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Between the Lines: Josh Malerman

Living—and Writing—by the Fold By Dawn Ius Josh Malerman is probably best known for his New York Times bestselling horror novel Bird Box—but it wasn’t the first book he wrote. In fact,…

On the Cover: Riley Sager

Checking Items off the Writerly Bucket List By Dawn Ius Since his reinvention with 2017’s award-winning thriller Final Girls, Riley Sager has been checking off a lot of writerly bucket list items—New…

On the Cover: Karen Hamilton

Be Careful What You Wish For By Millie Naylor Hast Be careful what you wish for is the warning that drives Karen Hamilton’s second novel, THE LAST WIFE. Marie Langham wanted her…

Up Close: Timothy Jay Smith

A Mystery Set Alongside Greek’s Refugee Crisis By E. M. Powell As anybody who’s gone through or is going through the 2020 lockdown will know, finding ways to escape the tedium can…

Up Close: Katie Tallo by K. L. Romo

Loneliness, Lies, and a Dog Named Levi By K. L. Romo In her debut novel DARK AUGUST, author and screenwriter Katie Tallo delves into the life of August “Gus” Monet, a young…

Up Close: Rachel Amphlett

Discipline Key to Prolific Schedule By Jaden Terrell USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett started writing short stories when she was still in primary school. As a teen, she loved the creative…

Africa Scene: Murder Out of Africa

By Michael Sears This month, we talk “murder” with four widely acclaimed writers of African thrillers—Leye Adenle, Tony Park, Kwei Quartey, and Stanley Trollip. Tell us a little about yourself and your…

BookTrib Spotlight: Jeffrey B. Burton

A Dog Sniffs Out Bodies—and Killers By Neil Nyren Human beings have five million scent receptors. Some breeds of dog have 300 million, which is what makes them such good trackers. For…

ITW Awards: Another Look at the Nominees

The 2020 ITW Thriller Award Nominees Are… While circumstances have prevented us from gathering at New York’s Grand Hyatt to recognize this year’s ITW Thriller Award winners, the competition was no less…

An Interview with Sherri Crichton

Did Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain Predict a Pandemic? By Dawn Ius Earlier this year, no one could have predicted that by the end of spring, more than half a million people would…

Between the Lines: Joe Clifford

Playing the Long Game By Dawn Ius Joe Clifford knows better than most that publishing—like life sometimes—is a tough grind. “This is interesting work,” he says, with a touch of irony. “You…

On the Cover: Sandrone Dazieri

A Bloody Good Series Ending By Dawn Ius Every time Italian crime writer Sandrone Dazieri sits down to pen a “bloody” scene, he reflects on how much the reader needs to see…

On the Cover: Jessica Barry

Creating Decades of Buzz By Dawn Ius When she was three years old, Jessica Barry dictated her first story to her mom. She thinks it involved a bumblebee and a queen—the details…

Africa Scene: Peter Kimani

An Eye-Opening Collection Set in Nairobi By Michael Sears In their City Noir series, Akashic Books has been bringing out some eye-opening collections from Africa. The first sub-Saharan volume was Lagos Noir,…

When Life Imitates Art by Kate White

When Life Imitates Art—and Creepy, Scary Stories Come True By Kate White Something seemed odd to me the moment I stepped through the doorway and started down the long front hallway of…

Have YOU Registered for Virtual ThrillerFest Yet?

Have YOU Registered for ThrillerFest Yet? The pandemic may have cancelled in-person ThrillerFest this year, but organizers are working their magic to make this year’s first ever virtual event…well, thrilling. No travel,…

BookTrib Spotlight: Michael Elias

In Pursuit of Justice, How Far Is Too Far? By Neil Nyren How far would you go to avenge a crime? Nina Karim is about to find out. In Michael Elias’s YOU…

Career Pursuit: An Interview with Rob Hart

Rob Hart is the author of THE WAREHOUSE, which has sold in more than 20 languages and been optioned for film by Ron Howard. He also wrote the Ash McKenna series, the short story…

AudioFile Spotlight: 5 Questions with Scott Brick

By Candace Levy Whether you’re already a fan of the fabulous Scott Brick or you’re just discovering his audiobook performances, I hope you find some new titles to add to your wish…

Up Close:  Hannah Mary McKinnon

Envy, Obsession, and Complex Relationships Explode in McKinnon’s Newest By K. L. Romo Envy and obsession explode in author Hannah Mary McKinnon’s newest thriller, SISTER DEAR. Eleanor Hardwicke is a loner, and…

Up Close: D. P. Lyle

Dark Secrets, Convoluted Motives, and Startling Methods of Murder By Austin S. Camacho In these trying times we can all use a smile, but rare is the writer who can get a…

Up Close: Jon Land & Jessica Fletcher

Paying Tribute to a Classic with an Unconventional Cozy By K. L. Romo Author Jon Land and Jessica Fletcher pay tribute to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in THE MURDER…

Up Close: Iris Johansen

By K. L. Romo In THE PERSUASION—bestselling author Iris Johansen’s 26th book in her Eve Duncan “forensic sculptor” series—Eve’s daughter, Jane MacGuire, is the target of a dangerous sociopath who’s determined to…

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