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thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we discuss the classics…classic thrillers, that is. Join ITW Members Meg Gardiner, Jeanne Mathews, Annamaria Alfieri, J.M. Leduc, Lisa von Biela, Sean Lynch, Rick Anderson  and Michael Pocalyko as they answer the question: “What classic thriller novel would you recommend to new generations of readers, and why?”


Meg Gardiner is the bestselling author of thrillers that include the Edgar Award winner CHINA LAKE and the 2012 Audie Award winner THE NIGHTMARE THIEF. THE SHADOW TRACER is her eleventh novel.

Lisa von Biela worked in Information Technology for 25 years, then left the field to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 2009. She now practices law in Seattle, Washington. Lisa’s first short storyappeared in The Edge in 2002. Her short works have appeared in various small press venues, including, Twilight Times, Dark Animus, AfterburnSF, and more. THE GENESIS CODE is her first novel.

Jeanne Matthews is the author of the Dinah Pelerin mysteries published by Poisoned Pen Press, including Bones of Contention, Bet Your Bones, Bonereapers, andHer Boyfriend’s Bones. Like her anthropologist sleuth, Jeanne was born with a serious wanderlust and she sets each of her books in a different part of the world. Originally from Georgia, she currently lives in Renton, Washington.

Mark Adduci, writing as J. M. LeDuc is a native Bostonian, who transplanted to South Florida in 1985. He shares his love and life with his wife, Sherri and his daughter, Chelsea. Blessed to have had a mother who loved the written word, her passion was passed on to him. It is in her maiden name he writes. J.M. LeDuc’s first novel, CURSED BLESSING, won a Royal Palm Literary Award in 2008 as an unpublished manuscript in the thriller category. It was published in 2010. He has subsequently written CURSED PRESENCE and CURSED DAYS, books two and three of the Trilogy of The Chosen, as well as a novella, PHANTOM SQUAD. He is a proud member of the Florida Writers Association (FWA) and the prestigious International Thriller Writers (ITW).

Richard Craig Anderson started out as a fire fighter in 1971, became a highly decorated Maryland State Police trooper, and went on to accept a position as a counter-terrorist operative. An accomplished aviator and world-class scuba diver, Rick has enjoyed a life well-lived, thanks to the relationships and friendships he’s made along the way–and that includes Kobi, his Rhodesian Ridgeback.

WoundedPrey-72dpiSean Lynch grew up in Iowa, and spent nearly three decades as a municipal police officer in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his Law Enforcement career Sean served as a Sector Patrol Officer, Foot Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Officer, Field Training Officer, S.W.A.T. Team Officer, Firearms Instructor, S.W.A.T. Team Sniper, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Juvenile/Sexual Assault Detective, and Homicide Detective.

blood tango final LOWAnnamaria Alfieri is the author of BLOOD TANGO, which takes place in Buenos Aires in 1945 and imagines the murder of an Evita Perón lookalike. KIRKUS REVIEWS said of her INVISIBLE COUNTRY, “Alfieri has written an anti-war mystery that compares with the notable novels of Charles Todd.” DEADLY PLEASURES MAGAZINE called her CITY OF SILVER one of the best first novels of the year. The WASHINGTON POST said, “As both history and mystery, CITY OF SILVER glitters.” A world traveler, Annamaria takes a keen interest in the history of the places she visits. She lives in New York City.

THE NAVIGATOR by Michael PocalykoMichael Pocalyko is CEO of Monticello Capital, a boutique investment bank. He’s been a combat aviator, Navy commander, political candidate, venture capitalist, and global corporate chair. He has degrees from Muhlenberg, Harvard, and Wharton, and lives in northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.