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More Listening Ah, the skill of making something hard look easy. Horowitz, author of those 49 books, many of them critically acclaimed as well as bestsellers, credits practice and more practice. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't write. I do think my writing has gotten better over the years, in part because I've done so much of it. Everybody gets better at something if they keep at it. Happily, my passion for writing is the same now as when I first picked up a pen." Horowitz is an intricate plotter. "I love magic and illusion. My Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is based on a card trick. One of the things I love about writing whodunits is the opportunity to baffle people." Yet, he says, "All the clues have to be in front of the reader. I hate books that don't play fair." He keeps it straight in a note- book containing a list of clues and a zillion questions to himself—but no "scaffolding or nailing things into place." He believes a plot should "blossom and grow." His oeuvre includes two Sherlock Holmes titles; the Alex Rider adventure series; The Power of Five fantasy series; several stand-alone mysteries, including Magpie Murders; a James Bond novel; and much more. His second Bond, Forever and a Day, narrated by Matthew Goode, comes out on November 6. "My point of entry with the Holmes and Bond novels is to honor the feel of the originals," he says, "and to ask whether people who love them also like my versions. So far, the books have been very well received, which is lovely." Of all his writing, Horowitz is proudest of the Alex Rider teen spy series. "That's because it's led so many young people into the world of reading and listening to books," he says. "Alex Rider has helped introduce them to the pleasure that fiction brings. When I think about it, that's something quite good to have done with my life." He's currently at work on Rider's twelfth adventure, tentatively titled Nightshade. And for the rest of his impatient fans, no worries. He sent the manuscript of the next Hawthorne whodunit to his publisher an hour before chatting with AudioFile.—Aurelia C. Scott THE WORD IS MURDER Anthony Horowitz Read by Rory Kinnear Rory Kinnear flawlessly performs this entertaining metafiction in which the real mystery writer Anthony Horowitz is persuaded by a fictional investigator called Hawthorne to shadow him as he solves a murder so Horowitz can write about it and make them rich. This is mad fun, especially if you are a fan of "Foyle's War," "Midsomer Murders," or other of Horowitz's work, since real movie folk (Spielberg!) from Horowitz's actual life become part of the story. It's a fresh and diverting spin on the clas- sic scenario: eccentric-but-brilliant master sleuth with earnest-but-bumbling sidekick. Sherlock Holmes, anyone? (Horowitz has written that character, too.) Kinnear is so good you forget he's there; instead you feel as if you've seen this as a movie on some screen in your intercranial theater. B.G. Harper Audio 9 hrs. Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD ISBN 9780062848345 $26.99 Rory Kinnear flawlessly performs this entertaining metafiction. FOREVER AND A DAY Anthony Horowitz, read by Matthew Goode Harper Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Release date: November 6 MAGPIE MURDERS Anthony Horowitz, read by Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond Harper Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD MORIARTY Anthony Horowitz, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt Harper Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD STORMBREAKER: Alex Rider, Book 1 Anthony Horowitz, read by Nathaniel Parker Listening Library Unabridged Young Adult Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: DD TRIGGER MORTIS Anthony Horowitz, read by David Oyelowo Harper Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD October/November 2018 n 21

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