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C. J. Box is the author of twenty Joe Pickett novels, five stand-alone novels, and a story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, and has been a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A Wyoming native, Box has also worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor.

In "Long Range," Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly attack, he reluctantly leaves his district behind. One survivor of the grizzly's rampage tells a bizarre story, but just as Joe begins to suspect the attack is not what it seems, he is brought home by an emergency on his own turf. Someone has targeted a prominent local judge, shooting at him from a seemingly impossible distance. While the judge was not hit, his wife is severely wounded, and it is up to Joe to find answers--and the shooter.

The play: “Switzerland” by Joanna Murray-Smith opens tonight at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, New York and runs through March 14.

Somewhere in the Swiss Alps, grande dame of crime literature Patricia Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. The comfort she finds in her solitude, cats, and cigarettes is quickly broken when a mysterious international visitor arrives at her reclusive home, where her love of fictional murders becomes a dangerous reality.

We're joined by Director Aaron Holbritter, Barbara Richards who plays Patricia, and Ian LaChance who plays Edward.

Archer Mayor is the author of the critically-acclaimed series of police novels feature Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont, police department.  In Mayor’s latest Joe Gunther novel “Bomber’s Moon,” the murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team. 

In Richard Russo’s latest, “Chances Are…,” a reunion on Martha's Vineyard reopens old mysteries and wounds for three Vietnam-era college friends. Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently “Everybody’s Fool” and “That Old Cape Magic;” two collections of stories; and the memoir “Elsewhere.” In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for “Empire Falls.”

This “Off the Shelf” edition of “The Book Show” was recorded at the Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in partnership with Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.

T. Jefferson Parker has become a legend in the mystery-thriller field over the past thirty years, in which he’s written such highly acclaimed classics as "Laguna Heat," "The Famous and the Dead," "Black Water" and "The Triggerman’s Dance."

"The Last Good Guy" is the latest mystery thriller from Parker, the third in his Roland Ford series where a grizzled, hardened yet moral private investigator from San Diego, specializes in missing-persons cases. In his newest case, Ford becomes involved in something dark and sinister that is running roughshod over America’s Finest City.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with a riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

"Someone Knows" is a complex psychological thriller that not only delves deeply into the lives of the five young people at the story’s center, but also into the troubled lives of many of the adults living in an insular community where carefully-curated appearances can be deceptive.

With inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s "Crime and Punishment," Scottoline explores the guilt that ripples from a twenty-year-old tragedy that took one teenager’s life and forever changed many others.

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times-bestselling author and Edgar Award-winning author of thirty-two novels.

With his newest novel, bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the intricate and complicated relationships that define not just one small town but that define human nature. "Cemetery Road" is a tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a Mississippi town.

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, "Spandau Phoenix," was the first of thirteen New York Times best-sellers, including his trilogy that continued the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of "The Quiet Game," "Turning Angel," and "The Devil’s Punchbowl."

Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and coauthor of the blog-turned-book "Stuff Hipsters Hate," which The New Yorker called “depressingly astute.” Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Elle, and many other outlets, and she’s held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self, among other titles.

Her debut novel, "The Lost Night," is a tightly paced thriller. In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.

A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of her youth in 2009, but when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered and, worse, if she herself was involved.

This coming Saturday, March 16th the Murderous March 2019 Writers’ & Readers’ Confab, hosted by the Mavens of Mayhem (Sisters in Crime, Upper Hudson chapter) and the East Greenbush Community Library will take place.

The women and men of Mavens of Mayhem, passionate about mystery writing and about equity and diversity in the genre, meet monthly and offers programs for fans and writers.

U.S. best-selling, Canadian author Vicki Delany has been booked to speak. Her keynote address, “Writers and Their Rituals,” will kick things off. Delany will share wisdom on the “Getting Cozy with Murder” panel. Guest speaker Edwin Hill, author and educational publisher, will join Ms Delany in a conversation called, “Breaking and Entering… Into the Field.” Mr. Hill will also join “The Place of Place in Crime Writing.”

Two more panels will offer insights into the field and craft of crime writing: “Conferences, Seminars & Retreats: The Value of Gathering” and “At the Scene of the Crime.” Speakers include Capital Region writers and those traveling from Buffalo, Syracuse, and Hudson, NY, Boston, MA, and Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.

We are joined by Frankie Bailey, Rhonda Rosenheck, and, via phone, Vicki Delany.

In her 10th standalone novel featuring fan-favorite Boston Detective D. D. Warren, author Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops.

"Never Tell" has already received incredible praise from reviewers and powerhouse thriller authors, landing it on many “Most Anticipated of 2019” lists in the lead-up to publication. "Never Tell" features a cast of strong female characters, and immaculately researched. All of those elements combine to make Gardner’s latest one that will keep readers on edge with each new twist while pondering the shocking conclusion long after they turn the final page.

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including "Look For Me," "Right Behind You," "Find Her," "Crash & Burn," "Fear Nothing," "Touch & Go," "Catch Me," and "The Neighbor."

David Baldacci is one of the greatest thriller writers of the last two decades. He creates heroes with severe flaws, powerful people of influence who are easily corruptible, or in the case of his most recent novel, "Long Road to Mercy," an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States.

Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America's foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Her new sleuth, Devlin Quick, takes inspiration from Nancy Drew. The first Devlin Quick Mystery is out now, it's entitled Into the Lion's Den. In the novel, someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence.

Linda Fairstein will be at The Albany Book Festival at UAlbany on September 29. At noon, she will be part of a Middle Readers Mystery Panel in the Campus Center Studio West and an Adult Mystery Panel from 1:30 – 2:30 in the Campus Center Ballroom. 

"If I Die Tonight" is the latest stand-alone novel from Edgar nominee Alison Gaylin.

Gaylin, a USA Today bestselling author, is known for her well-drawn characters and emotionally driven, psychological suspense.

"If I Die Tonight" highlights dynamic characters, family drama, and absorbing plot twists. After a high school outcast falls under suspicion for the murder of another student, Gaylin taps into the fears of a small-town community and a parent’s worst nightmares.

It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. Award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year - more than thirty years after her death - and sales show no signs of slowing.

But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson's book is "Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life."

An award-winning former advertising executive, Marshall Karp is a playwright and a screenwriter, and has written and produced numerous TV shows. Having paid his dues in Hollywood, he began killing the people he used to work with - in his novels - the Lomax and Biggs series. 

He often collaborates with James Patterson and the duo has concocted several novels, "NYPD Red Alert" is the latest. It is the pair’s fifth "NYPD Red" novel. The two also collaborated on "Kill Me if You Can."

Archer Mayor
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Archer Mayor is a bestselling mystery author and has also worked for decades as a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and as a detective for the Windham County Sheriff’s Office.

His Joe Gunther detective series, begun in 1988, has become one of the most critically acclaimed police procedural series being written today. Set partly in Albany, the 28th and latest book in the series is "Trace." 

The New York State Writers Institute is bringing Mayor to Albany tomorrow (Tuesday, March 27). He will be conducting a Q&A about the craft of mystery writing at 4:15 in the Standish Room at the Science Library of the Uptown Campus; and at 7:30PM he will be part of a conversation entitled: "Corpses, Blow Flies, and Post-Mortem Forensics" with UAlbany Chemistry professor Rabi Musah.

Joe Pickett, the Wyoming game warden and unassuming lawman who graces C.J. Box’s #1 New York Times bestselling series of western crime novels, returns in a riveting eighteenth installment, "The Disappeared."

Having won every major prize in the crime fiction genre, including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards, and with over ten million copies of his novels sold in the U.S. alone, C.J. Box is an acknowledged master at honing unforgettable characters and un-put-downable plots.

Renée Shafransky is a writer and psychotherapist. Her articles and essays have appeared in various publications including the Village Voice, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Southampton Review. She has written screenplays for major motion picture studios and teleplays for HBO and PBS, working with renowned directors such as Harold Ramis. Previously married to actor and writer Spalding Gray, Ms. Shafransky produced the acclaimed film of his monologue, "Swimming to Cambodia," directed by Jonathan Demme.

She joins us to discuss her first novel, a mystery entitled "Tips for Living."

A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Times Literary Supplement. Finn’s debut novel, "The Woman in the Window," has been sold in thirty-eight territories worldwide and is in development as a major motion picture from Fox.

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, "The Woman in the Window," Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times ... and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble - and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems.

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-six novels and two short story collections.

In his latest novel, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he’s investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave’s beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Sarah Knight of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
Camino Beach by John Grisham
Murder in Saint Germain by Cara Black
Celine by Peter Heller
The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw

Harlan Coben’s latest Myron Bolitar mystery, Home, centers around a kidnapping of two young boys from wealthy New Jersey families a decade earlier. The kidnappers demanded ransom then never contacted the families again. When one of the boys, now a teenager, is found in London not only is everyone stunned, they learn life-changing details of the fate of his friend as well.

Downfall By J. A. Jance

Sep 14, 2016

  J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker Family as well as a volume of poetry.

Her latest, Downfall, is the latest installment in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series and Joanna has a lot on her plate. Pregnant and gearing up for a reelection bid, She is managing multiple cases plus trying to be a wife and a mother to her college bound daughter and rambunctious five-year-old son.

But when a personal tragedy forces her to the sidelines, she’s torn between the duty to her family and to the people she’s sworn to serve and protect. 

  Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of twenty-seven novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, she has been published in thirty-five countries, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film.

In her latest, Damaged, ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice.

Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America's foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Her latest is Killer Look.

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style.  Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty.  Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career.

  Joe Gannon is a writer and spoken word artist. He was a freelance journalist in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, writing for The Christian Science Monitor, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and The San Francisco Examiner

He spent three years in the army, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and did his MFA at Pine Manor College. After a stint teaching high school in Abu Dhabi, he wrote his first novel, Night of the Jaguar. He new novel is The Last Dawn

  Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

After publishing sixteen novels, Fairstein can still keep her legion of fans on the edge of their seats, offering rollercoaster plot twists and simmering emotional foreplay between her two main characters, NYPD Detective Mike Chapman and District Attorney Alexandra “Coop” Cooper.

She forwards the story in her new novel, Devil’s Bridge.

  A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever.

The Bone Labyrinth spans 50,000 years in human history, in it New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind’s next great leap.

  Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, “We’ll see.”

Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science. An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?

Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master, Dean Koontz.

  Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 24 novels. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a fun take on life from a woman's perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in six books including their most recent, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, "Justice and Fiction" at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater.

Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. The new novel is Corrupted.

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