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Welcome to the Mystery Man blog. My name is Tom Savage, and I’m a mystery writer. I sold books at Murder Ink® here in NYC for almost 20 years, until we closed our doors in 2006. My specialty was hand-selling titles to customers based on their personal likes and dislikes, and I learned how to match people with books. I have a lot of arcane knowledge to share, and I’m going to be posting lists, essays, and interviews with other writers here from time to time. I’m a big film fan, too, mysteries and thrillers, so I’ll be discussing my extensive DVD collection (hint: Hitchcock!). And I’ll occasionally be talking about the real world, too. I hope you enjoy it, and please look around my website for the latest news about my own works. Thank you for visiting.

Tracking Changes


I’m about to embark on a strange journey. My first novel in 14 years is about to be published as an e-book original from Random House’s new Alibi imprint, and I’ve just been sent the typeset copy for final review. I’m supposed to make any final changes/edits/etc. on this copy and return it to the publisher so they can make the ebooks.

So far, so good, right? But. Continue reading

Oldies But Goodies: Alistair MacLean and Mary Stewart


As much as I enjoy finding new mystery and suspense authors, there’s nothing quite like revisiting old friends. I recently reread several titles of two favorite authors who dominated the bestseller lists back in the Stone Age, when I was a teen dreaming of someday being a writer. Is it any wonder that they both had an enormous influence on my own, personal style as it evolved? Continue reading