Sunday, February 28, 2010

They're ALL wrong

The Boston Globe wonders who will pick up the Robert B. Parker mantle now that he's gone. And you've gotta love a town that has 46 comments offering up a variety of OTHER choices, and lambasting the reporter for missing them.

They're all wrong. They just don't know it yet.

Here's next guy up there that's going to knock your socks off:

Mystery/Crime
Steve Ulfelder's debut PURGATORY CHASM, whose protagonist is a former NASCAR driver and now a fixer for AA, pitched as a gritty, young Robert Parker, to Anne Bensson at Minotaur, in a nice deal, for publication in May 2011, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (NA).

20 comments:

Gary Corby said...

Yay! Congratulations to Steve and Janet.

Josin L. McQuein said...

And I'm sure you're not biased in the least ;-)

Deb Salisbury said...

Cool! Congrats to both of you!

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

Mazeltov, Janet!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations. This sounds like a good one!

Richard Lewis said...

Cool!

But, sorry to be dense, but what is a "fixer for AA"? Is this some sort of creature that makes it right with God (or with family and friends or AA mockers) when a twelve-stepper falls off the program?

If that's not what this is, then I claim dibs!

Kelley said...

YES! Congrats to both you and Steve!

Susan M. Boyer said...

Congratulations to you both! Robert B. Parker? This book must really rock! Can't wait to read it!

Deb Vlock said...

GREAT news!!

Steve Ulfelder said...

My blushes, Watson!

Arabella said...

I'll have to check that out, but I have to wonder: does somebody have to take up Robert Parker's mantle? There's really only one Parker, one Hammett, one Chandler.

Margaret Yang said...

We have to wait until May 2011 to read it! Arrrgh. You are a cruel, cruel woman, Janet Reid.

worstwriterever said...

I am loving the name Purgatory Chasm, best one I've heard in a long time.

Steve Stubbs said...

If there is another Robert Parker out there, my money would be on Janet Reid to find him and sign him. Here are my best wishes that both of you get rich.

Ricky Bush said...

Don't you love it when your pitches hit the mitt! Congrats!

Kate said...

Congratulations!

While we're talking about deals, I have a question about that common PW clause, in a nice deal. Since it's hard to understand why anyone would make a deal that isn't nice, I have wonder: it this some kind of industry code?

Elisabeth Black said...

I can't wait to read Steve's book.

Peg McGuire said...

Boston often gets things wrong. The Big Dig, for example. And the weather.

And didn't Boston give you a cool welcome a while back? I seem to remember a "Barbara's Books" greeting you at the train station.

 Patrick Lee said...

Congratulations to both of you!!! So cool!!!

Stephen D. Rogers said...

Oh, happy day. :)