Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Compton cover

I was looking around the various bookstore web sites when I came across the cover to my upcoming Compton book. It's very orange. Then again, I thought the same thing about the second Man From Boot Hill book and that one grew on me. This one will really jump out at you on the shelves! In fact, this may not be the highest quality scan of the picture. If I find a better one I'll put it up. Anyway, this is what it looks like. I think it's pretty cool.
This was a fun one to write. I got the idea for this story from an article I read in the newspaper about a thief who stumbled upon some evidence of a kidnapping while committing a crime. He knew he'd be putting himself at risk with the law if he handed over the evidence. If he didn't hand it over, he knew the kidnapping victim would never be found. A very interesting dilemma for a criminal. Stealing is one thing, but taking part (even indirectly) in a violent crime that may escalate to murder is another. Anyway, this story obviously isn't EXACTLY the same, but it's where the idea for this book came from.
It hits stores on April 7th, so line up early! Actually, there should be plenty for everyone. Just pick it up whenever you get the chance.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 know the rest

We finally got our first real snow here in Omaha. Sure, there's been some frosty dust on the ground for a while, but not much until now. Along with the snow, you get people spinning their tires, speeding sideways through intersections and generally carrying on as if they've never seen cold white stuff falling from the sky before.

In general, snow tends to make everything seem quieter and calmer. It's one of the few times during the year when you can step outside and hear a calm wind. This may not apply to the big city folk, but it holds for those of us in mid-sized cities. What I find amusing is how differently each city responds to snow. Omaha is pretty quick to get the plows and salt trucks out. I spent a good amount of time living in St. Louis and they were more in the "What the hell is going on?!" camp when snow fell. The slightest hint of the possibility of snow in a forecast will close schools. I'm not joking about that one. I've heard Seattle has about 2 plows for the whole city.

Can you tell I'm on a day off? My brain tends to ramble more and it spills out through my fingers. Anyway, that's about it for now. Book-wise, it's rough. The publishing industry is feeling the economic pinch and tightening their purse strings. I've got another Ralph Compton book coming out in April and will have to wait until the dust settles from the holidays before getting any more news than that. Even in the best of times, most everyone at the publishers would have packed up and gone on their winter vacation weeks ago. Even if the editors are in their offices, they're really not looking too hard at new stuff. Just trying to scrape by until they can open presents. Can't say as I blame them. Hopefully, '09 will be a little better for everyone.