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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.
Reading a Christmas story in July? Who does that? This week ITW Members Mark Alpert, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner and Nancy J. Cohen discuss reading books our of season.
Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, more »
Adventure wanted!Will go anywhere!Do anything!Write Box Thirteen c/o Star-Times!When author Dan Holiday opens Box Thirteen, he never knows what adventure awaits him. A former newspaperman turned novelist, Holiday crafts the plots for his books by living them. Spurred into action by letters from his readers, Dan Holiday’s adventures ranged from the outrageous to the dangerous. Whatever the case, Dan Holiday is sure to find adventure.Based on the 1948-49 radio drama starring Alan Ladd, this collection includes 6 all-new Box Thirteen tales that carry on the action-packed tradition of the originals.In “The Mystery of the Menacing Manuscript” by Bobby Nash, a surprise invitation sends Dan Holiday on a mystery writer’s weekend retreat filled with treachery, deceit, and murder.In “The Horror of the Plague Doctor” by Barry more »
Is fact really stranger than fiction? This week, ITW Members Daniel Suarez, Laura Griffin, Phillip Donlay, Tom Wilde, Michael McBride, Colin Campbell, Paige Dearth, Tim Waggoner and Kathleen George will answer that question while exploring how weave the two to make a really compelling story.
Agent Jamie Dallas loves undercover assignments that get her out of the Phoenix Bureau. But when a woman and her baby disappear from an isolated community of preppers in Northern California, she knows the risk of infiltrating the armed group is dangerously high. Once inside the compound, she discovers that the brothers who founded Destiny are scheming something far more devious than kidnapping or murder. Meanwhile, her local FBI contact, Agent McCullen, is pulled from her team and assigned to investigate the murder of a woman with phony ID, found at the bottom of a motel pool. Soon Dallas finds herself in deeper trouble than she’s ever encountered—with no way to reach her contacts. Can she break free of the bunker and stop their bizarre more »
New York Times bestselling author Anne Frasier takes readers back to her dark, enchanting Savannah—a place as terrifying as it is mesmerizing. Homicide detective Elise Sandburg is traumatized after her run-in with a madman the press has dubbed “The Organ Thief.” As Elise takes refuge in her deceased aunt Anastasia’s abandoned plantation to investigate and recover from her ordeal, she begins to question everything—from her dangerous line of work to her complex relationship with her handsome, tortured partner, David Gould. But with a madman on the loose, and her mother’s claims to still hear from Aunt Anastasia, she may have more immediate problems on her hands. In Elise’s world, where cold hard crime mixes with the local Gullah culture, nothing is ever what it seems, more »
No one is more familiar with Savannah’s dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She’s been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city’s ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise¿s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she’s tried so hard to leave behind.
After a prostitute is murdered at the Easy Nickel saloon, Texas Ranger Josiah Wolfe finds his best friend, Scrap Elliot, in jail and wrongly accused. A strangely familiar horse and a mysterious code are the only clues Josiah has to prove his friend’s innocence and save him from execution. Once a Yankee reporter gets involved, Josiah is led to Blanche Dumont’s House of Pleasures, where he learns of a thieving, jail-broken accountant with strange ties to both the Easy Nickel and the town’s wealthiest banker. With a new railroad line blazing into town, everyone – especially the arrogant young sheriff – is determined to clean up Austin. Faced with the ticking clock of Scrap’s impending trial, Josiah Wolfe must find out who it was that more »
Murders In The United States: Crimes, Killers And Victims Of The Twentieth Century by R. Barri Flowers
From the assassination of President William McKinley on September 6, 1901, to the mass killing at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the 20th century saw many murderous events that are difficult to contemplate but have become a part of the national history. This reference book is divided into three parts. Part One, arranged chronologically, details 53 of the most famous murder cases of the 20th century in the United States. In Part Two, over 300 entries (alphabetically arranged by criminal) provide descriptions of crimes and are subdivided into male, female, and juvenile murderers; pair and group murderers; hate crime murderers; and school killings. Part Three features crime events related to over 40 selected victims. Cross references guide the reader to additional information. An more »
It’s the middle of the zombie apocalypse, and a dying man sends a policeman to help his family. Will the policeman escape the horde of ravening seethers and make it out of town? Does the drunk he stumbles across really know a secret way out of town? Does the mom find help for her oddly cold and unresponsive child? And what about the two girls left alone, with only a small dog for protection? Life’s a bitch, and then you’re a zombie. THE REGINALD PANTRY is available from Amazon. ***** Four Stars! I knew this story would be fascinating on the very first page. Prepare yourself for thrills and chills when you begin this tale. When the world begins to die, things such as rules more »
