Up Close: David Baldacci

Refilling the Tank By Dawn Ius Pre-pandemic, back when book tours were the norm, New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci sat at a desk in his hotel one night and started…

The April 2021 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here!

Overnight success is rare in the publishing world—more often it requires years of persistence, patience, practice. It’s about playing the long game, says this month’s Between the Lines author, J.D. Barker. In…

On the Cover: Elle Marr

The Legacy of Unspeakable Memories By Jaden Terrell As a precocious nine-year-old, Elle Marr sneaked into online creative writing message boards, posing as an adult. She’d been writing since she was eight,…

Up Close: Jason M. Hough

Conspiracy Theories Abound By Dawn Ius The past 18 months or so have given conspiracy theorists much fodder for their platforms—from the mass burning of 5G cell towers in Europe to the…

Up Close: Clay McLeod Chapman

The Devil You Know By April Snellings In his acclaimed 2019 supernatural thriller The Remaking, Clay McLeod Chapman explored how a ghost story might evolve along with the modes of telling it,…

Up Close: Edward J. Leahy

Dealing with Past Grief Key to Survival By Dawn Ius When a mass shooting in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District lures third-generation NYPD detective Kim Brady back from an extended leave following her father’s…

On the Cover: Cate Holahan

Gaslighting Goes High Tech By Dawn Ius Most of us have three lives. The public one—Facebook status updates bragging about your children, the Instagram pic that proves hubs is perfect because he…

Up Close: Wendy Heard

Girls on the Edge By April Snellings In Wendy Heard’s stellar young adult debut SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN, an ambitious, charismatic young photographer named Veronica wastes no time falling head over…

Up Close: Harlan Coben

The Self-Rationalization of Privilege By Rick Pullen Harlan Coben’s new thriller, WIN, might be considered literature, but thankfully, its pace exceeds its grasp. WIN is driven at a high rate of speed…

Up Close: Joshilyn Jackson

Revenge, Redemption, and a Mother’s Worst Nightmare By K.L. Romo “I woke up to see a witch peering in my bedroom window.” This is the opening line in bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson’s…

Up Close: S.A. Lelchuk

Vigilante PI Protects the Defenseless By Austin S. Camacho Thrillers have long followed heroes who set out to help victimized women, but rarely have those heroes been believable, well-developed female characters. It’s…

Up Close: Adele Parks

Money Not Only Talks, Sometimes It Screams By K.L. Romo In bestselling author Adele Parks’s 20th novel in 20 years, JUST MY LUCK, the bonds of family and friendship are put to…

Up Close: Paula Munier

Buzzing with a Love of Books By Karen Hugg Pierre Simon Fournier may have said the aphorism, “After all the basic necessities of life, there is nothing more precious than books,” but…

Up Close: Kris Calvin

A Harrowing 48 Hours By E.M. Powell You’ve got to love a ticking clock in a thriller—once it starts to count down, it’s hard to stop reading. It’s even more difficult when…

Debut Spotlight: Jessica Hamilton

Childhood Memories Inform Debut By Millie Naylor Hast If you liked The Lovely Bones, you’re sure to enjoy Jessica Hamilton’s debut novel, WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW. Told in alternating points of view,…

Africa Scene: Kwei Quartey

Honoring a Real-Life Unsolved Murder By Michael Sears Last year, acclaimed author Kwei Quartey branched out from his celebrated police procedurals set in Ghana featuring Inspector Darko Dawson to start a new…

Debut Spotlight: Debbie Babitt

Listening to the Voices in Her Head By Angela Channell Author Debbie Babitt describes herself as having had many creative incarnations: playwright, drama critic—not to mention copy director for two major Manhattan…

BookTrib Spotlight: Bryan Christy

A Wildlife Journalist Discovers the Most Dangerous Animal is Man By Neil Nyren In Bryan Christy’s IN THE COMPANY OF KILLERS, Tom Klay has a unique and specific job—he’s an investigative wildlife…

Last Blast by Glenn A. Bruce 

By Azam Gill Inspired by what he sees as political absurdity, prolific screenwriter Glenn A. Bruce describes LAST BLAST, his 18th novel, as a “political horror story with humor.” Political satire is…

The September 2014 Edition

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

Amid Rage by Joel Burcat  

By Dawn Ius As a practicing environmental lawyer, Joel Burcat…

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