Mystery and thriller fans: Want to know which mysteries your favorite writers love most? So did Irish crime authors John Connolly and Declan Burke.
And tomorrow night, Connolly visits Mystery Lovers Bookshop
to tout Books to Die For
(Atria/Emily Bestler Books), their new compilation of tribute essays by some 120 authors.
Writers who took the challenge include Lee Child (who picked Kenneth Orvis’ The Damned and the Destroyed
); Sara Paretsky (Dickens’ Bleak House
); John Banville (Georges Simenon’s Act of Passion
); Joseph Wambaugh (Capote’s In Cold Blood
); Jo Nesbø (Jim Thompson’s Pop. 1280
); and Elmore Leonard (George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Connolly himself honored Ross McDonald’s The Chill
Other authors whose works are celebrated range from Edgar Allen Poe, Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain to Stephen King, Douglas Adams and Donna Tartt.
Connolly is best known for his bestselling Charlie Parker mysteries. MLB is one of of 11 stops on his book tour of the eastern U.S. and Quebec.
MLB is at 514 Allegheny River Blvd., in Oakmont. The free event starts at 7 p.m.