Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Faye Kellerman.
Ms. Kellerman is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Theory of Death” (William Morrow)—the twenty-third entry in her Decker / Lazarus series, out next Tuesday. She made her debut with “The Ritual Bath” (1986), which won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers of America. Currently, there are over twenty million copies of her books in print worldwide. In addition to the Decker / Lazarus books, Ms. Kellerman writes a series featuring protagonist Cindy Decker; other titles include the suspense/horror novel “Moon Music,” “Double Homicide” (co-authored with her husband), and the YA novel, “Prism.” She makes her home is Los Angeles and Santa Fe with her husband, novelist Jonathan Kellerman.
Praise for Faye Kellerman:
“No one working in crime is better”—Sun (Baltimore)
“Reading a good thriller is very much like taking a great vacation: half the fun is in getting there. Faye Kellerman is one heck of a tour guide.”—Detroit News
“In a class with the most literate, facile, and engaging writers in the business.”—Associated Press
From the publisher:
Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this compulsive novel in New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman’s beloved Decker and Lazarus series.
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it’s been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.
Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. The death appears to be a suicide—a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner’s ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department’s tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily, Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague Tyler McAdams calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.
The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school’s rarified atmosphere they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers—and most dangerous of all—a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker’s experience and McAdams’s brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.
Now, Faye Kellerman reveals a few pages from the book of her life …
HBE: As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?
FK: I liked any kind of adventure, historical book(s) as a child. I read and reread all of Laura Ingalls Wilder and have recently bought her annotated copy. But my reading was quite eclectic
HBE: What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?
FK: As I stated, my reading was eclectic, but there were no such things as naughty books – everything was okay even Mary McCarthy’s “The Group” which was the big naughty book in my day
HBE: What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?
FK: I just finished Anne Tyler’s new book “A Blue Spool of Thread.” It was a little depressing and I think she meant it to be that way even though it had a glimmer of hope at the end. I LOVE Nancy Pickard especially the more literary suspense she’s involved in. She can’t write fast enough. And I intend to get Sue Grafton’s “X.”
Just also got “Lincoln and The Jews.” I’m looking forward to that one as well.
HBE: What one book do you always recommend when asked?
FK: I don’t have a favorite book. If you’re referring to my books, I also don’t have a favorite book, but to a new reader I always say, you can start the series anywhere you’d like, but it’s fun to start with the first book, THE RITUAL BATH and see how the characters develop.
There are so many good books out there – I suppose to recommend anything, I’d have to know the taste of the reader.
HBE: Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?
FK: See above
HBE: Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?
FK: I don’t have any guilty pleasure. If you want to read a book be it “Fifty Shades of Grey” – which I read and couldn’t get through it – or “Twilight,” be my guest.
I love NON fiction. I love biographies. I went through a Lincoln phase. I also went through a president phase. I went through a Civil War phase. I love American history. Can’t get enough of it.
HBE: Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?
FK: I would have loved to meet Ross MacDonald. I heard he was a real gentleman and his books were so inspirational and he is the king of the LA noire detective novel. It’s so sad that I didn’t get a chance to meet him.
HBE: Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?
FK: I’m always striving so no actual moment. But there has been times where I’ve been so gratified to be where I am. Mostly when I meet the fans and they’re so lovely. I’m so delighted that people still want to read me.
HBE: What is your greatest literary ambition?
FK: To keep publishing books that people enjoy reading.
HBE: Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner _____.
FK: … asks insightful questions. Thank you very much for this opportunity and I look forward to seeing this in print!
With thanks to Faye Kellerman for her generosity of time and thought and to Kaitlyn Kennedy, Senior Publicist at William Morrow, for facilitating this interview.