AuthorSpeak for Mystery Fans at NPL August 2
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Jul 17, 2017 - 5:48:39 AM

Norwalk, CT - The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to host a special Mystery AuthorSpeak program on Wednesday, August 2, at 12 Noon, when Jean Cullander Krasno, will discuss The Train to Skeleton Coast: A Tale of Murder and the Struggle for Freedom, and Tom Kies, will discuss his novel, Random Road. The program will take place in the Main Auditorium, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of the library.

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The Train to Skeleton Coast opens in1989, when Maggie Grayson, a doctoral student at Yale University, witnesses a murder and suddenly becomes entangled in an international intrigue, where she becomes a target of a rogue, secret intelligence agency of the South African white government.  Maggie discovers the dead body of an African woman, working as a housekeeper in a small bed and breakfast hotel in Newport, Rhode Island.  After reporting the murder to the police, she finds that the housekeeper has brought two children, an eight-year old girl and a two-year old boy, to America with her, and Maggie is asked to take the two-year old, Affy, back to his family in South West Africa.  In the process, Maggie becomes caught up in the independence movement of the country soon to be re-named Namibia.  Maggie travels to a town located on the Skeleton Coast along the western edge of Namibia to deliver Affy to his family.  This story brings to light the forgotten struggles of Africa’s indigenous people in a spectacularly beautiful setting, where Maggie experiences dramatic encounters with Namibia’s people and its wildlife. 

Krasno (who uses her maiden name Cullander as her pen name), is an academic, who has taught at Yale for more than 20 years. The Ridgefield resident has done extensive research on Namibia, its independence and the role the United Nations played in that. The Train to Skeleton Coast is her first published novel.

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Random Road is first in a new mystery series about a failing news writer who exposes enormous inequities between community haves and have-nots, and the chaos, malice, and moral disconnect of social privilege and power. Kies tells a taut, fast paced tale, imbuing each character with memorable, compelling traits that help readers connect with them. Those who enjoy J. A. Jance's Beaumont series or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone mysteries will appreciate Geneva Chase. (Booklist)

Currently living on a barrier island on the coast of North Carolina, Thomas Kies has a long career working for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York. When he's not writing mysteries, Thomas Kies is the President of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. Random Road is his debut novel.

To register for this program, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

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