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The December edition of the Big Thrill is here!

As we close 2014, The Big Thrill would like to thank its incredible feature and contributing editors who helped make this year one of the magazine’s biggest and best yet. In the last twelve months we covered nearly 400 new releases from members of the International Thriller Writers as well as dozens of special features and cover stories on some of the world’s bestselling authors. More than 24,000 subscribers now receive the monthly email with the latest edition, and the website receives well over half a million hits per month. None of this would be possible without the extraordinary staff of ITW members who volunteer their time to support other ITW members.

For the December edition, we end the year on a high note with a Between the Lines interview with Phillip Margolin, who talks about his path from storied criminal defense lawyer to author of 17 New York Times bestsellers and discusses the inspiration for his latest release, Woman with a Gun.

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, in this month’s Special to The Big Thrill, six iconic mystery bookstores give their recommendations for incredible novels you may have missed this year. December also brings the latest installment of International Thrills where Layton Green talks to bestselling crime writer Fuminori Nakamura. And on the Africa Scene, Michael Sears interviews bestseller Deon Meyer.

Of course, let’s not forget the 32 new releases in this issue, which include titles from established and debut authors, including the final installments of two acclaimed series from Steven James and Laura Joh Rowland.

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Featured Articles

Special to The Big Thrill: Thrilling Holiday Gifts

Special to The Big Thrill: Thrilling Holiday Gifts

Six Mystery Bookstores Recommend Novels You May Have Missed By Barry Lancet With the holidays approaching, the rush is on to find a seemingly endless string of perfect gifts. If you are passionate about thrillers and mysteries, why not pass on your enthusiasm to others? And what better way to do so, then introduce them to a new voice or a new discovery? With that thought in mind, THE BIG THRILL asked a half dozen renowned mystery bookstores across the country to recommend the perfect gift. Our only criteria: they had to be books the stores loved—novels they regularly recommend to customers—that might have slipped below the radar this year. The bookstores responded enthusiastically with an impressive array of twenty titles. So if you’re looking more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Africa Scene:  An Interview with Deon Meyer by Michael Sears

Africa Scene: An Interview with Deon Meyer by Michael Sears

By Michael Sears Deon Meyer writes heart-racing thrillers set in South Africa. The last book that kept me up until three in the morning because I just had to know what happened next was his Thirteen Hours. His latest novel—COBRA—which was released in the U.S. last month, is right up there with his best books. Deon is the best known thriller writer in South Africa and the London Times called him “far and away South Africa’s best crime writer.” His books have been translated from the original Afrikaans into twenty-seven languages, have won a slew of prizes, and been optioned for TV series and movies. Deon also writes and produces movies for the South African market. COBRA features Detective Benny Griessel. Benny was never meant more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
The December 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The December 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

As we close 2014, The Big Thrill would like to thank its incredible feature and contributing editors who helped make this year one of the magazine’s biggest and best yet. In the last twelve months we covered nearly 400 new releases from members of the International Thriller Writers as well as dozens of special features and cover stories on some of the world’s bestselling authors. More than 24,000 subscribers now receive the monthly email with the latest edition, and the website receives well over half a million hits per month. None of this would be possible without the extraordinary staff of ITW members who volunteer their time to support other ITW members. For the December edition, we end the year on a high note with more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

By Dawn Ius Of the many ingredients that go into writing a great thriller, there is one that New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline believes is the key to her success—keeping things fresh. Which might seem a tad ironic, since in her twenty-third novel, BETRAYED, Scottoline returns to the characters that first launched her career, the women of her popular Rosato & Associates series. “I’m thrilled to be writing about these characters again—they feel like old friends,” she says. “It’s great to examine the way their personalities change over time and the way their life events change them. I love to write books that mirror the life of everyday people, on many different levels.” Relating to readers is important to Scottoline, who makes herself more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
An Interview With Award-Winning Crime Writer Val McDermid

