Russ Thomas & John McMahon

Russ Thomas will sign and discuss Firewatching (Putnam; $26).

Russ Thomas grew up in the eighties reading anything he could get from the library, writing stories, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He is a graduate of the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University and an events manager and expert bookseller for Waterstones. In his spare time, Thomas teaches creative writing classes and runs a monthly book club. He lives in Sheffield, England.

John McMahon will sign and discuss The Evil Men Do (Putnam; $27).

John McMahon is the author of The Good Detective. In his role as an ad agency creative director, he has won a Gold Clio for his work on Fiat, and he's written a Superbowl spot for Alfa Romeo. He currently lives in Southern California with his family and two rescue animals.

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
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Firewatching (A Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler Novel #1) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525542025
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 25th, 2020

This is an outstanding debut from Thomas.

DS Adam Taylor works cold cases for the Yorkshire police. He is on a case that suddenly becomes current again - and dangerous. The prime suspect? A man Taylor spent the night with.

The main witness? An old lady with dementia who struggles to remember anything about what happened all those years ago.

Firewatching had me holding my breath as Taylor got closer to the truth. The plot is fantastic and the characters are so well written. I can't wait to see what Thomas is going to do next! - Rebecca


Intelligent, taut and fast-paced, this debut should put Russ Thomas on the path to a smart, new series featuring Adam Tyler. - Brenda


In a genre that really loves the "bury your gays" trope, Firewatching by Russ Thomas is a breath of fresh air. DS Adam Tyler works cold cases and keeps his head down, until he finds himself working on a high profile murder case. While working the case, Tyler realizes the victim's son is the same guy he went home with the night before. Tyler teams up with Amina Rabbani, and young Muslim officer hoping to make detective. Firewatching does a great job of showing Tyler and Rabbani trying to navigate the police force while also being oustsiders. With a fantastic cast of characters and an intricate plot, Firewatching is destined to be the first in a great series from Thomas. - John


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The Evil Men Do (A P.T. Marsh Novel #2) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525535560
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 3rd, 2020

The Evil Men Do is a superb sequel to The Good Detective.

Detective P.T. Marsh is still haunted by the death of his wife and son. A new murder leads him on a path to find not only the killer, but answers about his wife and son.

An intricate plot, expertly written, with a real Southern feel, McMahon has absolutely knocked this one out of the park. I am so excited to see where he takes Detective Marsh next! - Rebecca


The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525535546
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 4th, 2020

A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Crime Novel for the Year