We’re excited to introduce the International Thriller Writers Debut Author Program where you’ll meet the stars of tomorrow from the Class of 2014. Each week, beginning June 13 and running until July 11, BookTrib members will have a chance to win a copy of these adrenaline-pumping new releases. Meet the next four members of the class!
by Gwen Florio
Journalist Florio’s outstanding first novel introduces foreign correspondent Lola Wicks…..Quirky and cantankerous, Lola is grudgingly willing to learn from experience. Believable action complements razor-sharp observations of people and scenery. Publishers Weekly, starred review
Montana is a highly accomplished first novel from Gwen Florio. …. This is one of the best murder mystery thrillers of the year. San Francisco Book Review
Journalist Florio’s story about a friend’s murder arrives crammed with atmosphere and intriguing characters….the author does a great job of writing a book that’s both evocative of the Montana countryside and a satisfying, hair-raising ride. A promising debut. Kirkus Reviews
Montana, winner of the Pinckley Prize; finalist for International Thriller Award, High Plains Book Award and Shamus Award, introduces readers to Lola Wicks, a war correspondent and investigative reporter trying to rebuild her life after the shock and humiliation of being downsized.
Her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns. And when she arrives in Montana for some R&R at a friend’s cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight. Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend’s fate – and is held as a witness. Her best hope in getting out of Montana lies in solving the case herself. But the surefooted journalist who deftly negotiated Afghanistan’s deadly terrain finds herself frighteningly off-balance in this forgotten corner of her own country.
Lola’s lone-wolf style doesn’t work in a place where the harsh landscape and extreme isolation compel people to rely upon each other in ways she finds unsettling. In her awkward attempts at connection, she forms a reluctant alliance with a local reporter, succumbs to the romantic attentions of a wealthy rancher, and fences warily with the state’s first Indian candidate for governor, the subject of her friend’s final stories. Ultimately she comes to truly care about the people she meets in Montana, only to miss the warning signals that her own life is in danger.
Longtime journalist Gwen Florio has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming, population three. Her novel Montana was published in 2013, and won the inaugural Pinckley Prize for debut crime fiction. It’s also a finalist for an International Thriller Award and the High Plains Book Award, both in the first novel category. The sequel, Dakota, was published in 2014. She lives in Missoula, Montana.
by Samuel Gailey
“The woods may be lovely, as Robert Frost would have it, but they’re also dreadfully dark in DEEP WINTER…the beautifully written but disturbing first novel [by] Samuel W. Gailey…” — The New York Times
“Enthralling and suspenseful, like a Michael Connelly or Lee Child crime novel, but more elegantly written.” Esquire Magazine
“Samuel W. Gailey’s DEEP WINTER is a beautiful and brutal debut,” says Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and The Carrion Birds.
DEEP WINTER (Blue Rider Press; February 20, 2014; $25.95), the debut novel by Samuel W. Gailey, is a quietly told, emotionally wrenching tale of the wickedness a single man can perpetrate with his unchecked actions, and the pain that follows when others set out to put things right. Set in the backwoods community of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, in 1984, and told from the shifting perspectives of its inhabitants, this story will engross you, pulling you deeper into its tiny, raw world, filling your heart with alternating pangs of fear and hope.
Deep Winter is the first novel by SAMUEL W. GAILEY. He has also written for 20th Century Fox, Showtime, and Documentary magazine. He lives in Southern California with his daughter and wife, author Ayn Carrillo Gailey.
THE TRIDENT DECEPTION
by Rick Campbell
“Campbell does an amazing job, balancing character interaction with high-octane action, all the while keeping the technical jargon to a level understandable by nonmilitary readers. This is the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy’s classic The Hunt For Red October (1984).” —Booklist (starred review)
THE TRIDENT DECEPTION, a modern-day The Hunt for Red October, is the story of an armed nuclear submarine that is taken over and must be hunted down before its weapons are launched. The USS Kentucky—a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads—is about to go on a routine patrol. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all counter-orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to within launch range. What the Kentucky’s crew doesn’t know is that those launch orders haven’t actually come from the U.S. government.
Rogue elements within the Mossad have learned that Iran has developed its first nuclear weapon and, in ten days, will detonate it—and the target is Israel. The suspected weapon complex is too far underground for conventional weapons to harm it, and the only choice is a pre-emptive nuclear strike. With limited time, this rogue group initiates a long-planned operation called the Trident Deception. They’ll transmit false orders and use a U.S. nuclear submarine to launch the attack. With only 8 days before the Kentucky is in launch range and with the submarine cut off from any outside communication, one senior officer, the father of one of the officers aboard the submarine, must assemble and lead a team of attack submarines to find, intercept and neutralize the Kentucky before it can unknowingly unleash a devastating nuclear attack.
Rick Cambell is a native of Cocoa, Florida, Rick attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and spent over thirty years in the Navy. His tours of duty include four nuclear powered submarines, the Pentagon, and the Undersea Weapons Program Office. On his last submarine, he was one of the two men whose permission was required to launch its twenty-four nuclear warhead-tipped missiles.
Rick considered writing for many years, and as he approached retirement from the Navy, he wrote The Trident Deception, a novel that draws on his extensive knowledge of submarine warfare.
Rick lives with his family in the Washington, D.C. area, where he is working on the sequel to The Trident Deception, due out from St. Martin’s Press in 2015.
by Barry Lancet
“[A] sophisticated international thriller . . . Having lived and worked in Japan for more than 25 years, Lancet brings an impressive breadth of knowledge to the historical aspects of the mystery and a sharp sense of immediacy to its action.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Lancet successfully places a PI in an international thriller plot in his highly entertaining debut . . . Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie, with his expertise in Japanese culture, history, and martial arts.”
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
“[Lancet] draws upon his familiarity with the terrain, local history and Japanese culture to create an East-West adventure that informs as it thrills. . . . the intricate plot is skillfully developed, the action never flags and the climax is gripping. A fresh voice in crime fiction.”
Five bodies. The perfect murder. One clue. At the murder sight in San Francisco’s Japantown, only a single clue is found—an obscure Japanese character. The SFPD call in American Japan-expert Jim Brodie to help decipher the writing, but before long the mysterious killer he’s tracking turns the tables and begins tracking Brodie and his daughter—from San Francisco to Tokyo.
Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing. His debut novel, JAPANTOWN, has been optioned by J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Visit him at BarryLancet.com or on Twitter @barrylancet.
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