Sunday, March 23, 2008

TC Poacher Preston's Book on Italian Serial Killer Sounds Good

What is a TC Poacher?

I first mentioned this during a BOTS piece at In Cold Blog when I declared "'True Crime Poachers' are successful authors in other fields, usually mystery or legal thrillers, who dip their toes into the true crime pool."

We're talking your Grishams, Jungers, Turows, Cornwells, Connellys, and Larsens. I'm not saying they are a bad thing, however, it is hard to tell if their presence has made a discernible difference in the realm of true crime book sales.

And now, stepping into some TC Poacher shoes is Douglas Preston, best known for his co-authorship of the "monster in the museum" thriller Relic. This time, Preston co-authors The Monster of Florence with Italian crime writer Mario Spezi, about a serial killer that terrorized Florence, Italy from 1974-1985.

Publisher's Weekly reviewed the book a few weeks back and raved about it: "Better than some overheated noir mysteries, this bit of real-life Florence bloodletting makes you sweat and think, and presses relentlessly on the nerves."

The Monster of Florence will not be released until June 10, but you can pre-order it below. If you'd like to see a preview of the book, please go here.

On a personal note, I am hoping that Preston's Poacher presence in the True Crime section of bookstores will help boost sales of my next book, Pure Murder, which comes out a week earlier.

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