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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…

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…

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,…

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…

Up Close: Mike Maden

Firing on All Cylinders By J. H. Bográn The 29th book in the Jack Ryan universe starts with a bang. Literally. Jack Ryan Jr. takes some time off from The Campus to…

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: J. A. Jance

Predatory Priests and Criminal Computers By April Snellings In her latest novel, CREDIBLE THREAT, J. A. Jance tackles one of the thorniest issues imaginable: the sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the…

Up Close: Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

Hunting Down New Information By Dawn Ius Even if you’re not steeped in the world of true crime, the name James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger Jr. is bound to tweak some familiarity—countless movies,…

Up Close: Heather Young

Tormented by Secrets from the Past By Millie Naylor Hast Secrets of the past torment the characters in Heather Young’s second novel, THE DISTANT DEAD. Middle school teacher Nora Wheaton worries when…

Between the Lines: Sara Paretsky

Charting Unfamiliar Territory with a Familiar Character By Dawn Ius Almost 30 years have passed since Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski burst onto the literary scene, quickly establishing herself as one of…

On the Cover: Dale Brown

Exploring the Ultimate High Ground By Austin S. Camacho If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the next Brad McLanahan novel, your wait is over—Brad is back, protecting America to the moon and back,…

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