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This week, the world lost a literary great --- Gabriel García Márquez. The Latin American, multi-prize-winning author was 87 years old, and his legacy will carry on through his extremely elegant command of the written word.
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done Stephan Pastis Candlewick 9780763660512 On sale now   “When you lose hope, find it.” —Timmy Failure

  
Gandhi: My Life Is My Message Jason Quinn and Naresh Kumar Campfire March 4 9789380741222
Nemo: The Roses of Berlin Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Top Shelf March 1 978-1-60309-320-0 Sixteen years ago, notorious science-brigand Janni Nemo journeyed into the frozen reaches of Antarctica to resolve her father's weighty legacy in a storm of madness and loss, barely escaping with her Nautilus and her life.
A few days prior to the release of her newest romantic thriller, NO ESCAPE, bestselling novelist Mary Burton captivated the members and guests of the nonprofit Florida Writers Foundation’s (FWF) one-day workshop. For the next three days, she kept the attendees of its sister organization, the Florida Writers Association (FWA), spellbound throughout the annual conference.
Fans of the late Michael Crichton are getting an unexpected treat this holiday season with the publication of his early mystery and suspense novels for the first time under his real name. These eight books were written as “John Lange” between 1966 and 1972 when Crichton was an honors student at Harvard Medical School.
It was a real-life mystery that could have been a film noir. Between 1966 and 1972, a writer by the name of John Lange published eight paperback suspense novels. These were the kind of books with racy and sexy covers once found in drug stores, airports and bus stations. One of them even got nominated for an Edgar Award in 1971. Then John Lange just disappeared, apparently vanishing right off the face of the earth. His books soon followed and fell out of print for decades, perhaps showing up now and then in a garage sale or used bookstore.
Tom Clancy’s success was the type for which every potential author dreams. Write a novel (THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER) that is accepted by the first publisher to which it is submitted. It becomes a bestseller, helped to some measure by the recommendation of the sitting President of the United States, and is adapted for film.
Elmore Leonard didn’t write crime fiction, westerns, historical thrillers or mysteries. He wrote Elmore Leonard books. No, that’s not quite right. He wrote Elmore Leonard books. You can bring an Elmore Leonard book to someone totally unfamiliar with genre fiction, say “try this” and make a believer out of them within the first few pages. When they run through everything from THE BOUNTY HUNTERS to MR. MAJESTYK (“hey...didn’t they make a movie of this?”) to FIFTY-TWO PICKUP to, yes, RAYLAN, they come back to you and ask, “Can you recommend anything else like this?” And you can, with the admonition that it will be almost, but not quite, as good as the real thing.
As I grow older, I have more frequent cause to think of a quote from the Oscar-winning movie Harry and Tonto. It’s from Harry Coombes, who was played by the truly immortal Art Carney: “You never really feel somebody’s suffering; you only feel their death.” Right now I’m feeling the death of Vince Flynn, one of our era’s top thriller authors and a terrific guy who passed away in the first hours of June 19, 2013. I first met Vince at ThrillerFest in New York several years ago, where he very graciously signed and personalized several of his books for my son Michael, who is a major fan of his. Vince was an easy guy to talk to, a skill he undoubtedly acquired in his prior vocational lives as a bartender and a commercial real estate agent. I never bought a drink or leased an office from him, but I did read every one of his books. From first to last, beginning to end, they were...well, I could run out of adjectives. Let’s start with riveting and thrilling, and go on to addicting, to name but three.