Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Christopher Farnsworth brings out his latest multi-layered and dexterous crime novel, Flashmob, and is joined by his friend and peer, the multiple-award-winning Glen Erik Hamilton, launching the L.A. debut of his newly published Every Day Above Ground. Both thrillers feature return protagonists whose global adventures hunting down clever killers take them through the torques of contemporary pop-culture and land them in the cross-hairs of ethical dilemmas. Join these local virtuosos for their scintillating angle on writing, pop-culture, and social media. Talk, q&a, reading, followed by signing.
In Flashmob, gifted troubleshooter John Smith (introduced in 2016’s Killfile), must use his unique skill and unwanted talent for reading minds to take down a shadowy figure who has weaponized the internet, using social media to put a price on the head of his targets.. Arriving at the wedding of Kira Sadeghi, a reality television celebrity he recently saved from kidnappers, Smith witnesses a group of gunmen open fire. In the aftermath, Smith hacks into the brain of an FBI agent and discovers the Bureau has been investigating a new threat called Downvote, an encrypted site on the dark net that lists the names of celebrities and offers a hefty reward for anyone who can kill them—unleashing an anonymous and deadly flashmob with the press of a button. Smith goes on the electronic trail of the people behind Downvoter and his quest takes him from Hong Kong to Bucharest to Reykjavik to deep in the Laotian jungle.
“[In]Farnsworth’s brilliant second thriller…the combination of a telepathic lead and a terrifyingly plausible effort to use the Internet for social manipulation produces intelligent and knuckle-biting suspense…”—Publishers Weekly, *starred* review
Every Day Above Ground. It sounds like a thief’s dream: A terminally-ill ex-con tells Van Shaw of a fortune in gold, abandoned after the original owner died. To rebuild his house and to help the dying man leave a legacy for his daughter, Van agrees to the job. But the safe holding the fortune is a trap. Soon, the lives of both Van and the ex-con’s daughter are threatened. To discover who has them in the cross-hairs, Van must figure out who the hunters are really after. That quest takes him to…A popular bare-knuckle fighting ring, which may be recruiting for something darker. A brash and beautiful journalism student, whose investigations could put Van on the hot seat. And a massive pop-culture convention in the heart of the city, where Van and his allies spring a few tricks on their foes…
“Utterly addictive..A taut, riveting thriller with every nuance striking a perfect chord… ” — Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author
Christopher Farnsworth is a screenwriter, former journalist, and the author of the President’s Vampire trilogy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.
A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton was raised aboard a sailboat and grew up around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. His debut novel Past Crimes won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Critics Awards, and was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero Awards. He now lives in California with his family, and frequently returns to his hometown to soak up the rain.