Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A great songwriter featured in a great magazine

And lucky me, I had the pleasure of doing the interview. This one was a real treat, and I encourage you all to check out Joe Pug's work and browse around the Paste site a bit. There's wonderful stuff there.

Some nice mentions

So Cold the River was named one of the year's notable crime novels by Marilyn Stasio of The New York Times. An honor, to say the least.

Meanwhile, Robert Petkoff continues to impress with his rendering of the audio version of SCTR, winning an Earphone Award from AudioFile Magazine, which has the following to say of his performance: “This production is a huge success. Robert Petkoff hits all the right notes of bewilderment, menace, and tension as the plot thickens. He delivers an especially effective voice transformation as one character is inhabited by his demon ancestor. But most effective are the marvelous sound effects—of rising winds, a hallucinatory railroad train, sloshing waters, and a ghost violin from the dark past.”

Can't wait to hear what Mr. Petkoff does with The Cypress House!

Friday, December 3, 2010

So Cold the River receives some generous recognition

Amazon has selected So Cold the River as #5 of its 10 Best Thrillers of the year, and as #51 of the 100 best books of the year.

Library Journal has named So Cold the River one of the year's best audio books. This was wonderful news, of course, but really a minimal surprise because I've heard nothing all year but praise for Robert Petkoff's reading. It's a real tribute to his abilities, because I thought SCTR would be a challenge for listeners -- long and sprawling and with lots of point-of-view characters to keep track of. Instead, I heard repeatedly how wonderful the audio edition was, and for that, all credit is due the narrator, not the writer. I'm happy to report that Mr. Petkoff will be narrating The Cypress House on audio as well.