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Between the Lines: Chuck Palahniuk

On Fight Club, Soylent Porn, and Screams as a Deadly Commodity By Dawn Ius Rumor has it that while on tour promoting his novel Diary in 2003, Chuck Palahniuk’s short story “Guts” made at…

On the Cover: Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Dialoguing with the Past and Present By Dawn Ius When Nancy Jooyoun Kim sat down to write THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE back in 2011, she had no idea that this…

On the Cover: Alyssa Cole by K.L. Romo

On the Importance of Community By K. L. Romo Bestselling author Alyssa Cole tells a timeless tale of culture and community torn apart by power and money with her highly-anticipated debut, WHEN…

On the Cover: Ruth Ware by April Snellings

A Locked Room Thriller for the 21st Century By April Snellings In the five years since she made her adult debut with In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware has leaned into…

Up Close: Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson

Light at the End of the Tunnel By Dawn Ius These days, even a question as simple as “How are you?” can be daunting—good news is a little hard to come by…

Up Close: L. C. Shaw

Second Book Takes on Religious Angle By Dawn Ius Writing The Network didn’t exactly come quickly for L. C. Shaw—last year’s thrilling debut had been rolling around in her head for years…

Up Close: Robert Dugoni

Returning to a Larger-Than-Life Hero By Josie Brown One good turn deserves another. For retired CIA operative Charles Jenkins— the protagonist in bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s newest series—this means returning to the…

Up Close: Iris Johansen

So Many Books, So Little Time By Dawn Ius  In the past 50-or-so years, Iris Johansen has introduced readers to countless characters—though few with as much notoriety as the iconic Eve Duncan,…

Up Close: August Norman

Taking a Character to the Next Level By P. J. Bodnar For most of her life, Caitlin Bergman told everyone that her mother was dead. But when an Oregon sheriff calls, she…

Up Close: Cat Connor

Alternate Endings for Series Ender By J. H. Bográn The 12th book in Cat Connor’s Byte series packs a punch—it opens with the in-progress abduction of SAC Ellie Iverson. Timing couldn’t be…

Up Close: Joel Shulkin, MD

Navigating Adverse Effects By Austin S. Camacho In most thrillers, our heroes face bullets, bombs, or invading armies. But what if the real threat is in your mind? That’s one of the…

Up Close: Lisa Black

Writing What You Know By E. M. Powell The old advice of “write what you know” might be much debated, but in the case of Lisa Black, there’s no question it’s the…

Up Close: Raymond Benson

Thriller Conjures Up a New Sub Genre By Tim O’Mara It’s 1985 and Cole Sackler is the night manager and self-proclaimed hotel detective for the transient HOTEL DESTINY in the heart of…

Up Close: Elizabeth Goddard

Answering the Call By Jaden Terrell Elizabeth Goddard credits her mother’s overflowing bookshelves with kindling her voracious love of reading. From children’s books to classics far above her grade level, Goddard devoured…

Up Close: Patrick Kendrick

A Case Too Close for Comfort By Dawn Ius When Patrick Kendrick was 17, he dated a girl whose family owned a beach house on Hutchinson Island in Martin County, Florida—the same…

Up Close: Wendy Walker

Tapping into Emotions By Dawn Ius The first chapter of Wendy Walker’s new—and arguably most page-turning—thriller sets the tone with an emotional, hard-hitting depiction of how the life of a mother and…

Up Close: Sandra Brown

Setting—and Exceeding—the Bar By Dawn Ius After almost 80 books, New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown admits that it’s sometimes a challenge to find new ways to write. It’s not that…

Africa Scene: Andrew Harding

True Crime Grips Like a Thriller By Michael Sears Andrew Harding is a British journalist and author who has worked for BBC News since 1994. He covered the infamous case of Oscar…

BookTrib Spotlight: David Heska Wanbli Weiden

On an Indian Reservation, a Vigilante Seeks Justice By Neil Nyren On South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation, Virgil Wounded Horse waits for a man named Guv Yellowhawk. Yellowhawk has raped a nine-year-old girl,…

Up Close: Brad Parks

Freewheeling on to the Next Thing By Adam Meyer A woman with hearing loss tries to navigate the mysterious disappearance of her husband, a brilliant scientist. An ex-cop on the verge of…

Between The Lines: Karen Dionne

On Incorporating Traditional Fairytale Elements By J. H. Bográn Three years after her smash hit The Marsh King’s Daughter, internationally bestselling author Karen Dionne returns to familiar ground in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…

Up Close: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Embracing the Panic By April Snellings After 43 years as an investigative reporter, Hank Phillippi Ryan thinks, speaks, and dreams in the language of story. Though she didn’t get around to writing…

On the Cover: Christopher Reich

Globe-Trotting Novel Perfect Antidote for Cabin Fever By Adam Meyer At a time when many of us are suffering from cabin fever, Christopher Reich’s new novel, THE PALACE, feels like the perfect…

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