THE PRICE OF LIBERTY:
Jack McEnroe is a construction worker with an unusual job: building a prison for terrorists. Like his neighbors in Red Rock, Wyoming, Jack isn’t particularly concerned about politics. In a depressed rural economy, he’s just grateful to have a job. But, when Jack’s ex-wife finds out their boss is overbilling the U.S. government, he must navigate a razor-wire labyrinth to rescue her and their children.
Welcome to The Write Question, a program that explores the world of writing and publishing in the Western United States. Our guest today is Keir Graff, author four political crime novels.
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Keir Graff grew up in Missoula, Montana, and graduated from Hampshire College. He now works in Chicago for Booklist Online, where he is a senior editor. Graff's short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Portland Review and the Chicago Reader. His writing has also been published in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Fiction Writer, Billiards Digest, and at Playboy.com.
Graff has written four political crime novels. The Price of Liberty, set in the town of Red Rock Wyoming, is his latest. During this program Graff talks about where he got the idea for this story about a no-bid contract to build a federal prison to house terrorists, why he writes fiction, and how he finds time to write books while working full-time in the publishing industry and co-parenting two sons. He also reads from Chapter Four and talks about his next book, a tale of a fourth-grader with a dream-world doppelganger.
Visit Keir Graff's Web site.
Read a review of The Price of Liberty in the Chicago Sun Times.
Buy THE PRICE OF LIBERTY, and other books by Kier Graff at Fact & Fiction or Shakespeare & Co. in Missoula, or at your local independent bookseller.
The Write Question is produced by Chérie Newman.
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Executive producer, Michael Marsolek.
Special thanks to Lisa Simon, David Moore, Barbara Theroux, and Kim Anderson.
This program is supported in part by Humanities Montana, enriching intellectual, cultural, and civic life for all Montanans. And by the Montana Cultural Trust.
The music in this program was written and performed by John Floridis.
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Guests on the The Write Question are writers, publishers, and illustrators living, or working for an extended period of time, in the western United States. The Write Question is a production of Montana Public Radio.