September 1-4, 2005:  Bouchercon Convention in Chicago


With less than six months to go until the official publication of Desert Blood 10pm / 9c, I headed off to Bouchercon, the largest convention for mystery and thriller writers in the U.S.

Once again, Cisco joined me, and we arrived in the Windy City with close to 70 pounds of posters, chapbooks, business cards, and other promotional materials.  Here’s a look at how things went...

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We had an amazing room at the Palmer House Hilton.  Here’s Cisco in the lobby.

Schlepping material over to the Sheraton, where the convention was being held.

It’s supposed to be a cloud, but it looked more like a giant metal bean to me...

The fantastic amphitheater in Millennium Park.

The AON Center dominates part of the Chicago skyline.

Desert Blood 10pm/9c stands out among all of the other promo items.

A view of the Chicago River near the hotel.

Bouchercon 36 was held at the Sheraton Tower Hotel on the Chicago River.

Cisco getting ready for another long day of smiling and shaking hands.

Desert Blood 10pm/9c greeted everyone who entered the hotel lobby.

Desert Blood 10pm/9c was featured with some signed Nick items in the live charity event.

We were displayed front and center!

Cisco and I handed out chapbooks to everyone who entered the room...

...and some, like my buddy Blake Crouch, used them to cool off!

Author JA Konrath managed to get $175 for that lot.  All told, Desert Blood 10pm/9c raised $675.00 for the charity, Centro Romero.

Cisco hanging out with the wonderful folks who organized the auction, including Mary Harris.

Here I am playing around with author Zoe Sharp.

Taking a break in Millennium Park.

Cisco poses with one of the lions guarding the entrance to the Chicago Museum of Art.

Walking back to our hotel after a long day.

Beer and Brie.  No wonder he’s making a face.

Cisco congratulates author / actress Harley Jane Kozak for her double Anthony and Macavity wins.

The authors took to the court for a lunchtime game of basketball.

Author SJ Rozan led this team.

No, neither Cisco nor I played...but we had a good time watching.



Cisco checks in with home.

The weather was perfect for hanging out in the park, which was good, since it was right across the street from our room!

My first Bouchercon...
but not my last.  Next year it’s in Madison, Wisconsin!