Multi award-winning novelist, Michael Lister, is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers DOUBLE EXPOSURE, BURNT OFFERINGS, and SEPARATION ANXIETY, as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan "Blood" series (BLOOD SACRIFICE) and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Series (THE LONG DARK NIGHT).The Florida Book Review says that "Vintage Michael Lister is poetic prose, exquisitely set scenes, characters who are damaged and faulty" and Michael Koryta says, “If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister," while Publisher's Weekly adds, “Lister’s hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.”
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John Jordan is Back in Rivers to Blood
Rivers to Blood marks the return of one of the most popular, unique, and beloved detectives of our time.
Bestselling author Lisa Unger says, “John Jordan manages to be deeply flawed yet utterly appealing” while PJ Parrish adds, “Chaplain John Jordan is one of crime fiction’s most original heroes.”
Following the Florida Book Award-winning previous novel, Blood Sacrifice, John Jordan returns in Rivers to Blood to search for an escaped prisoner, a shocking murderer, and a sadist forcing his victims violate themselves–all while trying to take care of his family, friends, and the members of his very errant flock.
Witness the 6th entry in what Florida Weekly called “a treasure of contemporary literature–suspenseful, provocative, and unsettling,” and bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming says is “one of the most ambitious and unusual crime fiction series going. Read this and see what crime fiction is capable of.”
I’m known among those who know me as a pretty generous fellow.
Most all the work I’ve ever done is in the helping professions, work that involves giving to and investing in others—prison chaplaincy, counseling, teaching, mentoring, even my writing, both my novels and nonfiction, has always been a form of giving for me.
I’ve always been the one to pick up the check—even though as the starving artist I was most often the lowest earner at the table—or buy the unexpected, indulgent gift for no reason at all, always loved finding out something someone would absolutely love and surprising them with it.
I’m just completing my 16th Annual Holiday Book Giveaway where I gave away over 12,000 copies of my books—bringing my total up to over 87,000 of my books I’ve given away over the years.
The thing is I’ve always thought of myself as Mr. Generosity. That was until I met Michael Connelly.
From the moment I first met him Michael Connelly has wowed me with his generosity—Me! Mr. Generosity!
It was over a decade ago that I became aware of just how giving Mr. Connelly is. I was on the board of the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter and to help the organization he donated two huge gifts, allowing us to auction off his reading and critiquing part of an unpublished author’s manuscript and for someone to name a character in his next book. Going far above and beyond, as he is always wont to do, he also agreed to read and critique the second highest bidder’s manuscript too—the bidding went very, very high, as you can imagine, and the losing bidder was very, very disappointed—and in both cases he read the entire manuscripts not just a portion. As I recall what Mr. Connelly did raised over $4,000.00 for the Florida MWA Chapter—and that was back when 4 grand was even more money than it is today.
In the ten years following this amazing act of generosity I have watched as this hugely talented, bestselling author has never missed an opportunity to be gracious, to be generous, to be the best of what a successful artist and popular public person can be.
I’ve watched as he has sat and signed books for hours, answering questions, taking pictures, taking time with fans.
I have watched as he as mentored and supported other authors—how he won’t blurb a book or offer his support for something he hasn’t read, but how once he’s read something he likes he takes every opportunity given to tell others about it.
Over the years, I’ve had editors and booksellers, fans and authors tell me the kind, gracious, and incredibly generous things Mr. Connelly has done for them.
If I began to list them here—hell, if I just listed the enormously generous things he’s done for me—this tribute would cease to be an essay and quickly turn into a titanic tome. It would also embarrass this humble, selfless man—and that is not my intention.
In fact, I have started to write this tribute for some time now, but have always stopped for that reason, but recently when Mr. Connelly’s French editor agreed with me that Mr. Connelly wasn’t just the most generous author but person we knew I knew I had to.
When I think of Mr. Connelly, someone I admire and respect and who inspires me—both on the page and off—I think of two of my favorite quotes.
What the Dalai Lama said about his religion: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
And what Winston Churchhill said about life: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
What a life Michael Connelly is living! What a gift he is to the world!
I herby relinquish my title as Mr. Generosity and gladly give it to a man far more deserving of the honor than me and close by saying thank you to Michael Connelly for being far more than a great writer. Thank you for being a great man.
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The Spiritual Sequel to DOUBLE EXPOSURE is Available Now!
In this stunning follow-up to DOUBLE EXPOSURE, Michael Lister once again takes readers down the rural routes and river swamps of wild North Florida.
