Crime Fiction

The Corruptible by Mark Myhneir

By John T. Cullen

Thriller author Mark Myhneir—ex-Marine, real-life homicide detective, narcotics officer, and SWAT officer during 23 years in law enforcement—has earned praise and endorsements from many leading thriller writers.

Mark Mynheir belongs to that rarified group of talented writers who have also made careers as professional policemen. Like Joseph Wambaugh and select few other members of that elite group, Mark Mynheir writes from both professional experience and a razor-sharp vision that easily exercises all the best nuances of classic detective fiction. Mark has served as a narcotics agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, and a homicide detective. His biography follows below.
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Exacerbyte by Cat Connor

In New Zealand crime fiction author Cat Connor’s newest, Exacerbyte, after the violent death of a close friend, Supervisory Special Agent Ellie Conway realizes a child trafficker known as Hawk is back. She believes Hawk killed her husband and was responsible for her friend’s death.

A request for help sends Ellie to New Zealand, on Hawk’s trail. Her job; to locate missing children before they disappear forever. Meanwhile, back in Virginia a child with ties to Ellie is in danger.

Can she uncover the hidden agenda of the suspected terrorist and his real identity in time to save the children?
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Blood and Ashes by Matt Hilton

In British crime fiction writer Matt Hilton’s newest, Blood and Ashes, Brooke Reynolds died in a car crash. Tragic accident, the police say. But her father knows otherwise. And he wants Joe Hunter to find the men responsible. Trouble is, they find Joe first. The ensuing blood bath is only the beginning of a trail of death that leads to the heart of a racist conspiracy.
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Outsourced by Dave Zeltserman

By Dave Zeltzerman

Back in 2004 I was approaching my 20th year working as a software engineer. A little over a year and a half earlier the large network equipment company I was working for killed the product line we were on and laid off everyone in my division. The company I was with looked like they were struggling and would be going out of business (and they did). I had finished writing Small Crimes in between being laid off and starting this new job, and this time I wanted to write a book a little closer to my heart; touching on subjects important to me like software jobs being outsourced out of this country and engineers being made obsolete due to technologies they’ve mastered being rapidly replaced by newer ones. Since I was working 10-12 hours each day at this new struggling company, I didn’t have much time to work on Outsourced, no more than a half hour to an hour each night, but it provided a good emotional release to what I was dealing with and what I was seeing happening to friends of mine in the industry.
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Title Free Range Institution by Michael Haskins

By Leighton Gage

Good news! Mick Murphy is back.

I was introduced to Mick back in 2008, (that was in Chasin’ the Wind) and I’ve been chasin’ a sequel ever since.

Now, finally, in February of 2011, author Michael Haskins, is giving us one.

It’s called Free Range Institution.

Mick, for those of you who haven’t met either one of them, bears a striking physical resemblance to his creator.
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Amortals by Matt Forbeck

By Christine Goff

Today you die. Today you are reborn. Today you hunt the man who killed you. When Secret Service agent Ronan “Methusaleh” Dooley is brutally murdered, he’s brought back from the dead yet again to hunt his killer, and in doing so uncover a terrible conspiracy.

Mike Stackpole says, “In Amortals, Matt Forbeck does what all great science fiction authors do: weave thought-provoking concepts through a cracking good story. The morality of immortality is a fascinating idea with which Matt Forbeck deals deftly. If you are looking for a great story with action, politics, great characters and an eye toward what might well be our future, Matt Forbeck’s Amortals is not to be missed!”
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The Sentry by Robert Crais

The extraordinary new crime novel from New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.

Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina; but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru’s uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it-and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.
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The Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker

By Mark Terry

T. Jefferson Parker has a fascination with Conrad’s THE HEART OF DARKNESS. So much so, that his latest novel to feature ATF agent Charlie Hood, makes a nod to the classic novel about a rogue soldier that has gone native and the soldier that is sent deep into the jungle to retrieve him. In this novel, THE BORDER LORDS, an ATF agent, Sean Ozburn, has gone so deep undercover into the Baja drug Cartel in Mexico that no one has heard from him. The only communication is through digital videos he sends his wife, Seliah. Charlie Hood, who has appeared in three previous Parker novels, has to decide whether Oz has gone deeper under cover than anyone ever has, or whether the man has gone rogue.
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Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage

By Michael Haskins

Leighton Gage’s fourth Chief Inspector Mario Silva thriller, Every Bitter Thing, is a fine companion to his three other books in the series. Gage fills the pages with murder and mayhem as well as a plane full of suspects and corrupt Brazilian politics and police.

