In historical thriller format, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Tosca Lee tells this story of Judas, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known as the betrayer of Jesus. Moreover, it’s a surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about these famous—and infamous—religious icons.
Tosca added, “This was really a chance to put myself into the skin of one of the most vilified characters in history. By skin, I mean the oppression of the age. To really hear the national cry for salvation—for freedom—from Rome by the hand of a Messiah when so many would-be messiahs before had failed. We’re all familiar with the story of Judas, his infamous kiss and betrayal of Jesus. But there was so much going on politically, nationally and religiously, in those last decades, like a ticking bomb leading up to the revolt that happened after the death of Jesus.”
Steven James, bestselling author of PLACEBO, said, “A startlingly dark and breathtaking novel. ISCARIOT is both visionary in scope and historically accurate down to the most minute detail—which is an astonishing feat. This is epic, masterful storytelling from one of the most gifted novelists writing today.”
Under investigation by the Foreign Office, Sebastian Danvers, Lord Somerton, is exiled to the country, where he learns his beautiful neighbor, Catherine Ashcroft, has been watching over his estate. Soon, he must face his worst nightmare–protecting Catherine from his sworn enemy? Can he? Or, will he lose his love in this war between England and France?
If you read thrillers, you know the names James Patterson and Clive Cussler.
Patterson and Cussler know Chris Kuzneski.
Patterson says, “Chris Kuzneski’s writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King.” Cussler adds, “Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.”
With his latest thriller, THE DEATH RELIC, his characters have to be tougher than ever.
What’s at stake in this book, for the heroes personally and for the public at large?
Thanks to the doomsday predictions for 2012, the Maya have been in the news quite a bit lately—at least more than they have been for the past thousand years or so. One of the main reasons there was so much confusion about the end of the Mayan calendar (or, more accurately, the end of the most recent 5,125-year cycle) is because so little is actually known about the Maya.
This historical thriller is about a young Latvian-German aristocrat swept up in the turbulence of World War I, told by the point of view of outsiders, from the perspective of those living in Latvia. By twist of fate, he finds himself a member of the Russian Revolution’s Red Riflemen, a group known colloquially as “Lenin’s Harem.” Aristocratic Wiktor Rooks adapts, survives, finds friendship and love among the Communists, and is betrayed in Stalin’s purges. The tale is comprised of three tragic seductions—an unscrupulous woman, a doomed nation, and a treacherous ideology.
McCormick added, “In short, LENIN’S HAREM is the story of a ruined aristocrat swept up in the chaos of war, who by twist of fate finds himself a member of the elite guard of the Russian Revolution. He hides in plain sight amongst his enemies while the Russian Empire crumbles, but where does he go when the revolutionaries win?”
“William Burton McCormick takes us inside lives that would otherwise be unimaginable,” said Suzannah Dunn, author of THE CONFESSION OF KATHERINE HOWARD.
Shirley Tallman’s fifth installment of the Sarah Woolson series, DEATH ON TELEGRAPH HILL, begins with a reading by Oscar Wilde followed by a gunshot. Wilde’s reading may have been sleepy but I can assure you there’s nothing soporific in this historical thriller.
The fiercely independent Sarah Woolson is a rare find in 1882 San Francisco — a female attorney with her own law practice. Defying a woman’s “proper” place in society, Sarah is more likely to be found in the courtroom than in the drawing room, ready to go to any lengths to stand up for what’s right — especially when family is involved. After an evening spent listening to the young Irish poet Oscar Wilde, Sarah and her brother Samuel are making their way down San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill when the sound of a gunshot shatters the quiet night, the bullet striking Samuel. Sarah sets out to uncover the truth, but what she finds are more questions — and multiple murders. When the police arrest a friend whom Sarah believes to be innocent, she agrees to act as his attorney and faces the most difficult case of her career. Even worse, she discovers too late that she may have just added her own name to the killer’s list!
The true events behind the John’s Canyon Murder and the subsequent “skeleton murder trial” of the Depression Era are brought to spellbinding light in HARD TWISTED, set in a landscape as brutal as it is beautiful. After a twelve-year quest, trial lawyer C. Joseph Greaves gave up his thriving partnership to write a saga of survival, redemption and a young girl’s coming of age. Oklahoma May 1934 — Clint Palmer, released from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas , befriends Dillard Garrett, a homeless man and his 13-year-old daughter, Lucille. Palmer lures them to Texas, where Dillard Garrett mysteriously disappears. Lucile begins a harrowing, year-long ordeal in captivity culminating in four additional killings.
