe Bain novels: THE FOX VALLEY MURDERS (1966); and THE PLEASANT GORVE MURDERS (1967; both from Bobbs-Merrill). He also authored three novels under the "Ellery Queen" housename: THE FOUR JOHNS (1964); A ROOM TO DIE IN (1965); and THE MADMAN THEORY (1966; all from Pocket Books). He was 96. (May 30, 2013)

Morris Renek Dies

Morris Renek died of a cardiac arrest while walking in New York, NY. on May 10. He wrote several comical and cynical novels, of which two may be considered crime ones: HECK (Harper's Magazine Press, 1971), about a guy considering a bank robbery to prove himself; and LAS VEGAS STRIP (Knopf, 1975), about Bugsy Siegel founding of a casino in Las Vegas. He left two unpublished novels. He was 88. (May 28, 2013)

Robert K. Ressler Dies

Robert K. Ressler died on May 05 at his home in Spotsylvania County, Virginia after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He and John Douglas, instructors at the FBI Academy at Quantico in the late 1970's, were pioneers in forensic behaviral science and had been creadited with coining the terms "serial killer" and "criminal profiling." Their investigative technique infulenced a lot of TV program such as "Criminal MInds" and novels such as THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris. He wrote a number of nonfiction books including still-in-print textbooks: SEXUAL HOMICIDE (Free Press, 1988) and CRIME CLASSIFICATION MANUAL (1st: Lexington Books, 1992), both with Douglas and Ann W. Burgess. Contemporary crime writers owe a lot to them. He was 76. (May 23, 2013)

Daoma Winston Dies

It has been found out that Daoma Winston died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on April 01 at her home in Washington, D.C. She wrote almost 70 novels in mystery, romance, science fiction, gothic, horror and historical genres. She used her own maiden name for writing such as THE HAVERSHAM LEGACY (Simon & Schuster, 1975) as well as a couple of pseudonyms: Dorian Winslow and Dee Winters. She was 90. (May 13, 2013)

Bryan Forbes Dies

Bryan Forbes dies at his home in Virginia Water, Surrey, England on May 08 following a long illness. He may be famous as the director of the original version of "The Stepforod Wives" (1975), based on the novel by Ira Levin. He also wrote the screenplay for and directed "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" (1964) based on the novel by Mark McShane, for which he won the 1965 Edgar in the best foreign film screenplay category. He authored several novels including the three spy thrillers featuring Agent Alec Hillsden: THE ENDLESS GAME (Collins, 1986); A SONG AT TWILIGHT (Collins, 1989); and QUICKSAND (Heinemann, 1996). His last novel was THE CHOICE (Matador, 2007; reprinted as THE SOLDIER'S STORY, Quartet Books, 2012). He was 86. (May 09, 2013)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2013 announced the nominees for the 2013 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

DARE ME, by Megan Abbott (Reagan Arthur)
THE TRINITY GAME, by Sean Chercover (Thomas & Mercer)
GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (CROWN)
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE OTHER WOMAN, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 22 at the Anthony Award Luncheon in Albany, New York. (May 09, 2013)