Ben H. Winters discusses and signs "Underground Airlines"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Ben H. Winters to the store to discuss his new thriller, Underground Airlines, on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30pm. Joining him in conversation will be LA detective novelist Steph Cha where they will also discuss diverse voices in publishing, race and racism in fiction, and the craft of the mystery novel.
It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. It is the same world, save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.
A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshal Service. He has got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "The Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.
A mystery to himself, Victor suppresses his memories of his childhood on a plantation, and works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. Tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he's hot on the trail, but his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won't reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw's case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child who may be Victor's salvation. Victor himself may be the biggest obstacle of all--though his true self remains buried, it threatens to surface.
Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we'd like to believe.
Ben H. Winters is the author of, most recently, World of Trouble, the concluding book in the Last Policeman trilogy. The second book, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Photo Credit- Nicola Goode
Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home and Beware Beware. Dead Soon Enough is her soon to be released third novel. Her writing has appeared in The L.A. Times, The L.A. Review of Books, and Trop Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, she lives in her native city of Los Angeles, California.
Photo Credit- Susie Cha