Ridley Pearson was back on my show today to talk about his new crime novel, “Killer Weekend.”

I asked him how hard it is to start a new series, how people he knows feel about him basing fictional characters on them, and whether the plot — a sheriff trying to foil an assassination attempt on a female presidential candidate — brought him a visit from the Secret Service.

We also talked about the upcoming third book in the “Peter and the Starcatchers” series he writes with Dave Barry, which is due in October. Ridley revealed why the books won’t become movies, but could become Broadway shows.

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