Minstrel’s Alley Publishes New Novel, ‘The Blood Orange,’ by Gordon Basichis

Jul 19, 2011 - 8:52 pm


The Blood Orange by Gordon Basichis

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Minstrel’s Alley announces the publication of a new novel, “The Blood Orange,” a romantic mystery thriller. The story was written by Gordon Basichis and is set in modern day Lo Angeles while drawing upon the legends of Spanish California.

“The Blood Orange,” has been listed on Amazon.com and is released as an EBook on Kindle, and Apple’s iBook, as well as all other electronic publishing venues. It is available through Barnes & Noble, Ingram Book Company, Baker & Taylor distributors as well as various independent bookstores around the country.

“We have high hopes for the publication of ‘The Blood Orange,’” said M.J. Hammond, publisher and president of Minstrel’s Alley. “The novel is a modern day take on the classic Los Angeles Noir Detective novels of Raymond Chandler, Ross Thomas, and other mystery novelists. As with their work, Los Angeles is a principal character in a modern day story that incorporates the old California Bandit legends with contemporary intrigue, violence, and internecine struggles. It tells a great story that would also be the perfect LA film.”

Hammond describes the book as quirky and edgy filled with dark humor that Basichis seems to capture in even the most dire moments. “It’s a long way from the classic mystery thriller. Not what you call a tepid tale with predictable dilemmas. With this book you get the feeling the characters are playing for keeps. Sexy, too, which doesn’t hurt anything.”

Gordon Basichis is the author of three previous books. “The Guys Who Spied for China” was first published by Minstrel’s Alley and was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards. Basichis also wrote “The Constant Travellers,” and “Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story.” He is the co-founder of Corra Group, a Los Angeles based company that conducts employment background checks and corporate research for companies throughout the United States and around the world.

M.J. Hammond is a former entertainment industry executive who founded Minstrel’s Alley to publish popular books not found in mainstream publishing.

“Mainstream publishing has its purpose,” said Hammond. “But the industry’s focus on celebrity and genre based books has left readers wanting. We hope to help bring a sense of adventure back to books and publishing.”

In addition to “The Blood Orange, a summer release, Minstrel’s Alley has scheduled two additional books for publication. “Ghosts of Havana, ” by Cameron Lee, is also a mystery thriller, spanning Pre-Castro Cuba to the modern day. “Letters from the Sisters,” chronicles the lifelong friendship among a dozen sorority sisters over the past four decades.

Background: Minstrel’s Alley is a Los Angeles based independent publisher that seeks to bring adventure back into the publishing industry by publishing books that have popular appeal but with more complexity than the standard mainstream fare. The new publishing group distributes its books through Amazon, Kindle, and assorted Internet outlets as well as through bookstores around the country.    You can view Minstrel’s Alley athttp://www.minstrelsalley.com

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