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.
Do publishers fact-check – or is that the author’s job? Join ITW Members Jean Heller, Francine Mathews, Rick Campbell, Mary Louise Kelly, Cecilia Ekback and Jeffrey B. Burton as they discuss the big mistakes they’ve spotted.
The Big Thrill kicks off March with a Between the Lines interview with bestselling author C.J. Box, who talks about life in Wyoming, his acclaimed work, and his latest bestseller, ENDANGERED. March also brings a new series for The Big Thrill: The Big Break, where bestselling thriller writers tell their stories of how they broke into the thriller game. The inaugural article includes an interview with Steve Berry, the self-proclaimed “poster child” of why aspiring writers shouldn’t give up. Before he became a household name, Berry suffered 12 years and 85 rejections. Read more about his inspirational story by Jeremy Burns. Michael Sears returns with The Africa Scene with his interview of Amanda Coetzee, and writer Layton Green is back with International Thrills, featuring Adrian more »
THE LYNCHPIN is the second novel in Jeffrey B. Burton’s Agent Drew Cady mystery series. Its predecessor, The Chessman, came out in 2012 to some excellent reviews, including a starred one in Publishers Weekly, and went on to sell to publishers in Germany, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the U.K. The novel begins with Agent Cady having turned his life around. He’s waved goodbye to Washington, D.C., and ten-plus years of chasing violent felons for the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. He’s moved to Minnesota to be with his fiancée, and now works on the FBI’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Life could not be better. However, Cady’s tranquility is short-lived. He is ordered to help the local authorities investigate the murder of a young woman whose body more »
The heirs to one of the oldest Cognac estates in France face a hostile takeover by foreign investors. Renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to audit the books. In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he is stonewalled, crosses paths with his first love, and stands up to high-level state officials keen on controlling the buyout. Meanwhile, irresistible Virgile mingles with the local population until a drowning changes the stakes. Part of the ongoing Winemaker Detective series. ***** “The Winemaker Detective mystery series is a new obsession.” —Marienella “The descriptions of cognac and cigar scents and flavors drew me in as if I, too, were a connoisseur.” —4-star librarian review “This book and its successors will whet appetites of fans of more »
More than 75 years ago, five Nazi scientists embarked upon an expedition into the frozen Himalayas in search of the origins of the Aryan race. What they found instead was something beyond their wildest imaginations–a secret they would sooner take to their graves than risk releasing upon an unsuspecting world. Now nearly a hundred years old, Johann Brandt, the lone surviving member of the original party, shares his discovery with Jordan Brooks, an evolutionary anthropologist who launches his own expedition into one of the most dangerous environments on the face of the planet in search of the evidence Brandt claims to have left behind. If Brooks and his team hope to find the proof, they’ll have to follow the historical footsteps of the Germans into more »
Reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan still gets a thrill from snooping into places online where he shouldn’t be. When his golden retriever Rochester discovers a human bone at the Friends Meeting during the Harvest Days festival, these two unlikely sleuths are plunged into another investigation. They will uncover uncomfortable secrets about their small town’s past as they dig deep into the Vietnam War era, when local Quakers helped draft resisters move through Stewart’s Crossing on their way to Canada. Does that bone Rochester found belong to one of those young men fleeing conscription? Or to someone who knew the secrets that lurked behind those whitewashed walls? Steve’s got other problems, too. His girlfriend Lili wants to move in with him, and his matchmaking efforts among more »
Welcome to Adams Grove…where the barbecue isn’t the only thing that sizzles, in the 6th book of the Adams Grove series. Savannah Dey politely agreed to attend her ex-husband’s wedding, but she’d be grateful for any reason to get out of it…which is why the speeding ticket from the handsome sheriff of Adams Grove is both a surprise and a reprieve. With one quick call to her editor, the aspiring columnist finds herself with a new assignment and the perfect excuse to get closer to the man who pulled her over. Now, all she needs is a way to deal with all the bad memories the small town dredges up… Sheriff Scott Calvin can’t forget the woman who set off his radar, but he’s determined more »
