This afternoon Judy and I drove over to Houston to hear Charles Ardai's talk at Murder by the Book. It turns out that Charles is a great storyteller when he's talking as well as when he's writing. He gave a brief but highly entertaining history of Hard Case Crime and went into some detail about the great artwork on the covers, all illustrated with the aid of Power Point. We learned about the Gabriel Hunt series and got a few hints about future Hard Case titles and covers, too. A great time was had by all.
In the photo Charles shows off two neckties that were given as doorprizes (I didn't win one). They're decorated with partials of the Gabriel Hunt covers.
Scott D. Parker gives me the evil eye as he talks to Charles.