March 26, 2015


“Killer, Come Hither beckons.” —Vanity Fair

“A stealthy, page-turning thriller … all admirers of crisp prose and taut plotlines will gladly follow Jack on his deadly quest to circumvent the law.” —Booklist

From Louis Begley, the master observer of upper-crust New York life, comes KILLER, COME HITHER: A Novel (Nan A. Talese; April 7, 2015; $25.95), a sly international thriller ranging from the suites of an elite Manhattan law firm to the rough and tumble western plains of Brazil.

When former Marine Corps Infantry officer Jack Dana is badly wounded while serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, he begins working on a novel about his wartime experiences from his bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As a former star student at Yale with a promising future as an academic, Jack is unsurprisingly an overnight success, his debut novel launching a bestselling literary career.

While vacationing in Mato Grosso in Brazil several years later, Jack receives the news that his uncle Harry Dana, a leading New York City attorney with whom he lives, has hanged himself in his Sag Harbor weekend house. When Jack learns that Harry’s wrung the neck of his beloved house cat and left no suicide note, he immediately suspects foul play. And when Harry’s long time secretary tragically dies underneath a subway train, Jack recruits the help of his uncle’s favorite young partner to pursue the trail of his mounting suspicions.

As Jack investigates the circumstances surrounding Harry’s death, he confronts a sordid intrigue mounted against his uncle’s law firm by a former client and Texan billionaire, Abner Brown. The stakes are huge – Harry’s death now seems anything but a suicide. And in order to avenge him, Jack might have to circumvent the law and take matters into his own hands.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Louis Begley’s previous novels are Memories of a Marriage, Schmidt Steps Back, Matters of Honor, Shipwreck, Schmidt Delivered, Mistler’s Exit, About Schmidt, As Max Saw It, The Man Who Was Late, and Wartime Lies, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Killer, Come Hither: A Novel * Louis Begley * Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 

Publication date: 4/7/2015 * Price: $25.95 * ISBN: 978-0-385-53914-2

Louis Begley is available for interviews in the follow cities: 
New York, NY: 4/9 ∙ Easthampton, NY: 4/11 ∙ New York, NY: 4/15