An Interview With Award-Winning Crime Writer Val McDermid

By J.F. Penn Val McDermid is one of the UK’s most well-known crime writers, a multi-award winning and many times bestselling author. Her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series was turned into the TV series Wire in the Blood, and her thirty-three books span crime, literary fiction, and children’s books, as well as many short stories. Her latest book, THE SKELETON ROAD, opens with the discovery of a body on top of a disused building in Edinburgh. As cold case Detective Karen Pirie delves into the case, she follows a trail stretching from Oxford to war-torn Dubrovnik and uncovers a hidden past in a forgotten Balkan village. British thriller author J. F. Penn interviewed Val for THE BIG THRILL when the book was released in more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Industry Spotlight:  Literary Agent Lisa Erbach Vance

Industry Spotlight: Literary Agent Lisa Erbach Vance

Turn to the Acknowledgement page of novels by some of the biggest thriller writers in the world and you’re bound to see a heartfelt thank you to Lisa Erbach Vance of the powerhouse Aaron Priest Literary Agency. Vance joined the agency more than twenty years ago, starting off as the founder’s assistant where, as she put it, she got the “best agenting education possible from Aaron Priest himself.” Today, she’s considered an elite “super agent” at the storied boutique firm where a small team of seven represent an extraordinary number of award-winning and bestselling authors. Vance is known not only for her business acumen and keen eye for talent, but also for the intense loyalty she inspires from her clients. Scan the back pages of more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →

Between the Lines

A Between the Lines Interview with Phillip Margolin

A Between the Lines Interview with Phillip Margolin

By Anthony Franze Phillip Margolin had a storied career as a criminal defense lawyer—handling more than thirty murder cases and even arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Though he’d published two novels early in his legal career, he wasn’t looking to leave his exciting law practice. In the early1990s, however, he was at a dinner party when the conversation turned philosophical. One of the guests had a question for him: If Adolf Hitler came to you and needed a lawyer, would you represent him? “I hadn’t really given much thought to that kind of question,” Margolin said. “But I was a believer in the system, and always thought I’d defend anyone. But it got me thinking whether I would represent someone who was pure evil.” more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with David Baldacci

A Between the Lines Interview with David Baldacci

By Julie Kramer David Baldacci is best known for his high-stakes political thrillers, but the #1 New York Times bestselling author has also had a busy year as the editor of this year’s acclaimed ITW anthology, FaceOff, and as one of the highest-profile writers caught in the Amazon/Hachette negotiating feud. So what does he do to relax? He sketches. We’ll show you samples of his art, hear his take on changes in the publishing world, and learn more about his upcoming release, THE ESCAPE, in which military investigator John Puller hunts for America’s most wanted criminal—his own brother—who has escaped from prison after being convicted of treason. How much of your success as an author do you think you owe to your Washington D.C. settings more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with James Patterson

A Between the Lines Interview with James Patterson

By Anthony Franze James Patterson is a giant in the literary world. He holds a Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. One-in-seventeen fiction hardcovers sold in the U.S. are Patterson novels. And Forbes ranks him as the top earning author in the world. With all that, it might be easy to forget that Patterson was no overnight success. He paid his dues, and his rise was born of great storytelling, tenacity, and a willingness to buck convention. Patterson’s first novel was rejected by more than thirty publishers. When it was finally published in 1976, he won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, but Patterson was so insecure about his work that he thought they’d made a mistake. more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with Kathy Reichs

A Between the Lines Interview with Kathy Reichs

By Dawn Ius Dr. Kathy Reichs is one of those rare people with the ability to do it all. Mother of highly successful children. World-renowned forensic anthropologist. Bestselling author of an adult and YA series. Producer, writer, and consultant for a hit television show. Yet, for someone so accomplished, Reichs seemed remarkably down-to-earth when we spoke recently about her life, her career, and her latest blockbuster in the Temperance Brennan series, BONES NEVER LIE. Reichs was in a somewhat reflective mood, perhaps in part because it was ten years ago when she sat at a table with a small group of writers tossing around the idea of starting a new organization specifically for the thriller genre. That organization, of course, was the International Thriller Writers. more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
Between the Lines with Linwood Barclay

