You might hear echoes of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ernest Hemingway during today's reading and signing session by author Robert Crais. (The award-winning author of the action series featuring the character Joe Pike counts them as his main influences.) Crais will be reading from The First Rule, which sees Pike out to avenge a friend who was killed during a home invasion. As if that weren't bad enough, the thieves are known to target only the homes of criminals who have large amounts of cash and drugs on hand. Adamant that his friend was no criminal, Pike sets out to clear the man's name and punish the lowlifes who killed him. 5 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2322 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Sat., Jan. 16, 5 p.m., 2010