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Dutton's Books

"Launching" one of Bob's novels with a reading and signing at Dutton's Books in Brentwood, CA, has become something of a tradition. As usual, the patio was packed and all copies of ASK A DEAD MAN had been sold before the evening concluded. Bob used the occasion to announce that AADM's first printing had sold out, back orders were mounting, and (happily) a second printing was being rushed onto the press.

Dutton's Tony Zurowski has become part of the launch tradition, on the scene to introduce Bob every time--and a great job, as usual, Tony. Thanks...
Another "launch" regular is the gorgeous pinup turned producer June Wilkinson. As usual, Bob found it difficult to let go of her.
With Paramount Studios execs Phil Murphy (center) and Bob McCracken. (Nice tie, Phil.)
One of Bob pals from the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Dave Sherman, brought along daughter Sheli, who had to have her own copy of AADM and also bought one for her fave high school teacher.
"Dandy Don" Whittemore, purveyor of some of the finest ice creams around, and Mrs.Dandy Don, Linda. Years ago, Don was one of the top-rung pros of record promotion at RCA, while Linda was a journalist with the influential publication Radio & Records.
Irishman Liam Campbell and his wife, Aleta, showed up to check the blarney quotient in Bob's reading from ASK A DEAD MAN. 
Business mogul Aaron Cohen (left) and Stuart Bernstein, retired honcho with the Los Angeles City School District, who was instrumental in helping Bob create and initiate a Writers Guild of America, west, literacy program in district junior high and high schools.
Sam Mitchell and his mother, Cynthia, took time out from a tennis tournament to share in "launch" festivities.
Bob, as usual, tossing in a hug at no charge with every book purchased, here with Laureen Foti. What a generous sport, this guy.
One last sale got a hug for the lovely and charming Philippa as the launch neared the finish line. Actually, the last hug went to his wife, Sandra, who made all the arrangements and took all these photos.
 
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