Author Archive: ITW

International Thriller Writers Inc represents professional authors from around the world. Learn more about them, their work, and the sources from which they draw their inspiration at the Official ITW Organization Website.

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Penitence by Ann Simas

Penitence by Ann Simas

Where there’s smoke… Andi Comstock has grown used to smelling the smoke that pervades her office every time a cremation takes place in the mortuary next door. She even enjoys the moment or two when each soul stops to chat with her on the way to the Pearly Gates. But one day, a Smokie says something that leads her to believe he may be headed in the other direction. “I did something bad, Andi, and I don’t know how to fix it.” Sometimes, it means murder… Andi isn’t a person who can let a plea for help go unanswered. Her sleuthing cohort, Father Riley, sometimes compares her to St. Jeanne d’Arc, fighting battles on behalf of others. Andi knows she’s no saint, but she doesn’t more »

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The Medinandi License by Randall Reneau

The Medinandi License by Randall Reneau

Geologist Trace Brandon has been in Mali less than two months. He’s nearly been killed twice, lost a drilling rig to a well-placed RPG, and fallen for Peace Corps volunteer Molly Wainwright. All pretty much SOP for West Africa, until his friend Gordon Watson is brutally kidnapped by Al Qaeda. Running out of time to meet the ransom demands, Trace turns to a Malian arms dealer and a French-Canadian ex-mobster for help. Together, they come up with a risky, highly illegal scheme to rescue Gordon. If the plan goes south, Trace knows he could end up in prison—or the Bamako expatriate cemetery on Rue de Dakar…

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
Disruption by Chuck Barrett

Disruption by Chuck Barrett

There are two types of people: those who have been hacked and know it, and those who have been hacked and don’t know it. Former Naval Intelligence Officer turned secret operative Jake Pendleton finds himself in a pulse-pounding race to stop a cyber-terrorist from releasing a string of the most heinous cyber-crimes the world has ever seen. Crimes that could render the world’s advanced technology useless. Jake teams with his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, to track down their only lead, a white-hat hacker in Italy known only as The Jew. A man who might hold the key to stop a group of black-hat hackers from causing worldwide chaos—tag named Disruption. After a search of the hacker’s flat in Rome turns up empty, Jake and Francesca follow more »

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
Murder of the Hula Dancers (Leila Kahana Mysteries, Book 3) by R. Barri Flowers

Murder of the Hula Dancers (Leila Kahana Mysteries, Book 3) by R. Barri Flowers

Murder of the Hula Dancers is the third book in the popular Leila Kahana series of Maui mystery and suspense novels, following Murder in Maui and Murder on Kaanapali Beach, by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers. Maui County homicide detective and composite sketch artist Leila Kahana and her partner Detective Jonny Chung investigate the murders of beautiful hula dancers by a serial killer dubbed the, “Hula Killer.” Each victim was stabbed to death. As they chase leads and suspects, Leila starts to believe that Chung might be a dirty cop. But should she act on her suspicions and report it to her boss Lieutenant Blake Seymour? In the meantime, Leila is in the midst of a new relationship with handsome restaurateur Maxwell Kishimoto. When more »

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
The Yemen Contract by Arthur Kerns

The Yemen Contract by Arthur Kerns

Once again CIA operative Hayden Stone has his work cut out for him. Abdul Wahab seeks to make a power grab in the exotic land of Yemen and establish a terrorist base from which to launch an attack on Europe. Wahab lures Stone to Yemen by kidnapping his partner CIA officer Sandra Harrington in Sicily. Stone comfortably operates in the mysterious, exotic world of Yemen where tribal leaders vie for power with the central government, al Qaeda exerts its influence through murder and mayhem, and double-dealing among Bedouin and townspeople is a national pastime. The cat and mouse game goes from the capital Sana’a, to the deserts in the far east of the country, and to the mountain villages in the north. Stone has a more »

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
Inceptio by Alison Morton

Inceptio by Alison Morton

New York, present day. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – elimination by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to the mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe. Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety and a ready-made family – at a price. But a shocking discovery about her new lover, the fascinating but arrogant Special Forces officer Conrad Tellus, who rescued her in America, isolates her. Renschman reaches into her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why he is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes more »

