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The March edition of the Big Thrill is here!

The Big Thrill kicks off March with a Between the Lines interview with bestselling author C.J. Box, who talks about life in Wyoming, his acclaimed work, and his latest bestseller, ENDANGERED.

March also brings a new series for The Big Thrill: The Big Break, where bestselling thriller writers tell their stories of how they broke into the thriller game. The inaugural article includes an interview with Steve Berry, the self-proclaimed “poster child” of why aspiring writers shouldn’t give up. Before he became a household name, Berry suffered 12 years and 85 rejections. Read more about his inspirational story by Jeremy Burns.

Michael Sears returns with The Africa Scene with his interview of Amanda Coetzee, and writer Layton Green is back with International Thrills, featuring Adrian McKinty.

This month’s edition also includes interviews with two ITW icons, the organization’s co-founder David Morrell and its co-president M.J. Rose, who talk about their latest highly-anticipated releases. And, of course, we interview more than two dozen ITW members about their latest, and greatest, thrillers.

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

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The March 2015 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The March 2015 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The Big Thrill kicks off March with a Between the Lines interview with bestselling author C.J. Box, who talks about life in Wyoming, his acclaimed work, and his latest bestseller, ENDANGERED. March also brings a new series for The Big Thrill: The Big Break, where bestselling thriller writers tell their stories of how they broke into the thriller game. The inaugural article includes an interview with Steve Berry, the self-proclaimed “poster child” of why aspiring writers shouldn’t give up. Before he became a household name, Berry suffered 12 years and 85 rejections. Read more about his inspirational story by Jeremy Burns. Michael Sears returns with The Africa Scene with his interview of Amanda Coetzee, and writer Layton Green is back with International Thrills, featuring Adrian more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Special to The Big Thrill: Breaking into the Thriller Game

Special to The Big Thrill: Breaking into the Thriller Game

The Big Break—Stories of Breaking into the Thriller Game: Steve Berry’s 12 Years and 85 Rejections By Jeremy Burns This fall will mark twelve years since Steve Berry burst onto the scene with his special blend of action, history, secrets, conspiracies, and international intrigue. During that time he’s released more than a dozen bestselling thrillers, seen his books translated into forty languages and released in fifty-one countries, and has become a household name among audiences the world over. His success has given him a platform to garner attention for historical landmarks and libraries in need through his History Matters non-profit organization. For many aspiring authors, Steve is the big time, the level of success that up-and-coming authors dream of. And yet, it was not always more »

By February 28, 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 →
Africa Scene:  An Interview with Amanda Coetzee

Africa Scene: An Interview with Amanda Coetzee

By Michael Sears Writer Amanda Coetzee was born in Bedford, England, has an honors degree in Performing Arts, and has performed in several countries. She worked in adult education (including a brief tenure at Holloway Women’s Prison) before travelling and eventually settling in South Africa. She now teaches English at Potchefstroom. She experimented with various genres, but loves mysteries and finally came to the intriguing story of Harry O’Connor a/k/a Badger. Harry was abandoned as a young boy and adopted by a clan of Irish Travellers (gypsies). There he earns himself the nickname “Badger” by carving out a reputation as a bare-knuckle boxer who never backs down in a fight. As an adult, Badger joins the London Metropolitan Police and severs all ties with the more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Industry Spotlight: An Inside Look at Seventh Street Books

Industry Spotlight: An Inside Look at Seventh Street Books

By James W. Ziskin The publishing world is often romanticized, sometimes ridiculed, and, like any other industry, surely misunderstood by the non-initiated. The Big Thrill’s readers are professional and aspiring writers, industry professionals, and especially fans of thriller, suspense, mystery, and crime fiction. As part of our continuing series, INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT, we focus this month on demystifying the publishing experience with a profile of a young mystery-and-thriller imprint, Seventh Street Books. —Eds In the midst of the greatest revolution publishing has witnessed since Gutenberg—with independent authors publishing their own works, Amazon flexing its muscles like—well—an Amazon, and Barnes & Noble closing stores—Prometheus Books launched a mystery-and-thriller imprint in 2012. They named it Seventh Street Books, after the street where Edgar Allen Poe lived and worked more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
International Thrills:  An interview with bestselling Australian-British author Alan Baxter

International Thrills: An interview with bestselling Australian-British author Alan Baxter

