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Amazing Reviews for The Cuckoo’s Calling

 THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, is now landing in bookstores across the country! Fantastic review for Galbraith’s novel have been pouring in so frequently of late, we thought we might gather them together into one handy post for our devoted readers to peruse.

“The master is back!” USA Today declared, proclaiming THE CUCKOO’S CALLING  “one of the books of the year.”  Michicko Kakutani raved about the novel in the New York Times, calling Galbraith’s novel “highly entertaining,” and remarking on its “appealing protagonist and “propulsive suspense,” closing with the prediction that Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott “a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting.”

Meanwhile, People magazine will give the novel 3.5 out of 4 stars in its July 29th issue, writing that “Rowling switches genres seamlessly” and calling CUCKOO “a gritty, absorbing tale.” Slate compliments Rowling’s ability to create  “an extravagant, alien, fascinating world for its characters to explore,” remarking on the novel’s many “great pleasures.” “I couldn’t stop myself from thoroughly enjoying THE CUCKOO’S CALLING,writes Carole E. Barrowman in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” going on to say: “The book’s real magic is in Rowling’s distinctive descriptive prose.”

A new and robust site for THE CUCKOO’S CALLING is now up and running featuring an FAQ section that is both revealing and enlightening in equal measure. Check it out right here!

The Lineup: Links for Weaponized by Nicholas Mennuti with David Guggenheim

Contrasted ConfinementWEAPONIZED by Nicholas Mennuti with David Guggenheim will be published on July 30th and Nick has been all over the internet this week, discussing the latest in the Snowden case and his and Mennuti’s prescient novel.

Nick’s got not one, but two Op-Eds up at The Huffington Post right now–The Thriller and the Mirror, on the eerie life-imitating-art effect at work in thinking about WEAPONIZED in the post-Snowden era and pragmatism vs. idealism in counterintelligence, and Jay-Z and Samsung Are Not the NSA, which argues, well, just that. (Not as straightforward as you might think.)

Elsewhere, on Medium.com, Mennuti espouses on the modern surveillance state. And don’t miss Nick’s interview at RAWIllumination.net, or the great content right here on MulhollandBooks.com. And the announced on Deadline that Mennuti and Guggenheim’s novel has been optioned for the screen by Universal and producer Scott Stuber has been met with quite a bit of buzz–no surprise, given the arresting conceit and Guggenheim’s prior credits as the screenwriter of the #1 box office smash hit Safe House and many other projects.

What do the critics think of WEAPONIZEDPublishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling it an “excellent first novel . . . The authors have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary life . . . The rare suspense novel that will genuinely surprise jaded genre readers,” and Kirkus raved of the book: “Applying postmodern polish to the foreign intrigue of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, WEAPONIZED leaves an imprint with its lively cast of characters, pungent locale and dizzy plotting.”

Nick’s conversation with Atlantic reporter Joshua Foust follows…

The Lineup: Links for Charlie Huston’s Skinner

Contrasted ConfinementCharlie Huston‘s magnum opus SKINNER hits bookstores today, and we’ve known here for a while Huston’s first book with the imprint was going to be a game-changer. First there was the amazing trade coverage: Booklist gave SKINNER a fabulous starred review, saying, “This tour de force features two of the most interesting characters we’ve seen in years….Add Huston…to the A-list.”  Publishers Weekly raved of SKINNER, in an amazing starred, boxed review, “Stunningly original characters, wildly surprising twists, and an ending that’s both unexpected and moving make this an extraordinary genre stand-alone.”

Then came the Summer Reading Picks, in papers such as the Los Angeles TimesPlayboy, which wrote of the novel “Charlie Huston writes crime fiction for a new century but does so in the tradition of the masters;” and The Tampa Bay Examiner, which picked  SKINNER as one of its Top Five “Must-Reads” for Summer 2013, saying, “SKINNER could easily be credible as pages ripped from the latest newspaper headlines….This book will leave you breathless.”

