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Follow Jack Palms on a hunt from San Francisco to Hawaii and back across the country as he tracks the one man who knows the truth and has the shoes to prove it, a felon who just skipped bond to chase his dream — and the mythical pair of sneakers that can only go by one name.
Last week marked 8 years for me at Jack Palms Crime! But you know what’s a real anniversary? May 5th, which I originally called Cinco de Harwood back in 2009, when Three Rivers Press released Jack Wakes Up for its second time in print. That was a big release for me; Three Rivers Press / Crown / Random House put my first novel in bookstores from coast to coast. What a thrill!
And now, eight years later, I’m ready to bring Jack Palms back in the same way that I originally brought him out to the world: as a serialized podcast novel. It’s hard for me to believe that so much has changed since I started podcasting back in 2006, and in all I’ve done, I still haven’t found a better way to reach people than by giving them my serializing audio episodes as MP3s on the web.
That fact amazes me.
We’ve all come so far with technology, publishing has moved miles, and still I’ve come full circle to reach out to my audience again in the same way I did over eleven years ago. Know what? It’s still the best thing I’ve done, hopefully this next step will be a new “best thing” for me.
What’s new? Well, now I’m using Patreon.com, a hybrid of Podiobooks and Kickstarter that enables me to build a consistent, sustainable crowdfunding model along with the RSS and direct distribution of my audio right to listeners.
So it’s a big thing, one I’ve seen other writers use so well that I’m moved to try my own hand at it. Want to know more?
And the new JACK PALMS adventure? I’m happy to tell you that I am more excited about this title than any other book I’ve done to date. This one is called The Maltese Jordans and it’s gonna be fun! You can hear more about The Maltese Jordans here. Then subscribe to get episodes as soon as they release for a small fee, and see me spinning out videos of what I’m all about. All right here: patreon.com/sethharwood.
I’m going forward with the online live session tomorrow night to answer questions, talk about why I’m doing Patreon, what this means, and get all the necessary details for you on THE MALTESE JORDANS.
Mainly, I want to get in touch and say hey.
If you’d like to join, please use the following link and come out tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th starting at 8:30 Eastern. We’ll wrap up around 9:00. If you’re on the Pacific Side of things, that’s 5:30 to 6:00. 🙂
You’ll have to download some Zoom software that you may not already have going, but if you don’t want to do that, you can use phone lines below, or use the following link to find the live action via Kickstarter:
You want JACK PALMS (Mr. All Caps)? You GOT JACK PALMS!
The man himself is returning to your earbuds in just 12 days on Cinco de Harwood – May 5th, 2017. That’s exactly eight years after Jack Wakes Up hit stores nationwide in its re-publication by Three Rivers Press (Random House). You found it in Borders, snapped pics of it on shelves of Barnes & Noble and all the indies we could find, and many of you bought it on Amazon! Thank you for making that dream a reality.
Now five books and several publishers later, I’m coming back to the serialized audiobook format that was so much fun to create for you. You ready to join me again?
Cinco De Harwood, May 5th, 2017, will be the drop date for
THE MALTESE JORDANS
Where can you find it? Well, some of it will be here, and ALL of it will be here:
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.
Video Event: Reading from EVERYONE PAYS at Borderlands Books, San Francisco
Sunday, July 24, 2016: I read from EVERYONE PAYS at Borderlands Books in the Mission, still my favorite bookseller this side of the sun. They’re great and have always supported writers, podcasters, podcasting writers, and everything important in the world. Whenever you come through San Francisco stop in, buy books, tell ’em YOUR BOY sent you.
Lots of great friends, fans, folks came out to this event and stuck around for some awesome Q&A, booksigning, and general love. Many thanks to all of you in attendance!
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!