On Hemingway Cutthroat
Profile of moi in The Times of Huntington, 8/5!
Interview Round #2 with my buddy Sean Berry at BlogTalk Radio, 8/4!
Review at Mystery File, 8/3!
Interview with J. Sydney Jones at Scene of the Crime, 8/3!
Review at A Books Blog, 8/3!
Review at Basil & Spice, 7/29!
My essay on Hemingway, biographical goldbricking, and fiction, at Culture Wars, 7/19!
The most thoughtful review of the Hem series yet, at Hey, There's a Dead Guy in the Living Room, 7/18!
My six-word bio at Jen's Book Thoughts, 7/14!
Review at Aneca's World, 7/12!
CUTTHROAT Review at The Mystery Gazette, 7/2!
Humdinger of a review of HEMINGWAY CUTTHROAT at Library Journal, 3/30/10!
Blog Tour stop #3, at The Rap Sheet, musing over murder and history and JFK and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax, 3/26/10...
Blog Tour stop #2: ruminating on being a "nostalgist" and the ardor for history, at bookbitchblog, 3/3/10
On Hemingway Deadlights
Interview on BlogTalk Radio, archived, 5/12!
Recommendations on TripAdvisor, for a vacation read, 1/2/10!
Review at Pop Syndicate, 11/17/09!
The first stop on my blog tour, at Lesa's Book Critiques, discussing my history of sentence-making academic scofflawry.... 11/5/09
AARP recommends, Books for Grown-Ups, Oct. 09!
Review at Mainly Mysteries, 9/4/09!
Interview at Barnes & Noble's Unabashedly Bookish blog!, 8/19/09
A ripping interview and early review from Library Journal, from 3/09.
A prophetic rimshot from The Boston Phoenix, 7/09!
Raves from Genre-Go-Round, 8/6/09!
An excerpt! In The L Magazine, 8/19/09!
Review at NightsandWeekends.com, 9/2/09
"A rip-roaring, hilarious read, as brash and daring as Papa Hemingway himself. Michael Atkinson will blow you away with his creative genius. I loved this book." --Tess Gerritsen
“Hemingway's terse yet moody style paved the way for legions of hard-boiled detective writers. Now Michael Atkinson—whose two-fisted, megabrained film criticism is already legendary—lets America's most famous author finally horn in on the mystery game. Atkinson packs Hemingway Deadlights with hilarious dialogue, irreverent literary shoptalk, and so much excellent sun-soaked atmosphere that you'd best consume it along with a few pitchers of something cool.” --Ed Park, author of Personal Days
“Michael Atkinson has crafted a hard-boiled mystery drenched in tequila and scorched by the blazing Key West sun. That Ernest Hemingway, with his volatile temper, ready fists and emotional entanglements, would take on a murder investigation when one of his drinking buddies is mysteriously killed, makes for the most fascinating amateur sleuth to hit the pages since the invention of the gin and tonic. Atkinson mixes in politics, Cuban revolutionaries, crime bosses, and literary giants of the twentieth century with a deft hand, creating a vision of Papa Hemingway pursuing a seemingly lost cause in the winter of his life.” --James R. Benn, author of Billy Boyle
"Set in 1956, Atkinson’s rollicking debut neatly captures the personality and uproarious lifestyle of an American literary icon. When Key West fisherman Peter Cuthbert, a friend of Ernest "Papa" Hemingway, gets harpooned to death and the local police don’t seem to care, Hemingway, who’s suffering from writer’s block and feeling like "a big, fake water buffalo con artist," decides to find Cuthbert’s killer. The Nobel Prize winner’s daring quest takes him to Batista’s impoverished Cuba, where he meets such luminaries as high-living mobster Meyer Lansky and even Fidel Castro in the revolutionary’s mountain hideaway. Atkinson deftly mixes fact and fiction with graphic sex and violence in a mystery sure to please Hemingway aficionados." -- Publishers Weekly
"If Edna Ferber can become a fictional sleuth, shouldn’t he-man Papa have been solving crimes long ago? Making up for lost time, Hemingway takes a page out of Sam Spade’s book when he learns that a drinking buddy has turned up in Key West’s harbor impaled by an antique harpoon. (Spade felt that when your partner was killed, you had to do something; Hemingway feels the same about derelict fellow boozers.) By setting his story in Key West and Havana in 1956, first-novelist Atkinson gives us Hemingway on the verge of serious decline: the booze taking its toll, the writing stalled, the paranoia that would eventually lead to his suicide beginning to assert itself. All that gives the tale a nice psychodramatic edge, but the mystery itself is perfectly satisfying, too, as Hemingway jumps from Key West to Havana, dodging CIA stooges and assorted gangsters and even spending a drunken evening chugging rum with a couple of revolutionaries named Fidel and Che."
“In Michael Atkinson’s Hemingway Deadlights, a world-famous and world-weary Hemingway seeks his standby cure for writer’s block: becoming part of a hell of an adventure that he can put down on paper. Post-Nobel, stymied by the murder of a Key West drinking buddy--the weapon is a harpoon--he starts an investigation that takes him to 1950s Cuba and back, facing down local cops, international smugglers, the FBI, CIA, Batista’s henchmen, Meyer Lansky, Che Guevara, and Castro. Atkinson, never losing sight of the accident-prone Hemingway’s womanizing, risk-taking legend, scrutinizes the man’s politics and loyalties with comic flair. Right from the start, you can smell the rum, lime, perfume, and danger on the salt air."
-- A.J. Zerries, author of The Lost Van Gogh