Kevin O’Brien with Jennie Shortridge
A rite of summer, we are pretty certain, for it feels as though every summer marks the publication of a taut new thriller by much-loved Seattle writer Kevin O’Brien. Last summer, he was one of the brave first authors to see how it would go with a virtual reading, it being then new to us and to him. So we have ‘aged’ with the year. Tonight’s program celebrates the publication of his newest thriller, The Night She Disappeared (Pinnacle). This, his 22nd (!) novel, if the counting is correct, features a female Seattle TV reporter who has been involved with a married man. When that man’s wife is reported missing, her part in things gets brought to light in …. surprising ways. You might even spot a special appearance by a certain bookstore in this story. Watching Kevin O’Brien, and writer friend (and Elliott Bay friend), Seattle novelist Jennie Shortridge, who is also part of this, discuss this will no doubt shed more light on things. But reading to see what will really happen is for the reader. That to say: Kevin O’Brien has a knack in these for knowing how much to say, and how much not to. Fun, fun.