ast month I noted a motif common to John Lawton's Bluffing Mr. Churchill (also published as Riptide) and James R. Benn's Billy Boyle
: Each features a young American bewildered by wartime London.
Three weeks later I learned I'd be moderating a panel at Bouchercon 2013
of which Lawton
will be members, along with Susan Elia MacNeal
, whose Mr. Churchill's Secretary
features a young American woman who winds up working for Churchill in 1940.
I'll ask all three authors why they chose to thrust three Americans, all young, into wartime London. In the meantime, I'll ask you: Why do you think Lawton, Benn, and MacNeal made the choice they did? What are the attractions of the innocents abroad theme? What are your favorite stories, crime or otherwise, of Americans abroad in wartime? Why do you like those stories?
James R. Benn, John Lawton, and Susan Elia MacNeal will be part of my "World War II and Sons" panel at Bouchercon 2013 in Albany, N.Y., on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:00 p.m.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013
Labels: Bouchercon, Bouchercon 2013, conventions, James R. Benn, John Lawton, Susan Elia MacNeal, War, World War II