Magna cum Murder

crime writing festival

October 25-27, 2013 

The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN

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Guest of Honor Steve Hamilton's 10th Alex McKnight novel, Let It Burnwas released in July. Read the first chapter!

Praise for Let It Burn:

Let it Burn "As the tense story unfolds, the action builds to a violent climax. This beautifully crafted novel lives up to the standard fans have come to expect from one of the few writers to have ever been honored with two Edgar Awards."-- Associated Press


"This may be his best one so far." -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


"Steve Hamilton has written another compelling addition to his continually outstanding Alex McKnight series with Let It Burn. As always, Hamilton's writing is realistically stylized with three-dimensional characters and atmospheric locales. You literally feel the heartbreak of present-day Detroit in comparison to its former glory days as the renowned Motor City. Let It Burn is thrilling crime drama at its very best."

-- Fresh Fiction

Favorite Magna and New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap has added the next installment of his Jonathan Grave series with High Treason
High Treason
Praise for High Treason:
"Gilstrap will leave you breathless."--Harlan Coben

"Gilstrap pushes every thriller button."-- San Francisco Chronicle


"Rocket-paced suspense."-- Jeffery Deaver

"A great hero, a really exciting series."-- Joseph Finder

We also congratulate another Magna author William Kent Krueger on the success of his novel Ordinary Grace, which won the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association's Bookseller's Choice Award for best work of fiction.
Ordinary Grace

Praise for Ordinary Grace:

"A novel that transforms narrator and reader alike." --Kirkus (starred review)


"...elegiac, evocative...a resonant tale of fury, guilt, and redemption." --Publishers Weekly


"Pitch-perfect... I loved this book." --Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, The Given Day

And for all of us who love his Cork O'Conner series, number thirteen, Tamarack County, is now availablePublishers Weekly (starred review) describes the novel as "...a winter's tale that will both break and warm the reader's heart."  


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