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An Hour Shy of Prime Time

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Northern New Englanders: Tonight, on 207, Rob Caldwell and I will be chatting about RED RIGHT HAND! (7PM, WCSH 6.) Don't miss it!

Strand's September Reads

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.

I'm truly honored. 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.

RED RIGHT HAND Is Now Available!

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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.

(US): Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Indiebound (UK): The Book Depository

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.

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.

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…