Stephen Davis, TRUTHTELLER & Anthony Horowitz, THE SENTENCE IS DEATH

We talk with Stephen Davis about his book Truthteller: An Investigative Reporter’s Journey Through The World Of Truth Prevention, Fake News And Conspiracy Theories.

Then mystery maven Anthony Horowitz tells us about about his newest in his series of mystery metafiction about detective Daniel Hawthorne, The Sentence Is Death (Harper Collins.)

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Stephen Davis

Donald Trump attacks news outlets all the time with accusations of “fake news.” But Trump and his servile rightwing media spread fact-free stories and conspiracy theories all the time.

And they aren’t the only ones. Corporations and governments, foreign and domestic, do it, too. So do ordinary folks on social media.

How can we discern the truth through the billowing clouds of lies that permeate our media spaces? That’s something Stephen Davis sets out to reveal in his book, Truthteller. He exposes the deception, cover-ups, and alternate realities we are barraged with from those who want to keep the truth hidden.

It’s something he is intimately familiar with through his experience as an investigative journalist. Among those who have tried to persuade him from reporting his stories: men with Kalashnikovs, government lawyers, corporate PRs in fancy suits, senior police officers, billionaires, and newspaper owners.

Stephen Davis worked for The Sunday Times and The Independent. as well as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Discovery and the BBC. He has taught journalism to thousands of students from all over the world and won multiple awards for his investigative reporting.

Anthony Horowitz

Celebrated crime novelist Anthony Horowitz is nothing if not prolific. He’s the bestselling author of, among many others, Magpie Murders, House of Silk, Moriarty and the Alex Rider series as well as the TV crime dramas Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders.

We last talked with him about his James Bond novel, Forever and A Day and, before that, the first in a series of meta-mystery fiction featuring former Scotland Yard detective Daniel Hawthorne, The Word Is Murder.

It’s “meta-mystery fiction” because the series also features the author, Anthony Horowitz, as a main character. In the first book and now the second, The Sentence Is Death, Horowitz uses himself as a character to discuss the inner workings of writing detective fiction, as well as to riff on the genre’s tropes. It’s all done with playful wit and page-turning suspense.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.