Kerri's book pick this week is "Graveland," the final book in a "loose-knit" trilogy by Alan Glynn. The novel is a conspiracy thriller dealing with greed and corruption on Wall Street. The protagonist, an investigative reporter named Ellen Dorsey, becomes convinced that the murders of a hedge-fund manager and a banker are connected with an attempt on the life of a CEO.
Author Glynn says he is interested in the corporate world and how its actions affect society.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALAN GLYNN AND 'GRAVELAND':
• Book review (fiction): Graveland
Irish thriller writer Alan Glynn has a knack for combining elements of disparate worlds that are decades apart. He takes the pitch-perfect paranoia and the journalist-as-hero motif of the 1970s and matches them up with crimes that are indelibly contemporary. In place of, say, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward exposing the crooked Nixon White House in "All the President's Men," he gives us journalists taking down bad bankers and corrupt CEOs. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• This much I know: Alan Glynn
"My favourite advice is from Somerset Maugham: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no-one knows what they are." So true; each one of us has got to find our own methods.
I've never taken part in a creative writing course. They might be useful for technique and structure and to give you motivation — but you can't teach talent." (Irish Examiner)