An Interview with Ace Atkins

Gerald So: You’ve seemed up to the task of continuing Spenser from your first day on the job. Do you feel more comfortable having written four Spensers, or do you feel more pressure to keep challenging the characters and engaging readers? Ace Atkins: It definitely feels more comfortable writing a Spenser novel now. At the very first, with LULLABY, it was mainly a question of how do I keep this going and how do I let readers know I “get” this world and this iconic character. But now, as I’m getting to work on my fifth Spenser, there is more thought about doing more than just writing one book, the series as a whole....

An Interview with John Sandford

Gathering Prey by best selling author John Sandford is a thrilling Lucas Davenport story. Per his usual style the plot combines suspense and humor; although, this one is a lot more graphic and violent. His adopted daughter, Letty, gets involved with two “Travelers,” who get murdered by a Charles Manson like gang. She asks her dad to investigate and brings the murderers to justice. Lucas pursues this gang, traveling throughout the Midwest, to stop their murderous rampage. Elise Cooper: Who are the “travelers” and Juggalos? John Standford: The Juggalos are fans and followers of the group, “Insane Clown Posse.” They “travel” to see this group...

An Interview with Jeffery Deaver

Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver is a riveting mystery. He is definitely the Master of Suspense with the many twists and turns throughout the novel. It is an understatement to say he manipulates his readers as he sets them up for one course of action and then abruptly changes it. This latest Kathryn Dance novel is no different. What makes this plot so gripping is that any person can see themselves in the victim’s situation. Whether in an elevator, at a music club, a book signing, or an amusement park, the antagonist is able to manipulate a situation to cause chaos and panic, something he thrives upon. Elise Cooper: In your books there are...

An Interview with Joseph Kanon

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon is a gripping historical thriller. The book’s plot takes place in Berlin four years after the end of World War II. What makes this novel special is that through an action-packed plot readers gain a glimpse of what it was like at the start of the Cold War, where the Stalinists replaced the Nazis. In many ways it is so realistic people will forget it is a thriller. This fast paced novel brings to life postwar Berlin, a city caught between the past atrocities of the Nazis and the harsh realities of the Soviet occupation. Elise Cooper: Are planning on a sequel because the book’s ending left that as a possibility?...

An Interview with David Baldacci

Memory Man by David Baldacci is a compelling novel. This new series is a fascinating characterization, featuring Detective Amos Decker who has unique abilities. It is a psychological thriller that does not only get into the mind of the characters but gets into the mind of the readers. The plot has Decker suffering from the neurological condition, synesthesia, after a football hit. A few years later his loved ones are brutally murdered, throwing him into a downward spiral, costing him his self-esteem and job. That is until the arrest of Sebastian Leopold who confesses to the slaughter of his family. At the same time, a horrific event, a mass...

An Interview with Tony Schumacher

The Darkest Hour is an alternate history, a psychological study, and a thriller all rolled into one fantastic book. It begins with Germany having defeated Europe and now the occupier of Great Britain in 1946. The protagonist is a London police sergeant, John Henry Rossett, a highly decorated British war veteran, who is assigned to the Office of Jewish Affairs, a branch of the SS. He fools himself into believing the false propaganda that his job is to round Jews up for deportation and send them to France as farm laborers. He is a good man who assists evil until he finds a young Jewish child, Jacob, hiding in an abandoned building. Hoping to...