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“Book Club Discussion With Local Author Dan Burns”

Invite local author Dan Burns to your next book club discussion. Learn about the inspiration and writing process behind Dan’s new mystery novel, A Fine Line, his Chicago-based drama, Recalled to Life, or his collection of short fiction, No Turning Back. Dan will share his thoughts and ideas behind the stories as well the details behind his approach to writing short stories, screenplays, stage plays, poetry, and novels. His thought-provoking books are perfect for your book club list. A free book will be provided for your local library and discounted books are available when you order for the club members prior to the event. (Adults; 90 min; Free)

Please contact the following references to hear about successful book club discussions:

Jennifer Remedi
La Grange Book Club

Cathy Phillips
La Grange Park Book Club

Mary Lee Lockwood
Palos Heights Woman's Club / Palos Heights Public Library


Sebastian Drake is a troubled and complex character. What is his primary motivation in life, for doing the things he does?

How would you describe Drake’s physical appearance, and does he remind you of someone, either real or fictional?

When Drake receives the call from his ex-wife, Karen, about their daughter’s disappearance, he is unable respond to the news. What is holding him back?

Senator Jack Mitchell was a secondary character in the story but plays a crucial role in the development of the investigation. What was his role?

There are many characters in the story to dislike. How would you rank them on the “Disgust Meter, 1 to 10, 10 being the worst?”

Thomas Engel, a philanthropist, is not all he appears to be. Who do you think he really is and what is he capable of?

Engel appears to know quite a bit, about many things, and might even be pulling strings to help Drake in his pursuit of the investigation. Do you think he had a relationship or contact with any of the other characters in the story?

Drake began a relationship with Detective Angie Parker and felt they had made a connection. Is Drake capable of having a romantic relationship?

Are there any characters (not dead) who you would like to see again in a future story?

Drake’s past experience with the Munitions Development Agency—his expert marksmanship and access to unique and top secret ammunition—played a key role in his ability to take out the bad guys. Discuss.

At the end of the story, the case is closed but Drake’s future is just beginning. What do you think is in store for Drake?

After reading the book were you left with any burning questions?

Are you a fan of audiobooks? Who are your favorite narrators? Check out the forthcoming audiobook edition of A Fine Line, by world-renowned narrator George Guidall.

What’s next for Drake?

What’s next for Dan Burns?