Sixteen-year-old Shelby Emma Summers has disappeared on a late-August day from her famous artist mom’s lodge on the banks of the Apalachicola River, just outside the small town of Tupelo.
Out in the Gulf, a savage hurricane projected to make landfall in the Panhandle intensifies and expands.
Has Shelby been abducted or is she merely skipping school? Is she with her boyfriend, Julian, and if she is, does that make her more or less safe?
A fast-paced twisting and turning mystery, a harrowing hurricanic adventure. Told in prose that is poetic, evocative, and muscular, SEPARATION ANXIETY is a timeless, resonate literary thriller of heartbreak and heroism.
Blood Sacrifice, Michael Lister’s fifth John Jordan novel, has won the Silver Medal in the Florida Book Awards Popular Fiction Category for 2012
(This is Michael’s second Florida Book Award. His first was a Bronze Medal in the Florida Book Awards General Fiction Category for 2009.)
Many readers are calling it the best Jordan yet!
Listen to what’s being said . . .
Publisher’s Weekly says “Well-handled plot twists complement one of today’s more psychologically complex religious detectives.”
Michael Connelly says “Michael Lister may be the author of the most unique series running in mystery fiction. It crackles with tension and authenticity.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Big Beyond
The Thrilling Sequel to The Big Goodbye . . .
THE BIG BEYOND
by Michael Lister
“Lister’s hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.” Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review of The Big Goodbye.
“Michael Lister is one of those rare, gifted writers who can immerse you with his first sentence. Tight, taut, terrific PI noir with a classic and fully-realized 1940s setting, THE BIG BEYOND is a treasure—don’t miss it!” Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of CITY OF DRAGONS
“Michael Lister successfully brings back the hardboiled 1940′s P.I. with his Jimmy ‘Soldier’ Riley series. First he burst onto the scene with THE BIG GOODBYE and now he tears up the mean streets of Panama City, Florida again in THE BIG BEYO\ND. Soldier has heart, the dialogue is relentlessly hardboiled, and the local is steamy and original. Lister knows how to mix it all together with the steady hand of a solid pro.” Robert Randisi
“Michael Lister’s The Big Beyond delivers the goods like Tyson in his prime, hard, fast and a beautiful kind of brutal.” Gary Phillips, author of the Warlord of Willow Ridge
History, Mystery, and Romance
Walk the mean streets of wartime Panama City with Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, a wounded, woman-haunted knight errant in Michael Lister’s resonant new noir series Publisher’s Weekly calls “a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida,” and Library Journal says “peppered with snappy dialog, this hard-boiled mystery by award winner Lister is a swell read.”
What really happened to Soldier and Lauren the night they left town?Did they survive? Will their love? What comes after saying the big goodbye? Is there anything out there in the big beyond?
Picking up right at the thrilling conclusion of The Big Goodbye, The Big Beyond finds Soldier near death with one hell of a big score to settle and more than a few injustices to square along the way—all while searching wartime Panama City for a dangerous serial killer who combines art and murder.
Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining, Michael Lister’s The Big Beyond continues the romantic, mysterious, adventures of one of the most interesting and compelling classic hard-boiled detectives to come along in a very, very long time.
“If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister.” Michael Koryta
THE BIG BEYOND
Thriller / Mystery / Noir
The Big Goodbye
“Lister’s Hard-Edged Prose Ranks With The Best Of Contemporary Noir Fiction.”*
Walk The Mean Streets Of Wartime Panama City With Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, A Wounded, Woman-Haunted Knight Errant In Michael Lister’s Resonant New Series.
“Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining. Michael Lister’s PI Jimmy “Soldier” Riley is a compelling new noir hero.” Jason Starr
“A seductive mix of sudden violence and raw emotion, Michael Lister’s THE BIG GOODBYE is a much-welcome contribution to the hardboiled, P.I. tradition. Cool stuff.” Victor Gischler
“1940s Panama City, Florida . . . tough and violent with snappy dialogue and great atmosphere, beautiful women with hidden agendas, and a long lost world that we mostly know through ancient postcards and faded photographs. Get ready for a suspenseful, romantic and historic ride.” Ace Atkins
*The Big Goodbye Receives A Starred Review In Publisher’s Weekly
Lister (The Body and the Blood) kicks off a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida with a tantalizing opening line–”I had not yet recovered from shooting Stanley Somerset when I saw her”–and rapidly establishes the intriguing persona of narrator Jimmy Riley. Riley, who lost an arm while on the police force, now works as a PI partnered with a former Pinkerton agent. Obsessed with ex-lover Lauren Lewis, he’s taken aback when she re-enters his life. Lewis, whose husband is running for mayor of Panama City, appears at his office to ask whether Riley is the person who’s been tailing her. While she believes his denial, she declines his offer to help. Unsurprisingly, Riley decides to look into the matter anyway, and soon finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of the police when bodies start piling up. Lister’s hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.
