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The April edition of THE BIG THRILL is here!

More than forty ITW members spring into April with new releases—and we’ve got the scoop on them all.

In this issue’s Between the Lines cover story, New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance reveals how after penning fifty thrilling novels, she finally feels as though she’s being true to her art.

Bestseller Allison Brennan brings us a Special to The Big Thrill with her funny piece, A Crime Writer’s Guide to Raising Kids.

International Thrills writer Layton Green interviews bestselling Nordic crime writer Leena Lehtolainen, and in this month’s Africa Scene, Joanne Hichens talks to the owner of Modjaji Books, about the origins and acclaimed work of the Cape Town publishing house.

Plus, we've got the latest releases from thriller icons Steve Berry, Harlan Coben, Heather Graham, Alex Kava, Jon Land, and many, many more.

—The managing editors, Anthony Franze, Barry Lancet, and Dawn Ius​

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International Thrills: Bestselling Nordic crime writer Leena Lehtolainen by Layton Green

International Thrills: Bestselling Nordic crime writer Leena Lehtolainen by Layton Green

By Layton Green If you enjoy international crime novels, and you have not yet heard of Leena Lehtolainen, then you’re in for a treat. Highly regarded in Europe, Lehtolainen is Finland’s bestselling female crime author, and her titles have sold millions of copies in twenty-nine languages, as well as winning a variety of awards. Lehtolainen skyrocketed to fame with My First Murder, a series featuring a down-to-earth, music-loving female detective named Maria Kallio. The series has been adapted for television, and remains her most popular creation. However, she is not a one-series-wonder: Leena has also published a nonfiction work on figure skating (voted sports book of the year in Finland in 2010), literary fiction, juvenile fiction (her first novel was published when she was all more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
A Crime Writer’s Guide to Raising Kids by Allison Brennan

A Crime Writer’s Guide to Raising Kids by Allison Brennan

By Allison Brennan While I was driving my twelve-year-old daughter home from softball practice last week, she told me about her day—including an irate commentary about her history lesson. “Did you know that in Athens, women were considered the property of their husbands?” Before I could respond, she continued. “I told Mr. B that if I lived in Athens back then, I’d kill my husband, hide his body, and tell everyone he disappeared.” While I appreciate her independence and strong sense of gender equality, I fear I’ve ruined my kids. That, after writing twenty-five crime novels including my latest, COMPULSION, I’m raising five children who are plotting the perfect murder. I reminded her that we believe in Heaven and Hell and while there may be more »

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Africa Scene: An interview with Colleen Higgs by Joanne Hichens

Africa Scene: An interview with Colleen Higgs by Joanne Hichens

By Joanne Hichens Joanne Hichens grills Colleen Higgs, the majority shareholder and managing publisher of Modjaji Books, an independent feminist South African publishing company, about the challenges of venturing into new territory. After publishing more than seventy home-grown literary and poetry titles, Modjaji Books, going strong, is now publishing crime and thriller fiction. First, tell us a little about the origins of the name of your publishing house. I know that Modjadji the Rain Queen, the hereditary Queen of Balobedu, a people of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, is a legend unto herself. The succession to the position of Rain Queen is matrilineal which means the Queen’s eldest daughter is the heir, and males have no claim to the throne. The Rain Queen is believed to have special powers, including more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

By Jeremy Burns It’s Americans’ favorite time of year: tax season. With a tax code at tens of thousands of pages and an entire industry built up around helping ordinary citizens figure out exactly how much they owe, paying income tax has been among our most maligned of patriotic duties for nearly a century. But what if federal income tax is, in fact, illegal? Such is the bold question at the heart of Steve Berry’s latest thriller, THE PATRIOT THREAT. Once again, series hero Cotton Malone undertakes a globetrotting adventure to uncover the truth behind an explosive historical secret. The government of the United States draws ninety-one percent of its total revenue from personal and corporate income tax. The tax codes that allow the government more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

