by Jim Ridley
This weekend, several hundred mystery lovers will converge on Nashville’s Hutton Hotel for the Killer Nashville convention, where they’ll find out whether it’s better to publish (puts on sunglasses) … or perish. YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!
Running through Sunday, Music City’s seventh meet-up for murder mavens features one of its strongest lineups yet, boasting a best-selling roster that includes Peter Straub (Ghost Story), C.J. Box (Force of Nature), Jeffery Deaver (XO), and veteran screenwriter-director Heywood Gould (whose credits include Cocktail and the first-rate William Devane revenge thriller Rolling Thunder, co-written by Paul Schrader). The weekend won’t all be signings, agent-editor Q&As and panel discussions, however: There’ll also be a banquet, a bingo game, even a wine tasting. Count on plenty of (puts on sunglasses) … red. YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!
Local guests include Edgar-winning novelist Steven Womack and MNPD cold-case Detective Pat Postiglione, who’s overseen some of the city’s highest-profile cases. Admission to Saturday’s 7 p.m. guests of honor dinner is $85 and includes a keynote address by Deaver, who co-wrote and produced in Nashville the musical project that accompanies his latest novel. It just might hit the charts (puts on sunglasses) … with a bullet. YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!
Unlimited day passes start at $108. For more information, click here — or you just might (puts on sunglasses) …