Saturday, May 1, 2010
Killer and other news
Today is the official publishing date for Killer, which is the 3rd book in my 'man out of prison' noir thriller trilogy.
I've been in NY for a few days, and came home to some nice news. First, my novella, 'Julius Katz', which was originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and won a Readers Award from Ellery Queen, was just awarded the 2010 Best Novelette from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. I'd like to offer my congratulations to all the other nominees and winners.
I also found waiting for me a terrific starred review from Publishers Weekly for The Caretaker of Lorne Field:
"Zeltserman’s superb mix of humor and horror focuses on Jack Durkin, the ninth generation of firstborn sons in his family ho have daily weeded Lorne Field to purge it of Aukowies, bloodthirsty plants that could overrun the world in weeks if not attended to. Though Jack takes his job seriously, no one else does: his oldest son doesn’t want to follow in his footsteps; his wife is tired of living poorly on his caretaker’s salary; and the townspeople who subsidize him are increasingly skeptical of purported menaces that no one has ever seen because Jack diligently nips them in the bud. With his support dwindling, Jack finds himself driven to desperate measures to prove that he’s truly saving the world. Zeltserman (Pariah) orchestrates events perfectly, making it impossible to tell if Jack is genuinely humankind’s unsung hero or merely the latest descendant of a family of superstitious loonies. Readers will keep turning the pages to see how the ambiguous plot resolves."
And finally, my first reading for Killer will be this Wednesday (May 5th) at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge MA from 7-8. I hope people show up. I'll have some sort of trivia contest for giving away a free copy of Bad Karma.