I've written about Chelsea Cain before in this blog and I've opined to many that her thrillers, based on a female serial killer and an emotionally and physically damaged cop, are smart and extremely well-written. Now I've been joined by an expert on the subject of thrillers, Stephen King. Writing for Entertainment Weekly, King puts Heartsick and Sweetheart in the number six position on his list of "10 Best Books of 2008." And, it's a list that includes Koontz, Wambaugh, Kate Atkinson and Ande Dubus III. Not bad for a girl from Bellingham. Here's what King had to say about Chelsea's books: "We've been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these two books shouldn't work...but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain's ferocious sense of humor. The Portland (Ore.) setting is refreshing too." Chelsea's "ferocious sense of humor" was even evident in the dedication of Sweetheart:
for taking me in as a kid,
and letting me sit for hours reading books
on all those cold winter evenings.
You are to blame for this.