At Chicago's largest gathering of readers, fans, librarians, and authors at a conference setting, Love is Murder (www.loveISmurder.net), WV Writer's Summer Conference workshop leader Robert W. Walker truly WON for BEST Hystery-Mystery or Historical Fiction (suspense) for 2007. The prize was given for his book Shadows in the White City, which is the centerpiece for his trilogy begun with City for Ransom and completed recently with the publicaiton of City of the Absent.
The Chicago Tribune gave high acclaim and praise for Shadows and the other titles in two separate reviews, one of which likened the series to a bold mix of Twainian witticisms, Dickensian social consciousness, and the ghoulish atmosphere of Poe.
In great company, I'd say.
Mr. Walker will again grace WV Writers Summer Conference this June for a special 3-hour workshop on the craft of fiction.
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