Lancet presents his latest Brodie thriller at Davis reading – Davis Enterprise

Tokyo-based author Barry Lancet returns to Davis on Saturday, June 24, for a reading and signing of his new book, “The Spy Across the Table.” Ben Simmons/Courtesy photo

The Avid Reader welcomes award-winning crime novelist Barry Lancet for a reading, discussion and signing of the latest book in the Jim Brodie thrillers, “The Spy Across The Table,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, D.C., he’s devastated — and determined to hunt down the killer. He’s not the only one.

After the attack, Brodie is summoned to the White House. The first lady was the college roommate of one of the victims, and she enlists Brodie — off the books — to use his Japanese connections to track down the assassin.

Homeland Security head Tom Swelley is furious that the White House is meddling and wants Brodie off the case. Why? For the same reason a master Chinese spy known only as Zhou, one of the most dangerous men alive, appears on the scene: Those murders were no random act of violence.

Lancet is a Barry Award­-winning author and finalist for the Shamus Award. He has lived in Japan for more than 25 years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing.

He is the author of the Jim Brodie series: “The Spy Across the Table,” “Pacific Burn,” “Tokyo Kill” and “Japantown,” which received four citations for Best First Novel and has been optioned by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Brothers.

For more information, visit BarryLancet.com or follow him on Twitter at @BarryLancet.

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