Wednesday, 20 October 2010 10:20
We are a little late in offering our appreciation of writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell who died Sept. 30 at age 69 from complications associated with melanoma. But our intentions are no less heart-felt and, sometimes, one is just at a loss for words.
Cannell, which rhymes with channel, spent more than three decades as an independent producer offering action-adventure TV series and changing the focus of entertainment. He also found time to write 16 novels.
altThis multi-Emmy award-winning producer and writer was considered one of the most prolific in television history with at least 42 series to his credit. His series such as The A-Team, 21 Jump Street and more were iconic.
The Rockford Files remains, at least to me, one of the finest TV series ever created. James Garner as the ex-con private eye was perfect.
On the surface, The Rockford Files may not have seemed like much, but it was how it was presented, not what.
In an interview I had with Cannell last year, he said that the concept of The Rockford Files not only didn't sound like great television, but it didn't sound like something that should have even been on the air.
“If I told you the concept for “The Rockford Files” – it’s not much. Here’s a guy who lives at the beach in a trailer and only handles closed cases. But it’s how we wrote that guy and his father and the other characters, and how we cast it, that made it exceptional," Cannell told me during the interview that ran in the Sun Sentinel during 2010.
And let's not forget Wiseguy, a terrific show that wasn't just about a guy undercover in the mob. It was about fitting in and living a solitary life. The first time I saw Kevin Spacey was in Wiseguy. Tim Curry's turn as a dog-loving murderer was unforgettable.
Cannell also enjoyed being in front of the camera, making cameo appearances in myriad TV shows. Lately, he had been making frequent appearances on ABC’s Castle as one of star Nathan Fillion’s poker-playing buddies, sharing the table with other mystery writers including Michael Connelly and James Patterson.
His 16th novel, The Prostitute's Ball, just hit the bookstores.
It was only the last week of Februrary of 2010 that Cannell was one of the guests of honor during Sleuthfest, the mystery writers conference sponsored by the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.
Looking fit and trim, he gave an entertaining lunch speech and was on hand for panels and to autograph novels.
My interview with him was a few weeks before he came to Florida. His assistants told me I would only be allowed a maximum of 30 minutes for the interview. Instead, he kept talking to me and we ended up chatting for nearly 90 minutes. He came across as gracious and knowledgeable, a true storyteller.
That he did as much as he did is impressive. That he did as much as he did with the severe dyslexia that he has had since he was a child is astonishing. He never let his handicap hold him back.
At the end of each of his TV shows, Cannell was always seen pulling paper out of a typewriter. That wasn't a gimmick. Cannell still used a typewriter to work. He had nearly 50 and always traveled with at least one, sometimes two. "A perk of having a private plane," he said, not bragging, but adding how lucky he felt about his success. He never worked on a computer, he said, because of his dyslexia.
Spell check wouldn't work, he said, as he spelled phonetically. Each script and manuscript had to be retyped.
"I can come up with the stories but they won’t come out of my fingertips spelled correctly,” he told me during that interview.
We'll all miss those stories.
Stephen Cannell: an Appreciation
Oline Cogdill
stephen-cannell-an-appreciation
We are a little late in offering our appreciation of writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell who died Sept. 30 at age 69 from complications associated with melanoma. But our intentions are no less heart-felt and, sometimes, one is just at a loss for words.
Cannell, which rhymes with channel, spent more than three decades as an independent producer offering action-adventure TV series and changing the focus of entertainment. He also found time to write 16 novels.
altThis multi-Emmy award-winning producer and writer was considered one of the most prolific in television history with at least 42 series to his credit. His series such as The A-Team, 21 Jump Street and more were iconic.
The Rockford Files remains, at least to me, one of the finest TV series ever created. James Garner as the ex-con private eye was perfect.
On the surface, The Rockford Files may not have seemed like much, but it was how it was presented, not what.
In an interview I had with Cannell last year, he said that the concept of The Rockford Files not only didn't sound like great television, but it didn't sound like something that should have even been on the air.
“If I told you the concept for “The Rockford Files” – it’s not much. Here’s a guy who lives at the beach in a trailer and only handles closed cases. But it’s how we wrote that guy and his father and the other characters, and how we cast it, that made it exceptional," Cannell told me during the interview that ran in the Sun Sentinel during 2010.
And let's not forget Wiseguy, a terrific show that wasn't just about a guy undercover in the mob. It was about fitting in and living a solitary life. The first time I saw Kevin Spacey was in Wiseguy. Tim Curry's turn as a dog-loving murderer was unforgettable.
Cannell also enjoyed being in front of the camera, making cameo appearances in myriad TV shows. Lately, he had been making frequent appearances on ABC’s Castle as one of star Nathan Fillion’s poker-playing buddies, sharing the table with other mystery writers including Michael Connelly and James Patterson.
His 16th novel, The Prostitute's Ball, just hit the bookstores.
It was only the last week of Februrary of 2010 that Cannell was one of the guests of honor during Sleuthfest, the mystery writers conference sponsored by the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.
Looking fit and trim, he gave an entertaining lunch speech and was on hand for panels and to autograph novels.
My interview with him was a few weeks before he came to Florida. His assistants told me I would only be allowed a maximum of 30 minutes for the interview. Instead, he kept talking to me and we ended up chatting for nearly 90 minutes. He came across as gracious and knowledgeable, a true storyteller.
That he did as much as he did is impressive. That he did as much as he did with the severe dyslexia that he has had since he was a child is astonishing. He never let his handicap hold him back.
At the end of each of his TV shows, Cannell was always seen pulling paper out of a typewriter. That wasn't a gimmick. Cannell still used a typewriter to work. He had nearly 50 and always traveled with at least one, sometimes two. "A perk of having a private plane," he said, not bragging, but adding how lucky he felt about his success. He never worked on a computer, he said, because of his dyslexia.
Spell check wouldn't work, he said, as he spelled phonetically. Each script and manuscript had to be retyped.
"I can come up with the stories but they won’t come out of my fingertips spelled correctly,” he told me during that interview.
We'll all miss those stories.
Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:42

Bouchercon in San Francisco has been amazing. I am already looking forward to next year in St. Louis.

