CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in September/October 2015

Don Winslow Wins T. J. Parker

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) has announced that THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf) won the 2015 T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award (named for the SCIBA award in the mystery category). The winners in all the categories were announced on October 24 in California. (October 25, 2015)

Harriet Klausner Dies

Harriet Klausner, a controvertial book reviewer, died on October 15 in Morrow, Georgia after a long illness. I believe she was a real person whose "ailments keep her home and insomnia keeps her up." She was a former librarian who could speed-read. She read genre novels of mystery, horror, romance and science fiction, and wrote several reviews per day for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books 'n' Bytes, SF Site among other websites. You may not like her bland appraising reviews but at least she did not trash her reviewed books. She was 63. (October 23, 2015)

David Cole Dies

David Cole died peacefully in his sleep on October 21 at SUNY Upstate Hospital in Syracuse, New York. The former English teacher and web designer wrote the Laura Winslow series set in the Southwest, starting with BUTTERFLY LOST (HarperCollins, 2000). Winslow is a half-Hopi and computer hacker on the run. There are seven Winslow novels, and the fifth and seventh ones in the series, DRAGONFLY BONES (2003) and FALLING DOWN (2005, both from Avon) respectively, were nominated for PWA Shamus Awards in the paperback category. He was 79. (October 23, 2015; Revised, October 31)

Charles Boeckman Dies

Charles Boeckman died on October 12 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was basically a short story writer for pulp and digest magazines. His first sale was "Strictly Poison," first printed in the October 1945 issue of Detective Tales, and he wrote a great many mystery and western short stories for Dime Detective, Black Mask, Thrilling Detective, Manhunt, Famous Detective Stories, Trapped, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many many more, sometimes using the Charles Beckman pseudonym. Recently he published two collections with his old stories: SUSPENSE, SUSPICION & SHOCKERS (CreateSpace, 2012) and STRICTLY POISON, AND OTHER STORIES (Bold Venture Press, 2015). He was also a professional jazz clarinetist, and wrote COOL, HOT AND BLUE (Washington Square Press, 1970), a history of jazz for young people, and knew Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Earl Fatha Hines, Stan Kenton among others. He also authored PULP JAZZ (Bold Venture Press, 2015), a biography. He was 94. (October 23, 2015)

Joyce Lavene Dies

Joyce Lavene die suddenly on October 20 at her home in Midland, North Carolina. She and her husband Jim wrote many cozy mystery series together under their own names and a couple of pseudonyms (J. J. Cook, Ellie Grant, and Elyssa Henry) The photojournalists and garden columnists started writing romance novels and cozy mystery novels with IF NOT FOR YOU (a romance novel, Avalon, 1999; as by Joye Adams), and created many many cozy series characters including Sharyn Howard (a sheriff in North Carolina), Peggy Lee (not the singer but a garden shop owner), Glad Wycznewski (an ex-cop from Chicago), Jessie Morton (an assistant professor, Dae O'Donnell (a psychic mayor in a North Carolina town), Stella Griffin (a fire chief in a Tennessee town), Jessie Morton (a owner of a diner in Alabama) and others for Berkley, Harlequin, Gallery and Midnight Ink Books. One of their latest novels is TREACHEROUS TART (Pocket, 2015), the second in the Pie in the Sky series. She was 61. (October 22, 2015; Revised, October 23)

Helen Simpson Dies

Helen Simpson died on October 16 in St. Louis, Missouri. The former high school teacher and Ed King co-owned Big Sleep Books, the mystery bookstore in St. Louis, which was founded in 1988 by her husband Pete Simpson and Ed's father Chris. The bookstore, a meeting place for mystery writers and readers, closed its door on June 30 this year. She was 83. (October 21, 2015)

Christopher Wood Dies

Christopher Wood died on October 17 in London, England. While working as an advertising executive in London, he wrote literary fiction on his commuter train to London. Then he began to write a series of erotic comic novels starting with CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER (Sphere, 1971) under the Timothy Lea pseudonym) and they sold well enough to go through multiple editions and to turn him into a full-time writer. He co-wrote with Richard Maibaum a screenplay for "The Spy Who Loved Me," the 1977 James Bond movie, which was not based on any of Ian Fleming's novels, and novelized it as JAMES BOND, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (Cape, 1977). He also wrote a screeplay for "Moonraker," the 1979 Bond movie with no original novels, and novelized it as JAMES BOND AND MOONRAKER (Panther, 1979). Another one of his screenplays for adventure movies was for "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (1985) , based on Warren Murphy's The Destroyer series. He wrote several original adventure novels such as DEAD CENTER (Joseph, 1980). He was 79. (October 20, 2015)

