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Book Review: The Promise by Robert Crais

Rob Taub | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books
Rob Taub

In The Promise, Elvis Cole has been hired to find Amy Breslyn, and in the second paragraph, with no preamble whatsoever Robert Crais drops us right into the middle of the action where something clearly unsavory is taking place.

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

'Strong Light of Day,' A Conversation With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is the prolific author of more than thirty-six books. His thriller novels include the Caitlin Strong series about a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, and the Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea books about a Palestinian detective and an Israeli chief inspector of police.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVI

Alan Black | Posted 08.31.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

But who can sleep? Not Mac, who helps sweep up at closing. He lives in a hotel with cockroaches and other bugs that go crawly in the night. On to his chest. He sleeps with cotton wool in his ears.

Pretty Baby: An Interview With Mary Kubica

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl and the newly released Pretty Baby, takes readers through suspenseful twists and turns after a chance meeting between two women on a train platform. Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will appreciate this interesting take on the thin line that separates sanity and darker impulses

Experience THRILLERS' VHS Fantasy

Myrlaun Walker | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment
Myrlaun Walker

THRILLERS modern take on the '80s filmic work continues with "Lipstick on the Mirror," the third video from the sequel after "Body High" and "Can't Get Enough."

Book Review: Uncommon Stock and the Literary Hat Trick

Jeremy Shure | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Jeremy Shure

Like many, I was glued to my television a few weeks ago when Carli Lloyd's hat trick lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to their first World C...

Book Review: The Insect Farm By Stuart Prebble

Rob Taub | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Rob Taub

This is in no way a murder mystery. It's more of a lesson that people and circumstances are not always what they seem, especially Roger, who is too often mistaken for a 'half-wit."

The Demonologist and the Damned: What Keeps Andrew Pyper Up at Night?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

There's a reason suspense novels rule the best-seller list and are the subject of studio bidding wars: Done well, the genre burrows into the collective psyche, keeping us up at night with well-paced plot twists and perfectly wrought villains.

THRILLERS Are The Epitome Of Summer Love With Debut EP 'Cotton Candy Kisses'

Myrlaun Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
Myrlaun Walker

Los Angeles' newest music sensation and blood-brother duo, THRILLERS, are taking the hipster culture by storm with their debut EP, "Cotton Candy Kisses."

Tom Clancy 'Under Fire,' a Conversation With Grant Blackwood

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Grant Blackwood co-authored Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, The Kill Switch with James Rollins, and The Fargo Adventure Series with Clive Cussler. Under Fire is Grant's first solo Tom Clancy book in the Jack Ryan, Jr. series.

Dummies and Death and Jennifer Lopez

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Characters in thrillers--especially the women--live in a parallel universe, don't they? A universe where they've never read a thriller or seen one on TV or in a movie theater. Because otherwise they wouldn't behave like dummies even now, heading past the middle of the decade. Take Jennifer Lopez in this year's erotic thriller The Boy Next Door.

'The Fixer' A Conversation With Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder is known to any reader who loves thrillers. His first book was published when he was only 24, and he's gone on to write critically acclaimed thrillers including Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour, and High Crimes, all of which became Hollywood films.

'Secrets of State' A Conversation with Matthew Palmer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Matthew Palmer is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Having been at ground zero for many pressing global issues from Kosovo to Africa, he has extensive knowledge of international crises.

Ex Machina Movie Review: Should We Be Scared?

Katharine Rose | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Katharine Rose

There are many reasons to be impressed with Ex Machina, the recently released, exceptionally well-done sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Garland, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. Most notably, however, is its ability to be both ordinary and unique at the same time.

5 Books to Take on Vacation

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

One of the things I love most about going on vacation is having the luxury to just sit and read. It can be stressful choosing the right books, though, because there's nothing worse than having time, scenery and a comfy lounge chair -- and a so-so story that doesn't hold your attention.

Ripped From the Headlines: My Ferguson Novel

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

I once introduced a best-selling thriller writer at a reading here in Michigan and mentioned -- among other things -- that he was a finalist for some award. When he got to the podium he quipped, "You know what a finalist means, don't you? It means you didn't win."

Why Crime-Thriller Fiction?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often asked why I write crime-thriller novels. Sometimes, I think the answer is easy: I love to read them, so I write them, too.

The Vampire That Hollywood Missed

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Leslie Kendall Dye

Fevre Dream is about friendship as much as it is about ghouls in the night. It is about the violence in us all and the choices that determine our character. It is also suspense at its finest, paced to maximize dread.

10 Must-read Books for Spring

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking for a great book for a weekend escape -- or just an escape from everyday life -- here are my recommendations.

Insurgent: Intense, Action-Packed and Touching

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.02.2015 | Teen

Insurgent is filled with great scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat and your eyes glued to the big screen.

8 Thrilling Books To Fill The 'Gone Girl' Void

Tina Seskis | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Tina Seskis

Lately it seems that the phenomenal success of Gone Girl has turned a whole new audience onto unsympathetic protagonists who are unreliable narrators ...

Claire Fallon

Why Everyone's Talking About 'The Girl On The Train' | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books

When Gone Girl burst onto the scene in 2012, with its intoxicating tale of marriage gone wrong and its fist-pump-inducing rant on the Cool Girl, the s...

First-Time Novelist Tackles Guns and Corruption

Tamar Abrams | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Tamar Abrams

The novel A Spy Came Home by H.N. Wake is a typical thriller, loaded with suspense, some violence, taut pacing. But it is unique in many ways: Written...

Francesca Lia Block's Noir Genius Shines Darkly in "Beyond the Pale Hotel"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Sitting in the lovely patio eating a vegan falafel bowl with Block across from me wearing a black tank top, black skinny jeans, and shiny pink Nike high-tops, I couldn't help feeling like I'd fallen into a Block novel.