Right now, New York Times best-selling author John Lescroart of Davis is in a really good place for a writer to be.
The paperback edition of his 2015 courtroom thriller “The Fall” is in bookstores, with his next novel, “Fatal” (an uncharacteristic stand-alone) to be published Jan. 23. Also, he’s nearly finished with the manuscript for his 28th novel, “The Last Death Penalty,” due to his publisher by Dec. 15.
“The Fall” continues the tried-and-true adventures of San Francisco-based Dismas Hardy, a former cop turned defense attorney, and homicide detective Abe Glitsky, longtime friends who have worked many dangerous cases together (Pocket Books, $10, 448 pages). Also involved in the action is Hardy’s daughter, Rebecca, now a lawyer. This entry in the series is centered on “the case of an inner-city girl who plunges to her death from an overpass into traffic below. Did she fall – or was she pushed?”
It’s the Sacramento Bee Book Club’s choice for December.
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Lescroart and I will be in conversation, talking about his journey to becoming a writer (one of his early jobs was tending bar), the changing nature of the publishing industry, and how aspiring novelists can best navigate the ins and out of the literary landscape.
“I have my health, my great wife and my great kids, and they’re the main focus of my life,” Lescroart, 68, said recently. “I still love what I do. I think I’ve got the best job of anybody I know.”
Among other philanthropic deeds, he donated $50,000 to the graduate program in creative writing at UC Davis.
Authors coming to El Dorado Hills
Face In a Book continues its program of author appearances with these two at 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9401:
James L’Etoile for “At What Cost,” 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The mystery novel is set in Sacramento.
Kristen Miglore for “Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook,” 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers contributed these recipes to the Food52 website.
Tippi and Alfred
Here’s an appropriate pairing of two new titles, one a memoir, the other a biography:
Actres Tippi Hedren was “discovered” by British moviemaker Alfred Hitchcock, and went on to star in two of his films, “The Birds” and “Marnie.” She devotes a section of “Tippi” to their dysfunctional relationship, recalling his “tormenting, obsessive” infatuation with her (William Morrow, $29, 288 pages).
Meanwhile, veteran biography Peter Ackroyd details the life and career of the great director in “Alfred Hitchcock” (Nan A. Talese, $27, 288 pages).
Bee Book Club with John Lescroart
The Sacramento Bee Book Club will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in The Hive at The Sacramento Bee, 2100 Q St., Sacramento. Lescroart will be in conversation with Bee senior writer Allen Pierleoni.
Tickets to the event are $20 for seven-day-a-week subscribers, $30 for general admission. Buy tickets online at www.beebookclub120816.eventbrite.com. Please bring your tickets to the event for entrance. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Parking is free.
All proceeds benefit The Bee’s News In Education (NIE) program, bringing news and information to more than 20,000 students in the region.
After the conversation, Lescroart will autograph copies of his books. Barnes & Noble will be on site, selling “The Fall” and other titles.