CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in July/August 2014

Hardboiled Magazine Is No More

Gary Lovisi, publisher of Gryphon Books, has decided that the just-issued Hardboiled Magazine #47 (September 2014 issue), which he edits and publishes, is the last one. Hardboiled was originally launched by Wayne Dundee, another mystery writer, in 1985 as a semi-pro mystery magazine, but Dundee decided to end it in 1991 after issue #12. Meanwhile, Lovisi had been editing and publishing another semi-pro mystery magazine, Detective Story Magazine, since 1988, and agreed to take over the helm of Hardboiled as editor and publisher with issue #13. So Lovisi has been publishing Hardboiled for almost 23 years. Andrew Vachss, Bill Crider, Max Allan Collins, C.J. Henderson, Morris Hershman and many other writers contributed stories to this hardboilded magazine. As to me, I have been subscribing to Hardboiled since 1985. As Lovisi writes, Hardboiled #47 is the last hard copy issue. Maybe it will come back in the future as an e-magazine or online magazine. (August 28, 2014)

C.J. Henderson Dies

I just found out that C.J. "Chris" Henderson died on July 04 after a long struggle with cancer in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote comics, and fantasy and crime novels. He began writing pulpish stories featuring New York private eye Jack Hagee for Hardboiled Magazine in the 80's, and Gryphon Books (publisher: Gary Lovisi) published the first Jack Hagee story collection, WHAT YOU PAY FOR (1990). Then he wrote three hardboiled Hagee novels starting with NO FREE LUNCH (Diamond, 1992) and ending with SOMETHING FOR NOTHING (Jove, 1993), as well as the six supernatural shamus Teddy London novels under the Robert Morgan pen-name, starting with THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT THERE (Diamond, 1992) and ending with SOME THINGS COME BACK (Berkley, 1995). He was 62. (August 28, 2014)

Silvia Matthews Dies

Silvia "Sly" Matthews died on August 18 at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. The mystery reader was very active in the 4 Mystery Addicts mailling list. She was 72. (August 21, 2014)

Jeremiah Healy Dies

Jeremiah Healy took his own life on August 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida after battling chronic depression for years. The former law professor wrote Boston private eye John Francis Cuddy novels starting with BLUNT DARTS (Walker, 1984) and ending with SPIRAL (Pocket, 1999) as well as a number of Cuddy short stories. The second Cuddy novel, THE STAKED GOAT (Harper & Row, 1986) won a Shamus Award. Under the pseudonym Terry Levine, he also wrote three Mairead (pronounced "Muh-RAID") O'Clare legal thrillers, featuring a young Irish lawyer, such as UNCOMMON JUSTICE (Putnam, 2001). He served as President of the Private Eye of America (PWA) and that of the Interenational Association of Crime Writers (IACW). He was 66. (August 16, 2014)

Josephine Pullein-Thompson Dies

Steve Lewis of Mystery*File reported that Josephine Pullein-Thompson died on June 19 in London. She was one of the three daughter of Joanna Cannan (1898-1961), a writer of several mysteries and horse stories, and began writing about ponies and horses with her younger twin sisters, Christine and Diana, when they were teenagers. Their first collaborative effort was IT BEGAN WITH PICOTEE (A&C Black, 1946). She published her solo novel, SIX PONIES (Collins, 1946) in the same year, and wrote many pony books for girls. She also authored three mystery novels featuring Chief-Inspector James Flecker of Scotland Yard, starting with GIN AND MURDER (1959) and ending with MURDER STRIKES PINK (1963; all three from Hammond). She also wrote a gothic horror novel, A PLACE WITH TWO FACE (Coronet, 1972) under the pseudonym Josephine Mann. She was actively involved in the Crime Writers' Association of Britain and English PEN, and received an MBE for services to literature in 1986. She was 90. (August 12, 2014)

James Thompson Dies

James "Jim" Thompson (not to be confused with Jim Thompson, who wrote a number of noir novels such as THE GETAWAY) was killed in an accident when taking a walk on August 02 in Lahti, Finland. The American-born writer published SNOW ANGELS (Putnam, 2009), introducing Kari Vaara, police chief in the town of Kittila, Lapland, and it was nominated for the 2010 Edgar in the first novel category. He wrote three more Inspector Vaara novels, and the fifth one HELSINKI DEAD, to be released in the fall of 2014, remained unfinished. He edited HELSINKI NOIR, to be published in November 2014 from Akashic Books. He was 49. (August 06, 2014; revised August 08)

