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.
Okay, the Great Ebook Vanishing Crisis is over. As of today, PRECIPICE and VALENTINE are back up and open for business at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. And a good thing, too–all the national print and online ads for them have just hit the street. Yay!
Oops! Two of my ebooks, PRECIPICE and VALENTINE, have just been taken down from all seller websites–just as the new online and print ads for them are arriving everywhere! Ugh!!! My contract with the company that did them ended this week, and I decided not to renew it. I’m handling them myself now, and they’re being updated, so it’ll be a few days before they’re back on sale at Amazon, B&N, etc. Bear with me, and have a happy (very rare) double holiday–Thanksgiving and Hannukah! I’ll let everyone know as soon as these ebooks are available again.
Big news for fans of Diane Setterfield’s wonderful novel, THE THIRTEENTH TALE: She has a new book out! Yes, Setterfield’s second novel, BELLMAN & BLACK, will be published in the U.S. this Tuesday, Nov. 5, so Continue reading
I recently learned that one of my favorite suspense novels, TRAP FOR CINDERELLA, has been made into a new British film. The book is by the wonderful French author, Sebastien Japrisot (1931-2003), and I decided to reread the 1963 novel before watching the movie. Just one problem: a quick look at Amazon showed me that Continue reading
It’s official–I signed contracts with Random House for my novel, A PENNY FOR THE HANGMAN, which will be an e-book original from Alibi Books, their brand-new, electronic-only mystery line. I’m now working on Continue reading
I was recently asked to contribute an essay to the Crime Writers Chronicle, a popular blog that began when a group of New York-based mystery writers decided to get together in one online space to promote themselves, one another, and every other mystery writer they ever met. Continue reading
Get ready for the thrill ride of the season. I just read BLOOD OF THE LAMB by Sam Cabot, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. That rarely happens to me, but this is an exceptional novel by any standard. By the standard of “summer thrillers,” it’s an instant classic. Continue reading
The Criterion Collection has done it again! This incredible company has been restoring and refurbishing hundreds of American and international films of the past and present, making them available in truly superior DVD/Blu-ray formats. I’ve blogged about them before (they recently released ROSEMARY’S BABY and Hitchcock’s original 1934 version of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH), and I’m sure I will again. This time, the big news from Criterion is the long-awaited (by me and a lot of other people) release of Continue reading
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
When he wrote these words, Charles Dickens was describing conditions in England and France in 1789, but he could have been describing the state of America on June 26, 2013.
First, the good news: SCOTUS and the end of DOMA. Yay!
Now, the bad news: Next to the Supreme Court stories on every newspage in America today is the bizarre, shameful, continuously unfolding drama of Continue reading