FROM CIA TO TBR
Former CIA director James Comey debuting his first novel at the Austin Public Library
This former CIA director has written a new book to add to your ever-growing “to be read” pile. James Comey will present his debut fictional novel, Central Park West, at the Austin Public Library on June 7 at 7 pm.
The crime thriller is a tale of the legal system at work in New York, with investigations into a murder led by experts and lawyers while simultaneously navigating politics and threats from the mob. The main character, Nora Carleton, is a federal prosecutor who is working tirelessly to crack a years-long case against a powerful mobster. Nora is based on Comey’s two daughters, Maurene and Abby.
Comey will be joined by Texas Tribune CEO Sonal Shah to discuss Central Park West in partnership with The Library Foundation, Austin Public Library, and BookPeople. Comey will be available to sign copies of his book after the panel discussion and a live reading.
New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Michael Connelly, who wrote the Harry Bosch series, said Central Park West is “brimming with been-there-done-that authority.”
“It’s clear James Comey knows this world like the back of his hand,” Connelly said in his review. “And he delivers it with the addictive style of an expert storyteller.”
This is the former director’s third book, with his first two being nonfiction. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership was Comey’s first book, written in 2018 and made into a limited TV series in 2020. Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust was written in 2021.