I hope you like my new novel The Mentor. For fans of suspense thrillers filled with twists, but also for those who enjoy a good literary tale, this book should be a great read that blends the two genres. The initial idea came from my editor Brendan Deneen who pitched the book as Cape Fear set in the publishing world. I added a Wonder Boys plot about a guy who goes to extreme measures to get the opus he’s been working on for a decade published and the
I enjoy writing thrillers because it’s challenging in a good way to constantly keep the story moving forward as fast as possible. And while the book can be gruesome and violent at times, I wanted it to read as a satire of the sensationalism that we seem to crave in terms of our media and even of our real world politics these days. It was important for me to show different characters’ POVs throughout so we get in the heads of not only the heroes but the villains as well. In terms of thrillers, they can often veer toward caricature so it was important that despite the subject matter, there is humor throughout the novel too. I’m naturally funny, and even if some of my plots are super serious, elements of humor are necessary to pepper throughout.
Lastly, since the book is coming out this June, it’s the perfect read to take to the beach with you. There is something about thrillers that work really well in the heat. I think we look for escapism during summer days so I hope you enjoy escaping with this dark and twisted tale of a book editor, his mentor, and the depraved manuscript that nearly tears them both apart.
About the Author
Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His debut novel SLOW DOWN is out now. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.