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.
Clues foreshadow how plots unfold and characters react. This week we ask ITW Members Susana Calkins, Jean Heller, Jean Harrington and Lisa Preston what is the best clue you’ve inserted into a novel?
Sidney McQueen flees the most evil man she’s ever known – her husband. Can Markus Yeager, former Marine turned CIA operative, convince her to accept his help when he’s grappling with his own personal demons? IF THE DEVIL HAD A DOG – an edgy, psychological thriller that keeps you riveted. “This novel will thrash you about on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Some of the narrative is so chillingly authentic that you may stop for a moment and wonder how much of what you are reading is fiction.” Gary B. Haley – Author of The Attunement and The Scrapbook Lecture On her third failed marriage, thirty-four-year-old Sidney McQueen regrets that her Ph.D. in Psychology wasn’t useful in choosing husbands. She feels better suited choosing horses. When more »
Peek behind the curtain with Roan McKichan and the various characters who make up the Infected universe in this sometimes serious, sometimes humorous collection of short stories centered around the holidays. There’s Kevin, who reflects on how lonely his life in the closet is. And Fiona and Tank, who go on a surprisingly good first date. Roan himself finds his Halloween celebration at Panic interrupted by loose cats and obnoxious frat boys while Paris contemplates his mortality on their impromptu honeymoon. Dropkick deals with her new marriage and male egos on the job, Roan meets Connor at the scene of a drunken fight, and Holden contemplates his future as a street kid. These stories and many more will be told, centered around more holidays than more »
It’s been over sixty years, but three people remain haunted by what he did. Was it treason…or something far worse? Raised with shame and silence, Annette Revoir refuses to confront her terrible legacy—her grandfather’s execution as an atomic bomb spy in the 1950s. But when she finds an old family photo album that reveals a very different portrait of her grandfather, her instincts as a journalist take over. Her inquiries put her on a collision course with a young man and his grandmother, but Annette is prepared to go to any lengths to prove her disgraced grandfather’s innocence. “This is thriller writing the way it is supposed to be.” —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author, on In Their Blood “Rich with high-concept, captivating characters, more »
Life is a constant party for restaurant manager, Finn Roose. When he seduces an underage woman on one of his booze cruises and loses her—literally, it sets off a massive search involving the police, her parents, and a private investigator. Finn is an expert manipulator but his endless lies only tighten the screws on himself and his unsuspecting best friend. Finn scrambles to make things right which may be too much to ask from a guy who can’t resist a hot babe and a stiff drink. “Majorly screwed up. But in a good way.” — Brett Battles, USA Today bestselling author of the Jonathan Quinn thrillers “Chen creates a compelling character with restaurant manager Finn Roose. Readers with certain taste (like me) will enjoy watching more »
When newspaper reporter Beck Rikki receives an unsolicited call from a high-ranking government official sending him off to investigate a candidate for President of the United States, he doesn’t realize he’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As he digs deeper, he follows a trail of murder, bribery, infidelity and deceit that runs from Canada to the Caribbean—but all signs point to the White House. Beck finds nothing is quite as it appears—not his sources, not his curious new love interest and especially not the story he’s pursuing. In the confusion, he suspects the motives of everyone—including his new love. He must figure out the truth or forces quietly waiting in the wings will covertly grab the reins of power and take over the more »
Find out what happens when Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, confront the Nazis in the 1930’s. It all comes to a climax in 1935 Plot in the form of a female vamp, hired by none other than Adolf Hitler himself, to do in Lady Ware at the very first opportunity. The vamp’s to steal the Lawrence maps from Lady Ware’s husband, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, using any means in her arsenal of tricks. The maps are worth a king’s ransom. They are the key to world domination. Hitler knows it. 1935 Plot is the second volume in the Edward Ware Thrillers At War Series. Reserve your copy today.
