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The September edition of the Big Thrill is here!

This month we have an exciting line-up, including a Between the Lines interview with #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs who talks about her life, her career, and her work on both a bestselling thriller series and a hit television show.

The September edition also kicks off a new series—International Thrills—where Layton Green and J.F. Penn will interview thriller writers from around the world. The first segment profiles Nele Neuhaus, a #1 international bestseller and one of Germany’s most popular crime writers. Fittingly, there are several other international stories this month, including the always exceptional Africa Scene and profiles on writers spanning the globe, from Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo, Japan to Manchester, England.

And, of course, we have 39 hot new releases from some of the best thriller writers on the planet, including debut novels from Matt Cook, Patrick Oster, Carrie Stuart Parks and Todd Moss.

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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?”

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?

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The September 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

The September 2014 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

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 »

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Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper

Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper

THE BIG THRILL caught up with New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper while she was reading the edited copy of the third book in her new suspense trilogy, The Cold Creek Novels. She was kind enough to answer some questions about the trilogy launch book, SHATTERED SECRETS, (Sept.) to be followed closely by FORBIDDEN GROUND (Nov.) and BROKEN BONDS (Jan.). She admits that she’s familiar with this interview format because she’s usually on the other end, asking ITW authors about their new books for THE BIG THRILL. What is your novel about? It obviously sets up the next two books in the trilogy. SHATTERED SECRETS focuses on the youngest of three sisters, but it is Tess’s life which shattered the entire family. She was more »

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Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

By Barry Lyga “Watch out for the Ewoks,” my brother told me. Let me explain. The time: A couple of years ago. The topic: The third and final book in my thriller series I Hunt Killers, titled BLOOD OF MY BLOOD. The book hits shelves on September 9, but at the time of the conversation with my brother, I had just begun writing it. “Watch out for the Ewoks.” The I Hunt Killers series takes place very much on earth, in the present day, with nary a lightsaber, hyperdrive, Jedi, or Bantha in sight. It tells the story of Jasper “Jazz” Dent, the son of Billy Dent, the world’s most notorious serial killer, and his quest to figure out if he’s been damned by nature more »

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Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy

Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy

By Duffy Brown Recently I sat down with Mary Kennedy to discuss NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER, her life as a psychologist/novelist, and why Savannah is the perfect setting for a mystery series. NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER is the first in her new Dream Club series and is available at stores and online this month. Like most writers, you’ve had a rather checkered career (and I mean that in a good way!). You’ve been a copywriter for a rock radio station, a television news writer, a spokes-model, a university professor and now you’re a clinical psychologist. Will all these characters appear in your books? Most of them, at least the interesting ones. I once went for a job interview and the person across the desk said, more »

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Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu

Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu

Since dropping out of medical school, Ovidia Yu has been a copywriter and one of Singapore’s most popular playwrights (thirty plays and slightly fewer awards) with short stories, novellas, and one volume of children’s fiction published in Singapore, Malaysia, and India. AUNTY LEE’S DELIGHTS, her first mystery featuring busybody widow Rosie “Aunty” Lee, was published to good reviews in the United States last year and the next book, AUNTY LEE’S DEADLY SPECIALS will be available from 30 September 2014. What is the best thing about being a mystery writer? You get to read mystery books and tell yourself that you’re working. In the name of research, you get to ask people questions that would normally get them mad at you (“What’s the one that that more »

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Man Trap by Arlene Kay

Man Trap by Arlene Kay

By Christina Ironstone Arlene Kay, author of such hits as DIE LAUGHING and INTRUSION, follows up with the newest novel in her Boston Uncommons series, MANTRAP. The novelfollows the ever-popular, romantically linked characters Eja and Demming, who must prove the fatal crash of a munitions heir was not a tragic accident but murder most foul. For those of you unfamiliar with Kay, she has two graduate degrees, one in constitutional law and one in political science. She then ended up becoming a senior executive with the federal government, where she was known as an unconventional public servant. Kay enjoyed her twenty years there and rejoiced in the unintentional humor that surrounded her. She left government work to move to Cape Cod and craft clever, entertaining more »

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The Africa Scene: An Interview with Lauren Beukes