Now, in the Age of Snowden, with books just hitting shelves, Huston is being profiled in some of the nation’s top papers. The Wall Street Journal runs a great feature on Huston, calling SKINNER “a thriller for the Edward Snowden Summer,” and praising Huston saying, “Mr. Huston is renowned for making the fantastic believable, whether he’s writing about New York City neighborhoods controlled by gangs of vampires, the zombies who populate his 2010 novel, Sleepless—or an off-the-rails intelligence operative who was raised inside a Skinner box.” The Los Angeles Times has also run a feature on Huston, praising SKINNER as “of the moment….While SKINNER has its share of bone-crunching fight scenes, Huston channeled…anger into a book with a highly complex picture of how people live at opposite ends of the economic spectrum.”

Trailer follows–now go pick it up at your favorite bookstore or preferred e-tailer! For more on SKINNER and Huston, check out CharlieHuston.com, and check back here for more great content as the week continues.

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The Lineup: Links for David Morrell’s Murder as a Fine Art

David Morrell’s Victorian thriller MURDER AS A FINE ART features Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, matching wits with a killer the likes of which London has never before seen. With less than a week on sale, Morrell’s newest has been raking in amazing reviews.

Tina Jordan raved of the book in Entertainment Weekly: “MURDER AS A FINE ART is masterful . . . brilliantly plotted . . . evokes 1854 London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill call of vendors.” Janet Maslin of the New York Times Book Review remarked of the book: “Morrell writes action scenes like nobody’s business.” And in a rave Associated Press review that ran far and wide, Waka Tsunoda praises the novel as “shockingly real…Morrell’s thorough and erudite research of the people and culture of the British Empire’s heyday informs every page. A literary thriller that pushes the envelope of fear.”

For more MURDER AS A FINE ART, check out the lushly rendered book trailer below, created from original artwork by Tomislav Tikulen, an interview with Morrell on the writing of his Victorian thriller, and an illuminating conversation between Morrell and De Quincey biographer Robert Morrison. You’ll doubtless encounter more great reviews—and in the meantime, visit Morrell’s website to find out when the author will be reading near you!

The Lineup: Gun Machine Edition

Contrasted ConfinementWarren Ellis’s electrifying thriller GUN MACHINE kicks off 2013 with a bang.

Arriving in bookstores on the first day of the year, GUN MACHINE has already received a glowing, three-and-a-half-stars review from Brian Truitt of USA Today, in which Truitt writes: “Ellis tackles the police procedural, although it’s bloodier and more intriguing than any episode of Law & Order or CSI, and arms it with gallows humor, high-tension action scenes and an unlikely hero.”

Over at Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow writes: “Gun Machine is a novel that never stops to draw breath. It’s a monster of a book, bowel-looseningly scary in places, darkly uproarious in others, and remorseless as the killer who hunts in its pages…[GUN MACHINE] is particularly good, even by the high standards of a Warren Ellis tale.”

C.A. Bridges of the Daytona Beach News-Journal agrees: “The dialogue is rapid and witty, the action moves along, the city and its inhabitants are wonderfully violent, and the cat-and-mouse plot is satisfyingly solid. But where the book transcends the usual crime thriller is in the killer, a psychotic and brutally effective hunter obsessed with returning New York City to its primal state…Ellis, an Englishman, completely nails New York and New Yorkers.”

“A claustrophobic pressure cooker filled with tension, and mixed with anxiety…a wonderful gift to readers,” Dan Malmon of Crimespree Magazine writes, and in a starred, boxed review for Publishers Weekly, Jason Starr raves: “Gun Machine propels the multitalented Ellis, already a household name in the world of comics, into the ranks of the best crime writers in the business.”

With great blurbs from the likes of William Gibson, Ian Rankin, Joe Hill, Lauren Beukes and more, GUN MACHINE is the perfect way to kick off the new year in style. For more exclusive GUN MACHINE content, check out ThisIsGunMachine.Tumblr.com, watch the first GUN MACHINE trailer that debuted on MTV Geek, directed by Jim Batt with art by Ben Templesmith and voiceover by Wil Wheaton, subscribe to Warren’s Machine Vision newsletter, or read this Shelf Awareness Q&A with Warren. And don’t forget to check back for more later this week as our weeklong GUN MACHINE extravaganza continues.

