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Book Nook: The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton

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Steve Hamilton has had a long and successful career as the author of a series of crime novels set in northern Michigan which feature Alex McKnight. Hamilton has just unveiled the first book in a new series that will be featuring a criminal named Nick Mason. In this debut Hamilton sketches out the outrageous circumstances that allowed Nick Mason to exit prison after serving only 5 years out of a 25 year sentence.

A crime boss inside the prison has arranged for Mason to get out early but there's a catch; Mason may be free in the literal sense but he is now indebted to his new patron who has set him up in a luxurious condo in Chicago. Mason seems to be living the good life but every time his phone rings he knows that it could be a call requesting that he commit another crime at the behest of his sponsor. When Mason went to prison he was a petty thief. Now that he's out he's being transformed into a contract killer.

In this interview the author shares his excitement about this new series. He's already sketched out a number of the books which will follow. This book was supposed to be out a year ago. He explains the circumstances that precipitated that unfortunate delay. The book is getting rave reviews. We can look forward to many more books in this sizzling series.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.