The February Newsletter: A Short Preview of Wakeland Book 4, Film News, and More

Cineflix has optioned the Wakeland series! This is a very exciting step towards the screen. The Cineflix team is awesome and enthusiastic, and I’m thrilled that they’ve optioned all four books and the dozen or so stories featuring my Vancouver PI. 
Yes, four. I’m currently revising the fourth Wakeland novel, at least when my kitten will spare me the time.

The themes emerging are wealth and terrorism, and the function of a detective when their values and material conditions have more in common with the perpetrators than the victims. I want this to be the Long Goodbye of the Wakeland series. So that's my immediate goal.
Hell and Gone comes out in the States on March 8th.  

The B.C. Review called me “Vancouver’s Ian Rankin,” which is the highest of praise. 
The audiobook also comes out at that time, and the cover is stunning. Same narrator as the first two, Donald Corren.

A couple of recommendations:
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby is an excellent crime novel about the fathers of a married gay couple, one Black and one white, who team up to find their sons’ killers. It’s propulsive and smart, and the dialogue is spot-on. 
I don’t know if I’ll find a nonfiction book as engrossing and immersive as a thirty hour podcast about George Jones and country music. Cocaine and Rhinestones is the first podcast I’ve listened to which could only be a podcast, using that format to best effect. 
I won’t pretend I have any special grasp on current events, but Catherine Belton’s book Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and then the West explains many of the players and tactics used in Putin’s regime.
That’s it from me. If you know someone who loves detective novels, or wishes Longmire or The Rockford Files was still on the air, kindly point them in the direction of Hell and Gone. And if you've read it, please drop a review wherever you review books. 

On pub day you’ll hear from me with a special newsletter, with stories, interviews, and a surprise video trailer.

Thanks for reading!

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