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The Lineup: Weekly Links

Contrasted ConfinementWe made it out to Bouchercon last weekend to see Duane Swierczynski’s FUN AND GAMES win the Shamus for Best Paperback Original PI Novel–congrats, Duane! All the more reason to look forward to April of next year, when POINT AND SHOOT, the final in the now accolade-winning Hardie trilogy, hits bookstores… The Rap Sheet has a great write-up of the festivities if you were unable to attend. Here’s looking forward to next year’s event in Albany!

Michael Robotham embarked on a US tour straight from the convention and can be seen this Friday at Seattle Mystery Bookshop and on Saturday at Scottsdale, Arizona’s Poisoned Pen.

While Robotham’s been on tour, SAY YOU’RE SORRY has been raking in rave reviews from the likes of Kirkus, John Valeri at Examiner.com, Publishers Weekly, P.G. Koch of the Houston Chronicle. More to come!

Don’t let all the great news about SAY YOU’RE SORRY distract from the fact that THE HOUSE OF SILK is now out in paperback. Some guests posts from Horowitz here and here from our initial hardcover publication. “An intricate and rewarding mystery in the finest Victorian tradition” (Vanity Fair)–what’s not to like?

Asbury Park Press reviewed Mischa Hiller’s SHAKE OFF, and the Washington Post reviewed Chase Novak’s BREED, calling it “the best American horror novel since Scott Smith’s The Ruins.”

Speaking of BREED, don’t miss Chase Novak in discussion with Barry Lyga, Daniel Kraus, Jonathan Maberry and more at the New York Comic-Con this Saturday. Austin Grossman will be at the Con earlier that night, talking about his forthcoming novel YOU with Evan Narcisse of Kotaku.

Looks like someone on the set of NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE, co-created by our own Derek Haas, intercepted the shipment of a certain thriller from our warehouse…

That’s it for now. See you all next week!

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The Lineup: Weekly Links

Contrasted ConfinementIt’s been a great summer summer at Mulholland Books, and we topped it off with our August publication, SHAKE OFF by Mischa Hiller, which received glowing praise from the likes of Kirkus, PW and Booklist, as well as great reviews from blogs like the Murder By the Book Blog, BestsellersWorld.com, Tzer Island, and The Review Broads.

Now that Labor Day is behind us, BREED has hit bookstores! The perfect literary chiller to kick off the fall season, written by National Book Award winner Scott Spencer under the pseudonym Chase Novak, BREED has been getting strong reviews from the likes of Janet Maslin in the New York Times, who proclaims the novel “reads like the work of a serious writer with keen antennas for sensory detail,” Brian Truitt of USA Today, who calls the novel “a thrill to read.”

Transit ads for BREED are now featured in New York City subway cars! We like the look of them so much we can help but share them…

In wider news, the Toronto International Film Festival has been taking place this week, and LOOPER, which arrives in theaters across the country later this month, recently kicked off the proceedings in stellar fashion. Check out this talk with writer/director Rian Johnson (also the writer/director of BRICK, a Mulholland favorite) and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis if you’re in the mood for a good conversation (just skip to the twenty-minute mark!)

Speaking of films, it’s been a minute since we shared trailers of films we’re looking forward to–are you following THE MASTER, or Tarantino’s latest, DJANGO UNCHAINED?

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The Lineup: Weekly Links

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Marcia Clark’s second Rachel Knight thriller GUILT BY DEGREES is in bookstores now–and the reviewers love it! John Valeri of The Examiner raves about how the novel “takes the strongest elements from an already assured debut and melded them into near perfection,” while Kirkus proclaims that Knight “transmutes the dull and ordinary into the bright stuff of legends…serious fun.” CNN champions its “fast-paced story” that “crackles with authenticity,” and the Financial Times called Clark’s newest a “blade-sharp read.”

Also check out the great love that Marcia’s newest is getting from bloggers like Christian Manifesto, Mystery Scene, The Review Broads, and S. Krishna’s Books.

Nick Santora’s recently released FIFTEEN DIGITS has also been receiving great blogger reviews from the likes of BookReporter and Booking Mama. And don’t miss Nick’s interview at Bitter Lawyer.