Two college coeds have simply vanished – both abducted within the past week. The police have no leads and no serious potential suspects. Payton knows and can identify most of the evil people in this town. One or more of them is certain to be the perpetrator of these crimes. While he is not in law enforcement, Payton has a special talent for rooting out evil where conventional crime solving techniques prove useless. Always intentional in his dedicated pursuit of justice, Payton has a peculiarly humorous manner of approaching perilous circumstances. And perilous circumstances have a way of ensnaring Payton when he least expects it. THE QUIET GAME is available from Amazon. ***** Marc Brown is a Baylor University graduate and a native Oklahoman residing more »
A mining, murder, short-selling, offshore-trading, mobbed-up, mystery-thriller! Geologist Trace Brandon and his partner Will Coffee are just back from Liberia, West Africa. Cashed-up and looking for a new venture, they once again team up with Cyrus “The Virus” McSweeny. This time the quarry is the silver-rich ore of the old Ruby Mining District. And this time they’ll not only have the Pantelli crime family to deal with, but also lumberman Autry Ollinger—three hundred pounds of obnoxiousness whose preferred method of negotiation is a right hook. When the Pantellis unleash a bizarre extortion plot to seize control of Ruby Mining Company, Cyrus is forced to bring former clandestine operative Marion Thistlewaite out of retirement. Marion’s unique expertise may give them the edge they need to hold more »
HUMPTY DUMPTY: AN ADULT ANTHOLOGY contains 8 variations of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. They are warped, sick, twisted, evil, cynical, irreverent, profane and, hopefully, very entertaining. HUMPTY DUMPTY: AN ADULT ANTHOLOGY is available from Amazon and Kobo. ***** Gary Alexander has written 14 novels, including GOLD, fifth in the mystery series featuring comic Buster Hightower. It appeared in December 2013. DISAPPEARED, the first in the series, has been optioned to Universal Pictures. HUMPTY DUMPTY and RED ORCHID, exclusively eBooks, are available on Amazon Kindle and Kobo. He’s written 150 + short stories and sold travel articles to 6 major dailies. DRAGON LADY, his Vietnam novel, is being published by Istoria Books, available both as an eBook and print-on-demand. His website is www.garyralexander.com.
Skullhaven Cemetery is an old and lonely place. Inside the rusting wrought iron fence, lost spirits wander through the mist until they move on—if they can. Across the highway is the Sacred Heart Orphanage, where Lilly has lived for seven years now, ever since her mother mysteriously disappeared. Shortly after Lilly arrived, Sister Carmen gave her a gold cross to protect her from evil. Lilly has recently discovered that the cross she wears is enchanted, because she’s suddenly able to see the spirits that are waiting to cross over. When a ruthless Egyptian antiquities dealer visits the orphanage and recognizes Lilly’s cross as the priceless Golden Ankh of Nefertiti, he decides he must have it for his collection. After giving Lilly his ultimatum—either part with more »
The final book in the Assured Destruction series! Jan Rose may already be expunged from the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit. Her mother’s hospitalized, and Assured Destruction’s on the cusp of bankruptcy. But Jan doesn’t wait on anything, she seeks out the customers who used to keep the family business afloat. That’s when everything starts to go wrong. A computer virus–aka the Zombie Worm–threatens not only her school and Shadownet, but the entire city. A skull with a chain running through its socket links a powerful gang to her former customers, and holds the secrets to why her father left and the identity of her mother’s boyfriend. To save her family and the business, Jan must determine who is friend and who is foe. more »
Oso Boyer might be considered a poster boy for good cops, but every man has his breaking point. For him, it’s the point where his family is put in danger. What starts out as an arson and murder investigation turns into something much more, and while Boyer is trying to piece together all the various clues, someone is stalking his sister and nephew. It’s a journey into a world Boyer never knew existed, and he just might not make it out alive. ONE LAST THOUGHT is available from Amazon and Untreed Reads. ***** Writer, cook, stay-at-home-dad: Jeremy K Tyler makes his home in upstate New York with his wife, son, and three dogs. He fights the monotony of 8-month-long winters by reminiscing about growing up in more »
Madge’s husband and daughter share secrets that exclude her. Exempt from the family mystery she is an outcast, ignored, and treated as nothing more than a house item, a part of the furniture, and a houseplant thirsty for water. Madge Kiley’s daughter is on trial for killing her rapist in self-defense. Madge’s husband is a United States senator. The daughter’s truth will destroy the senator’s career and send the daughter to prison. Her lawyer abandons her trial. The daughter’s new attorney asks Investigator Mitchell Pappas to help with a case filled with obsessive love and hate that surge the plot to its unexpected conclusion. #6 in the Award Winning Mitchell Pappas Mystery/Thrillers and other novels by Gus Leodas.
