Reading Corner | Local author Bonstein receives award for novel

Author Elsa Bonstein and her novel, “Find Edsell!”
Author Elsa Bonstein and her novel, “Find Edsell!” Courtesy photo

Local author Elsa Bonstein recently received the Mark of Quality from Writers Digest Books for her novel, “Find Edsell!”

The Mark of Quality is given to books that are deemed to be of exceptionally high literary merit. In accordance with the award, “Find Edsell!” is featured in a 1/2-page ad in the July-August edition of Writer’s Digest. A gold seal now appears on the cover of every book indicating it received the Mark of Quality.

Bonstein will attend the annual Writer’s Digest Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City July 31-Aug. 2 as a guest of Writer’s Digest.

The book is a thriller that takes place on the Jersey Shore and in the nearby Pine Barrens. Edsell Jones, a 17-year old high school senior, disappears on the way home from his girlfriend’s house. His mother discovers he is missing when she comes home from working the night shift. Two teenagers join the search, which leads them to a secret drug rehab in the Barrens, and they cannot help wonder if the so-called doctor is telling the truth when they hear screams coming from the building.

“There are no zombies, vampires, aliens or superheroes in my book,” Bonstein said. “It is fact-based fiction with real people who rise to help victims, often putting their own lives at risk.”


James Bond will be reunited with Pussy Galore in a new novel to be published this year.

Anthony Horowitz’s “Trigger Mortis” features the audacious criminal and “Bond girl,” played in the film “Goldfinger” by Honor Blackman.

Horowitz follows Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver and William Boyd in writing Bond novels authorized by the estate of author Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.

“Trigger Mortis” is based on an idea by Fleming for a TV program that was never made.

Horowitz, creator of teenage spy Alex Rider and TV series “Foyle’s War,” said Thursday that “it was always my intention to go back to the true Bond, which is to say, the Bond that Fleming created.”

The novel is due in September from Orion in Britain and Harper Collins in the United States.

From staff and wire reports

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