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The July edition of THE BIG THRILL is here!

In our July issue, you’re truly learning from the masters. Cover subject Joseph Finder tells the story of writing high-octane protagonists, while Brad Thor reveals what goes into creating a terrifying antagonist. D.P. Lyle delivers the low-down on his new book: a comedic thriller! M.J. Rose tells how she uses sensory detail and imagination to create an evocative world. New York Times reporter Barry Meier takes us behind the scenes on writing a nonfiction narrative about the controversial American who disappeared in Iran.

In our column “Get It Right,” J.J. Hensley sets the record straight once and for all on what a U.S. Secret Service agent does—and doesn’t do. F. Paul Wilson reveals in this month’s “Turning Point” why he’s shifting away from his series. And in “Trend Report,” Dawn Ius saddles up to report on the life left in the Western. All three are must-reads.

Other sensational interviews this July from Raymond Khoury, Terrie Farley Moran, Dana I. Wolff, Anne Frasier, Austin S. Camacho, Kat Martin, Mark Alpert, Cara Black, Scott McEwan, and many more!

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International Thrills: Raymond Khoury

International Thrills: Raymond Khoury

Conspiracy Thrillers and THE END GAME By Joanna Penn Raymond Khoury is a New York Times bestselling novelist and award-winning screenwriter. Raymond’s latest book is THE END GAME and you can find him on his website. USA Today bestselling thriller author J.F.Penn interviewed Raymond for The Big Thrill. Although you grew up in the U.S., you’re originally from Lebanon, which was once described as the Paris of the East, and now is more known for civil war. How does the Middle East and your experiences flow into your writing? Growing up there and going to architecture school during the civil war years has had a huge influence on my view of life, and by extension, on my writing. The urgency, the pacing, it all comes more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Up Close: Interview with Brad Thor

Up Close: Interview with Brad Thor

A Story of Deadly Rivals  By J. H. Bográn Scot Harvath is back. Those words send chills down the spines of Brad Thor readers everywhere. With novel Number 15 in the series about to hit the stores, anticipation soars for the next page-turner revolving around Harvath, an ex-Navy SEAL Secret Service agent. Deep within the Caucasus, Moscow has its own special kind of operative. As a child, Sacha Baseyev endured an unimaginable horror. Today he lives and breathes for only one reason—to kill. And he will kill as many Americans as it takes to accomplish his mission. When a clandestine American operations team is ambushed near Syria, all signs point toward a dangerous informant in Brussels. But as Harvath searches for the man, he uncovers another actor—a rogue player hell-bent on forcing America’s hand and drawing the nation into a confrontation deadlier than anyone could have imagined. Thor discusses the challenges of more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Get It Right: J.J. Hensley

Get It Right: J.J. Hensley

Portraying the Secret Service Accurately By J.J. Hensley True story:  The shot rang out from somewhere behind me.  Instantly, I shielded the person walking beside me and began pushing her away from the threat.  The protectee instinctively struggled against my efforts, but I held firm, refusing to relinquish my grip.  No matter the cost to me, I would not allow an assailant to get a clean shot at the intended target.  The protectee was stunned.  The crowd around us was mortified.  The realization I came to next was one I will never forget. It is no secret that the United States Secret Service protects the President of the United States.  That aspect of the job has been described—with varying levels of accuracy—in countless books and more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Trend Report

Trend Report

Are Westerns Back in the Saddle? By Dawn Ius Bummed out that AMC’s popular TV western Hell on Wheels is on its last ride? Hold on, folks—frontier fiction is back in the saddle again, with an emphasis on thriller and suspense. (And cowboys! Giddy-up!) Just ask Adam Sternbergh, the author of the forthcoming book The Blinds, a “Western thriller” set in modern day Texas. The story takes place in an isolated town where people with dark, criminal pasts are sent as part of a rehabilitation plan. “For their own safety, these residents have no contact with the outside world and—thanks to the experiment—no memories of their own past criminal misdeeds,” Sternbergh says. “The book’s action begins when there’s a murder in the town, and the more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
International Thrills: Sofie Sarenbrant

International Thrills: Sofie Sarenbrant

The New Star of the Swedish Mystery Scene By Layton Green Sweden has a history of producing excellent crime novelists, famous for bleak Scandinavian settings and dark, psychological suspense.  Names such as Liza Marklund, Mari Jungstedt, Camilla Läckberg, and of course, Stieg Larsson come to mind.  Our guest this month is Sofie Sarenbrant, a rising star in the Swedish mystery scene who has sold more than 700,000 books in 12 countries. Hollywood is calling, she has appeared on numerous magazine covers, and her future is brighter than a summer solstice in Stockholm. KILLER DEAL, Sofie’s fifth crime novel and the third in the detective Emma Sköld series, released on May 16th.  The novel is a page-turner about a father who is found dead by his six-year-old daughter more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Trend Report: The New Short

Trend Report: The New Short

Trend Report: Can the New Short Capture Reluctant Readers? By Dawn Ius Hey, reluctant readers! James Patterson is gunning for you. The author of 156 bestselling novels that have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide is poised to further expand his readership by launching a line of cheap, concise page turners that are “impossible to put down.” Harkening back to the era of the dime store novel, Patterson’s BookShots are aimed at the 27 percent of Americans that haven’t read a book in the past year. Writers, take note. “Unfortunately, people aren’t reading in the same way that they have in the past,” Patterson says. “While there are still wonderful stories out there, many people have turned away from books as an accessible form more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →

Between the Lines

Between the Lines: Joseph Finder

Between the Lines: Joseph Finder

Building the Perfect Hero By James W. Ziskin Joseph Finder writes high-octane bestselling novels of suspense, conspiracy, and ruthless corporations. His books have garnered top industry awards including the ITW Award for Best Novel (Killer Instinct 2006), both the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller (Company Man 2005), and the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (Buried Secrets 2011). Two of his standalone thrillers, High Crimes and Paranoia, have been made into major motion pictures. Following up on last year’s standalone New York Times bestseller, The Fixer, Finder is back this month with GUILTY MINDS. Featuring the bruising and brilliant “private spy” Nick Heller, GUILTY MINDS is the third novel in this popular series (after Vanished and Buried Secrets). This time, Heller is hired more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Daniel Palmer

Between the Lines with Daniel Palmer

Embracing the Legacy—and Setting a New Mark By Austin S. Camacho I’ve heard that varied experiences, an artistic temperament, or even genetics could predict writing talent. By any of those measures it’s no surprise that Daniel Palmer has turned out a steady flow of bestsellers. After earning his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer. He’s an accomplished blues harmonica player. And he’s the son of bestselling author Michael Palmer, whose legacy lives on because Daniel’s been asked to continue his father’s oeuvre. Which means now two of Daniel’s novels are being released at the same time. MERCY is the second Michael Palmer medical thriller Daniel’s written in the tradition of his late father. In it, Dr. Julie Devereux more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Charlaine Harris

Between the Lines with Charlaine Harris

Extraordinary Characters Hiding Among the Ordinary By Nancy Bilyeau The place is Texas. We find ourselves in a small town, and by that I mean a very small town. One streetlight, a diner, a few stores. It’s quiet. And the people … well, this is a Charlaine Harris book, and the people are definitely not what they seem. It doesn’t stay quiet for long. Harris’s latest book, NIGHT SHIFT, is the third in her new series. These exciting mysteries revolve around the residents of Midnight, Texas: an Internet psychic named Manfred who may or may not be a real psychic; Fiji, a woman who runs a New Age witchcraft shop for a good reason; a gay couple, Chuy and Joe; a pawnshop owner, Bobo; another couple, more »

By April 30, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines: Interview with Lisa Scottoline

