Friday, November 28, 2008

Crime Clubs

Those of you who are in one or more of our Crime Clubs know how gratifying it is to get that signed book each month. And as a gift, it keeps on giving. If you’re not familiar with how it works here’s a brief description. We have six clubs, each tailored to a particular taste, and each month we ship out a signed book, or books. Our monthly newsletter lists each clubs’selections two months in advance:

The Crime Collector’s Club

Best sellers! Big guns! The Grand Masters of Mystery. For example: Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais, Janet Evanovich.

The First Mystery Club

Imagine what it might have been like to receive Dashiell Hammett’s first book! Signed! While we don’t like to think of our books primarily as investments, it is sometimes hard not to do so. But finding an author at the beginning of his or her career can be very gratifying. Our picks in the past have included Laurie R. King and Jeff Lindsay, as well as outstanding books such as The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Edgar Wroblewski and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

The Soft-Boiled Club

A much-maligned club. Titles fall into the traditional, historical, and romantic suspense categories and authors Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Scottoline, Alexander McCall-Smith, and Julia Spencer-Fleming have signed for this club.

The Hard-Boiled Club

The masters and mistresses of dark are to be found here each month: Lawrence Block, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, George Pelecanos, Karin Slaughter, and Chelsea Cain.

British Crime Collectors Club

One of our most popular clubs, boasting signed books from the likes of Ian Rankin, John Le Carre, Val McDermid, Minette Walters, and John Harvey.

The Unclassifiable Club

It’s sometimes hard to know into which category some authors fall, so they find a home here: Alan Furst, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Lethem and Stewart O’Nan have signed for this club. Sounds kind of literary doesn’t it? Perhaps. But these authors are known for the non-mystery awards they win.

To sign up yourself or that lucky person on your gift list, just call or email us.

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