Subtexts K.J. Howe reads from The Freedom Broker at Collected Works Bookstore
The thrill of it all: Author K.J. Howe
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