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5 Must-Read Novels for Fans of Longmire

Walt Longmire is a badass and we miss already miss seeing him on screen. He does his detective work the old-fashioned way, and there’s something admirable about that. If you’re missing the small-town setting, thrilling investigations, and perplexing mysteries in Longmire, then you’ll enjoy our list of top 5 novels for Longmire fans.

Ghost Medicine by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo

Placeholder of  -79 Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah searches for the murderer of her ex and former colleague, Harry Ute. Found dead in a remote area of the Rez, Harry seems to have discovered a group of artifact smugglers, which may have gotten him killed. Now, Ella has to find answers, even when the locals on the reservation are too scared of the Navajo witches to tell Ella anything. Like Longmire, this novel deals with the same difficult dynamic between Rez and county police. The jurisdictional issues, incorporation of Native American beliefs, and captivating murder investigation reminded us a lot of the show, making Ghost Medicine a great pick for Longmire fans.

Strong to the Bone by Jon Land

Image Place holder  of - 49 The award-winning Caitlin Strong Novels are always captivating and the latest installment, Strong to the Bone, lived up to our expectations. Strong is a Texas Ranger who has taken on her father’s old cases. In this novel, she pursues the killer in a triple murder case inside a Nazi POW camp in 1944. Strong’s investigation leads to a grim discovery that Nazism is definitely not over. Strong to the Bone has the same southern vibe as Longmire, but tackles a more political and widespread movement, the likes of which Longmire only occasionally touches on. And if you like this book as much as we did, there are eight other volumes for you to enjoy!

Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin

Image Placeholder of - 50 In Longmire, the introduction of the casino means more big-city crimes for the small-town Absaroka police. Thriller novel Benefit of the Doubt also explores this evolution of crime — and also the secrets hidden in local police departments. Former metropolitan cop Ben Sawyer is now a detective in a tiny Wisconsin town, where the higher-up cops seem to be corrupt. Soon, Ben is fired and his wife is accused of murder… he poked his head where it didn’t belong. Longmire meets Blue Bloods in this thriller mystery.

The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva

Place holder  of - 58 Bruce DeSilva’s Liam Mulligan novels are always a safe bet (and dangerous read). In The Dread Line, the former investigative reporter has become obsessed with a few cases: a cat that leaves its kills on his porch, a jewelry heist, and an animal torturer. But the biggest case — a case that is fighting for Mulligan’s attention — is that of the New England Patriots, who are carefully investigating a possible recruit to play it safe after their star player was accused of murder. It seems like a routine case, but it’s anything but. Filled to the brim with secrets and perfectly suited for new readers of the series, The Dread Line consists of big cases and small-town problems, just like Longmire.

Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker

Poster Placeholder of - 97 Imagine Longmire, but set in Nebraska with a female version of Walt, and you’ll get Stripped Bare. Kate Fox was happily married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner; they lived together with their orphaned teenage niece Carly on a cattle ranch. But one night, Kate receives a call from Roxy at Bar J. Carly’s grandfather is dead and Ted has been shot… in Roxy’s bed. And now Carly’s missing. Like when Walt has to find his wife’s murderer in Longmire, Kate has to find the killer… and it’s personal.


New Releases: 5/30/17

Here’s what went on sale today!

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

Image Place holder  of - 38To solve Rhode Island’s budget crisis, the state’s colorful governor, Attila the Nun, wants to legalize sports gambling; but her plan has unexpected consequences. Organized crime, professional sports leagues, and others who have a lot to lose—or gain—if gambling is made legal flood the state with money to buy the votes of state legislators.

False Hearts by Laura Lam

Placeholder of  -13Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Mormama by Kit Reed

Image Placeholder of - 80Dell Duval has been living on the street since his accident. He can’t remember who he was or where he came from. All he has is a tattered note in his pocket with an address for the Ellis house, a sprawling, ancient residence in Jacksonville. He doesn’t know why he’s been sent here. In the house, Lane and her son Theo have returned to the ancient family home—their last resort. The old house is ruled by an equally ancient trio of tyrannical aunts, who want to preserve everything. Nothing should ever leave the house, including Lane.

