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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.
The KFSB, SVA, KGB, the Mossad, CIA, MI6…this week we ask ITW Members S.D. Skye, Quentin Bates, Ralph Pezzullo and Amy Lignor which countries had the best spies of all time and why?
After last year’s harrowing experience with a gruesome serial killer in Key West, rock-star-turned-PI Nicholas Colt has decided to hang up his investigator hat and settle into a nice quiet life of teaching guitar and spending time with his family. Or so he thinks… Unfortunately, everything changes when an undercover Department of Defense investigator named Diana Dawkins comes crashing into his life. Diana tells Colt he has been recruited into The Circle, a super-secret organization charged with protecting the country from a variety of threats, foreign and domestic. Diana needs Colt’s help, and she’s willing to pay him well for it. Suddenly, Colt finds himself a key player in an elaborate effort to defend the president of the United States against an assassination attempt. His more »
Fisherman, diver and part-time PI Aristotle Socarides is hired to help in the defense of a deranged homicide suspect from an old Nantucket family. Complicating his job is his feud with a Russian KGB mogul, a case of cannibalism on the high seas, the search for a whaling artifact with a bloody past, Cold War secrets and underwater technology with deadly potential. ***** “What a character. Aristotle Socarides….can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He’s the brainchild of a genius-Paul Kemprecos-who knows a thing or two about writing action and adventure. I bow to the master.” –Steve Berry “#1New York Times best-selling author Paul Kemprecos shows once again that he is the undisputed master of high-action adventure, better on his own than his former co-author more »
20 brand new thrillers from ITW Members to help you kick off the holiday season, plus the 2013 USO Tour by Kathleen Antrim, a Between the Lines Interview with Michael Connelly by Julie Kramer, News from South Africa by Michael Sears and new nonfiction from John Foxjohn. Hot off the press: Click on a book title to read the feature story Special to the Big Thrill: The 2013 USO Tour by Kathleen Antrim Between the Lines Interview with Michael Connelly by Julie Kramer News from South Africa by Michael Sears The Bourne Retribution by Eric Van Lustbader The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black Singularity by Steven James The Tenth Circle by Jon Land Missing by C.T. Jorgensen Until Death by James L. Thane Chilled more »
Wisconsin coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen accompanies her main squeeze, Sheriff Jake Pavlik, to South Florida, where he’s been asked to speak at a mystery-writers’ conference. Maggy is anticipating a romantic arrival in their hotel suite, but when the opening night event turns out to be a re-enactment of Agatha Christie’s classic, Murder on the Orient Express, the couple reluctantly sets off on a night train into the Everglades. The idea is to solve the “crime” and return, but the troupe soon finds itself embroiled in a real-life murder mystery as creepy and baffling as any work of fiction.
John Haldane, Earl of Strathairn, is on an urgent mission to find the killer of his fellow spy. After visiting the young widow of one of his agents, Strathairn strengthens his resolve. A spy should never marry, and most certainly not to Lady Sibella Winborne, with her romantic ideas of love and marriage. Unable to give Sibella up entirely, he has kept her close as a friend. Then, weak fool that he is, he kissed her. Lady Sibella Winborne has refused several offers of marriage since she first set eyes on the handsome Earl of Strathairn. Sibella’s many siblings always rush to her aid to discourage an ardent suitor, but not this time. Her elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, has approved Lord Coombe’s suit.
Ruby witnesses her uncle’s murder by a supernatural weapon. On his dying breath, he utters the name of the man who must have sent it. But Cyntag is far more than a mere man. Dangerous, sexy, and Dragon, he’s the only one who can keep her alive in a hidden world of dark magick, deadly power, and hot passion. ***** “What a fantabulously brilliant and unique world Jaime Rush has created in The Hidden. I am a HUGE fan of her Offspring series and have been chomping at the bit for Dragon Mine, the prequel novella for her new series.” — SMASH ATTACK READS – Mel Thomas “A passionate, spellbinding dragon tale.” – NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Pamela Palmer for DRAGON AWAKENED.
