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They say you can’t go home again. But you can go back in time. But it’s a deadly thing to do!

When a brokenhearted ad writer decides he can’t take any more of his wife’s open affair with a famous mystery author, he decides to escape with via a road-trip. Little does he know,  the road he chooses doesn’t lead to happiness. Instead, it leads to a time that existed long ago. From New York Times and USA Today bestselling Thriller Award-winning author Vincent Zandri comes a thriller that’s worthy of The Twilight Zone series.

“Gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting.” — Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Six Years ★★★★★

“Tough, stylish, heartbreaking.” — Don Winslow, bestselling author of Savages ★★★★★

“Non-stop action.” — I Love a Mystery ★★★★★

“Vincent Zandri nails the reader’s attention.” — Boston Herald ★★★★★

Vincent Zandri recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest thriller, PEMBROKE PINES.

Vincent Zandri

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

I just start with a basic idea and go from there. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen next. The characters determine that for me.

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love The Twilight Zone, and this story is entirely inspired by one of the most popular episodes but entirely my own.

What was the biggest challenge this book presented? What about the biggest opportunity?

The biggest challenge was staying true to what we now call the metaverse, whatever that is. But it also presented a great opportunity to do what I wanted with it. It also presented a great vehicle for a “time machine.” People can literally live after they die in the metaverse. Not heaven or hell.


Vincent Zandri is the New York Times bestselling ITW Thriller Award and PWA Shamus Award-winning author of more than 90 novels and novellas. The host of the YouTube Channel The Writer’s Life, he is considered by Fantastic Fiction to be one of the most prolific writers of his generation. He lives in Albany, NY and Florence, Italy.

To learn more about the author, please visit his website.