Michael Lister is celebrating his 20 years as a writer with the release of his third Jimmy "Soldier" Riley noir novel, "The Big Hello."
This follows 2011's "The Big Goodbye" and 2013's "The Big Beyond."
"The Big Hello" is the conclusion of the thrilling noir trilogy set in the Panhandle of the 1940s.
Find out Soldier and Lauren's fate in the thrilling conclusion to Michael Lister's landmark "Big" noir series. Walk the mean streets of wartime Panama City with Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, a wounded, woman-haunted knight errant in Michael Lister's resonant new noir series Publisher's Weekly calls "a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida," and Library Journal says "peppered with snappy dialog, this hard-boiled mystery by award winner Lister is a swell read."
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.”
Lister plans to celebrate the release of “The Big Hello” with a book release reception and signing at No Name Café from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday, May 31. Lister will read from the book and sign copies.
The following weekend the novel will come alive in the form of an old-time radio show on stage in front of an audience. Performances will be 7 p.m. CT June 6-7 at Sarzin Hall, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. U.S. 98, Panama City. Tickets can be ordered at MichaelLister.com or purchased at the No Name signing.
Lister said it has been an amazing experience to see “The Big Hello” come off the page and onto the stage. Some of the most rewarding and interesting projects he’s been involved with in recent years have been GCSC stage adaptations of his novels “Double Exposure” and “The Big Goodbye.”
“I love that these are presentations of the book more than just typical stage adaptations, which means the audience doesn’t lose anything from the books,” Lister said. “Our approach with all three is an enhanced experience of the book. But it’s even more so this time, since we’re doing the play as an old-time ’40s radio show on the stage."
"Shakespeare wrote that 'the play is the thing,'" Lister said, "but for me the book is the thing. It’s all about the book — bringing the book to life for the audience, who I still view as ‘readers,' and collaborating with the cast and crew to give the audience the best "reading" experience possible.”
"The Big Hello" stars Allen Walker, who is playing the main character, private detective Jimmy “Soldier” Riley for the second time. Walker originally played Riley in GCSC’s production of “The Big Goodbye.” He has also performed all three audio books in the series.
Each $20 ticket to the live performance includes a copy of the new novel. Lister’s ultimate goal with the play is to encourage people to read the book.
“In fact, in the play we will be stopping short of presenting the entire book so that the audience can read the final few chapters on their own — but with the voices of the actors and the experience of the play still fresh in their minds,” Lister said. "It's going to be a unique and fascinating experience."