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FRIEND OF THE DEVIL - out this week!

The second Reckless book lands this week, just a few months after the first one. I can't wait for you all to get it in your hands, as it's just about my favorite thing we've ever done (so far).

As I've mentioned before, a lot of comic shops will also have autographed book plates, signed by me and Sean. So you might want to be on the lookout for those, too. If you somehow missed RECKLESS, the first book, a lot of shops have reordered heavy on it around this release, as well, so you can hopefully find both at the same time.

Anyway... Please get it while it's hot, and please tell your friends, however you tell people about stuff you like these days (Instagram, twitter, maybe livestream yourself reading it on Twitch while also playing Hitman 3). And if you're a retailer, thanks for supporting our books again, and stocking them on your shelves. It's always humbling to have so many retailers back our work in such a big way.

I've told you about the book a lot over the past few months here, so I'm just going to preview some pages you haven't seen yet and get out of the way...

That's the first few pages of the second chapter, which doesn't really spoil anything in the book, I don't think. But it does feature the old Santa Monica library which is not there anymore. That's one of my favorite parts of doing these books, trying to recreate the lost parts of Los Angeles. Look for an Oki-Dog appearance soon.

FRIEND OF THE DEVIL is the same format as RECKLESS was, a comic-size 144 page original hardback, and we're hard at work on the next book in the series, which is out in the fall. And just to remind you, each book in the series stands on its own and tells a full story. There's no cliffhangers here (US comics people seem to be having a hard time grasping this for some reason - I guess we're too used to serialization over here).

It hits comic shops this week, so please let yours know you're looking for a copy. If for some sad reason you don't have a local comic shop, you can find this and the previous Reckless book online.
The Amazon issue with the reprints of CRIMINAL DELUXE EDITION vols 1 and 2 is in the process of being sorted out. I won't get into the details because it's not that interesting, but the bottom line is, Amazon should start sending out orders soon.

Also, the new version of vol 2 can finally be ordered. So if you're one of those that orders the books online, just a bit of patience on these.

If you don't want to wait, your local comic shop will either have these books in stock right now, or can get them from their distributor right away for you. Comic shops have had no trouble getting their orders on these.

A couple of things to keep your eyes peeled for (what a gross image, peeled eyes) - I'm doing a few video interviews about FRIEND OF THE DEVIL and comics in general this week.

I'll be on Elsa Charretier's new Youtube channel, and the Word Balloon podcast. I'll send out links to these in the next newsletter, but go check out their channels. There's lots of great content there already.

And here's something I never expected to have happen in my career... Our book on the cover of Publishers Weekly.

There's also a big profile piece on the series coming soon there, as well, which I'll link to when it hits.
This time out, we have a question from Mark Bromage...

After your recommendations I have purchased a box set of the Rockford Files. Garner is brilliant and I love the era and the PI angle. Would you consider writing a revamp of the show or writing short prose stories or a comic adaption?

At this point in my career, I think I'm pretty set on only doing my own things, other than the odd one-off here or there maybe. But there was a time I would have jumped at the chance to revamp Rockford for TV or film, and I even have a decent pitch for it, I think. But now I'm too set in my ways and the most I'd probably do was try to write an episode or two if someone else revamped it and it turned out to be good. You could easily remake that show now, but the problem is that Garner is so perfect and iconic, that it would be nearly impossible to cast the role.
Our first item this time was emailed in by Ed Corcoran, and it gets very into the nitty gritty of how crime actually works.

Next up is this one, which is almost beat-for-beat a TV pitch one of my friends once came up with years ago. We even went to see a Bigfoot Expert speak one night for research.

It's not a crime, but James Ellroy is getting a podcast, which should be very entertaining.

And finally, one of the strangest stories I've come across in a while...


Okay, that's it for this time out. I'll be back soon, and in the meantime you can email me questions for future newsletters at:
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