Who Do You Know . . . Really, is a story about psychologist Samantha Blakeslee, who decides to go on vacation to ease the anguish over the breakup from the love of her life. Hoping to escape the sadness and loneliness of being single, Samantha heads to her hometown of Destin, Florida, with a cast of characters whom she gets to know more intimately than she expects. The relationship dynamics of the people staying in the beach house becomes an intricate puzzle once someone’s life is threatened. Instead of the much-needed serenity and relaxation from the majestic white beaches, Samantha winds up having to psychoanalyze the houseguests to determine who could be psychologically unstable. Sam pairs up with an old love interest who now is a detective in Destin. The attraction between Detective Jake Johnson and Samantha is still palpable yet quickly becomes business when duty calls. One of the vacationers finds herself in a deadly situation, and Samantha helps to investigate if this was an accident, a crime of passion, jealousy, or hatred. Samantha went on vacation questioning how well she really knew her boyfriend; now she’s questioning how well the beach house crew know each other.
It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.
Richard and Kahlan’s story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.
In Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.
The importance of Wizard’s First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.
(The Art of War by Sun Tzu, 9789380914893)