From staff reports
With three new novels in 2018, best-selling author and Clarion County native Randall Silvis is spending a lot of time on the road.
Walking the Bones, Silvis’s 16th book, continues the story of Sergeant Ryan DeMarco of the Pennsylvania State Police, the troubled protagonist introduced in 2017’s highly acclaimed Two Days Gone.
Two Days Gone, the first novel in the series, has been called “brilliant,” “twisted,” “captivating,” and “hauntingly beautiful” by professional reviewers and bloggers alike.
The Amazon #1 Bestseller was named to Strand Magazine’s list of the Top 12 Mystery Novels of the Year.
Now in its eighth printing, Two Days Gone is shortlisted for the Hammett Prize, awarded annually for literary excellence in crime writing from the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers.
Also published in January 2018, and another Amazon #1 Bestseller, Silvis’s psychological suspense novel Only the Rain (Thomas and Mercer Publishers) was praised by bestselling author Rebecca Drake as “noir at its best dark and tender, beautiful and brutal. A classic crime novel for the modern age.”
A second Thomas and Mercer suspense novel, First the Thunder, to follow this November, began as the prize-winning story “The Indian,” from the prestigious Best American Mystery Stories anthology of the 20 best stories of the year, published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Silvis’s summer promotional tour for his new novels will kick off at the annual Thrillerfest conference in New York City this July, and from there move on through the Midwest to culminate in Denver, Colorado.
In the meantime, Silvis is working on the third novel in the Ryan DeMarco literary mystery series, and is contracted to write at least one more after that.
Randall Silvis’s first book, The Luckiest Man in the World (1984), made him the first Pennsylvanian to win the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Other literary awards include two NEA Literature Fellowships, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, and six fellowships for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
A prize-winning playwright, produced screenwriter, and prolific essayist, Silvis has won distinguished alumni awards from both Clarion University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, plus an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from IUP for “distinguished literary achievement.”
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