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The October edition of the Big Thrill is here!

This month we have another all-star line-up, starting with a Between the Lines interview with the world’s bestselling author, James Patterson, who talks about his career, his life, and his latest releases in the #1 bestselling Alex Cross and Michael Bennett series.

October also brings a special feature on Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander, husband and wife authors who are not only related to literary royalty, but each have highly anticipated solo novels coming out this month.

Our Industry Spotlight segment returns with an interview of literary agent Lisa Erbach Vance who represents some of the biggest thriller writers around.

Putting the “I” in International Thriller Writers, this month our International Thrills series covers the UK's Val McDermid and then there’s Joanne Macgregor in the Africa Scene.

And, of course, there are the 35 hot new releases from some of the best writers in the world!

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Featured Articles

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 »

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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 →
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 →
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 →
The Africa Scene:  An Interview with Bestseller Joanne Macgregor

The Africa Scene: An Interview with Bestseller Joanne Macgregor

By Michael Sears Bonus ​GIVEAWAY: Scroll down and ask Joanne a question or post a comment for a chance to win a copy of DARK WHISPERS!  Comment within a week and you may be the winner chosen at random! Joanne Macgregor lives in Johannesburg and her background includes teaching English at high school, IT training, management consulting, and being a theater dogsbody. Perhaps the most intriguing job was being an in-store frozen vegetable demonstrator. Surprisingly, all this led to her current career as a counselling psychologist in private practice, dealing primarily with adult victims of crime and trauma, a very large change from frozen vegetables! She is a successful author of books for young adults, and I guess that provides some counterpoint to what she more »

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The October 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is here!

The October 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is here!

This month we have another all-star line-up, starting with a Between the Lines interview with the world’s bestselling author, James Patterson, who talks about his career, his life, and his latest releases in the #1 bestselling Alex Cross and Michael Bennett series. October also brings a special feature on Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander, husband and wife authors who are not only related to literary royalty, but each have highly anticipated solo novels coming out this month. Our Industry Spotlight segment returns with an interview of literary agent Lisa Erbach Vance who represents some of the biggest thriller writers around. Putting the “I” in International Thriller Writers, this month our International Thrills series covers the UK’s Val McDermid and then there’s Joanne Macgregor in the more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →

Between the Lines

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 →
Between the Lines: The Authors of FACEOFF by Anthony J. Franze and Robert Rotstein

Between the Lines: The Authors of FACEOFF by Anthony J. Franze and Robert Rotstein

By Anthony J. Franze and Robert Rotstein What would happen if two dozen of the world’s bestselling authors got together to pen a book of short stories pairing up their beloved series characters? If there was a thriller writer dream team? And what if the compilation was edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci? Readers will find out in FACEOFF, an anthology released this week from Simon & Schuster. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW), twenty-three critically acclaimed authors crafted eleven electrifying stories where their iconic characters go head-to-head. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for readers,” Baldacci said. “I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.” Over the past few months, THE BIG THRILL, more »

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with Steve Berry by Paula Tutman

A Between the Lines Interview with Steve Berry by Paula Tutman

By Paula Tutman There is a respect for history. There is a love of history. There is a reverence for the art of passing history from one generation to another. And then there is what Steve and Elizabeth Berry do—preserving history with well-worn running shoes laced up, ready to go, while wearing many different hats. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry’s latest historical thriller, THE LINCOLN MYTH, puts you on the wall as a fly, eavesdropping on a historical figure whose life and death are well-travelled territory. But Berry’s Harold “Cotton” Malone will not allow you to sit in a high school history class with your eyes glazing over waiting for the bell to ring. Cotton Malone will, once again, fall off his secret-agent more »

By April 30, 2014 Read More →

Special to the Big Thrill

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 →
Special to the Big Thrill: Industry Focus:  A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet

Special to the Big Thrill: Industry Focus: A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet

By Barry Lancet Lovers of thrillers and mysteries will find Sarah Knight’s pedigree of more than passing interest. During her long career at several major publishing houses, Knight has worked with a star-studded array of writers, including James Lee Burke, Stephen Hunter, Jeffery Deaver, Taylor Stevens, and Gillian Flynn, among many others. Before she moved over to Simon & Schuster to work with the house’s stable of bestselling crime writers, Knight plied the editorial waters of Scribner, Henry Holt, and, most recently, Random House, where she was fortunate to edit Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES and then pick up a little property called GONE GIRL—only to accept a job offer from S&S soon after. She still finds leaving behind that future bestseller painful to recall. While more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Special to The Big Thrill: Screenplay vs. Novel Writing by Terry Hayes

Special to The Big Thrill: Screenplay vs. Novel Writing by Terry Hayes

By Terry Hayes Not long after I had first moved to Hollywood, I ended up in a meeting with several senior studio executives on the 20th Century Fox lot. The subject we were dealing with was a remake of PLANET OF THE APES, the classic 1968 movie starring Charlton Heston as an astronaut and the great Roddy McDowell as a chimpanzee. Oliver Stone was a producer – and being courted assiduously by Fox to also be the director – and Don Murphy, who some years later would be hugely instrumental in bringing the Transformer movies to the screen, was the other producer. My role was to write the script – an assignment which had come my way thanks to my writing work on, among other more »

By April 30, 2014 Read More →
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 →

Crime Fiction

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

By Kurt Anthony Krug For New York Times best-selling novelist Alan Jacobson, creating his recurring protagonist FBI Agent Karen Vail was an accident. “I needed an FBI agent in a novel I was writing and she kind of came right off my fingertips. She exploded from the pages and I couldn’t write her lines fast enough. I knew I had something special there. During that time, I had started doing research with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. A short time later, when I began writing THE 7TH VICTIM, the first book in the series, I knew the main character was going to be a female FBI profiler. Karen Vail was perfect for the role and once I started writing that first paragraph, I never looked more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Stinking Rich by Rob Brunet

Stinking Rich by Rob Brunet

By Azam Gill STINKING RICH is the long-awaited debut novel by an author already known for his short fiction. From web producer to short-story writer to novelist, Rob Brunet’s talent just seems to keep growing. Light-handed satire with a light touch within a noir framework held up by unforgettable characters and an original theme readies Rob Brunet’s STINKING RICH for possible cult status. To quote award-winning author Les Edgerton, Brunet’s novel is “part THE GANG THAT COULDN`T SHOOT STRAIGHT, part Serge Storms on LSD, part Raising Arizona.” While the satire works its magic, at heart STINKING RICH remains a spellbinding yarn. Here’s a short summary: What could possibly go wrong when the backwoods Libidos Motorcycle Club hires a high school dropout to tend a barn more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Close to the Bone by Lisa Black

Close to the Bone by Lisa Black

By Sandra Parshall Lisa Black writes what she knows. Like her heroine, Theresa MacLean, she is a crime scene investigator, a forensics specialist who collects and analyzes the physical evidence that will help convict the guilty. In her forensics thriller series, though, she lets Theresa take an active role in tracking down killers, while always striving to keep the stories as realistic as possible. Lisa is now a forensic scientist for a police department in Florida, but she sets her novels in Cleveland, where she worked previously. In CLOSE TO THE BONE, the latest in the series, Theresa faces death and destruction in the one place where she’s always felt safest: the quiet coroner’s office where she has worked for the last fifteen years. Returning more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Helsinki Homicide: Darling by Jarkko Sipila

Helsinki Homicide: Darling by Jarkko Sipila

By J. N. Duncan As the head of the crime news unit for Channel Three News in Finland, Jarkko Sipila has a unique perspective on the lives of those who work to fight crime, and offers this in his realistic procedural series, Helsinki Homicide. DARLING is now the fifth of his Finnish crime series to be published in English. So, let’s get to finding out more about Finnish crime. Can you give us a quick sentence or two about what your new Helsinki Homicide story, DARLING, is about? This is a ruggedly realistic, police procedural story about the murder of a twenty-six-year old, slightly mentally handicapped woman in her apartment in Northern Helsinki. This is the fifth English Helsinki Homicide book to reach the U.S. more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Phantom Limb by Dennis Palumbo

Phantom Limb by Dennis Palumbo

By Cathy Perkins Palumbo’s fourth novel in the series, PHANTOM LIMB, opens with psychologist and Pittsburgh police department consultant Daniel Rinaldi’s new patient: Lisa Campbell, a local girl whose lurid, short-lived Hollywood career sent her scurrying back to the Steel City. Now married to one of the city’s richest tycoons, she comes to Danny’s office with a challenge: talk her out of committing suicide. Though he buys some time, she’s kidnapped right outside his office. The search for Lisa pits the police—and Danny—against a lethal adversary. At the same time, he tries to assist a friend’s brother, a bitter Afghan vet who lost a leg in combat, whose own life now appears at risk. Or is it? Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (including My Favorite Year and more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Father of Fear by Ethan Cross

