Co-guests of Honor:
Rhys Bowen's mysteries have been nominated for every major mystery award, including the Edgar for best novel, and she has won seven of them. She writes three series, including the Constable Evans mysteries, set in the mountains of Wales, and the Molly Murphy mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring a feisty Irish immigrant woman. 2007 marked the launch of a new and very different series, this one about a minor royal in 1930s England, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. It has been described as Bridget Jones meets "Charade" as told by Nancy Mitford. The first book in that series, Her Royal Spyness, was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel.
Barry Eisler's celebrated series about half-American, half-Japanese assassin John Rain have been translated into nearly twenty languages and have been optioned for film by Barrie Osborne, Oscar-winning producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Before he started writing the Rain novels, Eisler worked for the CIA, where he was trained in small arms, long arms, hand-to-hand combat, improvised explosive devices, small water craft, air drops to friendly forces, surveillance, counter-surveillance, counter-terrorism, agent recruitment and management, and interrogation and manipulation techniques. We hope none of Eisler's "special" skills will come into play during Left Coast Crime!
Lee Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to Spenser: For Hire. Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), comedy (Monk), and much, much more. His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. He is also the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Man with the Iron-On Badge. His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the Diagnosis Murder series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. He also writes novels based on Monk. Goldberg is guaranteed to keep you entertained with his stories about showbiz!
Fan Guests of Honor:
Vallery Feldman and Pam Dehnke have been making quilts for LCC since 1997. The quilts are auctioned off or awarded as a raffle prize to earn money for the LCC charity. View a gallery of their fabulous creations here.
Ghost of Honor:
Earl Derr Biggers (1884-1933) was an American novelist and playwright best known through adaptations of his novels, especially those featuring the Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan. At first a sergeant (but later promoted) in the Honolulu Police Department, Chan and his wife have eleven children (the oldest of which is colloquially known as "Number One Son") and live in a house on Punchbowl Hill, above the city of Honolulu. For more about Biggers and Chan, read "Charlie Chan, The Enduring Detective" by Marv Lachman; "The return of Charlie Chan" from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin; or visit the Charlie Chan Family Home fan site.
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