The Africa Scene: An Interview with Lauren Beukes

By Joanne Hichens Bestselling author Lauren Beukes is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her works include the international bestseller THE SHINING GIRLS, which tracks a time-traveling serial killer and a surviving victim who turns the tables and begins to hunt him down, and ZOO CITY, “a gritty phantasmagorical noir about magical animals, pop music, refugees, murder and redemption in the slums of inner city Johannesburg” that took home an Arthur C. Clarke Award and a Kitschies Red Tentacles. BROKEN MONSTERS is her latest novel. It features a large cast of characters who collide in the underbelly of Detroit. As detective Gabriella Versado tracks a crazed killer, the complexities of the bizarre and twisted case reveal urban lives trying to survive in a decaying city. BROKEN more »

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Personal by Lee Child

Personal by Lee Child

You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin. If anyone can stop more »

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Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. It has been called “potent, engrossing” (Publishers Weekly) and “truly epic” (Huffington Post). USA Today said, “You actually feel like you’re there.” EDGE OF ETERNITY, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll. East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations… George Jakes, himself bi-racial, bypasses corporate law to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department and more »

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The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins

The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins

A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command:  Kill us all!  Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead-and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated:  every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife.  Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a more »

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The Advocate’s Felony by Teresa Burrell

The Advocate’s Felony by Teresa Burrell

When Attorney Sabre Brown’s phone rings at 2 a.m. she’s shocked to hear from her brother, Ron, who has been in Witness Protection for the past seven years. Someone has discovered his whereabouts and is trying to kill him—and possibly Sabre as well. Sabre and her private investigator, JP, leave sunny San Diego to find her brother who has gone underground. Based on a single clue, they begin their search in the cold, wintry Pacific Northwest. They soon discover that the six felons whom Ron testified against have been released from prison. One by one, they are being murdered. Sabre and JP race to find Ron and stop the next bullet. As the clues unfold, they’re unsure if someone is trying to kill Ron or more »

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The Advocate’s Ex Parte by Teresa Burrell

The Advocate’s Ex Parte by Teresa Burrell

Attorney Sabre Brown is summoned into Judge Lawrence Mitchell chambers for an ex parte hearing. When the judge attempts to discuss one of her cases, she refuses to listen without proper counsel present. Later that evening, Judge Mitchell is murdered. Sabre’s shock at his death is only surpassed by an attempt on the life of Dr. Carolina Heller, a psychologist she employs on a regular basis. Sabre now fears for her own life. Sabre enlists her private eye JP, and they begin to comb and scrutinize her cases, searching for connections between the two crimes. But Sabre’s life is in danger from someone much closer to her. Sabre and JP’s roads diverge. While JP infiltrates a twisted world of greed and corruption, Sabre is caught more »

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The Advocate’s Dilemma by Teresa Burrell

The Advocate’s Dilemma by Teresa Burrell

Attorney Sabre Brown’s day is going well until she walks into her office and finds a dead man sprawled across her desk. When, Bob, her best friend and colleague is suspected of the murder, and Sabre’s minor client has information that might clear him, Sabre has a dilemma. How does she help her best friend without betraying the confidence of the child she is sworn to protect? “They Just keep getting better!” Again the book has its lighthearted moments and still addresses the problems parents pass on to their children. The cases assigned to the lawyers reflect everyday life and things children must endure in the real world but the author is not on a soap box. There is always an unexpected twist. JP’s expressions more »

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August 25 – 31: “Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?”

August 25 – 31: “Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?”

Summer’s coming to an end and this week we’re talking dialogue with ITW Members M.P. Cooley, Thomas Waite, Kelli Stanley, John Florio, Ken Kuhlken, Whitley Strieber and Michael Richards. Are there specific requirements for dialogue in thrillers?

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Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales by R. Barri Flowers

Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales by R. Barri Flowers

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 »

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Fearful Symmetry by Michael McBride

Fearful Symmetry by Michael McBride

More than seventy years ago, five Nazi scientists embarked upon an expedition into the frozen Himalayas in search of the origins of the Aryan race. What they found instead was something beyond their wildest imaginations, a secret they would sooner take to their graves than risk releasing upon an unsuspecting world.Now nearly a hundred years old, Johann Brandt, the lone surviving member of the original party, shares his discovery with Jordan Brooks, an evolutionary anthropologist, who launches his own expedition into one of the most dangerous environments on the face of the planet in search of the evidence Brandt claims to have left behind.If Brooks and his team hope to find the proof, they’ll have to follow the historical footsteps of the Germans into the more »

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The Advocate’s Conviction by Teresa Burrell

