After a successful friendship lasting more than 50 years, Texas gents George Arnold and Ken Squier decided they'd test their bond and try writing a book together. Arnold already had seven books under his belt in "niche" genres like colloquial humor, but he wanted to branch out. Both he and Squier wanted to write a book that was unusual and make a social impact. Thus, they created Enigma: A Mystery. In it, an Austin police sergeant and a psychologist race to fight child abuse and find seven desperate girls after a multiple kidnapping. Apparently, Eakin Press publisher Kris Gholson was so impressed by the finished manuscript, he couldn't choose just one metaphor with which to describe it: "[Enigma has] more twists and turns and surprises than an Afghan mountain road on a winter night. Just when you think you've figured out where it's going, you find you're not even in the right ballpark." After you finish wondering about Afghan ballparks, attend Arnold and Squier's Enigma book launch and signing at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, 7 p.m. Friday. Call 214-739-1124.
Fri., Oct. 15, 7 p.m., 2010