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In preparation for ThrillerFest X, the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, we interviewed four bestselling, award-winning authors… who also all happen to be book reviewers. These ITW members shared their unique perspectives on writing & reading book reviews, trends in the Thriller genre and community, and even shared a few stories that made us laugh. We hope you enjoy this inside look as much as we did—and hopefully take away a book recommendation, or two!

It’s our pleasure to welcome:

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Bruce DeSilva
grew up in a tiny Massachusetts mill town where the mill closed when he was ten. This parochial little place was sadly bereft of metaphors—and assonance and irony were also in short supply. Nevertheless, his crime fiction has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards; has been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards; and has been published in ten foreign languages. His short stories have appeared in Akashic Press’s award-winning noir anthologies. He has reviewed books for The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and his reviews for The Associated Press continue to appear in hundreds of publications. Previously, he was a journalist for forty years, most recently as writing coach world-wide for AP, editing stories that won nearly every major journalism prize including the Pulitzer. A Scourge of Vipers, the fourth novel in his hardboiled crime series, was recently published by Forge.

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Jon Land
is the USA Today bestselling author of 37 novels, including six titles in the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong Texas Ranger series of which the most recent, Strong Darkness, won the 2014 USA Books Best Book Award and the 2015 International Book Award in the Thriller category. That followed Strong Rain Falling winning both the 2014 International Book Award and 2013 USA Best Book Award for Mystery-Suspense. His most recent book, Black Scorpion, was published on April 7 with the next in the Caitlin Strong series, Strong Light of Day, coming in October. He’s a 1979 graduate of Brown University, lives in Providence, Rhode Island and can be found on the Web at jonlandbooks.com or on Twitter @jondland.

Jeff Ayers


Jeff Ayers
is a freelance reviewer of suspense/thrillers for the Associated Press, Library Journal (2012 Fiction Reviewer of the Year), Booklist, and RT Book Reviews. He’s the author of Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion (Pocket Books), the library thriller Long Overdue (Stonehouse), the YA mystery co-written with Kevin Lauderdale titled The Fourth Lion (Booktrope), and the e-book original thriller Assassin’s Agenda (Detective Ink). He co-wrote the short story Last Shot with Jon Land that appeared in the anthology Love is Murder, edited by Sandra Brown. Jeff co-hosts an Internet radio show with John Raab of Suspense Magazine called Beyond the Cover, which has interviews with book industry professionals plus reviews and discussions about the world of publishing. He is on the board of directors for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, Inc.

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Myles Knapp
has been held at gunpoint by the Rio police, fought for his life against a hammer-wielding psycho and lost more full contact judo fights to Marines than he can count. As a reviewer, he’s read over 5,000 thrillers and is determined to read another 5,000. Since 2001, his column, “Grit-Lit,” has appeared in major newspapers and websites including The San Jose Mercury, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and affiliates.

A marketing and sales professional, he has lived and worked in the United States, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. When not busy completing his second and third Revenge School novels, Myles is reading, lifting heavy weights and riding his motorcycle or bicycle.

From your unique perspective of being a Thriller author and a book reviewer, can you describe the Thriller community? Is there anything unique amongst those contributing to and interested in this genre that perhaps isn’t a characteristic of other literary communities?  

Bruce: Writers of thrillers (and their close cousins, the mystery writers) constitute an incredibly welcoming and supportive creative community. As someone who has been writing, editing, and teaching for more than forty years, I can tell you with utter certainty that most writing communities are not like this. There’s a lot of competition and jealousy out there. For example, my wife is a poet. We know a lot of very nice poets, but as a group, they’re given to cattiness and backstabbing. And academic writers? Fuhgeddaboutit! But from the moment my first novel, Rogue Island, appeared six years ago, the thriller community opened its arms to me. Even the biggest stars–people like Joseph Finder, Dennis Lehane, and Harlan Coben—went out of their way to offer advice and encouragement. For that, I’ll always be grateful.

