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My third novel: Next of Kin

My third novel, Next of Kin, was published in the U.K. in early June.  But my publisher told me the copies destined for the U.S. got caught up in a routine customs check, and the release date here was moved back to July 30.  Right now, it can be pre-ordered here, and the British release has already gotten four and five star reviews on Goodreads.


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hao jiu bu jian!

(The title of this post is Mandarin for "long time, no see!")

  This spring I attended two mystery writers' conferences.  Left Coast Crime in Vancouver last spring was delightful, and Crime Fest in Bristol was stellar.  I moderated my first panel, got to know some intimidatingly accomplished mystery writers, and finally met my first editor, the wonderfully supportive Miranda Jewess  -- and got to spend time just being a tourist in Bristol, Bath, and London. 

   Right now, I'm taking a break from the writing of fiction to absorb myself in the other kind of writing I do for a living - the opening brief in a capital appeal -- a book-length document that will be taking much of my time and mental energy for the next half year at least.  The governor of my adopted state, California, declared a moratorium on executions here last spring, and all of us who work in capital defense are hoping, more than we have dared to hope for a very long time, that this is the beginning of the end for the death penalty here.  But in the meantime, the work goes on. 



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My essay, Lost Years on Death Row

My essay, "Lost Years on Death Row," was published in this week's CrimeReads.

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Madman Walking, the second Janet Moodie novel

My second (!) novel, Madman Walking, was released on May 15. Check out this great review of it on Criminal Element:

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Left Coast Crime 2018

After a harrowing drive through a huge thunderstorm, we spent a fine, cold weekend listening to panels and meeting authors and fans at Left Coast Crime, up in the Sierras in Sparks, Nevada. This year's conference was held in the slightly surreal Nugget Casino -- think a fancy hotel dotted with slot machines and blackjack tables. I was on a panel called Jailhouse Rock with four other authors who came to writing fiction from the legal profession: Ken Isaacson, Jennifer Kincheloe, Keenan Powell, and Teresa Burrell. If I can figure out how, I'll post a photo of us. (I'm the vacant looking one on the far right.)

Next up: The Los Angeles Times Book Fair -- more info at the Events link.  Read More 
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