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.
Can you write from any location? Does changing your setting, time or place, spur new ideas? This week, those are the questions we ask ITW Members J. M. LeDuc, Tim Baker, Mike Dellosso, Tom Breen, Mary Burton, Gordon Chaplin, Camille Minichino and John Farrow.
When a ruthless drug dealer from Minneapolis murders his competitors in their own backyard, he triumphantly lays claim to the lucrative heroin networks on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota. He seems all but unstoppable until Cooper Smith, a young, enthusiastic reporter, stumbles upon the story. Soon he is using his Minnesota Public Radio credentials and voice recorder to wage war against the dealer. For Cooper, the murder of a friend and the fear of being laid off push him to pursue the story despite enemy threats to make a homicide headline out of him. “Brown Sugar in Minnesota by Joe Field is a short, thrilling ride fueled by drugs and danger. By their very definition, thrillers are high-intensity stories, and whether that manifests in more »
Finance professor Kate Adams is reeling. After her husband’s unexplained death, she runs away to the remote Alaskan wilderness to catch her breath, get back on her feet, and complete her research sabbatical in peace. But even at the ends of the earth, Kate can’t shake one nagging question: What was her husband working on before he died? As Kate continues her research into unusual financial phenomena across the globe, a picture slowly starts to emerge, and suddenly, her husband’s death doesn’t look so accidental. Together, Kate and Brad, a former flame and CIA officer, dig deeper into the mystery, and a global-scale financial conspiracy comes into focus. Even with Brad covertly watching her back, it doesn’t take long for Kate to be thrust into more »
From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of the young adult Transylvanica High series featuring Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter and Out for Blood: Kula’s Destiny, comes the exciting third book in the series, Daughter of Count Dracula: Kula’s Dilemma. Seventeen-year-old honor student Kula Lockhart is a junior at Transylvanica High School in Harbor Heights, Michigan. It is one of several integrated pilot schools across the country where human and vampire students peacefully coexist. As the half human, half vampire daughter of Count Dracula, Kula has become a target of those who seek to destroy vampires, in spite of her vamp guardians, Ivan and Amelia, and Kula’s own growing sense of self-preservation that she inherited from her father. In her latest crisis, Kula is devastated when more »
After a brutal investigation, Death Investigator Angela Richman goes to the ER with stroke symptoms. The powerful, respected doctor on call sends her home, where Angela has six strokes, then emergency brain surgery and is in a coma. She’s saved by a brain surgeon, a brilliant outsider who is the bitter enemy of the ER doc. The ER doc is murdered and the brain surgeon is arrested. Drug-addled, hallucinating Angela fights to save the man who saved her life. I lived this story. “Elaine Viets has written the exciting first book in a multi-layered crime novel series. Angela Richman is not only an investigator but a victim in this complex novel of crime, punishment, and medical malfeasance.” — Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling more »
When Anna Ramsey, a 30-year-old American with a history of bad choices, learns that a meth-addicted looter has dug up what might be the funerary mask of Montezuma, she books a flight to Oaxaca. Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiancé, a museum curator, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico’s underground art world. But Anna is not the only one chasing the treasure. There’s the ruthless, dying drug lord who will stop at nothing to own it; a secretive expat American collector, who keeps his art locked in a private chapel; a Mexican gardener who needs cash to escape with his teenage lover; and Salvador, the sensual and mercurial painter with a hidden agenda of his own. more »
From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning writer and bestselling author of the Leila Kahana Maui Mysteries and Eddie Naku Maui Mysteries, comes the second installment of the compelling Maui contemporary novelette series, Kaanapali Beach Paradise. Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii’s famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolve around the anticipated grand opening of the Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island’s western shore. Multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of Kaanapali Palms, Ben Crawford, is not above getting in bed with organized crime to make his dream come true. A widower, his 19-year-old daughter, Leigh, more »
Shawnee Daniels – cybercrimes specialist by day, cat burglar by night – ignites the hellfire fury of a serial killer when she unknowingly steals his trophy box. A SERIAL KILLER STALKS THE STREETS… Shawnee Daniels always believed her “fearlessness rules” mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over. A CAT BURGLAR PICKS THE WRONG HOUSE TO ROB… Shawnee thinks she made it out clean until a deadly package arrives at her door soon more »