Charles Joseph Greaves spent 25 years as an L.A. trial lawyer before turning his talents to fiction. His award-winning debut novel HUSH MONEY was hailed by critics as “an auspicious debut” (KIRKUS REVIEWS, Critics’ Pick) and a “stellar first novel” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review) and a “delightful debut” (LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review).
His second novel, HARD TWISTED, is the result of a twelve year determined search for the truth behind the John’s Canyon murders of 1934. An expected literary masterpiece, while in manuscript form, it was named the Best Historical Novel of 2010 in the SouthWest Writers’ international writing contest.
By Virna DePaul
About THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY: A nation shattered by its president’s murder. Two diaries that reveal the true scope of an American conspiracy. A detective determined to bring the truth to light, no matter what it costs him. THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY is a vivid tale of intrigue, riddles, and murder in post-Civil War Washington.
“History as a dangerous, inventive game. Fascinating.”—Martin Cruz Smith
“THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY is a hell of a good read. It’s an exciting thriller full of believable characters and absorbing history, and the end result is a page-turning blend of research and imagination.”—David Liss
Recently, I interviewed author Tim O’Brien. Here’s what Mr. O’Brien had to say about his upcoming release.
By Derek Gunn
A PLAGUE OF LIES – Poison, murder and plots against the King himself. The Charles du Luc adventures continue with a riveting installment.
Judith Rock is not just a busy lady now; one quick look at her bio will show you she has always been busy. Dancer, Choreographer, Ph.D, Lecturer, Professor, Playwright, Actor and even a police officer with the NYPD. A keen cyclist and volunteer for Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota, Florida sees her rounding off a hectic schedule. And she writes too. I’m not sure when she gets the time; maybe she discovered a time portal and gains extra time over the rest of us, but her research and language in her latest novel is exquisite.
A PLAGUE OF LIES is the third novel, but the fourth story in the Charles du Luc saga, there is also an e-novella called Pernelle’s Escape available. Charles is a Jesuit in 17th century Paris. His days are taken over with teaching dance, philosophy and harsh Greek to his soft-tongued, young students. As the story unfolds his day to day regime is interrupted when he is ordered to attend Versailles to present a holy reliquary to Madame de Maintenon. Sounds easy. The gift is an attempt by the Jesuits to placate the King’s second wife for convincing the King not to make her Queen when he married her. This and many other plots swirl around the huge palace.
In Brian D’Amato’s cult classic, IN THE COURTS OF THE SUN, a team of scientists sent math prodigy and Mayan descendant Jed DeLanda back in time to the year AD 664 to learn the “Sacrifice Game,” a divination ritual that the ancient Maya used to predict the apocalypse on December 21, 2012. But after arriving in the body of a willing human sacrifice instead of a Mayan king, Jed’s experiences led him to the fateful decision that rather than avert the apocalypse, he must ensure instead that the world ends.
Using his knowledge of the divination game, Jed sets in motion a series of events that will bring about the destruction of humanity, ending the world’s pain and suffering once and for all. But before the plan can be completed, the organization that sent him into the past discovers his intention and devotes every resource to stop him.
By Gary Kriss
Piero Degli Antoni’s bucket list would barely fill a thimble.
It has only three items, less if you don’t count the redundancies,
“I want to sell a million copies of my book,” Antoni, a 52 year-old prize-winning Italian novelist, says. “Then I want to sell another million copies of my book. And then I want to sell two million copies of my book.”
The “book” is his latest BLOCK 11 (St. Martin’s Press, October 2012), which is set in 1944 Auschwitz. Whether or not it sells in the millions, BLOCK 11 has one thing going for it that Antoni’s other seven books didn’t: a larger potential audience because it’s been translated into English. Although new to the American market, BLOCK 11 came out two years ago in Italy and last year in France, Russia and Spain.
