WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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What do you see as the biggest threats we're facing now? Imagine the threats that face America as a bookshelf. One bookend is the infrastructure for the ubiquitous mon- itoring of the American people by the government. The other bookend is the growth of the government state. Those are the primary long-term threats we face. Short- and mid-term, the biggest threat by far is radical Islam. Are you worried about it taking over the United States? I don't think that's remotely a concern. What is a concern is the growth of cells inside the United States and the growth of attacks like the Boston Marathon bombing and shootings at malls. Cells are generated by social media, some as small as one person. Getting back to your books, do you feel with each new one more pressure to put Dewey in greater peril? I wouldn't say greater, but as good as the last one. I want to have at least two big multi-lateral — not just Dewey vs. one person — scenes that are gripping, exciting, and violent. In Trap the Devil, Dewey battles for his life atop a train traversing the Alps — during a blizzard, no less. Isn't that a bit of a stretch? I think you have to suspend disbelief sometimes with Dewey. It doesn't mean I want to jump the shark. I don't want people ever to roll their eyes. I think in my first draft I probably have a dozen of those types of scenes, but my editor is hawkish about weeding them out and keeping things authentic. Ultimately, if you like the main character you give him the benefit of the doubt. What are Dewey's flaws? He drinks too much. He's probably a little "shoot first, ask questions later." He exposes himself and other people to unnecessary risk. But those flaws are what make readers like him because people are flawed. I C O U R T E S Y O F S T . M A R T I N ' S 172 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 books "keeping things authentic"

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