• Hold Me Down

    by Clea Simon
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    Hold Me Down
October 28, 2021

Clea Simon

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes CLEA SIMON—the acclaimed author of World Enough—for a discussion of her latest book, Hold Me Down. She will be joined in conversation by CAROLINE LEAVITT, the bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow.


Gal, a middle-aged musician, is back in Boston to play a memorial for her late drummer/best friend, when she finds herself freezing on stage at the sight of a face in the crowd. The next day, she learns that the man she saw has been killed—beaten to death behind the venue—and her friend's widower is being charged in connection with his death. When the friend refuses to defend himself, Gal wonders why and, as the memories of begin to flood back, she starts her own informal investigation. As she does so, she must reexamine her own wild life, her perception of the past, and an industry that monetizes dysfunction in a dark tale of love, music, and murder.

About Author(s)

A former journalist, Clea Simon is the Boston Globe–bestselling author of three nonfiction books and more than two dozen mysteries. While most of these (like her recent, A Cat on the Case) are cat cozies/amateur sleuth mysteries, she also writes darker crime fiction, like the rock and roll suspense novel World Enough, which was named a “must read” by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her upcoming psychological suspense Hold Me Down returns to the music world, focusing on sexual abuse and recovery, as well as love in all its forms. She can be reached at www.cleasimon.com

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of YouIs This Tomorrow, and ten other novels, including her Good Morning America online pick, With or Without You. A book critic for People and AARP, she runs a blog "Runs in the Family" for Psychology Today and teaches novel writing at UCLA Writers Program Extension. Her work has appeared in the New York Times "Modern Love," New York MagazineSalonThe MillionsLit Hub and more. A New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow and a Sundance Screenwriters lab finalist, she lives in NYC's unofficial 6th borough, Hoboken, with her husband, the writer/editor Jeff Tamarkin.