By J. F. Penn Alan Baxter is a bestselling and award-nominated author of dark urban fantasy novels and short stories. His latest book is BOUND, part of the Alex Caine series. This month, USA Today bestselling thriller author J.F.Penn interviewed Alan for The Big Thrill. Read the edited transcript below, or you can watch the full interview here, on YouTube. So, Alan, tell us a bit more about your writing journey. How did you get into being a writer? The short answer is: I’ve always been a writer, I just didn’t realize it. When I was about seven or eight years old, we were sent home from school on a Friday, and we had to write a story for the Monday. When we came back more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →

Between the Lines

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 →
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 →

Special to the Big Thrill

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 →
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 →

Crime Fiction

Full Tilt by Rick Mofina

Full Tilt by Rick Mofina

By Basil Sands Does crime pay? Rick Mofina might say yes. He has been making his living writing about it since he sold his first short story to a magazine at age fifteen. During college he walked in Hemingway’s shoes as a rookie reporter for The Toronto Star launching a career in journalism that spanned three decades. He’s been face-to-face with murderers on death row, covered a horrific serial killing case in California, an armored car heist in Las Vegas, and the murders of police officers in Alberta. He’s flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD, and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. And he’s reported from the Caribbean, Africa, and Middle East. All of it helped prepare him more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton

By Ian Walkley Glen Erik Hamilton’s debut thriller introduces readers to an exciting new protagonist, Van Shaw, whose military and thieving skills inevitably find him immersed in the high-stakes and violent underworld of ruthless criminals where right and wrong aren’t defined by the law. In PAST CRIMES, former thief and now Army Ranger Shaw receives a call from his criminal grandfather Dono to come home to Seattle. But when he arrives at Dono’s house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old burglar bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will like him for the crime. Diving back into the more »

By February 28, 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 →
Complicit by Stephen Edger

Complicit by Stephen Edger

By John Raab Stephen Edger started out like thousands of other authors today and self-published his first novel, Integration in 2010. By 2014, he’d not only had several other successful titles on Amazon, but was picked up by Endeavour Press, which published Crosshairs, the first in his The Cadre series. The Big Thrill recently had a chance to catch up with Stephen to talk about his second book in the series, COMPLICIT . COMPLICIT is your latest book, can you give us the inside scoop, not on the back cover? COMPLICIT is the second book in The Cadre series and follows on from where the first book (Crosshairs) finished. It is now November 2014. The current Prime Minister has been executed by ‘The Cadre’ a secret organization more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Dead Red by Tim O’Mara

Dead Red by Tim O’Mara

By Michael Sears Oh, what a sorry sight we must have looked, two New York writers of Irish descent, staggering from bar to bar along Seventh Avenue on a cold night in January. But it was the first night of the NFL playoffs and the Patriots versus Ravens had every bar with a television packed. Tim O’Mara and I finally found a relatively quiet table in the back of one of those fine establishments and ordered something medicinal—we were both fighting colds. Tim is the author of three mysteries featuring ex-cop turned public school teacher, Raymond Dunne. Sacrifice Fly, which introduced the series, was nominated for the Barry Award, followed by Crooked Numbers, and his latest, DEAD RED, published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in January. more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
A String of Beads by Thomas Perry

A String of Beads by Thomas Perry

By Dawn Ius After a two-year hiatus, Thomas Perry returns to his bestselling Jane Whitefield series with, A STRING OF BEADS—a fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life—and the life of those you love—depends on it. It’s a book Perry has wanted to write for some time, but it wasn’t until he received a letter from a fan that he found true inspiration. “I acquired a friend who might be called my ‘culture guide,’ an expert in Senca culture,” he says. “He’s a Canadian lawyer specializing in rights issues concerning the Iroquois nations, who live on both sides of the border.” He’d read all of Perry’s books, and while he enjoyed the stories, more »

By December 31, 2014 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

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 →
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 →

Contemporary Thrillers

The Someday File by Jean Heller

The Someday File by Jean Heller

By Wendy Tyson Jean Heller is no stranger to the world of investigative reporting, and in her latest thriller, THE SOMEDAY FILE, Jean’s knowledge and experience show. THE SOMEDAY FILE follows the sharp and spirited Deuce Mora, a columnist for The Chicago Journal, in her dangerous quest for justice as she unravels the truth behind a fifty-year-old crime. Well-plotted and tightly-written, with a fascinating glimpse into the sometimes grim reality of print journalism, THE SOMEDAY FILE is a thrilling read. Jean graciously agreed to answer a few questions for The Big Thrill. What can you tell us about THE SOMEDAY FILE that’s not on the back cover? This is a book about obsession, guilt, obligation, and overcoming impossible odds under incredible pressure. Deuce Mora is more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

