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Alan Drew “The Recruit” with guest Elise Juska

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Main Point Books and Tredyffrin Public Library welcome Alan Drew for the release of his novel “The Recruit.” He’ll be joined by novelist Elise Juska.

The event will be in the library, and books are for sale in advance through Eventbrite and the store’s website. Books will also be for sale at the event.

Pre-registration is requested. Under current COVID guidelines, masks are optional.

About the Authors

Alan Drew is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Gardens of Water and Shadow Man. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. An associate professor of English at Villanova University, where he directs the creative writing program, he lives near Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Elise Juska is the author of five novels. She lives outside Philadelphia and directs the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of the Arts, where she received the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

About the Book

An idyllic California town. A deadly secret. A race against killers hidden in plain sight. . . .

“Extraordinary! The Recruit is as smart and stylish as it is compelling.”—Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector

Rancho Santa Elena in 1987 seems like the ideal Southern California paradise—that is, until a series of strange crimes threatens to unravel the town’s social fabric: workers attacked with mysterious weapons; a wealthy real estate developer found dead in the pool of his beach house. The only clues are poison and red threads found at both crime scenes. As Detective Benjamin Wade and forensic expert Natasha Betencourt struggle to connect the incidents, they begin to wonder: Why Santa Elena? And why now?

Soon Ben zeroes in on a vicious gang of youths involved in the town’s burgeoning white power movement. As he and Natasha uncover the truth about Santa Elena’s unsavory underbelly, Ben discovers that the group is linked to a much wider terror network, one that’s using a new technology called the internet to spread its ideology, plan attacks, and lure young men into doing its bidding. Ben closes in on identifying the gang’s latest target, hoping that the young recruit will lead him to the mastermind of the growing network. But as he digs deeper in an ever-widening investigation, Ben is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about himself and his beloved community, where corruption is ignored and prejudice is wielded against fellow citizens without fear of reprisal.

Chilling and timely, The Recruit follows one man’s descent into the darkness lurking just beneath the respectable veneer of modern life.


June 14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Main Point Books
Tredyffrin Township Libraries


Tredyffrin Public Library
582 Upper Gulph Road
Strafford, PA
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