The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

A new Sherlock Holmes Anthology is here! The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Edited and with an Introduction by Otto Penzler), A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original, is now available for purchase. My story, The Adventure of The Giant Rat of Sumatra, which was selected as one of the Best American Mystery Stories when it first was published in 1998, appears in this volume as well.

For all of those readers who can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes — which seems to be almost everyone on the planet — this collection is a must have. And it’s just in time for Christmas! Enjoy!

Books To Read: “GIVE US THIS DAY” and “GUMSHOE”

Dear Readers and Friends —

One of the great pleasures of being an “established” writer is that I’m often afforded the opportunity to see books before they are published and appear in the marketplace. Publishers, agents, editors and authors themselves will send me copies of their books in the hopes that I’ll find something to like and will provide a short comment on my enthusiasm for the work. This is the famous “blurb.” And as I say, it is a joy when the stars align just right and I get to read a book that truly knocks me out! Well, in the past six months or so, I’ve come across two authors whose work really needs to reach a wider audience, and their new books, which I have blurbed, are both coming out in the next few weeks.

51OvuZWMhyLTom Avitabile (tough name, I can relate, it’s pronounced Ah-Vit-Ah-Bi-Lay) rolls out GIVE US THIS DAY on this very day, October 20. Here’s my blurb for Tom and his latest:

“The go-to guy for pure thriller reading pleasure, Tom Avitabile delivers with every word.”


Rob Leininger has hit a home run with his new Private Eye novel, GUMSHOE, which comes out from Oceanview Press on November 3. Here’s what I have to say about it:

“GUMSHOE is by a large margin the best and most entertaining mystery I’ve read in at least the past couple of years. Ron Leininger captures the voice and heart of the classic PI mystery and manages to make it completely original at the same time. No small feat. And Mortimer Angel is my new favorite Private Eye.”

Other, mainstream reviews of both of these books can be found on all the usual book review websites and in some print media as well (Google them!), and if I’ve piqued your interest, as I hope I have, I urge you to read the other reviews and then order or pre-order your copy(ies) of these terrific reads. I promise, you’ll be glad you did.

All best, John Lescroart

IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Awarded Anthony Award for Best Anthology

517SMTMuduL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Over this past weekend, at the Bouchercon Mystery Convention, the short story collection entitled “IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” — Stories Inspired By The Holmes Canon (edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger) — won the prestigious Anthony Award for Best Anthology.  Among the sixteen stories featured in the anthology is my contribution, “Dunkirk,” as well as tales by Sara Paretsky, Jeffery Deaver, Cornelia Funke, Harlan Ellison, Gahan Wilson, Nancy Holder, Andrew Grant, Denise Hamilton, Michael Dirda, John Reppion & Leah Moore, Michael Sims, Laura Caldwell, and Michael Connelly.

You can purchase the anthology here!

Battle of the Books 2015

I’m looking forward to participating in this Battle of the Books, a night of team trivia for book lovers to benefit the Hattie Weber Museum Renovation Project! To participate, get a team of 3-5 of your friends and/or fellow readers together and sign up here. Your team will be tasked with reading the 5 books in the Battle of the Books (including THE FALL – see the full reading list below), and on October 15th you’ll meet with and be quizzed by myself and other local authors on our latest books!


Visit the event website to check out the instructions for participation, sign your team up or find team members, and see more details about this exciting event. I hope to see you there!

THE FALL interview on Books & Co.

The “John Lescroart” episode of author interview series Books & Co., in which I talk about upcoming book THE FALL, will premiere tonight at 11:30 pm on Arizona PBS 8!

The video of the program will be available to watch online starting at midnight on July 3, just after the first broadcast. Check it out here!

Books & Co., an author interview series on Arizona PBS in Phoenix, Arizona, is an one-on-one conversation between the featured author and Alberto Rios, Arizona’s first poet laureate. The authors talk about their work as well as the craft of writing.  Previous featured authors include Annie Proulx, Billy Collins, Walter Mosley, David Baldacci, Yann Martel, Anne Brashares, Diana Gabaldon, Joyce Carol Oates, Kent Haruf, Sue Grafton, Sherman Alexie and many others.

And be sure to visit the episode page on the Books & Co. website to see bonus, web-only videos, along with a transcript of the interview, a bio sketch and a synopsis of THE FALL!


A new review of THE FALL from The Madderly Review


Lescroart reading The Fall

John Lescroart reading from THE FALL in Davis, California (thanks to Naomi Williams for the picture)

Thanks to Beverly Marshall for her thoughtful review of The Fall.

Reading the newspaper is getting more difficult every day.  The political and racial tension seems to be bringing the sixties back to our front doors.  There is no doubt that too many young black men are being killed by policeman who are too quick on the draw.  Too many parents are burying too many children, and too many young people are more afraid of the police then they are of the criminals.  On the other hand, too many police officers are being painted with the same brush of bigotry.  The vast majority of these men/women in blue are out there trying to protect and defend people of all races, and battling a bigotry that ends in injuries and sometimes death.  Last week a New York policeman was executed while sitting in his car.  A similar thing happened earlier this year.  Somehow, someway we need to stop looking at each other as enemies and start seeing each other as friends.

John Lescroart gives us his slant on some of this bigotry in his newest book, The Fall.  Greg Treadway, a young, white middle school teacher devotes much of his time to mentoring young people in trouble.  Tanya Morgan is the sister of one of the young men that Greg mentors, and even though he doesn’t mentor her, he serves as her sounding board when she needs an ear.  Her death stirs up emotions in a town where no one seems to face punishment when a black person is murdered, and suddenly Greg becomes a suspect.  Lescroart does a good job showing both sides of a situation that has became way too familiar in our current society.

Thanks to everyone who picks up a copy of my new book this week!