Bob Leuci Dies

Bob Leuci (he pronounced his name "LU-cy") died on October 12 from complications after surgery at his home in Saunderstown, Rhode Island. He may have been (in)famous as a rogue cop turned informer who exposed corruption in the Special Investigatipn Unit of the Narcotics Division of the New York Police Department in the 1970's. He became the subject of the nonfiction book, PRINCE OF THE CITY (Houghton Mifflin, 1978), by a former New York Times reprorter and a former NYPD deputy commissioner, and the book was adapted for the 1981 movie of the same title directed by Sidney Lumet. After the retirement inn 1981, Leuci became a crime writer of six novels starting with DOYLE'S DISCIPLES (Freundlich, 1984). He also wrote short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and anthologies such as MURDER IS MY RACQUET (New Millennium Press, 2002) and PROVIDENCE NOIR (Akashic, 2015). He was 75. (October 15, 2015; Revised October 16)

Eric Wright Dies

Eric Wright (not to be cofused with Eric E. Wright, a Canadian Christian suspense novelist) died on October 09 of kidney cancer in Toronto, Canada. The former university professor wrote his first novel, THE NIGHT THE GODS SMILED (Scribner, 1983), introducing Police Inspector Charles Salter in Toronto, Canada. The novel won the the 1984 Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) and the 1983 John Creasey New Blood Award from the Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA). The third Salter novel, DEATH IN THE OLD COUNTRY (1985) won the 1986 Arthur Ellis Award, while the first Joe Barley novel, THE KIDNAPPING OF ROSIE DAWN (Perseverance, 2000), won the Barry Award in the paperback category. Barley is a part-time English lecturer and part-time security guard. Wright also won two Arthurs in the short story category and received the 1998 Derrick Murdoch Award from the CWC. He created two other series characters: Mel Pickett, a retired Toronto policeman; and Lucy Trimble Brenner, a private eye and librarian in Toronto. His last novel was A LIKELY STORY (Cormorant, 2010), featuring Joe Barley. He was 86. (October 12, 2015; Revised, October 16)

Laura Lippman Wins Anthony

Bouchercon 2015 has announced the winners for the 2015 Anthony Awards as follows:

Lifetime Achievment Award Recipient: Margaret Maron
David S. Thompson Award Recipients: Bill & Toby Gottfried
Best Novel: AFTER I'M GONE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
Best First Novel: THE BLACK HOUR, by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street)
Best Paperback Original: THE DAY SHE DIE, by Catrina McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Best Critical or Non-fiction Work: WRITES OF PASSAGE, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Henery Press)
Best Short Story: "The Odds Are Against Us," by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2014)
Best Anthology or Collection: IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus)

The winners were annnounced on October 10 during Bouchecon 2015 held in Raleigh, North Carolilna. (October 11, 2015)

David Rosenfelt Wins Shamus

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the winners for its 2015 Shamus Awards as follows:

The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Parnell Hall
Best Hardcover PI Novel: HOUNDED, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur)
Best First PI Novel: INVISIBLE CITY, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Best Original Paperback PI Novel: MOONLIGHT WEEPS, by Vincent Zandri (Down & Out Books)
Best PI Short Story: "Clear Recent History," by Gon Ben Ari (in TEL AVIV NOIR, edited by Etgar Keret and Assof Gavlon; Akashic)
Best Indie PI Novel: THE SHADOW BROKER, by Trace Conger (CreateSpace)

The winners were announced on October 9 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon 2015 held in Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 10, 2015)

Henning Mankell Dies

Henning Mankell died quietly of cancer on October 05 in Goteborg, Sweden. The dean of the so-called "Nordic Noir" published FACELESS KILLERS, the first mystery novel featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander of Ystad Police Department in Sweden. Wallander appeared in ten novels and one story collection, THE PYRAMID as well as on tv portraited by Kenneth Branagh for BBC-TV and by Krister Henriksson for Swedish television. The fifth Wallander novel, SIDETRACKED (translated into English in 1999) won the 2001 Gold Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Britain. His last Wallander novel was THE TRROUBLED MAN (2009 in Sweden, 2011 in English). He was 67. (October 09, 2015)

Alex Marwood Wins Macavity

The Mystery Readers International has announced the winners for its 2015 Macavity Awards as follows:

Best Mystey Novel: THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
Best First Mystery Novel: INVISIBLE CITY, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction: WRITES OF PASSAGE, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Henery Press)
Best Mystey Short Story: "Honeymoon Sweet," by Craig Faustus Buck (in MURDER AT THE BEACH, edited by Dana Cameron; Down & Out Books)
Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Award: A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur)

The winners were announced on October 8 during Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 09, 2015)

Greg Illes Wins Barry

Deadly Pleasures has announced the winners for the 2015 Barry Awards as follows:

Don Sandstrom Award Recipient: Jane Lee for lifetime achievement in fandom
Best Novel: NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Morrow)
Best First Novel: INVISIBLE CITY, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original: THE LIFE WE BURY, by Allen Eskens (Seven Street Books)
Best Thriller: THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, by Michael Koryta (Little Brown)

The Barry Award winners were announced on October 8 during Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 09, 2015)

Stephen King Wins Hammett

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced that MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner) is the winner for the 2015 Hammett Prize.

