Author Archive: ITW
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Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity… Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late. “This is another delightful entry into the cozy mystery genre, an easy read and a wonderful collection of more »
An anthropologist, Kate Lockwood makes her living studying the dead. A large burial mound of the ancient Adena civilization sits on Mason family land, but Grant Mason tells Kate to stay away from the mound. The more Kate researches the area, the more she is convinced Grant is hiding something. But when she comes under attack, Grant seems concerned for her safety. Despite their growing, explosive attraction to each other, can she trust the man she’s come to love, or will the wrong decision be her final act? “Masterfully drawing the reader in, Harper has delivered the best, once again.” Suspense Magazine on Upon a Winter’s Night. “Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end.” Booklist, starred more »
OVER 200,000 COPIES SOLD Three very different women have been murdered and NYPD Detective Stephanie Chalice wants to know why. Her case begins on the Roosevelt Island tram. The conductor has been shot, but lying next to him is the real mystery: a woman who might appear to have died of natural causes if not for the handwritten note stuffed in her mouth that simply reads “Look back!” When a second woman is found dead with a rag in her mouth and another cryptic note found nearby, Chalice realizes that a psychopath is stalking Manhattan, on the prowl for a very special type of woman. Part of the murderer’s twisted game is leaving intentional clues for the police, clues designed not only to taunt, but more »
Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that tore her family apart. Now a grown woman, she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt Cold Creek. With Sheriff Gabe McCord, Tess hopes to shed new light on recent kidnappings of young girls. “Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end.” Booklist, starred review on Fall From Pride. “A compelling story…intricate and fascinating…” Tami Hoag on Dark Road Home
Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the man considered to be the most notorious Russian agent in FBI history. With her father dying in prison she’s determined to prove he’s innocent, but time is running out. Using a false identity, she gains access to the Russian ambassador’s Christmas party, searching for evidence of a set-up. Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but life is too complicated to pursue a politician’s daughter. When he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers. Not only does Scarlett’s scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of powerful people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. more »
With 12 hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally, since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just more »
Tortured, then murdered, a university student dressed up as Santa Claus is left hanging from a meat hook on Christmas Eve – a gift intended for one particular cop. Detective Emile Cinq-Mars, local hero and old-style cop, wants the truth – and his gripping search takes him through a bone-chilling Montreal winter and into the heart of the city’s colourful criminal underworld, where rival biker gangs, the Russian Mafia, and meddlers from the CIA all vie for a piece of the frozen city. “John Farrow’s City of Ice is vintage cop novel—literate, hard-edged, sharp, funny, and mean. All the street reality and ass-kicking you could want, set in Montreal in winter and chilling well beyond that.” (Alan Furst.)
Crime in Columbus Meet Eliot Cross, Columbus-based P.I. in 1988. A series of serious crimes: Kidnapping. Murder. Art Thief. Blackmail. Comic Books? Never before published, CROSS EXAMINATIONS sets the stage for an exciting new novel coming from pop-culture author, John Hegenberger. Private Investigator Eliot Cross faces heartache, headache, backache, and a royal pain in the neck in these rollicking noir stories from the heart of the Heartland. Cross Examinations, Inc. established in 1988
On August 18, 1882, Joe La Fleur discovered a gold-bearing quartz vein near the headwaters of War Creek, high in the Cascade Range of Washington State. Later the same day . . . he lost it. One hundred and thirty years later, geologist Trace Brandon re-discovers the vein, guarded by a skeleton with a flint arrowhead imbedded in a femur, and a carved wooden owl—admonitions not to desecrate hallowed ground. Ignoring the warnings, Brandon stakes a number of mining claims and begins drilling—only to see two of his men murdered in a grisly, ritualistic manner. The situation soon goes from bad to worse when Brandon’s old nemesis, Mafia don Peter Pantelli, learns of the discovery and devises a ruthless plan to eliminate Brandon and take more »
L.A. Times journalist Whit McKenna is recovering from a harrowing assignment in Afghanistan. Seeking refuge she moves with her two daughters to a small Southern Oregon town and works as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. A month on the job and she’s assigned to cover the murder of a famous actress. Thrust into the media firestorm, Whit’s PTSD kicks in full force with disturbing flashbacks, each one exposing repressed memories of her nightmare in Afghanistan. Years of journalistic instincts strengthen her resolve and with dogged determination she pursues the sensational story. When two more high profile members of the community end up in the morgue with the same gruesome detail, Whit joins forces with medical examiner detective Katie Riggs. Quid pro quo they more »
