We met Steve Ulfelder last November on the final day of the Crime Bake Conference in Dedham, Massachusetts, and we want to congratulate him on the nomination as a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel for his book Purgatory Chasm, which was released by St. Martin's Press on May 10, 2011.
Here's a good interview with Steve from around the time the book first came out -- Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review and said, "Ulfelder couples precise, evocative prose with an original private investigator in his compelling hard-boiled debut."
Protagonist Conway Sax, a recovering alcoholic with NASCAR mechanic experience, attempts to retrieve an expensive classic car from a garage that hasn't bothered to work on it, and finds himself caught up in assault and discovering a murder. What a great start to a series, which we trust will soon be announced. Here's the author's blog, which already has a couple of interesting posts.