Jon: Trying to challenge me right from the start, eh? Hey, I love talking about the thriller community because, thanks to ITW, it’s become unusually tight-knit. I say unusually because writers are normally perceived, rightfully so, as an amorphous, disconnected bunch with each living in his or her own little box. Since its inception, ITW has expanded that box and left a side open so everyone is welcome to come in. I can’t truly say if this unique among other literary communities because I’m not a part of them. But I can say that the very mission of ITW is basically creating a community where the haves reach out and down to the not-yet-haves. Writers helping writers, in other words, and, yes, I do believe that is somewhat unique anyway perhaps because we’ve come to realize that the better the genre does, the better we all do.

Jeff: There are so many different subgenres in the world of thrillers – everything from legal and historical to romantic and action/adventure. So you can imagine how diverse thriller writers are. They get the adrenaline flowing, and keep the reader up all night – so they have that in common. Without exception, everyone I have met in the thriller community has been wonderful, friendly, and very gracious with their time and advice. It may be unique to the thriller community, however, that we regularly alarm taxi drivers and restaurant servers with our discussion of how to hide bodies and cause explosions.

Myles: I am very fortunate to review almost exclusively thrillers so most of my experiences are with thriller readers. In general, I find thriller readers to be more active and engaged than readers of tea cozies or “literate writing.” Continue reading “Author Interview – Thriller Edition”

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The UK’s Top Ten Books… Coming in August 2015

Time was that August provided sad and meagre pickings in the publishing world, but over the last few years this has changed beyond belief. Far from worrying about there being no room for publicity, now many of the most talked-about books are being published in the middle of the summer.

Our selection is an eclectic bunch this month, headed by The Loney – a small-publisher sensation which redefined the modern horror novel, now published by John Murray. There is also a lot of noise surrounding Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (ironic title, considering the book weighs in at 736 pages) while Circling the Sun sees the return of The Paris Wife author Paula McLain. And do have a look at The Eagle in Splendour, which is a fascinating journey inside Napoleon’s court.

Hope you enjoy the beginnings of summer, and see you next time!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
John Murray
UK Edition

Originally published by a tiny press in Yorkshire, The Loney became something of a cult hit before John Murray stepped in to buy the rights. Compared to horror masterpiece, The Wicker Man, The Loney is an extraordinary, unsettling and hugely atmospheric tale of faith and ancient belief, centring on the relationship between Smith and his mute, mentally disabled brother Hanny. It is a sinister and consistently inventive tale that deserves to put British horror back on the map.

A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Picador
UK edition

This is a massive book, both in terms of its size and also with the weight of expectation resting upon it. The US response to this tale of friendship in the 21st Century has been ecstatic and is sure to be replicated here. Four classmates move to New York City, all their lives ahead of them. Over the coming decades we see Willem, JB, Malcom and Jude taste success and pain, but also face the challenges of an unseen past. Epic and heart-breaking, this is a book for our times.

The Eagle of Splendour
Philip Mansel
IB Tauris
World edition

Take a journey back into the world of Napoleon’s court in this sumptuous, fascinating and absorbing account of the Little General as Emperor rather than as a great soldier. As never before, we gain access to the intrigues and excesses of the times, as well as a unique insight into one of history’s greatest figures.

The Father
Anton Svensson
Sphere
UK edition

Even though this looks and feels a lot like a standard issue Scandi-Crime novel, The Father is actually something quite different – a compulsive and wholly immersive tale of three brothers who terrorised a county, and their other brother, who did not follow them. Based on a true story, this is utterly mesmerising stuff.

Fishbowl
Bradley Somer
Ebury Press (Fiction)
UK edition
US edition

This is perhaps one of the most intriguing and oddly constructed novels you’ll read this – or indeed any – year. At its heart is a goldfish called Ian. Ian has always wanted a more exciting life. Then, one day, from his 27th floor apartment a series of events means he comes into contact with the other residents of his block. You’ll fall head over heels for this witty and insightful debut.

The Last Roundhead
Jemahl Evans
Holland House
World edition

Ancestor to Colonel Blimp, Sir Blandford Candy is an irascible old drunk with a hatred of poets and a love of hats. After an argument with his new neighbour Alexander Pope, he looks back on his life and the start of the Civil War. This picaresque romp through the Stuart and Civil War-era Britain is glorious, exuberant and delightful stuff.

