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International Thrills: Interview with Dolores Redondo

Creating a Visceral Sense of Place   By Layton Green The Basque Country boasts some of Spain’s most breathtaking scenery and mouth-watering cuisine.  It is also, at least within the pages of…

Up Close: Interview with Steve Berry

Why You Should Write What You Love By R.G. Belsky There are authors who write thrillers set in the present-day, authors who write historical thrillers–and then there’s Steve Berry. Berry once again…

International Thrills: Interview with Quentin Bates

Iceland and the New Nordic Noir By J.F.Penn British author Quentin Bates spent 10 years in Iceland and now sets his bestselling Gunnhildur crime thrillers there. His latest book, Thin Ice, is out…

Turning Point: Lyndsay Faye’s “Jane Steele”

By E.M. Powell “Reader, I Murdered Him” First, a confession. I’m fan of historical fiction as well as a fan of historical thrillers. So when I was presented with a take on…

African Scene: Interview with Paul E. Hardisty

A Thriller Set In Yemen and the Futility of War By Michael Sears A Canadian by birth, Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist,…

Trend Report: The Exploding Science Thriller, by Dawn Ius

By Dawn Ius When the Star Wars reboot set box office records with its $238 million release, more than the “force” awakened—the public has expressed renewed interest in space, and it’s spreading throughout the…

Trend Watch: Is There a New Spy Game in Fiction?

By Dawn Ius When the Soviet Union collapsed, there was a general feeling among publishers that with the inevitable wane of espionage, spy fiction must come to an end too. Which was…

International Thrills: An interview with J.S. Law

By J.F. Penn British author J.S. Law is a former submariner from the Royal Navy and the author of the debut thriller TENACITY, set partially on a nuclear submarine. USA Today bestselling…

Craft Fix: Lifting the Middle of the Thriller Plot

By James Scott Bell The best thrillers are about more than thrills. They are about how and why a character transforms, becomes a different person, a stronger person, through a confrontation with…

The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block

A Master of Crime Fiction Tells All By David Morrell There are few contemporary authors I respect as much as Lawrence Block, and I’m not the only one who feels that way,…

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Who Can You Trust? The Reemergence of the Unreliable Narrator By Dawn Ius From Agatha Christie’s groundbreaking novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to Daisy Goodwin’s The King Worth Killing, the literary…

Guided Tour: The Los Angeles Noir of James Scott Bell

By James Scott Bell That’s me, to the right, standing in downtown Los Angeles. Behind me is the Biltmore Hotel, a renowned building for the crime and thriller writers of my city.…

Turning Point: An interview with Jeff Lindsay

Finding Your Way Back to a Character of Two Decades Ago By John Raab Author Jeff Lindsay created one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture with Dexter, the blood-spatter-pattern analyst for…

International Thrills: An interview with Anya Lipska

From the East End of London to Poland By J. F. Penn Anya Lipska is the critically acclaimed author of the Kiszka & Kershaw crime thriller series, set in the underworld of…

No Good Deed by Allison Brennan

Uncovering the Motivations of Complex Characters By Josie Brown Nuanced in your writing voice. Detailed in your research. Prolific in your output. In this era of publishing, these are the key ingredients…

The Guilty by David Baldacci

Delving Deep into the Assassin’s Story By Dawn Ius International bestselling author of more than thirty novels. An insatiable appetite for storytelling. Advocate for literacy. On all accounts, David Baldacci is guilty…

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

By J. H. Bográn They say writing is a lonely profession. A writer sits in a room with only a computer and imagination. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Once…

Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

When High-Octane Thriller Meets Family Drama By A. J. Colucci Pick up any major newspaper, anywhere in the country, and you’ll find gross miscarriages of justice. Those stories are what drive New…

International Thrills: A Conversation With Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

By Layton Green Buckle up, folks. Our next foray into international crime fiction takes us to the picturesque, enchanted, and (apparently) murderous world of Iceland, with bestselling author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson. Viktor…

Turning Point: An interview with Karin Slaughter

“How Crime Tears People Apart” By E.M. Powell With over 30 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Karin Slaughter clearly knows how to craft an exciting thriller. Yet her new novel,…

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