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Stuart Turton’s Intricate Plot Bends Minds and Genres

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This may very well be the twistiest, most intricate crime novel you’ll read this year. A tall order, I know, given the competition, but trust me on this. The author, Stuart Turton, calls it “an Agatha Christie mystery in a Groundhog Day loop, with a bit of Quantum Leap.” Others have invoked Gosford Park, Inception, and “Downton Abbey with a body count.” They are all correct. The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Sourcebooks Landmark) opens with the narrator waking up in a remote forest, wearing someone else’s dinner jacket and, he realizes, someone else’s body. Making his way to a large country house, he discovers a party in full swing, and a masked figure who informs him that a murder…

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Howard Michael Gould’s Hollywood Thriller “Last Looks”

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“What a world the man lived in: Phony friends with phony laughter, phony police walking phony streets, phony adversaries throwing phony punches after phony kisses from phony lovers.” Those are the thoughts of Charlie Waldo, an ex-cop who’s gotten sucked into a Hollywood murder case, in Howard Michael Gould’s first novel, Last Looks (Dutton). A one-time super-cop who spectacularly messed up a triple-murder investigation, he reacted to it all by burning his life down and retreating to the woods, where he lives alone in a tiny cabin and owns exactly one hundred possessions – if anything new is added, something else has to go. Alone, that is, until an old girlfriend and PI named Lorena drives out to recruit his help…

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Caged: A Serial Killer Novel With a Difference

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Caged is not your typical serial killer novel. “A few years ago,” says Ellison Cooper, “I was looking for something to read and jokingly told my partner that I wished there were a crime thriller that incorporated neurology, archaeology, and dogs. It was like being struck by lightning. I couldn’t boot up my computer fast enough.” The book features an FBI Special Agent named Sayer Altair, a woman with the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, responsible for investigating such events as school shootings, random gunmen, and serial killings. But her interest in the latter is very particular – she is also a neuroscientist studying the neurology of violence. Is it possible to pinpoint something specific in the brain? Is there any way to predict…

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Tara Isabella Burton’s Debut and Deadly Relationships

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This year, we’ve seen a lot of books that seem to just raise the bar on what we can expect from literature in terms of mesmerizing plots, spellbinding characters and twists no one ever saw coming. But debut novel Social Creature, with its eye-catching cover that stops you in your tracks may just have raised the bar above all the others. Equally hypnotic and provocative, the novel focuses on the friendship between two women: Louise living on her own, barely making rent with no real relationships with anyone, not even her own family; and Lavinia, living in an apartment on the Upper East Side, funded by her parents, and taking part in everything the high life in New York has to offer.…

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The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice

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A few years ago I received a surreal phone call telling me there had been a murder. Whaaaat? A crate had been discovered. It had been hidden on our property. We opened it. And nothing could have prepared us for the horror inside. My first book, The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, is not a book I expected to write. I live an ordinary little life in Connecticut as a publicist, wife and mother. I always imagined writing a romance, maybe, or even a historical fiction, since that’s my favorite genre to read. From my little bubble, I never thought I’d be telling the true story of a violent crime that rocked my family. The discovery…

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Art Teacher in Peril in Kelli Clare’s Debut Novel “Hidden”

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Can’t decide whether you want your next book to be a romance or a thriller? Never fear: If you pick up Kelli Clare’s debut novel Hidden, you don’t have to choose. This romantic suspense novel follows an art teacher named Ellie James who realizes that her life is in danger. A handsome stranger named Will Hastings appears and claims he will protect her from a bloodthirsty group named the Order, but will his help be enough? To celebrate this book’s June 5 release, check out this exclusive excerpt from the fourth chapter of Hidden. I pounded the side of my fist on the door frame. The police believed we were missing—we’d have to skip the funeral. Not…

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Comic Thriller “Death and Taxes” Pits an IRS Repo Squad Against the Mongolian Mob, Radioactive Cows and a Murderous Eunuch

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Mark Douglas is an IRS accountant, a former Marine content to hide out in his cubicle and audit suspicious tax returns. His latent thirst for action is satisfied by occasional forays into the field, armed with tear gas, a bull horn, and a rental truck to haul in whatever pays the back taxes of the most egregious evaders. Life is good for Mark. After long days at the office courting carpal tunnel syndrome, he joins his co-workers at their local watering hole to relive past glories deciphering fraudulent tax returns, ponder unexpected consequences of tax loopholes, and ogle busty barmaids. Mark’s boss, Lila, is a beautiful and sexy tax prodigy. One day, she discovers “odd jiggles” in three seemingly unconnected…

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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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Debut Author Julia Sonneborn Talks Jane Austen, First Drafts and Adaptations

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Over the years, there have been some pretty interesting retellings and adaptions of our favorite books. Sometimes they work and other times they don’t, but it’s always fun to read another author’s take on the original work. Now Julia Sonneborn, English professor and debut author, has written our favorite adaptation yet. By The Book is not just a fun, fantastically written read, but it’s also an updated, modern version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.     Anne Corey, an English professor in California working to make tenure, gets the surprise of her life when her ex-boyfriend, Adam, becomes the college’s new president. She knows she should have other, better things on her mind – her aging father, that book deal she’s been trying to get,…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 111: Writing Middle Grade Fiction – Interview with Erin Petti

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Erin Petti about her debut novel, The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee. They discuss the most important aspects of writing middle grade series and how to build a setting that feels real by using the experiences you have in everyday, real-life places. They discuss the importance of diversity in books for young people. And Petti shares what it’s like being a debut author: the challenges, surprises, and fun parts. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/111

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Presenting final week of International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Class of 2014

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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!   A KILLING AT COTTON HILL by Terry Shames “Readers will want to see more of the likable main character, who compassionately but relentlessly sifts the evidence. Convincing small town atmosphere and a vivid supporting cast are a plus.” —Publishers Weekly “Shames’ novel is an amazing read. The poetic, literary quality of the writing draws you in…” —RT Book Review The chief of police of Jarrett…

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Presenting week three of the ITW Class of 2014 Debut Thrillers

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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!   DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons “A twist worthy of a surgical knot. Flawed characters standing on moral pedestals. Insight into the world of medicine and the ambitious geniuses who make life and death decisions.  Doing Harm is more faction than fiction, presenting a world so close to our own that you find yourself second guessing the characters as if they’re sitting next to you. Repeatedly,…

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Presenting Four More ITW Class of 2014 Debut Authors and their thrillers

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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…

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Presenting Four ITW Class of 2014 Debut Authors and their thrillers

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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!   MONTANA 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…

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