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.
Ian isn’t crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was. He’s eighteen, on the run, and scared – the shape-shifting delusions he’s had since childhood have turned out to be real. He’s the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents “go grey” and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him – Rob, a former Royal Marine who’s struggling to adjust to Civvy Street, and Mike, heir to a wealthy American political dynasty, who only ever wanted to be an ordinary guy. While the company hunts Ian, the two contractors try to help him harness his disturbing ability. But first more »
America’s deadliest enemy returns—and he’ll stop at nothing to carry out his catastrophic plot against the U.S.America is under attack. Al-Qaeda mastermind Aziz Abdul Muhammad is still on the loose, leaving no trail after his massive attacks against the U.S. energy infrastructure. Once again, the dedicated special ops force—Officer Cain, Sergeant Thompson, FBI Agent Johnson, and Lieutenant Mathews—relentlessly pursue him in their covert investigation, codename AUTUMN FIRE.Aziz and his group of loyal jihadists send shockwaves across the nation as they execute their next phase of attacks: a mass shootout and deadly explosion at a nuclear power plant. Days later, Aziz’s followers blow up U.S. military supply ships in the Indian Ocean, crippling the country’s ability to deploy forces in the Middle East in the event more »
Isabel, Lady Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II, has a secret: she makes her living disguised as Mistress Ruby, a fortune-teller who caters to London’s elite. When a beggar girl claiming to be Isabel’s niece reveals that her brother, Adam, was murdered during the plague, she must take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother’s death, twelve years after it happened. “Deliciously addictive! In her capable hands, author Holly West seamlessly recreates a 17th century England full of royal scandal and political intrigue.” – Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane and the Mas Arai mystery series “Holly West’s Mistress of Lies may be set in 17th century London, but it has the pacing and propulsive narration of more »
Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With her parents and Joseph Lonetree’s help, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.NIGHT TERROR is the sequel to the Amazon supernatural thriller bestseller, more »
SHORT SHARP SHOCKS is a collection of horror, sci-fi and crime stories that barely stretch beyond a page, with the shortest tale being only two words long. These sixty-second tales will force you to make a verbal exclamation, which might be one of humor or disgust or surprise. Whatever your reaction, take it personally—that’s the point of flash fiction. SHORT SHARP SHOCKS is available for FREE from Smashwords. ***** Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He’s a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and four cats. He’s the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to more »
Two gripping short stories by award-winning author Simon Wood.In The Frame Maker, a woman takes revenge on her philandering husband by hiring the Frame Maker—a man who’s made a career of solving problems permanently. This job, however, might be the one frame that just won’t hang right.In Pathfinder, newly widowed Vivian can’t understand why her husband killed himself in a seedy Vegas hotel room. So she travels to Sin City, where she’s mysteriously guided to dangerous and unexpected places. Soon Vivian finds herself on a treacherous road to the truth. THE FRAME MAKER & PATHFINDER are available from Amazon, Amazon UK and Amazon CA. ***** Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He’s a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist more »
Lucy Kendall isn’t a serial killer. She’s simply lived her life in a strange mixture of carefully calculated moves and impulse decisions. Cracking the skull of the man who molested her sister and attacking her was impulse. Spending half her teenage years drinking and acting out were calculated cries for attention from her narcissistic mother followed by impulsive rages at her lack of concern. The decade spent working in Child Protective Services before becoming a private investigator taught her two truths. One, CPS failed miserably in protecting children. Two, Lucy was more than willing to do it for them, meting out her brand of dark justice in spite of her own fear of death. But Lucy’s crusade is compromised when a self-proclaimed sociopath offers to more »
Successful Park Avenue psychiatrist Dr. Jonah Hoffman leads a fairly normal life-a good practice, a loving wife and children-until he takes on a dangerous new patient. At first Robert Kolfax, CEO of a Blackwater-like private security firm with secret ops all over the world, seems like a powerful but troubled man in need of Jonah’s help. But Jonah soon discovers that Kolfax is a sociopath. A mass murderer. And what’s worse, he’s untouchable, operating in a jurisdictional bubble. In an effort to aid his country, Jonah becomes a secret government operative, answering to the shadowy Mr. Price. But Jonah’s undercover operations quickly begin taking over his life, putting himself and everyone close to him in danger. To survive he must leave the safe confines of more »
