From the book jacket
At the annual convention of the American
everything goes wrong. Julia Child's cooking
demonstration in the Random House aisle
blows up and catches fire. A top New York
editor catches a pie in the face.
Invitations to the most exclusive
publisher's party are stolen and all the
wrong people show up. Worse, Heidi Yamada,
the world-famous poet, is found dead, spread
over the late Elvis Presley's king-sized
John Daniel sets his first
"Guy Mallon" mystery at the real-life 1990
American Booksellers Association (ABA)
convention in Las Vegas. His
protagonist, Guy, is a book collector (Post-World War II Poets of...
Beyond the Book
The ABA Convention is now
known as BEA (Book Expo America). It's the
largest book show in the USA, with about
35,000 people attending each
year. Most are connected with
the book industry in some shape
or form, but it also attracts
many savvy members of the public as
The key attraction for many are
1,000 authors (many of whom are
household names) who autograph their books
at each BEA, often
giving away free copies in the process.
In 2005, industry sources
estimated that about 50% of all...