Friday, July 15, 2011

Julius Katz and Archie - Dave Zeltserman


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 (2008) and Pariah (2009) were both 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 was short listed 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.

Product description:

The award-winning Julius Katz mysteries have delighted thousands of mystery fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009, winning a Shamus, Derringer and Ellery Queen’s Readers Choice Award . '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 whiz-bang computer technology with the heart and soul of a hard-boiled PI.

Now in Julius Katz and Archie’s first full-length mystery, the stakes have never been higher when a famous Boston mystery, Kenneth Kingston, tells Julius he wants to find out who’s planning to kill him. The problem is almost everyone in Kingston’s life has good reason to want to kill him, and this case soon plunges Julius and Archie deep into the world of murder and publishing.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

Julius Katz and Archie is a fun and charming traditional mystery with a lot of humor, and it has maybe the most unusual detective sidekick in the history of mystery fiction.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I was getting only dumb rejections from NY. Either stuff along the lines that I was too well-known as a noir crime writer to publish a mystery from me, or that my Archie character was too different for readers to get, all the while ignoring the fact that my Julius Katz mystery stories being published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine were getting a great response, with the first one winning the Shamus Award and the second winning Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award. So I decided to do it myself.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Dashiell Hammett, Rex Stout, Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford and Donald Westlake.

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