A sadistic assassin, dismembered Congressmen, and a devious plot to overthrow the president send CIA agent Hunter Dougllas halfway around the world on a seek-and-destroy mission. Add the distraction of two beautiful women and a bullet painfully lodged in his skull, and his task is formidable. A man is discovered near death, half-submerged in a black-water ditch along side a lonely Louisiana bayou blacktop. Shot numerous times and obviously left for dead—he has no identification. The small sheriff’s office turns the case over to the rural hospital. The man barely survives, but due to multiple head wounds remained in a deep coma. Dougllas’ condition is brought to the attention of CIA Director Carter Holloway. During one of Dougllas’ coherent moments—in the DCI’s presence—he manages to more »
Just when you think the danger has passed… Just when you’ve stopped looking over your shoulder… Evil finds a way… Tammy Carter lost her psychic abilities in the aftermath of tragedy. Now, years later, her power resurrects when evil returns to her town. She was secure in her job, her life, and lack of complications. Now everything in her comfort zone is disintegrating and she doesn’t know what to do next or who she can trust. Bodyguard Kyle Hawthorne doesn’t believe in the supernatural or in Tammy’s psychic gift, but when her life is threatened he’ll do anything to protect her. Professionalism demands a platonic relationship with his co-worker at Taggert Security Team, yet the sizzling connection he feels for Tammy demands exploration every time more »
It all starts with a ring, inlaid with a seemingly insignificant black stone. Discovered on its own by the famous archaeologist Flinders Petrie, the stone had not been recognized for what it was, for up until the fall of Jerusalem in the 6th century BCE it had always been one of a pair. As a pair, these stones had been used for divination in Biblical times. Together they are known as the Urim and Thummim. Determined to find the highly valued, lost stone and bring the separated pair together once again, a powerful secret order sends a team of intrepid researchers back in time to the era of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, only to discover a much greater enigma. “In The Eye of Ra, Jeanne more »
IN BOOK 13 OF THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES: Donna Stone’s mission: investigate the resurrection of known terrorists who were thought to be dead and buried. But when vital intelligence leads them to a group of domestic-based terrorists who are planning major attacks throughout the United States, a political enemy of the president of the United States provides evidence that Acme is involved. President Chiffray has no other option than to initiate ghost protocol, dissolving the black ops organization. To save their lives and their country, Donna and Jack must go under deep cover to seek out the true spooks betraying America.
Two lost girls. An out of control detective. Is anyone safe? Sgt Major Crane is out of the army, out of a job and definitely out of sorts. So when DCI Anderson throws him a lifeline, Crane grabs at it with both hands. A young girl has been found, dazed, bruised and mute. As Crane and Anderson try and find out what happened to her, another girl is found. But this time she’s dead… A gripping military detective crime thriller packed with suspense from the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, Steps to Heaven. For lovers of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Robert Dugoni and Sharon Bolton.
Here are thirteen tales to scare the pants off you. Ten of these stories by master of the macabre Paul Dale Anderson previously appeared in horror magazines and anthologies, and three are original to this volume. The Devil Made Me Do It Again and Again also includes Paul’s brief introduction to each story, a new forward by Irwin Chapman, a preface and afterwords by the author, and some secrets never before revealed. Stories included in this collection: After the Fall Dolls Who Knows What Evil Lurks? Screw Ups I’ll Show You Mine The Last Straw Better Than One What You See
Private investigator Franki Amato has just turned thirty, and she feels anything but festive. For starters, she can’t have cake because she’s given up sweets, and one of her teeth is torturing her. To add insult to birthday injury, she has to investigate a surreal strip club homicide—with her sixtyish ex-stripper landlady. Then her Sicilian grandma crashes the New Orleans non-party and insists that she steal a lemon to land a husband. Unfortunately for Franki, the man she has in mind has his mind somewhere else, and their relationship seems to have soured. Adding to her troubles, she has to figure out what a missing amber pendant and a mysterious amaretto bottle have to do with the murder, not to mention why she’s being followed. more »
Nikki Garcia, an American woman, arrives in Medellin, Colombia to investigate allegations of fraud against the General Manager of Amazonia Steel, a local affiliate of the multi-national corporation where she works. In her ensuing investigative work she connects two accidental deaths at the Company to a much darker plot involving the man under investigation. Feeling in over her head, she hires a former CIA operative to assist her. Nikki also meets a medical doctor she soon finds herself falling in love with until she is kidnapped and wonders if he is also part of the sinister plot threatening her life.