When former CIA code-breaker, Paul Marcus, receives the call he thinks it’s a hoax. He’s asked to analyze a cache of papers found locked in an old trunk. They were the last manuscripts written by Isaac Newton. Using Newton’s math and notes, Marcus begins to see a pattern leading to a prophecy so frightening that to reveal it will change world events. At the time of his death. Newton was searching for ancient biblical codes that may open a locked window into future events. Newton helped explain gravity — but could he do the same for human destiny? DESTINY is available from Amazon. ***** Tom Lowe’s latest mystery/thriller novel is DESTINY. It is Tom’s first stand-alone book. DESTINY is an international thriller that begins with more »
Still recovering from the tragic loss of a good friend, Jack Sigler, callsign: King, leads the Chess Team—a crew of former Delta operators—back into action. But what should be a routine snatch-and-grab to capture a drug cartel leader, escalates out of control, throwing the team into a challenge unlike anything they’ve ever faced. An enemy from their past, who is close to unmasking their identities, joins forces with the psychotic cartel kingpin, setting a trap that will shake the team to its foundations. While the team battles enemies old and new, King’s fiancée, CDC disease detective, Sara Fogg, struggles to stop a strange outbreak that transforms the infected into ravenous, inhuman monsters. Once responsible for the disappearance of the Roanoke settlers, the disease now threatens more »
In the sixth golden retriever mystery, Dog Have Mercy, Christmas approaches and reformed hacker Steve Levitan tries to help a fellow ex-con now working at the vet’s office in Stewart’s Crossing. His curiosity, and the crime-solving instincts of his golden retriever, Rochester, kick in when liquid potassium ampoules are stolen from the vet and Steve’s new friend is a suspect. Is this theft connected to a drug-running operation in North Philly? Or to a recent spate of deaths at the local nursing home? And can Steve continue to resist his computer-hacking impulses or will his desire to help others continue to lead him into trouble? Mr. Plakcy did a terrific job in this cozy mystery. He had a smooth writing style that kept the story more »
The first time you discovered thrillers as a genre … do you remember which book and how it landed in your hands? This week, ITW Members Ryan Quinn, Sandra A. Block, Lisa Von Biela, Trisha Leaver, J. H. Bográn, Jean Heller and Bob Van Laerhoven will discuss their introduction to the thriller genre.
For some authors, computers and word processing programs are a necessity. For others, a pad and pencil will do. This week we ask ITW Members Ryan Quinn, Brian Pinkerton, Lisa Von Biela, Rebecca Cantrell, Jeffrey B. Burton, J. H. Bográn, Merry Jones and Jean Heller: “Could you write or revise your novel if word processors were not available – or do you?”
During of the War of 1812, British troops ransacked the White House and made off with valuables that were never returned. Two centuries later, a British curator finds a vital clue to the long-vanished loot. Within hours, the curator is assassinated—and Ayesha Ryder, a Palestinian-born antiquities expert, is expertly framed for his murder. Who could be behind such a conspiracy? And why do they want Ryder out of the way? To find out, she picks up a trail leading from a mysterious nineteenth-century letter to the upcoming presidential election. As Ryder dodges killers in the shadow of hidden alliances, sexual blackmail, and international power plays, she finds that all roads lead to the Middle East, where a fragile peace agreement threatens to unravel . . more »
In the depths of the jungle lie mysteries drenched in blood. Ethan Foster has spent a lifetime as a guide and bodyguard for archeologist Heathcliff Pascal. They’ve survived more adventures than they can count, but now, deep in the jungles of Central America, they discover a secret hidden from the world for centuries: the Cult of the Black Jaguar, presided over by an immortal goddess whose beauty is matched by her cruelty. She needs the blood of a virgin to bring her army back to life, and she’s found one in Heathcliff’s daughter, Jenny. It’s up to Ethan to stop her. It might seem an impossible task, but Ethan has secrets of his own. Dark secrets. Before the night is over, blood will be shed, more »
Book Two in the Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace. The only surviving victim of his rampage was a child…who is now wanted by the FBI for brutal crimes of her own. Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt to track her down, despite feeling torn between his dedication to duty and his sympathy for her horrific history and motives. But when Roarke’s search unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman he seeks–and secretly wants–may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath. He just has to find her first. The pulse-pounding sequel to Huntress Moon is sure to leave listeners on the edges more »
How far would you go to protect a secret? How far would you go to expose a lie? Will Fletcher seems to have it all – perfect job, perfect life. Then in one act of extreme violence, his world is turned upside down. A bungled assassination attempt on a London street uncovers a disturbing conspiracy fuelled by organised crime and political ambition. Now, Will finds himself on the run, pursued by a dangerous enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his employer’s past. The only way to stop the chain of events is to follow a trail of clues that lead to the heart of British politics.