Circling the Sun
Paula McLain
Virago
UK edition
US edition

The author of much-loved The Paris Wife returns to take us to the heart of another true story. Set in 1920s colonial Kenya, Circling the Sun is about an unforgettable woman who lives by nobody’s rules but her own. It’s a brilliant blend of truth and fiction, with an exceptional cast of characters – including the author Karen Blixen – but this book belongs to Beryl Markham, an always fascinating woman in the blasting heat of love, destiny and courage. Exquisitely done.

The Mistake I Made
Paula Daly
Bantam Press
UK edition
US edition

Keep Your Friends Close was Paula Daly’s big breakout novel and The Mistake I Made is perfect for those fans already gasping for the next book, as well as those yet to discover her brilliant psychological thrillers. Roz is crippled by debt. But now a stranger has made her an offer. But can it really be just for one night? What will happen afterwards?

One
Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury
UK edition

There have been several novels about conjoined twins over the last decade or so, but mostly they have been set in the past. Sarah Crossan’s pitch-perfect and utterly convincing tale of Grace and Tippi is very much set in the present, and brings the hardships and triumphs of these incredible girls to life. Another absolute must-read from the Carnegie Medal shortlisted author of The
Weight of Water.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Becky Chambers
Hodder & Stoughton
UK edition

Like The Loney, Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was snapped up by a major publisher after being independently published – and it again has become something of a phenomenon. This is a full-on space opera with so much to recommend it, not least pace, wit and invention. At its heart is Rosemary Harper, crewmate of the ragtag spaceship Wayfarer. All she wanted was some peace; but then the crew is offered a chance of a lifetime – one that could expose all Rosemary’s secrets…

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Anthony Doerr

Interviewed by Lara Touitou - Anthony Doerr is the author of two short story collections and two novels. His latest novel All The Light We Cannot See won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in Idaho. *Author photo by Shauna Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See is published in the UK by Fourth Estate, in the US by Scribner, and by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

From the second quote in the epigraph until the end of the novel, one of the main themes tackled is radio transmission and the way in which it is being used—and also by what kind of people it is being used. It echoed a recurrent duality in the novel, in which some things or concepts could serve two very different, if not opposite purposes. Nothing is ever as it seems: do you think it applies to the novel?

Yes, very much so. Werner’s engineering skills, for example, might be considered something very praiseworthy now, but during the novel they are used to a terrible purpose. The same was true, of course, for the physicists who invented the hydrogen bomb—they were unlocking the mysteries of the building blocks of all creation, but they were also unleashing an incomprehensibly destructive force. Your question makes me think, too, about all the different purposes the Internet serves right now. The extremists we’re currently calling ISIS upload acts of horrifying violence to YouTube to wage psychological terror; governments and corporations use metadata from social media to monitor the behavior of their citizens. And yet, at the same time, the Internet can be an incredible tool for democracy and education. Someone in rural France can use the Internet to teach herself to speak Mandarin, or repair a car, or read ancient Greek. These sorts of conundrums fascinate me.

I am not sure if I counted right, but the word “war” appears less than thirty times throughout the course of the novel. Was it a conscious choice from the very start of the writing process to put this specific word aside, all the while Marie-Laure and Werner's fates are shaped by the circumstances of history?

That’s interesting. No, that was not a conscious choice, but I was acutely aware that there was a lot of writing about WWII already out there—much of it breathtakingly good, and written by people for whom the war was memory. So for most of the 10 years I worked on All the Light, I was terrified that I’d settle into a pattern of narrative that had lost some of its power because it had been already done.

One strategy I tried was to mimic the language of fairy tale and allegory: the boy, the girl, the ogre, the cursed gemstone, the imaginary citadel. And another was to try to balance that sense of otherworldliness against a hyper-realism; to detail everything as carefully as I could. I thought maybe the juxtaposition of those two techniques might help the novel feel different, in the way a Borges or a Calvino story always feels different, even when they’re describing our world. Sometimes the best way to show a reader something is not to name it at all.

Could you tell us a few words about why you chose Saint-Malo as one of the main settings of the novel?

