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In October 1959, a young, hard-luck P.I. is lost in America, determined to untangle a series of grisly murders spreading like a disease from the set of The Alamo. Fighting for his life from a dry desert storm, to a mind-bending fog in San Francisco, and a snow-blinding mountain top outside Hollywood, Stan Wade gropes his way through drug-induced, false trails to outwit an aggressive, obsessive mass killer.

Author John Hegenberger took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss his latest novel, STORMFALL, with The Big Thrill:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book? 

Delight and joy from a wonderful journey from Texas to San Francisco to Los Angeles, all in late 1959.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre? 

Seldom can we have so much fun while saving the world.  Thrillers can be COOL!

Was there anything new you discovered, or surprised you, as you wrote this book? 

This is the fifth book in the series and it is the best!  All the characters have come fully alive and kicking.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material? 

I make a guest appearance, but you have to watch closely and look deeply.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Margaret Atwood, John Updyke, and Joseph Campbell. Seriously. Follow your bliss.


Born and raised in the heart of the heartland, Columbus, Ohio, John Hegenberger is the award-winning author of several series: Stan Wade LAPI in 1959, Eliot Cross Columbus-based P.I. in 1988, Tripleye, the first P.I. agency on Mars, and Ace Hart, western gambler from Wyoming to Arizona in 1877. He’s the father of three, tennis enthusiast, collector of silent films and OTR, hiker, Francophile, B.A. Comparative Lit., Pop culture author, ex-Navy, ex-marketing exec at Exxon, AT&T, and IBM, happily married for 46 years and counting. Active Member of SFWA, PWA and ITW.

To learn more about John, please visit his website.

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