Father of Fear by Ethan Cross

By Christine Goff Early on Ethan Cross knew he wanted to be a writer. With a partially finished screenplay in high school, he contemplated a move to California to pursue a career in the film industry, and then threw it over for a more promising profession—music. A parent’s nightmare! And, yet, he succeeded. Opening for national recording artists as a lead singer and guitar player, recording a few CDs—but the stories just wouldn’t leave him alone. His dream came to fruition on a grand scale with the release of his first book, THE SHEPHERD. An international bestseller, he followed it up with four more great titles. Now, his latest book, the third installment of The Shepherd series, FATHER OF FEAR has hit the bookshelves. To give you more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

Strong Darkness by Jon Land

Strong Darkness by Jon Land

By Robert Rotstein Caitlin Strong, the protagonist of Jon Land’s compelling series, is a Texas Ranger, as were her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In the words of real-life Ranger Rip Ford (and also the epigraph to the prologue), “They knew their duty and they did it.” The latest in the series, STRONG DARKNESS, opens in 1883 Texas, where Caitlin’s great-grandfather William Ray Strong is pursing the Old West’s first serial killer. Fast forward to the present, when a serial killer whose methods are eerily similar to the earlier one has surfaced. Caitlin learns that the killings are somehow connected with a powerful Chinese billionaire, Li Zhen, who intends to use his company’s cutting-edge 5G wireless network against America to avenge what he believes was an more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
The Valhalla Prophecy by Andy McDermott

The Valhalla Prophecy by Andy McDermott

By Jeremy Burns For his many readers, Andy McDermott’s name has become synonymous with adventure. From discovering Atlantis and the Garden of Eden to saving the world countless times, McDermott’s flagship characters Eddie Chase and Nina Wilde have explored dozens of fascinating locations across the globe, usually getting into high-octane shootouts and car chases in the process. For THE VALHALLA PROPHECY, the ninth entry in the series, McDermott tackles Norse mythology, Vikings, a Soviet Secret, and the end of the world in an adventure steeped in the author’s trademark blend of action, history, adventure, and legend. The author sat down with THE BIG THRILL to take readers behind the scenes with one of the most exciting and inventive thriller minds working today. Tell us a more »

By September 30, 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 →
Sunblind by Michael McBride

Sunblind by Michael McBride

By Jeremy Burns An incredibly prolific up-and-coming thriller author, Michael McBride integrates elements of science-fiction and horror into his books. His latest, SUNBLIND, continues that trend while delving into one of today’s most controversial topics and completely turning it on its head. Michael sat down with THE BIG THRILL to take readers behind the scenes of his latest gripping adventure. Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m a third-generation Coloradan, born and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. My wife and I have a whole slew of beautiful children ranging in age from four to twenty-two, three dogs, and several iguanas. When I’m not writing, I’m shivering in an ice rink, examining patients in a radiology department, or immersed in all things more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins

The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins

A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command:  Kill us all!  Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead-and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated:  every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife.  Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

By James Ziskin This month, I interview Gregg Hurwitz, the New York Times best-selling author of fourteen thrillers and several comic books. If that’s not enough, he also has written and produced television shows for major networks, and is currently developing his Tim Rackley series for TNT/Sony. His latest thriller, DON’T LOOK BACK, hits bookstores this month. You write strong, fascinating female characters in all your books. I’m thinking of  Cameron Kates, both Evelyn and Cristina Brasher, Janey Overbay… They’re at turns smart, sassy, brave, controlling, and have great conscience and soul. But DON’T LOOK BACK is the first time you’ve put a woman, Eve Hardaway, at the center of one of your thrillers. It’s a fantastically terrorizing story. Why, do you think, are so more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

Adobe Flats by Colin Campbell

Adobe Flats by Colin Campbell

By Terry DiDemenico First Boston in JAMAICA PLAIN, then Los Angeles in MONTECITO HEIGHTS, and now Texas in ADOBE FLATS. Jim Grant finds himself an unwelcomed visitor as the novel opens. Unwelcomed is putting it mildly, it resembles outright hostility. But why? Grant knew why he was in Absolution, Texas. It was the starting point of a simple enough mission. He wanted to return an heirloom to the father of his lover and former colleague. Buying a train ticket to Absolution didn’t cause concern, but the conductor’s reaction to where he wanted to disembark and the wizen man who turned up at the nearly abandoned station did. It is only a short time later that Grant is on the run for his life. Then his more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

