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The April edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 new thrillers this month from ITW Members, plus a Between the Lines interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King, the Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall and News from South Africa by Michael Sears. Go behind the scenes as seven bestselling authors tell you about their courses at ITW's first-ever Online Thriller School. Have you registered yet? There are still a few spots left. Classes start April 7th!

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Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool

Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool

THRILLER SCHOOL: ITW’s New On-Line Craft School Want to write a better thriller? Want to crack into publishing? Or maybe the bestseller list? Here’s your chance. Thriller School begins April 7. Fiction writing isn’t easy. Not for anyone. Whether you’re writing your first manuscript or your fiftieth, it’s difficult and time-consuming work. And a life-long pursuit. Professional writers never cease improving their craft. I think every writer understands this simple truth. Virtually any writer will tell you that regardless of how many times you’ve done it or how far up the bestseller list you’ve climbed, that first blank page is a scary proposition. Fears and self-doubts always rise up. But experienced writers will quickly add that the more you know, the more you write, and more »

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The March 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The March 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

Read the stories that were featured in the March edition of The Big Thrill.

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The February 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill

The February 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill

Read the stories that were featured in the February edition of The Big Thrill.

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The January 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill

The January 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill

Read the stories that were featured in the January edition of The Big Thrill.

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Classified: Secrets to the High Tech Thriller by James R. Hannibal

Special to the Big Thrill: Classified: Secrets to the High Tech Thriller by James R. Hannibal

By James R. Hannibal I am often told that my top-secret clearance gives me a leg up in thriller writing. True, I won’t deny it, but a military clearance is not as big an advantage as you might think. Non-disclosure agreements and a general sense of operational security prevent me from relying on my professional past. As a writer, I am stripped of my background, forced into that blinding white space beyond my experience. I do, however, carry my training forward with me into the emptiness. Let me share with you the most important principle from my intelligence past that guides my novelist future: You don’t know what you don’t know. It sounds like something you might hear on PBS, a tagline to the Reading more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: R.L. Stine and the Return of Fear Street by Dawn Ius

Special to the Big Thrill: R.L. Stine and the Return of Fear Street by Dawn Ius

By Dawn Ius It started with a tweet. A one-hundred-forty-character plea from a fan asking R.L. Stine to revive the sprawling creeptastic series that vaulted the FEAR STREET author from funny man to “the Stephen King of children’s literature.” For Stine, the request came as quite a shock. It had been more than fifteen years since he’d abandoned the harrowing halls of Shadyside High School, leaving behind nearly one-hundred books that have sold more than eighty million copies worldwide. “Before I knew it, a whole bunch of people started tweeting me with the same request,” he says. Fans of all ages began reminiscing about gory deaths, favorite characters, and the books they’d dug out of their basements and passed on to younger generations. “These kids more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →

Between the Lines

A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King

A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King

By Brett King It’s time to KILL again. In 2008, author Andrew Peterson made his debut with the powerhouse novel FIRST TO KILL. His novel introduced a complex hero named Nathan Daniel McBride to a legion of faithful readers and spawned a series of popular and tightly constructed thrillers, all bearing the signature “kill” in the title. April 29 marks the publication of READY TO KILL, the explosive fourth installment in the bestselling series. As with earlier books, Andy’s latest novel doesn’t disappoint. Trained as a Marine Corps scout sniper, Nathan McBride has retired as a CIA operations officer to run a private security company with his best friend, Harv. However, a cryptic message referencing a top-secret U.S. operation changes Nathan’s plans for a quiet more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Allison Brennan by Julie Kramer

A Between The Lines Interview with Allison Brennan by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Paperback queen Allison Brennan’ s Lucy Kincaid character regularly lands on bestseller lists for the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY. But now, Brennan is venturing into hardcover territory with NOTORIOUS, a new thriller featuring an investigative reporter protagonist. In a starred review, BOOKLIST dubbed her latest work the start of “a terrific new series.” Nine years ago, Brennan traded politics for publishing and has since become the author of twenty-three acclaimed romantic suspense novels. Yet she doesn’t take success for granted, and is always working to up her game, with novellas, short stories, and soon, hardcover heroine, Maxine Revere. What’s the biggest challenge going from mass market paperback to hardcover? The biggest challenge was overcoming my own fear. It’s a huge more »