By Lynne Constantine Bestselling author Alex Kava burst onto the publishing landscape in 2000 with her breakout novel, A Perfect evil. Since then, she’s written thirteen books and is the creator of the bestselling Maggie O’Dell series. Now, Kava begins a new series featuring ex-marine Ryder Creed, debuting in BREAKING CREED. Despite his tough exterior, Ryder has soft spot for animals in need and has built a business rehabilitating abused and discarded dogs he then trains to be search animals. His weakness for the underdog leads him to rescue and harbor a young girl being used as a drug mule—despite the fact that it will make him the target of dangerous and ruthless drug dealers. In this Q&A, Kava takes time to answer some questions more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
The March 2015 Edition of The Big Thrill

The March 2015 Edition of The Big Thrill

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

By February 28, 2015 Read More →

Between the Lines

Between the Lines with New York Times Bestselling Author J. A. Jance by Dawn Ius

Between the Lines with New York Times Bestselling Author J. A. Jance by Dawn Ius

The Art of Being True By Dawn Ius New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance can trace her love of literature all the way back to elementary school where she was introduced to the magical world of Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series. She was, of course, fascinated by the stories, but even then, as an impressionable second-grade student in Mrs. Spangler’s class, Jance sensed “the author” behind the curtain and quickly realized that that is who she wanted to be—the person putting the words on the page. Since 1982, Jance has been doing just that, with her latest thriller COLD BETRAYAL marking her fiftieth novel. More than twenty million copies of her books are in print, and they have been translated into eighteen more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Between the Lines with New York Times Bestselling Author C. J. Box

Between the Lines with New York Times Bestselling Author C. J. Box

By Josie Brown C.J. Box’s novels have been lauded by readers and critics alike for their complex plots, true-to-life characters, and his stark lyrical depiction of the New West. His latest novel—ENDANGERED—is no exception. Box’s soft-spoken but hard-hitting protagonist, Joe Pickett, is back—and this time, it’s personal. When a young woman found beaten to near death turns out to be Joe’s stepdaughter, Joe’s gut tells him that the perpetrator isn’t the man in custody, but her boyfriend, rodeo champion Dallas Cates. Proving it means facing off with the whole Cates clan, who will do anything to protect Dallas. What does it take to write books that grab readers both by the hearts and throats? The Big Thrill recently interviewed Box to find out. Joe Pickett’s more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview With Lisa Gardner

A Between The Lines Interview With Lisa Gardner

By Dawn Ius Resting prominently on Lisa Gardner’s desk is her International Thriller Writers Award for best thriller, a ceramic giraffe, and an article about how to identify a psychopath. The ITW hardware represents the much-appreciated recognition from Gardner’s peers, while the giraffe is a gift from her daughter who understands her mother’s obsessions. As for the article on how to identify a psycho (spoiler alert: They’re everywhere), the piece is just one of the many resources this self-proclaimed research junkie will use to write such twisted psychological thrillers as her latest, CRASH & BURN. With more than twenty-two million copies of her bestselling novels sold worldwide, one might think this is starting to feel old hat for Gardner. But while she’ll concede there’s a more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
A Between the Lines Interview with Tami Hoag

A Between the Lines Interview with Tami Hoag

By Julie Kramer Even with fifteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers to her name, Tami Hoag still feels a tinge of panic trying to figure out the identity of the killers in her gritty psychological thrillers. This was especially true with COLD COLD HEART, in which her protagonist, Dana Nolan, moves from abduction victim in Hoag’s previous bestseller, The 9th Girl, to a brain-damaged heroine trying to solve a cold case. The ending shocks, to be sure, but for me the real surprise comes in Hoag’s Author’s Note in which she reveals a personal secret. In the back of COLD COLD HEART, you share details about the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury you suffered as a child. What made you go public more »

By December 31, 2014 Read More →
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 →

Special to the Big Thrill

A Crime Writer’s Guide to Raising Kids by Allison Brennan

A Crime Writer’s Guide to Raising Kids by Allison Brennan

By Allison Brennan While I was driving my twelve-year-old daughter home from softball practice last week, she told me about her day—including an irate commentary about her history lesson. “Did you know that in Athens, women were considered the property of their husbands?” Before I could respond, she continued. “I told Mr. B that if I lived in Athens back then, I’d kill my husband, hide his body, and tell everyone he disappeared.” While I appreciate her independence and strong sense of gender equality, I fear I’ve ruined my kids. That, after writing twenty-five crime novels including my latest, COMPULSION, I’m raising five children who are plotting the perfect murder. I reminded her that we believe in Heaven and Hell and while there may be more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
International Thrills: An Interview with Adrian McKinty