Something about the house isn’t right. Things happen to the men and boys living there. There are forces at work one of which visits Theo each night—Mormama, one mama too many.

Night Magic by Jenna Black

Poster Placeholder of - 85Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience.

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Harriet McDougal

Place holder  of - 6Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan’s world to life.


Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan

Once, there was a call—a binding—and so, a woman appeared, present in body but absent in knowledge of her past self.

Making the ultimate journey of rediscovery was not without its own pitfalls—or rewards—and now Ree, a roaming Archeron, spirit of legend and time and physically now bound to her current form, has yet to fully uncover her true identity.


Blood of Tyrants by Ken Shufeldt

The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milan

Panacea by F. Paul Wilson


The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku Story by Muya Agami and cosMo@BousouP; Art by Yunagi

The High School Life of a Fudanshi Vol. 1 Story and art by Michinoku Atami


New Releases: 9/6/16

Here’s what went on sale today!

Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe

Chapel of Ease by Alex BledsoeWhen Matt Johanssen, a young New York actor, auditions for “Chapel of Ease,” an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray’s people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?

The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson

The Dark Talent by Brandon SandersonAlcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary–known as The Library of Congress to Hushlanders–the seat of Evil Librarian power. Without his Talent to draw upon, can Alcatraz figure out a way to save Bastille and defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all?

The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva

The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilvaSince he got fired in spectacular fashion from his newspaper job last year, former investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has been piecing together a new life–one that straddles both sides of the law. He’s getting some part-time work with his friend McCracken’s detective agency. He’s picking up beer money by freelancing for a local news website. And he’s looking after his semi-retired mobster-friend’s bookmaking business.

End Game by David Hagberg

End Game by David HagbergRetired CIA assassin Kirk McGarvey faces the most formidable adversary of his long and storied career in End Game by David Hagberg.

Langley is experiencing a series of gruesome murders. The CIA’s own headquarters should be the safest spot on the planet, but a highly professional, violently psychopathic assassin, who hideously disfigures his victims, strikes without mercy.

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everfair by Nisi ShawlEverfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker

Stripped Bare by Shannon BakerKate Fox is living the dream. She’s married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner, the heir to her beloved Nebraska Sandhills cattle ranch, where they live with Kate’s orphaned teenage niece, Carly. With the support of the well-connected Fox Clan, which includes Kate’s eight boisterous and interfering siblings, Ted’s reelection as Grand County Sheriff is virtually assured. That leaves Kate to the solitude and satisfaction of Frog Creek, her own slice of heaven.


Citrus Vol. 5 by Saburouta

Non Non Biyori Vol. 5 by Atto

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in April

Night Life by David TaylorA Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilvaScent of Murder by James O. Born

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in April! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

James O. Born, Scent of Murder

Tuesday, April 14
Books & Books
Coral Gables, FL
6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 15
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Courthouse
West Palm Beach, FL
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
The University of Central Florida Book Festival
Learn How to Write a Novel with James O. Born
Orlando, FL
10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 22
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL
6:00 PM

Thursday, April 23
West Boynton Beach Library
Boynton Beach, FL
2:00 PM

Saturday, April 25
Haslam’s Bookstore
St. Petersburg, FL
3:00 PM

Bruce DeSilva, A Scourge of Vipers

Thursday, April 9
Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY
6:30 PM

Saturday, April 11
Readmore Books
Taunton, MA
12:00 PM

Sunday, April 12
Providence Public Library
Providence, RI
2:00 PM

Thursday, April 16
Book Carnival
Also with Terry Shames and Anne Cleeland
Orange, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 21
The Poisoned Pen
Also with Michael Robotham and Susan Cummins Miller
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, April 23
Once Upon a Crime
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM

Kevin Egan, The Missing Piece

Wednesday, April 22
Bank Square Books
Author Luncheon
Mystic, CT
12:00 PM

James Grady, Last Days of the Condor

Tuesday, April 21
Pen, Paper, and Palate: International Spies
A Panel with Eric Lichtblau, Scott Anderson, and Alex Berenson, moderated by Frank Delaney
The Half King
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Daryl Gregory, Harrison Squared

Wednesday, April 1
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Thursday, April 2
Union Ave Books
Knoxville, TN
6:00 PM

Mary Pat Kelly, Of Irish Blood

Saturday, April 25
Titcomb’s Bookshop
East Sandwich, MA
2:00 PM

Sunday, April 26
South Yarmouth Library
South Yarmouth, MA
2:00 PM

Jon Land, Black Scorpion

Friday, April 24
Books on the Square
Providence, RI
6:00 PM

David Taylor, Night Life

Wednesday, April 15
Book Soup
Hollywood, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Mysterious Galaxy In-Booth Signing
Los Angeles, CA
11:00 AM


Starred Reviews: A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva“…this excellent addition features a bit of romance, a lot of action, plenty of snappy repartee, and social commentary on the fate of newspaper journalism and the corrupting role of money in the political process. Quality all the way.”

Bruce DeSilva’s A Scourge of Vipers got starred reviews in Library Journal and in Publishers Weekly!

Here’s the full Library Journal review, from the January 1 issue:

starred-review-gif Rhode Island Governor Fiona McNerney proposes the legalization of sports betting to reduce the state’s budget deficit. The mob opposes the idea because it would eat into its bookmaking business, and sports oversight groups claim it would open up games to dishonesty. After Atlantic City mobsters show up in Providence with bags of cash, presumably to influence legislators, veteran newspaper reporter Liam Mulligan investigates. When a state legislator and several other people turn up dead, Mulligan soon becomes a prime suspect in several murders. VERDICT DeSilva’s Edgar and Macavity Award-winning books (most recently Providence Rag) is a consistently well-written hard-boiled series. Unfortunately, few of the regular characters have roles here. Still, this excellent addition features a bit of romance, a lot of action, plenty of snappy repartee, and social commentary on the fate of newspaper journalism and the corrupting role of money in the political process. Quality all the way.

Here’s the full Publishers Weekly review, from the February 2 issue:

starred-review-gif-1 Edgar-winner DeSilva’s excellent fourth Liam Mulligan novel (after 2014’s Providence Rag) finds the Providence, R.I., investigative journalist on hard times professionally. His newspaper, The Dispatch, has been reduced to a shell of its former self, publishing fluff rather than substance and largely staffed by wet-behind-the-ears newcomers. His jerk of an editor, Charles Twisdale, is more concerned with the bottom line and advertising revenue than reporting the news, leaving Mulligan feeling like a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. But if that’s to be his fate, the reporter is determined to go down swinging, pursuing the truth behind a series of murders that appear linked to the governor, colorfully known as “Attila the Nun,” who hopes to solve the state’s public-pension crisis by legalizing sports gambling. The lean prose and clever plotting will remind hard-boiled fans of Loren Estleman’s Amos Walker novels.

A Scourge of Vipers will be published on April 7.

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Sneak Peek: A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

Read an excerpt of A Scourge of Vipers, the newest Liam Mulligan novel from Bruce DeSilva, publishing April 7.


A snake—that’s what Mario Zerilli had called me. And now, just an hour later, something was slithering across my cracked kitchen linoleum. It was three feet long with lemon racing stripes twisting the length of its brown body. I watched it slide past the wheezing fridge and veer toward the kitchen table where my bare feet rested on the floor.

It raised its head and froze, its forked tongue flickering. It had caught my scent.


Tor and Forge at BEA

BEA attendees eagerly awaiting the opening of the doorsBook Expo America 2014 takes place in New York City from May 28th to May 31st and we’ll be there! Take a look below to see which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Meet Douglas Preston, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, and more!

Tor Books will also be present in the Macmillan section at booth #1738 for the entirety of the conference. Stop by and say hello!


