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April #Torchat lineup revealed!

Edgar-nominated author Bruce DeSilva, debut mystery novelist Wayne Arthurson, and Fantasy noir specialist Alex Bledsoe to chat mystery genre over Twitter on Wednesday, 4/20 from 4 PM – 5 PM (EST)

New York, NY – Tuesday, April 19 2011 – Tor Books is excited to announce the lineup for April’s #Torchat, the third in a new monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter, to take place tomorrow at 4 PM EST.

Edgar season is upon us! Next Week, the Mystery Writers of America will announce the 2011 winners of their prestigious award series. But FIRST, #Torchat will beat them to the punch with a mystery-themed discussion tomorrow at 4 PM EST with three guest authors from different ends of the genre spectrum: Associated Press mystery critic Bruce DeSilva (@brucedesilva), whose debut novel Rogue Island is Edgar-nominated for Best First novel; critically-acclaimed debut novelist Wayne Arthurson (@Waynthurson); and the fantasy noir genre-bending Alex Bledsoe (@AlexBledsoe) will chat and take questions on all things mysterious.

The chat will be introduced and (loosely) moderated by Tor publicist Justin Golenbock (@jgolenbo), and fans are invited to follow or join-in using the Twitter hashtag #Torchat. Special book giveaways from @Torbooks will precede and follow the 4 PM chat.

About the Authors

Poster Placeholder of - 9Bruce DeSilva (@brucedesilva) is the Writing Coach and Crime fiction reviewer for The Associated Press. He and his wife, NBA poetry nominee Patricia Smith, live in Tarrytown, New York, with their granddaughter, Mikaila. His debut novel Rogue Island is nominated for the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First novel.

Placeholder of  -52Wayne Arthurson (@Waynthurson), like his protagonist Leo Desroches, is the son of Cree and French Canadian parents. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band and as a freelance journalist. He was born in and lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife and child. Fall From Grace, out this month, is his first novel.

Place holder  of - 1Alex Bledsoe (@AlexBledsoe) grew up in West Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (home of Tina Turner). He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for mustard and trolls. In their starred review of The Sword-Edged Blonde, Publishers Weekly wrote that his “genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.” His new Eddie Lacrosse novel, Dark Jenny, is out this month.

Fall from Grace receives is Library Journal’s Mystery Debut of the Month!

Poster Placeholder of - 75 Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson is Library Journal‘s Mystery Debut of the Month and receives a starred review in their April 1st issue!  Below is the full review.

“Edmonton, Alberta, reporter Leo Desroches gets the inside scoop on the dead body story handed to him, but after that he fights hard for every clue. The victim—a local prostitute of Native heritage—was strangled and dumped, and not a lot more is known. Leo, a deeply flawed, recovering gambling addict, questions the system when he realizes a serial killer has been knocking off prostitutes and disposing of them for at least 20 years in fields around the region. Seemingly, no one in law enforcement has cared enough to investigate a possible pattern. As Leo obsesses about the victims, grapples with his own Native heritage, and interviews sources, his own life is threatened more than once. Arthurson slowly pulls in all the elements to conjure the writing of a feature story, but his pace picks up exponentially, and this makes for a very satisfying debut. Leo’s gambling addiction is alive and well, which adds yet another unsettling element. VERDICT Think Nancy Pickard for region and atmosphere, Brad Parks for journalism, and Timothy Hallinan for social concerns and attitude. Highly recommended.”

Fall from Grace is available now.

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