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The August edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 brand new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Oswald, M.P. Cooley, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, plus a Between The Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci and the Africa Scene with Andrew Brown. We also have a can't-miss Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest IX recap by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze!

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The August 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The August 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

29 brand new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Oswald, M.P. Cooley, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, plus a Between The Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci and the Africa Scene with Andrew Brown. We also have a can’t-miss Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest IX recap by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze! Hot Off The Press: Click on the book title below to read the feature story or click here to scroll through all of this month’s articles. SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX by Kimberley Howe and Anthony Franze A Between the Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci The Africa Scene with Andrew Brown One Kick by Chelsea Cain Ice Shear by M.P. Cooley Don’t more »

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Between the Lines with Linwood Barclay

Between the Lines with Linwood Barclay

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

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX

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

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The July 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The July 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

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

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

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

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

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
The June 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill

The June 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill

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

By May 31, 2014 Read More →

Between the Lines

Between the Lines with Linwood Barclay

Between the Lines with Linwood Barclay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Between the Lines Interview with Steve Berry by Paula Tutman

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

By April 30, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King

A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King

By Brett King It’s time to KILL again. In 2008, author Andrew Peterson made his debut with the powerhouse novel FIRST TO KILL. His novel introduced a complex hero named Nathan Daniel McBride to a legion of faithful readers and spawned a series of popular and tightly constructed thrillers, all bearing the signature “kill” in the title. April 29 marks the publication of READY TO KILL, the explosive fourth installment in the bestselling series. As with earlier books, Andy’s latest novel doesn’t disappoint. Trained as a Marine Corps scout sniper, Nathan McBride has retired as a CIA operations officer to run a private security company with his best friend, Harv. However, a cryptic message referencing a top-secret U.S. operation changes Nathan’s plans for a quiet more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
A Between The Lines Interview with Allison Brennan by Julie Kramer

A Between The Lines Interview with Allison Brennan by Julie Kramer

By Julie Kramer Paperback queen Allison Brennan’ s Lucy Kincaid character regularly lands on bestseller lists for the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY. But now, Brennan is venturing into hardcover territory with NOTORIOUS, a new thriller featuring an investigative reporter protagonist. In a starred review, BOOKLIST dubbed her latest work the start of “a terrific new series.” Nine years ago, Brennan traded politics for publishing and has since become the author of twenty-three acclaimed romantic suspense novels. Yet she doesn’t take success for granted, and is always working to up her game, with novellas, short stories, and soon, hardcover heroine, Maxine Revere. What’s the biggest challenge going from mass market paperback to hardcover? The biggest challenge was overcoming my own fear. It’s a huge more »

By February 28, 2014 Read More →

Special to the Big Thrill

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX

SPECIAL TO THE BIG THRILL: ThrillerFest IX

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

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

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

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

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Industry Focus:  A Q&A with Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Sarah Knight by Barry Lancet

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

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

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

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

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

By April 30, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall

Special to the Big Thrill: Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall

By Chris Grall There is nothing I love more than a good story. I’ve been a voracious reader since the second grade, when I cut my teeth on just about every Hardy Boys book ever written. As I grew older and left Frank and Joe behind, my taste evolved to more complex fare. Growing up also meant a career, which for me happened to cultivate an expertise in firearms and tactics. Put those two things together and you have an avid reader who recognizes weapon errors in fiction. If it were just firearms instructors who notice these mistakes, I wouldn’t worry too much about them. However, with between 270 to 310 million firearms in the United States* it’s a good bet that simple errors could more »

By March 31, 2014 Read More →
Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool

Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool

THRILLER SCHOOL: ITW’s New On-Line Craft School Want to write a better thriller? Want to crack into publishing? Or maybe the bestseller list? Here’s your chance. Thriller School begins April 7. Fiction writing isn’t easy. Not for anyone. Whether you’re writing your first manuscript or your fiftieth, it’s difficult and time-consuming work. And a life-long pursuit. Professional writers never cease improving their craft. I think every writer understands this simple truth. Virtually any writer will tell you that regardless of how many times you’ve done it or how far up the bestseller list you’ve climbed, that first blank page is a scary proposition. Fears and self-doubts always rise up. But experienced writers will quickly add that the more you know, the more you write, and more »

