If the trio on the left – Donna Hanover, Linda Fairstein and Mary Higgins Clark – isn’t indicative that former prosecutor-turned-bestselling crime writer Fairstein’s launch party at Montblanc for her newest crime novel, BAD BLOOD, was a cut above the usual fare, then the swarm of TV cameras (Extra and Fox, we were told) and Cindy Adams rushing up and down in boots that could only be described as Uggs on steroids might be the best sign that this event will merit more media attention than most GalleyCat-able book parties. The adoring crowd – which included Fairstein’s husband, Justin Feldman, FOX News anchor Rosanna Scotto and M.J. Rose) marveled at the store’s collection of luxury watches, jewelry and especially its pens – the last item especially dear to Fairstein’s heart. “I never leave the house without a Montblanc pen,” she remarked to the crowd after signing dozens of copies of her new novel.
Carol Higgins Clark and Scribner publisher Susan Moldow express relief that Higgins Clark narrowly missed being present when former Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into Higgins Clark’s Upper East Side apartment building.
I spent most of my time talking shop with Jason Pinter, J.T. Ellison and Dave White, three members of Killer Year, a collective of fourteen crime writers with debut novels in 2007.