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!
RUN TO ME
by Diane Hester
A woman and a child are on the run in the woods of northern Maine in this non-stop suspense thriller with a compelling emotional twist—Jodi Picoult meets Harlan Coben
It’s been two years since Shyler O’Neil’s beloved son Jesse was killed, but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, and convinced she did not do enough to protect him, she retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods of northern Maine. Meanwhile, Zack Ballinger—a 10-year-old boy who has never known a mother’s love—finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has seen too much and is now running for his life. Fleeing into the woods, Zack soon finds himself at Shyler’s cabin. He’ll take whatever help she can give—even though, for some reason, she keeps calling him Jesse. With the pursuers hot on their heels, “mother” and “son” go on the run. Protecting Zack may well be Shyler’s one chance at redemption—either that, or she is the child’s greatest threat.
Before commencing a career in writing, Diane Hester was a professional violinist, playing in the Rochester Philharmonic and the Adelaide Symphony. Diane has performed in Carnegie Hall, the NY Metropolitan Opera House, the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Theatre and has accompanied artists as diverse as Isaac Stern, Chuck Mangioni, Katherine Hepburn, the Harlem Globetrotters and Australia’s Little River Band.
Diane currently lives with her family on farm in Port Lincoln, South Australia, an area known for its great white sharks and where portions of the movie Jaws was filmed. Run To Me, Diane’s debut thriller, combines her love of Hitchcock-style suspense with memories of childhood vacations in New England – her favorite place on earth.
by Elizabeth Heiter
“Hunted is a terrific, gripping, page-turning debut by a talented new voice in suspense. A great read!”
—New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan
Terror stalks a small Virginia town
FBI rising star and criminal profiler Evelyn Baine knows how to think like a serial killer. But she’s never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods. As the body count climbs, Evelyn’s relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career—and her life—at risk. And the evil lurking in the Burier’s mind may be more than even she can unravel.
Terror is closer than she thinks…
The Bakersville Burier knows he’s got an FBI profiler on his trail. He knows who she is and where to find her. And he’s biding his time, because he’s planned a special punishment for Evelyn. She may have tracked other killers, but he vows to make this her last chase. This time it’s her turn to be hunted!
ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. Visit Elizabeth at www.elizabethheiter.com.
I’LL SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD
by E.A. Aymar
Tom Starks has spent the three years since his wife’s murder struggling to single-handedly raise their daughter, Julie, while haunted by memories of his dead spouse. When he learns that the man accused of her murder, Chris Taylor, has been released from prison, Tom hires a pair of hit men to get his revenge. But when the hit men botch the assassination, Tom is inadvertently pulled into their violent world.
And now those hit men are after him and his daughter.
E.A. Aymar’s debut thriller, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, is available now through Black Opal Books. He holds a Masters degree in Literature, and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers and SinC. His column, Decisions and Revisions, appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Books. He and his wife and son live just outside of Washington, D.C., with a relatively benign animal menagerie.
by Geoffrey Girard
Like the best SF thrillers, Girard’s promising debut is plausibly grounded in reality. Readers will hope that Girard, who gets the most out of his frightening idea, will continue this Michael Crichton vein in a sequel.
This must be the highest-concept, most movie-ready idea of the year. Great fun to read.
A terrifying debut novel about the evil in each of us: when clones of infamous serial killers escape from a secret government facility, it’s up to a former Army Ranger to stop them…with the help of a teenage killer clone.
Trying to develop a new breed of bio-weapons, the US Department of Defense has secretly cloned the world’s most notorious murderers, hoping to study their DNA and isolate a genetic predictor for evil. Now in Stage Three, the program contains dozens of young men who have no clue of their evil heritage—including Albert Fish, Ted Bundy, and David Berkowitz. Enacting a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, the scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator—escaping with three canisters of a mysterious chemical weapon that could destroy an entire city.
A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Shawn didn’t count on the quiet young boy he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country as unlikely allies on the trail of the rampaging teens’ increasing violence, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope.
More than just a serial killer novel, Cain’s Blood melds completely plausible science with terrifying horror, preying on our darkest fears of manipulation, secrecy, and murder.
Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. In 2013, Simon and Schuster simultaneously published Girard’s techno-thriller novel CAIN’S BLOOD and an accompanying companion novel for teens; PROJECT CAIN. PROJECT CAIN was nominated for a 2013 Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel” Geoffrey’s short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines including the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology and Writers of the Future. His previous publications also include Tales of the Jersey Devil (2005), thirteen original tales based on the legendary Jersey Devil monster, Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006), and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). He graduated from Washington College with a BA in English literature and later earned an MA in creative writing from Miami University. He is currently Department Chair of English at a private boys’ school in Cincinnati.