By January 31, 2014 Read More →

Crime Fiction

City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley

City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley

By Sandra Parshall Kelli Stanley is easy to spot in any gathering, with her friendly smile and one of her trademark fedoras perched atop blond hair. She’s a thoroughly modern woman—but she has made her name as a novelist by living in the past. Kelli arrived on the mystery scene with NOX DORMIENDA (“a long night of sleeping”), set in Roman Britain and featuring Arcturus, a half-British, half-Roman doctor who ferreted out killers as a sort of Philip Marlowe in ancient times. This “Roman noir” debut won the Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Novel and earned Kelli a Certificate of Honor for literary achievement from her hometown of San Francisco. Following THE CURSE-MAKER, the sequel to NOX DORMIENDA, she fast-forwarded in time to 1940 more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson

A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson

By George Ebey Author Lee Thompson brings us a tale of crime and suspense in his latest novel, A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS. The story unfolds when a Texas senator and his wife go missing … On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood’s residence. Sammy, Wood’s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity, and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Cornered by Alan Brenham

Cornered by Alan Brenham

By Christine Goff Writing just seemed like a natural career move for Alan Brenham, former U.S. Treasury special agent, patrol officer, criminal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and a current reserve deputy sheriff. His first novel, PRICE OF JUSTICE, received the Best in Police/Crime Fiction Award from the Texas Association of Authors 2012–2013 and was a finalist for the 2014 International Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Award’s The da Vinci Eye, as well as the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award. Now, his second novel, CORNERED, due out in July, is launching to great acclaim. Kirkus Review, for one, praised it as “A rock-solid thriller….multiple scenes of nail-biting intensity…first-rate crime fiction…” Perhaps the most gratifying comment comes from one of Brenham’s favorite authors, Michael McGarrity, New more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel by Richard Torregrossa

Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel by Richard Torregrossa

By Dan Levy During a time when the favored attire of anti-heroes can range from a wife-beater T-shirt soaked with blood and caked with gunshot residue to whatever the nearest Wal-Mart carries to militia gear and camo paint, it’s nice to see certain heroes emerge that still value a suit. And not a jump suit, flight suit, or space suit. In the case of TERMINAL LIFE: A SUITED HERO NOVEL, the business suit is the hero’s attire of choice. You know, the kind that spawned the pejorative “a suit” to describe a group of men usually painted as ego-inflated idiots, inept law enforcement, or establishment types that are not to be trusted. For Luke Stark, the protagonist in TERMINAL LIFE, author Richard Torregrossa explained the more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
The Natural Law by Steve Attridge

The Natural Law by Steve Attridge

By Ethan Cross Steve Attridge’s work has been described as “Brilliant…thought-provoking, dark, and very, very funny.”With THE NATURAL LAW, his fifteenth book, the bestselling and award-winning author continues the string of success with another exceptional book, this one featuring protagonist Paul Rook. Rook is a philosopher and a crime investigator, but he only works for criminals. He finds them more interesting and he has a secret agenda. When a criminal client of his is brutally murdered his investigations take him into a murky world of government conspiracies and a bizarre community of lost souls living rough beneath a London Bridge. Tell us about THE NATURAL LAW in one line. The murder of a petty criminal leads Paul Rook, investigator and philosopher, into a world of more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
The Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen Dionne

The Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen Dionne

By Jeff Ayers Fans of the AMC series The Killing will be thrilled to hear that Karen Dionne has written an original novel based on the critically acclaimed show. When firefighters respond to a suspected meth explosion at a trailer park, they discover a man’s body in a neighboring trailer, unburned but with terrible head wounds. The meth cooker lies in critical condition, and undercover narcotics officer Stephen Holder feels a kinship with the child the man leaves behind. Then another man’s body is discovered in a shipping container at the Port of Seattle, shot execution-style. For Homicide Detective Sarah Linden, two cases soon become one, and she must unravel a complex web of addiction, greed, and betrayal to reveal a killer. Dionne’s riveting adaptation more »

By May 31, 2014 Read More →

Adventure Thrillers

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz

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

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Enzan: The Far Mountain by John Donohue

