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04-02-14 : David Rich Steps in as 'Middle Man'

Spy Novels for the 21st Century

Characters disappear into story. Identity crumbles as we read and become those whom we read about, only to find a transformed version of ourselves. It's a complex process, reading, that in one and the same moment can be one hell of a lot of fun.

The spy novel is a great place to find this and 'Middle Man' by David Rich is a great spy novel. Layering action scenes from big-budget movies with intimate character turns, 'Middle Man' captures the essence of spy literature as we stumble into a new century.

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04-02-14: A 2014 Interview with David Rich

" much is known so quickly..." —David Rich

I think listeners and readers will get a sense just how much fun David Rich's 'Middle Man' is as they listen to our conversation. I have not had so much fun, or been so relaxed in quite some time. And let me acknowledge this right now; David Rich is to be credited with re-casting my "Time to Read" mini-interviews as "the lightning round," which says quite a bit about his wit and his intelligence.

03-29-14: A 2014 Interview with Carol Cassella

"... we could provide good care for everyone..." —Carol Cassella

In person, Carol Cassella is much like her novel, 'Gemini.' She's smart, engaging, very low-key, but able to address big issues with an understated elegance. It seems as if she must have a hard time getting away from being a doctor to write. I imagine as a doctor she'd be in quite high demand.

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