By Andy Straka
THE INCENSE GAME takes place during one of history’s worst natural disasters—the massive earthquake that devastated Japan in 1703. The shogun’s court is in chaos. Chamberlain Sano Ichiro is struggling to help the survivors when he finds three women dead amid the ruins. They were murdered with poisoned incense. One is an incense teacher with dangerous secrets. Two are the daughters of a powerful lord, who threatens to topple the regime unless Sano tracks down the killer.
Bestselling author Laura Jo Rowland’s Sano Ichiro novels have been labeled “masterful” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY) and “an exercise in pure entertainment” (WASHINGTON POST). THE INCENSE GAME, her latest novel, has just been released. The author answers a few questions about her newest book:
Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.
Lloyd also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler – but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence.
The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.
At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert – amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists.
Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.
WINTER OF THE WORLD is the second novel in the uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying ‘Century’ trilogy.
“Just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. [Follett’s] dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains…Will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy’s crowning capstone.” —Publishers Weekly
“Follett’s storytelling is unobtrusive and workmanlike…he spins a reasonable and readable yarn that embraces dozens of characters and plenty of Big Picture history.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Follett never lets the action lag as he adeptly ties together all the sweeping economic, cultural, political, and social transformations of the entire era.” —Booklist
Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with EYE OF THE NEEDLE, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film.
He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: TRIPLE; THE KEY TO REBECCA; THE MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG; and LIE DOWN WITH LIONS.
He also wrote ON WINGS OF EAGLES, the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979. This book was made into a miniseries.
He then surprised readers by radically changing course with THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages. Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. 1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years.
To learn more about Ken, please visit his website.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes have travelled the world since they met on the Sussex Downs in 1915 (The Beekeeper’s Apprentice) and now they find themselves in Morocco. It takes some time before Russell knows quite where, since she wakes in a strange city with no memory, in unfamiliar clothes, and with blood on her hands. And to make matters even more interesting, there seems to be a war on. Holmes, meanwhile, is swanning around in the Atlas Mountains, ducking bullets, happily oblivious to both the war and his missing amnesiac wife. Just another another day in the life of Russell & Holmes.
Johnny Tom, a Chinese immigrant, and his beautiful Creek Indian wife, and daughter, Era, live in Shisan, a Chinese settlement along the Mississippi River. Their life is simple and idyllic, until Confederate soldiers invade the town, kidnap the men and force them into service, fighting for the South and slavery. At the first opportunity, many Chinese soldiers defect to the Union Army.
In revenge, the Confederates return to Shisan to rape and torture their wives and daughters. Defiled and half-mad, Era sets out to find her father and is plunged into the full savagery and horror of the War. Lured by Union officials to pose as a nurse while spying on the Confederate army, she falls in love with a wounded Confederate cavalryman, and her loyalties become divided between her beloved father in the North, and the gallant soldier who sustains her in the South.
A conspiracy thriller about our dystopian future, set in the ancient past. Welcome to a world where there is only one government and one religion, before which all must bow or die in the arena. Welcome to the New World Order. Welcome to Ancient Rome at the end of the first century. No one from slave to senator can escape the Reign of Terror under Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself Lord and God of the Universe. No one, that is, until an innocent man, Athanasius, miraculously escapes certain death, alone with a secret that will shake the world. Dominus Dei. The plot to reestablish the Roman Empire in the 21st century starts here.
By Andrew Zack
I remember well the days when a medieval mystery rode the best-seller list. THE NAME OF THE ROSE, by Umberto Eco, turned a lot of preconceptions around for publishers, I think. The time period, the setting, and even the protagonist were a long way away from mysteries of the times. And remembering all that, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Karen Maitland’s medieval novels and wishing I had more time for “non-work” reading.
Coming out this summer in the UK from Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin, FALCONS OF FIRE AND ICE is Maitland’s fourth medieval thriller (she emphasizes they are thrillers, not mysteries and, while there might be some sex, there’s no romance) and it sounds like a winner.
By Brian Knight
Ash will do anything to restore her father, King Jared II, to the throne. Her younger sister, Naiva, will do anything to save her family from destruction. When Akish, the man who is commissioned to assassinate their grandfather, falls in love with the younger sister but chooses to marry the older sister, their hearts are divided. The conquest of power and greed blend together in this haunting new thriller.