Founded at the turn of the ninth century by the Lotus-Born Second Buddha and inspired by the most powerful immortal warrior who has ever lived, the Order of the Three Spears has kept the existence of the immortals a secret from the eyes of ordinary humans and maintained peace between the races for nearly twelve hundred years. When news of an ancient enemy reaches them from the West, the Order sends its best and most unorthodox field agent to investigate. In the course of his mission, Brother Yonten crosses paths with a remarkable immortal operative also tasked with hunting the enemy. What he uncovers will determine not just his own fate, but that of the Order, the immortal societies, and the human race. The Warrior more »
Why would one NSA agent attempt to kill Robert Milligan, a fellow NSA officer, and Addie Buford, an attractive woman he met only hours before? A traitor in the NSA has tricked the agency into believing that Addie has lured Milligan into a honey trap. And since Milligan knows too many secrets about the agency’s Witness Security program, he and Addie have become the targets of multiple assassins. Already emotionally damaged from a recent personal tragedy, Milligan no longer knows whom he can trust at the agency. Soon, he and Addie go into hiding, but the close proximity and growing peril forge a bond between them, even as Milligan struggles to keep his distance from her. And all the while, Milligan also has to wonder—can more »
Rachel Richards’ ideal life is about to come undone. It’s the week of Rachel’s best friend’s wedding. Her fiancé is a mysterious man named Jack, who seems to have no family or friends. After a night of drinking goes awry, Rachel is forced to face a dark part of herself she didn’t know existed. What started as a horrible mistake turns into a dark mystery as pieces of Jack’s past start falling into place, and Rachel’s life hangs in the balance. Told from three unique perspectives and set against the backdrop of Austin, Texas, Rachel’s Folly is a fast-paced thriller that explores profound loss, morality, and the lengths to which we will go to keep our darkest secrets. Betrayal. Deception. Retribution. How far would you more »
#1 New York Times Bestseller Peter Telep is back with The Secret Corps, his latest pulse-pounding thriller incorporating a call to action unlike anything seen before in contemporary fiction. When a small town home invasion results in a tragic death, retired Marine Master Sergeant James “Johnny” Johansen agonizes over questions whose answers threaten his loved ones, his career, and his company. The most serious question of all—is Johnny’s family linked to Islamic extremists in the United States? Johnny turns to Willie, Corey, and Josh—his former brothers-in-arms. Relying on their skills as highly-trained Marines, the team uncovers a treacherous plot involving a renegade defense contractor and the highest levels of a U.S. intelligence network. Risking their lives to reveal the shocking details of the operation, Johnny more »
From internationally-acclaimed author Raymond Benson, “12 + 1” is a collection of previously published mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, all told with wry humor and in the spirit of The Twilight Zone–plus some unpublished works such as “The Heart of Erzulie,” “Fortunata-697,” and the stage play “Second Chance.” Spies and detectives, rock ‘n’ roll crime, time travel, androids, alternate history, an encounter with St. Peter, and even The Black Stiletto, all in one compact anthology. 12+1: TWELVE SHORT THRILLERS AND A PLAY is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. ***** RAYMOND BENSON is the author of 35 published books. His most recent thriller series is THE BLACK STILETTO; the fifth and final installment, THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS, was published in November more »
Family Matters is like early episodes of the TV drama Dallas. The plot is fueled by rivalry, jealously, greed and, ultimately, murder. The setting is a stuffy New England town with an economic caste system. Good guys; bad guys. In this family saga, the first Adam Kingston builds a clothing manufacturing company from scratch. In his sixties he commits suicide and his son takes over the business. Adam II continues to build Kingston Industries until his reckless life style results in dementia. The courts turn the father’s estate and control of the business over to his son and he is interned in the West Wing of Kingston Manor while his son Adam Kingston III ruthlessly expands the business. The destinies of five townspeople in the more »
Fulfilling your destiny…one killer at a time. Paris. The City of Lights. The City of Love. Not to mention the food. Gourmet dining. Fine wines. Exquisite French pastries. Especially the ones covered in dark chocolate and crafted by the best chefs in the city. But when a dear friend goes missing and Miranda and Parker hop a plane to France to find him, they soon learn the city of romance can also be—a City of Death. THE MIRANDA’S RIGHTS MYSTERY SERIES Someone Else’s Daughter Delicious Torment Forever Mine Fire Dancer Thin Ice
Introducing Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times. Book 1 Tor Maddox: UNLEASHED When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action? Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.