Tom Doherty – IDPF Digital Conference – Keynote Speaker (Ticket Required), 3:35pm-4pm

Ben Tripp Blogger Celebration (Invitation Only), 3:45pm-5:00pm


Where Near-future Techno-thrillers and Sci-fi Meet: Douglas Preston and John Scalzi in conversation, 1:00 – 1:30pm, Uptown Stage

Every day, our present begins to look more and more like science fiction. We converse with AIs on our phones, communicate by digital avatars, and maintain entire social presences online. Movies like HER demonstrate how familiar – and how close – a world could be where AI’s become completely essential to our personal lives. Join bestselling authors Douglas Preston and John Scalzi as they discuss the implications of current technologies, the blurred lines between sci-fi and techno-thrillers, and near-future possibilities in a rapidly changing world.

Signings at Tor Table #13
Jon Land (Strong Darkness), 9:30-10:30am
Hank Phillipi Ryan (Truth Be Told), 10:30-11:30am
Doug Preston (The Kraken Project), 2-3pm
John Scalzi (Lock In), 3-4pm
Jo Walton (My Real Children), 4-5pm

Macmillan Booth Signings #1738/39
Ben Tripp (The Accidental Highwayman) 11:30am-12pm

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings @ MWA Booth #2557
Hilary Davidson (Blood Always Tells) 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Hank Philippi Ryan (The Wrong Girl), 2:30pm – 3pm

Macmillan Booth Giveaways #1738/39 (No author participation)
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, by Bruce Cameron, 9:00am – 9:30am


John Scalzi The Worst Social Media Advice Ever, 11:00am – 11:50am, Special Panel E: Hallway

Macmillan Booth Signings #1738/39
John Scalzi (Lock In), 2pm-2:30pm

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings @ MWA Booth #2557
Bruce DeSilva (Providence Rag), 1:45pm – 2:15pm

Macmillan Booth Giveaways # 1738/39 (No author participation)
My Real Children, by Jo Walton, 10:30am – 11:00am

Starred Review: Providence Rag

Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva“Mulligan’s character, played off the vicissitudes of his job, is skillfully layered and engaging. DeSilva, who worked for decades at the AP, won an Edgar for Best First Novel for Rogue Island (2010). He knows of what he writes.”

Bruce DeSilva’s Providence Rag got a starred review in Booklist!*

Here’s the full review, from the February 15th issue:

Place holder  of - 56 The third entry in this gritty newspaper series spans 20 years, from 1992 to 2012, at the start of which a teenage male commits five gruesome murders, is imprisoned for them, and, years later, becomes the center of a campaign to free prisoners convicted as juveniles. Liam Mulligan, the series hero, is a longtime newspaperman for a Providence, Rhode Island, paper who has witnessed the reduction of resources and the firings of friends, all the while still loving the imperiled business. Mulligan’s coverage of the murders in 1992 was partially responsible for finding the killer. Under the state’s criminal code, the killer should have been released at age 21, but creative fiddling has kept this killer safely behind bars. The son of the paper’s publisher wants to launch an investigation into what he sees as corruption, making the killer’s freedom a looming possibility. The ethical dilemma seems a bit forced, but it does raise the possibility of more mayhem to come. But there is real suspense here. And Mulligan’s character, played off the vicissitudes of
his job, is skillfully layered and engaging. DeSilva, who worked for decades at the AP, won an Edgar for Best First Novel for Rogue Island (2010). He knows of what he writes.

Providence Rag will be published on March 11th.

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Tor, Forge, Starscape & Tor Teen take over BEA!

Tor/Forge Blog

Presenting our stellar list of authors and their events at BEA 2011!

An Editor’s Buzz Pick, a Ticketed Autographing and an two Author Spotlight Stages are just some of the highlights of the show this year. We have a table in the autographing area reserved exclusively for Tor/Forge authors this year; all signings will take place at Table 12 unless otherwise noted. Read on for show highlights and a day-by-day guide to this year’s BEA!

