Reading Matters

Thriller writer Martin Clark to read from ‘Jezebel’ at Park Road Books

I admit it. I didn’t know anything about Martin Clark. Didn’t know he’s a Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College. Didn’t know he’s a very popular thriller writer. Didn’t know about his fourth novel, “The Jezebel Remedy.”

Didn’t know he’s a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Va.

Didn’t even know he’s reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte.

Boy, do I stand corrected.

Charlotte’s Ed Williams tells me that Clark’s first novel, “The Many Aspects of Mobile Living,” is one of his all-time favorite thrillers.

I’m planning to be at Park Road on Thursday to hear him read from this new novel, which is about Lisa and Joe Stone, happily married for 20 years and partners in their mom-and-pop south Virginia law firm. Suddenly, they’re embroiled in a corporate conspiracy that will require all their legal skills – including some hard ethical choices – to survive.

Says Kirkus about “Jezebel”: “...Clark seems to be doing for contemporary Virginia’s strip-mall suburbs what (Carl) Hiassen has done for South Florida’s urban playgrounds and remote swamps: bringing out its dark comedy while identifying its criminal tendencies.”