26 November 2017

The Big Book of Rogues and Villains

by R.T. Lawton

Christmas is coming and the shopping days will soon be counting down at a rapid pace. And while Santa may be the one who knows whether you've been naughty or nice, sometimes good things happen regardless of how you've been.

To me, it started when I went to the DELL Cocktail Reception in Manhattan during Edgars Week about a year and a half ago. Although, if you wanted to be picky, you could successfully argue that it all started when Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine published my 1660's Paris Underworld story, "Boudin Noir," in their December 2009 issue. In any case, while I was conversing with fellow authors at the reception, I happened to notice Otto Penzler, anthology editor and owner of Mysterious Bookstore, talking with Linda Landrigan, editor of AHMM. Not wanting to interrupt them, I waited until they were finished before making myself known to Linda. As things turned out, it was probably a wise choice on my part.

About a month later, I received an e-mail from Otto. He wanted to purchase the reprint rights to "Boudin Noir" for his upcoming anthology, The Big Book of Rogues and Villains, scheduled for a Fall 2017 publication. Hey, for extra money on an already published in AHMM story, AND to appear in an Otto Penzler anthology, you bet. Months afterwards, I spoke with Linda at a conference and mentioned the e-mail from Otto. That's when I learned that Otto had been asking her about any authors he should include in his anthology, and Linda had mentioned my name and one of my stories. Made me glad I hadn't interrupted their conversation at the reception.

So now, as of October 24, 2017, the book is available both in paper and in Kindle. You don't want to miss this one. 72 handpicked stories concerning some of the best and/or worst criminals that ever walked the earth.

Just think, you can be your own Santa Claus this year and it doesn't make any difference if you've been naughty or nice, you can still reward yourself with a great Christmas present. Order up a copy of  The Big Book of Rogues and Villains for your own reading pleasure. And, if you're feeling generous, order a copy for a friend or two.

I know what my four kids are getting for Christmas. Makes shopping easy.

11 comments:

O'Neil De Noux said...

Cool. Nice to see good stories making extra money for a writer. Well deserved and it is a thrill getting stories accepted at AHMM, EQMM and Otto Penzler. Hell, it's great getting accepted anywhere.

Took me 4 times to prove I'm not a robot. It would be funny if it wasn't so stupid.

janice law said...

Congratulations!
And the anthology sounds like a good one at any time of year.

John Floyd said...

Congratulations, RT!! Looking forward to reading this.

Paul D. Marks said...

Congratulations, R.T.! Sounds like a good one. I'll have to hint around to Amy...

Eve Fisher said...

Woohoo! Congratulations!

Michael Bracken said...

Congratulations on having a story included.

Jeff Baker said...

Congrats R.T.! And I love the idea of giving anthologies you're in as Christmas presents! The recipients love them!

Leigh Lundin said...

Excellent, RT! I'm going to tell Micheline the news.

Robert Lopresti said...

Congrats, R.T. That's a biggie. By the way, I just read (or reread) your "Black Friday" in AHMM. Still terrific.

Art Taylor said...

Congratulations! Just added it to my own wish list! Looking forward to reading the story. :-)

R.T. Lawton said...

Thank you one and all for your comments. This is a great group.