I first saw the city while on book tour in France in 2006. After a long dinner, I went for a stroll on top of the ramparts after dark, peering into the third floor windows of houses, the sea glimmering to my right, the city glowing on my left. It was deeply captivating: a place that seemed part fairy tale castle, part Escher drawing, part mist and ocean wind and lamplight. I felt as if I was walking in through an imaginary city from Calvino’s Invisible Cities. I had started a story about a girl who loved the sea, and a boy who loved radios, and as soon as I learned more about the city’s ordeal during WWII, I knew I wanted to try to set that piece of fiction there.

How did Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea find its way in the novel? How meaningful was it for you to have Marie-Laure read this book in particular?

20,000 Leagues was a childhood favorite of my own. Verne’s novel is about wonder and technology, and he uses narrative to amplify a reader’s interest in the natural world. This is so similar to the kind of projects I try to make with my own fiction, that – one day, when I started re-reading it – I decided Verne’s text might serve as an effective book-within-a-book, and might be the right text to have Marie-Laure broadcast over her radio. To me, Marie-Laure’s most salient characteristic is her curiosity—she is a learner first and foremost. So giving her Verne, whose books celebrate the quest for knowledge, seemed like a good fit.

All The Light We Cannot See is a novel intrinsically linked to the five senses. Do you feel it is inseparable from your writing?

Yes. If a writer’s goal is to transport a reader into another human being’s life, the most important tool we have is detail. The American writer John Gardner called it “the moment-by-moment authenticating accumulation of detail.” How do you keep your reader in the dream of the fiction—how do you make your reader forget that he or she is reading sentences on a page? It’s through sensory detail, the smells of mango trees, the feel of sand beneath your heels, the clacking of scorpions as they skitter up out of the drain in the bathtub.

As I wrote All the Light, I kept telling myself the old humanist dictum: that the path to the universal runs through the individual. If you want to understand the larger movements of history, you read the diaries of (so-called) ordinary children like Anne Frank of Petr Ginz. The glory and genius of The Diary of Anne Frank, for example, is in the ordinary, quotidian day-to-day detailing of her writing: the things they ate, the jokes they told. The horror comes through because of the mundanity. The lessons of that little diary have stayed with me: first, that through books, the memories of the dead can live; and second, that only through the smallest details, through the sights and smells and sounds of one person’s moment-by-moment experience, can a writer convey the immensity that is a human life.

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LibraryReads List

July 2015

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Crooked Heart: A Novel by Lissa Evans
ISBN 9780062364838

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Indie Next List

June edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the June Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

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The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
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Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
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A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel by Paul Tremblay
ISBN 9780062363237

Medicine Walk: A Novel by Richard Wagamese
ISBN 9781571311153

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
ISBN 9780316247764

Mislaid: A Novel    Nell Zink    978-0062364777

 

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LibraryReads List

June 2015

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. You can request the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site

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Additional LibraryReads titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
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Indie Next List

May edition

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The Bone Tree: A Novel by Greg Iles
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Where They Found Her: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
ISBN 9780062225467

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
ISBN 9781908313867

The Green Road: A Novel by Anne Enright
ISBN 9780393248210

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The UK’s Top Ten Books… Coming in June 2015

As we move towards summer, publishers are spicing up their lists with some early beach reads. Not that beach-reading has to be just for blockbusters; getting some quality time to read without interruption is perfect for all kinds of books – and this month’s selection is sure to make you wish for languorous hours by the glistening pool.

Our Book of the Month is the filthy, funny and utterly captivating I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy – sure to be a massive hit. It is backed up with some incredible YA novels, two thrillers you won’t want to miss, a blistering SF debut, and three novels that are already getting some serious attention (especially Laura Barnett’s The Versions of Us). Get requesting while dreaming of your perfect holiday reads!

Book of the Month

I Take You
Eliza Kennedy
Jonathan Cape
UK edition

Set to become a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, I Take You is a pitch perfect, hilarious and genre-defining comedy that mixes the classic with the contemporary. The set-up sounds familiar – Lily Wilder has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé, but is she ready to settle down? – however the execution is far from expected. Lily is a dream of a character, booze-soaked and self-assured, and following her will-she-won't-she journey to the altar is a hugely enjoyable romp, as well as a sly comment on sexual politics, monogamy and societal pressures on women. Serious fun.

