Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, June 21, 2019

Kokila: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Book Review

Neon Prey

by John Sandford
ISBN: 9780525536581
G.P. Putnam's Sons
April 23, 2019

an exclusive interview with bestselling author John Sandford   

"Cannibalism" has always been—and for some, will always be—associated with Hannibal Lecter, and so many authors tend to steer clear from this type of villain. You didn’t. How did this particular "bad guy" come to you, and what were some of the ways you wanted to make sure he was different from Thomas Harris’s Hannibal?

“I was thinking about Hannibal, of course. He’s the guy you’ve got to think about when you start talking cannibalism. I’d never had a cannibal as a villain, and villains are, of course, the key to thriller novels. Thinking about Hannibal, though, I decided to go in an entirely different direction. Hannibal was flatly nuts: he ate people because he liked to eat people and would eat a human in preference to, say, a nice 16-ounce Kansas City beefsteak. Not so, with my guy. He ate parts of people because he was a serious barbecue cook—see the recipe on Page 1—and he happened to have that kind of meat on hand. In other words, you could say that he was simply practical, rather than out-and-out drooling crazy. Of course, he was that, too, but that wasn’t what drove his cannibalism.”

Read the rest of the interview here.



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