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.
“Something nasty is happening in The Big Easy…..” After the events of SPIDER’S OVERTURE, SPIDER’S TANGO and SPIDER’S DANCE, computer forensic consultant Nicholas White is living his own version of the Good Life in Houston: semi-retired, happily married, and perfectly content to never deal with cyber-crime again. A visit from two former colleagues throws all that out the window. Horrendous crimes are being committed in New Orleans, dredging up memories for Nicholas better off left buried…. but when current evidence point to the local FBI office, Nicholas finds himself compelled to act. Not knowing who to trust within the Bureau, Nicholas is teamed up with Lt. Merisault Duchane of the NOLA PD to quietly look into the matter, a woman with her own “unusual” reputation more »
Is there a serial killer on the loose on Cape Cod? Multiple, bizarre murders are taking place in Dennis, MA, Detective Jack Contino’s new town. But they all have different signatures. One looks like a MOB execution, another is a brutal knifing, yet another is the shooting of a businessman. The killer evens has his sights on Jack’s wife, Natalie. Somehow MOB boss Tommy Shea, Jack’s longtime nemesis, comes into the picture. He often does. What is his link to these events? Jack can’t get rattled, but his nerves are getting frayed. He’s never had so much at stake in a case. He and his colleagues, including old pal Leo Barbado, get on the trail and must put the pieces of this puzzle together. “…Mr. more »
From the award winning writer R. Barri Flowers and bestselling author of the heartfelt relationship novel, Forever Sweethearts, comes a compelling contemporary novelette, Kaanapali Beach Paradise Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii’s famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolve around the anticipated grand opening of Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island’s western shore. Ben Crawford is a multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of Kaanapali Palms. A widower, his 19-year old daughter, Leigh, is his pride and joy. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining it would come back to haunt more »
R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business. Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself. Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and more »
In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart. As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive. Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an more »
For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home. Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that more »
From the author of the international best-seller Politically Correct Bedtime Stories comes a new mystery genre: Clown noir! In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money. Gypsies reveal the future (and for a sawbuck can make it happen). Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown. In Double Indignity, Rex Koko is recruited to bring in a runaway lion, but has his more »
Does the upcoming holiday season disturb the writing process, or on the contrary, can it become a great a catalyst for the next story? This week ITW Members Bernard Maestas, Les Edgerton, C. Hope Clark, Rick Zahradnik, Mark S. Bacon, Ethan Reid, Susanne Leist and Arthur Kerns discuss the holiday writing season and more!
A sweltering heat wave strikes the Smoky Mountains and combines with cold cases of murder, producing work Sheriff Tony Abernathy does not want. As he and his tiny force dig into the facts, the pieces don’t fit. Following the tangled threads of cold cases and new ones, Tony learns the power of history. Lawn ornaments vanish each night. An anonymous person mails notes and newspaper clippings about people who disappeared twenty years ago and a single antique quilt has links to two murdered women. MURDER BY ARTIFACT is available from Amazon. ***** Barbara Graham began making up stories in the third grade. Her motto is “every story needs a dead body and every bed needs a quilt”.
Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales includes four spine-tingling young adult tales of horror and suspense from the Vandals Series by bestselling author R. Barri Flowers. In each gripping story, teen vandals are left to deal with the frightening consequences of their actions. “This was like “Sweet Valley High” meets “True Blood…. Fans of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series will enjoy this series. Great for young readers!” – Jessica’s Reviews on Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter “The story was fast paced and had a lot of twist and turns…. I would recommend this book for people who enjoy a good vampire YA book, its packed with teenage drama and triangles that will keep you turning the pages.” — Ordinary Girlz Book Revews “A more »
When the body of Hunter Gearhardt washes up on the banks of a seasonal river outside of Pomacochas, Peru, with only samples of vegetation, a handful of feathers, two black- and gray-streaked rocks, and a golden headdress of indeterminate origin in his possession, his grieving father launches an expedition to determine how his son died. The party uses these clues to divine Hunter’s route into the jungle, where they find a surviving offshoot of a primitive tribe, long thought to be extinct, and something far more sinister, something that’s been able to avoid discovery for eons for one simple reason: No one leaves the rainforest alive. “A thrilling adventure! Fans of Michael Crichton will love it!” – Jeff Strand, Author of Pressure “McBride writes with more »
A young girl vanishes in broad daylight on her tenth birthday. Her father, FBI Special Agent Phil Preston of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, devotes his life to finding her and discovers a pattern in a recent string of abductions. Dr. Les Grant leads a group of graduate students into the Wyoming wilderness in search of an unidentified Native American medicine wheel photographed by an anonymous hiker. Instead, they stumble upon a macabre tableau of suffering. Fremont County Sheriff Keith Dandridge finds himself right at the heart of the mystery when twenty-seven bodies are disinterred in the Wind River Range at the westernmost edge of his jurisdiction, with the promise of more to come. All the while, an unknown evil is summoning the men more »
A team of scientists unlocks the secret of the next phase of human evolution in the most unstable geological region on the planet…at the bottom of the sea in the Pacific Ring of Fire. When a massive earthquake rocks Oceania, generating a tsunami that decimates the surrounding islands and sinks the research vessel, a rescue team is dispatched…only to find that the majority of the crew had been slaughtered prior to the ship’s foundering. The survivors find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere on an island that’s being ripped apart from the inside out, desperately trying to reach the lone settlement on the far side. But they aren’t alone. Something is hunting them from the jungle, something borne of the fire at the Earth’s more »
Arizona shares nearly 400 miles of international border with Mexico, 36 of which are completely unfortified. On one side lies desperation; on the other, opportunity. Tens of thousands of undocumented aliens pass through these 36 miles every year, only to find one of the harshest and most inhospitable deserts on the planet waiting for them. Hundreds die walking, casualties of the merciless sun, their bodies never to be identified. Others simply set out across the red Sonoran sands and vanish into thin air, as though they never existed at all.Special Agent Lukas Walker is assigned to investigate a murder, the only evidence of which is a twenty-foot design painted on a rock formation in the victim’s blood. He quickly learns that if the heat doesn’t more »
The butchered remains of Jasmine Rivers are discovered in the cellar of an abandoned farmhouse on the desolate eastern plains of Colorado, the fourth mutilated body found in the last two months. The FBI is still searching for the missing parts of the previous three. Hundreds of miles away in Arizona, 11 corpses are exhumed from the Sonoran Desert. They’ve been mummified and bundled in traditional Inca style. But the Inca lived in South America, and these bodies aren’t centuries old. Seemingly unrelated victims that share a common cause of death: exsanguination. Special Agent Paxton Carver follows the trail of blood, which leads him to the continuation of genetic experimentation that began during World War II and a designer retrovirus capable of altering human chromosomes. more »
The Summer blockbuster season is over, but that won’t stop us from asking: “What lessons can thriller writers learn from the movies?” Join ITW Members Bernard Maestas, Steve P. Vincent, Raymond Benson, C. Hope Clark, F. Paul Wilson, Rick Zahradnik and Joe Gannon for another can’t miss discussion!
