Some writers fall all over themselves and do whatever they can to get mentioned on year's end best-of lists. I'm not one of those writers. Still, I was thrilled and pleased to see that Brian Keene named The Inner Circle as one of his top ten books of 2012, alongside Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and Tom Piccirilli. Here's some of what he says:
Critics love to attach comparisons to this new generation of authors. I don’t know that such comparisons do anyone any favors, but they do alert the previous authors audience to the presence of an author whose work they might also enjoy, so it is with that in mind that I offer this: Robert Swartwood is the next F. Paul Wilson — if F. Paul Wilson’s DNA was spliced with Michael Marshall Smith. The Inner Circle is a crafty, clever, white-knuckle thriller. If you haven’t yet read Swartwood, you’re missing out.
You can read the rest of what Brian said, as well as check out the rest of the books on his list, here.