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The August edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 brand new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Oswald, M.P. Cooley, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, plus a Between The Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci and the Africa Scene with Andrew Brown. We also have a can't-miss Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest IX recap by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze!

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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 »

By August 22, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
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 »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
Summer at Paradise Ranch by R. Barri Flowers

Summer at Paradise Ranch by R. Barri Flowers

From R. Barri Flowers, author of the bestselling teen novels, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, TEEN GHOST AT DEAD LAKE, and OUT FOR BLOOD, come the start of an exciting new young adult adventure series, SUMMER AT PARADISE RANCH. Four months shy of turning sixteen, Lexi Montoya was still trying to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and her mom’s remarriage to a man she met online, relocating to Maui, Hawaii. Choosing to remain with her dad in Seattle, Lexi had planned to spend her first summer since the divorce hanging out with her boyfriend, Matt, and best friend, Robin. But her dad had other plans, insisting she spend the summer visiting her mom and stepdad at his ranch called Paradise Ranch in Wailuku, in more »

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
August 18 – 24: “Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers – and when do they help?”

August 18 – 24: “Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers – and when do they help?”

“Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers? When do they help?” This week ITW Members M.P. Cooley, Stacy J. Childs, Kelli Stanley, John Florio, Ken Kuhlken, Whitley Strieber, Lee Thompson, Shirley McCann, Linda Davies and Michael Richards discuss day job pros and cons!

By August 17, 2014 45 Comments Read More →
Calculation by Steven P. Marini

Calculation by Steven P. Marini

A serial killer is loose on Cape Cod. Are his crimes random or is there method to his madness? Det. Jack Contino moved to Dennis, MA on the Cape in hopes of a more peaceful and safe life as he nears retirement, but murder and even the Boston Mob has followed him. Can he protect those close to him from this new danger? “Mr. Marini has proved himself skilled at creating plots with a zinger twist or two, and this is no exception…This time the connect gets creative and unexpected, providing the book with a welcome, off-kilter difference that adds another dimension…” The Barnstable Patriot CALCULATION is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  ***** Steve’s second novel, Aberration, recently took fourth place in Mystery, more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery) by R. Barri Flowers

Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery) by R. Barri Flowers

Murdered in the Man Cave is a cozy mystery novel by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers. In the first book of this exciting new cozy series, Riley Reed has a popular blog offering advice on home décor and renovation and does part-time consulting work in Cozy Pines, Oregon. When Riley is asked by an old flame, Brent London, a bestselling mystery writer, to help him spruce up his man cave as a newly single man, she readily accepts the assignment. But when she discovers him bludgeoned to death with a pool cue in his man cave, she finds herself thrust into the investigation to track down the killer. The suspects are many, including three of Brent’s four ex-wives, two girlfriends, his niece, a former more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Psychic Evidence by Carol Costa

Psychic Evidence by Carol Costa

Homicide Detective, Paula Taylor, and County Prosecutor, Rick Stevens work with each other on a regular basis. They both understand that gathering enough evidence to present in court often leads to bizarre people and information. However, nothing in their past experience has prepared them for the crucial facts they receive from beyond the grave. Paula and Rick put their respective careers and reputations at risk in an attempt to win a conviction based on evidence obtained at a seance. Inspired by an actual investigation and trial in Tucson, Arizona. “A clever mystery about a murder trial where evidence from a seance was presented.” – Arizona Daily Star PSYCHIC EVIDENCE is available from Amazon.  ***** Carol Costa is a professional writer and editor. She is also an award-winning playwright more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Nobody Wins by Michael Haskins

Nobody Wins by Michael Haskins

The 8th in the Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series finds Murphy on a quest to locate his cousin Cecil Fahey, an old IRA gunman turned bartender in the USA. Murphy leaves tranquil Key West, Florida, first to Los Angels, where Cecil last worked only to run into the local IRA boss who delivers strange predictions. It’s the beginning of a chase along the East Coast to NJ, more IRA members, SAS British soldiers, identity changes and a night flight to Dublin. Murphy’s quest soon turns into a life-and-death struggle as he looks for Cecil and tries to avoid MI6 and SAS gunmen. “I just finished this book, and I could not put it down. Michael has a wonderful way of making you feel the more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Murder in Magenta by Esther Luttrell

Murder in Magenta by Esther Luttrell

The murder of an artist has Topeka’s trendy art district terrified. Will the next Friday Art Walk be another artist’s last? The chase is on and time is running out. KENNY-A homeless eight-year-old, a guy who wants nothing more than to be left alone, and a brassy broad with a heart as big as all outdoors, make this Christmas tale a warm hearted romp with a surprise ending. “Esther Luttrell delivers again. Her books are suspenseful – and more than that, they are readable and fun.” Joanne Bodner, Amazon review, July 13, 2014 MURDER IN MAGENTA is available from Amazon.  ***** Esther Luttrell became a mystery writer by accident. Right after her husband walked off and left her, she was driving around, trying to think more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann

A bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia’s help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago’s illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up. Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive. In the fourth Georgia Davis novel, Georgia faces her toughest challenge yet—and one she might not survive. “Hellmann brings to life the reality of bullying among more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Push by Jack Tunney

Push by Jack Tunney

You’re a jobber. You make your living by losing in the wrestling ring. You’re a good wrestler, but promoters don&Ssquo;t think you have what it takes to become a superstar. Then Thumper shows up. Big and strong, with a bunny-rabbit gimmick and fans eating out of his hand. His finishing move is called The Thump, and most guys don’t get up from it on their own. One night, Thumper puts his opponent in the hospital. Not a big deal. Sure, the outcome of a wrestling match is fake. But the bumps in the ring can be all too real. Sometimes you get hurt. Part of the territory. Then it happens again. Only this time, the guy who got Thumped is tossed into a car like more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Escape Plans by David Sakmyster

Escape Plans by David Sakmyster

Escape Plans is a collection of 19 mind-bending and adrenaline-fueled stories from the award-winning author of THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE, BLINDSPOTS and CRESCENT LAKE. Ranging from dark fantasy and horror to mystery, science fiction and suspense, in these tales you’ll encounter a chilling cure for cancer, a demonic GPS device and a ghost marriage to a jealous and deadly bride; here you’ll find alternate quantum histories, underwater zombies and a basement serving as a time portal; you’ll experience environmental disasters on a galactic scale, meet a man who can erase lives with the stroke of a marker, practice ancient arts of divination—with frightening consequences, and visit a grim future set against humanity’s last days. Emotional, terrifying and thought-provoking, make your plans to escape today.

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Neutral Mask by Barry Lyga

Neutral Mask by Barry Lyga

Set one year before the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers… Connie is the new girl in town, but she already has friends…and maybe even a boyfriend. Her father isn’t happy that Connie is dating a white boy like Jasper Dent, and things get even worse when she realizes that Jasper is the son of Billy Dent, one of the world’s most notorious serial killers! This is the story of how Connie and Jazz overcame their early troubles and fell in love. NEUTRAL MASK is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.  ***** Called a “rebel-author” by Kirkus Reviews, Barry Lyga has published twelve novels in various genres in his seven-year career, including the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers and his more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Career Day by Barry Lyga

Career Day by Barry Lyga

Set one year before the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers… Jasper has a problem, and everyone knows it: His father is Billy Dent, world-famous serial killer. Even though Dear Old Dad is in jail, Jasper still feels like everyone is watching him, like everyone thinks he’s dangerous. Even he thinks he’s dangerous. Sometimes. His best — and only — friend Howie is always ready with a joke or a goofy nickname, but Jasper needs more. Maybe that new girl in town, Connie, is what he’s been looking for…

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice by Gary Phillips

Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice by Gary Phillips

Even though some of the stories in this collection can be labeled in the super-hero genre, crime fiction fans will enjoy The Envoy, an anti-hero. He’s a high rolling hitman plucked from Hell only if he kills for Heaven. Then there’s Onyx Adams, a tough, kung-fu’ing Afro-wearing female private eye. There’s also The Silencer, a Vietnam vet who returns to his hometown but finds the war goes on when he’s injured in a fire bombing and the woman he loves is killed. And seeming sell-out agent provocateur American Black enacts an agenda all his own against the evildoers. “Everything you’d expect from a Gary Phillips story collection– solid, kick-ass pulp.” Bobby Nash, Pulp Ark award winner

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
The Argentine Triangle by Allan Topol

The Argentine Triangle by Allan Topol

Former CIA director Craig Page is enjoying a new, exhilarating life racing cars across Europe. But when new dangers threaten America and an old friend goes missing in Argentina, will Craig be ready to step up to the plate? Undercover in the glamorous world of Buenos Aires’ wealthy elite, Page finds himself on the brink of a terrible discovery. A world of brutality hidden in the classified secrets of Argentina’s Dirty War comes to light painting an image of the cataclysmic future awaiting South America. “Allan Topol is back with another captivating and fascinating Craig Page thriller. Politics, history, international settings, great characters—The Argentine Triangle has it all. Be forewarned, this one will keep you turning pages late into the night.”—M.J. Rose, International best-selling author more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Original Sin by DP Lyle

Original Sin by DP Lyle

Samantha Cody can’t stay away from trouble. When Sam’s long time friend, Dr. Lucy Wagner finds her career, and even her life in jeopardy, ex-Deputy Sheriff and retired professional boxer Sam rushes to her aide. Dr. Lucy Wagner was on top of her game, her cardiac surgical practice thriving, and her reputation impeccable at the Remington Medical Center in small-town Tennessee. Even the hospital’s new pediatric cardiac unit had been dedicated to her. But being at the apex of the local medical pyramid garnered her more than a few powerful enemies. Lucy’s spiral into darkness began when the spiritual founder and leader of a local snake-handling church died on her operating table. Strange fainting spells and nightmarish dreams followed. Those she could handle, almost, but more »

By August 15, 2014 Read More →