International Thrills: An Interview with Adrian McKinty

By Layton Green I love international crime fiction—thus this column—and I’d long wanted to read something set during the Troubles (the brutal internecine conflict over the constitutional status of Northern Ireland that I remember so vividly from my youth.) Adrian McKinty, an award-winning Irish writer who grew up in Belfast, was recommended to me by a friend, and so I picked up a copy of GUN STREET GIRL, Adrian’s latest novel featuring Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic police officer working the mean streets of Belfast during the Troubles. And what an inspired recommendation it was. A fascinating mystery grounded in historical events, a setting that taught me something about the world, and spare but beautiful prose: GUN STREET GIRL was just what I wanted. A more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Why We Love the Political Thriller by Steve P. Vincent

Special to the Big Thrill: Why We Love the Political Thriller by Steve P. Vincent

From Fleming to Clancy and Beyond: Why We Love the Political Thriller By Steve P. Vincent We love a political thriller. We love goodies and baddies, edge-of-your-seat suspense, epic stakes and politics far sexier than your average strongly-worded UN Security Council Resolution. But what’s remarkable is how robust the genre has proven to be in film and fiction; its evolution from James Bond through the Cold War to now. The political thriller remains a staple of pop culture storytelling. Things were easy right up until the fall of the Berlin Wall: Western (usually American) hero battles maniacal USSR villain with earth-scorching consequences if he loses. Yet after spinning its wheels through the mid-90s with nobody to worry about, the genre found the road again, with more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: The Long Road to Collaboration by Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas

Special to the Big Thrill: The Long Road to Collaboration by Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas

Done in Fifteen Years: The Long Road to Collaboration By Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas Whenever a substantial creative endeavor (novel writing, film directing, music composition, etc.,) is accomplished by two or more people working together to achieve a single voice, the first things people want to know is: How did you come together to write the novel? And how did you do it? In this Special to THE BIG THRILL, Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas—co-authors of the police-sniper thriller, DONE IN ONE—take a look back at the unlikely circumstances that brought them together to write this “high-powered, bone-rattler of a novel.” * * * Grant Jerkins: In the late 90s, I was working primarily as a screenwriter. I’d written five spec scripts and managed more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: The Importance of the Historical Thriller by Jerry Amernic

Special to the Big Thrill: The Importance of the Historical Thriller by Jerry Amernic

By Jerry Amernic From my observations, people, especially the young, are surprisingly ignorant of history. When I taught writing courses to college students, I was dumbfounded by how little they know about historical events. That got me thinking about some important periods in history, and what a travesty it would be if they were forgotten, only to suffer the risk of history, as they say, repeating itself. Thus became THE LAST WITNESS, a novel about the last living survivor of the Holocaust. In the book, the character’s one hundredth birthday takes place in 2039, but the world has all but forgotten. Like many novels, it was first turned down by various publishers, one of whom said he had to “suspend disbelief” with the premise that more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: The Room by Tim O’Mara

Special to the Big Thrill: The Room by Tim O’Mara

In something new for THE BIG THRILL, Barry-nominated author Tim O’Mara, a special education teacher in New York public schools, wrote this great vignette.  It isn’t hard to see how his teaching led him to the world of detective fiction, with a series centered around a teacher / ex-cop who often gets involved with cases involving students or former students. —Eds The Room By Tim O’Mara There’s something not quite right about the guy sitting across the table from me. He knows it. I know it. But he’s not talking. That’s why they called me. I have a rep for being good at getting guys like this to open up. If they go silent, it’s my job to pick up on the body language, subtle gestures, non-verbal clues. After five more »

By December 31, 2014 Read More →

Crime Fiction

Snatched from Home by Graham Smith

Snatched from Home by Graham Smith

By Richard Godwin Graham Smith’s SNATCHED FROM HOME is a searing thriller that plunges straight to the heart of fear—leaving you to ponder the terrifying question: What would you do to save your children? Nicholas and Victoria Foulkes’ children are kidnapped to force repayment of a gambling debt, but when the couple are unable to raise the ransom money in time, they turn to crime. The stakes are raised when their crime spree catches the attention of Harry Evans, a childless and recently bereaved detective trying to dodge enforced retirement. Smith writes tough-as-nails prose and delivers a page-turner that will leave you high on adrenaline. Graham took some time this month to answer a couple of key questions about what inspired his latest release, and more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Scent of Murder by James O. Born

