Friday, September 04, 2015

THE KILLING KIND's Acknowledgments

Yesterday, I received a copy of the final US version of THE KILLING KIND. It's my first hardcover release, and it's as gorgeous as I've come to expect from Mulholland Books—sleek, modern, and eye-catching.

There is, however, something missing. Namely, my acknowledgments.

These things happen. Putting together a book is a complex process. Now and again, something's bound to fall through the cracks. And I'm assured my acknowledgments will appear in later editions. But in the meantime, I thought I'd share them here. THE KILLING KIND traveled a long and winding road to publication, and many have helped it on its way. It'd be a shame if their efforts were to go unrecognized. So, without further ado...

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

A few years ago, Steve Weddle, editor of Needle: A Magazine of Noir, asked if I’d be interested in contributing a short story. I pitched him a couple ideas, and he pushed me to write the more ambitious of the two. The resulting story, “The Hitter,” was nominated for an Anthony Award, appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011, and served as the basis for THE KILLING KIND. I think that means I owe Steve a drink.

Otto Penzler and Harlan Coben, editors of THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011, deserve my thanks, too. Their faith in “The Hitter” played no small part in my decision to write THE KILLING KIND.

Shepherding Hendricks from short story to novel wasn’t easy—that guy’s not one for taking orders—but thankfully, I had some help along the way. THE KILLING KIND would be a pale shadow of itself without the guidance and wisdom of my agent, David Gernert, and my editor, Josh Kendall. Their fingerprints are all over its strongest moments, and I’m a better writer for knowing them.

David’s team at The Gernert Company has been a dream to work with—Ellen Goodson and Anna Worrall in particular. The same goes for the fine folks at Mulholland/Little, Brown—most notably Pamela Brown and Sabrina Callahan. And Ruth Tross of Mulholland UK has proven a delight as well.

I’m extremely grateful to Megan Abbott, David Baldacci, Chelsea Cain, Hilary Davidson, Joseph Finder, Simon Kernick, Owen Laukkanen, Stuart Neville, and Marcus Sakey for their early support of this novel—and to the crime fiction community at large for embracing me as their own and championing my work for years. It’s a hell of a thing to realize you’ve found your tribe.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank my family—Burns, Holm, and Niidas—for their unflagging support; rarely has a loved one’s life of crime been so readily embraced.

And finally, my deepest gratitude to my wife, Katrina, who helped set me on my true path and continues to light the way. Humbling though it is for this writer to admit, words fail to express how much that means to me.

BOLO Books on THE KILLING KIND

This morning, I woke to a wonderful review of THE KILLING KIND, courtesy of BOLO Books. Here's a peek (click through to read the rest):
THE KILLING KIND is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled novel marking a turning point in the career of Chris Holm. Where he was once a cult author with a loyal fan base, this new novel will no doubt make him a recognizable and leading name in the thriller genre moving forward.
Many thanks, Kristopher! So glad you enjoyed it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Maine Crime Writers: Judge Dread

Yesterday, THE KILLING KIND came out in the UK. (It'll come out in the US on 9/15.) Today, I'm at Maine Crime Writers, talking release-day yips. Click through to give it a read!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UK Release Day and BN Accolades

Now available from Mulholland UK
First off, I'm delighted to report that THE KILLING KIND is now available in the UK! Pick it up in gorgeous hardcover, or download the ebook today.

Additionally, I just discovered that Barnes and Noble has named THE KILLING KIND one of their top thrillers for September! I can't tell you what a kick it is to see Michael Hendricks listed alongside the likes of Jack Reacher, James Bond, and Lisbeth Salander.

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Top Five Antiheroes

Today, in honor of THE KILLING KIND's impending release (8/27 in the UK, 9/15 in the US), I'm at Crime Files talking about my favorite antiheroes. Click through to see if yours made the list!