Private Investigator Sam Dyke is hired to find a man who’s been released from prison and subsequently gone missing. But the ex-con is an ex-cop who might have been imprisoned for a crime that he didn’t commit. Working for the man’s daughter, Sam soon discovers that this isn’t just a missing-persons case – there are other people involved, including the owner of a high-profile casino and a senior police officer. And when the brutal representatives of an Asian gambling syndicate show up with their own brand of persuasiveness, Sam knows that he must put things right before he and everyone he loves become potential targets … THE STRANGE GIRL is available from Amazon and Amazon UK. ***** A few years ago Keith Dixon realised that more »
Murder, mayhem, medicine, and Mazzio. That’s the thread that stitches together each of the Gina Mazzio, RN medical thrillers, including the fourth in the series, BONE OF CONTENTION, to be released on September 15 as both an e-book and trade paperback. RN Gina Mazzio returns to San Francisco’s Ridgewood Hospital after a near-death experience in Nevada’s desolate gold country. On her first day in the Ob/Gyn Women’s Health Clinic, a co-worker suffers a mystifying post-abortion death due to sepsis. Two days later, the same thing happens to a clinic patient. Gina thinks it’s an inside job, but gets no support for her theory. Convinced she’s right, she risks everything to dig into the who and why of the deaths. She wants to know if someone more »
Forced out of the DEA after twenty years, Hardin Steel, Stainless to his close friends, has managed to get himself elected Sheriff of Cameron County, Texas. Twice divorced, with a bit of a drinking problem, he’s now dating Rory Roughton, a fiery sixth-generation Texan who’s as rich as she is beautiful—and hell-bent on keeping Steel on the straight and narrow. But then his best friend, Wes Stoddard, is nearly shot down flying in a load of pot, Rory is kidnapped by a Russian mercenary working for the most dangerous cartel in Mexico, and the Cuban Mafia decides they’d like the former DEA agent—dead. Steel is forced to take unsanctioned, unconventional—and mostly illegal—action in order to save himself and those closest to him . . . more »
The protagonist Wade Ross is an Australian (part Aboriginal) SAS trained ex soldier working with a secret team of multi national ex Special Forces operatives. They must overcome or eliminate multiple antagonists while trying to locate those responsible for the manufacture of a highly advanced nuclear powered armalite. The story is a thriller that jets from country to country and has the reader guessing and not realising who are the three high powered and influential men responsible. An overtone mixture of love (Wade and Crystal), cruelty (human sacrifices), deceit (the US Administration), revenge (murder of Wade’s family) and unknown antagonists – keeps the story in a melting pot of intrigue. ‘A gripping and authentic thriller by an exciting new writer.’ – Matt Lynn. (UK author) more »
Peter Oulton is a haunted, wanted, hunted man. Haunted by the memory of a massacre in Bosnia that he witnessed but could not prevent. Haunted by the loss of Abby Sinclair, the love of his life. Wanted by no one but the perpetrator of the massacre, imprisoned on the strength of Peter’s testimony, and bent on revenge. Hunted by a whistle-blowing centre, funded by a mysterious foundation, his most important ally turns out to be the woman they sent to find him. Beneath the Rose takes the reader on Peter’s dark journey to redemption from the killing fields of Bosnia through the murky spy world of Ottawa to a dramatic showdown with al-Qaeda on the snowbound streets of Montreal. BENEATH THE ROSE is available from more »
Mara is a Japanese-American girl with a history of personal tragedy. Though she still cuts herself to quell the pain, she thought the worst was behind her. But her boyfriend’s sudden death, and a visit to one of the most haunted places in Washington State, sends her into a spiral of madness, landing her in a psychiatric ward. Already suffering from dreams of a strange, ghost-infested house in the woods, Mara begins to question the very existence of reality. She is forced to confront the truth about her older sister’s death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit. “An evocative journey into the darkest realms of a troubled psyche. Part ghost story, part psychological suspense, Conduits is an astonishing debut from more »
A short story sequel to SLEEPING DOG and LAUGHING DOG. Big surprises await Serendipity Dahlquist and Leo Bloodworth when they’re hired to protect rapper B.A. Dawg from death threats. RAPPIN’ DOG is available from Amazon. ***** DICK LOCHTE is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels of crime and suspense, including SLEEPING DOG which won the Nero Wolfe Award, was nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus and the Anthony, and was named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Booksellers Association. His latest noir thriller, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, was named as one of the five best hardcovers of the year by the Private Eye Writers of America. Lochte has written three novels with the Today Show’s Al Roker, more »