This week we’re discussing the dangers of modeling characters after people you know. Join ITW Members Brian Poole, Tom Wilde, Richard Mabry, Colin Campbell and Paige Dearth as they discuss when they, as authors, resort to using this device.
29 new thrillers this month from ITW Members, plus a Between the Lines interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King, the Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall and News from South Africa by Michael Sears. Go behind the scenes as seven bestselling authors tell you about their courses at ITW’s first-ever Online Thriller School. Have you registered yet? There are still a few spots left. Classes start April 7th! Hot off the press: Click on a book title to read the feature story Special to the Big Thrill: ITW’s Online ThrillerSchool Special to the Big Thrill: Top Ten Firearms Mistakes in Fiction by Chris Grall A Between The Lines Interview with Andrew Peterson by Brett King News from South Africa by Michael Sears more »
“I Hate Mysteries” By Tom Wilde One of the first people who read my novel THE BLOOD OF ALEXANDER thought that the story really shows my love of history. She was dead wrong. It wasn’t love of the subject that drove me to write it, quite the contrary: It was my frustration with of all of the impenetrable mysteries that abound throughout human history. All those things we have lost, forgotten, or just plain destroyed that sparks my imagination while simultaneously vexing me and robbing me of sleep. Plato’s Atlantis, was it real? What about the City of El Dorado? What became of the Lost Roman Legion? Or the Amber Room? Or the Roanoke Colony? Genghis Khan wanted to insure that his tomb remained undiscovered, more »
New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline is loved by millions of readers for her suspenseful novels about family and justice. Scottoline delivers once again with Keep Quiet, an emotionally gripping and complex story about one man’s split-second decision to protect his son – and the devastating consequences that follow. Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, more »
By Chris Grall There is nothing I love more than a good story. I’ve been a voracious reader since the second grade, when I cut my teeth on just about every Hardy Boys book ever written. As I grew older and left Frank and Joe behind, my taste evolved to more complex fare. Growing up also meant a career, which for me happened to cultivate an expertise in firearms and tactics. Put those two things together and you have an avid reader who recognizes weapon errors in fiction. If it were just firearms instructors who notice these mistakes, I wouldn’t worry too much about them. However, with between 270 to 310 million firearms in the United States* it’s a good bet that simple errors could more »
THRILLER SCHOOL: ITW’s New On-Line Craft School Want to write a better thriller? Want to crack into publishing? Or maybe the bestseller list? Here’s your chance. Thriller School begins April 7. Fiction writing isn’t easy. Not for anyone. Whether you’re writing your first manuscript or your fiftieth, it’s difficult and time-consuming work. And a life-long pursuit. Professional writers never cease improving their craft. I think every writer understands this simple truth. Virtually any writer will tell you that regardless of how many times you’ve done it or how far up the bestseller list you’ve climbed, that first blank page is a scary proposition. Fears and self-doubts always rise up. But experienced writers will quickly add that the more you know, the more you write, and more »
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, author Karen Dionne elaborated about how characters speak to some authors, to the point that it is almost like taking a dictation. Does this happen to you? What kind of characters do this and describe the process? This week ITW Members Connie Di Marco, Colin Campbell and Paige Dearth will weigh in on whether characters speak to them.