A Powerball lotto winner disappears the moment after picking up his check, and finances a coup against a corrupt Caribbean island dictator so that he can reemerge a hero…not just famous for 15 minutes. FAME ISLAND is partly based on a true story, and is narrated by Emmy winning actor Kristoffer Tabori, and directed by Grammy winning radio drama icon Yuri Rasovsky in an entertaining production from Blackstone Audio. Howard wins $552 million dollars, after taxes. If you were him, what would you do? Buy an island, or some dragon eggs?
WILLNOT by James Sallis is a unique novel by the author of DRIVE (made into a movie starring Ryan Gosling, and also on audio:) “In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Hale, the town’s all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes—a man being followed by the FBI—mysteriously reappears in his hometown at Hale’s door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the swerves and turns of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale’s world is truly upended.” The thing that separates this novel from many with such plots is the tone and point of view, almost stream of conscious. It is philosophical, like Ian McEwan (whose “Enduring Love” is new to audio.) He doesn’t limit himself to the events of the novel, but ruminates and dreams about how he got where he is. (McEwan also wrote “The Daydreamer.”) What makes it irresistible is narrator Kevin Kenerly, who was great in TO LIVE FOREVER. Kenerly imbues the text with a grandeur and significance that is not easily forgotten. Sallis has published more than a dozen novels; multiple collections of short stories, poems, and essays; the definitive biography of Chester Himes; several books of musicology; and a translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin. His works have been shortlisted for the Anthony, Nebula, Edgar, Shamus, and Gold Dagger awards. The film version of his novel Drive won the Best Director Award at the Cannes International Film Festival, and his Lew Griffin books are in development for film. He plays guitar, French horn, mandolin, fiddle, sitar, and Dobro, both solo and with the band Three-Legged Dog.