Café au Libris: Jon Jefferson

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Thursday, March 29

Jon Jefferson is a prolific author, veteran journalist, and seasoned documentary writer/producer. His two-part National Geographic documentary—Biography of a Corpse and Anatomy of a Corpse—took millions of viewers behind the razor-wire fence of the University of Tennessee’s renowned Anthropological Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm.

Under the pen name Jefferson Bass—collaborating with forensic legend Dr. Bill Bass—Jon has written ten crime novels in the New York Times bestselling “Body Farm” series. He’s also written two true-crime books about Bass’s career and cases. Jon’s new thriller novel, Wave of Terror, weaves together fascinating science, a harrowing terrorist plot (based on a terrifying real-life possibility), crackling dialogue, and whip-smart protagonists: all the elements that have won legions of fans for the Body Farm novels.

A runner, cyclist, swimmer and rusty pilot, Jefferson lives and writes in Athens, Georgia.

Book cover of Wave of Terror

Wave of Terror -Astronomer Megan O’Malley sees things on a cosmic scale – hidden planets, colliding galaxies, imploding stars deep in the universe. But this time, she’s sensing something much closer to home. And she can feel it underfoot, too: explosive seismic shifts along a geologic fault line that could unleash an apocalyptic disaster. O’Malley also discovers something even more terrifying: the cataclysm is intentional. Someone is determined to trigger a mega tsunami – an immense wall of water that would devastate America’s entire East Coast.

FBI Special Agent Chip Dawtry is a big-picture guy, too. He lost his brother on 9/11, and ever since, he’s focused on preventing the next massive terrorist attack. Now, it isn’t hypothetical – it’s unfolding fast. But only he and O’Malley see the peril. When O’Malley vanishes, Dawtry races to find her. It’s up to them to stop a 150-foot wall of water ready to roil – and kill millions of people. Each new terrifying rumble means it may be too late.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Café au Libris: Thomas Mullen

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.

Thomas Mullen is the author of Darktown, an NPR Best Book of the Year, which has been shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and has been nominated for two CWA Dagger Awards; The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction; The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers; andThe Revisionists. His most recent novel, Lightning Men, which follows the characters from Darktown two years later, was published in September 2017.

Book cover of Lightning Men.

Lightning Men - Officer Denny Rakestraw and “Negro Officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It’s 1950 and racial tensions are simmering as black families, including Smith’s sister, begin moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. When Rake’s brother-in-law launches a scheme to rally the Ku Klux Klan to “save” their neighborhood, his efforts spiral out of control, forcing Rake to choose between loyalty to family or the law.

Book cover of Darktown.

Across town, Boggs and Smith try to shut down the supply of white lightning and drugs into their territory, finding themselves up against more powerful foes than they’d expected. Battling corrupt cops and ex-cons, Nazi brown shirts and rogue Klansmen, the officers are drawn closer to the fires that threaten to consume the city once again.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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