Dorothy Salisbury Davis Dies

Dorothy Salisbury Davis died on August 03 in Palisades, New York. She wrote standalones and series novels as well as short stories. One series features Mr. Norris, Scottish housekeeper of New York DA's investigator Jasper Tully, and another one chronicles the cases of Julie Hayes, actress turned columnist and fortuneteller in New York. She served as President of Mystery Writers of America in 1956 and received the MWA Grand Master Award in 1985. Her four novels and two short stories were nominated for Edgars: A GENTLEMAN CALLED (1958); THE PALE BETRAYER (1965):; GOD SPEED THE NIGHT (1968; with Jerome Ross); WHERE THE DARK STREETS GO (1969; all four from Scribner); "The Purple Is Everything" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 1964); and "Old Friends" (EQMM, September 1975). She was Executive Vice-President of MWA in 1978 when The Second International Congress of Crime Writers was held in New York and she was very actively involved in running the congress. She was of great help when I self-published THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CRIME WRITERS PICTURE BOOK (Kikugoro & Co., 1979). She was 98. (August 06, 2014)

Louise Shivers Dies

Louise Shivers died of congestive heart failure in Evans, Georgia. At 53, she wrote a much-praised short novel of adultery and murder, HERE TO GET MY BABY OUT OF JAIL (Random, 1983), which became the 1987 movie, "Summer Heat," starring Lori Singer, Anthony Edwards and Kathy Bates. She also authored her second novel, A WHISTLING WOMAN (Longstreet Press, 1993), and a memoir, MY SHINING HOUR (Dash Press, 2013). She was 84. (August 01, 2014)

Thomas Berger Dies

Thomas Berger died on July 13 at a hospital in Nyack, New York. The reclusive novelist may be most famous as the author of LITTLE BIG MAN (Dial, 1964), which became the basis of Arthur Penn's film starring Dustin Hoffman, but he wrote several mystery-related novels including KILLING TIME (Dial, 1967), his take on the horror novel; WHO IS TEDDY VILLANOVA? (Delacorte, 1977), a spoof on the pulp detective novel, featuring Russel Wren, a New York shamus; and NOWHERE (Delacorte, 1985), a sendup of the spy novel, also featuring Wren but as a spy this time. He was 89. (July 22, 2014)

Curt Gentry Dies

Curt Gentry died of lung cancer on July 10 at a hospital in San Francisco, California. He co-wrote HELTER SKELTER (Norton, 1974; with Vincent Bugliosi, the Manson prosecutor), on the Charles Manson case, which won the 1975 Edgar Award in the true crime category. His earlier true crime book, THE FRAME-UP (Norton, 1967) on the Tom Monney bomb attack case in 1916, was nominated for an Edgar, while his later book, J. EDGAR HOOVER: THE MAN AND THE SECRETS (Norton, 1991) won a PEN award in the nonfiction category. He was 83. (July 20, 2014)

Lou Allin Dies

Louise "Lou" Allin died of pancreatic cancer on July 10 in Sooke, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The former English professor had two series: The Belle Palmer series features a forty-something realtor in Ontario, starting with NORTHERN WINTERS ARE MURDER (2000) and ending with MEMORIES ARE MURDER (2007; all five novels from Napoleon Publishing). The Holly Martin series stars a corporal in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Vancouver Island, starting with AND ON THE SURFACE DIED (Napoleon, 2008) and ending with TWILIGHT IS NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS (Dundurn, 2013). CONTINGENCY PLAN (Orca Rapid Reads) won her the 2013 Arthur Award in the novella category and she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) for her outstanding service to CWC. She was 69. (July 18, 2014)