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
Insurrectio by Alison Morton

Insurrectio by Alison Morton

‘The second fall of Rome?’ Aurelia Mitela, ex-Praetorian and imperial councillor in early 1980s Roma Nova, scoffs at her intelligence chief when he throws a red file on her desk. But it may be too late to save Roma Nova from meltdown and herself from destruction by her lifelong enemy.… Early 1980s Roma Nova, the last province of the Roman Empire that has survived into the twentieth century, has problems – a ruler frightened of governing, a centuries-old bureaucracy creaking for reform and, worst of all, a rising nationalist movement with a charismatic leader who wants to destroy Aurelia. Horrified when her daughter is brutally attacked in a demonstration turned riot, Aurelia tries to rally resistance to the growing fear and instability. But it may more »

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
August 22 – 28: “Are thrillers naturally noir?”

August 22 – 28: “Are thrillers naturally noir?”

This week we’re joined by ITW Members Lynn Cahoon and Amy Stuart to discuss the question: Are thrillers naturally noir?

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August 15 – 21: “Who is your favorite protagonist of all time?”

August 15 – 21: “Who is your favorite protagonist of all time?”

This week join ITW Members Jessie Keane and J.H. Bográn as they answer the question: Who is your favorite protagonist of all time – and why?

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August 8 – 14: “How do writers alter thrillers for appeal to a YA audience?”

August 8 – 14: “How do writers alter thrillers for appeal to a YA audience?”

This week we’re joined by ITW Members Catherine Finger, J. H. Bográn and Lissa Price as they discuss Young Adult thrillers. How do writers alter thrillers for appeal to a YA audience?

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The August 2016 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The August 2016 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

In our August issue, go behind the scenes to learn how authors create their worlds. In the cover story, Megan Abbott shares how she crafted a dark and suspenseful narrative in a bright suburban community. In “Up Close,” Eric Van Lustbader discusses the inspirations for his stand-alone novel: corruption, war in the Middle East, and the occult. In “Turning Point,” Hank Phillippi Ryan talks about a beloved main character who investigates crime in Boston. And other top-notch novelists discuss their work, from Peter Robinson and Linda Fairstein to Rick Mofina and Susan Spann. In “Author Guided Tour,” Dawn Ius roars along the Vegas Strip. And in “Industry Focus,” Richard Krevolin gives valuable insight into the challenge of novelists writing screenplays. We’ve got even more great more »

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Shattered by Death by Catherine Finger

Shattered by Death by Catherine Finger

By Catherine Finger As a thriller writer, my Judeo-Christian roots are on display every time I create the classic Good v. Evil scenario inherent in the genre. I love playing with the idea of justice, and choosing whether or not the good girl or guy will win in the end.  And I really enjoy the process of creating a memorable bad guy or girl. My goal as I craft thrillers is to come up with an antagonist worthy of Police Chief Jo Oliver—my protagonist.  Nothing makes my heroine look better than pitting her against a skilled antagonist. Nothing makes my readers respect her more than watching her put herself in harm’s way in order to protect others from a cunning adversary. Creating bad guys—and girls—who more »

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Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer

By Jaden Terrell Susan M. Boyer’s Lowcountry romantic mysteries reflect both her childhood love of mysteries and a teenage flirtation with her mother’s romance novels. The fifth in her series, LOWCOUNTRY BOOK CLUB is a charming southern mystery that takes place on a small island near Charleston, SC, an area Boyer knows well. It’s a warm and cozy town, made no less familiar by the fact that you won’t find it on any real-world map. Boyer describes protagonist Liz Talbot as “a private investigator with a weakness for Kate Spade bags and shoes”—but there’s so much more to her than that. Liz is capable and compassionate. Her relationship with her husband and business partner is refreshingly respectful. Boyer knows how to build tension and conflict more »

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Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee

Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee

By Vivian Rhodes LOVE HER MADLY, the debut novel by author, M. Elizabeth Lee, is more than a thriller—it examines the demands inherent in meaningful relationships and just how much one is willing to sacrifice for the sake of true friendship. Glo, Cyn, and Raj are college students whose lives become entwined through the love they feel for one another. At first, their unorthodox relationship seems to work, but when Cyn disappears while on a trip to Costa Rica, things get complicated. This month, I chatted with Lee to get the scoop on what inspired this thrilling debut, and what readers can expect from her next. What inspired you to write LOVE HER MADLY? The seed of the novel came to me when I was more »

By July 31, 2016 Read More →
Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills

Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is excited to announce DEADLY ENCOUNTER, the first book in her new F.B.I. Task Force series, set in Houston, Texas—the setting for many of her suspense novels (and her hometown!) Curious about how this new series is different from Mills’ FBI Houston series? Check out Mills’ response in this Q&A with The Big Thrill. Let’s get started. Why the F.B.I.? A few years ago, I participated in a Citizens Academy program offered by the F.B.I. Those involved in the academy received insight into the F.B.I. and how its special agents serve within their investigations. Through lecture, Q&A, live footage, and even a trip to the shooting range where the agents qualify, we gained a fresh perspective and appreciation for the F.B.I. What sets more »

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Storm Crashers by Richard Wickliffe

Storm Crashers by Richard Wickliffe

Richard Wickliffe was inspired by real-life crimes when he wrote his new crime-thriller STORM CRASHERS. The author answered a few questions for The Big Thrill on separating fact from fiction and on his unique route for acquiring a Hollywood option. Tell us about STORM CRASHERS The Storm Crashers are a team of high-tech burglars that target wealthy areas that are evacuated for approaching hurricanes. Imagine no electricity or police access. In my novel, STORM CRASHERS, one resident—a single mother—refuses to evacuate and witnesses the thieves. While trying to protect her daughter, she shoots and inadvertently kills one of them. When she reports what she saw to police, no one believes her story, and the crashers want to eliminate their only witness. Concurrently, an investigator studies more »

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Free Fall by Rick Mofina

Free Fall by Rick Mofina

By James W. Ziskin Hailed as “one of the best thriller writers in the business” by Library Journal, Rick Mofina is the acclaimed author of 19 novels and many short stories. Mofina writes standalones and four series (Reed-Sydowski, Jason Wade, Jack Gannon and Kate Page). He has garnered numerous nominations and awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 2003 for Blood of Others. A 30-year veteran journalist for the Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald and Southam News wire service, among others, Mofina uses his journalistic experience to write tight, white-knuckle thrillers. Reporter Kate Page returns in Mofina’s latest thriller, FREE FALL, a terrifying race against time as airplanes start falling out of the sky for unknown reasons. Kate Page is a tenacious heroine more »

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Two For The Show by Jonathan Stone

Two For The Show by Jonathan Stone

By Jonathan Stone and William Lashner For this issue of The Big Thrill, Bill Lashner and I interviewed each other. It was a particular thrill for me, because Bill is coming off his recent Edgar nomination for Best Novel for The Barkeep. We each have a new novel just out, just a week apart. His book, THE FOUR-NIGHT RUN, features J. D. Scrbacek, a defense attorney who prides himself on the vigorous and nimble defense of even the most reviled clients. My new novel, TWO FOR THE SHOW, is a twisting and twisted tale told by Chas, a detective who works exclusively—and practically invisibly—for Wallace the Amazing, a Las Vegas mentalist. I was very interested in learning more about Lashner’s gutsy and witty protagonist. Fortunately, more »

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The Four Night Run by William Lashner

The Four Night Run by William Lashner

By Jonathan Stone and William Lashner For this issue of The Big Thrill, Bill Lashner and I interviewed each other. It was a particular thrill for me, because Bill is coming off his recent Edgar nomination for Best Novel for The Barkeep. We each have a new novel just out, just a week apart. His book, THE FOUR-NIGHT RUN, features J. D. Scrbacek, a defense attorney who prides himself on the vigorous and nimble defense of even the most reviled clients. My new novel, TWO FOR THE SHOW, is a twisting and twisted tale told by Chas, a detective who works exclusively—and practically invisibly—for Wallace the Amazing, a Las Vegas mentalist. I was very interested in learning more about Lashner’s gutsy and witty protagonist. Fortunately, more »