Hardboiled detective novel dealing with murder, drug dealing, and a woman in trouble. Librarian, Becky Heyward is trapped in an S & M sexual relationship with a vicious drug dealer. Her life nearly ruined, her last hope is tough guy detective, Joe Andrews. He will do anything for her short of the one solution she knows will work: murder. THE LADY AND THE WOLF is available from Amazon. ***** I have had stories published online & in print, and several novels published. Recent novels published: The Lady and the Wolf; All In, All Out; A Case of Love and Squalor; Garden of the Falling Moon.
ITW Member Brian C. Poole says: “At heart all storytellers are liars.” This week, ITW Members Ryan Quinn, Ken Oxman, Susan Froetschel, Lisa Von Biela, Alexandra Sokoloff, Mike Pace, Jamie Mason, Merry Jones, Jean Heller and Lisa Unger will discuss how our stories lie!
From the author of No. 1 Bestseller Look Behind You… My name is Elena and I used to be a human being. Now I am a sex slave. If you are reading this diary then I am either dead or I have managed to escape… “20% of the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to two leading UK based anti-trafficking charities: The Poppy Project and Unseen UK.” ~ Sibel Hodge, Author Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave is a gritty, gripping, and tear-jerking fictional novella, inspired by real victims’ accounts and research into the sex trafficking underworld. It’s been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
When Attorney Sabre Brown’s phone rings at 2 a.m. she’s shocked to hear from her brother, Ron, who has been in Witness Protection for the past seven years. Someone has discovered his whereabouts and is trying to kill him – and possibly Sabre as well. Sabre and her private investigator, JP, leave sunny San Diego to find her brother who has gone underground. Based on a single clue, they begin their search in the cold, wintry Pacific Northwest. “This is undoubtedly the best book and series I have ever read. Fast paced, eventful, suspenseful, and very HUMOROUS. A Must read. But start with the first book. You won’t be disappointed.” -Kindle Customer
This 3rd installment in the award-winning series organized around the 9 Circles of Hell in Dante’s “Inferno” takes you on adventures that will keep you awake at night long after you’ve finished the book. A Satanic minister incites a mentally-challenged youth to murder; teenagers find themselves trapped in a cave with a dangerous secret; New Zealand warriors face the British in The Battle of Gate Pa; the death of a young college student from hypothermia under mysterious circumstances is investigated: they’re all here. Illustrations for each story and cover art, once again is by Vincent Chong, five-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award and Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist of 2013. “Connie (Corcoran) Wilson’s Hellfire & Damnation is a remarkable collection more »
Two men from different generations, both initiated into a powerful organisation that throughout history has sought control and uses their power for destruction. They leave behind a wake of murder, manipulation and ancient secrets. The first man wreaks havoc in and around the Whitechapel district of London, England in the 19th century. While the other stalks his victims in the cosmopolitan city of Seville, Spain in the 21st century; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers – Jack the Ripper. Annabella Cordova quickly becomes embroiled in the conspiracy involving the university she studies at. When her roommate goes missing, it becomes very personal. Her past gradually unveils, as she is closer to this than more »
The critically acclaimed Birdwatcher Mystery Series focuses on environmental concerns through bird-related issues, and wraps them in a delectable, page-turning suspense story that keeps even the most seasoned Mystery fans guessing until the very end! Eric Linenger’s job, as a National Park Service ranger, isn’t always easy. He is tasked to oversee a “prescribed burn” of a thousand acres in Rocky Mountain National Park, which not only means containing the fire to the necessary acreage, but also protect the precious habitats of the local birds. However, once the fire is ablaze, the delinquent flames spread wildly out of control, and Eric’s boss, Wayne Devlin, is found dead near the fire’s origin. Eric takes it upon himself to investigate an increasingly perplexing arsonist mystery, and uncovers more »
Santa has gone missing and the fate of Christmas is in Amber Fox’s hands… When the bones of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, are stolen from a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum on Christmas Eve, insurance investigator Amber Fox is hot on the thieves’ trail. Jinxed spells, freaky insects, and a sack full of secrets take Amber on a bumpy sleigh ride. But can she restore the relics back to their natural resting place and preserve the true spirit of the Yuletide Holly Days? Or is Santa lost forever? **Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder is a novella, or short novel length mini mystery, approx 100 pages** “If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum I think you will really like Amber Fox – more »