Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child discuss Crooked River

In an engaging virtual event, bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child discuss their book, Crooked River. The duo have been collaborating for over 25 years. They began the conversation by recalling how they decided to hold a live joint event back in 2012, when Doug suggested including Lincoln via Skype. “It’ll be like a real event, except without Lincoln in the room.”

The inspiration for Crooked River came from the real-life mystery of severed human feet washing up on beaches in British Columbia and Washington state. The authors conducted extensive research to incorporate scientific accuracy into the story, including studying drift analysis and lidar technology.

The authors reflected on their writing partnership and the intricacies of crafting thrillers. They acknowledged their intelligent readers, discussing the challenge of staying ahead of them while constructing compelling plots. They explored themes like the necessity of murder in thrillers and how suspense can be built without death, referencing Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.”

They also touch on their other projects, such as Lincoln Child‘s upcoming book “Death Match” and Douglas Preston‘s continued success with The Lost City of the Monkey God. They hint at future developments in the Pendergast series, including the possibility of bringing back certain characters.

As the event wrapped up, Preston and Child expressed their gratitude to the audience, who were treated to anecdotes, technical discussions, and a glimpse into the minds behind the bestselling Preston & Child novels. If you enjoyed the conversation, share it with your friends on social media, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more updates and exclusive content from your favorite authors and your favorite independent bookstore.