I've got a new novel called Sleeping Dogs coming out from St. Martin's in three weeks. Here be the first of several plugs.
Ed Gorman. St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne, $23.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-312-36784-8
Shamus-winner Gorman (Fools Rush In) puts his experience as a political speechwriter to good use in this entertaining first of what appears to be a new series. Dev Conrad, a cynical yet idealistic political consultant, signs on for the re-election bid of Sen. Warren Nichols of Illinois after Nichols's longtime consultant and ally, Phil Wylie, leaves in a bitter dispute with the candidate and later commits suicide. Nichols, facing right-wing conservative Jim Lake, finds himself in a tightening race with a major debate looming. The race becomes nasty with dirty tricks, blackmail and even campaign sabotage likely emanating from inside Nichols's staff. While Gorman presents our electoral choices and processes in an often dispiriting and unflattering light, readers will hope his appealing hero will return in future outings beyond the current real-life political campaign season. (Apr.)
"Gorman provides rewardingly dry-eyed political savvy without the bloat of most novelists who patrol this turf. The prose is pared so close to the bone that it makes Elmore Leonard look positively garrulous.""
SEX AND SCANDAL
Over at Cinema Retro tonight you can learn all about the latest Hwood scandal trial. The article comes replete with a large illustrative photo of the fatale femme mentioned here.
"The corruption trial of "private eye to the stars" Anthony Pellicano heated up with the testimony of his assistant, a sexy bombshell who seems right out of a Dashiell Hammett novel and whose name sounds like that of a James Bond girl. Tarita Virtue (we're not making this up) testified that she transcribed conversations from wiretaps placed by her boss."
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