I got back yesterday from the Festival of Mystery in Pittsburgh, and once again the great folks at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop put on a great event. Around 40 authors and hundreds of great readers braved crummy weather for the love of books. Brings a tear to my eye. I love this event because it gives you a chance to meet readers face to face, one on one--something that doesn't happen much during conferences and panels. Lots of readers who bought THE MARK last year came back to pick up THE GUILTY and THE STOLEN (and a few were mildly perturbed that THE FURY was not out yet--just a few more months, I promise!). It's at events like this one where you can really sense just how much readers fall in love with a series. Thanks to the readers who came back for more of Henry's stories, and to the ones who decided to give him a shot for the first time.
And on THE FURY front, I have three great pieces of news:
1) The official release date for THE FURY is September 29th, 2009.
2) The official finished cover is now in my possession, and I plan to post it shortly (ignore the one currently on Amazon and other sites). Needless to say the finished cover rocks, and I have to thank my publisher's art department for working their butts off. It was worth it.
3) Galleys for THE FURY should be arriving within the next two weeks, maybe as early as next week. At that point in time I'll be running contests to give a few out. Thanks to everyone who's been patiently waiting for the next Parker novel. Like you, I can't wait to see these bad boys in print with the finished art.