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!
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).