Silva and his small team of dedicated federal investigators’ frustrations and triumphs turn this book into a page-turner as the agents track down leads, discover more bodies and deal with political kibitzing.
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Too Many Clients by David J. Walker

By John Darrin

Edgar-nominated author David J. Walker could be one of his own characters. Ex-priest, ex-cop (of a sort), ex-lawyer. Maybe in a new series of hard-boiled mysteries to complement the ten books he’s already published. He could even use his own name, just drop the David and he’d be J. Walker, flouter of traffic laws, scourge of ne’er-do-wells everywhere.
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Ring of Guilt by Judith Cutler

By John Darrin

Judith Cutler is Birmingham, England’s Queen of Crime. Not committing them, you understand, but writing about them. All perfectly legal. And wholly enjoyable for us, her readers.

As she’s the reigning Queen of Crime, I was looking forward to interviewing royalty. I had questions about coronations and crowns and polo and general debauchery (that’s part of it, right?). Here’s a couple of samples of what I got:

  • “I’ve got to go and retrieve the new-baked bread from the oven.”
  • “I collect spectacle cases, homely but very intimate artifacts.”
  • “No, don’t get me started on politics.”
  • “I was Birmingham’s Queen of Crime because I was the only one available.”

Not exactly a trove of exciting and interesting topics. And since she’s already had two profiles done here at The Big Thrill, it kind of leaves me speechless. Or, in this case, contentless. 
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Kidnap & Ransom by Michelle Gagnon

by Virna DePaul

In Michelle Gagnon’s Kidnap and Ransom, the hero becomes the victim…

When the world’s foremost kidnap and ransom negotiator is snatched by a ruthless drug cartel, Jake Riley becomes ensnared in the effort to save him.  But he’s up against Los Zetas, an elite paramilitary organization renowned for its ferocity and skill.  Now he and his colleagues must navigate the dark underbelly of Mexico, from raging street wars to perilous jungles, in an effort to rescue him before time runs out. 
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Silent Kill by David Fingerman

In David Fingerman’s debut novel, Silent Kill, not only does Louise Miller have to deal with the good old boy mentality of the department, but she’s also a gay police officer who has to deal with harassment on a higher level. When one of her few friends on the force goes missing Miller investigates, despite her captain’s order to leave it to the detectives.
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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin

By Michael Haskins

Miles Corwin’s first police procedural thriller, “Kind of Blue,” is filled with the raw, tough, and crude daily routine of police work and life on the meanstreets of Los Angeles. This adds a touch of honesty to the characters and situations Corwin presents. It shouldn’t be surprising that a first-time thriller writer can do this so well, for Corwin, an ex-crime reporter for the Los Angles Times has published three non-fiction books, two of them dealing with LAPD’s elite detective squads and one on student life in the inner-city.
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Blond Run by Jim Michael Hansen

Blond Run is the debut book in Jim Michael Hansen’s new series featuring San Francisco homicide detective Trane Ravenwood.

While frantically hunting for an elusive killer who is poised to take the next victim by the end of the week, San Francisco homicide detective Trane Ravenwood witnesses an unrelated murder from a place he shouldn’t be. Almost immediately, he is pulled into the edgy world of Trance St. Croix, a beautiful attorney who is too mysterious to trust and too hypnotic to resist.
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Next Time You See Me by Katia Lief

next-time-you-see-me.JPGIn Next Time You See Me, the sequel to Katia Lief’s You Are Next, it is three years after Karin Schaeffer’s harrowing escape from the serial killer who took the lives of her husband and daughter, and Karin is married to her former partner Mac MacLeary. Just when their new life together has settled in, Mac vanishes, unearthing secrets and dangers that force Karin into a face-off with a deadly Mexican queenpin whose son has an agenda of his own.
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Messages by Weyman Jones

By Janice Gable Bashman

Award-winning author Weyman Jones took a roundabout route to writing thrillers, as many of us do. After serving in the Navy, he worked in corporate communications for years. He began writing fiction for magazines and published three books for young readers, including The Edge of Two Worlds, which won the Lewis Carroll Shelf and the Western Heritage Awards and was selected as one of the best books of the year by both the School Library Journal and Book World. His thrillers include The Doublooner, Broken Glass, The Unexpected and the newly released Messages. I chatted recently with Weyman Jones about Messages and his writing process.
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Loose Ends Kill by Bob Doerr

loose-ends-kill1.jpgIn Bob Doerr’s latest, Loose Ends Kill, once again a call from an old friend draws Jim West into the middle of a murder investigation. This time the police believe they already have the murderer in jail – Jim’s old friend. When Jim discovers that even his friend’s lawyers believe he is quilty, he knows he will have to go it alone.
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Detour to Murder by Jeff Sherratt

detour-to-murder.jpgFans of Jeff Sherratt’s mystery series have come to expect certain things from his novels. Jimmy O’Brien books are clever, gripping, and addictive. Known for their multi-layered suspense, Sherratt’s novels immerse the reader in the politics, society, and industry of Los Angeles in the 1970s, all the while maintaining a style more reminiscent of 1940s who-dunnit narratives than anything else. They’re classy, surprising, and endearing – in a murder mystery kind of way.
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Fatal Error by F. Paul Wilson

fatal-error.jpgIn F. Paul Wilson’s latest Repairman Jack novel, Fatal Error, Munir Habib’s life has become a nightmare. His American wife and son have been taken hostage and he must perform cruel acts of self-debasement to keep them alive. His tormentor, who seems to want nothing more than to humiliate him, has warned him not to go to the police or his family will pay a terrible price. But a friend tells him of a guy who hires out to fix situations like this.

