We speak with Jess Walter, whose newest novel is Beautiful Ruins, which Kirkus Reviews described as "A brilliant, madcap meditation on fate ... Walter’s prose is a joy—funny, brash, witty and rich with ironic twists. He’s taken all of the tricks of the postmodern novel and scoured out the cynicism, making for a novel that's life-affirming but never saccharine." Jess Walter is also the author of The Financial Lives of the Poets, The Zero (a 2006 National Book Award finalist), and Citizen Vince (winner of the 2005 Edgar Award Allan Poe Award for best novel).
We also chat with Brian Freeman, whose newest novel is called Spilled Blood, set in southern Minnesota. Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 19 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. His settings in the bleak, frozen landscape of Duluth, Minnesota, and his deeply complex characters, have drawn comparisons to Swedish noir.