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Chris Pavone

New York Times-bestselling and award-winning thriller author

Chris Pavone talks about his bestseller “The Expats”
  • About Chris Pavone

    Chris Pavone worked in publishing for nearly two decades, mostly as an editor of nonfiction, particularly cookbooks. Then Chris jettisoned his career to follow his wife’s job to Luxembourg, where he became a stay-at-home parent to twin preschoolers.

    Chris used this experience to write The Expats, an espionage thriller that was an instant New York Times and international bestseller, hailed as “smart, clever suspense” by John Grisham and “bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted” by Patricia Cornwell; The Expats won a 2013 Edgar (the Academy Award of mysteries and thrillers), and is being developed for film and published in nearly twenty languages.

    Chris’s second book—also an immediate Times bestseller—is The Accident, about which Stephen King said, “If you like real nail-biters, this is the best one so far this year”; Michael Connelly wrote, “Chris Pavone is the new best thing”; the New York Times called it “unputdownable.”

    His third and latest release, The Travelers, has been hailed as the New York Post’s “Best Books of 2016”. Janet Maslin of the New York Times said, “The Travelers does confirm what Mr. Pavone’s first two books have established: that when it comes to quick-witted, breathless thrillers that trot the globe, his are top-tier.”

    Chris has appeared on TV such as Face the Nation and radio such as All Things Considered, BBC-Scotland, RTE-Radio Ireland, and Pia Lindström Presents on Sirius. He has spoken at dozens of book festivals, conferences, bookstores, and libraries across America and Europe, combining a personal journey with humor for an entertaining and insightful presentation about the real-life inspirations for his critically acclaimed novels.

  • Speaking Topics

    Turning the Ordinary of Life into the Extraordinary of Fiction

    How Chris turned an everyday experience as a stay-at-home parent—laundry, cooking, parenting—into a bestselling novel of international espionage that includes laundry, cooking, and parenting as well as the CIA, a long-play con, and 50 million stolen euros. Plus a movie deal.

    Behind the Publishing Scenes

    Life from both sides of the publishing desk: as a nonfiction book editor and as an award-wining bestselling novelist (plus a few things in between), featuring breakfast with Pat Conroy, lunch with Giada de Laurentiis, dinner with Helena Bonham-Carter, and a cup of coffee spilled by Jackie Onassis.

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