An espionage thriller, The Acheron Deception follows the exploits of an intrepid software developer that teams up with a female CIA agent to track down terrorists manipulating the stock market before attacks. It’s 1987, and the prevailing winds of Glasnost have caught the Russian leadership by surprise… catapulting the confusion caused by the impending breakup of the Soviet Union to new levels. For KGB agent Mikhail Volkov and his brother, Vladimir, the chaos provides something else altogether–an opportunity to steal four nuclear weapons from a Russian test facility. Sean McGowan, a quantitative analyst designing software for the securities industry, has come a long way from the trailer park where he grew up in New Mexico. He has a good life–wealth, influence, and the company of more »
Violent action crime novel centered on three brothers involved in robbing drug dealers. One brother, Dean, is a hard case with a past of robbing and killing. The robbery is set up by a crooked lawyer and a set of sexy mirror twins. The perfect setup: rip off a drug deal for a million. Dean Powers knows that he and his brothers can take the money and run, but first he must kill and kill and keep killing. When will the killing and the running end? Chapters are under sections named for the stages of a Texas Hold ‘em poker game. The short novel is fast and violent. ALL IN, ALL OUT is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Damnation Books. ***** I have more »
Rabies kills. Can it also cure? Dr. Tessa Price knows what it’s like to lose a child to a genetic disease. To spare another mother this pain, she invents a radical new gene therapy that might save the life of seven-year-old Gunnar Sigrunsson. Unable to get regulatory approval to treat Gunnar in the US, she takes her clinical trial to the Palacio Centro Medico, a resort-like hospital on a Mexican peninsula where rich medical tourists get experimental treatments that aren’t available anywhere else. When the hospital is taken over by a brutal drug cartel, Tessa hides with a remarkable trio of Palacio clients—rich Texan Lyle Simmons, his much-younger Brazilian girlfriend, and his protection dog, a German shepherd named Dixie, only to learn that the gangsters more »
First she showed the world how a naive Canadian beauty could turn into a force to be reckoned with in the high-octane thriller, Soleil Tangiere. Now, in the off-the-rails sequel, Soleil musters her formidable strengths again in a life-and-death struggle against a range of international adversaries including a mysterious group of female assassins and a vicious criminal syndicate out of China. An outrageous diamond heist at a Soviet mine in the Arctic Circle unleashes international pandemonium–and in a bizarre twist of fate, its Max Stepanov, the love of Soleil’s life, who’s in it up to his neck! Part Everywoman, part larger-than-life heroine, Soleil once again shows herself to be one of the most heroic and fearless female protagonists in literature today. “A beautiful yet brutal more »
Measure Twice is J.J. Hensley’s stunning follow-up to RESOLVE, which was a named a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization. Lester Mayton is struggling to break free from his addiction. In his particular case, the drug of choice is religion. Now with his wife dead and city officials to blame, Mayton is out for revenge. In order to commit the atrocities necessary to spread his message of justice, he must change his ways and become the evil he has always abhorred. Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Jackson Channing is struggling to break free from his own addiction. His alcoholism may have already cost him his marriage and now threatens to sweep away his sanity. Ever since he and his partner were brutally more »
From the award winning writer R. Barri Flowers and bestselling author of the heartfelt novel, Forever Sweethearts, comes a powerful and poignant women’s epistolary novel, Graduate Circles. It is 1980, and college roommates, Jessica, Tammy, Kelly, and Gabriella, fresh off of receiving their MBAs from Michigan State University, spread across the globe and embark on their new lives, loves, careers, while experiencing the ups and downs, hopes and dreams, twists and turns, and success and failure that life brings. Jessica Cleary returns to her hometown of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she hopes to open a fashionable boutique and get her law student boyfriend, Brad, to put a ring on her finger. Tammy Fontaine lands a job at a prestigious New York City literary agency as more »
They thought his Mexican wife was a squaw…and meant only to shame, but killed instead. Quint Reagan hung up his badge, sold his ranch, and with a Smith and Wesson Russian, two Colt’s, a Winchester and a coach gun went on the hunt. The Triple R had a hundred riders…but he only wanted to tack the hide of seven to the outhouse wall but the powerful owner was one of them. Sometimes revenge is the best medicine for a broken heart. “This novella of the Montana west is an absolutely superb addition to the genre of classic Westerns. Every detail of the book is authentic – the idioms used, descriptions of the landscape, the handling of animals, how food was prepared and eaten, etc. This more »
The repairman’s at it again, this time it’s a stolen fifty million dollar G5, the ultimate in business aircraft…and it’s not a common thief who’s the culprit, but an Air Force colonel with lots of firepower at his command. Mike Reardon and his buddies have their work cut out for them, and this time it takes them to the heart of South America. Another rip-roaring kick-ass adventure by acclaimed author L. J. Martin Mike Reardon has earned more than a few bumps and bruises from his time in the military and his new line of work – recovery. What exactly does Mike recover, well what have you lost? With a crack team beside him and just enough money to motivate him, Mike with get the more »