It was a cold and stormy night. A steady rain turned the New York streets slick and pattered the spring leaves. Cabs sloshed past office workers huddled in raincoats hurried home. The rain kept on, in streamlets down into the subway stations and turning the air into a glistening haze.
Perfect night for spies.
Or, in my case, perfect weather for launching an anthology about spies. On April 29, I was privileged to attend the official launch of MWA‘s Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop. Editors and collection architects Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson hosted a wonderful night of conversation and signing. And more book signing. After which we signed more still. It was a dream to meet fellow mystery lovers and share a table with such accomplished talent as Deaver, Benson, Gayle Lynds, John Sheldon, Alan Cook, Brendan DuBois, Katia Lief, Vicki Doudera, Jonathan Stone, Gigi Vernon, Joseph Wallace, and Katherine Neville.
Yes, it was a cold and stormy night…that this guy will never forget. My enduring thanks to MWA, the folks at Hachette, and the Mysterious Bookshop.