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thriller-roundtable-logo5To research, or not to research, has never really been the question, but this week we’re joined by ITW Members Alison Joseph, Linda Lee Kane, Patricia Smiley and Vincent Zandri to answer the question: “What is the riskiest thing you’ve done in the name of research?”


Alison Joseph is a London-based crime writer and award-winning radio dramatist. She is author of the series of novels featuring Sister Agnes, a contemporary detective nun, and also ‘Dying to Know,’ a crime novel abut particle physics featuring DI Berenice Killick. Her new series features a fictional Agatha Christie as a detective, published by Endeavour Press. Alison is a member of Killer Women, and was Chair of the British Crime Writers Association from 2013- 2015.


Linda Lee Kane, MA in Education, PPS, School Psychologist, and Learning Disability Specialist, is the author of The Black Madonna, Witch Number is Which, Icelandia, Katterina Ballerina, Cowboy Jack and Buddy Save Santa, and Chilled to the Bones, 2017 release date, Clyde: Lost and Now Found, and Bottoms Up, A Daisy Murphy Mysteries. She lives with her husband and three dogs and six horses in California.


Patricia Smiley is the best-selling author of four mystery novels featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. Pacific Homicide is the first of a new series about LAPD homicide detective Davie Richards and debuted on November 8, 2016. Patty’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. She has taught writing at various conferences in the US and Canada. She served as Vice President for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.


Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Kindle No.1 bestselling author of more than 20 novels including The Remains, Monnlight Weeps, Everything Burns, and Orchard Grove. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times.  In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri’s, The Shroud Key, as one of the Best Books of 2014. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy.