Motor City Shakedown is going to sneak up on its launch date with a couple of events prior to the "official" launch of 9/13 - St. Martin's has given us permission to sell the book early (only at these events!).
Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village - Dearborn, MI
The first is Saturday, September 10th at The Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village, which is an awesome show with hundreds of antique cars. The Benson Ford Research Center also sells books and some of their old memorabilia at the event. I'll be speaking at 3:30 PM at the Benson Ford (this is all on the grounds of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI). My presentation is called, "Motor City Shakedown - The Mob, Motors, and Mayhem in Old Detroit."
Kerrytown Bookfest - Ann Arbor, MI
The second is the following day (9/11) in Ann Arbor at The Kerrytown Bookfest, a fantastic celebration of books held in downtown AA. I'll be moderating a panel at 2:00 PM called, “Michigan Voices: a Sense of Place”: featuring Laura Kasischke, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Michael Federspeil, & William Whitbeck. We'll also be signing books afterwards. I'll be spending a lot of the day at Kerrytown, so feel free to look me up if you go!
Left Bank Books’ Paragraph Party - St. Louis, MO
On Friday, 9/16 at 8:00 PM at the Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar, I'll be one of twenty mystery and thriller authors reading from our most recent books and meeting and greeting readers and booksellers. If you're going to Bouchercon or live in the area, it will be a great opportunity to meet some of your favorite authors. New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Cain will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, and guests include Cara Black, Tasha Alexander, Eoin Colfer, Deon Meyer, Daniel Woodrell, James Benn, Peter James, Stuart Neville, Paul Doiron, Marcia Clark, Martin Limon, Dana Haynes, Leighton Gage, D.E. Johnson, Lisa Brackman, Gianrico Carofiglio, Judith Rock, and Nancy Means Wright.
Other events are posted on my "Tour" page, including my panel at Bouchercon in St. Louis and my West Michigan appearances. Hope to see you at one of them!
Booklist came out with their review of Motor City Shakedown and had some very nice things to say, including, "Violent, suspenseful, and complex, Johnson’s shakedown in Detroit sucks the breath out of readers rushing to the cliff’s edge with Will and Elizabeth. This gritty new series is a good match for James Ellroy and George Pelecanos fans..."
Pretty sweet getting compared to Ellroy and Pelecanos, two of the best writers of crime fiction!
Less than four weeks to launch. I can't wait!