LONG ISLAND AUTHOR RETURNING TO BOOK REVUE
Jeb Ladouceur Will Introduce His New Novel at the Famed Bookstore Apr. 28
For the tenth time in as many years, Smithtown’s favorite novelist has been invited to appear at Book Revue in Huntington. The renowned bookstore at New York Avenue and Main Street (Rte. 25-A) will be the site of Jeb Ladouceur’s book signing for THE QUANTUM SYNDROME on April 28.
Mr. Ladouceur leads all authors in trips to the Book Revue podium, and he is in good company. Other noted writers who have spoken about and signed their books at the huge store include Tom Clancy, Hillary Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, and J.K. Rowling. In addition, Long Islanders, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Alan King, and Jodi Picoult have shared the Book Revue microphone one or more times during their highly successful careers.
According to the author’s long-time publicist, Debbie Lange Fifer, THE QUANTUM SYNDROME is patterned on the Atlanta Child Murders of the early 80s, but is set in present day Suffolk County. Most readers over the age of fifty, Ms. Fifer notes, will recall that in a two-year period between the summer of 1979 and spring of 1981, twenty-two children ranging in age from 8 to 16, were murdered in the Atlanta area…most were victims of asphyxiation. Finally, some 21 months after the first child had been strangled, a 23-year-old man, Wayne Williams, was arrested, tried, and convicted in the deaths of two adult Atlanta-area males. Like fifteen of the murdered children, both young men had been choked to death.
Williams was also considered responsible for 17 of the 22 child killings in Atlanta.
Though steadfastly professing his innocence, Wayne Williams received two life sentences for murder, and the matter of the notorious Atlanta Child Killings was said to have been settled.
But some of Mr. Ladouceur’s local acquaintances in law enforcement…and specifically, members of the Suffolk County Homicide Squad (to whom THE QUANTUM SYNDROME is dedicated)…had serious misgivings. A few of them saw a ‘rush to judgment’ in Atlanta, and consequently, as early as the mid-80’s, Jeb Ladouceur’s book began to take shape, if only in his nimble imagination.
“It is not my intention to re-visit the Atlanta Child Murders case in this fictional story,” says Mr. Ladouceur. “That sort of thing is not the novelist’s job, in my view.” He also points out that neither does his new book question the guilt of Wayne Williams. “I cite this background,” Ladouceur claims, “…only to answer my readers, whose first question at hundreds of book signings invariably is, ‘How in the world do you come up with these strange ideas for your novels?’”
The much-anticipated Book Revue event is free, and will begin at 7:30 PM. The author will speak for 20 minutes, after which he will answer questions from the audience. As is his practice, Ladouceur will introduce all writers in attendance, and will be pleased to personalize copies of his latest work for anyone who requests it. … Photos by Debbie Lange Fifer