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Ridley Pearson invites readers to a 'killer summer' with a 'killer view' in Idaho
Bestselling crime thriller writer (not to mention childrens book author) Ridley Pearson appeared at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International where he set the stage for his 'killer' crime series--the 2007 bestseller Killer Weekend, the 2008 hit Killer View, which is now available in paperback (Jove; June, 2009), released simultaneously with the latest hardcover installment in the series, Killer Summer (Putnam; June, 2009)--with stories about his personal experiences living in the wild and scenic countryside of Idaho. Beginning with his summer job on a sheep farm when he was eighteen years old, Pearson described a deceptively beautiful landscape populated with killer grain silos; nondescript buildings harboring aging barrels of nuclear waste and nuclear lab experiments seeking new uses for nuclear radiation; 'absurdly cold' winters with days on end when the temperature never rose above twenty degrees below zero (Fahrenheit); mega-billionaires and Hollywood celebs living side-by-side with 'crazy' Idaho natives whose idea of a good time is to drink a six-pack and club rabbits with a baseball bat; and a wonderful hike in the woods with friends can bring you face to face with a killer bear. Pearson wrapped his Miami appearance with reflections on his experiences teaching creative writing in Shanghai, China, and a reading from his chinese students' memoirs.

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Gore Vidal recalls the past and weighs in on the present with, as always, devastating wit: American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist, short story writer, actor and politician Gore Vidal surveys the modern American landscape in an interview with Books & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International.

Dean Koontz brings 'relentless' suspense to the beaches this summer: Master thriller writer Dean Koontz hits the beaches with another instant #1 bestseller, 'Relentless.'

Brad Meltzer heads for the beaches with Superman, Cain, Abel, and 'The Book Of Lies': Bestselling author of graphic and traditional novels, and television screenwriter Brad Meltzer ties the themes of Superman, Cain and Abel together in his latest big book, 'The Book Of Lies.'

Michael Connelly's 'Scarecrow' is landing on beaches near you: Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly talks about his life, his work, his characters.

David Baldacci heads for the beaches with 'First Family': Radio show host and author of seven books Lewis Burke Frumkes interviews lawyer turned bestselling novelist David Baldacci.

Baldacci, Connelly, Koontz, Meltzer and Sparks et al head for the beaches: David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks and a boatload of bestselling authors bring thrills, chills, and true love to the beaches this summer.

Stay tuned as authors pack their bags and head for BookExpo America, May 29-31: Tens of thousands of 'bookies' and nearly a thousand bestselling and emerging authors for all age groups and interests converge at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center for the annual BookExpo America, May 29-31.

Scott McClellan pushes back against 'the permanent campaign' and 'win-at-all-costs' Republicans: The former Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, Scott McClellan tells 'what happened' inside the Bush White House wracked by Katrina, the Valerie Plame affair, and Abu Ghraib.

Carl Hiaasen's golf comeback is overcome by bufo toads, monkeys, rats, and a runaway golf cart: Bestselling author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen, master of mirth and mystery, unravels the myths and mystique of golfing.

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