H.B. Moore’s new historical thriller was recently released by Covenant Communications, and I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to visit with the author about DAUGHTERS OF JARED, her life and work, and her love of historical fiction.
A decade ago, Dr. Declan Stewart, once the world’s foremost authority on ancient manuscripts, vanished from an obscure asylum in Damascus. On a winter’s day shrouded in fog, he rose from his bed, walked out the door and disappeared. No one looked for him because no one cared. The assassins had made sure there would be no one left to care.
For ten years, Declan hides himself away on the isolated western coast of New Zealand’s South Island, riding the towering waves of Ghost Ships break and trying to forget the past. Then on a bright summer’s day, as the sun settles on the western horizon, a dying monk from an obscure Syrian monastery appears on the high cliffs and calls his name. Declan at last realizes that nothing can save him from his destiny; that he will never escape his obsession with the elusive ancient manuscript known only as Q.
By Tracy March
Award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell’s novels have been called “chillingly realistic” by USA TODAY, and KIRKUS REVIEWS says, “Cantrell keeps the close calls and cliffhangers coming.”
In Rebecca’s most recent release, A CITY OF BROKEN GLASS, Journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland with her son Anton to cover the 1938 St. Martin festival when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. Hannah drops everything to get the story on the refugees, and walks directly into danger.
Kidnapped by the SS, and driven across the German border, Hannah is rescued by Anton and her lover, Lars Lang, who she had presumed dead two years before. Hannah doesn’t know if she can trust Lars again—with her heart or her life—but she has little choice. Injured in the escape attempt and wanted by the Gestapo, Hannah and Anton are trapped with Lars in Berlin. While Hannah works on an exit strategy, she helps search for Ruth, the missing toddler of her Jewish friend Paul, who disappeared during the deportation.
Trapped in Nazi Germany with her son just days before Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Hannah knows the risk of staying any longer than needed. But she can’t turn her back on this one little girl, even if it plunges her and her family into danger.
By Jeremy Burns
Bestselling author James Rollins is world-famous for his action-packed thrill-rides that infuse ancient mysteries with the science of tomorrow in a stunning package that is truly his own. His latest, BLOODLINE, takes readers on a whirlwind adventure through time and space with Sigma Force, the secret government team that has saved the world from terrors both ancient and modern more times than one. This time, Rollins looks to outdo himself by raising the stakes further than ever before: nothing less than the future (and indeed, the very definition) of our humanity hangs in the balance. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Rollins about the latest in his blockbuster series.
1932. Winston Churchill has ominous intelligence from a confidential source. Across the United States, naked bodies, drained of blood, their eyeballs extracted are found at ten remote locations. A serial killer? Or something worse? Churchill’s source believes the answers may lie in Germany.
Churchill’s god-daughter Mattie McGary is assigned by William Randolph Hearst to investigate and, aided by Bourke Cockran, her lover and a former Army counterintelligence agent, they learn all ten victims were twins and become a target of an international conspiracy reaching from the canyons of Wall Street to the marble corridors of the Barlow Palace in Munich where the Nazi Party is poised on the cusp of power. And now, ten more twins are missing and time is running out…
By Cathy Clamp
The 14th century wasn’t for sissies. Europe suffered from horribly cold winters, and then appallingly wet summers. From 1315 to 1321 the harvests suffered. Famine caused starvation everywhere, and there were rumors of cannibalism all over the continent. In England alone, between 10 and 15 per cent of the population died. Hanged men, allegedly, were hauled down and hacked apart for food in Poland. King Edward II of England couldn’t keep his lords from bickering and fighting, and there were regular civil wars. His advisors were corrupt and greedy to a level astonishing to consider in today’s world.
By Nate Kenyon
The fifth adventure of Ethan Gage starts with our hero attempting to rescue a black revolutionary from a Napoleonic alpine prison and continues with a search for lost Aztec treasure and the secret of flight in the 1803 Caribbean. Ethan marries his longtime love Astiza but the couple’s young son Harry is kidnapped and they are in a desperate race to rescue him. The hunt embroils Gage in the slave revolt in Haiti and with a corrupt French policeman. Battles, escapes, a hurricane! Many characters are taken from history.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY buzzed that “Shaber brews a delightful mix of feminine wiles (long before women’s liberation) and real-life history that will keep readers turning the pages” in her new historical thriller, LOUISE’S GAMBLE.