Highlights for Tuesday, May 24th

Ice-T & Coco Ticketed Autographed Signing! 175 tickets and copies of Kings of Vice and Angel will be available on a first come first serve basis.
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Bill Willingham’s Down the Mysterly River has been selected as an Editor’s Buzz Pick for Children! The book is only one of four chosen within all of the publishing houses; Editor Susan Chang will present.
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 1E15

New York Book Week Science Fiction & Fantasy Evening at the NYPL

Tor authors John Scalzi & Catherynne Valente along with Lev Grossman & Scott Westerfeld will read with improvisational music courtesy of our own Brian Slattery, followed by a Q&A.
6:00pm – 7:45pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Bldg, South Court Auditorium
New York Public Library

 Other events on Tuesday:

Forge In-Booth signing

  • David Hagberg / Abyss / Macmillan Booth 3352 / 11:00am –11:30am

Tor In-Booth Giveaway

  • Card & Card / Laddertop / Macmillan Booth 3352 / 3:30pm – 4pm

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings (#4482)

  • Hilary Davidson / The Damage Done / 9:30am – 10:30am
  • H.T. Narea / The Fund / 2:00pm – 2:30pm
  • David Black / The Extinction Event/ 2:45pm – 3:15pm
  • David Hagberg / Abyss/ 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Formal Autographings at the Tor & Forge Table (Table #12)

  • David Lubar / Attack of the Vampire Weenies / 9:30-10:30am
  • Edward Lazellari & Lev A. Rosen / Awakenings & All Men of Genius / 10:30am-11:30am / “A salute to debut authors from Tor”
  • Margaret McLean & H.T. Narea / Under Fire & The Fund / 11:30am-12:30pm/ “A salute to debut authors from Forge”
  • Lisa Desrochers & Kiki Hamilton / Original Sin & The Faerie Ring/ 2:30pm – 3:30pm / “A salute to debut authors from Tor Teen”
  • Bill Evans / Dry Ice / 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Highlights for Wednesday, May 25th

Author Spotlight Stage with Bill Willingham! Heidi MacDonald, Graphic Novel Editor, Publishers Weekly to moderate.
10:30pm – 11:00pm
Midtown Stage

SFF Author Insight Stage: Tor Authors with John Scalzi, Carrie Vaughn  & Vernor Vinge . Moderated by Ron Hogan, founder of and SFF reviewer for Shelf Awareness.
1:30pm – 2:10pm
Midtown Stage

Other events on Wednesday:

Tor In-Booth signing

  • Bill Willingham / Down the Mysterly River / Macmillan Booth 3352 / 11:30am –12:00am

Forge In-Booth Giveaway

  • Bruce Cameron / Emory’s Gift/ Macmillan Booth 3352 / 10:00am – 10:30am

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signing (#4482)

  • Bruce DeSilva / Rogue Island / 12:30pm – 1pm

Formal Autographings at the Tor & Forge Table (Table #12)

  • Carrie Vaughn & CJ Henderson / Kitty’s Greatest Hits & Central Park Knight / 9:30-10:30am “A salute to urban fantasy from Tor”
  • Jon Land / Strong at the Break / 10:30am – 11:30am / “Forge Books very own Energizer bunny!” (Just kidding, wanted to see if you’re still paying attention)
  • Ellen Datlow & F. Paul Wilson / The Dark at the End & Blood and other Cravings / 11:30 – 12:30 “A salute to horror legends from Tor”
  • Bob Gleason / End of Days / 1:30pm – 2:30pm /”A new thriller from Forge Executive Editor”
  • Bruce DeSilva /Rogue Island / 2:30pm – 3:30pm / “2011 Edgar Award winner”
  • Vernor Vinge & John Scalzi / 3:30pm – 4:30pm / “Science fiction legends from Tor”

Bruce DeSilva wins an Edgar Award!

Image Place holder  of - 15Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva has won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel!

Congratulations Bruce DeSilva!

The award was presented at the annual Edgar Awards Banquet held April 27th. For a full list of winners vist,

About Rogue Island: Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians—who are pretty much one and the same.

Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic. With the whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must weed through a wildly colorful array of characters to find the truth.

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