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In less than three years, Seventh Street Books has made a name for itself with popular mysteries and thrillers. Their books have earned several awards and introduced readers to new and exciting talent. Three of those authors, James W. Ziskin, Terry Shames, and Austin's own Mark Pryor, will be joining us to talk about their latest work and being on the street where fiction is a crime.
ABOUT JAMES W. ZISKIN
A linguist by training, James Ziskin studied Romance Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught elementary/intermediate French and Italian. He also spent a year teaching English at the University of Paris X, Nanterre. After completing his graduate degree, he worked in New York as a photo-news producer and writer, and then as Director of NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. He has since spent fifteen years in the Hollywood post production industry, running large international operations in the subtitling/localization and visual effects fields. He speaks Italian and French fluently. Habla español. Aur wo thoda Hindi bhi bolta hai.
ABOUT STONE COLD DEAD
December 21, 1960, the shortest day of the year: Fifteen-year-old Darleen Hicks slips away from her school bus as it idles in the junior-high parking lot, waiting to depart. Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen again.
New Year's Eve, 1960: The small upstate town of New Holland, New York, is in the grips of a severe cold snap, when Ellie Stone receives a late-night caller Irene Metzger, the grieving mother of Darleen Hicks. She tells Ellie that the local police won t help her, that they believe Darleen has run off with some older boy and will return when she is ready. Irene has read Ellie's stories in the paper on an earlier murder case and believes Ellie is her last hope.
Ellie Stone is on a chilling journey to a place of uncertainty, loss, teenage passion, and vulnerability where Ellie's questions are unwanted and her life is in danger.
ABOUT TERRY SHAMES
Terry Shames (Berkeley, CA) is a freelance writer and coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
ABOUT A DEADLY AFFAIR AT BOBTAIL RIDGE
In the course of their developing friendship, Samuel Craddock has learned to accept that his neighbor Jenny Sandstone's personal life is strictly secret. But when her dying mother tells Craddock that Jenny is in danger, he is confronted with a dilemma. He wants to respect Jenny's privacy, but he is haunted by the urgency in the dying woman's voice.
When Jenny is the victim of a suspicious car accident, Craddock has no choice but to get involved. He demands that she tell him what he needs to know to protect her and to solve the mysteries surrounding the strange events that began taking place as soon as Jenny's mother passed away.
Forced to confront the past, Jenny plunges into a downward spiral of rage and despair. She is drinking heavily and seems bent on self-destruction. Craddock must tread lightly as he tries to find out who is behind the threats to her. But only by getting to the bottom of the secrets buried in Jenny's past can he hope to save her both from herself and from whoever is out to harm her.
MARK PRYOR is the author of The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, and three additional Hugo Marston novels, and the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. An assistant district attorney with the Travis County District Attorney's Office, in Austin, Texas, he is the creator of the true-crime blog DAConfidential.
ABOUT THE RELUCTANT MATADOR
A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. Marston, the security chief at the American Embassy, makes some inquiries and quickly realizes something is amiss: Bart's daughter was not a model, but rather a dancer at a seedy strip club. And she headed to Barcelona with some guy she met at the club.
With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder.
The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart's innocence, and locate his missing daughter without getting killed along the way.