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Welcome to Speaking of Writers. Veteran broadcaster Steve Richards interviews local, regional and best selling authors. You can hear Speaking of Writers every Sunday morning at 6am on these Townsquare Media radio stations in Albany NY. 107.7 WGNA-FM, Q105.7 ( WQBK-FM) ALT 103.5 ( WQBJ-FM) and 103.9 The Breeze ( WPBZ-FM), Hot 99.1 (WQBK-HD2), and 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM). For more info email steve @
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John Wesley O'Toole is a disbarred Savannah attorney who is trying to get his life back together after his release from prison following a vehicular homicide charge.  No longer able to practice law, he's become an art dealer after inheriting his grandmother's gallery on Liberty Street.  O'Toole is in deep financial trouble and about to lose everything when he is contacted by Abraham Deign, a wealthy businessman.  Deign offers him a hefty sum to find a missing painting, and with it, his estranged granddaughter, Lucy.  When Lucy's body is discovered in a burned out car near where she and O'Toole were due to meet, he is arrested on a charge of kidnapping and murder.  Things go downhill from there.--- Support this podcast:
The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now.ALAN PAUL is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, the definitive book on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. His first book, Big in China, is about his experiences raising an American family, forming a band and becoming an unlikely rock star in Beijing. He is a regular guest on radio shows and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, and other publications. He lives in New Jersey.ANDY ALEDORT has been an essential contributor to the international music scene for 35 years, working as a journalist, instructor and performer. He has conducted hundreds of interviews and lessons with the world’s greatest guitarists for Guitar World and other publications, and toured and recorded with original Jimi Hendrix bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. He was a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern for 12 years. He has also sold over one million instructional DVDs and teaches guitar privately and via online sites such as Truefire. He lives on Long Island.--- Support this podcast:
Peter Seth- When I Got Out

Peter Seth- When I Got Out


PETER SETH’s When I Got Out:Larry Ingber fell deeply in love once...and it cost him forty years of his life. Branded “The Ivy League Killer” by the media that followed his sensational story of obsession and its consequences, Larry has at last been freed from prison and tossed into a world he barely understands. Filled with tension, nuance, and revelation, When I Got Out is a remarkable story about what happens when the world you left behind and the world you never knew collide.--- Support this podcast:
Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?ABOUT THE AUTHORRobert Crais is the author of twenty-one previous novels, seventeen of them featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. He has won a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America as well as the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Ross Macdonald awards. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are global bestsellers. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.--- Support this podcast:
About THE LAST WIDOW:THE LAST WIDOW begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, herpartner pleads for her release, but in the end...they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air. A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is about to have lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens. Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs require that they run toward a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiraled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian Mountains, to the terrible truth about what happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind.Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels Pieces of Her, The Good Daughter, and Cop Town are in development for film and television.--- Support this podcast:
Richard Russo- Chances Are