Between the Lines with Linwood Barclay

By A.J. Colucci It’s Day Two of ThrillerFest and the Grand Hyatt in New York City is swarming with thriller fans, aspiring writers, and superstar authors. They’re scattered around the majestic lobby, which is buzzing with talk of the latest breakout novels. I’m sitting atop The Lounge Café with one of my favorite writers, Linwood Barclay, trying to sound casual as if I have lunch with famous authors every day. We both order a cup of chicken soup and half sandwich and I’m taken by his quiet, genial demeanor. Who would guess that behind those affable blue eyes lurks a mind capable of taking you into dark, deadly, believable situations that can turn your blood ice cold and strip your emotions raw? NO SAFE HOUSE more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci

A Between the Lines Interview with Karin Slaughter by A.J. Colucci

By A.J. Colucci When it comes to murder, Karin Slaughter pulls no punches. The internationally acclaimed author of thirteen novels believes crime fiction writers have an obligation to tell the truth. “Even though we’re writing fiction, we need to remember that the crimes we write about happen to real people every single day. We need to tread carefully. We need to honor their stories.” As a result, her novels are not for the faint of heart. The crimes are brutally realistic, the terror is genuine and the tension between the characters is palpable. With a name like Slaughter, perhaps it was fate. Her two hugely popular series, Will Trent and Grant County, have sold more than thirty million books that have been translated into thirty-two more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →

Special to the Big Thrill

Special to The Big Thrill: Thrilling Holiday Gifts

Special to The Big Thrill: Thrilling Holiday Gifts

Six Mystery Bookstores Recommend Novels You May Have Missed By Barry Lancet With the holidays approaching, the rush is on to find a seemingly endless string of perfect gifts. If you are passionate about thrillers and mysteries, why not pass on your enthusiasm to others? And what better way to do so, then introduce them to a new voice or a new discovery? With that thought in mind, THE BIG THRILL asked a half dozen renowned mystery bookstores across the country to recommend the perfect gift. Our only criteria: they had to be books the stores loved—novels they regularly recommend to customers—that might have slipped below the radar this year. The bookstores responded enthusiastically with an impressive array of twenty titles. So if you’re looking more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: The 1000 Thriller Giveaway

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: The 1000 Thriller Giveaway

The Biggest & Best Book Contest Ever By Jenny Milchman It won’t come as a surprise to readers of THE BIG THRILL that the International Thriller Writers is about to sponsor a contest the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. After all, this is an organization known for innovation; for vastly expanding the thriller world and building a unique community of readers, writers, authors, and fans. But giving away a thousand books? That seems like a tall order—a tall stack, that is—even for a group as envelope-pushing as this one. Yet that is what’s about to happen. For the past six months, titles by ITW members have been sent to an office in California that must by now resemble Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory…with more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: Movie and T.V. Action Scenes

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: Movie and T.V. Action Scenes

How Hollywood Gets It Wrong By Chris Grall In Elizabethan times, an ordinance was passed preventing men from wearing swords to the theater. Apparently, in an age where dueling was commonplace, the crowd could become overly enthusiastic and join the cast on stage during a fight scene. Because much of the audience knew how to fight, choreography was vitally important to the success of the production. If the fight scene was not convincing, the actors could be mocked or booed off the stage. Today, action scenes are ubiquitous in movies and television, yet relatively few people are versed in violence and/or the operation of modern weapons. This allows directors and producers a lot of latitude when it comes to action scenes. Mistakes and errors are more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
Special to The Big Thrill: Domestic Suspense

Special to The Big Thrill: Domestic Suspense

Spouses Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexandra’s Separate Roads to the Bestseller List By Dawn Ius One can only image the murder, betrayal, and intrigue that goes on in the home of Andrew Grant and his wife Tasha Alexander. Luckily, and to the delight of their legions of fans, all of it occurs on the page. Bestselling author Grant was a precocious six-year-old when he penned his first thriller—a riveting tale about giant tortoises escaping from the Dudley Zoo in what proved to be a vain attempt to rally the British people in ousting Queen Elizabeth II, and insisting on republic, rather than monarchy. Quite a complicated story for a first grader—and, completely untrue, a humorous anecdote made up by Grant’s wife of four years, New more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX

