Local Author to Debut New Thriller: November 2020

by John Conway

LIBERTY, November, 2020 —Author and Sullivan County resident Gray Basnight, whose 2018 thriller, “Flight of the Fox,” was partially set in the town of Bethel, will launch his latest book on December 3 at the Liberty Public Library.

The new thriller, entitled “Madness of the Q” will again feature the hero from Mr. Basnight’s “Flight of the Fox,” college mathematics professor Sam Teagarden.

“Professor Sam Teagarden returns this December in “Madness of the Q,” where the letter Q is not about QAnon, but it is provocative…” the book’s publicity states. “The story kicks off when an ancient biblical parchment is unearthed at an archeological dig in Israel, which sets off fanatical religious turmoil across the globe. It’s a roller-coaster page-turner with a theme ripped from the headlines—and ripped from theological history.”

Mr. Basnight says the inspiration for the book came from “two personal experiences: an audio lecture on the theory about a missing source for the biblical books of Matthew and Luke, first postulated by a 19th Century German scholar, and named The Quelle (German for the word ‘source’), and having written far too many news stories about faith-based bloodshed during my years in broadcast news.”

Prior to his career writing fiction, Mr. Basnight spent nearly 30 years in journalism.

The program at the Liberty Public Library will be the national debut of the new book. It begins at 3:30 p.m. and will include a limited number of in-person spots as well as unlimited ZOOM participation. More information can be obtained from the library by emailing lib@rcls.org.

Books will be available for sale at the library during the week leading up to the event, and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com.