Literary legend DEAN KOONTZ chats to Paul Burke about his new novel QUICKSILVER, humour, character, writing organically, keeping it fresh and the value of reading books. He gives us a sneak preview of his next novel, The Big Dark Sky, (summer 2022).
Quinn Quicksilver was born a mystery―abandoned at three days old on a desert highway in Arizona. Raised in an orphanage, never knowing his parents, Quinn had a happy if unexceptional life. Until the day of “strange magnetism.” It compelled him to drive out to the middle of nowhere. It helped him find a coin worth a lot of money. And it practically saved his life when two government agents showed up in the diner in pursuit of him. Now Quinn is on the run from those agents and who knows what else, fleeing for his life.
During a shoot-out at a forlorn dude ranch, he finally meets his destined companions: Bridget Rainking, a beauty as gifted in foresight as she is with firearms, and her grandpa Sparky, a romance novelist with an unusual past. Bridget knows what it’s like to be Quinn. She’s hunted, too. The only way to stay alive is to keep moving.
Barreling through the Sonoran Desert, the formidable trio is impelled by that same inexplicable magnetism toward the inevitable. With every deeply disturbing mile, something sinister is in the rearview―an enemy that is more than a match for Quinn. Even as he discovers within himself resources that are every bit as scary.
DEAN KOONTZ is the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers and bestsellers around the world, he lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda. Over a long career he has sold 500m books, amassed 8500 editions and been translated into numerous languages. He just signed a new deal with Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing) for 5 more books after The Big Dark Sky is published.
John D MacDonald
Produced by Junkyard Dog
Music courtesy of Southgate & Leigh
Paul Burke writes for NB Magazine, Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network. He is a judge for the 2022 British Book Awards, the Nibbies, Crime & Thriller category.