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By JOE MEYERS
jmeyers@ctpost.com

Connecticut Post
Sunday, June 25, 2006



'Fairfield’s Staeger out with his second thriller'

Fairfield novelist Will Staeger will celebrate publication day for his second thriller, “Public Enemy” (William Morrow), with a reading and signing at Borders Books & Music in Fairfield Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Staeger made a critically acclaimed debut last year with “Painkiller,” which William Morrow has just issued in paperback. “Public Enemy” continues the adventures of the unlikely duo Staeger introduced in his first novel — a semi-retired CIA agent named Cooper who lives in a beach shack in the Virgin Islands and an abrasive current CIA operative Julie Laramie.

In the first book, Cooper and Laramie foiled a terrorist plot involving missiles stolen from a sunken U.S. nuclear submarine.
“Public Enemy” involves an even scarier terrorist threat — a lethal flu virus that could be spread throughout the country with the
explosion of a few “dirty” bombs.

Staeger has been praised by such masters of the genre as Michael Connelly and Clive Cussler.

What separates the writer from most of the thriller pack is his unusual mixing of humor and suspense.

If Carl Hiassen wrote a James Bond adventure it might be something like “Painkiller” and “Public Enemy” — funny and scary and slightly larger-than-life.

Novel writing was a longtime dream of Staeger’s, who spent several years at ESPN where he participated in the creation, launch and expansion of the cable network’s Original Entertainment division. Before working at ESPN, Staeger ran Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva (“A Beautiful Mind”) Goldsman’s producing company, Weed Road Pictures. Staeger recently launched his own production company, Mango Tree Pictures, which is creating films and shows for various networks and
studios, including ESPN’s new Bruce Lee film, “Warrior.”

For more information on Staeger’s signing Thursday night call 256-1619.
Borders Books & Music is at 1499 Post Road in Fairfield.


AMIGOS READING: Three Connecticut writers who are calling themselves the “three amigos” are reading from their new work at Bridgeport’s Rainy Faye Bookstore on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

Andy Thibault, a columnist for the Law Tribune Newspapers, will be reading from his book, “Law & Justice in Everyday Life.”

John Briggs and Ravi Shankar will be reading their poetry [and fiction]. Briggs is the author of a collection of stories, “Trickster Tales,” and “Entangled Landscapes,” a poetry book he co-authored with James P. Scrimgeour.

Shankar is poet in residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the online journal of the arts,
drunkenboat.

For more information on the event, call 336-6911.
Rainy Faye Bookstore is at 940 Broad St. in Bridgeport.

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