Saturday, 12 April 2014

Observations of a corporate counsel…

Today's guest blog is by Duncan Jepson, he is a writer, filmmaker and lawyer.  Emperors Once More is the first in a new crime series set in Hong Kong.

I have been a regional corporate lawyer across Asia for over a decade and have been involved in a number of investigations relating to fraud, insider dealing and market manipulation. These often begin dramatically but develop slowly.  Here I describe how a dawn raid on a suspect might take place.

The day has barely begun, the lift opens and out stride ten or so law enforcement officers. A dawn raid. The unsuspecting individual at the reception desk is shocked and confused at the sudden appearance of a number of uniformed and plain clothed officers with empty boxes. Too anxious to check the search warrant as they’re innocently laying out the morning papers for what should have been yet another long day directing suits to meeting rooms?

After being allowed to enter, the officers take computers, files and suspects. The first reactions for colleagues sitting at the nearby cubicles as the officers appear, the rough intimacy of open-plan offices, is surprise, then quickly caution and soon solidarity.

Within a few minutes, corporate counsel is alerted and for them there is an immediate problem. They are paid to ensure the company follows the law and the law in this situation is, as everyone knows, innocent until proven guilty. The suspect, suddenly taken away for interview downtown, should be presumed innocent. And yet what if he or she isn’t? What if they are guilty and because let’s face it, it’s what’shisor hername who was always playing it fast and loose, talking cheap, cutting it close, so then perhaps it’s not that surprising. Maybe it’s actually surprising it took so long for the officers to come. But personal observations and perspectives aside, the counsel knows the law, and that as an innocent employee, they must be represented. For the moment anyway.

Yet, there’s a problem, while Mr X or Ms Y are now sitting uncomfortably and being asked all sorts of inconvenient questions, the corporate counsel is also paid to protect the company and must act accordingly. An internal investigation must begin. The computer has gone but everything, emails, text messages, documents, spreadsheets, rubbish cartoons and dodgy photos are all stored in the corporate cloud. The enforcement agency will want some of these in time. So a law firm is hired to go downtown to represent the company and, perhaps temporarily, the employee. The charges are identified and investigation begins – people misuse their company phone and computer.

Mr X or Ms Y, bright and shiny at their desk the day before, exits the interviews and is understandably quite unnerved. They go home, still under contract – a holiday or perhaps for “much needed rest” – but must still be available for internal interviews which start soon afterward. Friends and colleagues become irate, covering for the suspect’s work and responsibilities, but also increasingly concerned they might be involved – even though they know aren’t. Self-doubt sets in, despite reality. And colleagues want to know what has happened but also in disbelief they defend their companion, after all he or she has been with them everyday of the week, at least eight hours a day for years. Weeks pass, the individual is still missing but less missed as colleagues, also the counsel’s colleagues, feel betrayed for some of them too must be now interviewed.

You can find out more about Duncan Jepson and his work on his website.  He can also be found on Facebook and you can also follow him on Twitter @DuncanJepson. 

 Emperors Once More is out now (£16.99, Quercus). 

Friday, 11 April 2014

2014 ITW Thriller Award nominees

The 2014 ITW Thriller Award Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest IX, July 12, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt (New York City.)

Her Last Breathe by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books) Never Go Back by Lee Child (Delacorte Press) Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner (Dutton Adult) Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner) Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen (Putnam Adult) White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing)
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)

Montana by Gwen Florio (Permanent Press) Resolve by J.J. Hensley (Permanent Press) Rage against the Dying by Becky Masterman (Minotaur Books)
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Scribner)
The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton (Minotaur Books)
Out of Range by Hank Steinberg (William Morrow)
The Intercept by Dick Wolf (Harper)

Cold Snap by Allison Brennan (Minotaur Books)
Buried by Kendra Elliot (Montlake Romance) His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)
The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon (William Morrow Paperbacks)
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (Pan Macmillan/Minotaur)
Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley (Harper Paperbacks)