Scent of Murder by James O. Born

By Linda Davies James O. Born has had a long and distinguished career as an agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency, and is still employed as an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where he has worked in a number of areas, including the Special Operations Team. This has given him experience that many writers would die for (figuratively, and probably literally too, if we ever stumbled into the path of clear and present danger!) After years trying to get published, Born hit the big leagues when Putnam published his first novel Walking Money in 2004. This year marks his ninth book, SCENT OF MURDER. It focuses on the use of canine units in law enforcement and detection: Two years after being tossed more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Signature Kill by David Levien

Signature Kill by David Levien

By Kurt Anthony Krug David Levien has a reputation for exhaustive research in order to authenticate his fiction. For instance, Levien (pronounced “Levine”) and frequent collaborator Brian Koppelman entered the dangerous world of underground poker halls when writing the screenplay to 1998’s Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. For his latest novel, SIGNATURE KILL—the fourth featuring private investigator Frank Behr—Levien researched serial killers. “Wouldn’t it be off the charts insane if I admitted to becoming a serial killer in the name of research? Well, I didn’t do that. I did read dozens of biographies, case histories, non-fiction and clinical books on killers of all different types. I also spoke pretty extensively with a couple criminal psychiatrists. The process took a few years,” said Levien. more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Strawfoot by David Hodges

Strawfoot by David Hodges

By David Healey David Hodges is a British crime writer whose long career in law enforcement informs his fiction with rich details of police procedure. STRAWFOOT is his newest novel set on the moody Somerset Levels, a coastal area with a penchant for marshes and murders. The case will be the biggest challenge yet for Detective Sergeant Kate Lewis, the main character in the series. In this new release from Hale Books, a murder has the locals wondering if Strawfoot, a sort of bogeyman from local legend, could be behind the killing. Hodges answered some questions from the perspective of a veteran police officer and crime writer from “across the pond.” The main character in your thrillers is Detective Sergeant Kate Lewis. Was it challenging more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

By Bruce DeSilva Before I wrote my first novel, I was a print journalist for four decades, spending many of those years editing investigative stories that won every journalism prize including the Pulitzer. It’s not surprising, then, that the fiction writers I most admire are the ones who use the popular form of the crime novel as a platform to talk to mass audiences about serious social issues—novelists such as George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, James Lee Burke, and Richard Price. The last major story I edited before I fled journalism exposed the plight of child workers, some of them as young as five years old, laboring in the gold mines of West Africa. The story traced the gold as it moved through a series of more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
The Replacements by David Putnam

The Replacements by David Putnam

By Sidney Williams In David Putnam’s new novel, THE REPLACEMENTS, ex-cop Bruno Johnson is drawn into a deadly, twisted game to save two kidnapped girls. They’re in the hands of Jonas Mabry, a man Johnson once saved from death—as a child, Mabry was shot by his own mother. Now, seeking a warped form of revenge, he’s demanding a $1 million-dollar ransom for the girls. Following the events of 2014’s The Disposables, Johnson is living in Costa Rica when the book opens. He’s hiding out from the FBI, tending bar and supporting eight children he illegally rescued from abusive homes. Johnson agrees to help a former colleague and risk arrest back in L.A. to help track Jonas down. To write THE REPLACEMENTS Putnam, who’s now retired, more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

Black Scorpion by Jon Land

Black Scorpion by Jon Land

By Austin Camacho What can one man do against a huge criminal organization bent on world domination? Jon Land shows us in BLACK SCORPION: THE TYRANT REBORN, and thriller fans will love getting the answer. The man in question is Michael Tiranno, whose cunning and ruthlessness in business earned him the nickname “The Tyrant.” Land introduced him in The Seven Sins. In that novel, Tiranno saved Las Vegas from a terrorist attack. This impressive character fully deserved to return in an even bigger adventure. “You’d find him captivating, fascinating, charismatic, engaging, and a bit brash,” Land says. “The Tyrant inside him only emerges when he, someone close to him, or someone vulnerable, is harmed or threatened. The question, of course, then becomes which is the more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Snake Pass by Colin Campbell

