Hey, it’s 2019


It’s been a while! I’ve done another revamp of this here blog in preparation for life after Charlesgate Confidential, but for now I have some catching up to do.

  • The paperback edition will be released in September 2019!
  • A new column called The Hard Case Crime Files kicks off with a review of Charlesgate Confidential. “Von Doviak’s prose itself is very punchy, and very hard not to engulf in one sitting…You have your thrills, your crime, your stylish action set pieces, and best of all, you get a contained, satisfying single read.”
  • Anthony R. Cardno writes “Charlesgate Confidential is an excellent addition to the Hard Case Crime line, and a great example of how the genre can be reimagined for modern audiences, renovated like the titular building to accommodate new voices and styles while retaining what makes it classic and dependable.”
  • Finally, if you are attending Bouchercon this fall and have received an Anthony Awards ballot, please consider nominating Charlesgate Confidential for best first novel!


Best of 2018 recognition for “Charlesgate Confidential”

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The Wall Street Journal names Charlesgate Confidential one of its best mysteries of 2018! Tom Nolan writes: “Mr. Von Doviak’s enthusiasm, skill and flexibility of style in the unfurling of this tripartite tale triples a reader’s satisfaction and awe.”

Crime Fiction Lover includes Charlesgate Confidential on its list of best debuts of 2018. “Von Doviak’s plotting skills and attention to detail brings each era alive for you in a book that won a five star review on this site in September.”

Open Letters Review also names Charlesgate Confidential one of its top mysteries of the year. “An amount of skill and panache that raises hope for a long and active writing career.”


On the road in October

OCT in progress

I hope you’ll come and see me if you’re in or near one of the above cities!

I talked Charlesgate Confidential with DigBoston in advance of my Harvard Coop signing.

BookReporter says “Von Doviak captures perfectly the dialogue, mood and mores of each of the eras that comprise his tale. There is also a fine bit of symmetry at the end on a number of levels, providing a perfect conclusion to a caper that never overstays its welcome.”

Unlawful Acts says “every page is a greased pan of pure reading pleasure… Charlesgate Confidential just plain works, and I felt constantly caught between my desire to race through it and my desire to savor it in little bites and save it up for days like a child’s dessert.”

Did you know Charlesgate Confidential is “the feel-good hit of the autumn“?


Reviews, book tour and more


People (and pets) are loving Charlesgate Confidential!

Criminal Element says “Charlesgate Confidential is what happens when storytelling skills meet a love for pulp and a knack for dialogue. Von Doviak knows what he’s doing, and the way this novel unfolds is proof of that…Entertaining, humorous, and packed with snappy dialogue, Charlesgate Confidential is a superb addition to Hard Case Crime’s catalog and a recommended read that proves pulp is alive and as good as ever.”

Morning Star Online says “Von Doviak’s first novel, mysterious and playful, is a great entertainment.”

The Dreamcage says “It’s no secret. I think Charlesgate Confidential is the single (or should that be triple) best crime novel I have read in a long, long time…full of twists and turns, with a level of intelligence to the writing that hooked me from the start.”

The book tour is underway and my next stop is Murder by the Book in Houston, TX! Join me at 1 PM on Saturday, September 29th and pick up your signed copy.

Although I try to keep up with this blog, your best bets for late-breaking news are my Facebook author page and my Twitter account.