Enzan: The Far Mountain by John Donohue

By Basil Sands This month we introduce to you author John Donohue’s latest novel ENZAN: THE FAR MOUNTAIN, an awesome thrill ride of martial arts action that goes deeper than mere fists. From his home near New Haven, Connecticut, Donohue is an expert on the study of martial arts. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, researches and trains in the martial arts, and has been banging around the dojo for more than thirty years. He is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Connor Burke martial arts thrillers SENSEI, DESHI, TENGU, KAGE, and now ENZAN: THE FAR MOUNTAIN. Tell us about ENZAN: THE FAR MOUNTAIN. ENZAN is the fifth book in the thriller series that features Connor Burke and his master teacher Yamashita. While a more »

By June 30, 2014 Read More →
Deep Black Sea by David M. Salkin

Deep Black Sea by David M. Salkin

By Laurence O’Bryan David Salkin is what some would call a renaissance man. He’s an award-winning author, the Mayor of Freehold Township, New Jersey, and a Master Graduate Gemologist. His books have spanned military espionage, action-adventure, horror, mystery, and science fiction. In his latest, DEEP BLACK SEA, a crew of seven aboard a specially designed research submarine sit three miles down in the dark world beneath the sea. When they bring aboard the bacteria that enables certain animals to survive in the seven-hundred degree poisonous water of the black smoker, they have no idea that one of the researchers plans on using them as his test subjects. Salkin recently answered a few questions about his fascinating new novel for THE BIG THRILL. What can readers more »

A Magnificent Crime by Kim Foster

A Magnificent Crime by Kim Foster

By Christine Goff Some writers receive their calling in childhood and chart their course from there. Kim Foster had multiple callings. She grew up reading and writing fiction—her first love. Dissections in biology class prompted her second calling—medical school. Medicine won out. How could it not with the encouragement showered upon her by guidance counselors, teachers, parents, and random street people? But fortunately for thriller readers everywhere, Foster just couldn’t stop writing. After thirteen years of stitching up people’s lacerations, treating their sore throats, and checking their blood pressure, she signed a three-book deal with Kensington Books. Her first e-book, A BEAUTIFUL HEIST, hit the digital waves in 2013 with A MAGNIFICENT CRIME scheduled for release in June 2014. As her protagonist Cat Montgomery knows, more »

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
The Charlatan’s Crown by Amy Lignor

The Charlatan’s Crown by Amy Lignor

By Caridad Pineiro We’re very lucky to have Amy Lignor with us to chat about her writing and THE CHARLATAN’S CROWN, the latest release in her successful Tallent & Lowery series. Amy writes not only young adult and adventure/suspense stories, but also is Editor-in-Chief of Hallowed Ink Press, a new publishing house. She’s also a reviewer and ghost writer. The daughter of research librarians, Amy has a love for books and information and claims that “if the New York Public Library would let me live in their basement, that’s where I would be.” She has put that love to use in creating books that meld historical locations with detailed puzzles. Thank you again for taking the time to chat with us, Amy. Prior to your more »

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
Fatal Snow by Robert Walton

Fatal Snow by Robert Walton

By Dan Levy Marcel Proust once said, “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” Proust was right. Not sure? Think of a favorite family vacation you took as a child. Then, call a parent or a sibling and ask them to recount the same trip. We want our memories preserved our way—embellishments and all. Which is what makes FATAL SNOW such an interesting first novel by Robert Walton. A restaurateur and real estate salesperson living in the Northeast, it’s hard to image why he would write about an archeologist running for his life in the dead of winter through Wyoming’s Grand Tetons—until you ask him. “I was an archeology major in college,” explained Walton. “In the late 1970s, more »

By April 30, 2014 Read More →

Contemporary Thrillers

Alien Hunter: Underworld by Whitley Strieber

Alien Hunter: Underworld by Whitley Strieber

By Derek Gunn Whitley Strieber needs no introduction to readers of my generation. The superb WOLFEN and THE HUNGER shot him into the limelight and the equally noteworthy COMMUNION and NATURE’S END served to keep him there to this day. We have had mostly non-fiction in later years, though many consider his work on THE VISITORS and alien abductions to be fiction and file it as such in bookstores. While this has been a constant argument with Strieber’s work over the years, and Strieber is adamant that his work on aliens is factual, there is one point that is irrefutable—he is a superb author and capable of delivering fantastic work. His latest novel, ALIEN HUNTER: UNDERWORLD is the second in his Flynn Carroll series. It more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
24: Deadline by James Swallow

