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Sara Reyes | Author Tour Report: Jeff Abbott in Dallas

July 24, 2008
Jeff Abbott
Jeff Abbott at the Q&A
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Last night we had the opportunity to meet a native Texan in town for a tour of COLLISION, Jeff Abbott. Fresh from a week in London and still jet-lagged, Jeff regaled us with his exploits of researching a book with his mom in Frisco. Now, Frisco is across the road from where I live and my closest shopping area, so finding out that we were the backdrop for an international thriller was a bit, well, ‘thrilling.’ Although, if he got it wrong, even a bit of the streets or neighborhoods or prairie, it would throw me out of my reading. Sorry, but that happens to me and it’s annoying especially if the book was going along so well. And Jeff picked a road under construction. Of course, right now, that could be true since they are busy building TWO toll roads in Frisco. The only city in North Texas where BOTH of the primary arteries costs 25 cents a mile to traverse! It’s outrageous! you pay for the bonds and taxes and then they charge you for usage as well! They may not say they raise taxes but they’ll enjoy quarter and dollaring you with fees to death! Ah Frisco….

COLLISIONWhere was I? Oh, yes, COLLISION, or RUN if you picked the book up in the UK where it sells like hotcakes for those Brits on their way to vacations in the sunny isles of the Mediterranean. Jeff also stated his biggest fan base text him as they are enjoying a bit too much of the sun, sand and alcohol whilst on posh vacations. Well, the new book features two main characters: both incomplete in a way, who must stick together to survive. But both men have dark secrets that throw everything up for grabs. And a chase scene in Frisco, Texas.

Jeff is funny and enjoyed the pokes from the audience at the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble as well as poking back. It helped that his mom wasn’t there, although I understand there will be reports made! I didn’t think his hair cut was THAT bad!! Jeff lives in Austin with his wife and children so he’s not a stranger to our part of Texas. We can only hope we’ll get some more international intrigue set in our back yard!

Till next time… Sara Reyes

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