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“Sunrise Highway:” Fresh Approach in Serial Killer Thriller

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A serial killer of women!  How do you write a thriller about such a person that’s fresh and original? First of all, as is the case in Peter Blauner’s Sunrise Highway (Macmillan), you cut back and forth in time, between… October 2012. As Hurricane Sandy hits New York City, a man in Rockaway, Brooklyn, hearing pounding on his front door, goes to the peephole.  He sees a young woman, handcuff on her wrist with a chain attached.  Begging to be let in, she’s crying, “Someone is after me.  And if they find me they’re gonna kill me.” August 2017. NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, Brooklyn born and bred, examines the body of a murdered woman, wrapped in plastic, washed up on…

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Longmire Lives: Continuing Craig Johnson’s Saga

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Never underestimate the power of a long, tall cowboy with a big hat and a big heart. Depth of Winter (Viking Books), the 14th book in Craig Johnson’s Longmire series debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times Bestseller list, attesting to the popularity of crime novels set in remote, fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, under the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Mystery fans with a penchant for western locales have found a home in the unstoppable juggernaut that is Sheriff Walt Longmire’s loyal fanbase that began in 2004 with The Cold Dish. The A&E television series, “Longmire” kicked off in 2012; its six seasons are now on Netflix. But it’s Craig Johnson’s authenticity that keeps…

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Tall Poppy Review: “In Her Bones” Twists a Media Craze

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In Her Bones (Atria Books) by Kate Moretti picks up absolutely on the media’s obsession with serial killers. From Jack the Ripper to Charles Manson, the public devours all the information it can glean about the people among us who are capable of committing these inhuman acts. What caused the person to slip over the precipice of “normalcy” into the depths of depravity? Could a horrific childhood be to blame? An untreated mental illness? We want to understand what makes these people tick; perhaps in an effort to recognize the signs in others, or out of morbid curiosity. The same holds true for the victims of these heinous crimes. Was there a pattern in whom the killer singled out? Did…

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Impact On Countries & Time: Joan Silber’s “Improvement”

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Connecting 1970s Turkey and New York today, 72-year-old author Joan Silber, winner of the 2018 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, weaves a tapestry of interpersonal connections and shows how relationships bind us together and decisions have widespread impact across countries and over time in her latest novel, Improvement (Amazon Digital Services). Reyna is a single mother living in Harlem and standing by her not-so-perfect boyfriend, Boyd, as she visits him during his three-month incarceration at Riker’s. Her Aunt Kiki lives in the Village after spending some time in Turkey and traveling the world in her younger days.  Kiki worries about Reyna and her young son Oliver and is unaware of the illegal activities Boyd, Reyna and their friends are involved with. When…

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The Hype About New Psycho Thriller And Its Debut Author

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It’s one of the most talked about books, included on every list of recommendations, no matter what the occasion. Tangerine, the psychological thriller by debut author Christine Mangan, is not only beautifully written prose, but electric in imagery. Taking place in Tangier, Morocco, in the 1950s, the novel is vivid and full of heat, winding the characters up tighter and tighter as events around them begin to fall apart, only adding further to the feelings of claustrophobia and anxiety that are the hallmarks of every great thriller. Alice and Lucy used to be best friends and roommates, practically inseparable. But after an accident, the two haven’t spoken in over a year – which is why Alice is so startled when Lucy shows…

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Jon’s Picks: 6 New Thrillers to See You Into Summer

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Having already rocketed to the top tier of action thriller writers, Matthew Betley makes a bid for the highest slot with Field of Valor (Atria, May 22). Betley adds a chilling political, Ludlum-esque direction to his proven skills, pitting series hero Logan West against a sinister, secretive cabal behind a massive global conspiracy. At its heart is a plot to wage geo-economic war intended to pit China and the U.S. against each other in a no-holds-barred battle. Of course, dollars signs and decimal points often lead to bullets and bombs, and it’s up to West to preempt the seemingly inevitable catastrophe. Like Brad Taylor, former marine Betley has lived in the world his work encompasses and, beyond that, his storytelling…

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Michael Connelly Sits Down with Roxanne Coady

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In this episode that you do not want to miss, Roxanne Coady sits down with Michael Connelly, the author of the highly renowned novel The Late Show, as well as many of his other world-famous novels (he’s written thirty!) The former crime reporter speaks with Coady about being the Executive Producer of the TV series Bosch, now on its fourth season, and some of his favorite characters. He also…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast Interviews Best-Selling Author Michael Connelly

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In 2013, Sean Tuohy came to Daniel Ford with an idea some years after a meeting at a Halloween party where they hit it off immediately.  Daniel saw Sean in his Clark Kent costume and professed his love of Superman and a friendship was born. Though their podcast wasn’t officially started that night, they talked about their favorite things like writing, screenwriting, books, movies, comedy, and comic books. Not long after the groundwork was laid for the podcast, all they needed was a name. They developed many in the process: from 2 Gentleman Writers and Hemingway’s Love Children, to Scotch & Scribes and finally… Writer’s Bone! Daniel and Sean feel that they are in the middle of something very big…

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Noir Detective Mysteries Author Sam Wiebe on His Latest Novel ‘Invisible Dead’

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Do you enjoy a thrill that makes you think about the world around you? In the new novel Invisible Dead, this happens on a whole new level. Invisible Dead is a novel about systemic violence, the kind we often don’t notice or don’t think about. Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland sets out to find a missing sex trade worker, and must eventually confront his own complicity in being part of a city where troubled young women go missing all too often. In some ways, Wakeland is a classic detective, in the vein of Lew Archer. This makes him capable in some ways, and woefully unequipped in others. I wrote it as the first novel in a series; the second Wakeland novel,…

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Holiday Haul-A-Day Giveaway! — Day 4 — “Thrillers and Crime”

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Win today’s bag of books full of crime, mystery, thrillers and so much more (plus, the BookTrib tote)! ENTER TO WIN BELOW! The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson Kill the Next One by Federico Axat They Are Trying to Break Your Heart by David Savill Coffin Road by Peter May Little Heaven by Nick Cutter Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre *Plus, a BookTrib tote bag!  

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Latest Giveaway from This Week’s Authorbuzz Author

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s author has to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader A Jake Travis novel that Kirkus Reviews says, “The pace is breakneck, the plot crackles with energy and suspense, the writing is crisp and clever. A consistently entertaining crime thriller.” Enter the world of Jake Travis, and discover a new, and rewarding, reading experience. Five free copies of “The Gail Force!” Email [email protected] Home  

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Susan & Lloyd Ecker and I Am Sophie Tucker (+ CD)

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ABOUT I AM SOPHIE TUCKER Features more than 90 beautiful color and 120 black and white period illustrations. Part fairy tale, part crime novel, part rags to riches Hollywood myth, I Am Sophie Tucker tells the outrageous story of one of showbiz’s biggest personalities. From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, and Gaga. “Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s,” says co-author Susan Ecker. “She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J. Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era.” Tucker tried to…

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