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.

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Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

By Kurt Anthony Krug For New York Times best-selling novelist Alan Jacobson, creating his recurring protagonist FBI Agent Karen Vail was an accident. “I needed an FBI agent in a novel I was writing and she kind of came right off my fingertips. She exploded from the pages and I couldn’t write her lines fast enough. I knew I had something special there. During that time, I had started doing research with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. A short time later, when I began writing THE 7TH VICTIM, the first book in the series, I knew the main character was going to be a female FBI profiler. Karen Vail was perfect for the role and once I started writing that first paragraph, I never looked more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Dead Don’t Lie by L.R. Nicolello

Dead Don’t Lie by L.R. Nicolello

By Christina Ironstone L.R. Nicolello packs a 1-2-3 punch with DEAD DON’T LIE, her debut novel featuring Detective Evelyn Davis, a profiler for the Seattle P.D. In this exciting debut, Evelyn is helping track down a serial killer who turns out to have an interest in Evelyn herself. As for Nicolello, she’s wonderful! She has this vibrant, excitability to her that can only bring a smile to your face. She’s spirited and dedicated and I think it’s those two qualities that (along with her talent) have helped her over the years. Also, her love of all things suspense definitely adds to her craft. Nicolello answered some questions for THE BIG THRILL. When did you start writing? Why? After an English assignment in fourth grade where more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
An Interview With Award-Winning Crime Writer Val McDermid

An Interview With Award-Winning Crime Writer Val McDermid

By J.F. Penn Val McDermid is one of the UK’s most well-known crime writers, a multi-award winning and many times bestselling author. Her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series was turned into the TV series Wire in the Blood, and her thirty-three books span crime, literary fiction, and children’s books, as well as many short stories. Her latest book, THE SKELETON ROAD, opens with the discovery of a body on top of a disused building in Edinburgh. As cold case Detective Karen Pirie delves into the case, she follows a trail stretching from Oxford to war-torn Dubrovnik and uncovers a hidden past in a forgotten Balkan village. British thriller author J. F. Penn interviewed Val for THE BIG THRILL when the book was released in more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Beware Beware by Steph Cha

Beware Beware by Steph Cha

By Daniel Friedman Steph Cha’s feminist neo-noir novel FOLLOW HER HOME introduced Juniper Song, a Korean-American private investigator with an Ivy League degree, a troubled past, and a bottle within reach at all times. In Cha’s second novel, BEWARE BEWARE, Song takes what seems like a simple surveillance job tailing the cokehead long-distance boyfriend of a worried New York artist. But the boyfriend gets tangled up in the murder of a movie star, and Song’s job gets more complicated as she delves into twisted celebrity affairs in order to try to exonerate her client. Meanwhile, Song’s roommate Lori Lim is pursued by an amorous gangster who won’t take “no” for an answer. Reviewing BEWARE BEWARE in the Los Angeles Times, novelist Paula Woods wrote that more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
The October 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is here!

The October 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is here!

This month we have another all-star line-up, starting with a Between the Lines interview with the world’s bestselling author, James Patterson, who talks about his career, his life, and his latest releases in the #1 bestselling Alex Cross and Michael Bennett series. October also brings a special feature on Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander, husband and wife authors who are not only related to literary royalty, but each have highly anticipated solo novels coming out this month. Our Industry Spotlight segment returns with an interview of literary agent Lisa Erbach Vance who represents some of the biggest thriller writers around. Putting the “I” in International Thriller Writers, this month our International Thrills series covers the UK’s Val McDermid and then there’s Joanne Macgregor in the more »

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Deadly Invisible Enemies: Evil in the Air by Harold Lea Brown

Deadly Invisible Enemies: Evil in the Air by Harold Lea Brown

SECRETS HAVE DEADLY CONSEQUENCES, ESPECIALLY IN A DIGITAL WORLD. What would soul mates give up to be together? What would soul mates do to stay together? On the night of his tenth wedding anniversary Kevin Albright was about to find this out, and so much more. Kevin Albright is a renowned Internet computer technology security expert, on the verge of finally having it all—a family. But in an instant he loses a wife and a son as security is breached at the highest level of government and his world is turned upside down. When he describes the thug who killed his wife, FBI investigators are quick to tell him a person matching the description died years earlier in Central America, while two FBI Agents claim more »

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers

The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a riveting new historical true crime short,: The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare. In the wee hours of the morning on November 13, 1974, shots rang out in the upscale home at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, a village within the town of Babylon. The house belonged to forty-three year old Ronald DeFeo, Sr. and his forty-two year old wife, Louise, who lived there with their five children, ranging in age for nine to twenty-three. The DeFeos and four of their children were shot to death, execution style, while in bed. The lone survivor of the family, Ronald more »

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
Murder Chronicles: A Collection of Chilling True Crime Tales by R. Barri Flowers

Murder Chronicles: A Collection of Chilling True Crime Tales by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of The Sex Slave Murders 1 & 2, Serial Killer Couples, and Murder of the Banker’s Daughter comes Murder Chronicles, a gripping collection of true crime tales.Includes ten compelling stories of murder, madness, and mayhem that span more than a century of American history and homicidal criminality that will keep you reading from beginning to end, while staying with long after.1. Murder at the Pencil Factory: The Killing of Mary Phagan – 100 Years Later, the brutal murder of a young girl turn locals into vigilantes out for justice.2. The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers, a daring train robbery by a trio of brother bandits goes wrong  and turns more »

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
Widowmaker by Charles L. Carson

Widowmaker by Charles L. Carson

No one notices the street people of Syria disappear without a trace, sliced from stem to stern, eviscerated, and discarded in China. Not even Jack McManus, recently exonerated but still fighting demons of his own. Not until now. McManus resumes his search for the Oligarch and the Internet guru responsible for last year’s unexplained airline crashes. In that search, he discovers they have conspired with a Buddhist Abbott in China and with a Chef Boyardee look-alike to carry on the nasty practice of organ harvesting. But, when his quarry is within reach high over the Sea of Japan, McManus learns that what remains of his family is endangered by those he pursues. Jack McManus was devastated by the death of his wife Mary in an more »

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
Tourist Trapped by K. J. Klemme

Tourist Trapped by K. J. Klemme

Chaos shatters Amanda Sloane’s controlled world when she trades Chicago courtrooms and designer suits for sweat-soaked ventures into the Yucatan to find her missing sister. She searches old haunts and uninhabited lands, and learns to trust no one. Racing against time, Amanda faces death threats, deceptions, and ghosts from her past. Will she escape paradise? TOURIST TRAPPED Book One in the Trapped trilogy Crackerjack divorce attorney Amanda Sloane spends her life defending the soon-to-be-ex-wives of Chicago’s upper crust, but her orderly world crumbles when her estranged father persuades her to help search for the half-sister she’s resented for thirty years. Amanda drags along computer-geek-turned-attorney Chad Cooper, and together they chase across the Yucatan, pursuing an ever-changing string of leads. The duo encounters treacherous alliances, attacks more »

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
September 29 – October 5: “Dialogue can be tricky. How do you do it?”

September 29 – October 5: “Dialogue can be tricky. How do you do it?”

We have a full house this week and ITW Members Karen Harper, Kira Peikoff, Sharon Linnea, Ethan Cross, Patrick Oster, David Swatling, Ovidia Yu, Toni L.P. Kelner, Jon McGoran, Reed Farrel Coleman, B.K. Sherer, A. J. Kerns and David Healey are discussing dialogue. It can be tricky, as the author has to give each character a unique voice that is also distinct from his or her own. How do you do it?

By September 28, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
The Retreat by Anne Morgellyn

The Retreat by Anne Morgellyn

Threatened with suspension from the Metropolitan Police, Inspector Mackie Divine is approached by a member of the intelligence services who asks her to take on under-cover work at a French chateau where there is a residential community and a conference centre, funded by a right-wing group of European financiers. At first, Mackie fails to take their ideas seriously, but when arson attacks and violent clashes between ethnic groups begin occurring all over Europe, she is persuaded by events at the chateau to change her mind. ‘A deep, enthralling thriller’ (Tom Casey) ‘Anne Morgellyn has woven a web so fne! You come into her parlour unawares and the gossamer filigree clings like something secret the spider left to trap his fly. Her story is so vital more »

By September 26, 2014 Read More →
Killing West by Lee Gimenez

Killing West by Lee Gimenez

When rumors surface that Chinese billionaire Zhao Deng is secretly buying American tech companies, CIA operative Rachel West is dispatched to investigate. Rachel’s search leads her to China, then Russia, and across Europe. As she unravels the truth, she’s thrust into a deadly global jigsaw puzzle, facing assassins, corrupt politicians, and betrayal by her own agency. After surviving several harrowing attempts on her life, Rachel finally uncovers the shocking truth. Billionaire Zhao is only the front man in a plot to control the world’s Internet. But can she expose the secret conspiracy before she’s assassinated? • “One of the best thrillers of the year.” • “A gripping mystery thriller built on a solid, suspenseful plot.” • “Packed with action, suspense, and intrigue; this mystery thriller more »

