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Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Come to our Thursday, October 16th meeting to hear Washington Post reporter Neely Tucker discuss his debut crime novel and his twenty-year friendship with Elmore Leonard. But first, a question for you: which of these is the true mark of success as a writer?

a)      Boasting a journalism career of more than 25 years, datelining stories from 50 plus countries on four continents—including stints covering the war in the former Yugoslavia; violent episodes in Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, and several former Soviet provinces; civil wars or violent uprisings in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Uganda; and the U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya. (Highlights include hitching rides on a Russian helicopter and a U.S. Apache attack helicopter; running from sniper and mortar fire during the Bosnian war; and being beaten by a mob in Kinshasa.)

b)      Penning a debut novel, The Ways of the Dead, which draws on the real-life 1990s Princeton Place murders (D.C.'s last serial killings) and has won rave reviews from critics. (The Miami Herald wrote: "With equal ear for newsroom patter and street slang, Tucker has presented an exciting first novel that echoes the best writing of Pete Hamill and George Pelecanos, mixed with a bit of The Wire and True Detective.")

c)      Being the inspiration and namesake for one of Elmore Leonard's characters. (See foreign correspondent Neely Tucker in Leonard's Cuba Libre.)

Whether you choose a, b, or c, you won't want to miss the real Neely Tucker's talk at our MWA chapter's next dinner meeting—a special Thursday-night dinner meeting—where he'll share stories from his career in journalism, discuss his movement from writing nonfiction to fiction (including how true crime inspired his novel), reminisce about his long friendship with Elmore Leonard, and maybe even share a couple of the lessons Dutch taught him about writing and life.

THURSDAY, October 16th   

Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Ballroom Level

4300 Military Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Garage parking under the hotel.

Metro: Friendship Heights.

6:30 p.m.         Reception/Cash Bar 7 p.m.              Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate.

8 p.m.              Neely Tucker speaks.

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and non-members. To reserve your seat, either email or call Megan Plyler no later than 8 p.m. Monday, October 13th, and let her know your entrée and dessert choices (choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate). Megan's email address is and her phone number is 240-678-5460.



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