Quincy Harker is back, and the stakes are higher than ever. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a swearing, drinking, misanthropic half-vampire with a bad attitude and an itchy trigger finger. Harker and his team of misfits have just a few days to prevent the actual end of the world, as a group of fanatics have kidnapped a young man thought to possess the power to open the Seven Seals. The thrilling sequel to Raising Hell brings even more action, more explosions, and more Renfield to readers. “The story is fast paced with a ton of action squeezed into this novella, which makes for a quick and fun read. I really enjoy the voice the author gives Quincy Harker. Like I more »
There’s a storm coming… When Nina O’Brien returns to the small town of Mistake Creek after ten years, she’s in a race against time to protect her father’s business from an incoming storm so it can be sold to pay for his urgent medical treatment. As flood warnings echo over the radio and the storm breaks with enormous force across the tiny Californian community, Nina is joined by others seeking shelter from the onslaught. Her life is changed forever when a stranger appears at her door, bloodied and incoherent. With a ruthless killer exposed among the small group, Nina is thrust into a deadly conspiracy involving a military veteran seeking revenge and an FBI agent desperate to prevent a catastrophic terrorism threat.
People imagine the publishing world to be one of camaraderie. But is that naïve? This week ITW Members Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, JG Faherty, Gary Grossman, Ines Eberl-Calic and Jean Heller discuss how intense the plotting and vindictiveness of some houses can be – no names!
This week we join ITW Members Wendy Tyson, Ralph Pezzullo, Cat Connor, Kathrin Lange, JG Faherty, Barbara Petty, Suzanne Johnson, Gary Grossman, Arthur Kerns, Jean Heller and Andy Boot to discuss music and writing. What are the best bands for writing thrillers? Or does haunting classical music work best?
Late 1960s Roma Nova, the last Roman colony that has survived into the 20th century. Aurelia Mitela is alone – her partner gone, her child sickly and her mother dead – and forced to give up her beloved career as a Praetorian officer. But her country needs her unique skills. Somebody is smuggling silver – Roma Nova’s lifeblood – on an industrial scale. Sent to Berlin to investigate, she encounters the mysterious and attractive Miklós, a known smuggler who knows too much and Caius Tellus, a Roma Novan she has despised and feared since childhood. Barely escaping a trap set by a gang boss intent on terminating her, she discovers that her old enemy is at the heart of all her troubles and pursues him more »
BOOK 2 IN THE AWARD-WINNING SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE SCIENCE FICTION SERIES To save himself, his friends, and his mission, a fugitive must put his fate in the hands of the last women he should trust—the same woman who sent him to prison four months ago. Last year, galactic translator Holden Sinclair had a great life. He was traveling the nexus with his friends, seeing new worlds, making money, and generally having a good time. The only cloud on his horizon was his unrequited crush on the captain’s girlfriend, but that matter resolved itself when she betrayed them to the Rhenians and they were shipped to the prison camp on the moon Marica-3. Since then, Holden’s only thoughts about Josie have revolved around getting even. Or more »