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.


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.


Laura Hruska
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.