From award winning crime writer R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of the Murder in Hawaii Mysteries, comes the second book in the Hawaii detective series, Dead in Kihei: An Eddie Naku Maui Mystery. Private investigator Eddie Naku’s latest case involves the apparent suicide of a friend and fellow private eye, Frank Iwamoto, who fell from the lanai of his 8th story condo to his death. Naku refuses to believe Iwamoto was suicidal, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Proving he was murdered won’t be easy, but Naku is not about to give up. In the process, he comes up with a number of suspects, twists, and turns, as well as Frank Iwamoto’s risk-taking lifestyle that likely put him in harm’s way. As more »
With the mysterious event that wiped out the majority of mankind now five months past, and winter fast approaching, Bobby, Becca and Myron hunt for game. Although life is not easy, it has at least settled into a somewhat normal routine. That is until they discover a band of hunters stalking human prey. For Mel, Caryn and Tara, the end of the world has been a constant struggle to survive. The new world has become chaotic and and dangerous. Those with the power make the rules. Life has little value except in the depths of depravity in the minds of those who own you. Now, pursued by armed men, the three women are forced to flee or be sold into slavery. Bobby, Becca and Myron more »
When bodies with unusual traits start showing up in the morgue, intern Taylor Lopez is alarmed enough to dig into the dead men’s profiles. After discovering they were born at the same clinic two decades earlier, she investigates further and uncovers a startling list. With the realization that more gender-fluid people are targeted for elimination, Taylor kicks her investigation into high gear. But Major Blackburn, the researcher who conducted the experiment, isn’t about to let anything interfere with his plans. Soon Taylor is in deep trouble and needs the help of FBI Special Agent Bailey. As Bailey scrambles to track down leads, events spin out of control and she finds herself blocked at every step by powerful military forces. With the clock ticking on Phase more »
Readers of the Riz Sabir Thriller series will know of Riz’s wife, the hard-bitten, gum-chewing girl gang leader Holly “Bang-Bang” Kirpachi. … Ever wondered how she got like that? – How did she meet Riz? – How did she join that girl gang? – How did she get all those awful tattoos? – And why does she think she’s Japanese? Well, wonder no more. These and other questions you’ve been dying to ask are answered in… BANGER: Holly’s school diaries from 2005 to 2007 BANGER: A sweeping tale of street racing, burlesque and Yakuza that flies from Dubai to Singapore to Tokyo and… Romford BANGER: REBELLION RUNS IN THE FAMILY
From France, to Spain, to the north east of England, hit men, gangsters, corrupt cops, drunks, punks, and petty thieves all tumble toward the abyss. The stories in The Last Laugh are vivid and violent slices of Brit Grit and international noir, full of gaudy characters and dialogue sharp enough to cut your throat. The Last Laugh is a violent and blackly comic look at life through a shot glass darkly. THE LAST LAUGH is available from Amazon. ***** Paul D. Brazill is the author of Guns Of Brixton, Cold London Blues, The Last Laugh and Kill Me Quick! He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc. member whose writing has been translated into Italian, German and more »
Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana’s Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder? Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women’s bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm more »
WHEN PAST AND PRESENT COLLIDE… In 1959, nine hikers of the Dyatlov expedition perish while crossing a remote mountain range in the Soviet Union. More than sixty-five years later, the circumstances surrounding their deaths remains a mystery. In 1995, Julie Sigler is killed in an Air Force training exercise crash, but the circumstances of her death are never called into question…until she appears on TV, twenty years later, standing beside the current President of the United States. THE WORLD WILL BURN… Disavowed and on the run, the black ops Chess Team is in search of one of their own: Former President Tom Duncan. Held in a secret U.S. government detainment site after sacrificing his freedom to ensure the team’s, Duncan, callsign: Deep Blue, hasn’t been more »
This week ITW Members Larry D. Sweazy, Christine Goff, Patricia Rosemoor, Ralph Pezzullo, Dave Edlund, Jean Heller, Magnolia Smith and A.J. Kerns discuss cities, regions and countries when they answer the question: What are your favorite places for settings, and why?
Characters in thrillers seem far too active to be couch potatoes. This week we ask ITW Members Kate Kessler, Patricia Rosemoor, Dave Edlund, Susanna C. Calkins, E. Michael Helms and Radha Vatsal what are your characters’ favorite activities?
