Talking Hangman’s Game with Mark Sullivan

Really enjoyed this interview with Mark Sullivan, which appears on the Murder She Wrote blog. It’s about as well as I’ve explained my thoughts on this book and on football. Plus, at the end of the interview I make my fearless Super Bowl prediction.

Thanks to Mark for this, to Allison Brennan as well.



Happy Pub Day to Me!

hangmans-game.jpgGood morning. As a lifelong reader, I am genuinely excited to join the ranks of published authors today. My fiction debut, HANGMAN’S GAME, is out. I am grateful to all the people who helped make this dream a reality.

Reviews thus far have been kind. Booklist said: “[Syken] engages a moody, lonely protagonist in a very complex mystery in which nothing is as it seems, at least until the conclusion, when Gallow and the reader can see it very clearly in the rearview mirror. This is the very best sports-themed mystery in years and a robust debut novel. Don’t miss it.”

If you or someone you know enjoys books that are “engaging “(Library Journal), “nifty” (Kirkus) “well-told” (Publishers Weekly) or “for sports fans and mystery lovers, the go-to-book for the football season” (RT Reviews) then please consider this one.




Grubby little punters


Hello. Back from a few weeks at the beach, where I read three works of crime fiction from authors whose works I’ve spent previous summers with. The books were:

  1. Michael Connelly’s The Drop, which is a Harry Bosch novel and a very good one.
  2. James Lee Burke’s Neon Rain, the first of his Dave Robicheaux books. Love his writing
  3. The Torment of Others, by Val McDermid.

I liked the Val McDermid—it took a little while to come together for me, but from the midpoint on I was ripping through the pages. But for me this book also offered up an amusing sideshow with its continual reference to “punters,” though not the kind who play football. McDermid is Scottish and in her vocabulary a punter can mean a customer of prostitutes (like the word “John” in America). This book’s investigation is set in the world of prostitution, so the punter references abound.


If there’s a second Nick Gallow book, I don’t think I’ll be using the lines above as an epigraph.