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The August edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 brand new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Oswald, M.P. Cooley, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, plus a Between The Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci and the Africa Scene with Andrew Brown. We also have a can't-miss Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest IX recap by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze!

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Reflections In Blue by David Hodges

Ever wondered what it was like to be a police officer before computers, political correctness and health and safety?  How it felt patrolling a beat after dark? What went through a police officer’s mind when confronting an armed criminal or attending a fatal accident or messy post-mortem?

Now retired Thames Valley Police superintendent, turned crime novelist, David Hodges, lifts the lid on it all, putting together his own recollections of a job he knew so well during thirty years of intense change – from the swinging sixties to the radical mid-nineties.

In his candid description of life on and off the beat, he uses a mix of drama, pathos and humour to illustrate the journey of a naïve twenty year old, who had never even seen a dead body before, to a fifty year old cynic, who, by retirement, had seen a bit too much of everything.
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Always the Bad Guy by Shane Briant

The life story of thriller writer and film star Shane Briant. Working with 10 Oscar winners. The British Royal family and the Picasso heirs. A THRILLING and AMUSING ride, containing THRILLING anecdotes and 160 photos.

*****

‘Shane Briant was semi adopted, living in the country, mixing with the English Royal family, Graham Greene, Pablo Picasso’s children. He became a movie star in 1972 and has worked with 10 Oscar winners. His stories have never been told and are both fascinating and hilarious. This is a must read.’ –The Australian.
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The Arranger by L.J. Sellers

By Jeannie Holmes

L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, and Dying for Justice. I recent caught up with her to discuss her latest book.

The Arranger is a thriller set in a futuristic world in which contestants enter a national endurance competition called the Gauntlet. What is the Gauntlet?

The Gauntlet contest is co-sponsored by the federal government and a giant media/technology company called AmGo. A representative from each state competes for a grant that will allow its cash-strapped state government to rehire public employees, such as police officers and teachers. Part of the prize is that AmGo will also build its next fulfillment center in the winner’s state, bringing in even more jobs. The contest, broadcast live to a global pay-per-view audience, consists of five phases: the Challenge, the Puzzle, the Battle, the Obstacle, and the Marathon. In each round of the Challenge, two competitors race against each other, with the loser going home. The 25 remaining contestants each have a chance in the Puzzle, a locked-room scenario, with only the 16 fastest times going on to the Battle, a hand-to-hand combat tournament. Writing those scenes was so different from anything I’ve ever done. It was challenging and fun, and several beta readers said the competition scenes left them breathless.
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Multiplex Fandango: A Short Story Collection by Weston Ochse

John Cheever says that “a collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker; an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies.” Since Mr. Cheever won the Pulitzer for his own collection of short stories, I rather think this statement was a demonstration of his humility more than it was his prosclytization of any truth.

So why did I do it? Why have I written a clinker, shown my trout fly collection, decided to dust off tarnished and battered short stories? Why am I enforcing a courtesy to my fans, friends and fellow writers? It’s because I love the short story so much and I can’t let go. I think Wild Bill Faulkner’s said it best. When describing his thesis on the short story he wrote “I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.”
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Low Town by Daniel Polansky

By Jeff Ayers

Daniel Polansky’s first novel is a genre blending mix of the best crime fiction and fantasy. Daniel took some time to answer questions about LOW TOWN for the Big Thrill.

Talk about developing the writing bug.

I’ve always been a pretty compulsive reader, down to my early childhood, so I guess it just was an outgrowth of that. Put enough other people’s words in your head and you start spitting out your own. I was never really one of those people who dreamed of being a writer, but on the other hand I was always writing. A few years out from college I started putting more serious effort into it, trying to place articles and short essays at various small internet publications. All non-fiction though, at that point.
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Cowboys by Gary Phillips

By Rick Reed

The newest graphic novel from mystery and crime writer Gary Phillips revolves around what is believed to be a racially-motivated shooting inside a fancy restaurant/nightclub.  The victim is a young black man named Deke Kotto.  The suspect is white undercover FBI Agent Tim Brady, and the meeting of the two men is the formula for a heart-stopping race to find the truth.  Cowboys will be released by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics on July 13th.

Gary Phillips is best known for Ivan Monk Mystery series and the Nate Hollis Investigations series set in Los Angeles.  He is also the author of the Martha Chainey Mystery series.
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Macbeth- A Novel by David Hewson & Andrew Hartley

By Cathy Clamp

Authors around the world, and across the centuries, have spoken the name Shakespeare with a reverence reserved for a true master . . . an icon. Because truly, love the plays or hate them, there’s no denying that the man had a way with words. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar and, of course, Macbeth.

Classics.

Untouchable.

