Cover Reveal: DARK TOMORROW by Reece Hirsch

From the author… Thanks to Crimespree for hosting the cover reveal for my next thriller, DARK TOMORROW! I think artist Rex Bonomelli created a wonderfully creepy vibe with this cover for the second book in my Lisa Tanchik series. The photo that was the basis for the design was a Big-Brother’s-eye view of a Washington, D.C. pedestrian crosswalk. This cover perfectly captures the tone of DARK TOMORROW, which portrays what a full-on cyberwarfare attack on the East Coast might look like. For more of Rex Bonomelli’s wonderful work (including Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and UNDER THE DOME!), check out rexbonomelli.com. DARK TOMORROW will be...

FIVE LEGAL THRILLERS YOU’LL LOVE—EVEN IF YOU DON’T...

When I was a little girl, I used to watch “The Perry Mason Show” with my stepfather, and I was not allowed to say a word until the commercials. My stepdad was a lawyer, and apparently wanted to hear every word. Even though I didn’t understand much of it, I fell in love with Perry, and his knowledge of the law, and how, (except for that once), he always won. I learned that sometimes the police accused the wrong person, and that people were innocent until proved guilty. I learned that the law had rules, and whoever used the rules better would win the case. I learned the rhythm of the Perry Mason stories–how it was never the...

Behind the Book: Naming a World

In my new double header Saviors I decided to start from scratch. As in, really scratch. Let’s build a city from nothing, a location that can be anything I want it to be, shaped to fit the stories rather than the other way around. Go back to day one, when the city was founded a thousand years ago, and then pick forward through history, marking all the changes such a place would make on the world around it. Small, sometimes curious, sometimes unexpected, differences that shape its culture. Among the clearest signs of a location’s history are names, both of people and places, and that brings all the joy of picking them. As a crime writer I was...

Pet Spotlight: Jeremy Finley and Thor

Thor So I’m convinced there is a class system with dogs. Our new puppy proved it to me. Just as we in the lower and middle class look with scorn and envy at the rich, the Rescues cast distain upon the Pure Breeds. Look at you, the Dog Pounders glare from the back seat their parents’ 2002 Nissans, with your fancy price tag, riding in the passenger seat in your Mom’s Range Rover, not shedding on the leather. I imagine, beneath it all, a true class war, complete with protests (pooping on the manicured lawns of those who pay big bucks for a something-doodle) and stump speeches (howls at night outside their windows). I’ve either just...

Pet Spotlight: Kristen Lepionka

People who know me in real life keep asking when my private investigator character, Roxane Weary, is going to get a cat. This says way more about me than it does about Roxane–I’m the one with the Crazy Cat Lady bumper sticker–and the truth is, I doubt she could care for another living creature with any kind of regularity (especially since cats don’t drink whiskey). I’m also not sure that she likes cats. So while there’s no chance of Roxane sharing her apartment with a feline roommate any time soon, all of my books have been written with a cat nearby. Snapple I’ve had this gorgeous, crazy lady since 2004–she was a twentieth...