Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome David Bell, author of Layover, in conversation with J.T. Ellison.
Another edge-of-your-seat thriller, Layover, surprisingly, opens in a mundane fashion: a titular pit stop at the Atlanta airport. In it, Joshua Fields is a commercial real estate developer whose job is a whirlwind of meetings, hotels, TSA lines, boarding passes, and, of course, layovers. However, when he picks up a dropped cell phone from a beautiful woman, it’s like the beginning of a love story. Joshua asks Morgan for a drink at the airport and feels an immediate, if almost unbelievable, connection.
Over drinks, the two share vague, if engaging conversation, until suddenly, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, and says “I’m sorry. But we’re never going to see each other again.” Joshua is taken aback, his mind a whirlwind of what just happened. When Morgan disappears into the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.
Desperate to find answers and perhaps against his better judgment, Joshua decides to find out what Morgan’s true story is. However, what he finds is a tangled knot of deception, lies, and secrets that put him in the path of danger.
David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His previous novels include Somebody’s Daughter, Bring Her Home, Since She Went Away, The Forgotten Girl, Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.