Today’s most popular writers of thrillers and whodunits explore the crossover from fact to fiction in HARDCOVER MYSTERIES, premiering Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Investigation Discovery. In this eight-part series, New York Times best-selling authors discuss the real-life cases that lead to their fascination with crime and inspired their page-turners. Authors include David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, Linda Fairstein, Sara Paretsky, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline and Joseph Wambaugh.
Each episode of HARDCOVER MYSTERIES pairs an author with an incredible real-life case close to their heart, whether it inspired one of their own creations, mirrors the themes presented in their bestsellers or resonates with their personal life story. These authors expertly weave unique and intricate mysteries into their novels – demonstrating that real-life stories can be as fascinating as their best-selling works of fiction.
HARDCOVER MYSTERIES – “David Baldacci”
Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Internationally acclaimed crime novelist David Baldacci has written a string of bestsellers, including his latest novel, Deliver Us From Evil. For his first best-seller, Absolute Power, Baldacci explains how he drew on the 1964 murder of Mary Meyer, a Washington D.C. socialite and confidante to President John F. Kennedy, as the partial basis of the novel.
HARDCOVER MYSTERIES – “Sandra Brown”
Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
After nearly 30 years as an author, Sandra Brown has penned 58 New York Times bestsellers, including Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Chill Factor, and Fat Tuesday, all of which have ranked in the Top 5 on the New York Times list. Brown offers insight into one of her best-selling books, The Witness, and explains how the murder of Nicholas West, a landmark hate crime in Texas, inspired the novels plot.
HARDCOVER MYSTERIES – “Joseph Wambaugh”
Wednesday, July 6 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
After 14 years as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, Joseph Wambaugh became the grand master of the police story with 14 novels and five nonfiction works. Wambaugh draws on the case of Colin Pitchfork, which was the first homicide case solved using genetic fingerprinting, as the subject of his bestseller The Blooding.
HARDCOVER MYSTERIES – “Lisa Scottoline”
Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
After a career in law, Lisa Scottoline became a New York Times best-selling author of 18 novels, including her most recent, Look Again and Think Twice. Scottoline, whose thrillers are rooted in the exploration of family relationships, probes the murder of 15-year-old Sarah Starling, who was entangled in a bizarre family triangle involving a plot with her mother to commit murder.