Book of the Year


Gratified to come in second for the CLFA’s 2015 Book of the Year competition. Here’s how CLFA describes itself on its website:  “Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance (the CLFA for short)…is the destination for lovers of fiction and freedom. Visit for the latest news of fiction for consumers ranging from religious conservatives to atheist libertarians and everyone in between – in ...

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The Louse is coming

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Bruno X and Chief Buddy Black are back. This time they’re in California, special guests at a celebrity wine tasting. Six people drink from the same bottle. Two of them drop dead—the others are fine. The forensics lab finds no trace of poison. But there’s enough ill-will among the rival wine critics to gag a giraffe—or ...

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“The Ultimate Summer Mystery”

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From Susan Goldberg’s review in P.J. Media The Violet Crow Takes a Borscht Belt Twist on Film Noir for the Ultimate Summer Mystery What do Jews, Quakers and biotech have in common? Jersey, of course, the setting for Michael Sheldon’s debut novel The Violet Crow. Private Detective Bruno X, a rough around the edges Yiddish trash talker with a ...

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Remember to vote—for the Crow

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Could The Violet Crow be “the best book of 2015?” Yes, but only if you vote for it. I’m up against stiff competition. Jim Butcher is the godfather of urban fantasy. Larry Correia is the best-selling creator of the Monster Hunters Int’l franchise. Proud to be in good company, but the odds in Vegas of ...

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Burnin’ up the media

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The Violet Crow received some great media attention at the end of 2015. From National Review to NPR to talk radio, here are the highlights. First, this notice in National Review Online:   Second, a chance to read two 80-second passages on NPR Author’s Corner:   Third, while I was recording the Author’s Corner segment, I also had an interview ...

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