Jeffrey Deaver is a best-selling author whose latest book, The Kill Room, was released on June 4. The Kill Room is a espionage thriller featuring forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme, who is sent to investigate the assassination of a U.S. citizen living abroad. The novel is the tenth in Deaver's series of Lincoln Rhyme books, which began with 1997's The Bone Collector (which was also adapted into a film starring Denzel Washington).
Deaver's books often deal in crime and police procedures, and he delves deeply into the psychologies of his characters be they heroes or villains. The structures of his novels, however, are influenced by classical music.
Here's what Deaver told BBC Radio 2 host Simon Mayo in a recent interview:
"When it comes to music and books, the one thing that has greatly influenced me is symphonic music in that I try to structure my novels as, say, a Romantic, Beethoven-type symphony: We open with some kind of prelude or prologue that sets the theme. We have alternating movements vivace, andante, and then adagio . . . [T]here's the big crescendo, but then we need a coda, we need a little reconciliation at the end, and I keep that in the back of my mind with every book I write so thank you, Ludwig."Learn more about Ludwig van Beethoven at Classical MPR's Beethoven page.