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Saturday, October 15 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Crime Fiction: Cold Comfort

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Crime fiction often explores themes of loss: loss of life, humanity, and, perhaps most terrifying, one’s mind. What is it about meeting characters on the worst day of their lives that has intrigued readers for centuries? Find out from masters of the craft. New York Times bestseller Joseph Finder explores how a powerful person’s life can spiral out of control in an instant in Guilty Minds. The shadowy world of a terror plot drives Red Right Hand, by award-winning author Chris Holm. And in Say No More, Agatha Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan’s tough reporter Jane Ryland tries to unravel the truth about a date rape and a hit and run crash. Join them in a conversation about the novels of murder and mayhem that we love, where truth is the only comfort. Moderated by Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered. Sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book.

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Amy MacKinnon

Amy MacKinnon is a former congressional aide whose commentaries have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and on NPR and This American Life. Her debut novel, Tethered, was described by Booklist as a “haunting” and “gracefully rendered... Read More →

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Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is a bestselling thriller writer and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct, and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for Company... Read More →
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Chris Holm

Chris Holm is the author of the Collector Trilogy and award-winning short stories that have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and the Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His novels also include the Michael Hendricks thrillers series... Read More →
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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and is a thirty-three-time Emmy award winner. She is also an author of nine mystery novels and works of nonfiction, including Truth Be Told, What You See, and Writes of Passage. Ryan’s work has... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Emmanuel Sanctuary