An invitation to afternoon tea results in some startling revelations.
Clint McElroy is a man of many talents, many careers, and, especially lately, many voices. Serial Box listeners know him as the voice of Ben Franklin in 1776.
Whose lives mattered to the American revolutionaries? How did they—individually, and collectively—draw the lines dividing those who they considered as part of the nation they envisioned, and those they did not?
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Layla’s friendship with Alberto Rossi is beginning to pay off.
On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, two families meet at the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball.
Raw from her disturbing encounter with Pierce, Layla heads to New York with Bennett and James Rothkopf.
Some of our extensive research on art relics did made its way into the story at various points, or served as strong inspiration for fictitious scenarios. Other relics were completely invented – either because that made for more convenient storytelling, or because investigations are ongoing, which makes descriptions of actual stolen objects hard to fictionalize.
What is America about? Where can we find it? What is the root of our commitment to self-government? To individual liberty? Are we connected with our forebears? These are large questions, and I don’t have large answers. But I do have an experience that brought me a lot closer to them. About a year ago, I moved from New York to Massachusetts. My wife and I chose to live in Concord, even though we are not working there. That wasn’t the most practical decision, but still, it made some sense. Concord is breathtakingly beautiful. It is also historic. It’s where the Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775, when about seven hundred British soldiers were given what they thought were secret orders—to destroy colonial military supplies being held in Concord. That’s where our nation started to be born. Know the phrase, “the shot heard ’round the world”? If you’d asked me before 2017, I would have said, with complete confidence,...Read More >
They would eventually come together to form the United States of America, but at the start of 1776, there wasn’t really a ‘typical’ American colonist.
Layla’s admiration for her boss, Agent Pierce, has dimmed a little after the older woman didn’t answer Layla’s calls, leaving Layla in a tight situation.
In real life, when I’m not writing, I love to travel, though I suspect I’m a lousy travel companion. This is because I’m never really not writing. I write international mysteries / thrillers. My first three books were set in Japan, Ecuador, and Turkey, respectively. I’m always looking at my surroundings with my radar up for danger. I’m looking for trouble around every corner and down every alley – or at least a book idea lurking somewhere in the shadows. I’m never fully relaxed. And nothing inspires me like travel. That’s partly what drew me to working on False Idols – the chance to write about more international settings. If I’m not able to visit a location for research, I’m frequently combing travel guides and websites with that same eye for intrigue. A marketplace or a festival? Great! How could I propel a high-speed chase scene through it? Pretty sunset over the river? No time to enjoy it! A yacht...Read More >
Cole is clearly dangerous, both to himself and everyone else, but what’s to be done with him?
In an attempt to ramp up her investigation, Layla starts working as a translator at the Rothkopf Gallery.