Tuesday, December 06, 2005


I have just been informed that reviewer John Mort at Booklist (the official publication of the American Library Association) has named his picks for the Top 10 Christian Novels of 2005 -- and Forgiving Solomon Long is on the list! My debut crime thriller is nestled there among titles by such famed authors as Melody Carlson, W. Dale Cramer, Robert Elmer and Philip Gulley. (Pretty nifty!)

Mr. Mort says ...

Organized crime and Christian fiction hardly seem to mix, but that's why Well's novel is so intriguing. Using hip dialogue a la Pulp Fiction, he spins a yarn around hit-man Solomon Long, hired to wipe out ministers united against a Kansas City crime boss.

Here is the list (selected from titles reviewed between October 1, 2004 and September 15, 2005, in alphabetical order by author's last name):

Ann Burton, Women of the Bible: Abilgail's Story: A Novel (Signet)

Melody Carlson, Crystal Lies (WaterBrook Press)

W. Dale Cramer, Levi's Will (Bethany House)

James F. David, Judgment Day (Forge Books)

Robert Elmer, The Celebrity (WaterBrook Press)

Philip Gulley, A Change of Heart : A Harmony Novel (HarperSanFrancisco)

Randall Ingermanson, Double Vision (Bethany House)

Susan Meissner, A Window To The World (Harvest House)

Ruth Axtell Morren, Wild Rose (Steeple Hill)

Chris Well, Forgiving Solomon Long (Harvest House)

Congratulations to all the novelists on the list!
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.