By February 28, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Jennifer McMahon by Paula Tutman

A Between The Lines Interview with Jennifer McMahon by Paula Tutman

By Paula Tutman So many characters so little time. How on earth will author, Jennifer McMahon pull it off in her soon to be released thriller, THE WINTER PEOPLE? She will tell you, it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. When you can scare the pants off yourself—that’s a thriller. While many authors swear by the ‘process’, they outline, they journal, they keep a strict writing schedule—McMahon listens to her heart and the urge to stretch herself creatively.“I knew I wanted to do something different; something bigger and more complex than my previous books,” she says. She goes on to say how surprised she was in what her heart was saying to her hands. Cue the scary music! “I thought I was going to more »

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Unger by Anthony J. Franze

A Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Unger by Anthony J. Franze

By Anthony J. Franze More than a decade ago, Lisa Unger embarked on a risky venture. At twenty-nine, she quit her job as a successful publicist at a major New York publishing house, packed up her things, and moved to Florida to pursue her lifelong dream of being a writer. A book deal followed. The novel she’d started writing when she was just nineteen sold. The advance was tiny and there was no buzz or overnight success. But Unger didn’t care because she was finally doing what she loved. So she kept at it, year after year, book after book, slowly building momentum and garnering critical praise, the respect of her peers, and loyal fans along the way. The tenacity and hard work paid off. more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Between the Lines Interview with Michael Connelly by Julie Kramer

Between the Lines Interview with Michael Connelly by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Michael Connelly has a lauded writing career with two gritty series, both NEW YORK TIMES #1 bestsellers and both starring characters conflicted about how to do right by their jobs. His original protagonist, Harry Bosch, is a homicide detective who needs no further introduction, after all, he’s one of the best known heroes in modern police procedurals and will soon come to TV in a streaming video series produced by Amazon Studios. Connelly’s most recent protagonist, Mickey Haller, approaches justice from a different direction – that of a criminal defense attorney. That character made it to Hollywood in the popular film, THE LINCOLN LAWYER. GODS OF GUILT – Connelly’s latest legal thriller – features Haller defending a pimp charged with murdering a more »

By November 30, 2013 Read More →
Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Scottoline by Brett King

Between The Lines Interview with Lisa Scottoline by Brett King

By Brett King I met Lisa Scottoline back in 1997 when I was first thinking about writing thrillers. She was signing for LEGAL TENDER and I remember a woman in line telling her, “I’ve never heard of you before, Lisa, but if your books are anything like your personality, I’m going to buy everything you’ve written.” If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lisa then you know her books are a true reflection of her personality—candid, witty, intelligent, compassionate, articulate, and charming. I’m pretty sure I’ve left out some character traits, but you get the idea. A former Philadelphia attorney, Lisa has written more than twenty books that have brought her awards and honors and have found secure homes on all major bestseller lists. Her more »

By October 31, 2013 Read More →

Special to the Big Thrill

Special to the Big Thrill: Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall

Special to the Big Thrill: Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall

By Chris Grall There is nothing I love more than a good story. I’ve been a voracious reader since the second grade, when I cut my teeth on just about every Hardy Boys book ever written. As I grew older and left Frank and Joe behind, my taste evolved to more complex fare. Growing up also meant a career, which for me happened to cultivate an expertise in firearms and tactics. Put those two things together and you have an avid reader who recognizes weapon errors in fiction. If it were just firearms instructors who notice these mistakes, I wouldn’t worry too much about them. However, with between 270 to 310 million firearms in the United States* it’s a good bet that simple errors could more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool

Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool

THRILLER SCHOOL: ITW’s New On-Line Craft School Want to write a better thriller? Want to crack into publishing? Or maybe the bestseller list? Here’s your chance. Thriller School begins April 7. Fiction writing isn’t easy. Not for anyone. Whether you’re writing your first manuscript or your fiftieth, it’s difficult and time-consuming work. And a life-long pursuit. Professional writers never cease improving their craft. I think every writer understands this simple truth. Virtually any writer will tell you that regardless of how many times you’ve done it or how far up the bestseller list you’ve climbed, that first blank page is a scary proposition. Fears and self-doubts always rise up. But experienced writers will quickly add that the more you know, the more you write, and more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: R.L. Stine and the Return of Fear Street by Dawn Ius