Celebrating Ten Years of Innovation By Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze It wouldn’t be summer in New York without hundreds of the country’s top thriller writers ascending on the Grand Hyatt for the International Thriller Writers’ annual conference, ThrillerFest. It’s a place where a new writer can get discovered, an old one can learn some new tricks, and fans can get up close and personal with legends in the genre. This year’s event, held from July 8-12, was arguably the best yet, given that it was also a celebration of an incredible milestone: ITW’s tenth anniversary. “What began a decade ago in a meeting of forty writers,” ITW co-presidents Lee Child and M. J. Rose told attendees, “has turned into an organization boasting over more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING Novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne

Special to the Big Thrill: THE KILLING Novel: The Rewards and Challenges of Bringing Linden and Holder to the Page by Karen Dionne

What It’s Like to Write a Television Tie-In Novel by Karen Dionne There are two broad categories of television and movie tie-ins. A novelization is a retelling of the show or movie. An original novel based on the show uses the show’s characters, but the story is the author’s. Neither are fan fiction, since tie-in authors are hired by the license holders to write their books. Well-known tie-in writers include Kingsley Amis, Raymond Benson, Lawrence Block, Orson Scott Card, Leslie Charteris, Arthur C. Clarke, Max Allan Collins, Ian Fleming, Jonathan Maberry, David Morrell, and Robert B. Parker to name just a few. Tie-in books are published by major publishing companies, sell tens of millions of copies worldwide, and regularly appear on the New York Times, more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →

Crime Fiction

Shadow Boys by Harry Hunsicker

Shadow Boys by Harry Hunsicker

By Austin S. Camacho How far wrong can a missing persons case go? You can find out, and truly enjoy the thrills and mystery in the process, in Harry Hunsicker’s latest novel, THE SHADOW BOYS. This character-driven mystery follows former DEA contractor Jon Cantrell. As the story opens things are going well for Cantrell. He has a new job working for a law firm. But then his ex-girlfriend asks him to meet with a high-ranking police official. Cantrell is forced to take an off-the-books assignment to find a missing boy. And then, everything starts to unravel. Cantrell is not a hero in the strict sense, but he is a fascinating character with, as Hunsicker says, a sharp wit, an eye for the quickest escape route, more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Dressed to Kill by Charles Alvarez

Dressed to Kill by Charles Alvarez

By J. H. Bográn In DRESSED TO KILL, Victor Espinoza, a short, youthful LAPD patrol officer, is sent undercover as a cross-dresser to catch a serial killer. His ambition to become a detective gets snarled when, ignoring his captain’s orders, he goes it alone. He establishes himself at the Velvet Glove, a Hollywood bar that caters to transvestites. The secret nature of his assignment strains his relationship with his girlfriend, Jannine—who wants to marry and start a family—but also puts him hot on the trail of the killer. Victor gets a little too close and now is targeted as the next victim. THE BIG THRILL recently caught up with Alvarez to ask some questions about his intriguing new thriller. Let’s tackle the origins of the more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Liebe – Sünde – Tod (Love – Sin – Death) by Monika Mansour

Liebe – Sünde – Tod (Love – Sin – Death) by Monika Mansour

By Kathrin Lange In a special international interview, German thriller writer Kathrin Lange recently sat down with Switzerland’s breakout crime writer Monika Mansour, to talk about Mansour’s debut release, Liebe – Sünde – Tod (Love – Sin – Death). Liebe – Sünde – Tod has two completely different settings. On the one side, the world of nightclubs and prostitution, on the other, the hard life of truckers. How did you decide on this contrast of settings? It was clear from the beginning that my police team is from Lucerne, a very safe place, but I wanted a murder in a red light district. And therefore Zurich’s Langstrasse was an ideal setting. I grew up just outside Zurich and live now in Lucerne. So those two more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping by Les Edgerton

