Idol Talk: Heads Up

Mark May 24 on your calendar. That’s the day MCD, a new division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, publishes one of the best thrillers I’ve ever come across. I haven’t read something this good since Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, and that was 35 years ago. Turow’s novel is near and dear to my heart because […]

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IDOL TALK: Anonymous Calls in the Middle of the Night Are Ben Mezrich’s Life

Bestselling author and novelist Ben Mezrich has had a rich life, both financially and in the art of discovery. People come out of the woodwork and anonymously call him, urging him to write their wild stories. In many cases, he does. This is not unusual when you’re an investigative reporter. Years ago, I was receiving […]

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IDOL TALK: Writing With an American Accent

Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher thriller novel series, talks with a British accent and writes with an American one. Talk with him at a cocktail party and there’s no mistaking he’s British. But if you read his books, it becomes apparent he’s lived in the States for decades, now in New York and […]

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