Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Acorns from Oak Tree Press: John M. Daniel's Hooperman




It is my pleasure this week to welcome author John M. Daniel to Kittling: Books. "Acorns" is my weekly series that features new mysteries from Oak Tree Press, a small publishing house that formerly conducted its business a few miles from where I was born and raised in central Illinois. In this world, big publishers make the loudest noise, so the smaller houses can easily be overlooked. This can be a very big mistake on the part of voracious crime fiction readers like you and me because these small houses can publish some first-rate fiction!

John is here to tell you a bit about his latest book, Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery, which sounds right up our alley, doesn't it? I'll bet that, by the time you're done reading this post, you'll be looking for a copy of the book! ($2.99 for Kindle, or $10.74 for the paperback edition through Amazon....)

Thanks so much for stopping by to tell us about your book, John!



Available Now!
HOOPERMAN: A BOOKSTORE MYSTERY
by John M. Daniel

Who’s Stealing the Books? Who’s Bombing the Bookstore?

Pleasant and unusually good-natured, this novel from Daniel harkens back to a time when printed books mattered and an independent bookstore could be a social club for passionately eccentric bibliophiles.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Hooperman Johnson is a tall, bushy-bearded man of few words. He works as a bookstore cop, catching shoplifters in the act. It’s a difficult job for a man with a severe stammer, but somebody’s got to do it, because Maxwell’s Books is getting ripped off big-time. And, more and more, it looks like the thief works for the store.

Who’s stealing the books? Martin West, the foul-mouthed nutcase in charge of shipping and receiving? Millie Larkin, who hates the boss because he’s a man? Could it be Lucinda Baylor, the dark and sassy clerk that Hoop’s in love with? Jack Davis, the socialist, or Frank Blanchard, the anarchist? Or maybe even Elmer Maxwell himself, the world-famous pacifist bookseller?

Set in the summer of 1972, the summer of the Watergate break-in, Hooperman is a bookstore mystery without a murder, but full of plot, full of oddball characters, full of laughs, and full of love, some of it poignant, some of it steamy.

Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery celebrates the joy of books and bookselling and also explores the many ways people get into trouble—deadly serious trouble—when they fail to communicate.



John M. Daniel



John M. Daniel is a lifelong bibliophile, having worked in eight bookstores. He’s also the author of fourteen published books, including the well-reviewed Guy Mallon Mystery Series. He lives among the redwoods in Humboldt County, California, with Susan Daniel, his wife and partner. They publish mystery fiction under the imprint Perseverance Press (Daniel & Daniel).

17 comments:

  1. OOH! 1972 is an unusual time setting for a modern book and it intrigues me greatly. That was the year I graduated from high school, and got married. (Not the greatest life plan, but that's for another time & place.) I think I'll pick this up based on nothing more than that!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I hope you'll enjoy Hooperman!

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    2. The time was one of the things that hooked me, Debbie. I graduated from high school in 1973. :-)

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  2. Cathy - Thanks for hosting John.

    John -I love the bookstore backdrop to this story! And historical mysteries really are intriguing. And who wouldn't like a bookstore cop as a sleuth - nice choice. Thanks for sharing about your book.

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  3. I agree, Margot. What writer wouldn't be intrigued by a bookstore cop? And the other characters sound equally interesting. I know I intend to read this book.

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    1. J.R., I don't know if you'll be paying any further attention to this post or the comments, but I've been having trouble getting your contact form to work on your website. Could you please email me at kittlingbooks (at) gmail (dot) com? Thanks!

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  4. Im all for a different kind of mystery, like Hooperman. Let's give the 'different' a chance. Too many books follow the same type of formula. Protagonist determines who is killer, goes by him/herself to catch crook, gets strung up to the rafters by crook with death imminent and is saved at the last minute by the good guy cop boyfriend.... Can we please come up with another storyline? Bookstore? Stammering cop? Stealing books? I like it!

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    1. So do I, Elaine. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks for encouraging eccentricity, Elaine!

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  5. Great to see you here with Hooperman, John. Thanks, Cathy, for featuring my/our friend!

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    1. The pleasure continues to be all mine, Eileen. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. As a person who stuttered as a child (and still occasionally when greatly upset), as well as a book lover, this really appeals to me. I have such a huge stack of TBRs but on my wish list it goes.

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    1. Ah yes, our never-ending wish lists. At least I've made some progress on reading down my TBR shelves this year!

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