The Frozen Midwest

After a relatively slow-paced interlude in Minneapolis, it was back to the tour’s typical whirlwind, Amazing-Race, Move-Your-Ass-Like-the-Armenian-Mob-Is-After-You pace. I flew into Milwaukee, rented a car, and drove two hours down to Chicago, where I did a few drop-in signings and then gunned across town
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Minnesota Nice

The best time to visit Minneapolis, I’d been warned, is not January. But despite the cold and the snow I still found the city to be an inviting place with a lot of character. Which also accurately describes the crime/mystery bookstore Once Upon a Crime.
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Midtown America

My red-eye flight from Seattle to Newark was uneventful, if by “event” you mean any kind of sleep whatsoever. I was too tired to calculate how many, or few, hours of sleep I’d had over the past few days, but I did manage despite my grogginess to find the shuttle and make it to my hotel in Manhattan
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Coast to Coast

Next up was one of the more challenging, Amazing Race-esque stretches of the Gutshot Straight book tour: from Oakland to Seattle for an event at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, then right back to SEA-TAC for an overnight flight to Newark, followed by a day of drop-in signings at bookstores in Manhattan.
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Back on the Bay

Next stop for the Gutshot Straight world tour was the San Francisco Bay Area. My wife and I lived here for nine years when I was teaching at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. The Bay Area felt like home the first time I saw it, and it still feels that way
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