Mailbox Monday – August 29, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Staci at Life in the Thumb. September’s host will be Amused by Books.

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Here is what I found in my mailbox this week:

Crown Publishers sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris, by David King (due for release in September). This true story of the hunt for Marcel Peiot in Nazi-occupied Paris is marketed as a “gripping story of adventure, glamour, intrigue , and abhorrent decadence.” Petiot was a respectable physician by day, but spent his nights as a brutal serial killer who targeted Jews trying to escape the Nazis. His victims most likely numbered more than one hundred. Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu led the investigation through the “shadowy world of the Gestapo, gangsters, nightclub owners, Resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies and other nefarious figures of the Parisian underground.

David King is the author of Vienna, 1814, and Finding Atlantis. His books have been selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, the Military Book Club, the Mystery Guild, and the Quality Paperback Book Club. They have also been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Turkish, Polish, Korean, Italian, Swedish, and Russian. King is a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree from Cambridge University. He has taught European history at the University of Kentucky for several years. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and children. Learn more about King and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Tor/Forge sent me an unsolicited copy of Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins (released earlier this month). This novel is set in 1962 and is the 13th novel featuring Chicago PI Nate Heller who this time is investigating the death of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Collins apparently fully researched Monroe’s life, including police reports and gossip columns, and includes historical figures such as JFK, RFK, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Hoffa, and Joe DiMaggio in the book. In Collins imagined recreation, fictional detective Heller is hired by Monroe when she fears being fired by Twentieth Century Fox. But the private eye soon stumbles upon sinister activities involving the FBI, Mafia, CIA and even the Russians. Bye Bye, Baby is described as a “gripping account of Hollywood’s glory days, and a compelling look into the life of one of our most iconic superstars.

Max Allan Collins is the bestselling author of crime fiction including Road to Perdition and the award-winning novel based on the film American Gangster. He has won two Shamus Awards for Nathan Heller novels. He also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip for fifteen years, and is an independent filmmaker living in Eastern Iowa. Read more about Collins by visiting this dedicated website.

Did any fantastic books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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  1. Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week. Come check my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

    • RAnn on August 29, 2011 at 09:32


    • Tara on August 29, 2011 at 09:33

    Okay, so I’m just a *little* bit jealous of “Bye Bye, Baby” That looks really good! Enjoy your books!!

    • Pam on August 29, 2011 at 10:03

    Oh man, I LOVE the look and sound of Bye Bye Baby!

  2. I got Death in the City of Light plus a whole lot more last week. It was crazy! I hope you enjoy your new books.

    • Alyce on August 29, 2011 at 11:06

    I’ve heard of the Death in the City book and it looks very good. I’ll have to add that one to the wish list, because I’m pretty sure I haven’t yet.

  3. These both look like interesting reads! I hope you enjoy both of them.

  4. re Death in the City of Light: what a monster.

  5. I also got Death in the City of Light, and I am very curious about it. It promises to be a very interesting book. I hope you enjoy it too!

    • Aths on August 31, 2011 at 04:38

    I am so enamored by Death in the City of Light that I can’t wait to start it! It’s got a wonderful cover!

    • Wendy on September 12, 2011 at 07:12

    Thank you everyone for stopping by.

    Pam and Tara – I am going to be giving away Bye Bye Baby this week…so make sure you stop in and enter the giveaway!!!!

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