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Up Close: Eric Van Lustbader by Jessica Driscoll

Up Close: Eric Van Lustbader by Jessica Driscoll

Inspired By Real-Life Corruption and War By Jessica Driscoll From the prolific author of the Bourne series comes a new standalone thriller, ANY MINUTE NOW, a dark tale ripped from the headlines and inspired by Eric Van Lustbader’s fascination with the occult, the continuing war in the Middle East, and the “terrible price soldiers are asked to pay.” “The ongoing corruption obscured by the fog of war both frighten and anger me,” he says. ANY MINUTE NOW kicks off with Red Rover, the blackest of black ops teams, losing one of its own on a top-priority mission. The group is unexpectedly disbanded, leaving Greg Whitman and Felix Orteño to replace their lost team member with Charlize Daou. Daou, a brilliant and talented arms expert, becomes more »

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Arrowood by Laura McHugh

Arrowood by Laura McHugh

By David Swatling Last summer, at the opening reception of ThrillerFest X, I noticed a young woman standing alone in the crowd with a somewhat lost expression on her face. “Is this your first ThrillerFest?” I asked. Her eyes widened in mock mortification. “Is it that obvious? I should’ve been here last year when my book came out but I didn’t know about it.” Two nights later at the awards ceremony, everyone in the room would know Laura McHugh when her book The Weight of Blood was named Best First Novel. ARROWOOD, her second novel, will not disappoint the many fans of her debut. Set in a small Iowa town on the Mississippi River, Arden Arrowood inherits her run-down childhood home twenty years after she witnessed the kidnapping of her young twin sisters. Upon her return, she is confronted with a discovery more »

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Brain Storm by Elaine Viets

Brain Storm by Elaine Viets

By Joe Moore Changing course in the middle of a successful writing career is a big gamble. Especially moving from light, humorous novels to much darker, serious subject matter. When I heard that my friend Elaine Viets was doing just that with her new novel, BRAIN STORM, I had to find out why. It came as no surprise that her motivation grew from events in her life. Now I know that this course change will be just as successful as her previous path. Here’s what I learned. Elaine, why write a dark psychological suspense novel? You’re best known for your funny Dead-End Job mysteries and cozy Mystery Shopper novels? I started writing dark novels, the Francesca Vierling newspaper mysteries for Bantam Dell. Then the publisher’s more »

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Stay Dead by Jessie Keane

Stay Dead by Jessie Keane

There’s something intoxicating about getting lost in a book, and since I hit pay dirt (at last!) eight years ago and started on my life as a professional writer, I’ve been busy getting lost in a whole series of them. In 2008, I was flat broke, living in the suburbs of southern England with no heating and (after 20 years of rejection slips and forays into comedy crime and chick-lit) the firm idea that I had to give up on the idea of writing books and get a “Proper Job.” Having a fractured home life, I left school without qualifications, missing my chance to go to art college. After that, I had loads of “filler” jobs—dental nurse, deli meat-slicer, clerical assistant. I taught myself to more »

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Dancing With the Tiger by Lili Wright

Dancing With the Tiger by Lili Wright

Lili Wright’s debut novel, DANCING WITH THE TIGER, is set in Mexico, a country the author knows well. Wright lived in Mexico twice, and she infuses this rollicking novel of art and addiction with her reporter’s eye for vivid detail. The story begins when a meth-addicted looter digs up what he believes is Montezuma’s funerary mask, a priceless artifact. A tense chase ensues as an eclectic cast of characters pursues the treasure for very different reasons. In addition to the meth-addicted looter, there is a masked tiger, an expat art collector, a dying drug lord, a lesbian housekeeper, and most importantly—Anna Ramsey, a 30-year-old American with a history of bad choices. Ramsey needs the mask to redeem her father—and save herself. Here, Wright chats with more »

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