An Interview with J.T. Ellison

What Lies Behind begins with Dr. Samantha (Sam) Ownes awakened by a police investigation in her Georgetown neighborhood. Her friend, homicide detective Darren (Fletch) Fletcher, asks her to look over the evidence and help solve the murder/suicide case. Instead, she discovers hidden toxic substances, which turns the case upside down. As they try to figure out what is happening Fletch and Sam are summoned to the State Department. In typical Washington DC fashion, they find themselves up against red tape, smoke and mirrors, and a one-sided discussion. Sam and Fletch must navigate between the different agencies to thwart the terrorists and find...

An Interview with Ingrid Thoft

Brutality begins with soccer mom, Liz Barone, attacked in her kitchen, where she eventually dies from her injuries. Private investigator Fina Ludlow is hired by Liz’s mother to find the attacker. Through her investigation Ludlow finds out that Liz is suing her alma mater for a mild cognitive impairment head injury incurred while she was a player for New England University. Carl Ludlow, Fina’s father, decides to take the civil case as Fina tries to narrow the list of suspects. Elise Cooper: Can you talk about ABC’s option to make a TV series of your Fina Ludlow books? Ingrid Thoft: Last August I was approached and I signed it in the fall. If...

Don Winslow on Fresh Air

THE CARTEL’s signing tour/media campaign is the biggest of Don Winslow’s career and after two months, he is still going strong. Last week, he appeared on National Public Radio’s FRESH AIR for a feature interview with host Terri Gross. Below is the complete interview. Don talks about many of the same things he did when we talked, but also talks about El Chapo, the Mexican kingpin that recently escaped from a Mexican prison. Here is Don talking about the slave labor that goes into making the pot that so many Americans enjoy: What you have now in the immigrant community are more Central Americans than Mexicans and they make...

An Interview with Beatriz Williams

Tiny Little Thing is a fascinating look at wealth, love, power, ambition, and to what length family members will and won’t do to protect each other. The historical events in the book are intertwined perfectly within the lives of the characters that make for a realistic and gripping story. Incorporated within a character driven mystery are the issues of the mid-1960s, including political intrigue, the controversy of the Viet Nam veterans, and the treatment of women. Elise Cooper: Did you base your characters on the Kennedy family? Beatriz Williams: Yes, I wanted to write a compelling story of a political dynasty with the patriarch pushing...

An Interview with Jefferson Bass

As with all the Jefferson Bass books, their latest, The Breaking Point, intertwines a powerful crime mystery with details about forensic science. In this storyline past, present, and future collide to throw respected forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton’s successful, secure life into devastating turmoil regarding his career and personal life. Elise Cooper: Would you agree that Dr. Bill Brockton can be described as brave, determined, and resourceful? Dr. Bill Bass: I think his behavior is similar to my co-author and friend Jon Jefferson. Jon Jefferson: The professional side of Dr. Brockton is definitely Dr. Bass: chair of the...

An Interview with Brad Meltzer

The President’s Shadow powerfully delves into the treatment of those enlisted in the military, the relationship between a father and child, and how ordinary people can make a difference. This complex novel explores the power of government and the military over an individual’s life, the intrigue of having a supposed history nerd, Beecher, able to save the Presidency, and the emotional pull of family relationships. Elise Cooper: You have a dedication quote, “Today I know: I’ll never get over losing my parents. And I don’t want to. They deserve to be remembered. These books-and the characters within-taught me that.” Please explain. Brad...