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Giles Fowler's Newest Wins Book of the Year   printer  

Each year ForeWord Reviews puts together a jury of reviewers, booksellers, and librarians to pick the best books in sixty categories, and this time two SR authors brought home the gold! Though he has only published fiction with the Sewanee Review, Giles Fowler's first book, Deaths on Pleasant Street, from Truman State University Press, recounts the 1910 murder trial involving the wealthy Swope family of Kansas City. But as one reviewer said, the book has "elements of great Gothic fiction"; Fowler "revels in the sordid details of death and autopsy, sparing little gained from his research. . . . and breathes life into events that captivated Kansas Citians 100 years ago." A reporter, film and theater critic, and editor with the Kansas City Star for nearly 25 years, Fowler was born to tell this story it seems. ForeWord announced at BookExpo America this spring that Deaths on Pleasant Street was judged to be the best book of true crime in 2009 published by an independent publisher. We hope you got to read Fowler's fantastic story, "Games End," in our most recent issue dedicated to fiction in summer 2009.