Here's a twist on Sherlock Holmes - Otto "Big Red" Amlingmeyer is a 19th-century Kansan cowboy who uses Holmesian methods to solve crime in the Wild West. You can learn about Big Red, a "cowboy/scribe/junior deducifier/character," today when the Houston Public Library welcomes his creator, author Steve Hockensmith. The novelist will discuss The Crack in the Lens, the latest book featuring the multitalented, wisecracking sleuth. In Crack in the Lens, Big Red and his brother, Old Red, are in Texas, hunting down the man who killed Old Red's former flame. And if freewheeling, mystery-solving cowboys are too dull for you, you can always ask Hockensmith about his stint as editor of The X-Files Official Magazine. 7 p.m. Houston Library, 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org. Free. The author also appears at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Tue., July 28, 6:30 p.m., 2009