Joe R. Lansdale’s EDGE OF DARK WATER continues to earn rave reviews online, most recently from White Cat Publications, The Mystery Reader, and Serial Distractions. Kirkus also chimed in, calling the novel “a highly entertaining tour de force.” Even the self-proclaimed World’s Toughest Book Critics can’t resist this one!

In other news, Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS film had the biggest opening weekend, ever, by a longshot. Which already has industry blogs like Cinema Blend and LA Times’ 24 Frames pondering just what went so drastically right for the franchise. Two words: HULK…SMASH!

We’d shared this last week, but in case you missed it the first time around, Nick Santora’s video of the opening scene of FIFTEEN DIGITS is leagues better than most book trailers and well worth your time…

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The Lineup: Weekly Links

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At The Kill Zone, Joe Moore has an insightful post about the pros and cons of using a pen name that’s definitely worth your time.

The Rap Sheet has a great guest post from Brad Parks on the inspiration for his newest novel THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.

Michael Robotham’s newest Joe O’Loughlin thriller BLEED FOR ME is in bookstores now and continues to garner fantastic praise. Marilyn Stasio reviewed the novel in The New York Times Book Review, writing that “Robotham writes with grave tenderness about unhappy people caught in terrible situations…” CBS News ran a great interview with Robotham on Author Talk. And don’t miss this great Salon review, or online raves from Spinetingler, Murder By TypeAuntie M Writes, and the Murder by the Book Mystery Blog.

Bloggers are also loving Joe R. Lansdale’s EDGE OF DARK WATER, which is working its way into bookstores across the country as its March 27th publication date approaches. But don’t take our word for it–check out reviews from Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine, Demon TheoryMystery Scene, and B&N’s Ransom Notes.

Looking for some great Spring reads to look forward to? We can’t wait until Nick Santora’s amazing FIFTEEN DIGITS hits bookstores next month. Bestsellers World’s review should certainly whet your appetite; Julie Moderson raves that “Nick Santora has a unique style of writing that I can only compare to John Grisham or Harlan Coben or a wonderful combination of both.” Marcia Clark’s GUILT BY DEGREES, coming in May, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which says: “Clark humanizes her tough lead, and gets the mixture of action and investigative legwork just right, more than making the case for a long life for this West Coast analogue to Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper.”

Are you seeing The Hunger Games this weekend?

And hot dang–Seth Grahame-Smith fans everywhere take notice:

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The Lineup: Weekly Links

Contrasted ConfinementOver at Murderati, David Corbett wishes Daniel Woodrell a fast and speedy recovery from shoulder surgery. Get well soon, Daniel!

Attention all writers of short crime fiction: check out the Shortbread Morgue competition currently running at Shortbread Stories for a chance to have your work sent to over six thousand subscribers–and help a good cause to boot!

Over at Jen’s Book Thoughts, the Heroes & Villains Bracket Tourney is good fun. Excited to see who comes out on top!

It’s March, which means Joe R. Lansdale’s EDGE OF DARK WATER will soon be making its ways to bookstores across the country. Don’t miss the blog reviews that have begun rolling in from sites like Horror Talk, The Opinionator, Bestsellers World, and The Mystery Gazette.

It also means Mulholland Books’ paperback edition of Michael Robotham’s acclaimed thriller SHATTER , and the newest Joe O’Loughlin thriller BLEED FOR ME, are in bookstores now. The Associated Press ran a great review of BLEED FOR ME that calls Robotham “a first-class storyteller who delivers a novel that appeals as both a thriller and a literary read”–see it at the Huffington Post and San Francisco Chronicle . The O’Loughlin series has also gotten love from bloggers like Ms. Wordopolis, who writes that BLEED FOR ME “stands out in terms of the insight into parenting teenage and younger daughters,” and Charlotte’s Web of Books, who writes that “fans of Linwood Barclay or even Tana French will enjoy SHATTER.

And in videogame news, the long-awaited conclusion to the epic Mass Effect series is out now. Check out the below trailer if you’re in an SF kind of mood:

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