Join us as store favorite Ron Balson, the author of Once We Were Brothers and Karolina's Twins, discusses his new book, The Trust, with our own Jon Grand.
Ron Balson is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues, including villages in Poland that inspired his first novel, Once We Were Brothers. In his new novel, The Trust, private investigator Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral--a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrives, Liam learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but that he'd anticipated his own murder: In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Did Fergus know, but refuse to name, his killer? Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland's bloody sectarian war? After all, the Taggarts were deeply involved in the IRA. Or is it possible that the killer is a family member seeking Fergus's estate? Otherwise, why postpone distributions to the heirs? Most menacingly, does the killer now have his sights on other family members?
Joining Mr. Balson for a conversation on his work will be Jon Grand, a bookseller widely sought out by fellow booksellers and Book Stall customers for his knowledge and interest in history, biography, and historical fiction. Mr. Grand has previously appeared as an interlocutor with Alan Furst, Adam Hochschild, and Reza Aslan, amng others.
This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase a book from the Book Stall if you intend on entering the book-signing queue.
"A thrilling, action-filled suspense novel.... Those who loved Balson's other books like Once We Were Brothers and Karolina's Twins will love this latest entry." --The Huffington Post