Sub­texts K.J. Howe reads from The Free­dom Bro­ker at Col­lected Works Book­store

The thrill of it all: Au­thor K.J. Howe

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K.J. Howe’s de­but novel, The Free­dom Bro­ker (Quer­cus), is an old-fash­ioned black-ops thriller fea­tur­ing Thea Paris, an elite kid­nap and ran­som ne­go­tia­tor who does not let her Type 1 di­a­betes get in the way of her work. The daugh­ter of an oil mag­nate named Chris­tos, Thea spent her child­hood as an in­ter­na­tional jet-set­ter. At eight years old, she watched her older brother, Nik­los, get kid­napped by masked men one night in the woods. Though he was re­turned to his fam­ily nine months later, the trauma per­ma­nently al­tered Nik­los and later in­spired Thea’s ca­reer choice. Now she is chal­lenged by an­other kid­nap­ping close to home when Chris­tos is taken from his yacht on his six­ti­eth birth­day.

Like her pro­tag­o­nist, Howe grew up mov­ing around the world, from Africa and the Mid­dle East to Europe and the Caribbean. Be­fore be­com­ing a nov­el­ist, she worked as a med­i­cal, health, and fit­ness writer, and earned a busi­ness de­gree from the Univer­sity of Toronto. As a grad­u­ate stu­dent in pop­u­lar fic­tion writ­ing at Seton Hill Univer­sity, Howe won three Daphne du Mau­rier Awards for Ex­cel­lence in Mys­tery and Sus­pense. The Free­dom Bro­ker lands Thea and the reader in the mid­dle of a dire sit­u­a­tion in the very first chap­ter: The ac­tion be­gins with her and a crew drop­ping out of a plane on a hostage res­cue mis­sion. There is bristling sex­ual ten­sion with an old child­hood friend as Thea checks her blood sugar lev­els and pre­pares for dan­ger.

Leg­endary thriller au­thor David Mor­rell (First Blood, Ruler of the Night) in­tro­duces Howe when she reads from The Free­dom Bro­ker at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226) on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 17, at 6 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.col­lect­ed­works­book­store.com.

— Jen­nifer Levin

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