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ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author Isabella Maldonado Talks ‘Blood’s Echo’

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Today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author is Isabella Maldonado and her new crime thriller Blood’s Echo. Read on to find out how she’d finish off her protagonist and what her final read would be on death row! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Isabella Maldonado: As a former cop, for me to end up on death row means my life has veered way off course. I can only assume I was convicted of a crime I didn’t commit, like John Coffey in Stephen King’s The Green Mile. And no, that wouldn’t be the book I would choose as my last. It’s bad enough that I’m in those circumstances without reading about my impending demise.…

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ITW ThrillerFest Debut Author K.J. Howe Talks ‘The Freedom Broker’

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ThrillerFest 2017 K.J. Howe THE FREEDOM BROKER

Today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author is K.J. Howe. Read about how she answered our “thrilling” questions, and check out her new book, The Freedom Broker. BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?   K.J. Howe: I’m on death row. I only have one last read. Some of the books that first came to mind include: Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss—a book about reincarnation, so I could figure out how to come back in another life as J.K. Rowling. Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King—allowing me to design the ultimate escape plan. Angel of Death Row by Andrea Lyon—featuring 30 years of experience from death row lawyer Andrea Lyon, I mean, there would have…

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ThrillerFest Debut Author Susan Alice Bickford Holds Her Readers Captive in ‘A Short Time to Die’

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Meet today’s #ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Susan Alice Bickford, and her new novel of suspense, A Short Time to Die. Read on to find out who some of her favorite authors are, as well as how her main character would kick the bucket! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? Susan Alice Bickford: Given that death row in my state (California) is indefinite, I would commit to read all the series and authors I love: Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter (this list goes on and on). If my date with the executioner really did catch up to me, I’d re-read my own debut novel, A Short Time to Die, to…

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ITW Debut Author Christina Kovac Talks ‘The Cutaway’ and Author Inspiration

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Meet ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Christina Kovac. Read on as she tells us all about her new thriller, The Cutaway, and which author she turned to for guidance when it came to her writing! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Christina Kovac: If I found myself on death row, I’d probably read the Bible. You know, to hedge my bets. Or The Stranger by Camus. Just to feel less lonely about it. But it terrifies me, even thinking about it. (Maybe I should write about it). BT: If you were going to kill off your protagonist what method would you use? Why? CK: I’m not sure what method—probably gunfire, as most women…

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Meet ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Author David McCaleb and his Bestseller ‘Recall’

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David McCaleb is today’s ThrillerFest 2017 debut author! Read on to find out more about his military thriller, Recall, and the heart-wrenching way he’d kill off his protagonist! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  David McCaleb: If I were languishing on death row, eating my final meal of nachos piled with guacamole, my last read would be Psalm 23. Why? Being executed, trivial as it may seem to some, would stress me out. Yes, we’re all dying – some of us faster than others – but the process isn’t anything I look forward to. Plus, I don’t like needles, and my third novel’s edits aren’t complete, and I don’t know if my book contract contains…

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ITW’s ThrillerFest Debut Author Jonathan Putnam Talks ‘Perish from the Earth’

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ThrillerFest 2017 Debut Authors Jonathan Putnam PERISH FROM THE EARTH

Meet today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Jonathan Putnam and his soon-to-be-released historical thriller, Perish from the Earth. Check out what he has to say about his favorite thriller and preferred method of murder (in books!). BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why?  Jonathan Putnam: My first inclination is to say The Idiot’s Guide to Death Row Appeals, for obvious reasons, but since I was a trial lawyer before becoming a mystery writer I could actually represent myself. So I’ll say instead Nabokov’s autobiography, Speak, Memory. It is one of the most beautiful, perceptive and haunting books I’ve ever read. I’d want it with me at the end. BT: If you were going…

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#ThrillerFest2017 Debut Author Shaun Harris Steals Our Attention with ‘The Hemingway Thief’

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ThrillerFest 2017 Shaun Harris THE HEMINGWAY THIEF

Check out today’s featured ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Shaun Harris and his new thriller, The Hemingway Thief! See what he has to say about how he’d kill off his beloved hero, Henry “Coop” Cooper! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? Shaun Harris: I suppose the smart-ass answer would be Escape from Alcatraz and the smart answer would be Criminal Law and Its Processes by Kadish, Schulhofer and Barkow. I’ll be nice, however, and take the question as it was intended. So the last book I’ll ever read while sitting in a confined grey and unhappy place? Probably best to leave the Cormac McCarthy alone then less I end up doing the State’s…

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