Have you ever thought about buying a counterfeit product? Maybe a watch or a handbag for fun? After you read FAKE, the first book in Twist Phelan’s series featuring Finn Teller, corporate spy, you’ll think again. FAKE, the first book in Phelan’s new series featuring corporate spy Finn Teller, shines a light on the netherworld of counterfeit goods. An assignment with a Milan fashion house leads Finn to an undercover investigation of a train wreck in Croatia—scene of her most tragic professional mistake and home to terrorists still out for revenge. The hunter becomes the hunted and the stakes skyrocket as Finn must win a race against the clock to stop the spread of a deadly African pandemic and escape with her life.
The human race hangs by a thread the thickness of a single gene: RC-714. The gene, which unlocks the millennia of genetic traits stored in junk DNA, gives crops the ability to rapidly evolve and thrive in any environment. But RC-714 is passed on when consumed. Any creature—mammal, reptile, fish or insect—that eats the genetically modified crops becomes a slave to the Change. Bodies morph into unrecognizable abominations. Intellect takes a back seat to ravenous hunger. And all the world’s species eat each other toward extinction. Racing against this impending outcome, Peter Crane and his family attempt to reach a laboratory in Boston, where a slim hope of saving the human race from extinction exists. But before heading northeast, they must visit the swamps of more »
This week we’re joined by ITW Members Tim Baker, Sidney Williams, Karen Harper, Robert Walton, Tom Breen, Connie Di Marco, J. T. Ellison, A. J. Kerns and John Farrow, to answer the question: What are your favorite countries for settings and why?
This week we ask ITW Members J. Todd Scott, Don Helin, Stephen Martino, Mary Burton and John Farrow: As a writer, are you satisfied with the number of reviews your books receive?
In Search of Redemption in 118-Degree Heat A man walks barefoot from a burning plane wearing an elegant suit jacket with his name stitched into the label. Ahead of him, a small town shimmers in the desert heat. He doesn’t know where he is, or who he is, or even if he was on the crashed plane—the only thing he knows for sure is that he has come to the town to save someone. This is the opening scene of THE SEARCHER and also the first solid image I had of the story. A new book often starts this way for me, with a scene or an image, and from this glimpse I knew I needed to find a desert town, so I booked a trip to more »
It’s all about the challenge, and this month’s issue delivers interviews on how authors rise to every one of them, beginning with our cover-story interview with Daniel Palmer. We’ve got other insightful interviews with bestsellers Brad Meltzer, Mary Kubica, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, J.T. Ellison, John Farrow and Lisa Unger. In “Trend Report,” James Patterson explains how the new short novel could be a game changer. Simon Toyne takes us with him to Arizona on “Author Guided Tour,” and in the debut of the new column “Get It Right,” Susanna Calkins explains how long it really takes someone to arrive at a destination on horseback. We highly recommend two entertaining interviews: Brad Parks talks to Allison Leotta, and Marcus Sakey breaks it all down more »
By Mark Dunn When I was a kid, my parents gave me a dumbed down version of Dracula. It was the last book on my open-sided metal bookshelf, and I could see the cover from my bed. I remember clearly how the Count’s pale, grease-painty face would light up when lightning flashed during storms, and I remember pulling the covers over my head and telling myself there was nothing to be afraid of. Eventually I had to hide the book somewhere in the middle of the shelf, but even then I could feel it in there, looking at me. Years later, when I was maybe 13 or 14 and visiting family in London, Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of Salem’s Lot came on the BBC, and I watched it more »
By Rick Reed Rick Reed’s recent release, THE DEEPEST WOUND, is the third in a series of police procedural thrillers. He introduced Detective Jack Murphy and his partner, Detective Liddell Blsnchard, aka/Bigfoot, initially with The Cruelest Cut. The series continued with The Coldest Fear and now Reed has taken us even deeper into the belly of the serial-killer beast with THE DEEPEST WOUND. Reed, a retired Detective Sergeant with the Evansville, Indiana Police Department, refers to himself as the “accidental author.” His writing career began when he captured confessed serial killer Joseph Weldon Brown. Along with distinguished writer, Stephen Walker, he co-authored the true crime book, Blood Trail, published by Kensington Books in 2005. Blood Trail is the true account of Brown’s murders. Reed caught more »