Between the Lines: Interview with Lisa Scottoline

Finding the Monstrous in the Ordinary By Robert Rotstein The best thrillers begin with ordinary, even joyous events and explore how one unfortunate turn can threaten everything that a person holds dear. And “best thriller” describes Lisa Scottoline’s compelling new novel MOST WANTED, in which a couple’s dream—to have a child—becomes a nightmare, placing at risk a woman’s unborn child, her marriage, and ultimately, her life. Christine Nilsson is a devoted school teacher and a loving wife. She and her husband, Marcus, desperately want a baby, but Marcus suffers from fertility problems. After much soul-searching and research, they decide to use a sperm donor, and Christine becomes pregnant. Then, after two months, she discovers that her donor might be a serial killer. Against her husband’s more »

By March 31, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Harlan Coben, by A.J. Colucci

Between the Lines with Harlan Coben, by A.J. Colucci

Lessons From the Master of the Twist By A.J. Colucci Crime writer Harlan Coben is arguably today’s Master of the Who-Done-It. The author is known for leaving a trail of breadcrumbs along the way to fool readers into thinking they know the ending when they don’t. FOOL ME ONCE is the latest novel to demonstrate his skill at the double-twist. It grabs you from page one, and tosses your sensibilities around like a ragdoll, until the shocking end. I started the book early morning, broke for a quick lunch and closed it around midnight. I’m still not sure what my family ate for dinner. If you read Coben, you know what I’m talking about. Since his breakout novel, TELL NO ONE, he’s been churning out more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Between the Lines with Maverick Novelist Barry Eisler

Between the Lines with Maverick Novelist Barry Eisler

What Happens If Our Government Takes Surveillance One Step Further By Josie Brown An interview with author Barry Eisler is always timely and provocative, to say the least. A prolific author, this former CIA operative and attorney has landed on numerous bestseller lists with novels based on his iconic assassin anti-hero, John Rain. He has won both Bouchercon’s Barry Award and Mystery Inc.’s Gumshoe Award. Those who read his blog know that Eisler is a staunch public advocate of human rights—a topic covered in his latest thriller, THE GOD’S EYE VIEW—as well as authors’ rights. Since both are hot topics for those of us who write (and read) thrillers, yes, you’ll want to read what he has to say. When, and how, did the idea more »

By January 31, 2016 Read More →

Special to the Big Thrill

Turning Point: F. Paul Wilson

Turning Point: F. Paul Wilson

Tossing Off the Security Blanket By Ann Voss Peterson F. Paul Wilson, a physician who has written numerous international bestsellers—from the Repairman Jack urban mercenary series to science thrillers and iconic horror novels like The Keep—tells Ann Voss Peterson why he’s changing course with his new release PANACEA. Okay, it seems every time you turn around, someone is starting a new series, and here you’ve gone and stopped one. Repairman Jack has such a wide and loyal fan base, all I can do is scratch my head and ask why? Yeah, I know. It seems like a dumb idea. I remember mentioning to Lee Child that I was planning on shutting down the series and he said, “Why would you ever want to do that?” more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Author Guided Tour: Simon Toyne Explores Arizona

Author Guided Tour: Simon Toyne Explores Arizona

In Search of Redemption in 118-Degree Heat A man walks barefoot from a burning plane wearing an elegant suit jacket with his name stitched into the label. Ahead of him, a small town shimmers in the desert heat. He doesn’t know where he is, or who he is, or even if he was on the crashed plane—the only thing he knows for sure is that he has come to the town to save someone. This is the opening scene of THE SEARCHER and also the first solid image I had of the story. A new book often starts this way for me, with a scene or an image, and from this glimpse I knew I needed to find a desert town, so I booked a trip to more »

By May 31, 2016 Read More →
Trend Report:  Can the Devil Make Us Do It?

Trend Report: Can the Devil Make Us Do It?

