Lister celebrates anniversary with new book release


Michael Lister will be signing his new John Jordan mystery, "Rivers to Blood," as well as his other books, at the No Name Cafe and Bookstore 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday, April 5. Please join him in celebrating his first two decades as a novelist.

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:38 AM.

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.”

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