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Book Review: The Con Artist By Fred Van Lente
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The Con Artist
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Written by Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by Tom Fowler
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: July 10, 2018

Mike Mason lives at conventions… literally. He loves the feeling of creating something from nothing, at the behest of fans of his art. When he arrives at the biggest con of the year, San Diego Comic-Con, he has to face his ex-wife and the man she cheated on him with, plus he’s hit with the news that his mentor, Ben K, has died. If only that was the worst of it! Spontaneous actions coupled with alcohol leaves Mike with little recollection of the night before. If only Danny hadn’t gone and died during that time! Now a suspect, Mike is on his own case, tracking down his alibi and sketching the clues. Can he elude the fuzz and various enemies long enough to solve the crime before he is arrested?

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Book Review: Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery
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Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Andrew Schaffer
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: July 10, 2018

He doesn’t call. He doesn’t write. Joe Biden is feeling abandoned by his former bestie, Barack Obama, since the end of their administration. When a close friend is found dead on the train tracks, Amtrak Joe is compelled to follow up, especially when his name is among the dead man’s belongings. When his BFF finally shows up with pertinent info, Biden is on the case. He, Obama, and Steve, the Secret Service guy, embark on a super fun adventure. However, can Joe Biden get past his flat-left hurt in order to trust the Former President of the United States once again?

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BookCon 2018 Interview: ‘Ten Dead Comedians’ Author Fred Van Lente
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Earlier this month, Book Con 2018 arrived at the Javits Center in NYC. This book lover’s dream convention was not only filled with thousands of books from pretty much every publisher ever, but authors were present for panels, signings, photos, and my favorite… interviews.

Fred Van Lente, author of Ten Dead Comedians was there for Quirk Books, signing for his latest, The Con Artist. The Con Artist is set at a convention (of all places) where the lead character, Mike Mason, is suspect number 1 for his rival’s murder.

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BookCon 2018 Interview: ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ Author Grady Hendrix
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Grady Hendrix, author of such horror gems as Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and Paperbacks From Hell was signing his upcoming book, We Sold Our Souls, at the Quirk Books booth at BookCon 2018 last week. Resplendent in a white suit with pink tie, I knew I was in for treat with this awesome writer.

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Book Review: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery (Paperback Edition)
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Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
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By Fred Van Lente
Publisher: Quirk Books
Paperback release date: June 5, 2018

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is probably the most famous fictional murder-mystery, and has launched countless inspired tales since its 1939 publication that use the “locked room” setting. Even if you’ve never read the novel, you know how this type of whodunit goes — a group of people are lured to an isolated location and are killed off one by one, leaving everyone a suspect. Now what if the people being murdered were comedians? That’s what we get in Fred Van Lente‘s Ten Dead Comedians, which gets a paperback release from Quirk Books this week.

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