For our May issue, we interview authors with every kind of perspective imaginable. In the cover story, Charlaine Harris talks about her new mystery series—and what it was really like to live through her last series becoming a phenomenon. Heather Graham tells why she headed north, changing her fictional setting, in “Turning Point.” Marcia Clark, David Baldacci, John Sandford and John Hart each share insights into the craft they’ve developed that’s propelled them to the top of the bestseller lists. And, stepping back from current trends, we learn from editor and writer Tom Nolan on what makes Ross Macdonald a timeless classic. In “Author Guided Tour,” Linda Fairstein takes us on a journey to some fascinating spots in New York City. Dawn Ius dances with more »
By L. E. Fitzpatrick THE GOOD SPY is the latest espionage thriller from Jeffrey Layton, acclaimed author of Blowout, Warhead, and Vortex One. His latest work is in the coastal waters of the American/Canadian border. Russian naval officer Yuri Kirov faces a race against time to save the remaining crew of his marooned submarine amid escalating political tensions and a jealous husband. Jeffrey Layton kindly took the time out to discuss his latest book with The Big Thrill. THE GOOD SPY follows Yuri Kirov as he tries to save the world. Tell us a bit about the perilous situation that Yuri finds himself in and the dangers confronting him. Yuri Kirov is a Russian Federation naval intelligence officer who specializes in underwater surveillance. He is aboard a more »
By Jaden Terrell I met Larry Sweazy at the Southern Kentucky Book Fair, where we sat at adjoining tables and shared anecdotes while hoping to attract new readers. I left with a copy of Rattlesnake Ridge, his first western mystery featuring Texas Ranger Josiah Wolfe. It reminded me of my favorite Louis L’Amour novels, and I was hooked. Sweazy’s latest project, SEE ALSO DECEPTION is a beautifully written and authentically researched mystery with a complex heroine. The sole caregiver for her severely disabled husband, Marjorie is a believable combination of strength and vulnerability, loneliness and stoicism. She’s someone I’d definitely like to see more of. I asked Larry to talk with us about his new book and his writing process, and he generously agreed. Thanks more »
By Andrew Case We knew they didn’t care about us because they scheduled us during lunch. Every spring, the New York City Council would hold budget hearings, asking every city agency to come forth, boast about their performance, and beg for a little supplemental funding. Each year, I would write the testimony for the board chair and executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board—the city’s official all-civilian agency dedicated to investigating police misconduct. All the criminal justice agencies—the NYPD, the District Attorneys, the Department of Corrections, and us—would be scheduled for the same day. And every year, year in and year out, we would be scheduled from 12:15 to 1:15, and every member of the city council save two would finish fawning over New more »
By Heidi Ruby Miller Jeremy Burns travels…constantly, but right now he’s settling into his new office and celebrating the release of THE DUBAI BETRAYAL, a geopolitical spy thriller featuring Wayne Wilkins, a fan favorite from Burns’s acclaimed first novel, From the Ashes. As if providing the soundtrack to this fierce new book—in which Wilkins leads an elite group of black ops soldiers into Dubai to rescue the U.S. Ambassador to Israel—the adrenaline-pumping Celldweller comes up on Burns’s playlist while he sifts through photos and other mementos of his travels. “I’ve been moving around a lot,” he says, which is an understatement considering that he, his wife, and dogs have been on a year-long sojourn exploring the country after several worldwide adventures on his own. Imagine more »
By Patricia Rosemoor Being a working writer for the long term means keeping up with the market. We call it “reinventing ourselves” and I’m not sure anyone has done it more often than I have. When I decided I wanted to write for a living, I knew I wanted to write romance with mystery and suspense, but, at the time, no publishing house was buying that kind of story. My first novel was a young adult romance. The next several were romantic comedy, several with suspense elements (these were written with a partner). And then Harlequin started publishing romantic suspense. I wrote fifty-three Intrigues and reinvented myself there at least twice when the market shifted. That became very clear to me last month when I more »
By Renee James A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, the sixth title in Christine Goff’s The Birdwatcher’s Mysteries, brings a strong, complex heroine in the person of Angela Dimato. Angela is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent who deals calmly with everything from rattlesnakes to obnoxious people, but who also deals with inner conflicts over lost loves and especially, the murder of a colleague. In A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, Angela discovers the body of a slain soccer mom amidst the burrows of a prairie dog town. As she investigates the murder, she must also deal with her own grief and crippling flashbacks from the murder of her partner. As we follow Angela’s tense and puzzling journey, we also get a tour of Colorado’s magnificent flora and fauna, more »
Did You Hear the One about the Lawyer Who Wrote a Book? By Veronica Forand What do politicians, accountants, attorneys, and pole dancers all have in common? Friends, family and random strangers mocking their job choice. One of these careers, however, is different from even the most mocked. Attorneys. Politicians, accountants, and pole dancers never apologize for their choices. Attorneys, however, feel the need to explain their choice of profession to anyone in listening distance. They practice law for the money, the power, the thrill of litigation, or to help others, but if the stars align in some cosmic miracle, they will leave the law behind faster than a little boy gives up his training wheels in the presence of his best friend. At a more »