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Sunday, 20 January 2013 04:19
A killer re-creates the crimes of presidential assassins in The Fifth Assassin, the latest thriller from Brad Meltzer.
True to form, Meltzer peppers myriad historical facts in this novel. Meltzer’s work includes the novels The Inner Circle and The Book of Lies; five comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning Justice League of America; two nonfiction books; and is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel.
We caught up with Meltzer just before he launched his book tour. For other questions, visit the interview we did for the Sun Sentinel.
The Fifth Assassin is your second novel featuring young archivist Beecher White; will there be more?
That's certainly the goal.
An archivist hardly seems like the stuff of heroes; what makes Beecher a hero?
It's funny you say that. Someone else just said that. And I'm so nerdy, I didn't even realize that archivists are considered nerdy. I just wanted a hero I hadn't seen before. A real person. From that, Beecher was born.
In addition to your thrillers, you¹ve written 5 comic books and two nonfiction books. You also are a co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby and host Brad Meltzer¹s Decoded on the History Channel. When do you sleep?
What is this 'sleep' you speak of?
What¹s the best thing about being an author?
Talking to my imaginary friends.
What¹s the worst thing?
When they answer back.
On your web site, you also have two very funny videos that are self-deprecating about the book business: Everyone Hates Brad Meltzer and Books Vs. McDonalds Happy Meals. Why?
You kidding? Y'know how much therapy those things saved me from? Maybe the best video we've ever put out there [is Everyone Hates Brad Meltzer].
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:25
It has been previously annouced that Ken Follett, top left, and Margaret Maron, right, are both named the Grand Master.
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 23:37
Timothy Olyphant’s intriguing portrayal of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, above, is one of the main draws that keep us riveted to Justified. But the comely actor isn’t the only reason.
Sunday, 06 January 2013 04:48
This is a blog I was hoping not to write.
More than a week ago, Dennis Lehane appealed via Facebook, Twitter, the media, posters, such as the one at left, and just about any other method to find his lost dog, Tessa. The beagle went missing on Dec. 24 after she escaped from the yard of Lehane’s home in Brookline, Mass.
Lehane has even offered a reward: In his next novel, he’ll name a character after the person who brings back Tessa. (Lehane’s latest novel is Live by Night.)
The search for Tessa has been shared and posted and tweeted and reshared and reposted and retweeted myriad times. Stories have appeared in the New York Times, the Associated Press and in the Boston media. In addition to his own Facebook page, a Finding Tessa page has been set up.
Still no Tessa.
So if anyone who has not heard of Tessa’s plight finds a stray beagle roaming the Boston area, please take her to the nearest veterinarian. Tessa was not wearing her collar but she does have a microchip.
In an Associated Press story a couple of days ago, Lehane was quoted as saying “No dog since Lassie ever got this attention.” In the same AP story Lehane added that finding Tessa was “a no-questions-asked issue.” “Bring the dog to a shelter or call me and I will pick up the dog.”
As a dog lover, I know how Lehane feels. I would be devastated if any of our dogs went missing.
Tessa is a rescue dog. What often doesn’t show up in profiles on Lehane is that he and his wife support several causes, including Beagle Rescue. Many successful authors, such as Lehane, quietly contribute to a number of causes.
I am hoping that within an hour of this blog being posted that it will be old news, that Tessa will be reunited with Lehane and his family.
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