Snake Pass by Colin Campbell

By Sidney Williams Colin Campbell’s Resurrection Man returns in SNAKE PASS, a new thriller that looks back on the protagonist’s deadly standoff during his police career in Yorkshire. Readers know Jim Grant, The Resurrection Man, as a special operative who stayed in the United States after a British case brought him to American shores. In Jamaica Plain, Montecito Heights, and Adobe Flats he’s been troubleshooting dangerous situations for an unnamed U.S. security agency. In the first novel in the series, Jamaica Plain, a press photo of Grant with his hands extended during a standoff with a gunman earned his nickname, and his adventures have earned praise from outlets such as Library Journal, which noted of SNAKE PASS: “Campbell’s gritty noir style and hard-hitting action scenes more »

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Aftershock by Philip Donlay

Aftershock by Philip Donlay

By Dawn Ius If you knew Philip Donlay in high school, you probably caught him just “flying around.” At seventeen, he was the only student in the school with his pilot’s license—a rare accomplishment for most, but for Donlay a somewhat natural progression in his life’s navigation. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capital of the World, coupled with the fact that Donlay’s grandfather was a pilot, Donlay’s love of flying was essentially part of his DNA, as natural as breathing air. Over the years, he’s been a flight instructor, flown a private jet for a Saudi prince, and for twenty-eight years, flew a corporate jet for a Fortune 500 company, logging almost 14,000 hours of flight time. Even still, he remembers his first more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Big Mojo by Jack Getze

Big Mojo by Jack Getze

I write funny, or screwball, mysteries, but I scared myself writing BIG MOJO, the third novel in my Austin Carr series. Maybe the book really is a thriller. What happened, a supporting character—Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli—took over as my favorite writing voice, and that is not supposed to happen. Austin Carr is my chosen speaker, the man whose strange ideas about life found voice inside the devil on my shoulder. Austin’s the star of the show. He talks in first person. It’s his series. Says so on the cover of every book. Looking back, examining Mama Bones’ creation and early appearances, it’s hard to say when and how the change-over occurred. Austin did all the talking in book one, Big Numbers. Mama Bones tickled my more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
Twelve Days by Alex Berenson

Twelve Days by Alex Berenson

By Jeremy Burns Ever since smashing onto the scene with his award-winning, bestselling debut, The Faithful Spy, Alex Berenson and series protagonist John Wells have thrilled readers, weaving dangerous plots ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, and offering high-speed windows into the world’s most exotic places. In his latest outing, TWELVE DAYS, Berenson leads readers on a breakneck adventure where Wells must prevent a terrible calamity where countless lives hang in the balance. But with only the titular twelve days to uncover the truth, is Wells in over his head this time? Alex Berenson sat down with The Big Thrill to offer some insight into his latest thrill ride, and into the man behind the magic himself. Tell us a little about yourself. I am a former more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
Done In One by Grant Jerkins & Jan Thomas

Done In One by Grant Jerkins & Jan Thomas

By Dawn Ius As the long-time wife of a SWAT sniper, Jan Thomas has lived most of her life under a cloak of anonymity, keeping her emotions—and close relationships—tight to her chest. She’s witnessed firsthand the darker side of humanity, and admits, it’s sometimes scary. Thriller author Grant Jerkins considers “scary” part of his job. His dark novels—A Very Simple Crime, The Ninth Step, and At the End of the Road—are known for their ability to take readers down disturbing, uncomfortable paths. But neither Jerkins nor Thomas ever considered those paths might one day cross. The two have never met, but together, they’ve written DONE IN ONE, a vivid, visceral look at the haunting world of a police sniper. Though fiction, the novel is very more »

By December 31, 2014 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

By E. M. Powell As a reader, how do you know you’re in for a treat before you even open the book at page one? A quick answer would be to say that it’s written by Heather Graham. Graham is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than one hundred books, boasting a career that has garnered her numerous awards. My treat this month was THE DEAD PLAY ON, which is the third book in Graham’s Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn series. Based in New Orleans, Cafferty and Quinn solve unusual crimes that the cops can’t. In this latest outing, an apparent suicide turns out to be one of a number of musicians who have been murdered. The body count continues more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
Blessed Are Those Who Weep by Kristi Belcamino