The Advocate’s Conviction by Teresa Burrell

Sabre Orin Brown’s clients keep disappearing. With seemingly no connection between the cases, Sabre enlists the help of her southern PI friend, JP, and her best friend, Bob, to find each of them – before it’s too late. In her race against the clock, Sabre must determine whether contemporary horrors are being buried in the shadow of dark traditions – or if it’s something else at work. “They Just keep getting better!” “Sabre and Bob are back in action. We have missing babies, teenage runaways, over zealous social workers, and hints of witchcraft. It’s up to Sobs and Bob to represent their clients and figure out exactly what is happening. Their private investigator is there to help.” “Well written, fast paced, with characters so well more »

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The Advocate’s Betrayal by Teresa Burrell

The Advocate’s Betrayal by Teresa Burrell

The killer left nothing behind but a rosary, a kitchen knife, and a dead man. But the dead man is a friend of Sabre Orin Brown. When his unsuspecting wife is accused of the murder, Sabre will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, even if it means unearthing chilling secrets. From a San Diego jail to the shady Chicago nightlife, Sabre’s search for the true killer forces her to face the question: What do you do when the ones you trust the most are the ones with the most to hide? “A thriller !!!!”“It was easy getting into the book and held my interest from the very beginning. The closer I got to the end, the more I didn’t want to put it down. more »

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The Feathers by Cynthia Lott

The Feathers by Cynthia Lott

Thomas Carpenter – dead for 100 years – returns in 1978 to avenge his murder. He proves a challenge for a New Orleans novice detective Brenda Shapira and her senior partner, Roy Agnew. When 35-year old Shapira discovers the first victim in the historic Garden District, the beginning of 1978 will be anything but ordinary. As she unravels this long ago mystery steeped in New Orleans history and the Yellow Fever epidemic, Brenda realizes that she may be Carpenter’s next victim. “Lott’s The Feathers is equal parts addictive and dark. It’s an outstanding thriller from a new author I plan to read now on a regular basis. This story doesn’t just get into your head, it tickles the back of your mind and sends your more »

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G8 by Mike Brogan

G8 by Mike Brogan

Donovan Rourke, a federal agent, learns that a man name Katill will assassinate the world’s eight most powerful leaders at the G8 Summit in three days. The President asks Donovan Rourke to head up security in Brussels. Donovan agrees, but reluctantly, because his wife was murdered there. In Europe, he works with the G8 Security Director, and a beautiful translator. They’re shocked to learn that Katill is the same man who murdered Donovan’s wife. They’re even more shocked to learn Katill has just penetrated the billion-dollar wall of G8 security. They watch in horror as the leaders walk into Katill’s trap, and realize it’s too late to stop them … “ … Mike Brogan’s G8 sets a rollercoaster pace from the start and never lets more »

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Secrets of the Kill by Lawrence Kelter

Secrets of the Kill by Lawrence Kelter

Two governments—one objective, stop the spread of terrorism by any means possible. America and Israel, lifelong allies in an age-old war. To win this battle they will have to sell their souls. A mutilated body has been discovered; a body not meant to be found, but now that it has, Pandora’s box is open and secrets never to be learned have been revealed. An Israeli woman living in New York has been murdered. She has been raped and butchered; an outrage that ignites a fuse that burns all the way back to Tel Aviv. Enter FBI Agent Chloe Mather, a hard-charging ex-Marine who has no sympathy for the kind of maggot who could commit such a violent atrocity. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, more »

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Cooper’s Haven by Denise A. Agnew

Cooper’s Haven by Denise A. Agnew

Ten years ago Jilly Warren and Cooper Hawkins shared a night of devastating losses that almost brought them together. Now a new threat brings them together again in a fight for love and survival. The man staring at Jilly Warren at the courthouse is up to no good and every instinct tells her to run far and fast. Instead she turns to marine reservist and sheriff’s deputy Cooper Hawkins. Cooper, who never forgot the comfort of Jilly’s embrace, knows that the only place she’ll be safe is in his arms. COOPER”S HAVEN is available from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon and Kobo.  ***** Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 60 novels. Romantic Times Book Reviews calls her romantic suspense novels “top-notch,” and she’s received their more »

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This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings

This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings

A man with no past, but who holds the future of the world in his hands. A woman who has sworn to protect him, for reasons she does not understand. A killer who must destroy them, or lose all he holds dear. They are running—from each other, from the plague that is killing all around them, from the dark forces beyond their understanding. Running from shadow to shadow. From dark to dark. Hoping to find light. Hoping that this darkness is not all there is. Hoping…because hope is all they have in This Darkness Light. “This Darkness Light is [Collings'] latest and honestly greatest work…” – Media Mikes “[P]ick up any of his novels, but especially his latest, This Darkness Light, you won’t be disappointed.” more »

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