- Writer's Voice - 20140117- Anthony Horowitz

Anthony HorowitzIt's not every day that Monica and Caroline interview a writer and then see him on television that night - but the day that we recorded this in-depth interview with Anthony Horowitz, one of Britain's most popluar and best-loved writers who earlier this week was honored as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (just two steps shy of knighthood), he was featured on the PBS special, "How Sherlock Changed the World."  That was due to his most recent adult novel, "House of Silk," a Sherlock Holmes novel written at the behest of the Conan Doyle Estate and publlished in November 2011.  (Sherlock changed the world because of the advances in crime detection that resulted from the methods employed in his fictional adventures).  The "House of Silk," by the way, reads just like Conan Doyle's books - and is one of the best novels I've read in years.

But that's not actually the book we are focusing on today, which is  "Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin." This is the final book iRussian Rouletten Horowitz' popular Alex Rider spy series for young adults, but it held the interest of these two (somewhat) mature adult women.  "Russian Roulette" is actually a prequel to the first book in the series "Stormbreaker," which was made into a feature film (screenplay by Horowitz).  Novelists don't usually get to write the screenplay of their book, but when you are the creator and lead writer of a series as popular as "Foyle's War," now it's in eighth season, exceptions are made. "Foyle's War" is a series of two-hour murder mysteries set during and after WWII and solved, of course, by DI Foyle, and as Horowitz joked, it is known in Britain as "everyone's mother's favorite show."

This is definitely one of my favorite interviews - don't miss it!