As an East End resident, what does it mean to you to be able to present your book to the hometown crowd?
CA: It’s the best. I grew up out here so it’s always nice to see old friends and have an opportunity to meet new people. There’s nothing better than doing the events out here. They’re always my favorite to do.
And your 17-city national book tour will actually begin in the Hamptons.
CA: Yes, it will actually begin and end in the Hamptons. It comes out on Tuesday, July 3 and I have a signing in Sag Harbor at Harbor Books, which is one of my favorite bookstores, and then my last event we have on the calendar right now is at the Southampton Arts Center on August 27th.
Leading up to the launch, what’s it like to await the release?
CA: It’s really nerve-wrecking. I’m working on another book that will hopefully be out next summer so I just try to stay really busy and focused on the next project because it’s really out of my hands at this point. But it’s also fun. I’m starting to see people post about it online and a lot of the early reviews have come in. So it’s kind of fun to see excitement building behind the book.
Foreign rights have been sold in eight territories. Tell me a bit about that.
CA: My first book, The Darlings, did well in a number of foreign territories – in France and Germany and Poland. So we were really excited to bring this book in particular because so much of the book is set in Europe. It’s being published for the first time in the UK – I’ve never been published in the UK before so that’s really exciting. I think it’s just a fun international book. There are parts that are set in Paris and Geneva and London so I think hopefully it will have a broad audience across Europe and across the world. I’m excited to see it come out in all the different iterations.
What inspired the book?
CA: I’m sort of a financial crime junkie. I worked for a longtime as a lawyer and as a financial analyst so I became really interested in the Panama Papers case, where there was a data leak from inside a Panamanian law firm that was mostly responsible for setting up offshore bank accounts and an anonymous source, that’s still anonymous, sent a huge amount of data to a German journalist, resulting in the Panama Papers. I became really fascinated with that case and at the same time we were heading into the election and I was so fascinated with the vitriol between what is now our current administration and journalists that I thought it would be fascinating to write a political thriller in which a journalist is really seeking to undermine a political candidate. My interest in offshore banking was the catalyst.