Thriller Guy (TG) is back from Savannah where he, as always, paid a visit to the E. Shaver Bookstore, one of the great Independent bookstores in what is one of the most beautiful small cities in the U.S. Located just off Madison Square on Bull St., the eleven room bookstore is helmed by a number of knowledgeable ladies who always seem almost preturnatually cool and collected as they go about ably handling browser requests. I always think of Abraham Lincoln when in the presence of these ladies, or at least a comment Lincoln once made to his close pal, Joshua Speed, when both of them were bunking over Speed's General store in Springfield, and Lincoln was first courting Mary Todd. Lincoln told Speed that Mary was, “The cleanest woman he had ever known.” When Thriller Guy stumbles in through the door of Shavers, hot, sweaty and beaten down by the unrelenting Georgia sun, here are these lovely ladies sitting around the cash register, as fresh and clean and cool as, well, daisies, cucumbers... whatever.
So what's the good word about current thrillers from the Shaver ladies? They're keen on Ravens, by George Dawes Green. Thriller Guy hasn't read it yet, but it's set in Georgia and concerns a family that has just won a $318 Million lottery and the two bad guys who show up trying to extort half the money for themselves. It strikes Thriller Guy as being somewhat, at least in tone, like A Simple Plan by Scott Smith (great book!) though I may be wrong. Any readers out there want to chime in?
The Shaver ladies also report that Harlan Coben is a Really Nice Guy, drives an old car , stays in mid-range hotels and endears himself to the legions of fans who follow his every book.
Also, business is good at Shaver, and they're doing quite well in these tough economic climes.
Anyone else out there have a favorite bookstore?