Monday, October 20, 2008

Meet Diane and David Munson

While I was in Minnesota for the ACFW conference I did a signing on Sunday at the beautiful Northwestern Christian Bookstore in Maple Grove. Also signing that day were Diane and David Munson, a husband-and-wife team who write legal thrillers.

Wow, what a background they have! Diane, an attorney for over 20 years, served the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. As a federal prosecutor she brought indictments, tried criminal cases, and argued appeals. Earlier, she served the Reagan Administration, appointed by Attorney General Edwin Meese, as Deputy Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She worked with the Justice Department, the U.S. Congress and the White House on major policy and legal issues.

David served as a Special Agent with the Naval Investigative Service, U.S. Customs, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over a 27-year career. He conducted many investigations and often assumed undercover roles, including infiltrating an international drug smuggling organization. He traveled with drug dealers, met their suppliers in foreign countries, helped fly their drugs to the U.S., then feigned surprise when shipments were seized by law enforcement. Later his identity was revealed when he testified against the group members in court. While assigned to DEA headquarters in Washington, D.C., David served two years as a Congressional Fellow on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and as a staff investigator.

Now David's retired from all that. He looked around and thought, "Hm, what to do now? I think I'll write books." Diane pulled back from her legal work to help.

So far they've published three novels with small press Faithwalk Publishing--Facing Justice, Confirming Justice, and their latest, The Camelot Conspiracy. In The Camelot Conspiracy, TV reporter Kat Kowicki is demoted after taking on a powerful U.S. senator. Sent to Chicago where her career began, Kat receives evidence previously given to the Warren Commission about President John F. Kennedy's assassination but never disclosed to the public. When she investigates the evidence, Kat is targeted by former government agents in a shadow government determined to keep hidden secrets--old and new.

Diane and David are wonderful Christian people. And terrific marketers. Boy, did they know how to do a signing. They travel a lot promoting their own books. See their schedule for the next few months here.

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