I'm happy to say that all my books and stories are now
available in ebook format. Most recently, Simon & Schuster added my
last four novels — Designer Crimes, Last Chants, Star Witness and Havana Twist — to the ebook shelves. Electronic editions of earlier
Willa Jansson novels (Where Lawyers
Fear To Tread, A Radical Departure, Hidden Agenda and Prior Convictions) and Laura Di Palma
novels (The Smart Money, The Good
Fight, A Hard Bargain and Face Value) are also available.
These eight have new covers and are slightly revised from the Bantam, Ballantine,
Simon & Schuster and Pocket print editions. Below, you'll find
ebookstore links to them and previews with their opening chapters.
You'll also find a link to my latest, the novella Champawat, originally in Ellery Queen Mystery
Sept/Oct 2012. I'm delighted that it came in third in the Readers Award
vote for favorite EQMM story of the year. Set in 1919, it is the sequel to
"The Children" (also previewed here), Ellery Queen, Sept/Oct 2011. They
are available as ebook singles, separately or together, in the Nook, Kindle
and iTunes stores. Both are reviewed, along with two of my novels, in a post at Daily Kos.
I have a new anthology out as well, available for the first
time. Lovers and Lawyers: Ten
Stories spans two decades,
with stories originally in collections edited by Scott Turow, Tony
Hillerman, Sara Paretsky, Jonathan Kellerman and others. Its preview offers
the first pages of each story. One of them, “Dead Drunk” (winner of a
Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award) is also a free Crime City
Central podcast, narrated by Cher Eaves. You can listen or download it at Crime City Central or oniTunes. (The story starts at the 28.45 minute mark.) I've put the
print version online at this site too, if
you'd like to follow along with the podcast.
In honor of summer and hiking weather, I've also put up two
full short stories celebrating the outdoors. Click here to read "The River Mouth," set where the Klamath
River meets the Pacific. It first appeared in Tony Hillerman's anthology The Mysterious West. And for fellow
mushroom hunters, I've added "Destroying Angel" here. Originally in Marilyn
Wallace's anthology Sisters In Crime, Volume II, it's about a natural history museum serving lethal
destroying angels at a Fungus Fair mushroom tasting.
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are the links I mentioned.
in Amazon's Kindle Store, the iTunes Store and
Barnes & Noble's Nook Store for
The Children is
in the Kindle Store, the iTunes Store and
the Nook Store for
$1.99. And The Children &
Champawat is in the Kindle Store and the Nook Store for
$4.99. They are also available to read on computers and other mobile
devices with the free Kindle app or Nook app.
Lovers and Lawyers: Ten Stories is
available for the first time, only in ebook format. The stories originally
appeared in anthologies edited by Scott Turow, Tony Hillerman, Sara
Paretsky, Jonathan Kellerman, Carolyn Hart, Marilyn Wallace and Robert J.
Randisi, and in Ellery Queen Mystery
Magazine. Lovers and Lawyers includes
Shamus Award winner “Dead Drunk,” “The Children,” “Destroying Angel,” “The
River Mouth,” “Easy Go,” “Do Not Resuscitate,” “Dream Lawyer,” “Performance
Crime,” “If It Can’t Be True” and “Counsel for the Defense.” It is in
Amazon's Kindle Store, the iTunes Store and
Barnes & Noble's Nook Store.
mystery novels are arranged from latest to earliest within each series.
(They can be read out of order if you prefer, none has whodunit spoilers.)
Each is available for Nook, Kindle, Apple and other devices for $3.99.
Laura Di Palma Novels (latest
Face Value is
available in Amazon's Kindle Store, Barnes &
Noble's Nook Store and
Apple's iTunes Store.
USA Today calls it
"Absorbing," and says, "Multiple murders and delightfully
complex characters help carry a plot that moves from a striptease bar to
the guru's mysterious island retreat…A fine, intelligent story."
followers of San Francisco quantum physicist and guru "Brother
Mike" thought they were exploring their sexuality and spirituality
when he guided them through videotaped group encounters. They didn't know
the tapes would end up in the XXX sections of their video stores. Now one
former devotee, an old friend of lawyer Laura Di Palma, has come to her new
office for advice. Laura turns for help to her former partner, detective
Sandy Arkelett. They haven't spoken since a falling out months ago. But as
the case takes them from banks to porn parlors to a private fantasy island,
Laura finds that new secrets have a way of getting old lovers killed.
A Hard Bargain is
available at the iTunes Store, Amazon's Kindle Store and the Nook Store.
Kirkus Reviews calls it a
welcome respite from the mystery-by-formula crowd," and Publishers Weekly says
it "skillfully weaves Laura's dissatisfaction with her own
circumstances into the investigation…taking a thought-provoking look at the
dangers in relationships that grow too close."
