21 October, 2020

Dominique Lapierre

Former reporter, author, Indophile on his latest book Is New York Burning co-authored with Larry Collins.

Dominique Lapierre
What is the book about?
It's a fictional account of the first nuclear blackmail America has to face.

How long did it take to research this book?
Larry and I discussed the possibility of Osama Bin Laden planting a nuclear bomb on 9/11. 2 1/2 years of research proved the scenario was plausible.

How was it working with Collins again?
We have teamed up after twenty-four years and the chemistry still exists. We even resolved our disagreements in the same way—on the tennis court.

Reason for launching the first English edition here in India?
Well, it's because of the magic of Indian publishing. Full Circle had our book out in six weeks, a record by American or British standards.

How do you think the Americans will receive a Franco-American book on 9/11?
I hope they will receive it as an authentic thriller.

What is your next book about?
For now, I'm only involved in various charity projects in Calcutta and Bhopal.

Has Calcutta changed for you over the years?


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