Quick Questions with… Glenn Cooper, author of THE DEBT

Cal Donovan is back! Find out more about THE DEBT, Glenn Cooper’s new fast-paced thriller below, and learn some intriguing things about Glenn himself as he answers our Quick Questions!

While browsing the Vatican libraries, Cal Donovan uncovers a 200-year-old secret that could bankrupt the Catholic Church. Unearthing evidence of a crippling 25-billion-euro loan, Cal must intercede with the Sassoon family to whom the sum is owed. But who can be trusted? If Cal isn’t careful, he’ll find more than his own life in danger…

the debt


Any previous or unusual jobs?

Lots of jobs! I started as an archaeologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard. I met my wife – my boss’s daughter on a dig in the UK where I was doing my thesis research on the early stone age. I veered off into medicine and became a specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, then veered again into biomedical research at pharma and biotech companies. Another veer took me into business and I became the CEO of a large, publicly traded biotech company in Massachusetts where, in my spare time, I dabbled in screenwriting and film production – my production company has done three features. At the time I sold the biotech company to a bigger fish, I had just published my first novel, LIBRARY OF THE DEAD. When it went on to sell over two million copies in 30 countries and hit the top-10 lists all over Europe I decided to make writing my (hopefully) last job.

Are you a member of any professional organisations/societies?

The group that I enjoy the most is the Sarasota, Florida, Liar’s Club, a group of professional writers that has been meeting continuously since the 1950s when it was formed by John MacDonald of CAPE FEAR fame. Meetings center around cut-throat games of liar’s poker but it’s all about hanging out with other writers.

Any cities/regions/locations you have connections with?

Before moving to Sarasota I was a New England guy but the never-ending winters finally got to me. Palm trees, sea birds, and white-sand beaches are quite the tonic. Turns out you don’t have to suffer to write.

What is your proudest achievement?

Proudest non-writing achievement? 45 years of marriage to the woman I met when I was 19.

THE DEBT is available from 31 January in the UK and 1 May in the US. Read more here.


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