From the Booking Desk:
Holly West has been a long-time supporter of BOLO Books, so when she approached me to ask if I would be willing to host the cover reveal for her first anthology-editing gig, there was no way I was saying no. Truth is, the brilliant and fun concept of the anthology would have had me saying yes even if I didn’t know how talented Holly is – so you will understand why I was trilled to be asked. There have been several crime fiction anthologies inspired by the music of various artists – Cash, Springsteen, and The Replacements come to mind – but as far as I know, we have yet to see one centered around a female artist. With Murder-A-Go-Go’s, Holly went one step further and coordinated an anthology inspired by one of the most influential of girl groups – The Go-Go’s – and even arranged for one of the members of said group to write the introduction. Throw into this mix an incredibly-varied assortment of our top crime fiction writers and this is an anthology that you won’t want to miss.
Coming March 25, 2019 from Down & Out Books.
Let’s take a look at the cover design with original illustration donated by comic book artist John K. Snyder III.
The Go-Go’s made music on their own terms and in the process, gave voice to a generation. Their songs are an indelible part of our collective soundtrack, speaking to the power and possibility of youth. With a foreword by Jane Wiedlin and stories by twenty-five kick-ass authors, MURDER-A-GO-GO’S is an all-star crime fiction anthology inspired by one of the most iconic bands of the eighties.
A few advance blurbs:
“I always suspected that twinkle in the Go-gos’ eyes was a coded invitation to a darker world. In the hands of these 25 stellar crime fiction writers, “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed” become evil little gems. A totally rad read.” —Alan Hunter, Original MTV VJ, SiriusXM Host
“Shock and Awe, that sums up my reaction to MURDER-A-GO-GO’S. Shock to live in times when “The Whole World Lost Its Head” and awe at the response of these gifted writers. Buckle up for a ride that will leave “Skidmarks on Your Heart.” —Sara Paretsky, best-selling author of the V.I. Warshawski crime series
“Who knew those happy songs by one of my all-time favorite bands, the Go-Go’s, could inspire such dark, noir, spine tingling stories?!! It’s a collection of tales of distinctly female rage—the murderous kind and other wise—to keep you up at night!”—Alison Arngrim, TV’s Nellie Oleson and NY Times bestselling author, CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH
Pre-Order Link: Murder-A-Go-Go’s at Down and Out Books
Thank you so much for your kind words, Kristopher. And thank you for hosting our cover reveal! There’s no better place for it.
My pleasure, Holly. Thank you for always being so supportive of my efforts here and elsewhere. Best of luck with the launch next year. I’ll be posting a review as we get closer to release day.
Lovely introduction, Kristopher. Holly is indeed fantastic. 🙂 Had so much fun writing my story. Love those blurbs!
Thanks for stopping by, Lisa.
Thanks for the cover reveal, Kristopher! And to your point about this being Holly’s first anthology-editing gig, I can just say please don’t let it be her last. I’m honored to be a part of it.
This is great. Thanks for hosting the cover reveal, K!
What a fab idea, fab cover, fab group of authors, and fab editor! You go-go, grrrrls! (and boys)
I’m so excited about this! Love the cover! It’s only the second short story I’ve written (well since college, anyway), but there was no way that I could resist a Go-Go’s anthology!
My first time seeing these blurbs and WOW! Thanks so much, Kristopher, for hosting the cover reveal and to the incredibly awesome Holly West for putting this anthology together. I can’t wait for it to be out in the world.