The Hammett Prize winner was announced on October 03 during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey. To see the press release, click here. (October 04, 2015)

Michael Robotham Wins Gold Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the winners for three categories (Gold, Creasey New Blood, Fleming Steel) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Award as follows:

Gold Dagger: LIFE OF DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Little, Brown/Sphere)
John Creasey New Blood Dagger: FOURTH OF JULY CREEK, by Smith Henderson (Random House/William Heinemann)
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: COP TOWN, by Karin Slaughter (Random House/Century)

The winners of the three categories were announced in September 29 at a Special Award ceremony in London. (September 30, 2015)

Bill & Toby Gottfried To Receive David S. Thompson Award

Bouchercon 2015 has announced that Bill & Toby Gottfried will receive the David S. Thompson Award on October 10 at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina for their extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the mystery and crime fiction community. (September 24, 2015)

Jackie Collins Dies

Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on September 19 in Hollywood, California. The younger sister of actress Joan Collins was a bestselling writer of Hollywood's glamorous and shady side full of sex and money and crimes and sins and betrayals and other (in)famously sinister stuff. She wrote a number of crime novels including LOVEHEAD (Allen, 1974; retitled THE LOVE KILLERS, Warner 1975), and Santangelo (Crime) Family series, which started with CHANCES (Warner, 1981). Her last novel was THE SANTANGELOS (St. Martin's, 2015). She was 77. (September 21, 2015)

Jean Darling Dies

Jean Darling died on September 04 in Rodgau, Germany, where she had stayed with her son. The former "Our Gang" actress moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1974, and she wrote a number of mystery stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mytstery Magazine, and Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. She was 93. (September 07, 2015)

Warren Murphy Dies

Warren Murphy died peacefully on September 04 after a long illness at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. When the former political consultant and his former reporter colleague Richard Sapir (1936-1987) made a proposal for a book about a former cop Remo Williams the Detroyer in 1961, no publisher was interested. Then, after Don Pendleton's Excustioner series made the bestseller list, Murphy and Sapir's CREATED: THE DESTROYER (Pinnacle, 1971) hit the street. The Detroyer series was finally made into the 1985 movie, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" starring Fred Ward and into the 1988 TV movie, "Remo Williams: The Prophecy." Murphy created other series characters such as New Jersey cops Ed Razoni & William Jackson (in ONE NIGHT'S STAND, Pinnacle, 1973) , insurance investigator Julian Burroughs the Digger (in SMOKED OUT, Pocket, 1982), insurance investigator Devlin "Trace" Tracy (in TRACE, Signet, 1983), and Justin Gilead & Alexander Zharkov (in GRANDMASTER, Pinnacle, 1984, with Molly Cochran). He won two Edgar Awards in the paperback category for GRANDMASTER and PIGS GET FAT (Signet, 1985; featuring Trace), and two Shamus Awards for THE CEILING OF HELL (Gold Medal, 1984; stand-alone PI novel) and "Another Day, Another Dollar" (in MURDER ON THE RUN; Berkley, 1998). He also used the Dev Stryker pseudonym with then-wife Molly Chochran to write three novels such as DEATHRIGHT (Tor, 1993). His last novel is BLOODLINE, a Mafia thriller, to be out this November from Forge. He was 81. (September 06, 2014)

Liane Moriarty Wins Davitt

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners for the 2015 Ellen Davitt Awards as follows:

Best Adult Novel: BIG LITTLE LIES, by Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan)
Best Yound Adult Novel: EVERY WORD, by Ellie Marney (Allen & Unwin)
Best Children's Crime Novel: WITHERING-BY-SEA, by Judith Rossell (HarperCollins)
Best Non-Fiction: LAST WOMAN HANGED, by Caroline Overington (HarperCollins)
Best Debut Crime Novel: INTRUDER, by Christine Bongers (Woolshed Press)
Reader's Choice: TELL ME WHY, by Sandi Wallace (Clan Destine Press)

The winners were announced on August 29 in Melbourne, Australia. (September 02, 2015)