... Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child about Cruisingships and their suitability for thriller
... Douglas Preston and
Everybody who likes to read thriller and other literature of the
suspense genre is familiar with their name: Douglas Preston and
Yet, if you want to experience them in top form, you have to read one of the novels they wrote together.
Up to now Peston and Child wrote a total of twelve books together, elven of them are available in German. It's their latest book, The Wheel of Darkness, who is still awaiting its German edition.
Without a doubt
there will be one, after all the thrillers of this duo are all bestsellers here
In the course of time these two Americans created a little universe of their own that expands with every new book. Dramatis Personae that have already appeared in earlier published books turn up and find themselves entangled in hair-rising adventures.
most popular figur of the ones
An unexplainable series of murder in a museum or corpses that seem to have burnt from within, always the Southerner is always at the scene and solves the riddles with his peculiar ways of investigaing.
His biggest challenge is so far is the socalled Diogenes-trilogy with its three books Burn Case, Dark Secret and Maniac. It's an insane brother who tries to seek revenge for an injustice that happened long ago and is long forgotten. He even threatens friends and fellows of the agent in order to fullfill his desire for revenge.
The Diogenes-trilogy is about the best the two authors ever wrote. Never before have their works been so dense, full of tempo and thrilling in its atmosphere.
Every new book dealing with the eccentric FBI-Agent would have great difficulties keeping up with this.
If you have already read the review on The Wheel of Darkness you already know that the two authors managed to offer a new successful book that can indeed be recommended to every thrillerfan.
Anyhow: It can't have been easy for them to write this book, was it?
About time for the curious fan and Zauberspiegel-staff to ask the authors a few questions. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are very busy, all the same they took the time and answer us a few questions.
Thank you very much, to both of you!
But now let's finish the preface and go on with the promised interview. The first five questions were anwered by Lincoln Child, the others were answered by Douglas Preston.
Zauberspiegel: First of all, congratulations on The Wheel
of Darkness. It is a great novel and I really enjoyed reading it. Wasn't it
very hard to write a new book featuring Agent Pendergast after the impressive
Diogenes-trilogy? It couldn't have been easy to find a story that could keep up
with tehe events in your former books...
Zauberspiegel: Your novels always feature interesting
sceneries: a lab in the desert, a hugh oil-tanker, a small village in the
middle of nowhere, the underworld of
Zauberspiegel: How did you prepare to write The Wheel of
Darkness? Did you go on a cruise and explored the vessel while traveling? Or
did you do something totally different?
Zauberspiegel: The idea of an image that can mess around
with your brain is quite disturbing. Is this something you just made up or is
there some scientific research that backs this idea up?
Zauberspiegel: In your novels you frequently include
gadgets and events that seem quite fantastic, like the monstrous phantasmagoria
in The Book of the Dead. Do you usually try to find a scientific proves for the
effects theses apparatuses have, or do you just give your fancy full scope?
Zauberspiegel: Aloysius Pendergast is the most popular
character you have created so far. Although he is quite eccentric, your readers love him. Do you have any idea
why Pendergast is so much more beloved than your less peculiar protagonists,
like Will Smithback?
Douglas Preston: Readers love Pendergast because of his eccentricity, not despite it. Pendergast is a man out of time and place, a 19th century gentleman in a 21st century world, but with a cold, hard, and even ruthless edge to him that is unsettling. One reader said he was like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Hannibal Lecter, without the cannibalism Pendergast is very real to us as a character, more real, in fact, than certain real people we know. We know him very, very well -- and as a result, sometimes he scares us.
Zauberspiegel: In The Wheel of Darkness you don't show a
lot of mercy. Many people die, among them even a teenager who is brutally
murdered. At the end of the Diogenes-trilogy, on the other hand, everything
seems to be fine for the protagonists (except maybe for Constance Greene and
Diogenes, of course). That makes me wonder: Have you ever thought of letting
one of your main characters getting killed during the gruesome events
Pendergast's insane brother caused?
Douglas Preston: All we can say is, wait until you read our next novel, Cemetery Dance, which will be published in the summer of 09. There is no mercy in that novelnone. No character is safe in our novels
Zauberspiegel: Your homepage gives a lot of details about
how the two of you write a book together. There is, however, one thing that
isn't mentioned which I would like to know nevertheless: When you have got
ideas for new plots, how do you decide which ones to use for your solo novels
and which ones to use for your joint works?
Douglas Preston: Its often a matter of preference. For example, Linc first offered the idea for Utopia to our partnership, suggesting we write a book together set in a futuristic theme park. The idea just didnt excite meIm not a fan of theme parks in general. Linc did a marvelous job with the idea, but I would not have contributed much to it. On the other hand, the paleontological themes and southwestern desert settings of
Zauberspiegel: Your novels are quite famous in
Douglas Preston: We would love to go to
Zauberspiegel: Ok, last question (but for a fan one that
must not be missing): Can you give me a small hint on what you are planning
next? A new Pendergast adventure or something completely different?
Douglas Preston: I alluded to our next book, Cemetery Dance, above. It is set in
More about the authors:
Douglas Preston was born 1956 in
After his exams he started
his career at the
In 1986 he moved from
Douglas Preston also wrote
some Books on his own and published articles for wellknown scientific
magazines. He does research at the Laboratory of Anthropology in
Lincoln Child was born in 1957 in
Lincoln Child studied in
During his research for a
book about the
This marked the beginning of a longlasting friendship and cooperation.
After a short episode as programmer he decided in 1995 to become a fulltimeauthor.
Just like Douglas Preston he also publishes solobooks.
Lincoln Child is married and has one daughter.
More information on the authors and their books can be found on: