Peter Spiegelman's fourth and newest thriller, Thick as Thieves, is one of our Whodunit picks for August, and reviewer Bruce Tierney called it "genre-defining" and "twisty as a corkscrew." No surprise there, as Spiegelman's book is not only the story of a "dream crime," but it is also one of the most exciting thrillers to hit shelves this summer.
Check out our Q&A with Spiegelman for his take on crime thrillers, great books and great writing.
And if you needed any more convincing about Thick as Thieves, here's the trailer:
Spiegelman's newest is already on shelves. Will you make room for it on your TBR list?
Our August 2011 Romance of the Month comes from Cindy Gerard's Black Ops series. With No Remorse stars supermodel Valentina and ex-SEAL Luke, and they find it difficult to resist each other while running for their lives.
Our columnist gives a little preview of the high-octane romance:
Val’s survival depends on trusting Luke, and trust is hard for her to give these days, even when she finds the man at her side so capable and so downright sexy. With the help of Luke’s team, they piece together the ugly truth. Righting old wrongs might mean losing her life . . . or Luke losing his.
With No Remorse came out in mid-July. Have you or will you pick up a copy?
Karen Robards' newest thriller and our July romance column top pick, Justice (Gallery), hits bookstores today. It forces attorney Jessica Ford and FBI agent (and supersexy) Mark Ryan back together once again -- Jessica is in danger and Mark is determined to keep her out of harm's way. People start going missing during a high-profile case, and it seems to be only a matter of time before Jessica goes missing, too. Our reviewer described it as "riveting" and a "winning summer read."
Robards shared with us a little about her writing world in our '7 Questions' column -- from her favorite characters to her proudest moment. Read the full Q&A to find out more.
Will you be grabbing a copy of Robards' latest thriller?
Fans of the crime genre know the Swedish greats -- Mankell, Nesbø, Larsson, Fossum, Nesser. The new name on the map is Lars Kepler, whose debut thriller The Hypnotist is declared in our July Whodunit? column to be the "the mystery buzz-book of summer 2011." Three horrifying murders leave one young survivor, and psychologist Erik Maria Bark must unearth the truth from within the mind of the teenage boy. What Bark finds will leave readers chilled . . . and very excited about what's next from Kepler.
Cool fact: Lars Kepler is actually a pen name for Swedish couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril.
They discuss writing together under the pseudonym and share some excellent writing advice in their 7 questions Q&A. You definitely won't want to miss their answer to our question, "What does Lars Kepler have in store for us next?"
Who is your absolute favorite Swedish crime author?
Fans of historical vampire novels know Colleen Gleason and her Gardella Vampire Chronicles, which turns the streets of 19th-century London into a hunting ground for vampires. Vamp fans should check out her newest trilogy, The Recency Draculia, where fanged hunters are as much in danger as their prey.
The final installment in the series, The Vampire Narcise, was described by fellow romance author Christie Ridgway in our June romance column as having "lush details, lavish love scenes and characters both noble and violent." We asked Gleason a few questions about favorite and sexiest characters, inspiring books and what's next.
Vamp fans -- is Gleason on your bookshelf? What makes a great vampire novel?
It may have taken 14 years for Kommissarien och tystnaden to be translated into English and become The Inspector and Silence, but the wait has been worth it. Håkan Nesser has quickly joined the ranks of the great Swedish thriller authors, joined by reader-favorite character Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, whose crime stories take place in the fictional town of Maardam.
In Nesser's hands, the story of a young girl's rape and murder, as well as her connection to a cult, is a fearsome and entertaining read. We asked Nesser a few questions about books and writing -- read our Q&A with Håkan Nesser. He might be a craftsman of mystery but he is also a man of few words!
What is your favorite Nesser novel?
From a fun fact about where she writes to a disturbing fact about her (ex)Japanese publisher, Mo Hayder shared some surprises in this week's "7 Questions" column. Read the Q&A to get the full scoop.
Hayder's The Devil of Nanking consistently ranks at the top of our list of most horrific thrillers ever, and her latest novel, Gone, is February's Mystery of the Month. It's the fifth Jack Caffery book, and this time the detective is chasing a carjacker who goes after young girls.
Whodunit columnist Bruce Tierney believes that "Hayder writes some of the most carefully plotted, gripping and downright scary books in the mystery genre."
Do you agree?
Author photo by Arnaud Fe?vrier.
After last week's Newbery and Caldecott announcements at ALA Midwinter, we have been dying to hear from the big winners.
Clare Vanderpool won the Newbery Medal for Moon Over Manifest, the Depression-era story of 12-year-old Abilene Tucker, and Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, described in BookPage as "a heart-warming story, comforting without a lot of fuss."
Today, both winners answered seven of our most pressing questions. Like: Are they nervous about writing an acceptance speech? What was the first thing to go through their heads when they found out they had won? Who provides inspiration? And perhaps my favorite question: Which book character would be the best desert island companion?
What would you like to ask the Newbery and Caldecott winners?
The Border Lords, T. Jefferson Parker’s fourth novel to feature L.A. Sheriff Charlie Hood, is Whodunit columnist Bruce Tierney’s January Mystery of the Month. Intensity, plotting, characters and suspense come together in this winner—which will take you all the way from the Mexican border to Costa Rica.
We caught up with Parker to ask him about his next project, his favorite book and more. I love his answer for which fictional character he’d want to be stranded with on a dessert island (so would Katsumi Hosokawa, if that means anything to you).
Click over to BookPage.com for the full Q&A. The Border Lords is on sale today. Are any Parker fans excited?