Hardboiled private eye Leo Bloodworth and his self-appointed partner, fifteen-year-old Serendipity Dahlquist, are back in a wild and deadly new mystery that’s every bit as brilliant and memorable as SLEEPING DOG, a New York Times Book of the Year, a Nero Wolfe Award winner, and a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony Awards. “Wonderful! Don’t Wait for the Movie!” Plauboy Magazine “Sensational writing. Mordant wit. An intricate crime puzzle. And a duo of private eyes as wonky and offbeat as the mind of Dick Lochte” – Harlan Ellison “Few capture California better . . . His story intrigued . . . Enjoyable and breezy.” Kirkus Reviews “Dancingly macabre, packed with perils, pungent with humor.” The Sunday Times (London) “An intelligent, playful, knowledgeable writer . more »
This beloved, comedy-noir thriller teams up Leo Bloodworth, a hard-drinking, middle-aged Los Angeles PI with hypertension and a low tolerance for precious teenagers, with Serendipity Dahlquist, a bright and strong-willed roller-blading 14-year-old searching for her lost dog. But things quickly escalate, plunging the oddest of odd couples into the dark underworld of sunny Southern California and pitting them against one of the biggest, and most brutal, organized crime families in Mexico. A New York Times Book of the Year, Nero Wolfe Award Winner, Edgar Award Finalist, Shamus Award Finalist, Anthony Award Finalist, Named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century
Book three of The Patience Price Mysteries With the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her little island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage? When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience’s FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn’t want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can’t help herself. Patience promises to let more »
Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of MURDER IN THE PENCIL FACTORY and THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a powerful new historical true crime short,: MURDER OF THE BANKER’S DAUGHTER: The Killing of Marion Parker. On December 15, 1927, twelve year old Marion Parker, daughter of a prominent banker was brazenly abducted from her junior high school in Los Angeles, California, in a bizarre ransom and revenge scheme. Two days later, the girl’s dismembered remains were left behind by a brutal killer, destroying a family and unnerving the entire city. This caused pandemonium as the perpetrator managed to evade immediate capture, leading to a manhunt by authorities unlike any in recent memory. The horror of the crime was reminiscent of more »
Readers are biting their nails as the popular alphabetic Midnight Louie feline PI mystery series nears its end with this 26th entry. Secret revealed: Douglas plans a final entry to follow the “Z” book, Cat in an Alphabet Endgame. (The series’ first two non-alphabetic titles, Catnap and Pussyfoot, have been reissued in ebook as Cat in an Alphabet Soup and Cat in an Aqua Storm.) Ground-breaking band Black & White was platinum before it imploded from an overdose of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll years ago. Now, the Las Vegas reunion show revives the old troubles between its two divas, and efforts to sabotage end in murder. Petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr and her faithful feline roommate Midnight Louie, Sam Spade in fur, assisted more »
This week we talk about arguably the most important people in an author’s life: readers! Join ITW Members Sharon Linnea, Arlene Kay, Michael McBride, C.E. Lawrence and Toni L.P. Kelner while they discuss how readers have helped shape their books.
September 8 – 14: “What are some surprise cities that might take center stage in the future of thrillers?”
The Cold War ended in the late 1980s, yet Russia still plays a key role in many modern-day thrillers. This week ITW Members Sharon Linnea, David Swatling, Todd Moss, Robert Boeder and Alex Shaw discuss some surprise cities that might take center stage in the future?
September 1 – 7: “Do you fling a book aside when you spot an error or stop reading after spotting some inaccuracy in technology or place?”
Authors cringe at mistakes in their novels. This week ITW Members Joan Hall Hovey, Ethan Cross and Jon McGoran will discuss whether or not they fling a book aside when they spot an error or if they stop reading after spotting some inaccuracy in technology or place?
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. A Between the Lines Interview with Kathy Reichs by Dawn Ius The Africa Scene: An Interview with Lauren Beukes International Thrills: An Interview with Nele Neuhaus The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison Robert. B. Parker’s Blind Spot, a Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman Tokyo Kill by Barry Lancet The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy Sabotage by Matt Cook Personal by Lee Child more »