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Wow! Check Out The STELLER Reviews BURNT OFFERINGS Is Receiving
"I truly believe Michael Lister is one of the finest and most intelligent writers amongst us today. His novel "Double Exposure" was truly one of the best books I've ever read. A work of poetry. However, his true brilliance is in his ability to adapt and change from book to book. Burnt Offerings is another example of him stretching his wings. This one touches on religion, the Holocaust, true love, overcoming your fears, fanaticism and all hidden within a real page turning crime novel. I really liked The Big Goodbye, however this may be his best work since Double Exposure and is not to be missed. If your looking for a wonderful new author to discover, Listers your man. He won't disappoint.” Rod Weithop
"Burnt Offerings is vintage Michael Lister . . . poetic prose, exquisitely set scenes, characters who are damaged and faulty. Not since Thomas Harris wrote about a guy named Hannibal have I enjoyed a villain so much. It's the best of the Lister novels I've read." Ed Irvin, The Florida Book Review
"Lister tells a multilayered story about an FDLE agent who teams up with an expert in ritual crimes to stop a murderer who uses fire as his weapon. Grisly and gripping, the novel should appeal to crime-fiction fans of many stripes, especially readers of Florida-themed fiction." Booklist
"A psychopath, who burns people alive as part of a twisted sacrificial rite, terrorizes north Florida in Lister's suspenseful serial killer thriller, Burnt Offerings. The murderer's motive is not typical, and the leads are strong enough to warrant a series." Publisher's Weekly
“If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister. BUNRT OFFERINGS is a compelling blend of fascinating forensics, sinister twists, full-blooded characters, and beautiful writing. Beneath it all is a core that offers far more than thrills—a meditation on faith, psychology, and the human struggle.” Michael Koryta
The scratch of a single match—spark, heat, chemical reaction, fire being born—and an intense thriller begins.
Terror reigns over the North Florida National Forest, the coastal town of Bayshore, and the barrier island of Pine Key—a fiery terror whose flame threatens to consume the whole world.
An exacting and methodical killer whose weapon is fire is working on his masterpiece, and only a wounded and scarred FDLE agent and a retired ritual crimes expert hiding from the world in a cabin in the woods have any hope of stopping him.
Rich and textured, yet fast-paced and pulse-pounding, BURNT OFFERINGS will leave you breathless right up until its heart-stopping conclusion.
"Deep, edgy, and smart, BURNT OFFERINGS is a searing page-turner. With evocative prose, sharp procedural detail, and break-neck pacing, Michael Lister takes his readers on a journey into the darkest reaches of Florida -- and into the human heart. Don't miss this stellar outing from a truly fine writer." Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of DIE FOR YOU.
The Big Goodbye
"Lister's Hard-Edged Prose Ranks With The Best Of Contemporary Noir Fiction."*
Walk The Mean Streets Of Wartime Panama City With Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, A Wounded, Woman-Haunted Knight Errant In Michael Lister's Resonant New Series.
"Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining. Michael Lister's PI Jimmy "Soldier" Riley is a compelling new noir hero." Jason Starr
"A seductive mix of sudden violence and raw emotion, Michael Lister's THE BIG GOODBYE is a much-welcome contribution to the hardboiled, P.I. tradition. Cool stuff." Victor Gischler
"1940s Panama City, Florida . . . tough and violent with snappy dialogue and great atmosphere, beautiful women with hidden agendas, and a long lost world that we mostly know through ancient postcards and faded photographs. Get ready for a suspenseful, romantic and historic ride." Ace Atkins
*The Big Goodbye Receives A Starred Review In Publisher's Weekly
Lister (The Body and the Blood) kicks off a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida with a tantalizing opening line--"I had not yet recovered from shooting Stanley Somerset when I saw her"--and rapidly establishes the intriguing persona of narrator Jimmy Riley. Riley, who lost an arm while on the police force, now works as a PI partnered with a former Pinkerton agent. Obsessed with ex-lover Lauren Lewis, he's taken aback when she re-enters his life. Lewis, whose husband is running for mayor of Panama City, appears at his office to ask whether Riley is the person who's been tailing her. While she believes his denial, she declines his offer to help. Unsurprisingly, Riley decides to look into the matter anyway, and soon finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of the police when bodies start piling up. Lister's hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.
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Michael Lister’s Award-Winning Novel,
DOUBLE EXPOSURE, Headed For Big Screen
In association with The Garden, Bruce Dawson, Jason Hreno, and Amy Moore-Benson are excited to announce their option of the exclusive film rights to MICHAEL LISTER's explosive novel DOUBLE EXPOSURE.
Published in September 2009 by Tyrus Books, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is the story of a wildlife photographer who, after unwittingly capturing a murder with his camera traps deep in the swamp of North Florida’s Apalachicola River Basin, must fight and find his way out of the woods with the evidence while being pursued by a dangerous sociopath and his pack of soulless killers.
The novel immediately grabbed the attention of readers and reviewers alike, being described as “A Hitchcockian thriller and spellbinding page-turner” by Booklist, and praised for its “Lyrical, evocative prose, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy‘s 'The Road” by the Panama City News Herald.
The thrilling story has also being championed by bestselling author, Michael Connelly (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), who said, “With elegiac prose, insightful characterization and a wonderfully ingenious plot, Michael Lister has squeezed every ounce of terror and thrills out of a dark night in the woods.”
The novel won a prestigious Florida Book Award in 2010, and was produced as a stage play by Jason Hedden with Gulf Coast Community College.
The author, who Ellerry Queen Magazine called “one of the most individual and talented newer writers on the crime-fiction scene, with vivid style, ready wit, and a marriage of plot and theme,” grew up in North Florida near the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola River, in a town world famous for tupelo honey.
Truly a regional writer, Lister’s canvas is North Florida’s small towns (THUNDER BEACH), river swamps (DOUBLE EXPOSURE), massive state prisons (THE BODY AND THE BLOOD). In the early 90s, Lister became the youngest chaplain within the Florida Department of Corrections, where he served until he began writing full-time in 2000.
Lister will co-write the script based on his novel with Jason Hreno, who will also direct.
Hreno is a trilingual (English, French and Spanish) Canadian writer-director, who following the international acclaim of his short film WANDERING EYES, began to direct commercials and music videos, and later emerged as a prolific cable feature director. As well as being attached to direct several features, he also has a series in development with The Nightingale Company.
The deal was arranged by Amy Moore-Benson, of AMB Literary Management, a former editor and elite literary agent and manager, who is also serving as the film’s co-producer.
The dark, pulse-pounding, art house thriller aims to go into production in the fall 2011.
John Jordan Comes To Kindle, Nook, And IPad
Pulpwood Press is pleased to announce the release of Michael Lister’s first 3 John Jordan mysteries in eBook formats. POWER IN THE BLOOD, BLOOD OF THE LAMB, and FLESH AND BLOOD are now all available in the most popular eBooks formats (including The Kindle, The Nook, The iPad and others) for just $2.99 each.
THE BODY AND THE BLOOD Receives Starred Review
“A starred review indicates a book of outstanding quality.”
Publishers Weekly The Body and the Blood: A John Jordan Mystery
Michael Lister, Five Star, $25.95 (330p) ISBN 978-1-59414-893-4
In Lister's superior fourth book featuring cop-turned-prison chaplain John Jordan (after 2006's story collection Flesh and Blood), recovering alcoholic Jordan, who's begun to reconcile with his estranged wife, Susan, meets Susan's father, Tom Daniels, who's inspector general of the Florida Department of Corrections and a fellow recovering alcoholic, at Potter Correctional Institute, where a prisoner charged with raping Daniels's wife is incarcerated. When inmate Justin Menge, a key witness against the accused rapist, is stabbed to death, both Jordan and Daniels can attest that no one entered or left Menge's locked cell, making howdunit crucial to determining whodunit. Moreover, Menge's death came shortly after his sister, Paula, visited him and learned that he was claiming to have been the victim of a frame. Suspects range from inmates and prison staff to Paula, who was her brother's heir.
A plausible resolution concludes this first-rate locked-room mystery.
DOUBLE EXPOSURE Wins Florida Book Award
North Florida Author Michael Lister’s “Double Exposure” won a Bronze Medal for General Fiction in the 2009 Florida Book Awards.
The Florida Book Awards –the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program– was established in 2006 to recognize, honor, and celebrate the best Florida literature published the previous year.
In his introduction to “Double Exposure,” #1 New York Times Besteslling Author, Michael Connelly, calls the book “Elegiac, like a two-hundred page poem, with words that skip on the waters of the imagination like well-polished stones.”