The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping by Les Edgerton

By Don Helin Les Edgerton’s novel, THE GENUINE, IMITATION, PLASTIC KIDNAPPING, is a mix of Cajun gumbo, a couple tablespoons of kinky sex, and a dash of unusual New Orleans settings. The reader follows the comic mis-adventures of Pete Halliday, busted out of baseball for a small gambling problem, Tommy LeClerc, a Cajun with a tiny bit of Indian blood who considers himself a “red man,” and Cat Duplaisir, a part-time hooker and full-time waitress. With both the Italian and Cajun mobs after them, a chase through Jazz Fest, a Tourette’s outbreak in a black bar, and other zany adventures, all seems lost. Les Edgerton has an unconventional background in that he’s an ex-con, having spent a bit over two years in prison for burglary, more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
Night of the Jaguar by Joe Gannon

Night of the Jaguar by Joe Gannon

By Austin Camacho It seems mystery is more mysterious and thrills more thrilling if set in a foreign place and time. Anyone who doesn’t believe that hasn’t read Joe Gannon’s impressive debut novel, NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR. The novel is set in Nicaragua in 1986, the mid-point for the Sandinista revolution. That volatile environment shaped Captain Ajax Montoya, homicide detective and classic man-without-a-country. Montoya, the novel’s investigator protagonist, was conceived in Nicaragua but born and raised in America. So even after fighting for years with the Sandinista revolutionaries he was still neither Nicaraguan nor American. Neither, yet both, and as Gannon explains, a classic noir hero. “Like all such detectives he has a flawless moral compass,” Gannon says. “It always points true north, but that more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
Death Sentences by Michael Zimecki

Death Sentences by Michael Zimecki

By Ian Walkley DEATH SENTENCES (from Crime Wave Press) had me at page one, and not many other novels would I say that about. Michael Zimecki writes fiction, nonfiction and plays while continuing to work as an attorney. From inner-city Detroit, hehas been a steelworker, advertising copywriter, medical editor, and teacher before taking up law. He has written for Harper’s Magazine, The National Law Journal, College English, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among other publications. A novella, The History of My Final Illness (Eclectica Magazine, Jan/Feb 2011), about the last five days in the life of Joseph Stalin, appeared in Eclectica Magazine. A play, Negative Velocity, about the father of the atom-bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, is a past winner of the New Playwright’s Contest of the more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

Bite Harder by Anonymous-9

Bite Harder by Anonymous-9

By Mario Acevedo BITE HARDER gives us an unlikely antihero, Dean Drayhart, a paraplegic serial killer. Drayhart’s mission in life is to find and render justice to hit-and-run drivers who have left behind their dead victims. His cohorts include Cinda, a fearless, fast-driving girlfriend, and Sid, the helper monkey—Drayhart’s secret weapon. But Drayhart’s quest for cosmic retribution goes one dead body too far when he deservedly slays the son of a Mexican drug king, make that queen—the beautiful and evil Orella—and this bereaved mother has her claws out for our hero in the wheelchair. Anonymous-9 delivers a story that slaps you silly with humor, action, and poignancy as it careens in a hyper-kinetic narrative fueled by rich, high-octane prose. You have taken on quite a more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Blood Gold by William Nikkel

Blood Gold by William Nikkel

By Sidney Williams Jack Ferrell, William Nikkel’s swashbuckling marine biologist, returns in BLOOD GOLD, his fifth adventure, which takes him to South America to investigate the source of lethal toxins in the Mazaruni River. In this outing, Ferrell, who’s won fans including bestselling authors James Rollins and Thomas Perry, must battle not just an ecological crisis but also a trio of villains driven by greed and uninhibited by compassion. As the author notes, Jack has a way of being at the wrong place at the right time. This tale starts as he’s investigating a strange increase in shark attacks. An assault on a beautiful woman makes a more immediate demand on Jack’s attention, and he’s soon embroiled in an ecological mystery that points to a more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
The Monarch by Jack Soren

The Monarch by Jack Soren

By Jeremy Burns Jack Soren may be a new name to thriller readers, but he’s no stranger to the genre. A lifelong aficionado of the genre, Soren has finally thrown his hat into the ring with what looks to be a blockbuster debut. On the eve of THE MONARCH’s release, Soren sat down with THE BIG THRILL to give readers a sneak peak at a thriller master in the making. Tell us a little about yourself. Growing up, my favorite movies usually starred either Jerry Lewis or Vincent Price. This explains a lot. A LOT. My headboard was usually stocked with The Hardy Boys, Star Trek novels and comic books. And my head was usually full of science, bad jokes, and girls. Luckily, some of more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Godwin’s Law by Bernard Maestas