Blessed Are Those Who Weep by Kristi Belcamino

By John Clement BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP is the third book in Kristi Belcamino’s acclaimed series of thrillers chronicling the life of Gabriella Giovanni, an Italian-American crime reporter who happens to make a mean biscotti on the side. Not for nothing, Belcamino is herself Italian-American, and she knows a thing or two about baking biscotti as well, but it’s her career as a crime-beat reporter that imbues her fiction with a unique and rare note of authenticity. Her readers have come to expect suspenseful and gripping page-turners, and they’ll be happy to know that this new book does not disappoint. I sat down with Belcamino to talk about her life, her work, and her latest novel. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP is out this month, more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →
The Stranger by Harlan Coben

The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Known for capturing readers from the very first line and then surprising them with every carefully plotted twist and turn, what makes #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben’s books downright frightening is the underlying message reminding us just how frail the line is between order and chaos in our lives. With his latest, that message is as strong as ever. Coben once again reminds us there is a reason we call it the “American Dream” and the scary part is the possibility that we are all on the verge of waking up. THE STRANGER (Dutton; March 24, 2015) centers on the many secrets people keep when they think they’re anonymous – especially online – and how easily those secrets can be revealed when more »

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The One That Got Away by Simon Wood

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood

By John Darrin I was quite excited to get this assignment—Simon Wood, author of twelve novels, six short story collections, two audio books, and numerous non-fiction how-to articles. Quite a library of work. And I’m sure he’s sold a lot of them—over 500,000, I’m told. Five of those to me. In THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, Wood delves into the world of post-traumatic stress disorder, something we’ve all heard about and think we understand. His interest in the subject led him to study the subject with everyone from returning veterans and advocates for abused women, and he found that “PTSD is something people don’t understand generally. It’s something I didn’t really understand myself. I’ve attempted to highlight the issues and behaviors in the book with more »

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Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri

Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri

By Jeff Ayers Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 16 novels including THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT RISES, and his latest, EVERYTHING BURNS. When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attempts and two trips to the mental ward he was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces. With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their more »

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Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

By Lynne Constantine Bestselling author Alex Kava burst onto the publishing landscape in 2000 with her breakout novel, A Perfect evil. Since then, she’s written thirteen books and is the creator of the bestselling Maggie O’Dell series. Now, Kava begins a new series featuring ex-marine Ryder Creed, debuting in BREAKING CREED. Despite his tough exterior, Ryder has soft spot for animals in need and has built a business rehabilitating abused and discarded dogs he then trains to be search animals. His weakness for the underdog leads him to rescue and harbor a young girl being used as a drug mule—despite the fact that it will make him the target of dangerous and ruthless drug dealers. In this Q&A, Kava takes time to answer some questions more »

By March 31, 2015 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

Mean Streets Bundle by authors Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Sean Black, Clive Barker and David Morrell, just to name a few

Mean Streets Bundle by authors Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Sean Black, Clive Barker and David Morrell, just to name a few

11 crime novels from 11 authors such as Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Sean Black, Clive Barker and David Morrell. Pay what you want. Help support 3 worthy causes. Easy access to all eReaders, tablets, Kindle, Smartphones. David Morrell, Brotherhood of the Rose Ed Gorman, Serpent’s Kiss Clive Barker, Cabal Bill Pronzini, Carmody’s Run Tony Black, Truth Lies Bleeding Sean Black, Innocent David Niall Wilson, Sins of the Flash Steven Savile, Laughing Boy’s Shadow Tom Piccirilli, Nightjack Maynard Sims, Falling Apart at the Edges Stephen Gallagher, Down River

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Lessons for Suspicious Minds by Charlie Cochrane

Lessons for Suspicious Minds by Charlie Cochrane

1909 In the innocent pre-war days, an invitation to stay at the stately country home of a family friend means a new case for amateur sleuths Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith. In fact, with two apparently unrelated suicides to investigate there, a double chase is on. But things never run smoothly for the Cambridge fellows. In an era when their love dare not speak its name, the risk of discovery and disgrace is ever present. How, for example, does one explain oneself when discovered by a servant during a midnight run along the corridor? Things get even rougher for Orlando when the case brings back memories of his father’s suicide and the search for the identity of his grandfather. Worse, when they work out who more »