By September 26, 2014 Read More →
A Madras Miasma by Brian Stoddart

A Madras Miasma by Brian Stoddart

Historical crime novel set in 1920s British India. Superintendent Chris Le Fanu is a war weary policeman with relationship problems, but sensitive to the new political conditions in India. He heads a crime unit that uses Austrian criminologist Hans Gross’ detection methods, and is unpopular in the force. He and his Muslim assistant Habibullah solve the murder of a visiting Englishwoman, and uncover a drug ring in the process, testing all sorts of local tensions. A MADRAS MIASMA is available from Amazon.  ***** A MADRAS MIASMA is averaging 4.7 stars on Amazon, and has been reviewed by two major crime fiction sites: http://www.crimefictionlover.com/2014/08/a-madras-miasma/ http://crimepieces.com/2014/09/07/review-brian-stoddart-a-madras-miasma/  ***** Brian Stoddart now writes crime fiction after writing several non-fiction works on Asian hsiroty, sports history, and memoir. He is a former more »

By September 26, 2014 Read More →
Flood Rising by Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis

Flood Rising by Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis

In a minute, everything changes. Fifteen year old Jenna Flood’s discovery of a bomb—ticking down from sixty seconds—is the first in a series of explosive revelations that destroy her understanding of the world and her place in it. Jenna believes she is an ordinary teenager, busy with schoolwork and helping her father run a Key West charter boat. But when a team of killers show up, intent on erasing her from existence, she learns the unbelievable truth: she is not who she thinks she is. Alone and on the run, betrayed at every turn, Jenna’s path takes her from sun-drenched Key West to the alligator-infested Everglades, the streets of Miami and the Caribbean islands. Along the way, brutal criminals, deadly assassins and the forces of more »

By September 26, 2014 Read More →
Day of the Vikings by J.F.Penn

Day of the Vikings by J.F.Penn

A ritual murder on a remote island under the shifting skies of the aurora borealis. A staff of power that can summon Ragnarok, the Viking apocalypse. When Neo-Viking terrorists invade the British Museum in London to reclaim the staff of Skara Brae, ARKANE agent Dr. Morgan Sierra is trapped in the building along with hostages under mortal threat. As the slaughter begins, Morgan works alongside psychic Blake Daniel to discern the past of the staff, dating back to islands invaded by the Vikings generations ago. Can Morgan and Blake uncover the truth before Ragnarok is unleashed, consuming all in its wake? Day of the Vikings is a fast-paced, action adventure thriller set in the British Museum, the British Library and the islands of Orkney, Lindisfarne more »

By September 22, 2014 Read More →
Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker (A True Crime Short) by R. Barri Flowers

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 »

By September 22, 2014 Read More →
The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers by R. Barri Flowers

The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers by R. Barri Flowers

From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a powerful new historical true crime short, The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers.On a Thursday night on October 11, 1923, the Southern Pacific Railroad Express Train Number 13, called the “Gold Special” was ambushed as it headed through the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon and into the Siskiyou Tunnel from Seattle en route to San Francisco.The bandits, in search of gold and cash, used dynamite and gunfire to murder four crew members before fleeing in an explosive crime of greed and violence reminiscent of Old West style train robberies.With law enforcement stymied in their attempts to identify and more »

By September 22, 2014 Read More →
September 22 – 28: “Writers often strive for unusual methods of murder.”

September 22 – 28: “Writers often strive for unusual methods of murder.”

This week we’re talking murder! Writers often strive for unusual methods of murder. Do they try too hard, and, if not, what are some of the most memorable? Join ITW Members Jon McGoran and J. H. Bográn for this week’s thrilling discussion.

By September 21, 2014 Read More →
Going Grey by Karen Traviss

Going Grey by Karen Traviss

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 »

By September 19, 2014 Read More →
Autumn Fire by Tom Wither

Autumn Fire by Tom Wither

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 »

By September 19, 2014 Read More →
Mistress of Lies by Holly West

Mistress of Lies by Holly West

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 »

By September 19, 2014 Read More →
Night Terror (Night Chill Book 2) by Jeff Gunhus

Night Terror (Night Chill Book 2) by Jeff Gunhus

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 »

By September 19, 2014 Read More →
Short Sharp Shocks by Simon Wood

Short Sharp Shocks by Simon Wood

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 »

By September 19, 2014 Read More →