Godwin’s Law by Bernard Maestas

By Sidney Williams The Internet Tough Guys return for a second fast-paced, globe-hopping adventure in the new novel by Bernard Maestas, GODWIN’S LAW. With a tip of its hat to author Mike Godwin’s assertion that Internet debates will eventually result in comparisons to Nazis, the tale finds Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan heading to Germany. There they must confront a cult that’s holding a young American woman, Gwen Kane. While she might seem like one more member, the cult leader throws all of his paramilitary resources to bringing Gwen back once they’ve swept her away. That makes for a challenging trip home. In fact, staying alive’s going to require all of the survival skills of ex-commando Alex plus Ted’s computer hacking skills. From Germany to more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
Ignota by Tom Calen

Ignota by Tom Calen

By Thomas Drago Cast against the background of a futuristic world order and a disintegrating Global Alliance, Tom Calen’s latest science fiction thriller The Ignota, which follows up Torranceas the second book in the enthralling Scars of Tomorrow series. The style and magnitude of the work capture a maturity rarely achieved by writers who cross genres. Tom’s brilliant, fast-paced narratives continue to blaze a path for those of us following in his footsteps. Recently, I had a chance to chat with Tom about his new novel, The Ignota,and learn more about past, current, and future projects. The more I think about The Ignota and the entire Scars of Tomorrow series, I can’t help but think about epic motion pictures. The Godfather and the warring Five Families. more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →
Valhalla by Robert J. Mrazek

Valhalla by Robert J. Mrazek

By Jeremy Burns In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and discovered America—or did he? What if Vikings, led by the famous adventurer Leif Eriksson, were in fact the first Europeans to discover the New World five centuries before Columbus’s voyage? This is the question posed by award-winning author and former congressman Robert J. Mrazek in his new thriller, VALHALLA, a globe-spanning adventure steeped in history, legend, and myth. Mrazek sat down with THE BIG THRILL to talk about his fascinating new book, its creation, and some cool tidbits about himself. Tell us a little about yourself. I don’t know how many former members of congress ever decided to become working novelists. Looking back on my life, I believe I was a writer who became more »

By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

DarkNet by John R. Little

DarkNet by John R. Little

By Basil Sands DARKNET is John R. Little’s fourteenth book. Primarily working in suspense, horror, and dark fantasy, his novella Miranda, won the Bram Stoker Award. Two of his other books, Ursa Major and The Memory Tree, were also nominated for the same award. In addition to novels, John has published dozens of short stories over his career. He lives in southern Ontario and writes as much as possible. You can find out more on his website or on Facebook, where he loves to interact with his readers. John, tell us about DARKNET. The novel is about a woman who has no way to escape from her abusive husband. She’s desperate to find a way to have a new life with her ten-year-old daughter, but more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey

Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey

By George Ebey Author Patricia Stoltey steps into the world of suspense fiction with her latest novel, DEAD WRONG. Lynnette is a woman on the run from her abusive cop husband, but she’s dead wrong about who’s chasing her. A thug known as Fat Ass Sammy Grick carelessly switches laptop cases at the airport and puts Lynnette in greater danger from Sammy’s boss and the killer sent to retrieve the laptop contents. Then Lynnette finds out her husband was murdered and she’s a person of interest…. THE BIG THRILL recently caught up with Patricia to discuss the writing process and to learn more about the world of DEAD WRONG. What first got you interested in writing crime fiction? My mom introduced me to the traditional more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Intrusion by Reece Hirsch

Intrusion by Reece Hirsch

By Ken Isaacson When Reece Hirsch’s debut novel, The Insider, hit the scene, John Lescroart proclaimed that he was fit to run with the big boys, while Gayle Lynds warned John Grisham to watch his back. The Insider was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. With the upcoming release of Reece’s third book, INTRUSION, he proves himself once more to be worthy of the acclaim. All of Reece’s books draw upon his experiences as an attorney—though his legal work is a lot less exciting and hazardous than that of his protagonist Chris Bruen. Reece is a partner in the San Francisco office of an international law firm and co-chairs its privacy and cybersecurity practice. In INTRUSION (coming December more »