24: Deadline by James Swallow

By Jeff Ayers On May 5, 2014, Jack Bauer returned in “24: Live Another Day” to restart the ticking clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama. 24: DEADLINE will answer some of the questions of what happened to Jack in the four years between the end of season eight and the new “24: Live Another Day” event series. The time is 5:00 p.m.: One hour ago, federal agent Jack Bauer was declared a fugitive. If he wants to survive, he must get out of the country, and he doesn’t have much time. With his former colleagues in the Counter Terrorist Unit now dead, under arrest, or shut down, Jack has no resources to call upon, no back-up, and nowhere to go—only his determination can more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub

By John Raab New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub returns with her latest book THE PERFECT STRANGER. Staub has written more than seventy-five books and continues to raise the bar in the suspense-writing genre. Her last book THE GOOD SISTER has been optioned for television by Fox, and she will release another book this year called THE BLACK WIDOW. Her trilogy, which ended in early 2013, won the 2013 Westchester Library Association Washington Irving for fiction award. Staub has sold over four million copies of her books, and has also written under the pen name Wendy Markham, whose name could be seen on the USA Today, Barnes & Noble and BookScan bestseller lists. She is here to tell THE BIG THRILL about her more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
One Kick by Chelsea Cain

One Kick by Chelsea Cain

By Dawn Ius New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain launches into August with ONE KICK, the first in a thrilling new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose tragic past has given her a special—and deadly—set of skills. “Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.” Though a definite departure from the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers for which Cain is known, ONE KICK embodies the same heart-pounding brilliance HEARTSICK fans have come to know and love. “This book is positioned to reach a wider audience,” Cain says. “Some readers are afraid of the HEARTSICK books—many more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Cross Purposes by Thomas B. Sawyer

Cross Purposes by Thomas B. Sawyer

By Azam Gill CROSS PURPOSES introduces a finely drawn Manhattan private investigator, Barney Moon, who upholds Spade and Marlowe’s moral order. The creative genius behind Barney Moon is Edgar- and Emmy-nominated, Thomas B. Sawyer, who is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. He was the head writer/show runner of the classic CBS series, Murder, She Wrote, for which he wrote twenty-four episodes. He has also written two other high-concept thrillers, NO PLACE TO RUN and THE SIXTEENTH MAN. In CROSS PURPOSES, PI Barney Moon is a driven man. He lives to solve cases. But as a born-and-bred New Yorker, Barney considers anything outside of New York alien territory. And the worst place of all is Los Angeles, which is exactly where his next case takes him. more »

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Lethal Code by Thomas Waite

Lethal Code by Thomas Waite

By Brian Knight LETHAL CODE tells the shocking and frighteningly possible story of a massive, anonymous cyber-attack on the United States by an unknown enemy and the unforgettable men, women, and children who fight back against the invisible invasion. Thomas Waite’s new novel, LETHAL CODE, is available now, and Mr. Waite is here to talk about it. Tell us a bit about LETHAL CODE. Sure. Back in 2012, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave a startling speech about U.S. vulnerability to cyber warfare. He said that our country could face a “cyber Pearl Harbor” attack that would cause massive physical destruction and loss of life. LETHAL CODE is essentially a fictional, yet plausible, novel about such a horrific scenario. In my book, more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →

The Best of the Rest

The Africa Scene with Andrew Brown

The Africa Scene with Andrew Brown

By Michael Sears Andrew Brown is an unusual man. An anti-apartheid activist, he was given a three-year jail sentence for his activities in support of the African National Congress. He argued the sentence down to community service, studied law, and became an advocate and occasional acting judge in the same High Court where he’d appeared as a defendant. Not content with that as a contribution to the community, he is also a police reservist with the rank of sergeant, which led to STEET BLUES, a book based on his experiences. STREET BLUES was short listed for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. Somewhere between all these activities (and bringing up a family), Andrew finds the time to travel and write taut political thrillers that lay more »

