Friday, September 30, 2016

Five Quick Questions

Today, I'm at Crimespree Magazine's website, talking about the pressure to follow up THE KILLING KIND, the educational value of RED RIGHT HAND, and my not-so-secret love of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. You can read it here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Jesup Library's Murder by the Book

Will you be in the Bar Harbor area this weekend? If so, I hope to see you at the Jesup Memorial Library's Murder by the Book!

On Saturday, 10/1 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, a veritable boatload of mystery and thriller writers will be reading, signing, paneling, and workshopping... and the best part is, the whole day's programming is free!

So, if you'd like to hang out with me, Dorothy Cannell, Gayle Lynds, Kate Flora, Bruce Robert Coffin, Roger Guay, Vaughn Hardacker, Maureen Milliken, Katrina Niidas Holm, Katherine Hall Page, Lynne Raimondo, Brendan Rielly, Barbara Ross, John Sheldon, Lea Wait, and keynote speaker Hank Phillippi Ryan, be sure to swing on by! You can find the schedule here.

And, as an added bonus, several of those fine writers will be reading from upcoming works at a wine reception the night before. Tickets are a steal at $25, and benefit the Jesup.

Need further convincing? Check out this piece in the Mount Desert Islander. Bottom line: this is an event not to be missed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

BookPeople Interview

It's safe to say that Scott Montgomery of BookPeople was ahead of the curve when it comes to Michael Hendricks. He was among the first to suggest that my proto-Hendricks short story, "The Hitter," might be worth expanding into a novel. Turns out, he was right. So when he asked if I'd be willing to answer some questions for the MysteryPeople blog, I happily obliged.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Authors on the Air

On Monday, 9/26, at 8PM Eastern, I'll be chatting live with Pam Stack, host of Authors on the Air. If you'd like to listen, you can do so here. You can even call in to ask a question if you'd like.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Quintessential Interview

Reviewer extraordinaire Daneet Steffens recently launched a new column at The Seattle Review of Books, aimed at covering "the latest goings on in mystery, suspense, and crime fiction." Each column will feature a (cheekily named) Quintessential Interview comprising five "top five" questions. To my delight, she invited me to participate in the first one. If you'd like to know my top five places to write, tunes to write to, or hometown spots, you can find out here. And be sure to read the rest of Daneet's column while you're at it!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Appearance: Raymond Village Library, 9/28

Mainers: I'll be chatting/reading/signing at the Raymond Village Library next Wednesday, 9/28, at 6:30PM. If you've already got copies of my books you'd like signed, feel free to bring 'em along. If not, I'm told Bridgton Books will have some on hand. Hope to see you there! Click through for details.

Monday, September 19, 2016

An Anthony Win!

I've just returned from Bouchercon New Orleans, and it was every bit as crazy as you might imagine. Good food, good drink, good programming, and good company—all in such excess that I'm utterly exhausted now.

I won't dare try to summarize my convention here, for fear I'll inadvertently omit someone or something and wind up feeling like an idiot. There is one thing I ought to mention, though: THE KILLING KIND won the Anthony Award for Best Novel.

To say I'm honored is an understatement. My fellow nominees—Catriona, Hank, Louise, and Matt—are such talented writers, I'm grateful to be counted in their company. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, and congratulations to everyone who took home an award last week (Anthony, Barry, Derringer, Macavity, Shamus, or otherwise), with particular shout-outs to Megan Abbott, Lou Berney, Susanna Calkins, Joelle Charbonneau, Glen Erik Hamilton, Jon Jordan, Ruth Jordan, David Morrell, Taylor Stevens, and Art Taylor.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

RED RIGHT HAND Is Now Available!

US hardcover edition pictured (Mulholland Books, September 2016)
As of today, RED RIGHT HAND is now available wherever books are sold. I really hope you guys enjoy it. If you'd like a copy, you can order one at the links below or hit up your local bookseller. And if you're stuck at work, unable to pleasure-read, this annotated soundtrack for RED RIGHT HAND might help pass the time.


Monday, September 12, 2016

The Day Before

As I write this, we're officially eight hours away from RED RIGHT HAND's release. Much as I'd like to wait out the big day in a fallout bunker with a crate of whiskey and a stack of DVDs, the links are coming fast and furious. Today alone, I stopped by the ITW's The Thrill Begins to talk about a technique I like to call the second idea, nerded out about craft with Rob Hart at LitReactor, and received a lovely review from David Cranmer at Criminal Element.