Special to the Big Thrill: R.L. Stine and the Return of Fear Street by Dawn Ius

By Dawn Ius It started with a tweet. A one-hundred-forty-character plea from a fan asking R.L. Stine to revive the sprawling creeptastic series that vaulted the FEAR STREET author from funny man to “the Stephen King of children’s literature.” For Stine, the request came as quite a shock. It had been more than fifteen years since he’d abandoned the harrowing halls of Shadyside High School, leaving behind nearly one-hundred books that have sold more than eighty million copies worldwide. “Before I knew it, a whole bunch of people started tweeting me with the same request,” he says. Fans of all ages began reminiscing about gory deaths, favorite characters, and the books they’d dug out of their basements and passed on to younger generations. “These kids more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Classified: Secrets to the High Tech Thriller by James R. Hannibal

Special to the Big Thrill: Classified: Secrets to the High Tech Thriller by James R. Hannibal

By James R. Hannibal I am often told that my top-secret clearance gives me a leg up in thriller writing. True, I won’t deny it, but a military clearance is not as big an advantage as you might think. Non-disclosure agreements and a general sense of operational security prevent me from relying on my professional past. As a writer, I am stripped of my background, forced into that blinding white space beyond my experience. I do, however, carry my training forward with me into the emptiness. Let me share with you the most important principle from my intelligence past that guides my novelist future: You don’t know what you don’t know. It sounds like something you might hear on PBS, a tagline to the Reading more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: The USO Tour by Kathleen Antrim

Special to the Big Thrill: The USO Tour by Kathleen Antrim

By Kathleen Antrim Harlan Coben, Phillip Margolin, F. Paul Wilson, Kathleen Antrim, and Heather Graham, recently returned from the “Operation Thriller IV” USO tour where they shared time and special moments with our troops and their families. The group kicked off the tour with a three-day, morale boosting visit to Washington, D.C. where they met with wounded warriors at Walter Reed Bethesda National Military Medical Center and later aided with the presentation of this year’s Service Member of the Year Awards at the 2013 USO Gala. From there, the authors traveled to Kuwait, Germany, and the UK, bringing a touch of home to our nation’s heroes. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the authors’ experiences. F. Paul Wilson Humbled. That’s the word. I go more »

By November 30, 2013 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Tribute to Michael Palmer

Special to the Big Thrill: Tribute to Michael Palmer

“We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our most beloved members. Michael Palmer was an amazing writer, a wonderful mentor, a great friend to all of us, and a tireless worker for good causes. No ThrillerFest will ever be the same without his smiling face and the funny, wonderful songs that he and his son Daniel performed. On behalf of the whole organization, our thoughts and hearts are with the Palmer family.”—Co-Presidents Lee Child and M.J. Rose “What a dear hilarious guy! What a joy, so funny and so generous, and so talented…and so enthusiastic, and he just—drew you in, sharing and laughing and singing and looking at the world in the most spectacular of ways!…He did it, though, right? He got it. more »

By October 31, 2013 Read More →

New E-Releases

Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted by Bobby Nash

Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted by Bobby Nash

Adventure wanted!Will go anywhere!Do anything!Write Box Thirteen c/o Star-Times!When author Dan Holiday opens Box Thirteen, he never knows what adventure awaits him. A former newspaperman turned novelist, Holiday crafts the plots for his books by living them. Spurred into action by letters from his readers, Dan Holiday’s adventures ranged from the outrageous to the dangerous. Whatever the case, Dan Holiday is sure to find adventure.Based on the 1948-49 radio drama starring Alan Ladd, this collection includes 6 all-new Box Thirteen tales that carry on the action-packed tradition of the originals.In “The Mystery of the Menacing Manuscript” by Bobby Nash, a surprise invitation sends Dan Holiday on a mystery writer’s weekend retreat filled with treachery, deceit, and murder.In “The Horror of the Plague Doctor” by Barry more »

By April 18, 2014 Read More →
The Reginald Pantry: A Zombie Chronicle by K.G. McAbee

