Genre: Mystery / Suspense
“I don’t know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide.”
Although Gina Perini thrives in her new life as a bookshop manager, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive—someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will take her from San Francisco to Indianapolis, and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit. Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and—perhaps—the readers’ expectations.
Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and―perhaps―the readers’ expectations.
Praise for Through The Bookstore Window
“It’s a rare mystery that can deliver so much in the way of pure emotional resonance. Bill Petrocelli’s Through the Bookstore Window is such a book. This is a thriller with a heart.” ― Janis Cooke Newman, author of A Master Plan for Rescue
“Through the Bookstore Window is an unusual, rewarding take on the nature of memory: how it haunts and heals, how single moments set the future in motion, and how it binds survivors together in ways they seldom expect.” ―Foreword Reviews
“Bill Petrocelli knows books and bookstores. He also knows how to write a compelling, provocative, meaningful novel that will sweep you from San Francisco to Bosnia and back again, delivering chills, suspense and some profound thoughts on the power of love. Take a peek through a bookstore window and grab this terrific read!” ―Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of the Miranda Corbie series and City of Sharks
Bill Petrocelli is co-owner (along with his wife Elaine) of Book Passage, which has bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Book Passage is a literary hub, currently averaging 700+ author events a year (a recent one being James Comey in April – see below) and running in-store classes in writing and bookselling with students and teachers from all over the country. It also hosts three annual writing conferences: Mystery Writers Conference, Conference for Children’s Writers & Illustrators, and Conference for Travel Wrtiters & Photographers, which draw faculty and students from as far as the Middle East and South America.
Bill was originally a lawyer, having graduated from Berkeley and UC Law, and has served as a California Deputy Attorney General and as head of a poverty law office in Oakland, California. He has also served on the Board of the American Booksellers Association and as attorney for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.
His first book, Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invaders, so topical today, was actually published in 1981, by McGraw Hill. His second – equally topical for today – was Sexual Harassment on the Job: What it is and How to Stop it, published in 1992 by Nolo Press.
Through the Bookstore Window is Bill’s second novel. His first was The Circle of Thirteen, which came out in paperback in 2015.