The September 2014 Edition

Read the stories that were featured in the September edition of The Big Thrill.

The November 2013 Edition of The Big Thrill

27 new thrillers this month, including debut novels from Steve Weddle and E.A. Aymar, new nonfiction from James L. Swanson, a Between the Lines Interview with Lisa Scottoline by Brett King and a Special to the Big Thrill: Common Forensic Mistakes Writers Make featuring D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke. The thriller community suffered and huge loss this month with the passing of Michael Palmer: please take a moment to read the Special to the Big Thrill: Tribute to Michael Palmer compiled by just a few of the many authors his life touched.

The September 2013 Edition of The Big Thrill

38 new thrillers from ITW Members this month including debut novels from Barry Lancet, Carla Norton, Mary Miley, Geoffrey Girard, Misty Dietz and S.L. Menear, plus a Between the Lines interview with William Kent Krueger by Julie Kramer, Special to the Big Thrill: Up Close and Personal with Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin, and News From South Africa by Joanne Hichens!

2013 Thriller Award Winners!

During a gala banquet and celebration held on Saturday, July 13 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2013 Thriller Awards.

They are:


Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)


Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)


Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)


CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)


Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)


John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)

Also receiving special recognition during the ThrillerFest VIII Awards Banquet:

Anne Rice, ThrillerMaster

in recognition of her legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Steve Berry, Literary Silver Bullet Award

USO, Corporate Silver Bullet Award

The board of directors and members of the International Thriller Writers wish to congratulate all the winners and nominees of the 2013 Thriller Awards.

Announcing FACE OFF – Coming June 2014!


New York, N.Y., July 9, 2013 – In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers will pair their series characters in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and to be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

The stories in Face Off will feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey. All of the contributors are ITW members and the project will be edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, who says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.”

Senior Editor Sarah Knight acquired world rights to Face Off, the fourth anthology that ITW has published and the first with Simon & Schuster. Knight says, “This will be a treasure trove for thriller fans—it doesn’t get any better than these writers, with these characters, all in one blockbuster book.”

S&S plans to publish in June 2014, just in time to celebrate at ThrillerFest, the gathering of ITW that happens each July in New York City. Already, foreign rights have been sold to Great Britain, with more sales to come. READ MORE

2013 Thriller Awards Nominees

ITW is proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Thriller Awards!


Sean Chercover – THE TRINITY GAME (Thomas & Mercer)
Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)
Lisa Gardner – CATCH ME (Dutton Books)
Gregg Hurwitz – THE SURVIVOR (St. Martin’s Press)
William Landay – DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte Press)


Daniel Friedman – DON’T EVER GET OLD (Minotaur Books)
Owen Laukkanen – THE PROFESSIONALS (Putnam Adult)
Chris Pavone – THE EXPATS (Crown)
Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)
Michael Sears – BLACK FRIDAYS (Putnam Adult)


Blake Crouch – PINES (Thomas & Mercer)
Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)
Alison Gaylin – AND SHE WAS (Harper)
Alex Marwood – THE WICKED GIRLS (Penguin Books)
Michael W. Sherer – NIGHT BLIND (Thomas & Mercer)


David Edgerley Gates – “The Devil to Pay” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine)
Clark Howard – “The Street Ends at the Cemetery” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Dennis Lehane – “The Consumers” (Mulholland Books)
Gordon McEachern – “The History Lesson” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)


Michelle Gagnon – DON’T TURN AROUND (HarperCollins)
Andrew Klavan – IF WE SURVIVE (Thomas Nelson)
Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)
Niall Leonard – CRUSHER (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
William Richter – DARK EYES (Razorbill)


Jon Land – PANDORA’S TEMPLE (Open Road E-riginal)
CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)
Alexandra Sokoloff – HUNTRESS MOON (Alexandra Sokoloff)
Allen Wyler – DEAD END DEAL (Astor + Blue Editions)
Allen Wyler – DEAD WRONG (Astor + Blue Editions)

Congratulations to all the finalists!  The 2013 Thriller Award Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest VIII, July 13, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt (New York City).

Special to the Big Thrill: Operation Thriller USO Tour

Top Secret: Operation Thriller III by Andy Harp

Author Michael Connelly climbs into the van just before midnight to get to the airport for a 2 a.m. flight. Much like Mickey Haller, the protagonist in Connelly’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER, he’s taking part in something undercover.  Connelly’s most dedicated fans won’t learn what is going on until he returns.

He’s not the only one. Brad Meltzer, Joseph Finder, Kathy Antrim and myself are all on the same undercover mission. We’ve each had, at best, three hours of sleep. It is day three.

Why would the authors of THE LINCOLN LAWYER, PARANOIA (Finder), CAPITAL OFFENSE (Antrim) or the creator of the popular television show DECODED (Meltzer) spend 20-hour days away from home?  Why would Connelly join the ranks of James Rollins or Sandra Brown, authors who have embarked on this mission previously?  Why would authors like Kathy Antrim live out of their bags for a ten-day tour where showering might involve a 100-yard hike in the dark?

Their mission is clear: They’re part of the USO’s Operation Thriller, a tour that brings authors across the globe to meet the men and women who serve.


This year, spotlight guests will include 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice, 2011 ThrillerMaster R.L. Stine, T. Jefferson Parker, and Michael Connelly. Stay tuned for further announcements.
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ThrillerFest VII CDs, MP3s, and DVDs now available!

ThrillerFest VII is over, and what a fabulous event it was! If you weren’t able to attend, or if you did, but missed some of the panels — or if you’d like to listen to what your favorite speakers had to say again — you’ll be delighted to know that CDs, MP3s, and DVDs from the CraftFest 2012 and ThrillerFest 2012 writers conference are now available!

Between the Lines of Love Is Murder

LOVE IS MURDER says it all. Story after story. Romantic suspense is the theme of the latest International Thriller Writers anthology. With original short stories from Lori Armstrong, Jeff Ayers, Beverly Barton, William Bernhardt, Allison Brennan, Robert Browne, Pamela Callow, Toni McGee Causey, Lee Child, JT Ellison and more!

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The Big Thrill book video collection

If you’ve ever wished someone would collect together all of your favorite ITW thriller authors’ book videos in one place, your wish has been granted!  Check out The Big Thrill book video collection RIGHT HERE on this website!

Events Calendar

Wondering when your favorite author will come to town? Check out the Events Calendar for the latest “where” and “when.” ITW members are invited to post their upcoming events.

The Neverending Book Giveaway

If you’re a thriller fan who likes to win free books, be sure to check out The Neverending Book Giveaway — a brand-new feature on THE BIG THRILL website. Just post a reply to each contest you hope to win, and you’re entered!

MATCH UP: In stores now!


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