The Reginald Pantry: A Zombie Chronicle by K.G. McAbee

It’s the middle of the zombie apocalypse, and a dying man sends a policeman to help his family. Will the policeman escape the horde of ravening seethers and make it out of town? Does the drunk he stumbles across really know a secret way out of town? Does the mom find help for her oddly cold and unresponsive child? And what about the two girls left alone, with only a small dog for protection? Life’s a bitch, and then you’re a zombie. THE REGINALD PANTRY is available from Amazon.  ***** Four Stars!  I knew this story would be fascinating on the very first page. Prepare yourself for thrills and chills when you begin this tale. When the world begins to die, things such as rules more »

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
The Quiet Game by Marcus Brown

The Quiet Game by Marcus Brown

Two college coeds have simply vanished – both abducted within the past week.  The police have no leads and no serious potential suspects. Payton knows and can identify most of the evil people in this town.  One or more of them is certain to be the perpetrator of these crimes.  While he is not in law enforcement, Payton has a special talent for rooting out evil where conventional crime solving techniques prove useless. Always intentional in his dedicated pursuit of justice, Payton has a peculiarly humorous manner of approaching perilous circumstances.  And perilous circumstances have a way of ensnaring Payton when he least expects it. THE QUIET GAME is available from Amazon.  ***** Marc Brown is a Baylor University graduate and a native Oklahoman residing more »

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Ruby Silver by Randall Reneau

Ruby Silver by Randall Reneau

A mining, murder, short-selling, offshore-trading, mobbed-up, mystery-thriller! Geologist Trace Brandon and his partner Will Coffee are just back from Liberia, West Africa. Cashed-up and looking for a new venture, they once again team up with Cyrus “The Virus” McSweeny. This time the quarry is the silver-rich ore of the old Ruby Mining District. And this time they’ll not only have the Pantelli crime family to deal with, but also lumberman Autry Ollinger—three hundred pounds of obnoxiousness whose preferred method of negotiation is a right hook. When the Pantellis unleash a bizarre extortion plot to seize control of Ruby Mining Company, Cyrus is forced to bring former clandestine operative Marion Thistlewaite out of retirement. Marion’s unique expertise may give them the edge they need to hold more »

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Humpy Dumpty: An Adult Anthology by Gary Alexander

Humpy Dumpty: An Adult Anthology by Gary Alexander

HUMPTY DUMPTY: AN ADULT ANTHOLOGY contains 8 variations of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. They are warped, sick, twisted, evil, cynical, irreverent, profane and, hopefully, very entertaining. HUMPTY DUMPTY: AN ADULT ANTHOLOGY is available from Amazon and Kobo.  ***** Gary Alexander has written 14 novels, including GOLD, fifth in the mystery series featuring comic Buster Hightower. It appeared in December 2013.  DISAPPEARED, the first in the series, has been optioned to Universal Pictures. HUMPTY DUMPTY and RED ORCHID, exclusively eBooks, are available on Amazon Kindle and Kobo. He’s written 150 + short stories and sold travel articles to 6 major dailies. DRAGON LADY, his Vietnam novel, is being published by Istoria Books, available both as an eBook and print-on-demand. His website is www.garyralexander.com.

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Skullhaven by Cornell DeVille

Skullhaven by Cornell DeVille

Skullhaven Cemetery is an old and lonely place. Inside the rusting wrought iron fence, lost spirits wander through the mist until they move on—if they can. Across the highway is the Sacred Heart Orphanage, where Lilly has lived for seven years now, ever since her mother mysteriously disappeared. Shortly after Lilly arrived, Sister Carmen gave her a gold cross to protect her from evil. Lilly has recently discovered that the cross she wears is enchanted, because she’s suddenly able to see the spirits that are waiting to cross over. When a ruthless Egyptian antiquities dealer visits the orphanage and recognizes Lilly’s cross as the priceless Golden Ankh of Nefertiti, he decides he must have it for his collection. After giving Lilly his ultimatum—either part with more »

