Davis author Lescroart wins big

John Lescroart
John Lescroart Courtesy John Lescroart

New York Times best-selling legal-thriller novelist John Lescroart of Davis was shocked when he read the letter that recently arrived at his office:

“On behalf of International Thriller Writers, I have the honor of telling you that you’ve been selected to receive the 2016 Silver Bullet Award for your outstanding philanthropic work. The award was created to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in philanthropic endeavors.”

Lescroart’s reaction: “I’m overwhelmed and blown away. This isn’t something you try to do, you just live your life and sometimes people recognize it. I hope I’ll be able to continue whatever good works I do far into the future.”

It’s well-known in the literary community that Lescroart, 67, contributes much time and energy to local causes and never seems too busy to make appearances at grass-roots functions. That’s a rarity for an author with global book sales of 10 million and counting. His latest novel is “The Fall.” Visit him at

Books you might have missed

Titles appear in bookstores, enjoy 15 minutes of fame and then are replaced by newer titles. Here’s a recommended trio you might have missed this year:

“The Early Stories of Truman Capote,” with a foreword by New Yorker magazine staff writer Hilton Als (Random House, $25, 208 pages): Before he was a literary superstar, Capote was writing “heartfelt” short stories in his teens and 20s. These were uncovered in the New York Public Library archives.

“Dispatches From Pluto” by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, $16, 320 pages): In a spontaneous act, the author and his girlfriend left New York City and moved into a ramshackle plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. In his often funny memoir-riff, travel writer Grant calls it “the most American place on Earth.”

“Instructions For the End of the World” by Jamie Kain (St. Martin’s, $19, 224 pages): A YA adventure that follows sisters Nicole and Izzy, whose survivalist father relocates the family to an old house in the Sierra foothills. When the parents go their separate ways, the girls are left on their own and must employ every skill they have just to get by – with some help from Wolf, a boy from a nearby community.

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The “social news and entertainment company” BuzzFeed has a cute but true view of “16 Things All Book Nerds Are Guilty of Doing During the Holidays” at (“Brings five books for a two-hour plane ride”).