Good news for former James Bond author Raymond Benson. The Private Eye Writers of America have nominated his novel Dark Side of the Morgue for a Shamus Award in the category Best Paperback Original PI Novel. Dark Side of the Morgue is the second novel in the Spike Berenger “rock ‘n’ roll” discography following 2008’s A Hard Day’s Death (paperback | Kindle). A short story (referred to as a single) titled “On the Threshold of a Death” was later published in CrimeSpree Magazine (Issue 30, May/June 2009) and can currently be found on Amazon (Kindle). Dark Side of the Morgue was originally published by Leisure Books in February 2009. (paperback | Kindle)
In other Raymond Benson news, this past July saw the publication of the book Tied In: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-In Writing edited by Lee Goldberg in Kindle form and later in paperback. (Kindle | Paperback) What makes this book interesting to James Bond fans is that it devotes a chapter to Raymond Benson and includes an abridged version of an interview with John Cox that originally appeared on CommanderBond.net.