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Sept. 12, 2007

Writers' Workshop alumnus Lashner reads from new thriller Sept. 25

Bestselling author William Lashner, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from the seventh of his Victor Carl thrillers, "A Killer's Kiss," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the Writing University website at http://writinguniversity.uiowa.edu.

The event will also be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City, WOI-AM 640 in Ames and KRNI-AM 1010 in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on KSUI-FM 91.7 in Iowa City.

The latest volume in Lashner's series about a Philadelphia district attorney received a starred review from Publishers Weekly: "At the start of bestseller Lashner's superior seventh crime thriller to feature Philadelphia DA Victor Carl (after 2006's 'Marked Man'), two police detectives pay Carl a late-night call to inform him that Dr. Wren Denniston, the husband of Carl's former fiancée, Julia, was found shot to death in his Chestnut Hill mansion earlier that evening.

"Since Carl, known for his malleable ethics, had been entertaining Julia at his apartment shortly before the detectives' arrival in an effort to revive their relationship, he becomes a prime suspect in the doctor's murder. Unsure whether his lover is setting him up, Carl must dodge a rogue's gallery of villains who had their own reasons for wanting Denniston out of the way before he can uncover the real culprit and figure out Julia's true feelings for him. Chandler and Hammett fans looking for a fix will be well rewarded."

Lashner wrote on his blog: "It's that time of year when dead things fall from trees, or slither out of dark burrows in the earth, threatening you body and soul. I'm not talking about parasitic insects or infectious viruses, no, I'm talking about something far more insidious: the old love that slipped away but that you can't stop thinking about.

"But be warned.  Whether through a chance meeting, a phone call from out of the blue, or via the Internet, an old lover is coming for you, count on it, and the result will be like a hand grenade tossed carelessly into the middle of your life. How can old flames do so much damage, and why are we so desperate to let them? These were the questions I was wrestling with when I wrote "A Killer's Kiss.'

"... Let's just say 'A Killer's Kiss' is a book you might want to read before that unexpected e-mail finds its way into your inbox. 'Hi. I know it's been years, but I've been thinking about you. How's life? Do you want to talk?'

"Sure, and let's all kiss a rattlesnake."

Lashner, a graduate of the New York University law school, is a former trial attorney in the criminal division of the Department of Justice. His thrillers have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have been sold across the globe. He also recently published a small existential novel called "Kockroach" under the pseudonym Tyler Knox.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681, paul@prairielights.com; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu