From Publishers Weekly
In Zeltserman's unconvincing third thriller (after Fast Lane), Cambridge, Mass., detective Bill Shannon dreads every February 10th, the anniversary of the day his mother was brutally murdered in their California home when Bill was 13. Around the anniversary, Bill suffers from debilitating blackouts that often cause long stretches of amnesia. As the 20th anniversary approaches, the blackouts become more severe, disrupting Bill's work and home life. Soon he's spiraling out of control, unsure how to tell reality from nightmare. A series of gruesome slayings have Bill questioning whether he himself could be responsible and terrified that Herbert Winters, his mother's killer, has come back to claim him. Crime novelists from Robert B. Parker to Dennis Lehane have found fertile ground in a similar premise and setting, but Zeltserman falls short of their standard. Bill Shannon lacks the depth required for a character who walks the line between victim and potential killer, and instead collapses into stereotype.
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A compellingly clever wheels-within-wheels thriller, Zeltserman's new novel blends genres in a subtle mix that will appeal to both mystery and horror fans. Police detective Bill Shannon's dreams are being invaded by images of horrific violence, but the source of the intrusion remains shadowed until the harrowing conclusion of the novel, a homage to the Australian Aboriginal concept of "Dreamtime." The reader will be kept guessing as to whether the psychologically hammered cop is being revisited by his own guilt or whether there's an outside factor involved in his recurring visions of murdering his own mother. The resolution of the novel clearly indicates the possibility of sequels to come, so if you want to get in on the ground floor, now's the time. An ingenious plot, skillfully executed. Elliott Swanson
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Stan Green is a New York City Homicide Detective who has seen better days.As his family life threatens to disintegrate and his work partner disappears, he is assigned to the most shocking case of his career-a strange and remarkably violent murder. Stan must look into the crime alone. He finds just one witness, a neurologically disabled recluse who sees through the souls of others as demonic hallucinations. As more murders occur, and he drifts further from his family and friends, Stan's suspicion and rage escalate. Soon he realizes that the deaths fall into the pattern of a serial killer—and starts to believe that his witness is not at all insane, but terrifyingly perceptive . . .
Denver private eye Johnny Lane is so busy he has to contract out his overflow cases. When a young woman approaches him to find her birth parents, he's willing to take the case for almost nothing. Almost. It would be a breath of fresh air after all the lowlife cases he's now stuck with . . . and there is something about the woman. the last thing Johnny expects is the path the case leads him down. As the chasm between words and reality grows wider, past and present deeds start unraveling with deadly force. "For those of us who believed Jim Thompson would never be equaled, great tidings, he's back in the form of Dave Zeltserman. Hilarious in the darkest fashion, violent, bitter, psychotic and unputdownable...
FAST LANE left me bruised, battered and exhilarated." KEN BRUEN
These award-winning Julius Katz mysteries have delighted thousands of mystery fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009. 'Julius Katz' introduced readers to Boston's most brilliant, eccentric and possibly laziest detective, Julius Katz, as well as his sidekick, Archie, a tiny marvel of whizbang computer technology with the heart and soul of a hard-boiled PI. In Julius and Archie's second adventure, 'Archie's Been Framed', the little guy is framed for murder and Julius needs to use all his wits to keep his inimitable assistant out of the slammer.
'Julius Katz' attracted a devoted following from mystery readers when it first came out, and has since won the Shamus Award for best story from the Private Eye Writers of America, as well as the Derringer Award for best novelette from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. 'Archie's Been Framed' won 1st place in Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award, with their readers choosing it as their favorite story published by the magazine in 2010. If you haven't had a chance to meet Julius and Archie yet, now's your chance to get caught up in these charming, delightful and very unusual mystery stories.
These award-winning Julius Katz mysteries have delighted tens of thousands of fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009. JULIUS KATZ introduced readers to Boston's most brilliant, eccentric and possibly laziest detective, Julius Katz, as well as his sidekick, Archie, a tiny marvel of whizbang computer technology with the heart and soul of a hard-boiled PI. In Julius and Archie's second adventure, ARCHIE'S BEEN FRAMED, the little guy is framed for murder and Julius needs to use all his wits to keep his inimitable assistant out of the slammer.
JULIUS KATZ attracted a devoted following winning the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, as well as the Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. ARCHIE'S BEEN FRAMED won Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award.
If you haven't had a chance to meet Julius and Archie yet, now's your chance to get caught up in these charming, delightful and very unusual mystery stories. As a bonus, the first chapter of the full-length Julius Katz mystery novel, JULIUS KATZ AND ARCHIE, has been added. Also available: ONE ANGRY JULIUS AND OTHER STORIES and ARCHIE SOLVES THE CASE
From the Back Cover
Awards and other honors for Dave Zeltserman's writing:
Winner of the Shamus, Ellery Queen's Readers Choice and Derringer awards. Three times honorable mention in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES.
