Child’s Return Draws Large Crowd

child-2b.jpgAwesome. I don’t think there’s a better word to describe the scene Friday night when more than 30 people filed into River City Books’ downstairs meeting area to listen to New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.

Among other topics, Child, a 1979 Carleton College graduate and former Northfield resident, talked about his career, how he got his start, and the dynamics of working with a writing partner. Along with Douglas Preston, Child is co-author of numerous bestselling mystery/thrillers. The Book of the Dead, the most recent book, continues the engaging story begun in the New York Times bestseller Dance of Death. The writing team also has authored books such as Brimstone, The Cabinet of Curiosities and Still Life with Crows. Publishers Weekly has called “The Book of the Dead” a “gripping, action-packed page-turner” and the book has been spotted high up on multiple bestseller lists.

child-5b.jpgOn Friday night, Child was lively and engaging and at several points made the crowd laugh. He fielded every question, signed every book (including extra copies still on sale at RCB), and even teased the group by reading an excerpt from his forthcoming solo novel, Deep Storm. Scheduled to be published in early 2007, “Deep Storm” is said to take readers to a top-secret laboratory 12,000 feet beneath the icy Atlantic and into the search for the greatest — and most deadly — archaeological find in history. I know I’ll keep an eye out for that one.

River City Books store manager Jon Lee asked me to thank Child again for taking the time to entertain us. It was also great to see so many enthusiastic readers take advantage of the opportunity. What a fun night.

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