Get Ready to Catch “The Fever”

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Megan Abbott’s latest novel about “guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire” is due out June 19, 2014.   Megan will join SoM to talk about the book, the story’s inspiration and how she’s able with just a subtle, indiscernible twist to turn otherwise wholesome worlds inside out. Stay tuned for an exact… Read more »

Episode 7: Jo Nesbø

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Norway’s best-selling crime fiction writer talks politics, revenge and what makes Sonny —and Harry Hole — tick. I spoke to Jo Nesbø by phone on Tuesday May 13, 2014 — the U.S. publication day of his most recent crime novel, The Son — from the New York City office of Knopf, his U.S. publisher. It… Read more »

Jo Nesbø Coming to SoM!

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The Norwegian Mystery Phenom Is Scheduled for an Interview. He’s one of the world’s best-selling authors. In a past interview I did with Jo for the Los Angeles Review of Books, I noted the following, “One statistic I’ve heard is that a Jo Nesbø book in one of at least 40 languages is sold somewhere… Read more »

Where a Girl Carries Her Gun…

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Cara Black’s character, Paris private detective Aimee Leduc, went to great lengths to find the right gun. She picked the sleek little Beretta Nano because it fits in her vintage Valentino clutch. When Les and I were having this discussion of weaponry with Cara, Les wondered if Aimee might be interested in the Flashbang Bra… Read more »

Episode 3: Interviews with Peter James and Cara Black

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At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Les Klinger and I spoke first to Peter James and later to Cara Black. Peter James talks about his character Roy Grace’s missing wife, how he found the inspiration for his most recent Grace novel, Dead Man’s Time, his research methods and gives us a preview of… Read more »