I have two things to tell you, and the first is one you may well have already heard. The news broke around noon, and word of mouth got a big helping hand from the social media.
(1) A Walk Among the Tombstones, the tenth book in the Matthew Scudder series, is scheduled to begin filming in February. Scott Frank, who wrote the screen adaptation, will direct; the extraordinary Liam Neeson will star as Matthew Scudder.
I couldn’t be happier. Neeson as Scudder struck me as a wonderful idea back when I saw him portray Michael Collins in the eponymous film. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see in the role.
(2) If you’ll look at the top of your screen, where each of the various pages of this blog site gets its own tab, you’ll see one that wasn’t there yesterday. It’s LB’s Bookstore, and I’m pleased to call it to your attention despite the fact that it’s very much a work in progress. For years I’ve had an online bookstore at my website, and a cumbersome thing it’s been; I’ve decided to replace it with an eBay store, and the brand-new shelves of LB’s eBay Bookstore are already stocked with 25 titles. (And there may be more by the time you read this.)
There’s a link on the blogsite page that goes straight to an eBay master list, and there are individual links on the blog’s LB’s Bookstore page for each of the individual items on eBay. I can see already that it will make my end of every transaction much simpler, and I believe it will do the same for you. Just find what you liked and click on it, and eBay and PayPal will see to the rest.
That’s (1) and (2), and what better way to tie them all together than to point out two fine editions of A Walk Among the Tombstones in the new bookstore? There’s Orion’s UK hardcover first edition, hard to find on either side of the ocean, and there’s the brand-new Telemachus Press trade paperback.
I just thought of (3), but that’s enough for now. It’ll be in a newsletter which I plan on getting out tomorrow. (And a blank email to email@example.com, with LB-Newsletter in the subject line, will get you on the mailing list.) Meanwhile, though, why not come on over to the store and peek in the window?