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Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman

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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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Torn Apart by Shane Gericke

torn-apart.jpgA teenage girl, brutalized and discarded. A rural sheriff, gunned down and left to die. Millions in narcotics and a killer full of hate. In Shane Gericke’s newest, Torn Apart, a tidal wave of murder is rushing full-speed toward the quiet Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL, and police detective Emily Thompson is locked and loaded to stop it. But she’s up against a deadly countdown that threatens everyone she loves … Her partner. Her best friend. Her whole world. In these final desparate hours, Emily will bring down the most diabolical killer she’s faced yet–or die trying.
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The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina

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I met Rick Mofina at BEA in 2009.  Rick was just launchingVengeance Road which has since been nominated for a 2010 Thriller Award.  We got together again to discuss Rick’s latest book, The Panic Zone.

Dean Koontz calls The Panic Zone, your latest, “a headlong rush toward Armageddon.”  Whew!  Would you give us a sneak preview?

The Panic Zone tells the story of Emma Lane, an anguished mother from Wyoming who refuses to believe her baby died in a tragic car crash. Jack Gannon, a wire service reporter from New York, joins her in the hunt for a perfect killer whose trail leads around the world in a race against time.
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Hostage Zero by John Gilstrap

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Jonathan “Digger” Grave is a free lance hostage rescue operative. When two teenage boys are inexplicably kidnapped from a Virginia residential school for children of incarcerated parents, Grave and his crew set out to locate the victims and apprehend the abductors.

When Hostage Zero by John Gilstrap came into my mailbox I wondered if I would have the time to read it all in time for this article. Hostage negotiation novels are not my first choice usually so I began it with a little trepidation. This novel was nothing like any hostage negotiation I have ever read before. In fact there was no negotiation at all, only blistering action and a taut plot that keeps you turning the pages. Two days later, and suffering from lack of sleep, I finished the book and immediately ordered the first one in this series, No Mercy. Hostage Zero was nothing like I had expected. The pace is frantic, the characters believable and you will end up shouting encouragement to the good guys as they dole out well-deserved punishment to the bad guys.
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The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver

the-burning-wire.JPGIn New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver’s latest Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Burning Wire, the weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism.
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The Chill of the Night by James Hayman

the-chill-of-the-night.jpgIn James Hayman’s The Chill of the Night, Lainie Goff thought she had it all. The ambitious young attorney was brilliant, beautiful, and on a fast-track to a lucrative partnership at one of the top firms in New England. But a secret history of sexual abuse in Lainie’s past left scars that never healed and one cold night she pushes things too far. Soon her body is found, frozen solid in sub-zero temperatures at the end of the Portland Fish Pier.
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