Thursday, January 31, 2008

Global Mysteries: Good News from Soho Crime


When Eliot Pattison's latest Shan detective novel PRAYER OF THE DRAGON, set in Chinese-occupied Tibet, came out from Soho Crime in hardcover in December, eyebrows flew: Once a paperback line, Soho Crime is now investing in impressive mysteries in trim, well-made hardback form. Times have changed.

Today the imprint announced the debut of a new crime series set in Brazil, BLOOD OF THE WICKED by Leighton Gage. (Watch for a review later in February.) Yes, it's another hardcover, adding to a sequence that has recently included crime fiction set in Laos, the Gaza, and Australia, as well as New York's Chinatown (Henry Chang's CHINATOWN BEAT).

Doubling this good news is: Soho is about to clone itself, adding a fresh imprint under the name Soho Constable -- which features mysteries by British authors.

I've already contacted a fine carpenter: Our three-case section of "Foreign and British" mysteries here is going to need a lot of expansion.

2 comments:

Laura Hruska said...

Dear Beth

I am glad you like some of our new titles, but since we began our SohoCrime imprint in 1994 when we originated Janwillem van de Wetering's Just a Corpse at Twilight in hardcover, we have always originated in hardcover and then published in our (then unique) trade paperback format.

Best,

Laura Hruska
Publisher
Soho Press Inc.

Beth Kanell said...

I stand corrected -- and gladly! Thanks, Ms. Hruska, for pointing out Soho Crime's hardcover track record. Clearly, I haven't collected enough of these volumes. Consider me motivated to gather more onto my own shelves, as well as those of Kingdom Books.