Novelist Tim Johnston to unveil new book during free library talk
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library will present an evening with New York Times bestselling author Tim Johnston as he talks about his critically-acclaimed new mystery thriller, “The Current,” during a free Library Author Series talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Library Hall.
What: Library Author Series talk with Tim Johnston
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library
Johnston’s debut novel, “Descent,” won critical acclaim and a spot on the bestseller list. The Washington Post called the novel “astonishing,” the Miami Herald deemed it “unforgettable,” and Vanity Fair dubbed it a “high-wire literary thriller … that will leave you gasping.”
Now, with his stunning second novel, “The Current,” Johnston further pushes the boundaries of his considerable literary gifts with a gripping and heartbreaking story of small-town crime, of fathers and daughters, and of the complexity and fragility of our lives. In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their automobile from the icy Black Root River.
One is pronounced dead at the scene, while the other, Audrey Sutter, daughter of the town’s retired sheriff, survives. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years prior, and whose killer may still be among them.
Determined to find answers, the surviving young woman soon realizes that she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown.
Brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive, “The Current” is a beautifully realized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back.
This community talk is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Off the Beaten Path bookstore. Visit SteamboatLibrary.org/events for more information.
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