Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Counterpoint is pleased to announce the publication of

DEAD IN THE DREGS

Cloth: 284 pages, $25.00  (978-1-58243-610-4)

Trade Paper Original: 284 pages, $14.95  (978-1-58243-548-0)

Renowned wine critic Richard Wilson makes a living elevating and destroying winemakers’ reputations with the stroke of his pen. When he disappears after a tasting at Napa Valley’s Norton Winery, his sister Janie looks to her ex-husband, Babe Stern, for help. But when Wilson’s body is found floating in a vat at Norton, Stern’s search turns into a hunt for the killer.

Working in the shadow of the Napa Valley police, Stern identifies a string of suspects, all with one thing in common: their desire to get retribution for the reviews that shattered their livelihoods. But as the police work to quickly clear the case, those same suspects provide alibis and the trail begins to fade.

Stern digs into the circumstances of Wilson’s death and finds himself following his only lead to Burgundy, France. In cellars and tasting rooms from Beaune to Nuits-Saint-Georges, Stern tracks the troubled son of a family of vignerons, one of the few people in the winery the night Wilson died. But the wine families of the Côte d’Or are secretive and entangled, and the deeper Stern goes, the more he himself becomes a target. In DEAD IN THE DREGS, Stern’s only choice is to uncover the truth.

PRESS

Read “A Nose for Murder” by Dick Adler from The Rap Sheet

Read Harriet Klausner’s blog post on Dead in the Dregs at The Mystery Gazette

Mary Ann Gwinn’s profile of Peter Lewis in her column, “Lit Life,” from The Seattle Times

The novel appeared on Cynthia Bertelsen’s remarkable list on her blog,  “Gherkins & Tomatoes”

Ronald Holden’s fine blog, cornichon.org, gave Dead in the Dregs a serious plug

Maureen Bouffard’s review in I Love a Mystery Newsletter

Louis Peitzman wrote a piece on Peter Lewis in the “96 Hours” section of the San Francisco Chronicle

The fine people of Detroit created this marvelous short video of the extraordinary event they threw for the novel

Providence Cicero wrote about Peter in the recent wine issue of The Seattle Times’s Pacific Northwest Magazine

Dead in the Dregs was named by Wine Spectator as one of the ten “Best New Reads for Wine Lovers” in their latest “100 Best” issue


The novel appeared on Cynthia Bertelsen’s remarkable list on her blog, “Gherkins & Tomatoes”
Ronald Holden’s fine blog, cornichon.org, gave Dead in the Dregs a serious plug