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
End Game by Reggie Ridgway

End Game by Reggie Ridgway

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    Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary suspense and historical novels.  Her books have been published in many foreign countries including Russia, where she recently made the bestseller list for her Tudor-era  thriller Mistress of Mourning.  Her next suspense novels are The Cold Creek Trilogy: Shattered Secrets (Sept. ’14); Forbidden Ground (Nov.  ’14) and Broken Bonds (Jan. ’15).  Visit her website at www.KarenHarperAuthor.com m               You can find him on his website, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter @JHBogran, PLEASE NOTE: Your publisher must be an ITW approved publisher and must appear on the dropdown menu to qualify for a feature story. An imprint of an ITW approved publisher must have independent more »

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Ark Storm by Linda Davies

Ark Storm by Linda Davies

By Linda Davies Linda Davies explains how she got the ideas that collide to make her novel ARK STORM, and the fascinating and terrifying true-life science behind it. What if you could control the weather? Some years ago, I lived in Peru.  Every so often I would escape the mayhem of Lima for Punta Sal, a little fishing village on the border with Ecuador. Hemingway used to fish there for marlin. Framed photographs of him grinning beside his huge catches adorn the walls of the ramshackle bars. I went not to fish but to swim in the sea, body surfing the huge Pacific rollers.  Normally you could only stay in for ten or fifteen minutes without a wetsuit because the Humboldt Current kept the waters cold, but more »

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The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

By Jeremy Burns The Middle Ages were full of fascinating and often shocking episodes, and few authors are as talented at bringing readers into this intriguing period of history as Karen Maitland. A veteran thriller writer and a member of the Medieval Murderers, Maitland digs into the political intrigue, sabotage, subterfuge, revolutions, conflicts, and secrets of the medieval era like few others. Her latest book, THE VANISHING WITCH, looks to thrill fans once again with her unique take on this tempestuous period of history. The author recently sat down with THE BIG THRILL to give readers a glimpse into her upcoming medieval thriller. Tell us a little about yourself. I’ve been writing full-time since 2000, and THE VANISHING WITCH is my fifth medieval thriller to more »

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Guarded by Mary Behre

Guarded by Mary Behre

By Sidney Williams Did you ever have to talk to a weasel? Not that shifty guy in accounts receivable, a ferret. What about a naked mole rat? With her very special psychic ability, such conversations are not unfamiliar to Dr. Shelley Morgan. She’s the heroine of GUARDED, the second paranormal thriller in Mary Behre’s Tidewater series, following SPIRITED. That’s right, Dr. Morgan is a veterinarian whose patients can tell her where it hurts. That’s not all that animals can tell her, so her ability comes in handy when she stumbles on an exotic animal-kidnapping ring and becomes a suspect in a zoo keeper’s murder. This is a romantic thriller too, so fortunately Detective Dev Jones is involved in the case and promises to be a more »

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Cat on a Cold Tin Roof by Mike Resnick

Cat on a Cold Tin Roof by Mike Resnick

By Stacy Mantle Author Mike Resnick has a long history of success in the science fiction and thriller categories. Beyond earning five Hugo awards, he has taken home the Science Fiction Chronicle Poll Award, the Nebula, the Homer, the Alexander, the Golden Pagoda Award, and Dog Writers Association Awards. Humor goes a long way toward breaking dramatic tension, and no one does it better than Resnick. Larger-than-life characters pump up the action. As a long-time fixture in science fiction, Resnick draws on over one hundred novels and short stories to make his stories successful. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his process, co-writing with his wife, the writing habits that have made him a success, and the importance of loving more »

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Blessed are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino

Blessed are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino

By Owen Laukkanen If the fiction writer’s mantra is “write what you know,” then Kristi Belcamino has amassed a career’s worth of background material. A crime reporter by trade, the Minneapolis resident based her debut on a series of interviews she conducted with a convicted kidnapper who claimed to be a serial killer. BLESSED ARE THE DEAD is a gripping fictionalization of that encounter, putting the reader in the shoes of young Gabriella Giovanni, a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter whose second adventure was released as BLESSED ARE THE MEEK on July 29. I’ve known Kristi for three years. We met via Twitter, when she found out I was visiting the Twin Cities to research my second novel. Kristi threw me a wonderful dinner more »

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