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"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone & they don't have books, don't fuck 'em."--John Waters

I'm the author of more than twenty novels including SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, THE DEAD LETTERS, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. Look for my next one THE LAST KIND WORDS due out May '12 from Bantam Books. Contact: PicSelf1@aol.com

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More Kind Words for THE LAST KIND WORDS

About 6 weeks to go before the official release date of THE LAST KIND WORDS (June 12).  Now's the time when reviews start hitting, all in the hopes of building buzz and getting early pre-orders from fans and interested parties. 

"At the start of this sharp slice of contemporary noir from Thriller Award–winner Piccirilli (You'd Better Watch Out), retired second-story-man Terrier Rand, who's been trying to put his family's work as professional thieves behind him while ranching out west, has returned east to see his older brother, Collie. Collie is about to be executed for the cold-blooded murder of eight people five years before, though he claims one of those kills wasn't his. When Terrier starts digging through the evidence, he finds inconsistencies that suggest a serial killer may have been using Collie's killing spree to cover up his own. Piccirilli's mastery of the hard-boiled idiom is pitch perfect, particularly in the repartee between his characters, while the picture he paints of the criminal corruption conjoining the innocent and guilty in a small Long Island community is as persuasive as it is seamy. Readers who like a bleak streak in their crime fiction will enjoy this well-wrought novel."–Publishers Weekly

"...a searing examination of the ties that bind brother to brother. Consigning most of the violence to the past allows Piccirilli...to dial down the gore while imparting a soulful, shivery edge to this tale of an unhappy family that's assuredly unhappy in its own special way."–Kirkus

"Piccirilli has created a world so real you can smell the mildew. After writing crime and horror for presses well known and obscure, he deserves a breakout novel, and this just might be it."—Booklist (starred review)

"This is a dark noir that hooks the audience due to the interplay between the extended hard boiled crime family members especially the chats between the two brothers. Action-packed yet with a powerful cast, fans will relish this strong whodunit as Terry fears the truth will not free him, his family or the woman he left behind when he fled Long island; instead he considers leaving it buried."–Mystery Gazette

"The Last Kind Words is a novel that grabs the reader's attention from the very start and never lets go. All of the characters in this story are fully fleshed out, including characters that do not take center stage until the end of the book. These characters are so well written that it is easy to feel the pain and anguish that they are experiencing. The mystery itself is very intriguing and difficult to figure out, but once it is concluded it makes complete sense. Piccirilli is a master of description and character development. The next book in the Rand series will be highly anticipated."–4&1/2 stars (Top Pick) Romantic Times


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Awesome! Congrats, Pic. I can't wait till it's out!

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