I recently started reading a book by one of my former students, Harley Mazuk, and had to come right here to crow about it. It’s that good!
White with Fish, Red with Murdermay be a long, funky title, but the book is the best of the best. This is a true throwback to pre-WWII crime novels in the veins of Hammett, Chandler, and James M. Cain. Dynamite stuff that I’m having a great time reading!
It is an atmospheric tale about greed, lust, deceit—and murder–that’s set against the backdrop of 1948 San Francisco and nearby wine country. It stars Frank Swiver, a down-and-out private eye with a taste for wine and women. Fine women! And fine wine! Harley nails it all here, even mid-century SF like a long-time resident.
Frank Swiver has been Harley’s recurring series character ever since his first private eye story, “The Tall Blonde with the Hot Boiler,” published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Jan. 2011.) EQMM has subsequently published three more of his stories. He has sold longer fiction to Dead Guns Press and Dark Passages.
White with Fish, Red with Murderwas just released on Feb 28th from Driven Press. This is definitely a book to check out. Trust me! I’ve been watching Harley for a number of years now, ever since he showed up in one of my online classes at Stanford Continuing Studies with chops to beat the band. This is his first published novel, and I couldn’t be happier to see him getting the success he’s due!
So check out the book, Harley’s blog “From the Spitbucket”–a great catalogue of front-lines writing experience I know you’ll like, and when you send him a note, tell him your boy sent ya!
Today I’m excited to announce that one of my former students, Harley Mazuk, has his FIRST NOVEL coming out in January from Driven Press! Harley’s stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and elsewhere. He’s been working damn hard at this craft and the book will be a dynamite read. Join me in congratulating him today as the book’s cover is revealed:
White with Fish, Red with Murder
Fans of Harley’s writing will already recognize private dick Frank Swiver from several short stories published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. In this, his first full-length story, Frank is caught between his two great loves—wine and women—while on the clock to solve a case.
San Francisco, 1948.
Frank Swiver is a down and out private eye with a taste for wine and women, not necessarily in that order. Frank readily accepts an unexpected job offer from well-known wine connoisseur General Lloyd F. Thursby to find the murderer of his very good friend, Rusty O’Callaghan. Invited to attend an exclusive wine tasting on Thursby’s private rail car, Frank takes along his secretary-come-lover Vera Peregrino to complete his cover. Thursby entices his guests with the promise of a taste of a rare California wine: the Ravensridge Blackbird Noir.
All does not go to plan, though, when General Thursby is murdered before the wine tasting has even begun. Frank is caught up in the allure of his former lover, Cicilia, who also happens to be the dead Rusty O’Callaghan’s widow. Locked into the private carriage until the passengers reach their destination, the guests proceed to pull some corks and theorize who among them could be the killer.
When Vera is arrested for Thursby’s murder, Frank must change his perceptions and find the real killer, or lose both Cici and Vera . . . and maybe even his life.
White with Fish, Red with Murder will be available for pre-order soon.
Harley Mazuk was born in Cleveland, the last year the Indians won the world series. After growing up in Shaker Heights, he attended Hiram College and spent his junior year at Elphinstone College, Bombay University. His B.A. is in English lit, and now that he’s gainfully retired from work, he’s a full-time writer. Harley, his wife, and two children live in Maryland. His passions are writing, reading, and he shares his character P.I. Frank Swiver’s love of California wine.
I’M BACK!… with more from my live event at the Mysterious Bookshop this past May. New York City’s famous Mysterious Bookshop is your home (and mine) for all things crime fiction, and a regular stop on any crime novelist’s book tour. We had a great time that night that included a wonderful discussion about the writing process and craft, as well as how I created my newest characters: Clara Donner and Danny Hendricks. If you already have your copy of EVERYONE PAYS you know whom I’m talking about, if not go get your copy today!
What do the first American Private Eyes have in common with classic Jordan “retro” sneakers?
I’m glad you asked, because that’s where I start in my newest essay featured in this month’s edition of Crimespree Magazine. Entitled “From Gunshoes to Gum Soles and Dicks to Kicks”, it’s now available for your inquisitive mind over at: CrimespreeMagDotCom. Read it today, online or wait for the Crimespree Magazine dead-tree edition, to be available in stores near you real soon.
I’ll tell you a secret: you should check out those folks over at Crimespree Magazine. They’re the best at covering my understanding of the World of Crime Fiction. It’s my crime fiction and they’ve got it covered.
Back to my news! In my essay, “From Gumshoes to Gum Soles and Dicks to Kicks”, I get into my own interest in Jordans. How my interest came about and just how many I currently own. What role they play in my writing process? How new protagonist Clara Donner wears her Jordans out on the courts of San Francisco when she plays pickup.
I hope you’ll give it a look over at Crimespree Magazine. Tell ’em YOUR BOY sent you!
The 1995 Classic Jordan XI, the shoe Michael Jordan wore during his BEST NBA SEASON (and my personal pick for best all-time sneaker) goes on sale tomorrow! “Hallelujah!” says this Revivalist… who’s very much interested in purchasing his own pair of the new Navy with GUM SOLES! But good luck buying yourself a pair. These Jordans are a limited release and only a handful of pairs will be sold off to drawing winners!
It’s a big day here: my newest novel EVERYONE PAYS is live!
It dropped! It’s available!! It’s finally here!!!
SO GO GRAB IT UP and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
What’s most cool of all about this book-drop? Maybe it’s that I went to the Hawaiian Islands last week to read from my killer new novel EVERYONE PAYS over at the University of Hawaii!
Did I bring something back for you? Of course I did! I would never forget my loyal readers (and listeners) so I brought back the recording of my reading! You know what that means: I’M BACK IN YOUR EARS! A few dulcetly-toned chapters from my newest novel EVERYONE PAYS, read by Your Boy in person!
If you’ve poked around my newly rebooted site you might just have noticed a new page: Join The Nation. Here you can sign-up to get the latest and greatest updates – directly from me (and I don’t sell my list)! You’re always welcome to visit SethHarwoodDotCom, but if you want the real skinny, this is the spot.
Join The Nation to learn about upcoming Release Events (like the Hawaiian Preview Reading), new projects, author appearances and much, much more. And since it’s from me, it’s also guaranteed not to flood your inbox! So go hit it!
SIGN UP HERE if you haven’t already… IT’S YOUR BOY AFTER ALL!
I’m here in Honolulu at the University of Hawaii – Manoa for a reading and visiting writer series all week. If you’re here, come out to the event tomorrow at 3:00. We’ll have pre-release copies of EVERYONE PAYS for sale and to sign!
This fall the nice folks at Thomas & Mercer sat me down in front of a camera to create this video describing EVERYONE PAYS in just a few heartbeats. I hope you like it. Sure was fun (and hard) to do. Watch for the smokey emissions coming from my backside as I talk. I swear those weren’t supposed to be visible.
Stay tuned: There’s a second video coming up where I compare EVERYONE PAYS to one of your favorite TV shows… bet you can’t guess which.