08 July 2011

Imprint Friday: Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan

Welcome to Imprint Friday and today's featured imprint: Amy Einhorn Books. Stop by each week to be introduced to a must-read title from one of my favorite imprints. I know you'll be adding many of these books to your wish list.

I called Harry Dolan's first novel featuring David Loogan, Bad Things Happen, "a crazy, suspenseful, fun journey," and so I was thrilled to learn that there was a followup book: Very Bad Men (published just this week). Dolan's second novel promises more pulp fiction, dark humor, and twisted mystery.

Take a look at the summary:

David Loogan returns! Loogan is living in Ann Arbor with Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her daughter, Sarah. He's settled into a quiet routine as editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets--until one day he finds a manuscript outside his door. It begins: "I killed Henry Kormoran."

Anthony Lark has a list of names--Terry Dawtrey, Sutton Bell, Henry Kormoran. To his eyes, the names glow red on the page. They move. They breathe. The people on the list have little in common except that seventeen years ago they were involved in a notorious robbery. And now Anthony Lark is hunting them down, and he won't stop until every one of them is dead.
And David and Elizabeth are in it up to their eyeballs. This time a road trip takes them north through the Upper Peninsula to Sault Sainte Marie and back home again. The mystery involves politics, a robbery, and the question of why Anthony Lark is on a murder streak.

Although Dolan didn't step back from the fun, he peppered his followup novel with a healthy dose of darkness. As he said in an interview for Kirkus: "I made a conscious effort in the second book to introduce more action, to make Loogan tougher. Loogan gets into more fights and chases. But he’s still more likely to carry a Swiss army knife than a gun."

Don't miss out on the wild ride that is David Loogan.

And now for some other opinions:
  • Annette from Annette's Book Spot: "If you like a good mystery, with lots of twists and turns, and well-described characters that are easy to get attached to, I highly recommend Dolan’s books."
  • Publisher's Weekly says: "Relentless pacing, a wry sense of humor, and an engaging protagonist add up to another winner for Dolan."
  • Kirkus Reviews says: "A second mind-bending case for Ann Arbor editor David Loogan that begins just as simply and ominously and takes the reader on just as wild a journey."
For more on Harry Dolan, visit his website, where you can read the opening of the novel and check out his book tour. Don't miss his first appearance on Imprint Friday and my review of Bad Things Happen. Or check out the short piece on Very Bad Men published by Arbor Web.

Amy Einhorn Books is a featured imprint on Beth Fish Reads. For more information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010, or click the Amy Einhorn tab below my banner photo. To join the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge, click the link.

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Published by Putnam / Amy Einhorn Books, July 2011
ISBN-13: 9780399157493

14 comments:

bermudaonion 7/8/11, 8:11 AM  

I've heard so many great things about Dolan's work. I'm really anxious to read this.

Amy 7/8/11, 8:29 AM  

Really loved this book so glad to see you featuring it :)

Sarah Reads Too Much 7/8/11, 8:32 AM  

I loved Bad Things Happen and didn't realize he had written a follow up. Thanks for featuring this, and adding another book to my TBR list!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 7/8/11, 8:41 AM  

I hadn't heard of this series before, but it's on my radar now. I have been hearing good things on Twitter for the last few days.

Beth Hoffman 7/8/11, 10:11 AM  

Definitely adding this author to my TBR list!

Sandy Nawrot 7/8/11, 10:25 AM  

I actually have the first book (I can't resist AE books) and I loaned it to a friend of mine, who was just so-so on it. I can't imagine that I won't love it though. It is my kind of plot.

pagesofjulia 7/8/11, 10:33 AM  

I wrote a review here, too. Good book!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) 7/8/11, 11:06 AM  

Oh wow, I just read a very different sort of book about the UP. Neat!

Kailana 7/8/11, 12:30 PM  

This sounds really good. I have never heard of the book or the author before, so I will have to look into it!

Dorte H 7/8/11, 1:48 PM  

Politics and action added? No, this is probably not for me.

Margot 7/8/11, 3:23 PM  

I really liked the first book and I just got the second one. Can't wait to get into the thick of it. AE books never fail, that's for sure.

Zibilee 7/8/11, 6:38 PM  

I want to read both of these books, and have heard good things about them as well. I am glad to see you spotlighted this one here today.

daniel pattinson 7/9/11, 5:07 AM  
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Jenners 7/10/11, 9:30 PM  

I keep running across these books and always think "I want to read that."

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