Andrew Pyper Wins Thriller

On July 12 at ThrillerFest IX in New York, The International Thriller Writers announced the winners for the 2014 Thriller Awards as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel: THE DEMONOLOGIST, by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)
Best First Novel: RED SPARROW, by Jason Matthews (Scribner)
Best Paperback Original Novel: THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND, by Jennifer McMahon (Morrow)
Best Short Story: "Footprints in the Water," by Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)
Best Young Adult Novel: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, by Cristin Terrill (Disney Hyperion)
Best e-Book Original Novel: THE WORLD BENEATH, by Rebecca Cantrell (Rebecca Cantrell)
2014 ThrillerMaster Award: Scott Turow
2014 Silver Bullet Award: Brenda Novak

(July 13, 2014)

Lauren Beukes Wins Strand Critics

On July 09 in New York,
The Strand Magazine announced the winners for the 2014 Strand Magazine Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel: THE SHINING GIRLS, by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland)
Best First Novel: GHOSTMAN, by Roger Hobbs (Knopf)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Peter Lovesey and R.L. Stine

(July 13, 2014)

Frank M. Robinson Dies

Frank M. Robinson died of heart disease and pneumonia on June 30 at his home in San Francisco, California. He was a writer, editor and pulp magazine scholar. He may be most remembered as a co-writer of THE GLASS INFERNO (Doubleday, 1974; with Thomas N. Scortia) which became the mega-big 1974 disaster movie, "The Towering Inferno," starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Fred Astaire and many other stars. The movie, in fact, was based on the Robinson & Scortia's novel and Richard Martin Stern's THE TOWER (McKay, 1973). His first novel, THE POWER (lippincott, 1956), was a SF thriller and the movie version was made in 1968. He is basically an science fiction writer, but he wrote techno-thrillers such as THE BLOW-OUT (Watts, 1987; with Scortia), THE GREAT DIVIDE (Rawson/Wade, 1982; with John Levin), DEATH OF A MARIONETTE (Forge, 1995), and THE DONOR (Forge, 2004; solo). He also authored "coffee-table books" on pulp magazines such as PULP CULTURE (Collectors Press, 1998; with Lawrence Davidson). During the 1950's, 60's and 70's, he worked forRogue, Cavalier and Playboy. He was also a speech writer for the late San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. He was 87. (July 03, 2014; revised, July 05)

CWA Dagger Award Longlists Announced

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the longlists for the CWA Dagger Awards in the second batch of categories (gold, steel, and creasey) on June 30. The longlist in the Gold Dagger category is: as follows:

STONE BRUISES, by Simon Beckett (Bantam/Transworld)
THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld)
FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL, by Paul Mendelson (Constable)
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Constable)
WHAT SHE SAW, by Mark Roberts (Covus/Atlantic)
THE CORPORAL'S WIFE, by Gerald Seymour (Hodder & Stoughton)
THE VERDICT, by Nick Stone (Sphere/Little, Brown)

To see the longslists in all three categories, click here. The CWA will announce the shortlists four each later in the summer, and the winners at the televised Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in October. (July 03, 2014)

Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, a fan club of Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin and Rex Stout, has announced the nominees for the 2014 Nero Award as follows:

ASK NOT, by Max Allan Collins (Forge)
THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET, by Archer Mayor (St. Martins)
MURDER AS A FINE ART, by David Morrell (Little, Brown)
A STUDY IN REVENGE, by Kieran Shields (Crown)
A QUESTION OF HONOR, by Charles Todd (Morrow)

The winner will be announced at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held on December 6, 2014 in New York City. (July 02, 2014)

Dennis Lehane Wins Falcon

The Maltese Falcon Society Japan has announced that LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane (Morrow, 2012) is the winner of the 2014 Falcon Award as the best hardboiled/private eye novel published in Japan in the previous year, will present him a wood-carved Falcon. (July 01, 2014)

CWA Dagger Award Winners Announced

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the winners for the CWA Dagger Awards in the first batch of categories (historical, international, short story, non-fiction, and debut) as follows:
Endeavour Historical Dagger: DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
Non-Fiction Dagger: THE SIEGE, by Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark (Viking)
International Dagger: THE SIEGE, by Arturo Perez-Reverte; translated by Frank Wynne (Weidenfeld)
Short Story Dagger: "Fedora," by John Harvey (from DEADLY PLEASURES, edited by Martin Edwards; Severn House)
Debut Dagger: THE MOVEMENT, by Jody Sabral
Diamond Dagger recipient: Simon Brett
(Juy 01, 2014)