By April 11, 2014 Read More →

Historical Thrillers

The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

By Stacy Mantle A former media maven, MJ Rose left the advertising arena to write fiction in the late 90s. It wasn’t long before she found herself back in the ad business when she realized marketing is a required activity for authors. Her novels combine multiple genres to create an eclectic collection of breathtaking heroines, mysterious heroes, and a deep understanding of history. She takes the reader on a passionate, dangerous journey through time with a writing style that is riveting.  The release of her newest novel, THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS, comes in a hail of critical acclaim. I was able to catch up with her for a look at the details about being an author, running a business, and how she created the more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Who Thinks Evil by Michael Kurland

Who Thinks Evil by Michael Kurland

By George Ebey Michael Kurland’s latest novel, WHO THINKS EVIL, represents the fifth in his series featuring Sherlock Holmes’ famed nemesis, Professor James Moriarty.Moriarty is awaiting trial for murder when Queen Victoria’s grandson mysteriously disappears. In exchange for his release and the murder charges (of which he’s innocent) being dropped, the so-called “Napoleon of Crime” must track down the missing prince and find out who is behind his disappearance and the brutal murders left in his wake. I recently checked in with Michael to learn more about how this series came to be and where it is going from here. WHO THINKS EVIL is told from the point of view of Sherlock Holmes’ archenemy James Moriarty.  How did this series begin? This is the fifth more »

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
Turnbull House by Jess Faraday

Turnbull House by Jess Faraday

By J. N. Duncan I’d like to welcome Jess Faraday to ITW’s THE BIG THRILL. She’s the author of TURNBULL HOUSE, a Victorian era mystery released this month. TURNBULL HOUSE is the second book in the series which began with THE AFFAIR OF THE PORCELAIN DOG. Jess graduated from the University of Arizona and UCLA, andshe works as the mystery editor for Elm Books. In the past, she’s worked as a copyeditor, lexicographer, and book translator. She even taught high school Russian. Let’s find out what she has to say about her upcoming mystery. Your series takes place in the late Victorian age. What sparked your interest about 1890s London that made you want to set a story here? I’ve always had an affinity for more »

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
The Harlot’s Tale by Sam Thomas

The Harlot’s Tale by Sam Thomas

By A.J. Colucci Following up on the success of his debut novel, THE MIDWIFE’S TALE, Sam Thomas revisits seventeenth century England with midwife Bridget Hodgson and her brassy servant Martha Hawkins in his second novel, THE HARLOT’S TALE. It is August 1645, one year since York fell into Puritan hands. As the city suffers through a brutal summer heat, Bridget Hodgson and Martha Hawkins are drawn into a murder investigation more frightening than their last. In order to appease God’s wrath—and end the heat-wave—the city’s overlords have launched a brutal campaign to whip the city’s sinners into godliness. But for someone in York, this is not enough. First a prostitute and her client are found stabbed to death, then a pair of adulterers are beaten more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
Netherworld: Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval by Lisa Morton

Netherworld: Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval by Lisa Morton

By Mario Acevedo Lisa Morton’s new novel, NETHERWORLD takes readers back to nineteenth-century Victorian England, where a young widow finds that she has inherited more than her late husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it. Morton graciously agreed to answer some questions from THE BIG THRILL: Your story is rich with details about the fantastic and the gothic, which showed your interest in supernatural fantasy. What is your attraction to the genre? I’ve always loved the darker side of fantasy—as a child I was hopelessly obsessed with the Universal monster more »

By January 1, 2014 Read More →
The Scribe by Antonio Garrido

The Scribe by Antonio Garrido

By J. H. Bográn Here’s a brief description of Antonio Garrido’s new novel THE SCRIBE: The year is 799, and King Charlemagne awaits coronation as the Holy Roman emperor. But in the town of Würzburg, the young, willful Theresa dreams only of following in the footsteps of her scholarly father—a quiet man who taught her the forbidden pleasures of reading and writing. Though it was unthinkable for a medieval woman to pursue a career as a craftsperson, headstrong Theresa convinces the parchment-makers’ guild to test her. If she passes, it means access to her beloved manuscripts and nothing less than true independence. But as she treats the skins before an audience of jeering workmen, unimaginable tragedy strikes—tearing apart Theresa’s family and setting in motion a more »