By Dawn Ius From Paradise Lost to Rosemary’s Baby, Satan hasn’t exactly been hiding in hell when it comes to storytelling. But in the last decade, with supernatural fiction cycling through vampire/werewolf/zombie, it seems the Prince of Darkness lingered in the shadows of society’s fascination, waiting to take his moment in the cultural spotlight. Could the time be now? “Horror fiction—and genre fiction generally—feeds upon the anxieties of the moment, and spits them back at us in transfigured, mythologized forms,” says Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of several literary horror stories, including The Demonologist, winner of the ITW award for Best Hardcover Novel in 2014. “Even on the intimate level of the people in our immediate lives and the conversation around the ‘sociopath next door,’ we turn, more »

By April 30, 2016 Read More →
Author Guided Tour: E.M. Powell Takes Us to Medieval Ireland

Author Guided Tour: E.M. Powell Takes Us to Medieval Ireland

By E.M. Powell The island of Ireland occupied a unique place in the medieval world. It was, as far as the millions of inhabitants of Europe were concerned, It. Nothing else existed to the west (sorry, Americas). In a 7th Century letter to the Pope, Saint Columbanus refers to the Irish as the ‘Dwellers at the Earth’s Edge.’ And even by the 12th Century, Gerald of Wales, royal clerk to England’s King Henry II, still confirmed Ireland as ‘the farthest western lands…Beyond the whole horizon only the ocean flows and is borne on in endless space.’ Now, Henry had a keen interest in Ireland and, as it happens, so do I—it being the land of my birth and all. But I also have a keen interest in more »

By February 22, 2016 Read More →
Turning Point: Gregg Hurwitz Launches a Series

Turning Point: Gregg Hurwitz Launches a Series

A Compelling Protagonist for ORPHAN X By R.G. Belsky So why does a best-selling thriller writer like Gregg Hurwitz decide to launch a new series now, after putting out a string of hugely successful stand-alone books? Hurwitz, author of the highly anticipated ORPHAN X, says it’s because it took him 15 novels to find a character he wanted to spend that much time with–but he finally has one in Evan Smoak. “A book series is a huge step,” Hurwitz said when we interviewed him about the debut of this exciting series hero, who is already being compared to the likes of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne. “It’s not just who you’re living with that book and that year. It’s the next book. And the next. more »

By January 31, 2016 Read More →
Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds, edited by Kenneth Wishnia

Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds, edited by Kenneth Wishnia

By Dawn Ius Some of today’s best-known crime writers have come together to create JEWISH NOIR, an anthology of new stories that examine the re-emergence of noir in Jewish culture. Edited by Kenneth Wishnia, the book’s 32 compelling offerings tackle issues such as the long-terms effects of the Holocaust, sexual abuse in an insular ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn community, amoral  businessmen, and, much to Wishnia’s surprise, multiple stories on bullying. “No less than three of the contributions focus on characters having been bullied for being Jewish,” he says. The anthology is truly a diverse collection of work by an eclectic group of authors—some of whom aren’t even Jewish. “This is a compilation of ‘not the usual suspects,’ ” Wishnia says, noting that among the stories by the more more »

By November 30, 2015 Read More →

Crime Fiction

Let The Devil Out by Bill Loehfelm

Let The Devil Out by Bill Loehfelm

By Rick Reed Bill Loehfelm is the author of the critically-acclaimed crime fiction series about New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin. In LET THE DEVIL OUT Coughlin has had a brutal year as a rookie cop with New Orleans Police Department. In one year she has experienced her first arrests, her first black eye, and, after a stinging brush with the corrupt heart of her adopted city, her first suspension. She is waiting out the suspension, hoping to keep her badge, hoping to turn things around. Unfortunately, things are about to get much worse. The FBI is in town on the trail of a ruthless anti-government militia group, the Watchmen Brigade. Nobody in the NOPD wants any part of working with the feds. Guess which more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
A Cougar’s Kiss by Frank De Blase

A Cougar’s Kiss by Frank De Blase

By Sidney Williams Frank De Blasé’s new novel, A COUGAR’S KISS, takes readers on a journey back to a gritty mid-20th century world of dark deeds and mean streets. It’s that territory of pulp and noir with dangerous mobsters and beautiful women who might be even more dangerous. In this second adventure for his crime scene photographer Frankie Valentine, following Pine Box for a Pin-Up, the hero gets called back from Hollywood glamour photography to his more treacherous New York stomping grounds. A body has turned up, that of a childhood friend who’s been missing 10 years. Soon Frankie finds himself dealing with a hidden stash of money and remnants from his past including the mother of a junkie stripper who once led him into more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Since She Went Away by David Bell