Thanks to Ed, Rob, and David for their time, space, and kind words. Now, where'd I put that whiskey?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Hometown Rave

My mom, a fellow Portlander, is an early riser who loves flipping through the Sunday paper. Thanks to her, I don't have to read the Maine Sunday Telegram's review to find out if they liked my book; if it's favorable, I'll wake to find a copy on my porch. This morning, I woke to find a copy on my porch. Here's a peek at what reviewer Michael Berry had to say:
"In RED RIGHT HAND, Holm succeeds in developing Michael Hendricks as a complexly conflicted protagonist, while keeping the level of action and intrigue running high. Smart, unpredictable and well-constructed, the novel is a worthy follow-up to THE KILLING KIND, a satisfying thriller on its own terms and likely a harbinger of pulse-quickening adventures still to come."
I'm thrilled that he enjoyed it. There's something doubly sweet about getting a rave from your hometown paper.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Hachette Q&A

Recently, I was interviewed for Hachette's newsletter. If you'd like to read the interview, but you're not subscribed, you'll find it here. Fair warning: the author pic is damn near actual size.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Two New Reviews (One Starred!)

While I can't link to it directly, Library Journal's starred (!) review of RED RIGHT HAND was reprinted in its entirety at Barnes & Noble, so I think it's safe for me to share it here.
"★ Years ago, FBI informant Frank Segreti was presumed to be dead when his safe house was blown up. Yet, the video of a terrorist attack in San Francisco shows Segreti to be very much alive. Determined to protect her witness until he can testify, FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson hires Michael Hendricks, a military covert operative-turned-hit man (of bad guys). His best friend and tech guru was killed by the same mob organization that's trying to take down Segreti, and now Hendricks is determined to burn down the group. VERDICT This follow-up to the acclaimed THE KILLING KIND (nominated for four major mystery awards, including the Anthony) is a real thrill ride. Jeff Abbott fans and adrenaline fiction junkies will appreciate how vividly the shadowy world of military contractors comes to life in Holm's skillful hands."
For those playing along at home, RED RIGHT HAND has now received two starred reviews! (Speaking of "at home," my neighbors—who are frequently subjected to my terrible guitar playing when it's warm enough to leave the windows open—will be surprised to discover I have "skillful hands.") And as a fan of Jeff Abbott, the lone comparison in the review made me smile.

But wait! There's more! David at Blue Book Balloon got an early peek at the UK edition and declared it "an explosive followup to THE KILLING KIND... an electrifying read, a book that pretty much demands your total attention till it's finished." Thanks, David!

UPDATE: Library Journal's review is now live on their site. You can see it here.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

RED RIGHT HAND a Barnes & Noble Best!

I'm delighted to report that Barnes & Noble included RED RIGHT HAND on its list of September's Best New Thrillers! Here's a peek (click through to read the rest):
"Hendricks is back in a complex new thriller from Holm that combines several irresistible threads into one near-perfect story... an amazing balancing act."
Not too shabby, that—and I'm truly honored to be in such fine company.

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Stalker's Guide to Finding Chris (and Kat!) at B'con 2016

Bouchercon is right around the corner, and by all accounts it's gonna be a crazy one for me. RED RIGHT HAND comes out two days before. THE KILLING KIND is up for an Anthony, a Barry, and a Macavity. My publisher is turning five. And, of course, it's being held in New Orleans.

So... where's an enterprising stalker to find me (and, more importantly, my lovely bride*)?

Friday, September 16

Signing
11:40 AM to 12:10 PM
Mystery Mike's Table
The Book Room

Panel
We Don't Need Another Hero: Author Thunderdome
Dana Cameron, Chris Holm, Catriona McPherson, Brad Parks, Lori Rader-Day, Johnny Shaw, Duane Swierczynski, F. Paul Wilson, and Bryan VanMeter (m)
2:00 to 2:50 PM
Mardi Gras D
(signing to follow)

Saturday, September 17

Panel
What Is And What Should Never Be: Ever-changing Trends In Genre Fiction
Frankie Bailey, CJ Box, Wendy Corsi Staub, Owen Laukkanen, Kelli Stanley, and Katrina Niidas Holm (m)
10:30 to 11:20 AM
Mardi Gras D
(okay, technically I'm not on this panel, but my wife is moderating, so I'll for damn sure be sitting front and center)

Panel
Bad To The Bone: Antiheroes
David Corbett, Rory Flynn, Ian Hamilton, Peter Spiegelman, David Swinson, and Chris Holm (m)
12:00 to 12:50 PM
Mardi Gras ABC
(signing to follow)

It's a safe bet you'll see me at the opening ceremonies (Thursday, September 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM) and the Anthony Awards (Friday, September 16 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM), too. And, as ever, I'm always** happy to chat, so if you'd like to say hello and/or get a book signed, please feel free. See you in New Orleans!

*But seriously, don't stalk said lovely bride
**Restrooms excluded from this offer—and lurking in my hotel room is strongly discouraged***
***Unless you bring pie****
****Or promise to vote for THE KILLING KIND for the Anthony Award for Best Novel*****
*****And also bring pie