By Christina Ironstone I got to connect with Karen Robards to discuss her upcoming Christmas Thriller, THE HUNTED. A few quick facts about Robards: Karen Robards resides in Louisville, Kentucky in a big old fashioned home. She has three sets of three. Kids, Cats and Dogs! For being a regular on the NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY and USA TODAY bestseller lists, she’s wonderfully down to earth. Robards was truly touched by my complimenting her books. Her books are known for being exciting, steamy, and real page turners! She’ll have you staying up hours past your bed time just to find out what happens next. Below you’ll find my interview with her to talk about a variety of topics ranging from her newest book to more »
By Kathleen Antrim Harlan Coben, Phillip Margolin, F. Paul Wilson, Kathleen Antrim, and Heather Graham, recently returned from the “Operation Thriller IV” USO tour where they shared time and special moments with our troops and their families. The group kicked off the tour with a three-day, morale boosting visit to Washington, D.C. where they met with wounded warriors at Walter Reed Bethesda National Military Medical Center and later aided with the presentation of this year’s Service Member of the Year Awards at the 2013 USO Gala. From there, the authors traveled to Kuwait, Germany, and the UK, bringing a touch of home to our nation’s heroes. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the authors’ experiences. F. Paul Wilson Humbled. That’s the word. I go more »
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into the vast, dark world of 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again… except for one. Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public. On what should be the brightest day in his life, he is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. The dread of the outside is so debilitating, he can’t leave his hotel at Grand Central Terminal, except to go underground. Bad luck for Joe, because in the tunnels lurk corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion more »
When Charlie Rocklin and his company Gold Diggers Exploration set out to recover a 17th century shipwreck, they discover an undocumented Nazi submarine with enigmatic symbols. Ariel Ellis, a femme fatale historian with a mysterious past, proves that the U-boat contains the key to a formula more valuable than any sunken treasure, and more deadly than any weapon that has ever existed. In this globetrotting international adventure, Charlie and Ariel uncover an accelerating tempest of secrecy, lies, and agendas, fighting not only for the truth, but for their lives. Weiss’s debut novel is a lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn, and shows us that our personal legends may be more real than we ever could have imagined.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world at the infamous tabloid New York Mail, where brand new pet columnist F.X. Shepherd finds himself on the trail of a killer with a wicked sense of humor, who is hacking celebrities to death. When a famous TV foodie’s husband is slain, the only witness is Skippy, a bright Husky who adopts Shepherd, and the reluctant reporter inadvertently becomes a tabloid star. Bodies and suspects accumulate as Shepherd runs afoul of cutthroat office politics and Ginny Mac, a sexy reporter for a competing newspaper – who will do anything for a story.
Can a simple phone call change who you are? On the same day that Alexander Chase is released from prison, he is approached by a secret organization with a simple request. Pose as an FBI agent and retrieve a cell phone from a small town police station. He quickly finds himself alone and on the run while trying to destroy the technology that can convert anyone, anywhere, into a highly-skilled assassin. The Warrior’s Code is the second book in the action-packed Peacekeepers X-Alpha thriller series, and marks Steve DeWinter’s return to the genre two years after his underground bestseller, Inherit the Throne, thrilled readers worldwide.
THE DEAD WILL RISE AND THE LIVING WILL FALL. The zombies have trapped them. Just a small band of survivors, alone in a building surrounded by hordes. Ken’s family is shattered. His wife doesn’t trust him. His son is gone. And his daughters… are CHANGING. The survivors want to fight. To live. But some of them will not survive. Some will die – or worse. And the rest will find that the only way out… is through a whole new set of terrors.