Since She Went Away by David Bell

By David Swatling  “Graduate school in creative writing can teach discipline, it can help a writer make contacts, and it can put a writer in a supportive environment,” says associate professor David Bell, who holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in creative writing. “But it’s not a magic bullet,” adds the bestselling author. “A writer still has to be able to tell a good story and have the discipline to keep writing when school ends.” David Bell’s latest suspense novel is SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, a fast-paced page-turner that Romantic Times has named a Top Pick for June. Women are disappearing in Hawks Mill, including Jenna Barton’s best friend and her teenage son’s new girlfriend. Jenna begins to wonder how many secrets one small town can hold as she desperately tries to more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens

Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens

A Blistering Collection of Short Stories  By Alex Segura Jen Conley is a closer. Her short stories–packed with bite and meaningful and evocative twists–don’t just impress you, they stick with you. As someone who has hosted a handful of Noir at the Bars, I can attest to this. When you put together a lineup of short story readers, you’d be foolish to put Conley anywhere but last. She’s that good. She’s a closer. CANNIBALS: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF THE PINE BARRENS takes readers on a tour of the New Jersey you thought you knew. Not the Jersey gleaned from too many episodes of The Sopranos, but the Jersey you’d find near its center, where the mundane lives of many can be disrupted in a moment through violence. Music, murder, extramarital affairs, blood, more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Student Bodies by Susan Israel

Student Bodies by Susan Israel

By Jessica Driscoll Although still recovering from a recent abduction, vulnerable but strong-willed Delilah Price takes a job as a substitute art teacher to quell some of her recent financial pressures. Her desire to lay low, recuperate, and try to figure out her ever changing relationship with Detective Quick is thwarted by her uncanny ability to find trouble—or rather, for trouble to find her. While Quick is busy working on a serial rapist case that seems to pull him away from her, a series of events offers Delilah clues regarding his case. Her inability to wait for police support draws the attention of a dangerous adversary. Reminiscent of the suspenseful twists and turns of Israel’s first novel, Over My Live Body, the second in the more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Author Anne Frasier recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss her latest book, THE BODY READER. How did you create the character Jude Fontaine, and at any point did you find it difficult to write from her perspective? She was difficult because it was important that she be removed and shut off. It’s hard to make that kind of more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

Deep Six by D.P. Lyle

Deep Six by D.P. Lyle

Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard. Or Is It? By Dawn Ius Fans of D.P. Lyle’s darker, more noirish work may suddenly feel like they’re on the butt end of a badly written punchline, but Lyle’s new book is no laughing matter. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s funny as hell. DEEP SIX is a comedic thriller. No joke. While it may come as a shock to readers, the genre-shift wasn’t a surprise for Lyle, who credits his family for instilling in him the power of laughter. After eight successful dark and gritty novels, Lyle says he was ready for something light and … well, comedic. “I had this idea for a funny story about a guy who gets bamboozled into a stakeout, and so I more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
The Mask of Minos: Bruno’s Inferno by Robert Walton

The Mask of Minos: Bruno’s Inferno by Robert Walton

By Ruth Marie Oakes Watson What would make a retired, independently wealthy archaeologist want to leave the comforts of his retreat in Costa Rica, join forces with an accountant from the Bureau of Audits and Reclamation, and fly to Europe in search of a mysterious notion with no foundation in reality, all while being chased by nefarious killers from a secret society older than Herodotus? Well, for starters, the accountant is coercive and, oh yes—she’s a knock-out. Harry Thursday has been in trouble before in Robert Walton’s first novel, Fatal Snow. Now THE MASK OF MINOS takes the reader through an allegoric story retelling Theseus’ journey to becoming the ruler of Greece. Along that path, he is besotted by enemies and finally battles the son more »

Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller

Starrie by Heidi Ruby Miller

By Basil Sands Due to some business travel to Fairbanks Alaska I had the chance to read STARRIE by Heidi Ruby Miller in two sittings on the same day. And let me just say, I’m glad I had that opportunity. STARRIE is one ripping fast book and a well told story. I loved it! It was a perfect diversion as I looked out the airplane window across the billowing clouds and Alaskan mountains Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in anthropology, geography, foreign languages, and writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She’s put her experiences and studies to paper in her new, far-future novel. She took a short break more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Pegasus Down by Philip Donlay

Pegasus Down by Philip Donlay

By Alison McMahan In college, Philip Donlay was once asked to write an article. He got a B on it, which made him angry. He sent the article off to a magazine, then, in the way of freshmen, forgot about it, until a check showed up in the mail. This experience left him with the idea that writing is easy. Just write something, send it off, and a check shows up in the mail. Because he spent the next few decades flying all kinds of airplanes all over the world, it took him years to learn the truth. He wrote his first three novels while working as a pilot. It was difficult, but he learned as he went. Oceanview bought his third novel. Donlay has more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Yeti by Richard Edde

Yeti by Richard Edde

By Richard Edde These days the line between fact and fantasy keeps getting increasingly blurred. That gray area between truth and fiction gets narrowed to a fine line. With all the advances in science and technology, the things we read in the books we buy and see in the movies can certainly cause us to pause. I have always enjoyed those novels whose plots were made plausible within a background of scientific information. The reader no longer knows what is fact or fiction but doesn’t care because the story is so good. Since college I have been fascinated with the science of our human origins and the fossils that make up the collection of early humans and proto-humans. I read everything I could get my more »

By February 29, 2016 Read More →
Forsaken by Ken Newman

Forsaken by Ken Newman

By Jeff Ayers In Ken Newman’s new novel, FORSAKEN, Maggie Black is the champion of a fallen angel she loves as a father. She relishes her heroic life of danger and intrigue-until the day the angel betrays her and sends a witch to kill her. However, the assassin, Mrs. Kerr, fakes Maggie’s death and kidnaps her. Renamed Hajar, which means forsaken, Maggie is forced to commit crimes to support her master’s lifestyle. When all seems lost, hope arrives in the form of a world-weary adventurer, Gideon Kane. He bargains for Maggie’s freedom, offering Mrs. Kerr a prize the power-hungry woman can’t resist-the Tree of Life, whose fruit can turn mortals into gods. Ken Newman has loved stories of the supernatural since listening to his grandmother’s more »

By January 31, 2016 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

Tag, You’re Dead by J. C. Lane

Tag, You’re Dead by J. C. Lane

By Matt Ferraz In TAG, YOU’RE DEAD, author J.C. Lane presents a chase around the city of Chicago, where the innocent game of tag becomes a matter of life and death. Writing from the point of view of six different characters, the author decided to do something radically different from her previews books, published under the name of Judy Clemens. No spoilers here, though. You can see the result this month, when the book comes out. Your book is set in Chicago. What’s the importance of this city in your story? I have always loved Chicago. I grew up in northern Indiana, so when our family went to “the city,” it was Chicago, where we visited the Field Museum, Orchestra Hall, The Museum of Science more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
The Trap by Melanie Raabe

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

By Dawn Ius Writing one novel is hard enough, but German author Melanie Raabe’s ambitious debut takes the challenge to another level by including a “novel within a novel”—a thrilling story by THE TRAP’s protagonist, a recluse novelist determined to set the perfect trap for her sister’s murderer. If that wasn’t challenge enough, Raabe throws in a claustrophobic environment—Linda hasn’t set foot outside her home since her sister’s death—and an unreliable narrator that has been compared to those recently made famous by authors Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. What could have been a recipe for disaster has instead catapulted Raabe into the spotlight as THE TRAP (translated by Imogen Taylor) has sold in multiple languages and earned the author an impressive Hollywood deal. In this more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Paraíso by Gordon Chaplin

