Criminal Cities

NPR has been running a “Crime in the City” series that explores mysteries set in particular cities. Generally, it features well-known authors such as Robert Parker (for Boston, of course), Michael Connelly (L.A.), John Burdett (Bangkok) and Donna Leon (Venice).

Today’s episode (on “All Things Considered”) features an author with a much shorter track record. Chelsea Cain’s first book in her Portland, Maine (oops — make that Oregon — thanks for the correction, Wendy!) series, Heartsick was pubbed just last year. Many of you may remember how enthusiastic Talia Ross, Macmillian library marketing director, has been about it (spleen removal, anyone?). Talia may have been one of the book’s earliest enthusiasts, but she was soon joined by others; the book appeared on several bestseller lists, including the NY Times, where it debuted at #8 and stayed on for four weeks. Entertainment Weekly callled the book’s villain, “one of the most seductive and original psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter.”

Cain’s next book in the series, Sweetheart, will be pubbed on Sept. 2nd. with an aggressive 200,000 copy first printing. Booklist‘s Bill Ott, a man who knows his mysteries, gave both books starred reviews. We hear that the violence has been dialed back in the second book and the plot has been dialed up, which may make this one accessible to an even broader audience.

Some libraries show modest ordering, but most are clearly anticipating strong demand.

The third title in the series, Heartbreaker, is planned for Fall of ’09. The mass market paperback of Heartsick is coming the end of the month.

The next author to be covered in the Crime in the City series will be Joseph Wambaugh.


Chelsea Cain

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur; (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 031236847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368470
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $39.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; (September 2, 2008)
  • Reader: Carolyn McCormick
  • ISBN-10: 1427205035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427205032
  • Large Print Hardcover: $30.95
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage; (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410408833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410408839

Heartsick — Mass Market Pbk

Chelsea Cain

  • Mass Market Paperback:$7.99
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312947151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312947156

One Response to “Criminal Cities”

  1. Wendy Says:

    That would be Portland, Oregon. Not Maine. I love, love, love these books (I scored an ARC of Sweetheart at BEA).