New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's first language was Farsi, but it is in the English language that he made his mark as an award-winning suspense fiction writer, with a dozen acclaimed thrillers to his name, including three (Zero Hour, High Crimes and Paranoia) that were turned into movies. Finder will be at the South End library on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 PM to talk about his latest conspiracy novel, Guilty Minds, a third in his Nick Heller private eye series.
In a recent interview with WBUR's Deborah Becker, Finder confirmed he was recruited once by the CIA, not a big surprise to him, as he was a Russian Studies major at Yale University. But when he was shown the cubicle where he would be translating Soviet economic policy reviews from Russian into English, he thought writing thrillers might be a better option. Since then, he has won the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011); the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). His 2009 Vanished introduced private spy Nick Heller, whose subsequent adventures Finder chronicled in Buried Secrets and the 2016 Guilty Minds.
Growing up in different parts of the world, Finder now lives in Boston, where some of his books are set, including the sharply drawn The Fixer and Guilty Minds. He tries to write one thriller a year, he told WBUR's Becker, for which he limits himself to three months of research and spends the rest of the time writing the story itself. His next novel will be set in Washington DC and Boston, touches on the impact on journalism of the Internet revolution and gossip web sites, and unsuspecting characters caught in their cyber vice. After that, maybe another Nick Heller book. He likes the guy...
The South End Writes is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library. All the events are free. Books by the speakers will be available for borrowing, sale and signing by the author. The branch is fully handicapped accessible. We serve refreshments. Seating is limited, so come early if you really want the best experience.