As you may have heard, I recently signed a three-book, world-rights deal with Thomas & Mercer to publish a new series of thrillers. The first in the trilogy - THE TRINITY GAME - comes out in Summer 2012 in four formats - hardcover, paperback, audio, and Kindle. I'm way beyond excited.

Let me tell you a few of the reasons why...

I believe today's readers are looking for more control over how they read and how much they spend, and this deal gives it to them by offering multiple formats at various price points, without a long delay between the hardcover and paperback. Especially in today's economy, there's no need to force the reader to wait an additional year for the paperback. Thomas & Mercer understands - and agrees with - my view on this.

I'm thrilled to be working with renowned editor Marjorie Braman. Marjorie is one of the most respected editors in publishing, and has edited such giants as Elmore Leonard, Michael Crichton, T. Jefferson Parker, and Michael Gruber. To work with her is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.

Independent booksellers have been incredibly supportive of my first two books, and I'm truly grateful for their friendship and encouragement. I hope to continue my efforts to drive sales through indies by hitting the road over the summer, speaking and signing at independent bookstores and libraries. I'll also be looking for new ways to strengthen our relationship and provide added value to indies and their customers.

THE TRINITY GAME is a departure for me, and opens a new chapter in my career. The book introduces new characters, cities, and situations - but judging by the response from early readers, fans of the Ray Dudgeon books will not feel left behind. It's still me, after all. Thomas & Mercer has made a real commitment to support this book, and I hope you will enjoy it too.


Note: The world-rights deal excludes Spanish Language rights, which were sold previously.

Apple rocks! TRIGGER CITY and BIG CITY BAD BLOOD are now both available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

"A Calculated Risk" shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger Award in the UK.

"A Sleep Not Unlike Death" wins the Anthony Award for Best Short Story!

Now hear this: TRIGGER CITY and BIG CITY BAD BLOOD are now both available as audiobooks, at

TRIGGER CITY wins the Crimespree Award. Readers of Crimespree Magazine have voted Trigger City their favorite book of 2008.

I am grateful beyond words. Thank you.

I'm thrilled to report that my short story from the Killer Year anthology, "One Serving of Bad Luck," has won the CWA Short Story Dagger Award in the UK.

TRIGGER CITY is nominated for the Barry Award for Best Novel. The Barry is awarded jointly by Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures magazines.

TRIGGER CITY is nominated for both the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award, in the best novel category. And my story, "A Sleep Not Unlike Death" is also nominated for both awards, in the best short story category.

Trigger City is the winner of the 2009 Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association!

BIG CITY BAD BLOOD has been translated into Dutch, as, CHICAGO MOB.

My short story, "A Sleep Not Unlike Death" was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

Best of 2008 Lists:
At the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Oline Cogdill's Best Mysteries of 2008.

At Bookgasm, Trigger City appears high on both Cameron Hughes', and Bruce Grossman's lists.

And at January Magazine, the Best Books of 2008: Crime Fiction.

Canada's CBC Radio names Trigger City to its list of "mysteries of the year" on The Next Chapter.

At Bookspot Central, Russel McLean's Best Reads of 2008.

And Canada's National Post newspaper has named both Trigger City and Big City Bad Blood in their list of "best crime fiction titles " for the holiday season.

The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has named Trigger City a KILLER BOOK.

Trigger City has been named an alternate selection of the Book-of-The-Month Club, the Mystery Guild, and BMOC2.

Big City Bad Blood has been honored with the Shamus Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Crimespree Magazine Award, and the Lovey Award, for best first novel.


Toronto, ON
June 1-3, 2012- Bloody Words
My hometown mystery conference. Hope to see you there.

New York, NY
July 11-14, 2012- Thrillerfest
I love New York. And I love thrillers. What could be better?

Cleveland, OH
October 4-7, 2012 - Bouchercon
The largest annual crime fiction conference. Do not miss it.

Tour dates and more conferences will be added as I sign up for 'em, so please check back again.

Hope to see you on the road, my friends.





Latest Reviews of Trigger City...

"Crime fiction at its best."
- Winston-Salem Journal

"Utterly believable."
- Chicago Sun Times

"Highly entertaining ... It's good to find a serious political message embedded in such stylish prose."
- Washington Post

"Wonderfully noir-tinted. Excellent."
- Booklist

"Chercover nails it."
- Time Out Chicago

"The language is gritty, the characters deliciously credible and the suspense riveting ... One of the best PI novels I've read in ages."
- Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail

- Connecticut Post

"A page-turner with thoughtful pauses ... Chercover has shown what good writing is all about."
- The Oregonian

"A gripping thriller."
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A worthy successor to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Robert Crais's Elvis Cole."
- Library Journal

"Chercover writes well-rounded characters with believable flaws, and his timely, convincing exploration of the military-industrial complex extends this thriller beyond its traditional genre."
- Entrepreneur Magazine

"A keen sense of irony."
- New York Times


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