Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Neil Cross in Wellington next Monday

Wellington-based crime novelist and TV screenwriter Neil Cross will be appearing at a New Zealand Society of Authors event, open to the public, in Wellington next Monday evening.

Cross is most famous for his dark and slightly twisted novels (Booker longlisted ALWAYS THE SUN, BURIAL, etc), riveting memoir HEARTLAND, and being the lead writer on top crime/thriller-related TV shows (the award-winning Spooks, the upcoming Luther).

Cross’s latest novel, CAPTURED, is not available downunder until 1 May 2010, but it has already been released in the United Kingdom. Once again Cross delves into grey areas of the human psyche. As the publisher’s blurb states: “Even though he is still young, Kenny has just weeks to live. Before he dies, he wants to find his childhood best friend Callie Barton and thank her for the kindness she showed him when they were at school together. But when Kenny begins his search, he discovers that Callie Barton has gone missing. Although cleared of any involvement, her husband Jonathan seems to be hiding something. Kenny has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. And knowing that time is running out on him, he's prepared to do whatever it takes ...”

You can read crime fiction afficianado Maxine Clarke’s review of CAPTURED here, and one from James Urquhart in The Independent here.

Cross is currently working on a new British crime TV series (apparently to be called Luther), along with his next novel, from his Wellington home. The six-part drama Luther is described in The Guardian as "a new BBC1 crime drama about a detective who is 'simmering with anger and rage'." You can read a little more in this Guardian article.

Having interviewed Cross last year, I would advise any crime fiction fans (TV or book form) to get along to the NZSA (Wellington Branch) event next Monday night. It should be a lot of fun.

Location: Thistle Inn, (Mulgrave Street, near the Railway Station), Thorndon, Wellington
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $2 to NZSA members, $3 to non-members

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