Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What is Kathleen George reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Kathleen George, author of Simple.

Her entry begins:
I write thrillers, but “thoughtful” ones the reviewers say, and they often call them literary thrillers. So I have one foot in the chills and thrills category and the other in complex characterization. My writing is matched by my reading patterns which include about half mainstream novels and about half crime novels. So, I recently finished The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger and Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead on the non-crime side of my night table and I also finished Gone by Mo Hayder and Bent Road by Lori Roy for my crime fix.

The Newlyweds arrives at a truth of character, I believe, by allowing those people contradictions aplenty. A young Bangladeshi woman wants to come to America and wants to bring her parents, too, and so she refuses a young Bangladeshi man’s proposal to make herself available on an internet site where she attracts the attention of an American man disillusioned with American women. Their relationship and their secrets give the feeling of being extremely...[read on]
About Simple, from the publisher:
Kathleen George has declared Pittsburgh her turf with her phenomenal police procedural series, including The Odds, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. In her riveting new book, a beautiful, talented law student, Cassie Price, has been murdered, and the police arrest Cal, a handyman who works in her neighborhood. Soon suspicion turns to her boss, a golden boy about to run for governor. With fantastic series characters and a stunning mystery, Kathleen George further proves herself to be a master of the police procedural.
Learn more about the book and author at Kathleen George's website.

Kathleen George is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, The Odds (Edgar finalist, best novel), Hideout, the short story collection The Man in the Buick, scholarly theatrical books and articles, and many short stories.

The Page 99 Test: Afterimage.

The Page 99 Test: The Odds.

Writers Read: Kathleen George (June 2011).

The Page 69 Test: Hideout.

My Book, The Movie: Hideout.

Writers Read: Kathleen George (August 2011).

The Page 69 Test: Simple.

Writers Read: Kathleen George.

--Marshal Zeringue