MONSTER named in Booklist Magazine's 2013 list of ten best horror novels, named by WBUR as one of the best books of 2012, pick of the week by ForeWord Magazine, starred review from Booklist.
THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD short listed by the American Library Association for best horror novel of the year, Black Quill nominee for best dark genre novel of the year, starred review from Publishers Weekly.
SMALL CRIMES picked by NPR as one of the best crime and mystery novels of the year, picked by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of the year, starred review from Publishers Weekly.
PARIAH picked by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of the year.
Praise for JULIUS KATZ MYSTERIES
"I love these stories" Timothy Hallinan, the author of *The Queen of Patpong*
"I enjoyed these two tales so much that I find it a bloody shame there aren't more for me to hunt down and read.'' Peter Leonard, The Man Eating Bookworm
"I'm a big fan, along with many other people, of Dave Zeltserman's character Julius Katz." Ed Gorman
"Absolutely fantastic!" Minding Spot
"In style, wit and charm, this story comes closer than anything I've read to capturing Stout's bloodless but entertaining riddles." The Drowning Machine
Praise for JULIUS KATZ AND ARCHIE
"Julius Katz may be the titular star of Dave Zeltserman's new novel, but it's the voice of his AI assistant, Archie, that carries the day. Archie's more human than most "real" people, and funnier, too. The satire bites, and the mystery satisfies. Julius and Archie became favorites of mine when they first appeared in Zeltserman's award-winning short stories, and they're even better in novel form. Long may they thrive." Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series
"Fans of Donna Andrews's Turing Hopper artificial intelligence mysteries, rejoice! Award-winning author Dave Zeltserman has created silicon chip Archie, the high-tech sidekick to Julius Katz, Boston's most famous and laziest wine-drinking detective. Here is a delightful traditional mystery that follows in the footsteps of Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey series." Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award winning author of the Mas Arai mysteries
"It's a nifty change-of-pace for the usually hard-boiled Dave Zeltserman. Clever, sophisticated and witty, 'Julius Katz & Archie' will thrill fans of Nero Wolfe...and readers who never heard of him! Zeltserman knows how to mix character, action, and plot and create a pitch-perfect, modern mystery. More, Sir! The sooner the better." Paul Levine, author of Flesh & Bones
Praise for THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD (short listed by ALA for best horror novel of 2010 and a Black Quill nominee for best dark genre book of 2010)
"Superb mix of humor and horror" Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Delicious horror-ish novel" Newsday
"pure dark bliss" Ken Bruen, author of* London Boulevard
Praise for KILLER
"Spare prose and assured pacing place this above most other contemporary noirs." Publisher's Weekly
"This novel is everything hard-boiled fiction should be - compact, direct and disciplined, and concerned with humans rather than stereotypes. It is also, for all its violent subject matter, a quietly told story, which makes its tension all the more intense" Mat Coward, Morning Star
"Dave Zeltserman is at it again writing about ex-con antiheroes with the kind of panache that would make Jim Thompson, king of the psycho killer novels, proud."* Boston Globe*
"Written in a spare, terse style, and with chapters alternating between past and present, we slowly learn more about March. But even then the closing chapters present a devastating twist and shocking conclusion."* *Sunday Tribune
About the Author
Dave Zeltserman won the 2010 Shamus Award for 'Julius Katz' and is the acclaimed author of the 'man out of prison' crime trilogy: Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer, where Small Crimes was named by NPR as one of the best five crime and mystery novels of 2008, and both Small Crimes and Pariah (2009) were picked by the Washington Post as best books of the year. His recent The Caretaker of Lorne Field received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, calling it a 'superb mix of humor and horror' and has been shortlisted by ALA for best horror novel of 2010. His upcoming book Outsourced (2011) has already been called 'a small gem of crime fiction' by Booklist and has been optioned by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film and is currently under development.
Chosen by NPR and the Washington Post as one of the best crime & mystery novels of 2008, Small Crimes is now a major film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister)
Bent copper Joe Denton gets out of prison suspiciously early after disfiguring the district attorney. Nobody wants Joe to hang around, not his ex-wife, his parents or his former colleagues - if he had any decency he'd get out of town and start over. Unfortunately, Joe has precious little decency - and a whole lot of unfinished business to attend to.
A tale of redemption and revenge as dark and violent as it's bitterly comic, Small Crimes is the UK debut of hard-boiled hotshot Dave Zeltserman.