Vroom! Vroom! A High Octane Panel of Crime Writers – Featuring Super Nova Michael Connelly, Ben H. Winters, Gary Phillips and Sara Gran with editor Patrick Millikin – Peel Out with Sublime New Collection The Highway Kind, Talk & Signing

Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m.

The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Divers and Dark Roads is a story collection which includes original stories from some of the country’s best selling and critically acclaimed crime writers, several of whom will thrill us with their presence at this high octane panel discussion and signing. We are gobsmacked to host legendary Michael Connelly,  coming out this November with his 29th novel The Wrong Side of Goodbye and Ben H. Winters, writer of the best selling sensation Underground Airlines together with the outstanding Gary Phillips, Treacherous: Grifters, Ruffians  and Killersand Sara Gran, Claire De Witt and the Bohemian Highway, all contributing new stories to the book. They will discuss this exhilarating take on the open road and how it can lead you astray, with editor Patrick Millikin. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a great star-filled night ride down the byways of crime fiction at this electrifying discussion and signing.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of  one of the author’s titles from Chevalier’s. For each purchased copy, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. Please save your receipt for copies purchased from Chevalier’s.

highwaycoverLike fiction, cars transport us. They are vehicles of change, allowing anyone with access to a car to pick up and change his or her surroundings. As technology races forward, it’s almost impossible to find a moment of solitude. Driving allows you to be isolated, permitting your mind to wander into unfamiliar territory. The anonymity of the road provides cover for you to make important decisions, release your darkest desires, and plot the most desperate schemes. The cars in this thrilling new collection take us into a different world: from the tony enclaves of upper crust society to the lowliest barrio; from muscle car-driving con men to hardscrabble kids on the road during the Great Depression; from a psychotic traveling salesman to a Mexican drug lord who drives a tricked-out VW Bus. We all share the roads, and our cars link us together.

Including entirely new stories from Michael Connelly, C.J. Box, George Pelecanos, Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, Ace Atkins, Luis Alberto Urrea, Sara Gran, Ben H. Winters, and Joe Lansdale, The Highway Kind is a street-level look at modern America, as seen through one of its national obsessions.

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is the author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye and twenty-eight previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Crossing and The Burning Room. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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Ben H. Winters is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines and World of Trouble, the concluding book in the Last Policeman trilogy. The second book, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate.  He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

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Sara Gran is the author of the novels Dope, Come Closer, Saturn’s Return to New York, and the Claire DeWitt series. Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and as many languages. She also writes for TV and film and occasionally writes other things.Born and raised in Brooklyn, now living in California, Ms. Gran has worked with books as a writer, bookseller, and collector for most of her career. 

garyphillipsBorn under a bad sign, Gary Phillips must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads.  In addition to his first ever Sherlock Holmes story in Echoes of Sherlock Holmes he has short stories in The Highway Kind, Crime +Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir, and is co-editor of 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback. He also has two comics miniseries , Peepland, co-written with Christa Faust set in the grindhouse days of 1980s Times Square, and Vigilante: Southland.

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Patrick Millikin is a bookseller at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. He is the editor of Phoenix Noir (Akashic), which contained the Edgar-Award-winning story “Amapola” by Luis Alberto Urrea.  As a freelance writer, his articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, True West and other publications. He lives in Phoenix, AZ and is currently restoring a 1960 Cadillac Sedan Deville.