Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Bookshop has launched Linda Stasi’s debut crime novel, The Sixth Station, to an overflowing crowed. The book, published by Thomas Doherty Associates, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and of course at the Mysterious Bookshop on 58 Warren Street, in downtown Manhattan, near City Hall.
Stasi has authored five books and won numerous awards including, “Best Columnist” by the Newswomen’s Club of NY, “Best Humor Columnist,” and “Woman of the Year: 2006” by the Boys Town of Italy. Her books include, Looking Good Is the Best Revenge, A Field Guide to Impossible Men, Simply Beautiful, Boomer Babes, and Scotto Sunday Suppers.
The Sixth Station, which took five years to research and write, took Stasi through three European countries, and visits to the remains of a Cathar castle high on a French mountain cliff, as well as cloistered monasteries and convents, according to her Linkedin page. The novel itself is about a hard-boiled New York reporter, Alessandra Russo, assigned to cover the trial of Demiel ben Yusef, an accused terrorist and mass murderer, but who might just be a clone of Jesus of Nazareth created from DNA taken from Veronica’s Veil, a piece of cloth reputed to contain the image of Jesus’ face inked with his blood and sweat while carrying the cross on the tortuous path to Golgotha.
Among the luminaries in attendance at the book launch were Edwin Torres, author of Carlito’s Way, Q&A, and other novels; Brooklyn writer Joseph Trigoboff, whose memoirs about growing up in East New York are forthcoming from Noir Nation’s sister imprint, Bare Knuckles Press; and power agent Liza Fleissig, co-owner of the powerhouse Liza Royce literary agency, whose good cheer kept the energy level at nuclear strength.
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