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John le Carré understood something special about human nature—deep down, most of us want to be spies. It’s perhaps one of the reasons his novels resonated so well. In this ICONS feature, Dawn Ius talks to authors who admired and were inspired by the late author, John le Carré, arguably one of the greatest espionage writers in the literary world. Plus, Michael Sears gets the scoop on a new Joanne Hichens novel in Africa Scene, and we get up close and personal with genre rock stars Gregg Hurwitz, Walter Mosley, Luanne Rice, Joe Ide, Jonathan Kellerman, and many more. There’s a lot to love about the February issue of The Big Thrill—and it’s live now.

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Coming Next Month
The latest thrillers from Heather Graham, Alma Katsu, Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, J.T. Ellison, Joel C. Rosenberg, J.A. Jance, Rick Mofina, John Farrow, Alison Morton, Don Bentley, Peter Swanson, Victoria Helen Stone, Peter Robinson, Lynn H. Blackburn, Nadine Matheson, Christina McDonald, Larysa Rychkova, Alan Brenham, Kim Taylor Blakemore, Glenn A. Bruce, Russ Thomas, Donald J. Bingle and many more!

Virtual ThrillerFest XVI – Save The Date!

The ThrillerFest team is hard at work planning the Virtual ThrillerFest XVI conference. Registration will open in February and the event will run from June 28th to July 9th, 2021.

Due to continuing pandemic concerns, the conference will be held online. The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority.

We had such a successful event last July that we decided to plan another virtual conference, allowing our attendees to remain safe in the comfort of their homes yet still participate in the learning and camaraderie that is the hallmark of the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers.

There will be no travel, no hotel stay, but we will recruit an extensive group of bestselling ITW authors who can help you polish your thrillers and top drawer New York agents and editors to whom you can pitch—and we’ll offer attractive prices!

Stay tuned for more information along with a list of our outstanding array of guests and publishing professionals. Our X-treme CraftFest (including CareerFest), Master Class, Pitching Sessions, and Consulting Sessions will all be offered this June 28th – July 9th, 2021.

This year’s event also includes:

  • Free Debut Authors’ Presentation
  • Free ITW Author Videos
  • Free Thriller Awards Presentation
  • Free Best First Sentence Contest.

The Big Thrill Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Dan L. and Linda G., winners of the January The Big Thrill Book Giveaway!

They each received 10 signed thrillers from ITW members.

On February 19 we’ll draw two new winners, and one of them could be you!

Current and new subscribers welcome.


The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert
Sweet Water by Cara Reinard
Unnatural by Deven Greene
Edinburgh Midnight by Carole Lawrence
Identity Theft by Bob Avey

Deadly Odds 3.0 by Allen Wyler
Burn Me Out by Brandon Barrows
The Magdalene Deception by Gary McAvoy
Do No Harm by James B. Cohoon
Black Autumn: A Post-Apocalyptic Saga by Jeff Kirkham & Jason Ross

Genesys X by B.J. Graf
Duped by Stephen Maitland-Lewis
The Escape by Lisa Harris
Branded by Eric Red
Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman
Bum Deal by Paul Levine
Thorpe’s Candle by Joe Moore
The Device Trial by Tom Breen
Beyond Control by Kat Martin