The Busy Season

Ah, summer in Maine. That magical time of year when the turnpike’s clogged from Friday to Sunday, your favorite haunts are choked with tourists, and your friends who live in warmer climes suddenly realize how much they miss you.

I’m not complaining. The weather’s (mostly) been lovely, and (as my last post indicates) I’m more than happy to play tour guide from time to time. But thanks to my publishing schedule, this summer has been doubly busy for me.

THE KILLING KIND came out in paperback on August 2nd. It’s got a snazzy new cover, chock full of lovely blurbs. NPR called it “Relentless and breathtaking.” The New York Times insisted “Read it. Or else.” And my mom said “I liked your old series better.” (There’s a chance that last one didn’t make the cover.) Anyway, if you’ve been waiting to pick up a copy,  now’s the time. Hit up your local bookseller or order via the links on this page.

On August 9th, Mulholland Books released an e-only prequel to THE KILLING KIND, “The Approach.” It’s lean, funny, and thrilling, and—at the rock bottom price of $0.99 for any e-format—it makes for a great introduction to the Michael Hendricks series. And as an added bonus, it also includes a sneak peek at my second Michael Hendricks novel, RED RIGHT HAND! Click here to learn more or for links to buy.

RED RIGHT HANDRRH doesn’t come out until September 13th, but reviews are already coming in. Booklist said it “brims with nice turns on genre conventions.” Kirkus declared it “Fast-moving… entertaining… A good choice for thriller fans.” And, in a starred review, Publishers Weekly called RED RIGHT HAND “Explosive and timely,” going on to say “Holm expertly balances weighty issues of national security with more intimate personal losses, and makes it clear that the best stories happen in the gray area between good and evil.” (No word on what my mom thinks yet.) If you’re interested in learning more about RED RIGHT HAND (or, you know, preordering it) you can do so here.

As busy as this summer’s been, an impending book release means autumn isn’t looking any quieter. I’ve got loads of events coming up, in Maine and elsewhere. If you want to get a book signed or simply say hello, here’s where you’ll find me:

09/15/16 to 09/18/16
New Orleans, Louisiana

Raymond Village Library
Raymond, Maine

09/30/16 to 10/1/16
Murder by the Book
Jesup Library
Bar Harbor, Maine

Vose Library
Union, Maine

Curtis Memorial Library
Brunswick, Maine

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Keep an eye on my website for details (times, panel information, etc.) and additional appearances; I’m adding new ones all the time. (If you’re a bookseller or librarian and you’d like to schedule an event with me, feel free to drop me a line via the email address in my sidebar.)

Whew! Just typing all that tired me out. Or maybe the heat’s to blame (I’m writing this on Sunday, and it’s pretty sultry in Portland). I wonder when I’m gonna find time to write the next book. I guess that’s what the winter months are for.


Chris Holm is the author of the Collector trilogy, which blends crime and fantasy, and the Michael Hendricks thrillers. His first Hendricks novel, THE KILLING KIND, was nominated for an Anthony, a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity Award and named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015, and Strand Magazine’s #1 Book of 2015. Hendricks returns September 13th in RED RIGHT HAND. Chris lives in Portland, Maine.

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4 Responses to The Busy Season

  1. Linda Baker says:

    I was in Portland on Friday last week. Believe me- “sultry” was not the word that day. More like “blistering”! A very short walkabout that day

  2. Skye says:

    These look wonderful!

  3. Jade Walker says:

    Your mom’s blurb is hilarious. Personally, I’ve enjoyed both series.

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