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Jon Land’s September Thriller Picks: Hollywood, Sci-Fi, and More!

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As we near the end of September, you don’t want to miss the best of thrillers that came out in the last month before the new influx comes in. Luckily, master thriller writer Jon Land has selected the best of the past month in his reviews so you can make confident choices for an immersive story at your leisure. Twisting family relationships, Hollywood, science-fiction, and more in this month’s featured selections! Karin Slaughter’s bracing Pieces of Her (William Morrow) is a classic mother and daughter tale steeped in angst and mystery that might be called emotive noir. That’s what awaits Andrea Oliver when she uncovers the fact that her mother Laura has been living a double life, another person entirely…

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7 Suspense-Packed July Picks From Jon Land

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Strap in for tastes of history, spies, and horror for this month! Expert thriller writer and regular columnist for BookTrib, Jon Land presents his top selections from the genre for July. Timely thrillers are nothing new for Brad Thor. But in the scintillating Spymaster (Atria) he ups the ante considerably with a tale that’s scarily prescient. Series hero former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath finds himself on a different kind of battlefield when a wave of diplomatic assassinations strikes the globe. The carefully orchestrated plot, of course, has far more fiendish ends than murder in mind. And it’s left to Harvath and company to thwart a World War I conflagration of events leading, this time, to nuclear war. Long a master of…

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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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The New Voice Behind Jessica Fletcher’s ‘Murder, She Wrote’

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I got the call from my agent on a Sunday afternoon last May. “Don Bain isn’t well,” he said, referring to another client who’d penned all 46 titles in the Murder, She Wrote series. “He’s not going to be able to write the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ books anymore. Would you be interested in taking the series over?” It took me all of two seconds to respond.  “Absolutely,” I said. Of course, at that point I had no idea what I was in for because I’d never read a single book in the series, although I was a huge fan of the spectacularly successful television show on which they were based. I’d also never written in first person, much less from…

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Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

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Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

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Jon Land’s Picks: The 10 Best Pairings in the History of Film and Pop Culture

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When Heather Graham and I decided to team up to write The Rising for Tor, we had no idea how the process would work or how well they would be mesh.  But our collaborative effort proved seamless to the point where neither of us is exactly sure who was responsible for what in the finished product. It got so we could finish each other’s sentences. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of the best pairings in the history of film and pop culture in general.  See what you think and then ring in on what else should make the list.   HUCK AND JIM  Huckleberry Finn’s “freeing” of his friend the slave Jim, and their subsequent raft-bound trip…

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10 New Books of Literary Fiction with a Razor’s Edge

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Literary fiction occupies a special place in the world of books. There are masterpieces that combine elements of heart, fantasy, science fiction, war-narratives, biographies, soul and humor to create something that is unique as well as familiar. Here are ten brand new literary works of fiction by the late Sam Shepard, Fiona Mozley, Elif Shafak, Nora Roberts, Jenny Diski and others that we think are pretty edgy. Spy of the First Person, Sam Shepard This is the final work of the late Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, actor, musician and private person Sam Shepard who died in July at the age of 73. With an unnamed narrator to guide the way, we are taken through the perspective, life and memories of his work,…

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‘Strong to the Bone’ is Jon Land’s Most ‘Introspective’ Book in Series

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In September, author James R. Hannibal (The Fourth Ruby) gave an outstanding review of Jon Land’s latest in the Caitlin Strong series, Strong to the Bone, which was released today.  Here we revisit Hannibal’s review of what he calls Land‘s most “introspective” and deeply “insightful” book in the series.   Rape. Racism. White Supremacy. These are hard words to read, and even harder to write. It feels risky, dangerous even to offer such evil the permanence of ink on paper. In Strong to the Bone author Jon Land refuses to shy away from that risk, exposing those evils with the right blend of delicacy and rage, while still bringing the intense action and thrills readers of his Caitlin Strong series have come to expect.…

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The 10 Best Science Thrillers Ever Written: Jon Land’s Picks

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So my latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone, is heavily based in science, particularly bio-engineering, after clinical trials for a groundbreaking anti-rejection drug go horribly wrong. That results in bad guys, really bad guys, ending up in possession of what could be the ultimate weapon. So I got to thinking about the genesis of thrillers at least reasonably grounded in scientific principals, and I came up with a list of books to which I can only hope Strong to the Bone, to be published on December 5, 2017 by Forge Books, will be compared favorably. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton What can I say? This is the grandfather of the entire genre by the man who practically invented…

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Thrills and Chills: 6 Hauntingly Good Reads for September

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Are you looking for thrills this September but you aren’t quite sure where to look? With October fast approaching, everybody is looking for some jumps, and these thrillers sure pack the punch! Harlan Coben vacates the comfortable suburban world he’s often made so uncomfortable for a trip into crime noir with his typically superb Don’t Let Go. We’ve never met the book’s anti-hero New Jersey homicide detective Napoleon Dumas before, but he feels familiar for all the right reasons. Haunted by the murder of his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girl friend since high school, Dumas’ life takes a shocking turn when the fingerprints of his own long missing girlfriend Maura turn up in a murder investigation in the present.…

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Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong Fends off Evil and Racism in ‘Strong To The Bone’

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Rape. Racism. White Supremacy. These are hard words to read, and even harder to write. It feels risky, dangerous even to offer such evil the permanence of ink on paper. In Strong to the Bone author Jon Land refuses to shy away from that risk, exposing those evils with the right blend of delicacy and rage, while still bringing the intense action and thrills readers of his Caitlin Strong series have come to expect. Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns to the page for a high octane, yet deeply personal mission. When she stumbles upon the aftermath of a sexual assault, the DNA evidence sends her spinning to the edge of control. Could the perpetrator really be the same man who attacked Caitlin…

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Jon Land’s ‘Dark Light Dawn’ Comes with a Vengeance

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Navy Seal Max Younger emerges from the shadows with a strange luck and an unnatural ability to kill. Plagued by fits of rage and bloody visions of his own future, Max is never certain whether he is man or monster. But when dark forces unleash an otherworldly pathogen, the monster comes out with a vengeance. Max Younger may be part angel or part demon. The line between the two runs terribly thin. In Dark Light Dawn, Jon Land and Fabrizio Boccardi, the team that brought the Tyrant to life, return with a new dark hero that instantly hits blockbuster status. Intense military combat and paranormal thrills slam together like peanut butter and chocolate. The two, it seems, were made for…

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