Philip Kerr obtained a master’s degree in law and philosophy from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. He is best known for the Bernie Gunther series of historical thrillers set in Germany during the 1930s, World War II, and the Cold War. He was a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and winner of the British Crime Writers Association Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Crime Fiction. He has also written a Young Adult series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.
The Carrier: A Talk With Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah, a British poet and novelist, is an internationally bestselling author of psychological crime fiction. Her novels have been published in 27 countries and have featured the detective couple, Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer. In 2013, it was announced that Hannah would pen an Agatha Christie novel featuring Hercule Poirot, the first new novel in 38 years to feature the world famous detective. The decision to write the novel was endorsed by Christie’s estate and publisher.
The Carrier, Hannah’s just released novel, begins when Gaby Struthers’s plane is delayed overnight. She is forced to share a hotel room with a young woman, Lauren Cookson. Lauren tearfully reveals to Gaby she is responsible for an innocent man being sent to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t coincidental because the murder victim is Francine Berry, the wife of the only man Gaby ever truly loved. The mystery begins, and Simon Waterhouse knows there is far more to this case than first meets the eye.
Why I Write Crime Thriller Fiction
I’m occasionally asked why I write crime-thriller novels.
They say write what you know, but I prefer to write what I love. And they always say, write the kind of book you would love to read. So, I write crime-thriller fiction.
But as a psychiatrist and novelist, I think there’s more than that when it comes to crime thriller fiction.
The Golem of Hollywood: A Talk with Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman
Jonathan Kellerman has written 43 books. Thirty seven of them have been novels; all have been bestsellers. Twenty nine of the novels have featured Alex Delaware, a child psychologist who is a consultant to the LAPD.
Jesse Kellerman, Jonathan’s son, has written five novels. Two of them have been international bestsellers. He is also an award-winning playwright. Jonathan and Jesse have co-authored The Golem of Hollywood, a crime novel with elements of myth and the supernatural.
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Murder 101: A Talk with Faye Kellerman
Faye Kellerman is the bestselling author of twenty-six novels, twenty-two of which feature the husband and wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Faye and her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, are the only married couple ever to appear on the New York Times bestseller list simultaneously for two different novels.
Murder101 is the twenty-second Decker-Lazarus novel. Peter is now retired from the LAPD. He and Rina have moved to a small town in upstate New York, to be closer to their four adult children and foster son. Peter works for the Greenbury Police Department, which usually involves little more than dealing with college-town problems. A possible break-in at the local cemetery where a mausoleum’s Tiffany panels have been stolen and replaced by forgeries, leads to drastic consequences, including two brutal murders. As a former LAPD detective, Decker is called on to investigate a case that has far-reaching implications.
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: A Talk with Jan Karon
Nine years ago, Jan Karon, the author of the hugely popular Mitford series of novels, announced that Light from Heaven (2005) would be the last Mitford book. Now, she’s back with a new Mitford novel featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh and his wife Cynthia, along with the rest of their family, neighbors and friends set in this fictional North Carolina town. The series has sold many millions of books and there’s no doubt that untold numbers of Jan Karon fans are ecstatic about the publication of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.
“The Forsaken” A Talk with Ace Atkins
Ace Atkins has written 15 books over the past 15 years. A former college football star for Auburn University, he became a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination for covering a cold case from the 1950s. He published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at age 27, becoming a full-time novelist at age 30.
The Forsaken is the fourth Quinn Colson novel, a series which has won critical acclaim. Two books in the series have been nominated for Edgar Awards. The series features Quinn Colson, a retired U.S. Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has returned to his hometown, Jericho, in rural Mississippi, where as sheriff, he must deal with crime, corruption, and other elements of life in this small Southern town.
The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Talk with M.J. Rose
It’s been said that each of M.J. Rose’s bestselling novels revolves around an enthralling secret. Her reincarnation novels include The Book of Lost Fragrances and Seduction. Her just released novel, The Collector of Dying Breaths is set alternately in the Sixteenth Century with Catherine de Medici’s perfumer, Rene le Florentin, and in modern day France, featuring her recurring character, Jac L’Etoile. Jac is consumed by the quest to unlock Rene’s secret to immortality—to capture a dying person’s last breath to bring a loved one back to life.
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Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder
Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world. He majored in Russian studies at Yale, where he was Phi Beta Kappa; completed a master’s degree at the Harvard Russian Research Center, and then taught at Harvard University. He was recruited to the CIA, but decided he preferred writing.
His first book was published when he was only 24, and he’s gone on to write critically acclaimed thrillers such as Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour, and High Crimes which went on to Hollywood filmdom. In 2004, his novel Paranoia, which focused on corporate ruthlessness, corruption and conspiracy, became a huge bestseller. His awards include The Barry and Gumshoe, and The International Thriller Writers Award for his novel, Killer Instinct. His latest, just-released novel isSuspicion.
Field of Prey: A Talk with John Sandford
We know him as John Sandford, but that’s his nom de plume. As journalist John Camp, he won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for his five-part series about an American farm family faced with an agricultural crisis. He eventually turned to writing thriller novels, and his twenty-fourth Prey novel, Field of Prey, featuring Lucas Davenport, will be available everywhere on May 5th, 2014. Lucas and his team must use all possible resources to try capturing an elusive killer or killers who claim at least twenty victims over a course of years.