A guy known as Repairman Jack…
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Death Notice by Todd Ritter

death-notice.jpgdebut-author.jpgIn debut author Todd Ritter’s Death Notice, a small-town police chief teams up with a state police detective and an obituary writer to stop a killer who is sending the local newspaper death notices of his victims — before they’re killed. For Chief Kat Campbell, the crimes threaten her town, her family and her very life.
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Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman

By Dan Levyinnocent-monster.jpg

Reed Farrel Coleman didn’t want to write–he had to write. “When you grow up in a household of people who scream, eventually nobody hears anything. As a kid, I searched for a voice to be heard.” Through the inspiration and encouragement of Mr. Isaacs, his seventh grade teacher, Coleman found it in poetry. And that sustained him until fate, or more accurately the scheduler of night classes at Brooklyn College, intervened.
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An Ordinary Decent Criminal by Michael Van Rooy

an-ordinary-decent-criminal.JPGBy Michael Haskins

Canadian author Michael Van Rooy introduces an appealing antihero, Montgomery Haaviko, in his debut, a gritty, offbeat suspense novel, An Ordinary Decent Criminal, that has been released this month by Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books.

Haaviko is what the guards in London’s Wormwood Scrubs Prison call “an ordinary decent criminal.” It’s a way of differentiating the burglars and smugglers from pedophiles or terrorists. Only there’s very little about Haaviko that is ordinary.
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The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund

the-postcard-killers.JPGIn James Patterson & Liza Marklund’s The Postcard Killers, NYPD detective Jack Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren’t what draw him–he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each restaurant through a killer’s eyes.
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Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

The Story Behind the Story, by Lisa Black

trail-of-blood.jpgIn September of 1935, two boys were passing over the train tracks in a valley known as Kingsbury Run on the edge of Cleveland, Ohio, when they encountered a man. A very dead man, wearing nothing but a pair of socks and missing a head, not to mention a few of his more personal parts. Another victim lay about thirty feet away, this one missing even his socks. The heads of both men were found buried nearby, with just their hair sticking out among the weeds and grass. This killer wasn’t making any effort to hide his work; quite the contrary, he seemed to be making a statement which no one has ever been able to decipher, or perhaps just creating an extremely bizarre example of performance art.
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American Devil by Oliver Stark

By Michael Parker

american-devil.jpgdebut-author.jpgOliver Stark’s début novel, American Devil looks like it’s headed for the top of the best sellers lists judging by the reaction of the book reviewers. I caught up with Stark this month and the result is this in depth interview, which opens the pages up a little on his life, his plans and his writing.
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Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

thirteen-hours.jpgBy Milton C. Toby

Since the days of King Solomon’s Mines, Africa has provided the setting for an untold number of thrillers.  Typically, though, the continent has been a backdrop for the exploits of foreigners who have come to the continent from somewhere else.

Deon Meyer writes from a different perspective.  His novels deal with people who, like the author, call post-apartheid South Africa home.  
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Blood Ties by Kay Hooper

blood-ties.jpgBy Mary Kennedy

Recently I sat down with Kay Hooper, the author of Blood Ties, the latest in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series.

Your plots are wonderfully complex, do you map everything out ahead of time, or do you make changes as you go?

I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, so much so that I seldom know for certain what’s going to happen in the next chapter. I have realized over the years that my subconscious is working away on the plot, “seeding” bits and pieces of information that mean nothing to me consciously – until later in the book. It’s not at all uncommon for me to mutter, halfway through the book, some variation of, “Oh, that’s why he said that in Chapter 2!” Discovering the story pretty much as the readers do is, for me, a big part of the joy of writing.
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Cut and Run by Matt Hilton

cut-and-run.jpgBy Aaron Brown

Who is Joe Hunter?

For a start, there are certain things he isn’t.  He’s not a cop.  He’s not a bounty hunter.  He’s not a private detective.
Some people call him a vigilante, but even Joe will tell you that vigilantes take the law into their own hands, whereas there aren’t too many laws that define what Joe does to get a job done.
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In Harm’s Way by Ridley Pearson

in-harms-way.JPGby Keith Raffel

Recently I sat down with Ridley Pearson to talk about his newest thriller, In Harm’s Way.

In Harm’s Way is the fourth book in your Walt Fleming series.  Could you give us a sneak preview?

In Harm’s Way is more of a straightforward murder investigation than I’ve written in quite some time. It is part procedural, part psychological thriller, featuring murder, mayhem, love, and angst – a nice sample of life.
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