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Jim Frangione

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June 21st, 2019 Posted 7:16 am

And of course, there’s an audio version of HEART OF BARKNESS, the complete text narrated by the very talented Jim Frangione who’s handled the whole series so superbly. (And something quite special happens at the very end of his reading!) Coming July 2, available for preorder.

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A Note From the Writer

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June 20th, 2019 Posted 7:30 am

Not long after Scents and Sensibility, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel, came out – actually that very day! – I began getting emails written in all caps, like this: “YOU HAVE BERNIE DYING? THAT’S CRUEL. WE ALL WANT CHET & BERNIE TO GO ON FOREVER.”

Uh-oh. I’d had no intention of ending the series or offing Bernie. I’d had an idea for a different kind of book I wanted to write – the book that became The Right Side – and I can’t write two books at once. So, I thought, how about leaving Chet and Bernie in a cliffhanger situation for now, just a bit of a tease?

Oh, boy. In the intervening time lots of new readers seem to have found the series, so the emails – and messages on social media – just keep coming. Therefore I’m very very happy to say that the new C&B, Heart of Barkness arrives July 2, 2019. There’s no need, by the way, to have read any of the earlier books first. Chet’s the narrator and that kind of rigid sequentiality is just not him.

The Chet and Bernie stories – for those of you new to them – are not cozies. There’s darkness, and the pain of life is felt not just by Bernie but by Chet, too. But – and I think this is part of the appeal of the series, if I may say so – he quickly springs back to his reset position, and that position in one of a lover of life. Is that why I often hear from readers who say Chet and Bernie have helped them through hard times? That’s been a huge and humbling surprise to me.

Heart of Barkness is all about loving life. It’s also about the ruthless, the dangerous, the scorned, country music, and … and mathematics:

“What’s so interesting?” Bernie said. Then came something that had never happened before, kind of a shock. He set his glass on the desk, walked over, and … could it really be? Bernie got down on all fours and … whoa, stop right there! From out of nowhere I suddenly understood four, having never gone past two in my whole life. One, two, four! I’d cracked the code at last!

Welcome – or welcome back – to the world of Chet and Bernie.

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Reader Email

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June 17th, 2019 Posted 7:57 am

Although the Chet and Bernie series is for adults, some kids are reading them. I sometimes read adult books when I was a kid. Let freedom ring!

Here’s the kind of reader feedback that any writer would treasure:

“Hi, my name is XXXX and I am 11, live in XXXXXX, and I have read all of your books on Chet and Bernie (and the short ebooks).

Unless you already have an idea, could I pitch some ideas for the 10th book in your series (if you are doing one)? One idea I had was for Bernie and Chet to go overseas to London to see the new job offer that Suzie gave him in Scents and Sensibility. (But your 9th book hasn’t come out yet so if there is something in that book that interrupts the plot of him checking out London, I’m sorry). In London there could be a missing kid case, in which one of Suzie’s friend’s kid goes missing. Another idea I had was for them to go to Wyoming for a missing kid case. Basically, as Chet would say, missing kids are our MO, which is why I am pitching these to you. Sorry if the first one seemed like the plot of Paw and Order.
Again these are just suggestions, thank you for reading!

Have a nice day!”

I certainly will!

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Beginnings

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June 16th, 2019 Posted 8:19 am

On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of a Peter Abrahams book, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. (As a bonus, we get to write that strange word, moniker, once a week.) How about today we do the beginning of HEART OF BARKNESS, the new Chet and Bernie novel coming July 2?

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once.

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