Or are they? Above all, the plays of Shakespeare are thrillers. Life and death. Passion and hated. Drama . . . terror. What’s not to love for thriller readers? So why shouldn’t these thrillers of old take on new life and, in fact, be reimagined in a new form that’s both familiar and alien to readers?
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Royal Pains: First, Do No Harm by D. P. Lyle

by John T. Cullen

Royal Pains jumps from the small screen to the page as disgraced and blackballed ER physician Dr. Hank Lawson finds himself exiled to a concierge practice in the Hamptons. There, he confronts money, power, and a dangerously incompetent medical practitioner. He finds many patients from both sides of the track in need of his own brand of clever, personal, and compassionate medical care. Dr. Hank Lawson (played in the series by Mark Feuerstein in the TV series) is a disgraced New York City emergency room doctor exiled to the Hamptons, after being wrongly accused in a patient’s death.
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Into the Black – A Nick Kismet Adventure by Sean Ellis

Nick Kismet will go anywhere, do anything, to protect the treasures of the ancient world. But to stop an ancient symbol of power from becoming a weapon of unimaginable terror, he’ll have to go further than he’s ever gone before… from the deserts of North Africa to the urban jungles of Manhattan to the snow covered mountains of Georgia…but to keep the Golden Fleece from falling into the hands of his greatest enemy, Kismet will have to go…Into the Black.
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Homefront-The Voice of Freedom by John Milius and Raymond Benson

By Janice Gable Bashman

Action should be Raymond Benson’s middle name. When you write six original James Bond novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories about this legendary spy otherwise known as Agent 007, you must know how to write great action. But that’s not all Benson knows. His thrillers Dark Side of the Morgue and A Hard Day’s Death immerse readers into the world of rock n’ roll. And Benson is on top of his game (and the New York Times best-seller list) when it comes to writing successful videogame novelizations.
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Watchlist: A Serial Interview

By Brett King


Twenty-two thriller masters. Two masterful thrillers. One fascinating experiment in creativity.

It was a bold idea. Gather many of the world’s finest thriller writers and challenge each one to compose a chapter during a two-week window before handing it off, no questions asked or advice given, to the next author. Based on an idea by New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, Watchlist blends two novellas, The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet, into a single book, available in paperback on December 7th. Brimming with explosive twists, one novella deals with a mysterious manuscript containing a deadly secret while the sequel centers on an international terror plot that threatens to escalate into the next world war.
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Narrows Gate by Jim Fusilli

By Aaron Brown

With his new novel, Narrows Gate, author Jim Fusilli has blazed a path that may open up a bold new outlet for writers to share their stories.  He’s done so by becoming the first writer to sell a book to Audible (a large audiobook publisher and distributor) without the book first appearing in print.  And it’s fitting that the book treading this new ground is one described as “outstanding in every way” and “a big, broad-shouldered novel, equal parts Ellroy, Puzo and Scorsese.”
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The Naked Edge by David Morrell

the-naked-edge.jpgFrom bestselling, award-winning author, Thrillermaster, and “father of the modern action novel” David Morrell comes a brand new, never-before-published gripping international thriller — exclusive to Amazon Kindle. Contains a special Afterword, and a photo insert displaying the knives of The Naked Edge.
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Dark Prophecy by Anthony E. Zuiker and Duane Swierczynksi

dark-prophecy.JPGBy Dennis Tafoya

Anthony E. Zuiker is known to millions of fans as the creator of the CSIfranchise. His show and its wildly successful spin-offs, CSI Miami and CSI New York, have won six Emmys and a host of other national and international awards and have a worldwide audience estimated at more than 75 million viewers. The show has spawned a generation of imitators, revived and recast the police procedural and become a brand recognized around the world.
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Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book

Imagine a literary jam session with 22 of your favorite masters of pulse-pounding fiction and you have WATCHLIST: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book.

Jeffery Deaver conceived of the characters and put the plot into motion and Jim Fusilli leant a sharp editorial eye, finely orchestrating this chorus of suspense that includes such top writers as Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, Gayle Lynds, P.J. Parrish and many others.

In the first novella, The Chopin Manuscript, former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that not threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure from his past: the man known only as Faust.
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Audiobook: The Chopin Manuscript

15 Thriller Masters, 1 Masterful Thriller

Harry Middleton’s first adventure globetrots from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of a priceless manuscript. This first, unique collaboration by 15 of the world’s great thriller writers won the coveted Audie® Award for Audiobook of the Year. Download the complete, unabridged audiobook today.

Audiobook: The Copper Bracelet


Thrilling Sequel to The Chopin Manuscript, Audiobook of the Year Winner

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton must once again crack a secretive global conspiracy in this new international thriller penned by a dream team of top-selling authors, including Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Scottoline, Lee Child, and Joseph Finder. Download the complete, unabridged audiobook today.

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