Sunday, January 01, 2012

Dave Zeltserman, A KILLER'S ESSENCE: Favorite Mystery of 2011

I'm not sure I can pick my favorite -- it feels like loving one child more than the others, when the truth is, you love them all differently. But Dave picked one, to share as New Year's Day wraps up.

My favorite mystery of 2011 is Dave Zeltserman's book A Killer's Essence, published by Overlook Press. Earlier this year I said the following:
"Last night I finished the best crime novel I have read in the last year -- an advance reading copy of Dave Zeltserman's book A Killer's Essence, which will be published by Overlook Press in September. The story line was superb as well as the characters . . . [Zeltserman] nailed the atmosphere of New York City and Brooklyn. There is no question that our customers will love this book. And there is no question that I want a copy for my collection, when this comes out." — Dave Kanell, co-owner Kingdom Books in Vermont.
Dave Zeltserman Bibliography:
Fast Lane (2004)
Bad Thoughts (2007)
Small Crimes" (2008), selected by NPR as one of the 5 best crime and mystery novels of 2008
Bad Karma (2009)
Pariah (2009), selected by Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009
Killer (2010)
The Caretaker of Lorne Field (2010), short listed by ALA for best horror novel of 2010
Outsourced (2011)
Blood Crimes (2011)
Dying Memories (2011)
A Killer's Essence (2011)
If you are a collector of books in the mystery genre, my 2012 tip of the year is to find signed books
in fine condition by Dave Zeltserman. The most difficult of the Zeltserman books to obtain in fine
condition is Fast Lane. -- DK

[PS from Beth: A Killer's Essence has more than a hint of the paranormal -- an intriguing cross-genre book. There are also some interesting Zeltserman items available directly from the author; see his website.]

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