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Woman with a Blue Pencil Nominated for Edgar Award

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  Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 207th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at…

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Starred Review from Shelf Awareness

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In this refreshingly innovative detective novel, Hammett Unwritten author Gordon McAlpine follows the life of a character cut–via the vicious blue editing pencil–from a novel. Takumi Sato is a Japanese-American in the Manzanar relocation camp during World War II who has written a novel featuring Sam Sumida, a Japanese-American sleuth investigating his wife’s murder. In…

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Favorite Crime Fiction of 2015

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Woman with a Blue Pencil, by Gordon McAlpine (Seventh Street): Don’t let all the highbrow praise for this metafictional head-spinner scare you away–McAlpine’s ambitions may be more high-falutin’ than those of the next ink-stained jasper, but he knows how to tell a kick-ass story. Even when it’s presented in bits and pieces. The snippets from…

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Book Talks at Independent Bookstores

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A wonderful trio of discussions about my new novel Woman with a Blue Pencil at three of the best independent bookstores  in Southern California: Vroman’s in Pasadena, Book Carnival in Orange, and Laguna Beach Books. So many friends turned out to the events! Thanks to all for coming. And thanks to David Schwartz for snapping…

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Paste Magazine Reviews Woman with a Blue Pencil

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Hard-boiled detective fiction needs more writers like Gordon McAlpine. In his last two novels, the Maltese Falcon-deconstructing Hammett Unwritten and the just-released, parallel-narrative marvel Woman With a Blue Pencil, McAlpine has delivered the goods on multiple levels. In each case, he’s pulled off feats of masterly metafiction while sacrificing little—if any—page-turning punch. In Hammett Unwritten,…

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Interview in “The Big Thrill”

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By John Clement Gordon McAlpine’s latest novel, WOMAN WITH A BLUE PENCIL (Seventh Street Books, 2015), is an engaging and imaginative palimpsest of stories, each unfolding in piecemeal through glimpses of letters, notes, manuscripts, and excerpted passages from both historical accounts and novels. The book has been described as a mash-up of Raymond Chandler and…

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New French Translation of Hammett Unwritten

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Hammett Unwritten has been published in translation by the distinguished French publisher Editions Payot & Rivages as Le Dossier Hammett.   Featuring  elements of noir and meta-fiction, the translation should find a receptive audience among the French. A champagne toast to Gordon McAlpine’s nom de plume, Owen Fitzstephen! Le Dossier Hammett can be purchased via:…

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Joyce Carol Oates Praises McAlpine’s New Novel

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The distinguished author Joyce Carol Oates added her voice to the recent praise for Gordon McAlpine’s new novel.  According to Ms. Oates, “Woman with a Blue Pencil is a brilliantly structured labyrinth of a novel — something of an enigma wrapped in a mystery, postmodernist in its experimental bravado and yet satisfyingly well-grounded in the…

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Booklist Joins in the Pre-Pub Praise

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On October 1, 2015, the distinguished publishing industry magazine Booklist offered another enthusiastic review of Woman with a Blue Pencil: “Japanese American art historian Sam Sumida reluctantly concludes that he must become a private eye. His unfaithful wife has been murdered, and the LAPD doesn’t seem much interested in finding her killer. So, on the…

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Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

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Woman with a Blue Pencil Gordon McAlpine, Author McAlpine (Hammett Unwritten as Owen Fitzstephen) once again ventures successfully into metafiction, jumping back and forth between two separate manuscripts while delivering a masterly critique of the mystery novel. Author Takumi Sato must revise the manuscript of his novel about a Japanese-American academic, Sam Sumida, who turns…

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