A Gerry Fegan what?: Remembering not to judge a book by its cover

I received a copy of the SOHO catalog in the mail the other day and saw the listing for The Ghosts of Belfast. The paperback cover caught my eye. Well, check it out for yourself after the jump:

stuart neville ghosts of belfast paperback cover

Now, here’s the thing, I’ve been guilty in the past of bypassing a SOHO book when I’ve been in the mood for something more crime oriented then mystery. This isn’t a commentary on SOHO’s books but on me instead. When something is labeled as a “*** mystery” and I’m not in the mood for a mystery I pass for the time being.

So what do you think about this labeling of Stuart Neville’s book? Will it help or hurt?

I have a couple of SOHO’s that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet but now I’m eyeing the TBR shelf a bit differently as I remind myself of that old adage.

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

2 Replies to “A Gerry Fegan what?: Remembering not to judge a book by its cover”

  1. Well, it’s one of the best books of the year, but it’s not a mystery. It’s a crime novel through and through. They’re obviously laying the groundwork for the series, getting the Fegan name out there, and perhaps they didn’t want to say “A Gerry Fegan novel” because the uninitiated might say, “I thought it was a Stuart Neville novel, WTF?”

  2. Collusion, the sequel, has a different subtitle. At least in the catalog which to be fair may not even be final art. The catalog is at home so I’ll have to check on this later but it says something like “A Jack Lennon Investigation”.