A hard-boiled noir/ horror short story based in characters created by Paul D. Brazill. Jack Benson is just another old shoe a few years shy of retirement from The City Police. His favorite conviction? Putting his daughter’s oppressor behind bars. But when the same man gets back on the street, the threat looms far larger than Jack could have ever expected. Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian,French, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8 and more »
Morgana le Fay has ruled with coldhearted brutality in a realm as much a prison as it is her dominion. She joins forces with a ruthless Lycan king in hopes of returning to Earth, determined to destroy King Arthur’s legacy. Gully’s magic has been intensifying at an incredible rate for months. Taurus Moon wants to find out why. The pair travels overseas in search of a supernatural relic that may help. Instead of finding answers, they wind up saving the lives of a family of three from two vicious Lycans: Grimes and his daughter, Darla. The unplanned rescue propels them on an adventure where technology is nonexistence and magic is supreme. They journey through treacherous lands marred by the sorceress’ dark magic looking for a more »
Thirteen year-old Gabriel Hunter, a Lesser, woke one morning to find he’s been catapulted to Kata-Tartaroo, the scariest place imaginable, and hidden deep beneath the world of Lessers and Moors. No adults, no way to communicate with the Above World and a forest filled with a myriad of creatures including Demon Owls ready to eat you whole if you try to leave. No one has ever broken out of Kata-Tartaroo alive, but when Gabriel, Corinna Fornax, and Owen Agnitio, two Moors, solve a math problem stored in the program of an obsolete tablet, they get some unexpected help. They have 24 hours to collect three mystical objects and escape Kata-Tartaroo.
Book #7 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH I MYSTERY SERIES. Smitten with spring fever, the queen escapes London for fantastical Nonsuch Palace in the sweet Surrey countryside. But one of her artists is burned to death and the queen’s portraits are going up in flames. Has the arsonist been sent by foreign foes or is it someone in her own court? Time is running out, because the enemy who stalks the queen means to destroy not only her portraits and artists but her life. “A truly vibrant protagonist, thoroughly satisfying characterization, attention to detail, and credible plotting mark this as an outstand historical.”–Library Journal
Book #6 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH I MYSTERIES. In her Yuletide court of 1564, the queen’s Twelve Days of Christmas celebration is marred by a murder. Suspecting even her closest courtiers, Elizabeth is determined to vanquish the Christmas culprit–who will not only strike again but has targeted Her Majesty as his ultimate prey. “Lively, abundant historical color…” –Kirkus Reviews “A real treat for those who enjoy historical mysteries.”–Booklist
Book #5 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH I MYSTERY SERIES. In the gardens of Hampton Court, Elizabeth proudly shows a famed visitor her huge maze. But the labyrinth soon becomes a scene of horror as the visitor is murdered within its leafy dead ends. Undaunted, the queen sets a trap to snare a murderer. “Tudor England’s answer to V.I. Warshawski…” Publishers Weekly “Would make Shakesepare envious…This is great stuff.”–The Toronto Globe and Mail
Book #4 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH I MYSTERY SERIES. With handsome Lord Robert Dudley by her side, Elizabeth visits London’s Royal College of Physicians to demand more help for victims of the pox. But soon the queen is fighting for herself in more ways than one. “Karen Harper weaves a thrilling blend of historical detail and intriguing mystery. Her Queen Elizabeth I…possesses the fine detective’s instinct of Sherlock Holmes. The result is an intense reading experience guaranteed to surprise and delight.” –Lisa Gardner, author of THE OTHER DAUGHTER
Book #2 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH I MYSTERY SERIES. In London in triumph to be crowned, the young queen sets out to solve the murder of a highborn lady of her court–and realizes she is the real target. With her small band of retainers, she must unmask and stop a killer determined to destroy the crown itself. “Harper’s facility with historical figures…is extraordinary.” Los Angeles Times “Harper delivers high drama and deadly intrigue…Elizabethan history has never been this appealing.” –Newsday
Book #1 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH MYSTERY SERIES. A young Elizabeth realizes her life is in danger. With her small band of loyalists, she escapes to the ancestral Boleyn Hever castle to solve a murder and prevent her own. If she lives, the crown is in her reach. “Impressively researched…the author ha her poisons and her historical details own pat.”–Los Angeles Times
Book #3 in the 9-book QUEEN ELIZABETH I MYSTERY SERIES. A tragedy rocks the realm and spurs the young queen to discover who is killing her closest servants. She must act quickly for majesty and mayhem are a deadly mix. “An exciting Elizabethan mystery…the sleuthing is fun but what makes THE TWYLIGHT TOWER comparable to the fine works of Allison Weir is the strong writing…interweaving historical tidbits into a powerful story line.” –The Midwest Book Review “Harper’s exquisite mastery of the period, lively dialogue, energetic plot, devious characters, and excellent rendition of the willful queen make this a pleasure…”–Library Journal