We were thrilled to welcome internationally bestselling crime writers Dervla McTiernan and Don Winslow to our stage. After triumph in the internationally bestselling DI Cormac Reilly series, McTiernan is back with her first standalone novel, The Murder Rule. This mother-daughter story shows family at odds with a horrible truth amid gripping, electric prose. In Winslow’s new epic crime saga, City on Fire, eighties grit and swagger meets classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, and corruption. Winslow’s writing is a tour-de-force of electric storytelling, referred to as a ‘contemporary Iliad.’ These two authors blend crime and loyalty, immersing us in a world where everything—not just family—ends in blood.
Their conversation is a must-hear conversation for lovers of immersive crime stories that leave you breathless and for aspiring ‘whodunnit’ authors.
The Murder Rule
By Dervla McTiernan
Published by HarperCollins
For fans of the compulsive psychological suspense of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a mother daughter story—one running from a horrible truth, and the other fighting to reveal it—that twists and turns in shocking ways, from the internationally bestselling author of The Scholar and The Ruin.
First Rule: Make them like you.
Second Rule: Make them need you.
Third Rule: Make them pay.
They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.
They think I’m working hard to impress them.
They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row.
They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him.
City on Fire
By Don Winslow
Published by William Morrow Books
Providence, RI, 1986. Twenty-nine-year-old Danny Ryan is a hard-working longshoreman, loving husband, loyal friend, and occasional “muscle” for the Irish crime syndicate that oversees much of the city. He yearns for something more and dreams of starting over fresh, someplace far away. But when a modern-day Helen of Troy triggers a war between rival mob factions, Danny is embroiled in a conflict he can’t escape. Now it is up to him to step into the breach to protect his family, the friends who are closer to him than brothers, and the only home he’s ever known.
Exploring classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, honor, and corruption on both sides of the law, City on Fire is a contemporary Iliad from Don Winslow, “one of America’s greatest storytellers” (Stephen King)..
International #1 bestseller Dervla McTiernan’s first two novels, The Ruin and The Scholar, were critically acclaimed around the world. She has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award and an International Thriller Writers Award, and has been shortlisted for numerous others. McTiernan’s third book, The Good Turn, went straight to #1 in the bestseller charts, confirming her place as one of Australia’s best and most popular crime writers.
Photo Credit: Julia Dunin
Don Winslow is the author of twenty-two acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Border sold to FX to air as a major television series, and The Force is soon to be a major motion picture from 20th Century Studios starring Matt Damon and directed by James Mangold (Ford. vs. Ferrari, Copland, Walk the Line). Winslow is the author of three New York Times Critic’s Choice best books of the year. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.
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