British novelist and ex-spy John Le Carré was the inspiration for Dan Fesperman's newest thriller, Double Game. Fesperman was doing research for another project when he stumbled on a newspaper interview in which Le Carré seemed to imply he had once toyed with the idea of being a double agent. In press materials, Fesperman, who had once interviewed Le Carré, says, “Before I even finished reading the piece online, I was wondering how I might have reacted if he'd told me something like that. As I sat there thinking, I began superimposing the whole scenario onto…a complicated fellow I dubbed Ed Lemaster.” The protagonist for Double Game, Lemaster writes about double agents in his spy novels. And he does so with such authenticity and realism that his colleagues begin to suspect that he had once been one. Fesperman has said that writing Double Game was the most fun he's had as a novelist, partly, he explains, because of the story's blending of real-world espionage and fictional spy novels. That mix makes for a story in which anything can happen. 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Mon., Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2012