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?