By November 30, 2013 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

Stalk Me by Richard Parker

Stalk Me by Richard Parker

By Lee Lindauer Your worst nightmare just went viral. After being involved in a road accident and assault, Beth Jordan awakes to find the aftermath being recorded by students with their phones and attacks the crowd. Awaking from a coma she is horrified to discover the event has been shared online by millions of viewers. Beth must use the clips to find out what happened to the driver of the other car but somebody is murdering the owners of the clips. Can Beth track them down before the digital fragments of the event disappear forever? Just like the riveting way the plot untangles in Richard Parker’s STALK ME, I had to rely on electronic means for this interview. I would have preferred to visit Richard more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Whirlwind by Rick Mofina

Whirlwind by Rick Mofina

By Jeff Ayers International bestselling author Rick Mofina is known for delivering intense suspense and stories with emotional impact.  In his latest, WHIRLWIND, investigative reporter Kate Page joins the search for a baby who vanished in the arms of a stranger following a devastating tornado near Dallas, Texas. RT Book Reviews declared WHIRLWIND a Top Pick and said, “Another stellar read that demonstrates Mofina’s one of the best thriller writers in the business.” Rick Mofina recently chatted with THE BIG THRILL. What sparked the idea for WHIRLWIND? No one incident sparked the idea. It came to me when I cast back to some of the toughest moments I’ve ever faced during the years I worked as a news reporter. I was often parachuted into the lives more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Waking the Dead by Heather Graham

Waking the Dead by Heather Graham

By Austin Camacho Heather Graham knows how to weave elements of mystery, romance, and the paranormal into a story that hooks your heart and mind, and she proves it again in her latest novel, WAKING THE DEAD. Graham gives this contemporary thriller an appropriately timeless feel, as it revolves around a painting whose creator was friends with Lord Byron and Mary Shelley.  And like Mary Shelly’s famous creation, the painting appears to have come to life and brought death to those around it. When the painting appears in modern day New Orleans death seems to still follow it.  Mystery arises, but even great props don’t make great stories. For that you need fascinating characters, and few are more interesting than Danielle Cafferty and Michael Quinn. more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline is loved by millions of readers for her suspenseful novels about family and justice. Scottoline delivers once again with Keep Quiet, an emotionally gripping and complex story about one man’s split-second decision to protect his son – and the devastating consequences that follow. Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel

By Christine Goff At the heart of every crime there is a family . . . the fact driving Barbara Taylor Sissel’s fiction. Her novels are issue oriented, threaded with elements of suspense and defined by their particular emphasis on how crime affects families—the victim’s family and the perpetrator’s family. The focus of the stories is not crime per se, but how quickly and irrevocably lives can be altered in one single, shattering moment of misjudgment and how difficult it then is for family members to find their way back onto solid ground. In SAFE KEEPING, Emily Lebay’s thirty-four-year-old son, Tucker is arrested for murder after yet another woman is found dead in the woods near the Lebay home. Neither Emily nor her daughter, Lissa, more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Everything To Lose by Andrew Gross

Everything To Lose by Andrew Gross

By Jeremy Burns He’s got more than a dozen books, including six #1 New York Times bestsellers, under his belt, and now Andrew Gross is set to release his next emotionally-charged thriller. EVERYTHING TO LOSE incorporates everyman heroes thrust into impossible situations, tense familial drama, and a gripping murder mystery set amidst the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. The author sat down with THE BIG THRILL to take readers behind the curtain of his latest thriller. Tell us about your new thriller, EVERYTHING TO LOSE. A desperate, determined mom, with a deadbeat husband and a son with Asperger’s, suddenly loses her job and faces a moral dilemma when she bravely tries to rescue a man in an auto accident and comes upon a trove of cash. more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, more »

By April 18, 2014 Read More →
The Trigger by L.J. Sellers

The Trigger by L.J. Sellers

Agent Jamie Dallas loves undercover assignments that get her out of the Phoenix Bureau. But when a woman and her baby disappear from an isolated community of preppers in Northern California, she knows the risk of infiltrating the armed group is dangerously high. Once inside the compound, she discovers that the brothers who founded Destiny are scheming something far more devious than kidnapping or murder. Meanwhile, her local FBI contact, Agent McCullen, is pulled from her team and assigned to investigate the murder of a woman with phony ID, found at the bottom of a motel pool. Soon Dallas finds herself in deeper trouble than she’s ever encountered—with no way to reach her contacts. Can she break free of the bunker and stop their bizarre more »

