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Screenwriter Michael Elias Talks with Host Susan Wingate on Dialogue!

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DIALOGUE Between the Lines

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How far would you go to protect yourself and your children from domestic abuse at the hands of a husband, a boyfriend, a partner? This is the question at the heart of literary thriller YOU CAN GO HOME NOW out by HarperCollins on June 23, 2020. Elias' tough heroine Nina Karim confronts her own moral compass of right and wrong in her pursuit of justice—and revenge. Nina is a single, 31-year-old homicide detective in the Long Island City PD. Her current investigation focuses on a series of cold case murders by abusive men. The women connected to these men all have the same alibi: they were in Artemis, a battered women’s shelter when their husbands were murdered. Nina goes into Artemis undercover and finds the goings-on may align with her tragic past when her father was assassinated, propelling Nina to become a police officer in order to find his killer and extract her own bloody justice. Nina’s quest for revenge comes together in a stunning climax. Razor-sharp dialogue, relentless action, and nuanced characters set YOU CAN GO HOME NOW far apart in a crowded field of psychological suspense thrillers. The novel’s political undertones and powerful message of social justice pose complex questions that will resonate for the reader long after the last page is turned.


Michael Elias is an award-winning writer, actor, and director who has written film, television, theatre, and fiction. Elias has made a lifelong career writing for the stage and screen. He was nominated for Best Director at The Cable Ace Awards. His semi-autobiographical play The Catskill Sonata about a small hotel in upstate New York was directed by Paul Mazursky with the LA Weekly naming it one of the best ten plays of the year. Michael Elias lives in Los Angeles and Paris.