MAX GATOR: A THRILLER by Vincent Zandri
MAX GATOR: A THRILLER by Vincent Zandri
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The Big Thrill Discusses MAX GATOR: A THRILLER with Vincent Zandri


Book Cover: MAX GATOR: A THRILLERWhen a massive, almost prehistoric gator infiltrates a privately owned South Florida, Ultra Maximum-Security Prison and begins its mission to feed on both inmates and corrections officers alike, panic ensues. Since permanent lockdown isn’t a sustainable option, especially since the gator is big and strong enough to breach the cells, the prison warden has no choice but to enlist the prison’s two toughest criminals to kill the horrific beast. Their names are Harry Steele and Blood.

From New York Times bestselling ITW Thriller and PWA Shamus award winning author Vincent Zandri comes an action-packed, pulse pounding horror thriller that’s best described as “Jaws” meets “Cocaine Bear.” This might be a novel-length read, but we dare you to put it down even for a minute.

New York Times Bestselling Author Vincent Zandri recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss his latest adventure thriller, MAX GATOR: A THRILLER.

Author Photo: Vincent Zandri

Vincent Zandri

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

I wanted to write a story specifically with Stallone and Schwarzenegger in mind. Or characters like them anyway. Plus I’m intrigued with the idea of a bunch of people trapped in a relatively small area with a blood-thirsty killer on the loose. And there’s no escape.

A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?

I wrote this one for pure fun and entertainment for myself. Sometimes, as a writer, you don’t need to think about what an audience wants to read. That’s insane since things change so fast in our hyper times. I deduced that if I was entertaining myself and having fun, the readers would too.

Were there any particular books, movies, or songs that were knocking around in your head while you were writing this one?

I kept thinking Jaws meets Cocaine Bear meets Snakes on a Plane. But my monster would be an almost prehistoric alligator who lives in the swamps of South Florida, is entirely pissed about a new private super-max being built on her feeding grounds, and now seeks revenge.


Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and the USA Today bestselling ITW Thriller and PWA Shamus Award winning author of more than crime 170 novels and novellas including the Dick Moonlight PI series. Called one of the most “prolific” writers of his generation, Zandri is a freelance journalist and the host of the Writer’s Life Podcast on YouTube.

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