An original short story by New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci (see below for Author Q&A).
Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.
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David Baldacci Q&A with Sony Reader Store
What was your favorite part about writing your upcoming book ONE SUMMER (to be published on June 14, 2011)? Why did you choose South Carolina as the backdrop for this story?
Getting to know the characters. Understanding how a family can survive something so horrible. And also watching and listening to my teenage kids to get the dialogue and attitudes down right. They were probably sick of me hanging around. I visited South Carolina many times. Beautiful area. I wished sometimes I'd grown up on a beach down there. Different pace of life. People slow down, talk, enjoy the sun and water. Seemed like a place where a family could learn to live again. And it would have been difficult placing a lighthouse inland!
There are a lot of surprising twists and turns in THE SIXTH MAN that keep the reader guessing who the "good guys" really are. How do you manage to keep all the details straight when writing such a complicated story?
You live it. You create it. You keep good notes. You constantly go back and check to make sure the flow is right. But it's most critical to really get into the story, and then the details just are naturally there.
NO TIME LEFT is an original short story; do you often write short fiction? Do you find it easier to write short stories versus full length books?
I started my writing career with short stories. I grew up reading some great ones: Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, Alice Hoffman and the like. Short stories are obviously shorter in length but that also means there's no place to hide any weaknesses. They demand all the things you put in novels -- interesting characters, plot, dialogue -- but you have to have maximum effect in a minimum of prose. In some ways they're harder than novels.
Can you remember the first ebook you ever read? Do you enjoy reading ebooks?
A Tale of Two Cities. Yes, I do enjoy them. But I will read old-fashioned books as well.
Have any of your series characters ever made a cameo in another series?
No, but it's only a matter of time before a Camel Club member or Shaw will show up in a King and Maxwell thriller.
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Grand Central Publishing
May 01, 2011
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