Jeffrey Deaver: Crime Minstrel?

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffery Deaver at Killer Nashville in 2010. But lucky for him (and for us all) his trip to country music’s capital city yielded more compelling fruit than just getting a chance to chat with me across the keg at Killer Nashville’s founder, Clay Stafford’s, house.

The two of them have collaborated on something truly unique – a tie-in album to Deaver’s latest thriller, XO. Here’s the scoop (click here for the full, fascinating story):

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR JEFFERY DEAVER
TAKES A NOVEL APPROACH TO HIS LATEST MYSTERY/THRILLER XO
HAVING HIS MAIN CHARACTER, A STALKING VICTIM,
RECORD A FULL LENGTH CD!

THE PROLIFIC AUTHOR RETURNS TO HIS MUSICAL
ROOTS, PENNING LYRICS TO ELEVEN SONGS THAT HELP
HIS HEROINE KATHRYN DANCE SOLVE THE MYSTERY

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With an incredible 29 novels under his belt as a mystery/crime novelist since the late ’80s, Jeffery Deaver –the internationally acclaimed bestselling author Newsweek calls “a suspense superstar”– has sold books in 150 countries and had his work translated into 25 languages.

Three of his titles have been turned into films, most notably The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and the HBO production Dead Silence, based on his A Maiden’s Grave, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin. Deaver has topped bestseller lists in the New York Times, London Times and Los Angeles Times, and has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and numerous other accolades in his genre. In 2011, he was tapped to write the latest James Bond novel Carte Blanche.

But how many of his millions of fans around the globe know that his first love is music?

Long before he was keeping readers up at night, scared but still turning pages, Deaver aspired to be the next Bob Dylan or Paul Simon– and performed original songs at clubs from his hometown of Chicago to San Francisco, where he moved after receiving his journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

A few decades after that dream took shape, Deaver has at last found the perfect voice to help him share his formidable songwriting talents: Kayleigh Towne, the beautiful and talented pop/country singer protagonist of XO, the third novel in his series featuring heroine Kathryn Dance, released June 12, 2012…

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