Bouchercon 2012, the granddaddy of mystery conferences which will be held this year in Cleveland October 4-7, has announced its lineup of panel discussions for the conference. You can see the entire list here. I think it's an exciting collection. There's something to please fans of just about every crime fiction/mystery genre and sub-genre.
And, I'm proud to say, they have asked me to moderate one of the panels Thursday morning, October 4. It's called "What Would Rockford Do?" It's about private eyes in mysteries, with four authors of PI novels: Les Roberts (whose PI, Milan Jacovich, works the meaner streets of our host city, Cleveland), Howard Shrier, whose PI, Jonah Geller, is based in of Toronto but (so far) has been called to American cities to work; Jack Fredrickson, creator of Dek Elstrom, whose investigations are mostly carried out in Rivertown, not far from Chicago; and Jack Bludis, whose detective, Brian Kane, works the glittering streets of Hollywood in the early 1950s. They're all interesting characters, and I anticipate a lively and entertaining discussion.
I hope, if you're coming to Bouchercon, that you'll come join us for the panel - and, by all means, please introduce yourself and take part in the conversation. There are a LOT of exciting panels this year, including ones on Sherlock Holmes and on Nero Wolfe that I don't want to miss. See you there?