By Lynne Constantine Caroline Cashion’s idyllic upbringing has always been a source of comfort to her, the result of which is a close adult relationship with her parents and siblings. She leads a quiet, academically rich life, spending her days teaching nineteenth-century French literature, and nights with her nose buried in a book. So when her chronic wrist pain leads her to have an MRI, she is stunned to discover that she has been carrying around a bullet in her neck. One discovery leads to another. As her past unravels, she learns that the first three years of her life are a mystery—her parents are not really her parents, but adopted her and kept it from her all her life. Readers accompany Caroline on her more »

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Long Way Down by Michael Sears

Long Way Down by Michael Sears

By Tim O’Mara I was in the Albany auditorium during the 2013 Barry Awards ceremony when Michael Sears and I both did not hear our names called for Best First Novel. About an hour later as we walked to a local bar to get some help with our mutual disappointment, he took the opportunity to call his wife. “Hey, Hon” I remember him saying, “this not winning thing is getting a lot easier.” He laughed at something she said, but I could tell he’d rather be making the phone call for another reason. Michael’s first book, Black Fridays, had garnered five nominations and the Barry was the fourth one he “did not win.” The following evening he took home the Shamus Award for “Best First more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason

Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason

By Linda Davies I knew I’d find Jamie Mason sympathetic when I read in her bio that she hates the sound of ticking clocks. In the first few pages of MONDAY’S LIE, I knew I’d love her work too. It’s wonderful when you sit down with a new book and go “Ahhh, I’m in great hands here.” The heartrending, crystalline opening (the central character, Dee Vess’s thirteen-year-old self laid bare)—mirrors my own philosophy: “later, and for years after, the thing that twisted me into a restless tangle in my sheets was the certainty that every normal night was on a hair trigger, leaning in at the ready to explode into something else entirely.” Mason is a master of the psychological insight. Dee Vess defines herself more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →
Little Black Lies by Sandra Block

Little Black Lies by Sandra Block

By Rob Brunet Pastel hospital curtains offer more than a false sense of privacy. We know to look away. We try not to hear the conversation between doctor and patient. It’s personal. Not ours to know. With LITTLE BLACK LIES, Sandra Block takes us behind the curtain in a psychiatric ward and gives us an eyeful. She probes the mental state of everyone from her protagonist-doctor to the patients she treats. The story is told through the eyes of Zoe Goldman, a psychiatric clinician. But Zoe is also a patient herself and the child of an institutionalized mother. The book peels back layers on the human mind while it draws us into Zoe’s life, revealing mysteries long kept hidden, buried deep, veiled by fire. Block more »

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Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

By Dawn Ius New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger can usually pinpoint the exact moment, or germ for a novel. There’s a little zap, generally sparked by a poem, a slice of music, a news story, or in one instance, a piece of junk mail. But in the case of her newest release, CRAZY LOVE YOU, Unger says she just woke up one day with an edgy, unstable voice in her head. “I knew it wasn’t my voice because it was male, and he was a graphic novelist—a world I knew nothing about,” she says. “So I called up my friend Gregg Hurwitz, who has also written for graphic novels, and said, ‘Help! I don’t know anything about my character’s job.’” Hurwitz immediately connected more »

By January 31, 2015 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

By Austin S. Camacho How can you tell if a historical mystery is going to be as exciting and suspenseful as any futuristic technothriller? Well, if it’s crafted by Thriller Master David Morrell, you can count on it. He proves that with INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, brilliantly merging historical fact and fiction. Set in Victorian England, Morrell’s latest novel brings us eye-to-eye with a killer who targets the highest levels of British society. To battle this brilliant murderer, Morrell plucks one of the most sensational personalities from the 1800s and brings him to vibrant life. That protagonist is Thomas De Quincey, whose notorious Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, was the first book about drug addiction. “It made De Quincey so famous that for the rest more »

By February 28, 2015 Read More →
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose

By James Ziskin M. J. Rose is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the Butterfield Institute and Reincarnationist series. Her latest novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS, is the first book of a new trilogy from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster: The Daughters of La Lune. An opulent tale of destiny and reinvention, relentless passion and cabalistic mysticism, of love lost and the pursuit to regain it across death and the ages, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS is set against the backdrop of Belle Époque Paris. Sandrine Salome is the wife of a New York banker. And though she enjoys wealth, social position, and a profound, spiritual bond with her adoring father, her marriage is passionless. When her husband betrays her father more »

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Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan

Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan

By Valerie Constantine STIFF PENALTY, released in February by Kensington, is the sixth book in the Mattie Winston mystery series by Annelise Ryan (the pen name of author Beth Amos). Like so many writers, as a child Amos usually had her nose in a book and dreamed early on of being a writer. Like perhaps not so many, she wrote hundreds of short stories and has saved all her rejection letters to prove it. Doubting her ability to support herself through writing, Amos decided to pursue a career in nursing. She never stopped writing, however, and at the age of forty sold her first full-length novel, Cold White Fury, to Harper Collins. Amos was off to the races. In addition to her first novels with more »

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Quicksand by Gigi Pandian

Quicksand by Gigi Pandian

By George Ebey Author Gigi Pandian’s latest book, QUICKSAND, gives us the third entry in her Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt series. This time around, Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of some interesting characters, Jaya delves into France’s colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer. The Big Thrill recently caught up with Gigi to learn more about her and QUICKSAND. Can you tell us a little about QUICKSAND and the series it’s set in? QUICKSAND is the third book in more »

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Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

By John Clement LADLE TO THE GRAVE is the fourth installment in the Soup Lover’s Mystery Series by Connie Archer.  The books follow the story of Lucky Jamieson, whose life was turned upside down when her parents met an untimely death in a car crash on an icy road.  Lucky has returned home to the cozy, idyllic town of Snowflake, Vermont, to run her family’s popular soup shop, “By The Spoonful,” but (as is wont to happen in these cozy, idyllic towns) murder is afoot… The latest book opens in the woods. It’s almost May, and some of Snowflake’s local ladies have organized a celebration to welcome the arrival of spring. But it doesn’t quite go as planned, does it? Certainly not!  It’s a murder more »

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Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz

Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz

By Dawn Ius Leslie Budewitz started writing at the age of four—on her father’s desk. Literally. She would scrawl on top of the wood with her crayons, pencils, or whatever she could find. Thankfully, her parents were understanding, and to this day, Budewitz’s mother, now eighty-nine, buys her daughter notebooks and pens for Christmas, a loving reminder about the concept of paper. Harriet the Spy inspired Budewitz to use the notebooks, a habit still, but she concedes they’re more of a journal than a secret spy record. In them, she jots ideas for recipes and stories—both of which are passions she’s combined to write cozy mysteries, such as her latest, ASSAULT AND PEPPER, the first in her new Spice Shop series. “One challenge of starting more »

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Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields by Kathryn Casey

Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields by Kathryn Casey

By Cathy Perkins Anne Rule crowned Kathryn Casey one of the best true crime writers today, and called DELIVER US, “A true crime classic! A chilling study where both the victim and the stalker are bizarre and inscrutable.” In DELIVER US, Casey delivers a riveting account of the brutal murders of eighteen young women in the I-45/Texas Killing Fields. Over a three-decade span, more than twenty women—many teenagers—died mysteriously in the small towns bordering Interstate 45, a fifty-mile stretch of highway running from Houston to Galveston. The victims were strangled, shot, or savagely beaten. Six met their demise in pairs. They had one thing in common: being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this harrowing true crime exposition, award-winning journalist Kathryn Casey more »

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The Fourth Rule by Douglass Seaver

The Fourth Rule by Douglass Seaver

By Dawn Ius In his twenty-five years as a business executive and management consultant, Douglass Seaver has authored dozens of articles, guest editorials, and even a chapter in a marketing book. Now, Seaver adds a full-length novel to his already impressive publishing resume, with the debut of his international suspense, THE FOURTH RULE. THE FOURTH RULE is the story of two brothers—one a missing Green Beret, the other, Matthew Grant, charged with keeping a secret. When the CIA approaches Grant to help solve the mystery of his brother’s disappearance, readers are taken on a twisting journey of suspense and intrigue, culminating in a high stakes gamble of life…and peace. Here, Seaver talks about what inspired THE FOURTH RULE, his transition to fiction, and what he’s more »

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