Baggage of Eternal Night” by Eric Guignard (JournalStone)
Waco 1982” by Laura Lippman (Grand Central)
The Gallows Bird” by Kevin Mims (Ellery Queen)
Footprints in the Water” by Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen)
Doloroso” by Stephen Vessels (Ellery Queen)
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (Disney-Hyperion)
Scorched by Mari Mancusi (Sourcebooks Fire) Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader (Merit Press) All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Disney-Hyperion)
I am the Weapon – The Unknown Assassin Book 1 by Allen Zadoff (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell (Rebecca Cantrell)
The Burning Time by J.G. Faherty (JournalStone)
Terminus by Joshua Graham (Redhaven Books) No Dawn for Men by James Lepore and Carlos Davis (The Story Plant)
Out of Exile by Luke Preston (Momentum)

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as they celebrate the 205th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2013. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at their 68th Gala Banquet, May 1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook (Grove Atlantic – The Mysterious Press)
The Humans by Matt Haig (Simon & Schuster)
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group – Reagan Arthur Books)
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA – Dutton Books)
The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton)
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (Minotaur Books)
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow
Almost Criminal by E. R. Brown (Dundurn)
Joe Victim by Paul Cleave (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
Joyland by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (Penguin Group USA - Penguin Books)
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (Amazon Publishing – Thomas and Mercer)
Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins (Crown Trade Group)
Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D’Antonio (Thomas Dunne Books)
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder by Charles Graeber (Grand Central Publishing – Twelve)
The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories by Bill Alder (McFarland & Company)
America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere (Oxford University Press)
Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing by Justin Gifford (Temple University Press)
Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett (St. Martin’s Press)
Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction by Melissa Schaub (Palgrave Macmillan)
"The Terminal" – Kwik Krimes by Reed Farrel Coleman (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
"So Long, Chief"Strand Magazine by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane (The Strand)
"The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository” – Bibliomysteries by John Connolly (Mysterious Bookshop)
"There are Roads in the Water" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Trina Corey (Dell Magazines)
"Where That Morning Sun Does Down" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tim L. Williams (Dell Magazines)
Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial)
P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence (Penguin Young Readers Group – Putnam Juvenile)
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Publishing Worldwide – Disney-Hyperion)
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (Penguin Young Readers Group – Viking Juvenile)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller (Penguin Young Readers Group – Razorbill)
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“Episode 3” – Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC Worldwide)
“Episode 1” – The Fall, Teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix)
“Legitimate Rape” – Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner (NBC Universal)
“Variations Under Domestication” – Orphan Black, Teleplay by Will Pascoe (BBC Worldwide)
“Pilot” – The Following Teleplay by Kevin Williamson (Fox/Warner Bros. Television)
"The Wentworth Letter" – Criminal Element’s Malfeasance Occasional By Jeff Soloway (St. Martin’s Press)
Robert Crais
Carolyn Hart

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(Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel (Prometheus – Seventh Street Books)
The Money Kill by Katia Lief (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books)
The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi (Forge Books)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

“Does anyone believe what happened at the Reichenbach Falls?”

So begins the new adult novel by international bestseller Anthony Horowitz, plunging us back into the world of Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, “the napoleon of crime”.

Days after the events at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle with his new novel MORIARTY. It follows in the footsteps of Horowitz’s international bestseller THE HOUSE OF SILK, a novel roundly praised by critics for its “perfectly paced, entirely unpredictable, edge-of-seat” plot (Sunday Express), and recreation of “the spirit, style, suspense and atmosphere of Conan Doyle’s stories” (Sunday Times).

Anthony Horowitz announced details of his new book today (Wednesday 9 April) at the London Book Fair, where he was interviewed by fellow Orion author and bestseller Kate Mosse. While MORIARTY is set in Holmes’ world, it is very different in nature to Horowitz’ previous bestseller; but fans will be delighted to see a few surprise guests from the Conan Doyle’s canon making appearances in the new book.

One of the UK’s most prolific and successful writers, Anthony Horowitz may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author.  His most recent novel, THE HOUSE OF SILK, was a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and sold in more than 35 countries around the world.  His bestselling Alex Rider series for children has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide.  As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War; other TV work includes Poirot and the widely acclaimed mini-series Collision and Injustice. Anthony has recently joined the board of the Old Vic and regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines. In January 2014 he was awarded an OBE for his services to literature.  Anthony Horowitz lives in London.     

MORIARTY is published in hardback by the Orion Publishing Group on 23 October 2014.


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