Paraíso by Gordon Chaplin

By Lynzie Fitzpatrick PARAISO is the new genre-bending thriller from Gordon Chaplin. The story follows the relationship of brother and sister, Peter and Wendy, as they make their separate journeys to Paraiso, facing murder, terrorism, and many dark secrets. Gordon Chaplin very kindly took a few moments out of his Memorial Day celebrations to talk to me about PARAISO, writing, and his feverish imagination. PARAISO opens with Peter and Wendy making a break for Mexico as children. Why Mexico? Was this important for you as an author? Have you been to Paraiso? For the last 30 years I’ve co-owned a house in a little village in Baja very similar to Paraiso. From the moment I arrived the town and its characters seemed an ideal setting more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
The Lost Art Assignment by Austin S. Camacho

The Lost Art Assignment by Austin S. Camacho

By J. H. Bográn There’s always something appealing about a reformed crook. Many of the greatest heroes started off their careers in the wrong side of the law: Wyatt Earp, the Dirty Dozen, Remington Steele, even Severus Snape and Megamind. Among this celebrity group we can count Felicity O’Brien and Morgan Stark, an unusual pair composed of a thief and a mercenary—and quite the pair they make. Note that I don’t use the word couple because their relationship is strictly platonic, with a touch of the paranormal. However, one thing is certain; they were meant to be together. The Big Thrill had the opportunity to interview Austin Camacho about his new book, THE LOST ART ASSIGNMENT. Say you meet me at a bookstore, how would more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Body and Bone by L.S. Hawker

Body and Bone by L.S. Hawker

By Renee James L.S. Hawker broke into the thriller world with The Drowning Game, which is an ITW Best First Novel nominee and a USA Today bestseller. Now, she has released BODY AND BONE, the powerful story of Nessa Donati, a late-night radio show hostess. She has a three-year-old son who doesn’t speak, a soon-to-be-former spouse who is a chronic substance abuser, and an Internet troll who evolves from an ugly pest to a threat to her safety. Ms. Hawker is an avid music aficionado whose own music library includes more than 160,000 songs. She provides thematic playlists for her books on her website. We interviewed her by email. Your heroine in BODY AND BONE does a graveyard-shift radio show. Your description of the tiny more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

By John Clement Hollie Overton grew up in a tiny Texas town with a population that hovered just under 20,000. Painfully shy as a teenager, she was encouraged to audition for a local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The moment she stepped on stage, a lifetime in the arts began. After studying theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and writing at Hunter College and Burlington College, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined the writing staff for the CBS drama, Cold Case. That led to two seasons writing for Lifetime’s The Client List and the ABC family drama Shadowhunters. Her debut thriller, BABY DOLL, will be published in the UK by Penguin Random House and by Hachette Red Hook in the States. Knowing a little bit about your personal life, especially your childhood, more »

By June 30, 2016 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

Isolation by SJ Gardiner

Isolation by SJ Gardiner

The most dangerous enemy is the one you can’t see… Hundreds of lives are at risk as infectious diseases specialist Dr Julia Sinclair races to defeat a lethal outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The real danger though lurks unseen in the shadows – a serial killer who will stop at nothing to make their twisted plan a reality. As Dr. Sinclair battles to save her hospital and her patients she realises that all is not as it seems and the truth is even more terrifying than anyone could ever have imagined.

By July 22, 2016 Read More →
Shadow of Death – The Team IV by David M. Salkin

Shadow of Death – The Team IV by David M. Salkin

When deep cover CIA agent Apo Yessayan hears Spanish being spoken in northern Syria, he knows something evil is afoot. A new unholy alliance, between ISIS and a powerful Mexican drug cartel, will bring grave danger to the porous American border. Apo and The Team are called in for a covert special operation in Mexico against the cartels. As Apo works his way into the underworld of the Mexican drug cartels for a face-to-face meeting with their leader El Gato, The Team is inserted by submarine to assault El Gato’s estate-fortress. Although the United States and Mexico have planned the capture of El Gato together, not everyone has the same agenda—and knowing who to trust means the difference between life and death.

