BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Next week at the Astoria Bookshop, “Death Logs In.”
Queens native E.J. Simon will be stopping by his hometown bookstore to read from and discuss his novel of that title, the sequel to his debut “Death Never Sleeps.”
The pair of thrillers center on two brothers: a straight-laced CEO named Michael and his brother Alex – or, at least, a virtual version of him. After Alex’s murder in a Whitestone restaurant, Michael discovers that he had created an artificial intelligence duplicate of himself on his laptop.
“The two are reunited, and they become closer than they ever were in life,” Simon said.
“Death Logs In” hops around the globe, from Rome, to Paris, to Westport, Conn., to New York City and Queens. Simon’s protagonist lives in Whitestone, while Flushing and Astoria are also featured.
Simon himself was born in Astoria and grew up in Queens Village and Flushing. Growing up in the Borough, he said, impacted his writing by exposing him to a wide variety of characters.
“I think growing up in Queens, where you live, where you play sports, you just come into contact with all kinds of characters from all different parts of the world,” Simon said.
“I’m looking forward to returning to my roots,” Simon said of the upcoming reading. At the “Death Never Sleeps” signing late last year, he added, “we filled the bookstore, and it had all the color and character that you would expect in Queens.”
Lexi Beach, owner of the Astoria Bookshop, called Simon’s work “engaging” and said, “E.J. is a great guy and I’m looking forward to having him in the store.”
Residents can catch the author at the Astoria Bookshop next Thursday at 7 p.m. Simon said he will read a portion of dialogue between Michael and his virtual brother. The event is free and will include book signings and a reception with Greek cuisine.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.