Monday, April 03, 2006

ITW SPOTLIGHT ON CHRIS WELL (ME)

This appeared in the March issue of the International Thriller Writers official email zine "Thriller Readers Newsletter":

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DELIVER US FROM EVELYN says Chris Well

With the publication of his second thriller, Chris Well feels like a real novelist and so he should. DELIVER US FROM EVELYN has rapid-fire plot, witty humor, and zany allusions. The book revisits detectives Tom Griggs and Charlie Pasch as they search for the husband of a heartless media mogul, Evelyn Blake. But as the tale unfolds, it's clear that most people would rather have Evelyn be missing.

With subplots layered like pasta in lasagna, Well paints fine settings, slathers on dialogue, and allows the action to play out before cutting to the next scene, then repeating. Although this book is a stand-alone, readers of his first will recognize some names, says Well.

"Most of the characters in DELIVER US FROM EVELYN are new criminals and other sinners getting into trouble," he explains. "But when the cops show up, they happen to be the guys from the first book. The story is as easy to pick up as an episode of Law & Order."

Well's first book, Forgiving Solomon Long, was named one of the Top Ten Christian Novels of 2005 by [Booklist, the official publication of the American Library Association]. He's since signed a five-book contract with Harvest House Publishers—not a predictable path for a guy who's dreamt of writing comic books.

In between books, Well toils as a journalist who edits two magazines, contributes to another, and writes regularly for The ITW Newsletter, among other publications. He's an active blogger at chriswellnovelist.blogspot.com.

---Tony L. Hines

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Many thanks to Tony for the fine writeup! Find him online (and info about his own debut thriller, Waking Lazarus) at www.tlhines.com.

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