Richard Russo- Chances Are


ABOUT CHANCES ARE . . .From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship.One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today–Lincoln’s a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin’ age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved–Jacy Calloway. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery. Shot through with Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are . . . also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader’s heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship’s bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family or any other community.     For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are . . . is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.ABOUT THE AUTHORRichard Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries; in 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Port­land, Maine.Photo Credit- Elena Seibert--- Support this podcast:
A New Kind of MonsterA predator who struck at random, Israel Keyes had no M.O. or victim type—which helped him go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. He would fly into a city, rent a car and cross state lines, abduct his victims, kill them, and dispose of their remains so expertly he left no DNA. Then he’d get back in his car and put thousands of miles between himself and the crime scene.Callahan calls Keyes “an analog killer in a digital age,” because he would “go dark”: using only cash, turning off his cell phone, and burying weapons, body disposal tools, and money in remote locations—and to which he would return to dig back up, months or years later, whenever the urge to kill struck next. He left a trail of monstrous crimes in his wake, many of which are still unsolved. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter.Behind the Scenes of the Alaska PD and the FBICallahan takes readers to a singularly remote setting—Anchorage, Alaska—where the disappearance of a young girl named Samantha Koenig eventually led to Keyes’ arrest. But the Alaska PD and the FBI had no idea just who—or what—they had on their hands when they brought him in. And in such a rural and isolated environment, the process of interrogating and investigating Keyes didn’t exactly go by-the-book.Callahan describes how the FBI deliberately kept Keyes’ existence a secret from the public, and how the federal prosecutor’s methods could have put the case in jeopardy—had it gone to trial, which (spoiler alert) it never did. Because even though Keyes was one of the scariest and most high-profile criminals in modern history, he was somehow able to commit suicide in prison.The Book the FBI Doesn’t Want You to ReadCallahan was given unprecedented access to the agents who worked the Keyes case, but at a certain point, the DOJ started stonewalling her requests for documents. She spent over five years—and tens of thousands of dollars of her own money—researching and delving into classified files, including a court battle that led to the unsealing of 13 hours of interview footage with Keyes.Callahan also got her hands on fascinating psychological evaluations of Keyes that illuminated much about his childhood, including an off-the-grid, Educated-type upbringing as the oldest of ten children, an affiliation with a white supremacist cult, and a friendship with two young men who would go on to become among America’s Most Wanted.She interviewed law enforcement, lawyers, and even Keyes’ mother, a private woman who had never before spoken to a reporter. And though the book lays bare some of the bureaucracy and institutional issues that could have damaged the case, as she puts it, “I think the Bureau will be happy with AMERICAN PREDATOR—one of the things it really highlights is the granular work, obsessive dedication, and big-picture approach that allowed these very talented men and women to capture one of this century’s greatest monsters.”Case Not ClosedKeyes is believed to have killed at least 11 people, but likely many more. At one point during his interrogation, an investigator said, “We have to assume that every time you traveled, you killed someone.” Keyes didn’t confirm or deny, but the statement was treated like fact in the room. Callahan believes Keyes killed many more people than what’s been determined so far, and hopes this book will help to reopen—and eventually close—cases where he could be the culprit.ABOUT THE AUTHORMaureen Callahan is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, columnist, and commentator. She has covered everything from pop culture to politics. Her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, New York, Spin, and the New York Post, where she is currently critic-at-large. She lives in New York.--- Support this podcast:
It's a little-known chapter in history - the era of the Women Airforce Service Pilots - whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes! And now a new book brings to light the lives and stories of these women. "The Flight Girls" by author Noelle Salazar - is inspired by their stunning story and re-imagines the heroines at its center. Fans of " Hidden Figures" and "The Lilac Girls" and will savor this book!Fortified by the bonds of sisterhood, a resilient young woman charts an unconventional course in pursuit of her dreams and navigates adversity, tragedy, and love along the way in THE FLIGHT GIRLS (Inspired by the real-life female pilots who aided the military during World War II, this exquisite book by author Noelle Salazar illuminates a little-known historical chapter and re-imagines the heroines at its center.October 1941. With Europe already at war, Audrey Coltrane has come to Hawaii to instruct Army aviators. Ever since she was just a girl, she has been happiest in the cockpit. One day soon, she plans to buy an airfield near her home in Dallas. No man will distract her from her goals, she vows to the fellow fliers who have become cherished friends, not even the dashing Lieutenant James Hart. Still, their shared experience dodging Japanese gunfire above Pearl Harbor one momentous December morning only deepens their connection.Sent into a tailspin of grief by all that has been lost in the attack, Audrey rallies to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots program. Alight with purpose once more, she draws strength from her relationships with the other recruits and the importance of their mission. But the horrors of war are never far away. And when James gets shot down over enemy territory, Audrey risks everything to fight for the future she now envisions, one filled with precious dreams old and new.Extensively researched and vividly told, THE FLIGHT GIRLS provide a lens through which to view the WASP groundbreakers who volunteered to serve their country despite the danger and then vanished into obscurity.Their courageous example is brought to unforgettable life in these stirring pages by a remarkable protagonist determined to make her mark in a changing world.About the author: Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where she's been a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader, and always a storyteller. When she's not writing, she can be found dodging raindrops and daydreaming of her next book. Noelle lives in Bothell, Washington, with her husband and two children. THE FLIGHT GIRLS is her first novel. For more information, please visit and follow @noelle_salazar on Twitter. --- Support this podcast:
The New Girl- Daniel Silva

The New Girl- Daniel Silva


 #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva is “quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today—and his iconic creation Gabriel Allon is “one of fiction’s greatest spies” (Kirkus Reviews). Silva’s twenty-second novel, THE NEW GIRL (published by HarperCollins) finds Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, in the most unlikely of alliances, helping the controversial, much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia recover his kidnapped daughter. What Gabriel encounters is a deadly secret war for control of the Middle East—with not only the life of a child but also one of the world’s most powerful, wealthiest thrones hanging in the balance.About THE NEW GIRL It begins at an exclusive private school in Geneva, where a beautiful student of mysterious origins disappears one day after being picked up by her security detail. She is the daughter of Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. KBM, as he is known to much of the world, turns to an unlikely person to help him get the girl back alive: Gabriel Allon, now the head of Israeli intelligence and no ally to oppressive Islamic states. Despite his excesses and the rumors of his brutality, KBM has pledged to finally break the bond between the Kingdom and radical Islam. For that reason alone, Gabriel considers him a valuable if flawed partner. Together these strange bedfellows will face a deadly secret war not only for the Saudi throne, but for control of the Middle East. BIO: Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies, and The Other Woman. Silva’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages and are bestsellers around the world. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and television programs, including NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, to discuss his books as well as politics, terrorism, and the Middle East. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas.Photo Credit: Marco Grob.--- Support this podcast:
The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and music–and the secrets each hold–that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans.“A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous.” –Fiona Davis, author of The AddressA song brought them together.A secret will tear them apart.Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta’s voice, she is selected for the Incurables’ world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors. After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the “city of masks,” Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation.Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan’s Songtakes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.ABOUT THE AUTHORLauren Kate is the #1 New York Times– and internationally bestselling author of nine novels for young adults, including Fallen, which was made into a major motion picture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Orphan’s Song is her adult debut novel. --- Support this podcast:
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