Thursday, September 01, 2011

What is Michael Wiley reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Michael Wiley, author of A Bad Night’s Sleep.

His entry begins:
In July, I did a book event called Hard-Boiled Night at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, with three other writers whose books I love and respect: Harry Dolan, Thomas Kaufman, and Duane Swierczynski. As one might imagine with a group like this, the conversation was lively – a little livelier and it wouldn’t have been pretty, but, as it was, it was pretty, almost as pretty as, in Raymond Chandler’s words, a blonde who could make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.

But the conversation was great, and I came away wanting to read and re-read my co-eventers’ books, especially Harry’s new Very Bad Men, Thomas’s new Steal the Show, and Duane’s new Fun and Games. So, I read them and...[read on]
Among the early praise for A Bad Night’s Sleep:
“Fans of gritty PI novels will relish Shamus-finalist Wiley's third mystery featuring Chicago detective Joe Kozmarski. Kozmarski, a well-developed flawed hero, would be right at home in a Chandler or Hammett novel. The relentless pacing makes the pages fly by, and the hard-edged prose is bracing.”
Publishers Weekly (starred revew)

A Bad Night’s Sleep is “Fast, furious and fun. Readers who like them hard-boiled will love this 22-minute egg.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The latest Chicago private investigative Kozmarski Noir ... is a terrific gritty thriller that grips the audience with the opening shootout and never takes a respite as the beleaguered hero struggles to survive on the mean streets.... Readers will have A Bad Night’s Sleep as this exciting tale is difficult to put down.”
The Mystery Gazette
Learn more about the book and author at Michael Wiley's website.

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