The American Library Association mid-winter conference is on; this article by Barbara Hoffert called the ALA Mid-winter Galley Chase talks about which books are being snapped up, and boy, is it ever nice to see a reference to The Poisoned Pawn, which will hit the US market later this month as one of the “newbie mystery standouts”:
In galley or book form, hundreds of titles were there for the taking on the floor of the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference, and tracking what went fastest says a lot about what people are interested in reading today. The escapist pleasures of a good thriller still attract, and the hottest hotcakes of the genre proved to be Corban Addison’s African-set political thriller, The Garden of Burning Sand (Quercus); David Downing’s early 1900s Jack of Spies (Soho); Mo Hayder’s Wolf, Grove Atlantic’s big mover; Greg Iles’s Natchez Burning (Morrow), first in trilogy exploring Southern racial violence; Swedish star Camilla Läckberg’s The Hidden Child (Pegasus); James Rollins & Grant Blackwood’s series starter, The Killer Switch (Morrow); and Chris Pavone’s The Accident (Crown), follow-up to his smashing debut, The Expats.
Aside from big-name authors, these books mostly share an edgy political/historical awareness often seen in good thriller writing today. Other snapped-up commercial fiction by big-name authors included Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch (Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s), Larry McMurtry’s The Last Kind Words Saloon (Norton), and M.D. Waters’s Prototype (Dutton), following Waters’s breakout sf debut, Archetype. Some newbie mysteries were standouts, too. Most of the galleys for Tom Bouman’s rural Pennsylvania–set Dry Bones in the Valley (Norton) vanished at a Saturday signing, with the rest gone by Sunday, while Peggy Blair’s The Poisoned Pawn: An Inspector Ramirez Novel (Pintail), a second book after the successful The Beggar’s Opera, did nicely at the Penguin booth.
Like seriously, how cool is that?