We've already posted the Anthony winners (see below) and here are the other well-deserved honors. I still believe that every author who is nominated is already a winner.


Congratulations to all.

Shamus Award Winners


Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: *Locked In*, by Marcia Muller (Grand Central)
First P.I. Novel: *Faces of the Gone*, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: *Sinner’s Ball*, by Ira Berkowitz (Three
Rivers Press)
Best P.I. Short Story: “Julius Katz,” by Dave Zeltserman (*Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,* September/October 2009)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Crais


Macavity Award Winners

Best Mystery Novel: Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman: *Tower* (Busted Flush
Press)
Best First Mystery Novel: Alan Bradley: *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the
Pie* (Delacorte)
Best Mystery Nonfiction: P.D. James: *Talking about Detective
Fiction*(Alfred A. Knopf)
Best Mystery Short Story: Hank Phillippi Ryan: "On the House" (*Quarry: Crime Stories* by New England Writers, Level Best Books)
Sue Feder Historical Mystery: Rebecca Cantrell: *A Trace of Smoke* (Forge)

Barry Award Winners

Best Novel: John Hart: *The Last Child* (Minotaur)
Best First Novel: Alan Bradley: *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie*(Delacorte)
Best British Novel: Philip Kerr: *If the Dead Not Rise* (Quercus)
Best Paperback Original: Bryan Gruley: *Starvation Lake* (Touchstone)
Best Thriller: Jamie Freveletti: *Running From the Devil* (Morrow)
Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade: Stieg Larsson: *The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo* (Knopf)
Best Short Story: Brendan DuBois, "The High House Writer" (*AHMM*July-August 2009)

Everyone a Winner
Oline Cogdill
everyone-a-winner

Bouchercon in San Francisco has been amazing. I am already looking forward to next year in St. Louis.

We've already posted the Anthony winners (see below) and here are the other well-deserved honors. I still believe that every author who is nominated is already a winner.


Congratulations to all.

Shamus Award Winners


Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: *Locked In*, by Marcia Muller (Grand Central)
First P.I. Novel: *Faces of the Gone*, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: *Sinner’s Ball*, by Ira Berkowitz (Three
Rivers Press)
Best P.I. Short Story: “Julius Katz,” by Dave Zeltserman (*Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,* September/October 2009)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Crais


Macavity Award Winners

Best Mystery Novel: Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman: *Tower* (Busted Flush
Press)
Best First Mystery Novel: Alan Bradley: *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the
Pie* (Delacorte)
Best Mystery Nonfiction: P.D. James: *Talking about Detective
Fiction*(Alfred A. Knopf)
Best Mystery Short Story: Hank Phillippi Ryan: "On the House" (*Quarry: Crime Stories* by New England Writers, Level Best Books)
Sue Feder Historical Mystery: Rebecca Cantrell: *A Trace of Smoke* (Forge)

Barry Award Winners

Best Novel: John Hart: *The Last Child* (Minotaur)
Best First Novel: Alan Bradley: *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie*(Delacorte)
Best British Novel: Philip Kerr: *If the Dead Not Rise* (Quercus)
Best Paperback Original: Bryan Gruley: *Starvation Lake* (Touchstone)
Best Thriller: Jamie Freveletti: *Running From the Devil* (Morrow)
Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade: Stieg Larsson: *The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo* (Knopf)
Best Short Story: Brendan DuBois, "The High House Writer" (*AHMM*July-August 2009)

Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:20
The 2010 Anthony Awards were announced today at Bouchercon in San Francisco. Congratulations to the winners!
BEST NOVEL
THE BRUTAL TELLING-Louise Penny [Minotaur]

BEST FIRST NOVEL
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY-Sophie Littlefield [Minotaur]

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
STARVATION LAKE-Bryan Gruley [Touchstone]

BEST SHORT STORY
"On the House"-Hank Phillippi Ryan, QUARRY: Crime Stories by New England Writers [Level Best Books]

BEST CRITICAL/NONFICTION WORK
TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION-P D James [Bodleian Library/Knopf]
2010 Anthony Awards
2010-anthony-awards
The 2010 Anthony Awards were announced today at Bouchercon in San Francisco. Congratulations to the winners!
BEST NOVEL
THE BRUTAL TELLING-Louise Penny [Minotaur]

BEST FIRST NOVEL
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY-Sophie Littlefield [Minotaur]

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
STARVATION LAKE-Bryan Gruley [Touchstone]

BEST SHORT STORY
"On the House"-Hank Phillippi Ryan, QUARRY: Crime Stories by New England Writers [Level Best Books]

BEST CRITICAL/NONFICTION WORK
TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION-P D James [Bodleian Library/Knopf]