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'The Hunter' author John Lescroart to speak in Folsom June 30

By: Eileen Wilson, Telegraph Correspondent
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FOLSOM, CA - With the peak of summer reading season fast approaching, Folsom Public Library has a real treat for readers everywhere -- a visit from renowned author, John Lescroart. The final event in the library?s Book Club and Literature series, Lescroart?s (pronounced le squaw) book packs a punch and leaves readers scrambling to solve a mystery in the stand-alone novel that includes some of the writer?s most well-loved characters. A mysterious text message sets off a chain of events in Lescroart?s latest suspense thriller, "The Hunter." Adoption, family skeletons ? both figurative and literal, and murder create an irresistible story that begins in San Francisco, and weaves its way across the country, and to Mexico, as well. Lescroart is well known for crafting a compelling tale, and for illuminating the city of San Francisco ? talents that have earned him readers in 75 countries, and publication in 16 different languages. Library Technician, Regina Maduell, looks forward to the event, which is sure to draw a standing-room-only crowd. ?The room can hold about 80 people, and I have already received numerous phone calls,? Maduell said. ?I think we will have a great turnout.? Maduell said Lescroart was recommended to her by a colleague from Barnes & Noble, who credited the author with being a fascinating speaker. She compares his books to other notable thriller authors. ?If you like Harlan Coben and James Patterson, you will like John Lescroart,? she said. Lescroart, who lives in the Sacramento area, is excited to visit Folsom, and loves living and working in the region. ?Sacramento is a great place for writers ? very supportive, lots of colleagues, tons of promotional opportunities such as Authors on the Move, the Bee?s Book Club. It?s just an awesome environment,? Lescroart said. The author wrote The Hunter in about nine months, and said he writes each weekday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Though he begins with an outline, he admits that anything can happen as ideas keep presenting themselves. ?I usually just go to Ideas R Us and pick one up at a discount,? he joked. ?Just kidding. Really, I?m always on the lookout for some cool plot or theme idea, or several all at the same time, that will carry a story. It?s the hardest part of the process.? Lescroart looks forward to discussing the writing process, and the writing life, in general, at the event, in addition to talking about "The Hunter." ?I love Q & A, and I?ll be answering any questions that attendees may ask. It?s usually pretty free-wheeling and a lot more fun than people might be expecting,? he said. ?It?s fun to meet my readers.? Funded by a grant, Maduell hopes the library can continue the Book Club and Literature series next year. Barnes & Noble will be on site, selling copies of "The Hunter," and the author will sign books, as well. * * * What: Folsom Public Library presents an afternoon with John Lescroart When: 1?2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30 Where: 411 Stafford St., Folsom Info: Library.folsom.ca.us or Johnlescroart.com