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Checkmate by Steven James

Checkmate by Steven James

By John Raab Steven James brings his epic Patrick Bowers series to an exploding conclusion with CHECKMATE. The bestselling author of more than three dozen books put his master’s degree in storytelling to good use in this compelling and satisfying end to the series that began with James’s riveting, The Pawn. Already, CHECKMATE has been named a Suspense Magazine Best Book of 2014. Despite the end of an era, James fans need not fear, the author is hard at work on more novels. And, as he recently explained to THE BIG THRILL, it may not be the last fans see of Patrick Bowers. CHECKMATE is the last book in your Patrick Bowers series. Give us a little insight into how the series wraps up.  Well, more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Vanished by Elizabeth Heiter

Vanished by Elizabeth Heiter

By Kurt Anthony Krug From an early age, Elizabeth Heiter always knew she wanted to write novels. “I’ve always been drawn to fiction—I love it. I love getting lost in it and figuring out the mental puzzle of a mystery… I took as many creative writing classes in college as I could because I’ve always known I wanted to do this. I almost went to law school, but decided no—I wanted to write books more,” said Heiter, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who graduated from The University of Michigan in 2001 with her undergraduate degree in English literature. Heiter has a slew of books coming out in the months ahead. The first of four books is Vanished, the second book in the Profiler series of mystery-thrillers, more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →
Dead of Autumn by Sherry Knowlton

Dead of Autumn by Sherry Knowlton

By Rick Reed In DEAD OF AUTUMN, Alexa Williams is a successful lawyer who volunteers weekly at a women’s clinic. One autumn day she takes Scout, her giant English Mastiff, into the Pennsylvania woods, and her world is turned upside down with the discovery of a body. She becomes entangled in a murder mystery—one that she tries to unravel by linking it to experiences in her own life and can’t shake the feeling that there is some sort of connection to the murder victim. She thinks back to the stories she heard as a child, about the Babes in the Woods, who were murdered close to where the victim’s body was found, wondering if that might be why she draws the connection. Alexa soon finds more »

By November 30, 2014 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

River City (A Jason Colefield Mystery) by Doc Macomber

River City (A Jason Colefield Mystery) by Doc Macomber

“Patrolling Portland’s Liquid Streets” As a frozen fog lifts, River Patrol Deputy, Jason Colefield, motors ashore onto an idyllic Island to recover a body. Colefield has a history with the Pacific Northwest isle and any return triggers unpleasant boyhood memories. This visit he comes face-to-face with his childhood nemesis, now a timeworn man, who leads him to the bullet riddled body of a young boy he claims he stumbled upon while hunting. Colefield suspects the man is lying but it will take more than just gut instinct to prove it. Within hours the FBI dispatches Agent Tamara Costa, an old high school sweetheart, to assist in the investigation and its possible connection to a serial killer. With her marriage on the rocks, and only an more »

By December 14, 2014 Read More →
Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery) by R. Barri Flowers

Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery) by R. Barri Flowers

Murdered in the Man Cave is a cozy mystery novel by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers. In the first book in an exciting new cozy series, Riley Reed has a popular blog offering advice on home décor and renovation and does part time consulting in Cozy Pines, Oregon. When Riley is asked by an old flame, Brent London, a bestselling mystery writer, to help him spruce up his man cave as a newly single man, she readily accepts the assignment. But when she discovers him bludgeoned to death with a pool stick in his man cave, she finds herself thrust into the investigation to track down the killer. The suspects are many, including three of Brent’s four ex-wives, two girlfriends, his niece, a former more »

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Bone Pit by Bette Golden Lamb & J. J. Lamb