By Kay Kendall Calling all anglophiles plus fans of psychological thrillers and Oxbridge novels! Here is a dandy book for you by Christopher J. Yates. Even figuring out the title’s meaning provides a puzzle to solve—BLACK CHALK. The plot unfolds from two alternating points of view. One is told by a first-person narrator, a recluse who lives in New York City in the present day. The second is third person-narration from fourteen years earlier, when five young British students and one American meet at Oxford University. They become friends, and then deadly rivals. They begin a game that seems at first casual and then turns ferocious as it takes over their lives. Four young men and two women, all of keen intelligence and unique personalities, more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Frenzy by John Lutz

Frenzy by John Lutz

By Josie Brown If you’re looking for an author with a versatile voice, no one fits the bill like John Lutz. At your local bookstore, you’ll find his award-winning novels shelved under Police Procedurals, Espionage, Thriller, and Historical. You’ll also be impressed with the numerous awards he’s garnered: the MWA’s Edgar, the PWA’s Shamus, not to mention the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Golden Derringer Lifetime Achievement Award. Hollywood likes what it reads, too. Lutz’s novel SWF SEEKS SAME was made into SINGLE WHITE FEMALE with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and his book THE EX was an HBO movie. His new novel, FRENZY, is the latest in his series featuring Frank Quinn, a former homicide detective, who goes up against a serial killer he’s more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Evil in Return by Weyman Jones

Evil in Return by Weyman Jones

By Ken Isaacson After graduating from Harvard University, Weyman Jones served as an enlisted man and then a junior officer in the Navy. He began his writing career with short stories and went on to publish three books for young readers. His historical novel for pre-teens, THE EDGE OF TWO WORLDS, went to seven printings and earned the Lewis Carroll Shelf and the Western Heritage Awards. A non-fiction book on computers was published in several languages, and his biography is included in SOMETHING ABOUT THE AUTHOR, a reference series about prominent authors of juvenile and young adult literature. Following his retirement as vice president, public affairs for the Grumman Corporation, he began writing thrillers. EVIL IN RETURN is his latest page-turner. Jones graciously agreed to more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
Everyone Lies by A.D. Garrett

Everyone Lies by A.D. Garrett

By Sandra Parshall EVERYONE LIES, first in a series by A.D. Garrett, was a hit in the UK, delivering vivid characters, an intricate story set in the violent Manchester, England underworld, and forensics details with the ring of authenticity. The American edition, recently released by St. Martin’s, received raves from Kirkus and Booklist and a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which praised the novel’s brisk pace and its balance between the intricacies of forensics and the cerebral instincts of criminal investigation. In EVERYONE LIES, two former colleagues who almost destroyed each other’s careers in the past reunite to solve a string of murders that no one else is taking seriously. Kate Simms has spent five years rebuilding her life after being demoted for giving forensics more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
The Deepest Dark by Joan Hall Hovey

The Deepest Dark by Joan Hall Hovey

By Amy Lignor Joan Hall Hovey is the definition of an “artist.” From her writing that has taken the form of suspense novels, as well as short stories and articles, this woman has not only taken the suspense world by storm, but also dabbles in the theater community. In addition, Joan makes time to work with other authors, giving them the information and help they need to embrace their talent and become a part of the literary world. Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Joan has a family she adores, including Scamp, the family dog. She looks out every day at tall pine trees and the stunning view of the Kennebecasis River. But although that view is certainly inspiring, her fans will tell more »

By August 31, 2014 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

To Find That Love Again by Devon Vaughn Archer

To Find That Love Again by Devon Vaughn Archer

From the award winning and bestselling romance writer Devon Vaughn Archer comes the heartfelt relationship audio novel, TO FIND THAT LOVE AGAIN. After tragically losing his wife and daughter in a car accident, writer-photographer Richard Lowry loses his will to do what he does best, becoming a recluse at his house on the famed 17-Mile Drive on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Single mother Janine Henderson, an editor at Richard’s New York City publisher, is assigned the task of bringing him back into the fold, with two books left in his contract. The two begin to connect beyond their professional association and personal misfortunes as they seek to find that true love again. Fans of such magical tales as BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, EDEN BURNING, ON MYSTIC more »

