David Baldacci’s The Target features a quote from his fictional president… “(we’re facing) a choice between the awful and the terrible.” This encapsulates the decisions that every major character must make, unsoluable dilemmas where the righteous can cause greater damage than the villainous. A Robie and Reel thriller, it will have you contemplating our country’s place in the world, while being entertained by a master at the top of his game. Our conversation with David helps divine the real world from the fictional, although the lines are frequently blurred beyond recognition.
C. J. Box’s latest thriller Stone Cold features his continuing protagonist, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Tasked by the state’s governor to investigate some shady goings-on in the Black Hills, Pickett uncovers
a deadly secret involving a philanthropist who seemingly brings hope to a desperate and corrupt small town. Locale plays a major role in the drama, and Box talks about how his Western roots influence his style. He also talks of guns and their place in his culture as
opposed to more urban settings.
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effort is Innocence, a stand alone thriller about a young man who lives a subterranean life, rescued from his loneliness by an equally challenged woman. Koontz talks about why so many of his protagonists suffer from low self esteem, relating back to his own childhood. He also speaks of plans to bring some of his books to television.
David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell is the sixth in his series featuring these title characters, ex-secret service agents turned private investigators. They stumble onto a plot involving a teenager and his father, an army sergeant who was supposedly killed in action. David talks about how he goes against conventional gender roles with his leads, and how the CIA is actually dwarfed by another spy agency that receives far
less media attention. Suspenseful reading— as Baldacci typically peels away layers of intrigue to reveal the truth.
Doug Preston and Lincoln Child’s latest Pendergast novel is White Fire, which delves deeply into their hero’s Sherlockian roots and similarities. We talk to Lincoln Child about the confusion readers have with him and Lee Child, of Jack Reacher fame. Paramount has options on the Pendergast character, and Lincoln has the perfect actor in mind for the role. Included in White Fire is a Sherlock Holmes short story written by Child, endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate.
Dust is Patricia Cornwell’s twenty first novel featuring Kay Scarpetta, who, like the author, has migrated from Richmond to Washington and now Cambridge, Massachusetts. In our interview, Cornwell reveals plans for a new ABC TV series with a new character, a female New Jersey detective with an interesting past. She talks about authenticity in her portrayal of a medical examiner and how geographical details become almost a character in her writing. She explains where she feels comfortable stretching reality and where she feels obligated to strictly adhere to fact.
Scott Turow’s Identical centers around two Greek families harboring decades-old grudges, some valid and some inconsequential. Set in fictional Kindle County like many of his other works, Scott explores how identical twins are not the same in many ways and how those differences affect the arc of both characters’ lives. Inspired by his own sister’s stillborn twin, the novelist, in
our discussion, relates how the story emerged from events in his own childhood .
Jeffery Deaver has come up with an innovative approach regarding the structure of his latest novel. The October List is written backwards – chronologically, the end happens before the beginning, a la the film Memento. In our conversation, Deaver delves deeply into his writing technique, including how he edits various drafts and how he decides how many characters will populate his work. Fascinating insight into the mind of a top flight writer follows.
Sandra Brown is one of the few female writers in the action/thriller genre. Her latest, Deadline is a suspense novel laced with romance, set in a Georgia seacoast town. She talks about how she inhabits her characters and
balances the relationship aspects with page-turning action sequences. Brown has written over eighty novels, and a recent USO tour of Afghanistan gave her inspiration to include both military and civilian veterans of that conflict in Deadline.
Nelson DeMille wrote The Quest almost forty years ago –
his first full length novel, originally released only in paperback. He always considered it to be one of his finest works, and upon revisiting it recently, decided it deserved to be exposed to his legion of fans. Working with his editors, he virtually doubled the length of the original manuscript, using his decades of writing experience to develop the characters more deeply and strengthen the plot lines. He shares some of the wisdom he’s gained as a novelist in our conversation.