By July 22, 2016 Read More →
The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff

The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff

In the Hell Gate section of New York’s East River lie the sad islands where, for centuries, people locked away what they most feared: the contagious, the disfigured, the addicted, the criminally insane. Here, infection slowly consumed the stricken. Here, a desperate captain ran his doomed steamship aground and watched flames devour 1,500 souls. Here, George A. Soper imprisoned the infamous Typhoid Mary after she spread sickness and death in Manhattan’s most privileged quarters. George’s great-granddaughter, Karalee, and her fellow graduate students in public health know that story. But as they poke in and out of the macabre hospital rooms of abandoned North Brother Island – bantering, taking pictures, recalling history – they are missing something: Hidden evil watches over them…and plots against them.

By July 18, 2016 Read More →
Dead in Kihei (Eddie Naku Maui Mysteries Book 2) by R. Barri Flowers

Dead in Kihei (Eddie Naku Maui Mysteries Book 2) by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning crime writer R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of the Murder in Hawaii Mysteries, comes the second book in the Hawaii detective series, Dead in Kihei: An Eddie Naku Maui Mystery. Private investigator Eddie Naku’s latest case involves the apparent suicide of a friend and fellow private eye, Frank Iwamoto, who fell from the lanai of his 8th story condo to his death. Naku refuses to believe Iwamoto was suicidal, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Proving he was murdered won’t be easy, but Naku is not about to give up. In the process, he comes up with a number of suspects, twists, and turns, as well as Frank Iwamoto’s risk-taking lifestyle that likely put him in harm’s way.

By July 18, 2016 Read More →
In the Flesh by Ethan Stone

In the Flesh by Ethan Stone

Reno Detective Cristian Flesh is an out and unashamed cop, but his slutty ways might be his downfall. Cristian lives by a strict set of personal rules, preferring hook-ups and anonymous encounters to committed relationships. His guidelines work for him… until one of his tricks is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Leave it to handsome lawyer Colby Maddox to save Cristian’s life. He takes the case and the attraction between them is quick and undeniable. After several passion-filled encounters with Colby, Cristian unexpectedly wants to break all his rules. However, before they can contemplate a future together, they’ll have to clear Cristian’s name and find the real murderer.

By July 18, 2016 Read More →
Permed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen

Permed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen

Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when her client dies in the shampoo chair. If that isn’t enough to give her a bad hair day, handsome Detective Vail suspects Marla of poisoning the woman’s coffee creamer. Figuring she’d better expose the real killer before the next victim frizzes out, Marla sets on the trail of a wave of wacky suspects. Her theory regarding whodunit gels only after she looks for the culprit closer to home. “A terrific mystery debut for Nancy Cohen. Marla the beautician is a delight!” Tamar Myers, author of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries. “Fast-paced and jaunty…”—Publishers Weekly

By July 18, 2016 Read More →
Cross Examinations by John Hegenberger

Cross Examinations by John Hegenberger

A series of serious crimes: Kidnapping. Murder. Art thief. Blackmail. Comic books. Private Investigator Eliot Cross faces heartache, headache, backache, and a royal pain in the neck in these rollicking noir stores from the heart of the Heartland. Cross Examinations, Inc. established in 1988. It seems there was a lot going on in Columbus, OH in the late eighties. Private Detective Eliot Cross is kept busy solving crimes, some of which he was hired to do and one or two that just show up in his daily life. I could have spent more time with this wise-cracking gumshoe with attitude. I loved his old-fashioned principles and no-nonsense approach to dealing with people and their crimes. I especially liked his dialogue with brought a genuine snigger more »

By July 18, 2016 Read More →
A Touch of Morning Calm by Wayne Zurl

A Touch of Morning Calm by Wayne Zurl

A TOUCH OF MORNING CALM…(Sam Jenkins Mystery #5) Chief Sam Jenkins runs headlong into Tennessee’s faction of Korean organized crime when a mobster tries to shake down two former call girls attempting to establish a legitimate business. Soon, bodies begin piling up—all with a Korean connection—in Sam’s town of Prospect and nearby Knoxville. Sorting truth from fiction calls for more than Sam and his officers can handle, so he turns to the women in his life for assistance. His wife, Kate, Sergeant Bettye Lambert and TV news anchor, Rachel Williamson contribute significantly in clearing the convoluted homicides.

By July 18, 2016 Read More →