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With nearly one third of the world’s population forced into isolation, the thirst for “quarantainment” has never been greater. In this issue of The Big Thrill, we showcase some of the best ways you can quench that thirst, whether it’s binge-watching one of Harlan Coben’s Netflix adaptations, dusting off your earbuds to listen to a new release, or devouring one—or all—of the new thrillers and mysteries hitting virtual bookshelves this month. Don’t miss the latest from bestselling authors like Sara Paretsky, Jack Carr, Kate White, Scott Turow, Liv Constantine, and more. Or, if “realism” is more your style, check out some of the upcoming thrillers that may hit a little too close to home. Our May issue has enough page-turning content to keep you safely hunkered down—and it’s live now!

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Coming Next Month

The latest thrillers from Iris Johanson, Katie Tallo, Jon Land, Hannah Mary McKinnon, Jessica Barry, Heather Young, D. P. Lyle, Joe Clifford, Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, Dave Wickenden, Kit Frick, Elizabeth Goddard, Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci, H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, Haris Orkin, Martin Roy Hill, D. E. White, Judith Gonda, Tom Young, Tom Pitts, Belle Ami, Eric Van Lustbader, Paul D. Marks, Colin Campbell, Cynthia Kuhn, Lauren A. Forry, Michael Bradley and many more!

ThrillerFest XV: Cancelled

The ThrillerFest XV – 2020 International Thriller Writers
annual conference will NOT BE HELD at the
Grand Hyatt, New York City from July 7-11, 2020
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our attendees is our absolute priority, and because of the current health risks in New York City, we’re deeply saddened to announce that ITW is cancelling ThrillerFest 2020. We will be providing full refunds to everyone, and you will receive those funds in approximately two weeks, as soon as Cvent (our registration provider) can process our request. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, when ThrillerFest will return in July 2021. Remember, if you have booked rooms for the conference at the Hyatt or any other hotel, be sure to cancel your reservations.


To help you avoid ThrillerFest withdrawal, we will be offering, in July, a virtual conference that you can enjoy from the safety of your own home. This event will include PitchFest, ConsultFest, Master Class, the Debut Author Breakfast, the Thriller Awards Presentation, and other special ThrillerFest presentations. Current registrants will have first dibs to register for these events before others are welcomed to join in the fun (if there’s still space). Details and your chance to sign up will follow soon.

The Thriller Roundtable

Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at The Big Thrill website, where each week a new group of authors discusses everything from what they love about writing thrillers to what they’ve learned, and more.

Check out what’s in store for this month. You won’t want to miss it!

May 4 – 10: “Thrillers usually take the reader to exotic locations. How do you select and research those places?”
May 11 – 17: “Can you identify leading trends—besides good story, thrills, and suspense—among the books coming out this year?”
May 18 – 24: “As an author, how do you tackle obtaining advanced reviews for new releases?”
May 25 – 31: “Do you encourage your family and community to read more? What can we do to gain future readers?”

Authors, don’t miss this promotional opportunity! Participate in the Thriller Roundtable by contacting J. H. Bográn.

The NEW Big Thrill Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Michael B. and Sally S. winners of March’s New The Big Thrill Book Giveaway!

They each received 10 signed thrillers from ITW members.

On May 15 we’ll draw 4 lucky subscribers to win 5 thrillers each!

You could be our next winner!

Current and new subscribers welcome.

Gone Dark by Kirk Russell
The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman
The Device Trial by Tom Breen
Storm Shelter by J. L. Delozier
Falling Darkness by Karen Harper

Masquerade by Gayle Lynds
Bad Analysis by Colin Knight
Let It Snow by Nigel Bird
Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman
The Sin Eater by Lee McIntyre

Root Cause by Steven Laine
The Russian Heist by Robb White
Cheater’s Game by Paul Levine
The Starr Sting Scale by C. S. Cinneide
Scorched Grounds by Debbie Herbert

A Twinkle in the Eyes of God by David William Pearce
Treasure Fever: The Hunt For El Dorad by James B. McPike
Killing Spree by Kevin O’Brien
The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott
Eagle Warrior by Jenna Kernan


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