I’ve said before and I will say it again: COUNTRY HARDBALL is a great book. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Steve Weddle channels the best of Woodrell, Crumley and Carver to create a wonderful narrative pieced together by a series of jarring short stories. Great stuff. Go buy it. Don’t believe me? Then read what The New York Times said! They called Steve’s writing “dazzling.” They’re right!

So, imagine how quickly my jaw dropped when I read Steve’s wonderful essay on SILENT CITY over at must-read group crime writer blog Do Some Damage. I was blown away. It got me to thinking about not only how supportive Steve’s been, but how great this entire community has been to me for years – long before SILENT CITY was even an idea.

That’s a post for another day – but one that’s been percolating for some time. I’m just really grateful for the advice, mentorship and guidance some of the great mystery and crime authors I’ve met have given me – free of charge, too! I’ve made some great friends and I’m surprised and grateful each day. It’s a family, and it’s great.

Anyway, over at Do Some Damage, Steve had this to say:

The is a thrilling read that picks up speed with each page. This book was a fantastic debut in the mystery genre, and I’m ecstatic that Pete Fernandez has his own series.

Looking forward to more from Segura.

Yeah. Jaw on the floor.

Go buy COUNTRY HARDBALL. You’ll thank me for it.