Bone Pit by Bette Golden Lamb & J. J. Lamb

After two attempts on her life, RN Gina Mazzio needs a break, needs to get away from San Francisco’s Ridgewood Hospital and all the depressing and deadly memories associated with it. What better plan than to go with her fiancé, travel nurse Harry Lucke, on one of his assignments … an adventure in Northern Nevada’s gold country! In this third outing for Gina (SIN & BONE and BONE DRY), her ever-present curiosity draws her and Harry into the midst of an illegal scheme to manipulate test results for an experimental drug to cure Alzheimer’s. On the first day, driving up a long, isolated dirt road, they’re surrounded by ominous, identical, sentry-like boulders that cordon off the approach to their new workplace: Comstock Medical Auxiliary Campus. more »

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Murder Chronicles: A Collection of Chilling True Crime Tales by R. Barri Flowers

Murder Chronicles: A Collection of Chilling True Crime Tales by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of The Sex Slave Murders 1 & 2, Serial Killer Couples, and Murder of the Banker’s Daughter comes Murder Chronicles, a gripping collection of true crime tales. Includes ten compelling stories of murder, madness, and mayhem that span more than a century of American history and homicidal criminality that will keep you reading from beginning to end, while staying with long after. 1. Murder at the Pencil Factory: The Killing of Mary Phagan – 100 Years Later, the brutal murder of a young girl turn locals into vigilantes out for justice. 2. The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers, a daring train robbery by a trio of brother bandits goes more »

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Delirium, London Psychic Book 2 by J.F.Penn

Delirium, London Psychic Book 2 by J.F.Penn

“Those who the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” LONDON. When a prominent psychiatrist is found murdered in the old hospital of Bedlam, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke finds herself investigating the history of madness to fathom the motive. Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, helps her to research the case, only to discover that his own family are entwined with the shadowy forces that seek to control the minds of the mad. As the body count rises, and those she loves are threatened, Jamie discovers that the tendrils of conspiracy wind themselves into the very heart of the British government. Can she stop the killer before madness takes its ultimate revenge? A thriller with an edge of the supernatural, Delirium is a story of more »

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The Assassin Lotus by David Angsten

The Assassin Lotus by David Angsten

When his brother disappears with the seeds of an ancient lotus plant long thought to be extinct, Jack Duran, along with his brother’s archaeologist girlfriend, search for him along central Asia’s fabled Silk Road, a journey that leads them to the secret of soma and the source of the legend of Shangri-La. “Angsten has invented a unique style of thriller writing that focuses on spiritual aspects of various cultures in each book, rather than relying on some sort of historical McGuffin that must be recovered by a fearless hero.” ~marshallarts22 “In David Angsten’s capable hands, his newest thriller, THE ASSASSIN LOTUS, engages us with taut action, vividly detailed exotic locations, and a spiritual awakening for hero, Jack Duran.” ~Debrah N. “Angsten has done it again, more »

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A Case of Love and Squalor by Steve Myers

A Case of Love and Squalor by Steve Myers

Hardboiled detective novel. A Case of Love and Squalor is for readers who love action, sex, and wise-cracking detectives. Joseph Andrews is a descendant of Chandler and Spillane. He’ll casually beat up a thug then easily discuss Anselm’s ontological proof with a sexy woman. But his luck isn’t always the best. Someone is shooting dogs. Private detective Joe Andrews finds himself escaping an angry husband by climbing out a window and running into the police who are after the dog-killer, then undergoes a vicious grilling by two corrupt detectives and is thrown into a foul cell in the city jail. But the next day he is suddenly freed. His benefactor is the rich and powerful Harold Forrest, who hires Andrews to seize some explicit pornographic more »

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Ashfall (The Wasteland Trilogy #1) by Denise A. Agnew

Ashfall (The Wasteland Trilogy #1) by Denise A. Agnew

A strong woman and a former Air Force pararescueman tangle with a new world forged by an apocalypse no one could stop. Mally Andretti survived an apocalypse that has altered the world. Tucked away in a huge compound she should feel safe, but loneliness eats away at her. Until a deep, mysterious voice tantalizes her over the ham radio and invites her into soul deep conversation. Who is the man who claims to be her friend, who awakens mental and physical cravings? Working for a private security company takes all of former Air Force pararescueman Adam Becker’s time, until a sexy voice on the ham radio tempts him to do and say things he’s never done before. Mally calls on every fiercely protective instinctive inside more »

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