The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
W&N
UK edition
Aus edition

The question “What if?” Is probably one of the most posed in all of literature. What would have happened had someone done something differently one day? How different would things really be? In The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett asks these questions based on a single meeting in 1958 between two students, Eva and Jim. There are three possible outcomes, and each one brings with it something vital, surprising and engaging. Already picked up for a television deal, this is going to be one of those huge breakout books in the vein of Life after Life and One Day.

The House of Hidden Mothers
Meera Syal
Doubleday
UK edition

It’s been almost twenty years since Anita and Me became an instant bestseller – and sixteen years since its equally well-received follow up, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee – but finally, Meera Syal returns to the novel. And it’s everything one could hope for – tender, often wildly funny and ultimately devastating. Shyama is forty-four and in love with a younger man. Together they want a child, and it looks like they might have found the answer in Mala, a young woman who has escaped from an oppressive marriage. But is everything as perfect as it sounds? Can both women find the happiness they crave?

All Together Now
Gill Hornby
Little, Brown
UK edition

Gill Hornby’s first novel, The Hive, was one of the most talked about and intriguing novels of recent years–and her follow up is sure to delight fans of that first book. The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, the town seems to have lost its heart. Can a choir really help to bring the community back together? This is a novel with real heart and one that can’t fail to warm the spirit.

Tightrope
Simon Mawer
Little, Brown
UK edition

Simon Mawer is one of the most consistently surprising and unusual of British writers. His novel The Glass Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009, and his most recent book, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky was an international bestseller. His new novel is a superbly crafted Cold War spy story. Time and place are vividly and exactingly realised, and his tale of the double life of Marian Sutro – caught between loyalties to her war-time past, and her uncertain present – is never anything less than utterly compelling.

The Man Who Watched Women
Hjorth & Rosenfeldt
Cornerstone
UK edition

Of all the Scandi-crime imports of the last few years, The Bridge remains – with respect to The Killing – the most acute, unusual and insightful. Its creator has now turned his attention to the page, and The Man Who Watched Women is every bit as complex and addictive as his television work. This is the first outing for psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman as, against the backdrop of a Stockholm heatwave, he tries to uncover the truth about a series of murders, only to find himself implicated in their violence. Stunning.

Dark Run
Mike Brooks
Del Rey
UK edition

For those who like their adventure fast-paced, exciting and with a healthy dose of wit, Dark Run is an absolute must. Captain Ichabod Drift and a varied cast of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers search the vastness of space aboard the Keiko. They only talk about the next job, and never the past. Until Drift is blackmailed into an assignment that threatens all of their lives. It’s a job so dangerous, no one can know they’re even doing it. What they call a dark run…

Phoenix Rising
Bryony Pearce
Stripes Publishing
UK edition

Award-winning Bryony Pearce returns with the first of a new YA trilogy set in a future world where fossil fuels have run out, and democracy has collapsed. Toby has been on the run for as long as he can remember, his father a wanted man. Now aboard ragtag ship called the Phoenix, he longs for peace. However, an old enemy is hot on their trail. There seems no hope, until he meets Ayla…

It's About Love
Steven Camden
HarperCollins Children's
UK edition

From the hugely popular author of Tape, this very special YA novel has that secret, indefinable ingredient which makes writers such as John Green such a phenomenon. This is the story of Luke and Leia, who unlike in Star Wars are not brother and sister, but are meant for each other. At least it appears so. But like in Star Wars, there are monsters everywhere – from the past in this case. And the past can be a scary place…

The Fire Children
Lauren Roy
Ravenstone
UK edition

Yulla has spent her life in the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness and forbidden to venture to the surface world. But curiosity gets the better of her and she steals above ground. There she witnesses the abduction of one of the Fire Children – those given permission to leave the caverns – and is thrown into a struggle that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. An electrifying, tense and often terrifying novel.

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