Interviews

Five years ago I read "The Tourist" by  Olen Steinhauer. This novel's protagonist is the reluctant spy Milo Weaver. He followed that book up with a couple more to form a trilogy. By the time we get to the third book the story lines are so complex that we almost feel the need to create wall charts to keep track of the action. Almost. Steinhauer writes intricate stories that dazzle and entertain.

Professor Martin returns for a second session on the program so we can talk about Herb's long held affection for the poetry of Dayton's greatest poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Herb is the leading scholar of Dunbar's prodigious output of poetry, plays, and novels.

When Kenan Trebincevic was eleven years old he was living with his family in a city in northern Bosnia. Then war broke out in the former Yugoslavia.  The Trebincevic family's peaceful existence was shattered. They were Muslims. Their city was directly in the crossfire between warring factions of Serbs and Croats. The brutal ethnic cleansing of Bosnia had begun.

In his latest novel "Runner" Patrick Lee has concocted a thriller with some elements that read like science fiction. As the story begins Sam Dryden is jogging along one night minding his own business when he
encounters a terrified young girl named Rachel. She is being pursued by a group of men who seem intent on recapturing her and doing heaven knows what to her.

Wallace Stroby's latest Crissa Stone novel "Shoot the Woman First" is another superb example of a literary genre where the protagonist is a sympathetic anti-hero of sorts. Crissa makes her living by stealing money. Her victims are frequently other criminals.

In this one Crissa and her cohorts have plotted a scheme to steal the ill gotten gains from a drug dealer in Detroit. They engineer their heist but things go awry. There's a betrayal and dogged pursuit in the form of a corrupt ex-cop who will do anything to track down Crissa on behalf of the drug dealer who got ripped off.

"Nowhere Nice" is the third book in a series set in the Mississippi Delta. Nick Reid and his buddy Desmond are repo men. They spend their time tracking down customers who have fallen behind on their installment plans. Nick and Desmond repossess TV's and other items from people who don't often feel inclined to part with these luxuries.

Over 56,000 American troops have been listed as missing in action in wars that have been fought over the past century. The majority of these soldiers were lost in the Pacific theater during WWII. In "Vanished"  Wil Hylton traces what became of the eleven man crew of an American B-24 bomber that crashed in 1944 near the remote Pacific archipelago of Palau. Divers searching for the underwater wreckage of the plane eventually located it. Wil Hylton describes how the search for this missing plane happened.

Lynn Goldsmith has spent the last 40 years taking classic photographs of some of our greatest music legends. Goldsmith's work reads like a Who's Who of Modern Music. She has taken photos of hundreds of music legends ranging from  The Rolling Stones to David Byrne to Patti Smith to Bruce Springsteen,  The Police, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, The Go-Gos, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Blondie, The Beastie Boys, and Michael Franti, to name just a few.

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