It is the story of young widow Louise Pearlie during 1942. She is now a chief file clerk at the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA, and enjoying being an independent, working woman despite wartime privations in Washington, DC. But a casual friendship struck up with Alessa di Luca, a secretive war refugee, sucks Louise into a dangerous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies, banished royalty and Sicilian aristocracy – placing not only her job, but her life, in jeopardy . . .
By J. H. Bográn
You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.
Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it’s worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies. Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world’s most famous serial killer.
By Clea Simon
Cryptographer Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford, discovers that one of his deciphered messages is responsible for sending British secret service agent Cora deBeau into the arms of England’s most ruthless enemy. After rescuing Cora from a French dungeon, Guy realizes his role in her captivity. As Cora’s sworn enemy terrorizes her across England, Guy strives to earn her forgiveness and to convince her that she’s worthy of his love. But will he find the scars on her wounded soul run too deep?
Tracey Devlyn isn’t one to shirk a challenge. Like her defiant heroine, Cora deBeau, the debut author took on the Napoleonic Wars in her historical romantic thriller, A LADY’S REVENGE (Sourcebooks). We dared time to sit down with her (virtually) and discuss Regency romance, gender roles, and the risks a lady spy took while seeking a French killer.
By Derek Gunn
It all began with a line of Persian poetry…
Libby Fischer Hellmann has been writing professionally since 2002 and is well-known for her Ellie Foreman and Private Investigator Georgia Davis series of books. She is co-founder of Fischer Hellmann Communications, which specializes in video production, speech writing, and spokesperson training. In A BITTER VEIL, Libby’s prose flows, her characters breathe, and readers will find themselves flicking through the pages and spending more time than they had planned riveted to the book. A number of reviewers said A BITTER VEIL is a significant departure from Libby’s usual books, and it most certainly is.
A BITTER VEIL is a novel of love, revolution, and how culture can force people together and rip them apart with ruthless abandon. The book is well-researched, and the people and the geography come alive. Culture, religion and politics all feature heavily but only serve to impact characters’ views or actions.
John Meyer’s first book about Judy Garland, HEARTBREAKER, was a day-by-day account of his attempt to help the singer through her last year. Now, OPERATION RUBY SLIPPER drops Garland into occupied Europe at the height of the Second World War. She’s to locate—and photograph—a reclusive Nazi scientist who is working on nuclear-powered batteries for Hitler’s U-Boats.
ITW spoke to Mr. Meyer in his Manhattan home.
M.J. Rose’s new novel, THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES, arrives on a wave of extraordinary praise, including a starred PUBLISHERS WEEKLY review that called it a “deliciously sensual” tale featuring “characters with rich internal lives in a complex plot that races to a satisfying finish.” NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Douglas Preston described it as “Amazing…utterly engrossing. Elegantly written, with unforgettable characters.”
Like Rose’s previous suspense novels, THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES blends elements of several genres. Mixing history, international intrigue, an eternal romance, murder mystery, and a touch of the paranormal, the story spans several centuries and circles the globe, but at its heart is a modern heroine, young Jac L’Etoile. Along with her brother, Jac is heir to a famed French perfume dynasty. When her brother hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives, then suddenly goes missing—leaving a dead body behind—Jac is plunged into a world of intrigue and danger. While investigating her brother’s disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L’Etoile has espoused since 1799. Does Cleopatra’s lost book of fragrances still exist? Does it contain the recipe for a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation?
By Virna DePaul
In CODE NAME: CALEB, a teenage Union soldier is brought back by the National Detective Service as an undercover operative. Johnny is sent to New York to infiltrate a criminal enterprise counterfeiting US currency, then travels to Canada where a murderous Confederate spy ring is plotting an armed uprising to take over New York City and hold it hostage.
Johnny’s dream is to return to childhood sweetheart, Deidre, who kept him alive as a destitute youth, but there is more than the daily risk of sudden death keeping him from her as he enters the very heart of the conspiracy. Suspected by some plotters, he is seduced by Letitia, a beautiful woman – herself a key member of the gang – whose orders are to expose him.