2014 will be a big year for author Michael Lister. It's his 20th Anniversary as a writer and will see the publication of 3 new novels---one each from his 3 main series characters: John Jordan, Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, and Merrick McKnight.
"Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1994, in an upstairs office, in a borrowed room with a beautiful balcony and a window air conditioner pumping coolness across my desk," Lister said, "I became a writer."
He goes on to say, "Of course, I had been writing for a while, starting and stopping, trying and failing, sad and bad attempts, beginning some five years prior. But it was the summer of 1994 that everything finally aligned, as I was completing my graduate degree in theology, and I traded time spent in academic for creative endeavors, that a writer was born."
This anniversary year follows a year in which Lister won his second Florida Book Award.
The Florida Book Review says, “Lister’s ability to masterfully combine dark, vivid settings with tough yet fallible characters rivals that of Michael Koryta and Dennis Lehane,” while Florida Weekly writes, "Michael Lister is a giant talent with a unique vision. His landmark John Jordan Mystery series is a treasure of contemporary literature – suspenseful, provocative and unsettling."
To celebrate Lister's first two decades as a writer, several special events, activities, and publications are planned.
First up is the publication of “Rivers to Blood,” the sixth John Jordan mystery, following 2012’s Florida Book Award-winning “Blood Sacrifice.”
This marks the return of Lister's primary protagonist, John Jordan, and the one that launched his career as a novelist with the publication of "Power in the Blood" in 1997.
PJ Parish said, "Chaplain John Jordan is one of crime fiction's most original heroes, and his creator, Michael Lister is one of the genre's freshest new voices."
Then June will see the publication of “The Big Hello,” the 3rd Jimmy “Soldier” Riley 1940s noir novel, following 2013’s “The Big Beyond.”
"The Big Hello" is the conclusion of the thrilling noir trilogy that began with 2011's "The Big Goodbye," and will let readers find out the fate of Soldier and Lauren.
John Dufresne said, “Michael Lister has the world of Florida Panhandle noir all to himself. Tough, violent, and hard-boiled, this novel of obsession and suspense will remind you of Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, and why you started reading crime novels in the first place.”
And then in October the second Merrick McKnight novel, “A Certain Retribution,” following 2010’s “Thunder Beach” will be published.
Lister wrote these three novels over many years, but is happy to see them all released at part of this anniversary year celebration.
"It's going to make for a busy year," Lister said, "but I'm thrilled to see each one of my series characters make an appearance during this year that is so meaningful to me."
In the meantime producers and director Jason Hreno continue to work on the feature film adaptation of Lister's 2009 literary thriller, "Double Exposure."