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Burial Plot (A Jonelle Sweet Mystery Book 1) by R. Lanier Clemons

Burial Plot (A Jonelle Sweet Mystery Book 1) by R. Lanier Clemons

Campus security guard and cop wannabe Jonelle Sweet has a problem. Her recently deceased husband is missing from the cemetery plot where she buried him. Married less than two years to Delbert Sweet, Jonelle knows she can find the answers to why someone removed his body and where he was taken. Refusing to give up or be stonewalled, Jonelle’s persistence pays off. As her demand for answers escalates, Jonelle methodically tracks down a body snatcher and uncovers a conspiracy where cadavers are sold for profit. Jonelle learns that if she doesn’t watch her step, the grave robber may just turn into a killer. And she will be his first victim. Mystery readers will love R. Lanier Clemon’s gustsy wannabe-cop, Jonelle Sweet. The first in a more »

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Death Order by Jan Needle

Death Order by Jan Needle

The wartime flight and subsequent incarceration of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, remains one of the greatest mysteries of the Second World War. There seems little doubt that Hess flew out of Germany in a ME110, and that someone crash-landed a few miles outside Glasgow several hours later. But the airman pulled out of the wrecked fighter claimed his name was Alfred Horn, and Frank Foley, long recognised as one of Britain’s greatest secret agents, said after interviewing the flyer in the Tower of London ‘that man is not Rudolf Hess.’ The government, however, insisted that it was. The man was moved from the Tower to a prison where he attempted suicide, and later to a mental hospital. Tried at Nuremberg, where Goering once taunted him more »

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Dangerous Obsessions by Bob Van Laerhoven

Dangerous Obsessions by Bob Van Laerhoven

Tight, taut and shocking, these stories all have warped love as the source of violence. Belgian/Flemish author, Bob Van Laerhoven, winner of the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category “Mystery/Suspense” and the Hercule Poirot Prize with his controversial novel, Baudelaire’s Revenge, connects the fate of individuals with profound social changes. Van Laerhoven has been a travel writer in conflict-zones from 1990 until 2003 and echos of his experiences trickle through these confronting and thrilling tales, set in civil war-torn Algeria in the fifties, in a gypsy populated concentration-camp during WWII, in a Peruvian border-town where stealing is a deadly art, in Liberia during the civil war in the nineties, and in Belgian Congo during the bloody uproar in the sixties. Omnia vincit amor—Love more »

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Kaanapali Beach Paradise: A Maui Novelette by R. Barri Flowers

Kaanapali Beach Paradise: A Maui Novelette by R. Barri Flowers

From award-winning writer, R. Barri Flowers, and bestselling author of the heartfelt relationship novel, Forever Sweethearts, comes a compelling contemporary novelette: Kaanapali Beach Paradise. Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii’s famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolves around the anticipated grand opening of the Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the newest luxury resort on this three-mile long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island’s western shore. Ben Crawford is a multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of the Kaanapali Palms Hotel. A widower, his 19-year-old daughter, Leigh, is his pride and joy. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining it would come back to haunt more »

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A Kangaroo’s Pouch (A Children’s Picture Book) by R. Barri Flowers

A Kangaroo’s Pouch (A Children’s Picture Book) by R. Barri Flowers

A Kangaroo’s Pouch is a humorous, rhyming book of colorful illustrations for beginning and young readers by bestselling children’s book author R. Barri Flowers. It is about the female kangaroo and what her pouch is for. The book should delight young audiences with the many playful things that could be kept in the kangaroo’s pouch, before finally getting to what the pouch is actually for.

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ABC’S of Earth’s Creatures (A Children’s Picture Book) by R. Barri Flowers

ABC’S of Earth’s Creatures (A Children’s Picture Book) by R. Barri Flowers

ABC’S of Earth’s Creatures is a fun alphabet and rhyming book of illustrations for early and beginning readers to learn about some amazing animals on land, in the water, and way up in the sky. It is the first in an exciting new children’s picture book series from R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of teen and young adult fiction, which is sure to engage your preschoolers and young children.

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