By October 13, 2014 Read More →
In The Bleak Midwinter: A Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novel by M. R. Sellars

In The Bleak Midwinter: A Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novel by M. R. Sellars

In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor. Thirty-five years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened. Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn’t get that memo.… The small town of Hulis is hiding a killer secret.… In The Bleak Midwinter is based on the short teaser novella Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale, but it tells the whole story of 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan’s 1975 abduction, and the present-day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event. SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a seven-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately more »

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Beyond All Limits by J.T. Brannan

Beyond All Limits by J.T. Brannan

The USS Gerald R. Ford is America’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier, an incredible mobile weapons platform that can spread US influence across the globe. But just as she is about to enter joint exercises with the Chinese navy, there is a military coup which results in a new Chinese government led by the megalomaniacal General Wu, who immediately orders the launch of the feared ‘Eastern Wind’ anti-ship missile. The strike leaves the US carrier crippled in the middle of the East China Sea, her crew of thousands held hostage by further missile strikes. The US military is unable to respond, leaving China free to attack and reclaim Taiwan, with Japan also in their sights. Due to the threat of nuclear reprisals, US President more »

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Wild Nights by Tina Wainscott

Wild Nights by Tina Wainscott

Getting sent to Decadence, a hedonistic Caribbean resort, sounds like a plum assignment—until Saxby Cole finds out he’s to investigate a heinous scheme where innocent women are being drugged and prostituted to resort guests. When Jennessy Shaw’s boyfriend dumps her right before their vacation, she goes to Decadence alone to explore her wild side. By the end of the first night, she’s not sure she has one. Which is why it’s so shocking when she wakes in a sexier-than-sin stranger’s room with no memory of the night before. Sax would love nothing more than to send this sweet beauty home, but no way is Jennessy bailing. Not only does she find the scheme horrendous, now it’s personal. Jennessy turns out to be a valuable partner more »

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Dirty Deeds by Jenna Bennett 

Dirty Deeds by Jenna Bennett 

Book 9 in the USA Today bestselling Savannah Martin mystery series.With hotels in downtown filled to capacity months in advance, real estate agent Savannah Martin decides to pick up some extra money renting out her empty East Nashville apartment. She’s living with her boyfriend, and the place is just sitting there, begging to be put to use.But when her latest tenant ends up dead—strangled in Savannah’s bed by what might have been a paying customer—the promise of easy money quickly turns sour.As the hunt for the killer leads to their shared hometown of Sweetwater, Tennessee, Savannah’s boyfriend, TBI agent Rafe Collier, is tapped to help with the investigation. But a familiarity with the town and the people in it isn’t necessarily a benefit when the more »

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Blamed by Edie Harris

Blamed by Edie Harris

Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager. That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge. BLAMED is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

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The Silent Hills by Derek Thompson

The Silent Hills by Derek Thompson

Everyone has a secret. Peter Marlow has spent his life living a lie. And when he finds himself in Harlsden, after accidentally looting a safe, all he wants to do is lay low and disappear. But a chance encounter, out by the lake, changes everything. Soon he’s thinking the impossible about all the things he’s denied himself – stablity, love and a future. There’s only one obstacle standing in his way – a husband who deserves no mercy. When Evelyn Jarrowby offers him the spare room above her grocery store, Peter is drawn into a web of deceit and half-truths, and offered the chance to get closer to Sally Fletcher. But her husband, Dan Fletcher, is not the sort of man you can reason with: more »

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Josh Rosen and Bubbe by L. A. Starks

Josh Rosen and Bubbe by L. A. Starks

Josh Rosen is a recurring character in the Lynn Dayton thriller series. This story about Josh and his grandmother was inspired by a former neighbor who was a Holocaust survivor. From the author: I worked on this story over a period of years. I kept setting it aside because it didn’t fit the narrative arc and pace of my thrillers. I recently found several versions of it and revised it again to be a stand-alone short story. While we are supposed to be somewhat immune to our own works particularly after countless revisions, the last paragraph of “Josh Rosen and Bubbe” can still bring tears to my eyes. JOSH ROSEN AND BUBBE is available from Amazon.  ***** STRIKE PRICE, Starks’ second Lynn Dayton thriller, won more »

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