January 2008 author of the month
|Fidelity is the new book by best selling author Thomas Perry. It
will be released May 12th, 2008. Here is description of the new
book as listed on Amazon.com:
When Phil Kramer is shot dead on a deserted suburban street
in the middle of the night, his wife, Emily, is left with an emptied
bank account and a lot of questions. How could Phil leave her
penniless? What was he going to do with the money? And,
most of all, who was he if he wasn’t the man she thought she
Jerry Hobart has some questions of his own. It’s none of his
business why he was hired to kill Phil Kramer. But now that he’
s been ordered to take out Kramer’s widow, he figures there’s
a bigger secret at work—and maybe a bigger payoff.
As they race to find the secret that Phil Kramer so masterfully
hid, both Hobart and Emily must question where their true
loyalties lie and how much they owe those who have been
unfaithful to them. In Fidelity, Thomas Perry delivers another
Thomas Perry has authored 14 books, highlighted by his Jane
Whitefield series. He also received his Ph.D. in English from
the University of Rochester in 1974. Every time he pens a
new novel, it comes with wonderful reviews. Each novel he
writes has an extremely high level of suspense. We have
listed Dance for the Dead on our Top 10 list this month.
Check out Thomas Perry's website for a complete listing of all
his books! To order any of his books simply click on the
Below you will see the wonderful interview that we were able
to have with Thomas Perry.
You wanted it, we got it, an exclusive interview from a master, THOMAS PERRY
What is your favorite all time book (not yours) and why?
I don't know if I have one all-time favorite book, really. But one that stays in my mind is Faulkner's
Absalom Absalom! because it's about story-telling. In it, Quentin Compson
and his college friend Shreve and the elderly Miss Rosa Coldfield piece together the truth about the
pre-Civil War founder of the county and the subsequent, mostly tragic, events that occurred to him, his
descendants and the rest of the county up to the present (the 1920's). They do it by constructing
narratives that begin with the few known facts and then retelling and revising them in the light of what
they know about human nature and the possible until they have a version they intuit is right. It's
essentially an exterior version of what goes on in a novelist's mind. Over the past 30 years or so, it's
come back to me frequently, and I should get around to reading it again.
You received your PH. D. in 1974, when did you decide that you wanted to become an
I didn't exactly have to decide to be an author. My parents were both teachers, and I was given to
understand at a very early age that anything of value that was thought, said, discovered, built,
designed, painted, or invented would eventually show up in one of the books on a library shelf. The big
question was not whether I would write, but what I would do to make a living while I wrote. That was
the reason for the Ph.D., in part: It seemed to me that teaching was an honorable and constructive way
to get money. I've been very lucky to be able to support myself and my family for many years with my
If you could meet one person, alive or dead, and talk with them for one hour, who would it
At the risk of being unoriginal, I guess my "one person,alive or dead" would have to be Jesus. It would
be an opportunity to clear up a few things once and for all.
Your Jane Whitefield character is very close to the Arnold Schwartzeneger character in Eraser,
did you help them with the writing of that movie? Or did you even know about it?
I've never seen "Eraser." Arnold Kopelson, producer of "Eraser" and Warner Brothers held a movie
option on the Jane Whitefield books for a couple of years before "Eraser" was made.
If you could go back in time and solve one mystery, what would it be?
I think if I had one chance to solve a mystery, I wouldn't pick one from the past. We've survived the
past. I'd like to solve one that's coming at us in the future--global warming, overpopulation, cheap
energy, etc. I guess I should have kept taking science courses instead of learning to tell elaborate lies
for a living.
Do you have any or have you had any thoughts about trying to do a TV series about Jane
For the past two or three years I granted an option to Mark Gordon to get a Jane Whitefield series on
the air He'd held the option for a Jane Whitefield movie for several years at Paramount. When he made
a deal with ABC he wanted the chance to do a TV series. His work in television has been wildly
successful, but the Jane series didn't work out.
I noticed that you did many jobs, which one would you say was the worst one?
Probably the most unsatisfactory job I ever had was Assistant Coordinator of the General Education
Program at USC. It involved being responsible for administering the non-major requirements for
undergraduate degrees. I had to monitor the tests, textbooks, paper topics, etc. for a large number of
courses given by many departments, and was generally the one who had to say "no" to students who
needed to get around some requirement or other. Not a road to popularity. I'm probably alive today
only because I was very low-profile.
What TV shows do you watch or miss from the past?
My wife and I worked as writer/producers of prime-time network television series for most of the
1980's, and freelanced a bit in the early 1990's. We know too much about the process, the cliches, etc.
ever to be in doubt about what is going to happen. My daughters often refuse to watch with my wife,
who is able to see the first two minutes and tell the rest of the plot virtually every time. We do watch
many shows about actual crimes (Forensic Files, Snapped, 48 Hours, etc.). Also the cheesiest reality
shows we can find, and documentaries or in-depth news features (Frontline, etc.)
What is something that you always said you would do, but haven't gotten to yet?
Something I've said I'd do, but haven't done? Probably I'd like to write sequels to several of my
stand-alone books--Metzger's Dog, Island, Death Benefits, and Pursuit come to mind. My problem
seems to be that I don't write fast enough.
Can you give us a little insight to what we can expect from you after Fidelity hits the shelves?
About a year after Fidelity, which will be published in May, comes the return of Jane Whitefield in a book
I'm calling, tentatively, Dreams. For years, about half of the email I get from readers has been requests
for another book in the series. It seemed to me that all of that loyalty should be recognized, so I
decided to at least try. I found that it was a good choice. I like the book, and so does everybody who's
read it so far.
We would like to thank Mr. Perry for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with us.