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Host Bob Schieffer of the Sunday morning political show “Face the Nation” left his usual format of interviewing politicians and added a segment of mystery writers to his program on July 6.

The summer mystery thriller authors were Washington Post associate editor and columnist David Ignatius (novel The Director), a thriller about a new CIA director who encounters hacking and espionage; Sandra Brown (novel Mean Streak) about a doctor who is missing in the mountains while her husband displays a nonchalant attitude; Lee Child (novel Personal) will be on sale Sept. 2 in the U.S., continuing with the Jack Reacher series as the drifter tries to find the man he knows took aim at the French president; Karin Slaughter (novel Cop Town) released last month about a rookie female cop from a privileged background trying to solve a case of a serial killer targeting cops; and Jeffery Deaver (novel The Skin Collector) released in May is the 11th novel in the Lincoln Rhyme series which has a connection to "The Bone Collector" – the first novel Deaver wrote in the series (1997). The Bone Collector was made into a movie in 1999 which starred Denzel Washington as the tetraplegic forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme.

This was not the first time Schieffer had mystery authors on his program. In November 2012 authors David Baldacci (The Forgotten), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Chris Pavone (The Expats) talked about their latest books.

Schieffer began the conversation with the five authors by asking “Is it safe to be here?” which brought laughter from the group.

The bestselling authors stated that their writing brings out aspects such as having a creative imagination, how people are affected by crime, how to outthink the villain and other remarks which make their novels captivating in the fictional world.

Jeffery Deaver explained a book released last month in which 22 writers garnered together to publish “FACEOFF,” a project he explained under the Mystery Writers Association in which proceeds go to thriller writers. ThrillerFest IX, a conference that was held in New York from July 8-12, used the FACEOFF theme during the summit. FACEOFF is about this –

The stories in FACEOFF will feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey. All of the contributors are ITW members and the project will be edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, who says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.”

Schieffer also asked the authors what they were reading this summer, the future of books and how social media affected their sales.

Schieffer's conversation with the mystery writers can be viewed in the video.

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