McGuin survived her first grisly suicide attempt. Then her husband started
putting a loaded gun in front of her every day—to urge her to choose
life, he said. But Karen pulled the trigger instead, and now her family
wants him arrested for murder. When they hire a San Francisco law firm to
make the case to their small-town D.A., detective Sandy Arkelett treks
north to investigate. But what he really wants is to lure his one-time
lover, lawyer Laura Di Palma, out of a hard bargain with her new partner.
The Good Fight is
available at the iTunes store, the Kindle store and the Nook store.
The Daily News called
the book "compelling," saying, "Matera writes with passion
about debts to old lovers and old causes." The Baltimore Sun described it as
"Extraordinary, thought-provoking," and John Leonard, of NPR's
"Fresh Air," called it "Sharply written, brilliantly
Laura Di Palma has been warned: she'll be fired if she insists on defending
a controversial new client. Famed activist Dan Crosetti is accused of
shooting his best friend, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Laura was with Crosetti years ago when a military truck ran over protesters
blocking its path. He lost his legs that day, and Laura won't see him lose
his freedom, too. But if she can't reconcile the person she used to be with
the lawyer she's become, she risks everything she's worked for and everyone
The Smart Money is available at Amazon's Kindle Store, Apple's iTunes Store and
Barnes & Noble's Nook Store.
book introduces San Francisco litigator Laura Di Palma, praised by The New York Times as "one
of the smartest, most open-minded sleuths in the lawyering trade." Booklist says, "Di Palma certainly belongs in the same
league as Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawki
when it comes to brains, determination, and guts."
got more than her share of death threats and bad publicity after winning
acquittal for the killer of two U.S. Senators. But she's not back in her
home town to hide, she's back for vengeance. Years ago, her marriage ended
when she walked in on her high school sweetheart with another woman. She
tried to rebound with that woman's husband but he left Laura packed and
waiting. Now, after fourteen years, Laura's learned he died that night.
She's certain her ex-husband murdered him. And she has the money and fame
these days to spotlight the old crime. But in a town run by her uncle the
mayor, Laura's ex isn't the only one who'll strike back hard to keep a
Willa Jansson Novels (latest
Prior Convictions is
available in the iTunes Store, Amazon's Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble's Nook Store.
was a New York Times Notable
Book of the Year and was also nominated for the mystery genre's top prizes,
the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Anthony Award. Publishers Weekly said, "Readers will be shaken
by Matera's rapier-sharp dissection of personal relationships and radical
ideologies," and Newsday called it "gutsy, grown-up
crime-writing from one of the best practitioners around."
Willa Jansson spent the last year picking up the pieces after an epic hit
to her résumé. Since leaving her beloved San Francisco, she's been
smothered in bankruptcy codes, mourning a love life that's lying somewhere
with a stake in its heart. She should be glad to be back home. But her
family, her ex, and her new employer seem bent on reviving the ugliest
trauma of her life. And unless she can figure out why, she may end up dying
for a cause she no longer believes in.
Hidden Agenda is
available in the Kindle Store, the Nook Store and the iTunes Store.
The Houston Chronicle said, "Willa's cases always top
the fun-to-read list." and Newsday called Willa "an unusually deep
and complex character for crime fiction--tough-minded, sexual, vulnerable,
lonely, morally alive."
Jansson's new job search finds her obsessed with one question: Who in the
world is Bud Hopper? Why would a member of the Republican administration
pull strings on behalf of a lawyer who spent the last two years in a firm
of notorious San Francisco liberals? Willa's afraid she has her answer when
her new boss is killed in exactly the same way as her last. But if the
elusive Bud Hopper is out to frame her, who'll take her word over a friend
of the President's?
A Radical Departure is
available in the Kindle Store, the iTunes Store and
the Nook Store.
was nominated for the mystery genre's two top prizes, the Edgar Allan Poe
Award and the Anthony Award. The San
José Mercury News said
it has "Almost everything a good mystery needs...a complex plot,
social commentary, loads of atmosphere and a cast of unusual
characters...The reader wants to hang out with Jansson and see more of her
clear-eyed view of the world."
Jansson has graduated from law school and taken the job of her left-wing
dreams. She is working for the renowned firm of an old family friend,
famous activist Julian Warneke. These days, the good liberals in Warneke's
firm seem more interested in social climbing than social justice. But when
Julian is murdered at a pricey working lunch, a Who's Who of
radicals—including Willa's mother—join Willa on San Francisco
Homicide's list of suspects.
Where Lawyers Fear To Tread is
available at Amazon's Kindle Store, Barnes &
Noble's Nook Store and
Apple's iTunes Store.
book introduces lawyer Willa Jansson, described by the New York Times as "One of
the most articulate and surely the wittiest of women sleuths at large in
Willa has to do is finish her last year of law school in San Francisco's
Tenderloin district, and she'll snag the job of her idealistic dreams. The
lawyer who routinely keeps Willa's social activist parents out of
prison—or at least joins them on their jailhouse soapbox—asks
only that she graduate with honors and on law review. But when the review's
two top editors are murdered, Willa's not exactly thrilled to be third in
line for editor-in-chief.
out why "Fresh Air's" John Leonard said, "I'm in love with