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Stay Dead by Anne Frasier

Stay Dead by Anne Frasier

New York Times bestselling author Anne Frasier takes readers back to her dark, enchanting Savannah—a place as terrifying as it is mesmerizing. Homicide detective Elise Sandburg is traumatized after her run-in with a madman the press has dubbed “The Organ Thief.” As Elise takes refuge in her deceased aunt Anastasia’s abandoned plantation to investigate and recover from her ordeal, she begins to question everything—from her dangerous line of work to her complex relationship with her handsome, tortured partner, David Gould. But with a madman on the loose, and her mother’s claims to still hear from Aunt Anastasia, she may have more immediate problems on her hands. In Elise’s world, where cold hard crime mixes with the local Gullah culture, nothing is ever what it seems, more »

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Play Dead by Anne Frasier

Play Dead by Anne Frasier

No one is more familiar with Savannah’s dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She’s been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city’s ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise¿s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she’s tried so hard to leave behind.

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
The Coyote Tracker by Larry D. Sweazy

The Coyote Tracker by Larry D. Sweazy

After a prostitute is murdered at the Easy Nickel saloon, Texas Ranger Josiah Wolfe finds his best friend, Scrap Elliot, in jail and wrongly accused. A strangely familiar horse and a mysterious code are the only clues Josiah has to prove his friend’s innocence and save him from execution. Once a Yankee reporter gets involved, Josiah is led to Blanche Dumont’s House of Pleasures, where he learns of a thieving, jail-broken accountant with strange ties to both the Easy Nickel and the town’s wealthiest banker. With a new railroad line blazing into town, everyone – especially the arrogant young sheriff – is determined to clean up Austin. Faced with the ticking clock of Scrap’s impending trial, Josiah Wolfe must find out who it was that more »

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Murders In The United States: Crimes, Killers And Victims Of The Twentieth Century by R. Barri Flowers

Murders In The United States: Crimes, Killers And Victims Of The Twentieth Century by R. Barri Flowers

From the assassination of President William McKinley on September 6, 1901, to the mass killing at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the 20th century saw many murderous events that are difficult to contemplate but have become a part of the national history. This reference book is divided into three parts. Part One, arranged chronologically, details 53 of the most famous murder cases of the 20th century in the United States. In Part Two, over 300 entries (alphabetically arranged by criminal) provide descriptions of crimes and are subdivided into male, female, and juvenile murderers; pair and group murderers; hate crime murderers; and school killings. Part Three features crime events related to over 40 selected victims. Cross references guide the reader to additional information. An more »

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Assured Destruction: With Zombies by Michael F. Stewart

Assured Destruction: With Zombies by Michael F. Stewart

The final book in the Assured Destruction series! Jan Rose may already be expunged from the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit. Her mother’s hospitalized, and Assured Destruction’s on the cusp of bankruptcy. But Jan doesn’t wait on anything, she seeks out the customers who used to keep the family business afloat. That’s when everything starts to go wrong. A computer virus–aka the Zombie Worm–threatens not only her school and Shadownet, but the entire city. A skull with a chain running through its socket links a powerful gang to her former customers, and holds the secrets to why her father left and the identity of her mother’s boyfriend. To save her family and the business, Jan must determine who is friend and who is foe. more »

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One Last Thought by Jeremy K Tyler

One Last Thought by Jeremy K Tyler

Oso Boyer might be considered a poster boy for good cops, but every man has his breaking point. For him, it’s the point where his family is put in danger. What starts out as an arson and murder investigation turns into something much more, and while Boyer is trying to piece together all the various clues, someone is stalking his sister and nephew. It’s a journey into a world Boyer never knew existed, and he just might not make it out alive. ONE LAST THOUGHT is available from Amazon and Untreed Reads.  ***** Writer, cook, stay-at-home-dad: Jeremy K Tyler makes his home in upstate New York with his wife, son, and three dogs. He fights the monotony of 8-month-long winters by reminiscing about growing up in more »

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