Q&A with Tom Young

Elise Cooper: Your bio terrorism scenario seems very realistic and plausible. Is it based on your military experience? Thomas Young: I hope this scenario never really happens where terrorists get their hands on chemical weapons in variety and in quantity. Fortunately, I have never experienced a chemical weapons attack. But my training during twenty years in the Air National Guard included how to respond to that scenario. In chem warfare exercises I learned to recognize symptoms of chem weapons poisoning, how to use protective equipment such as gas masks, and how to administer antidotes. We even practiced flying into a chemical-contaminated...

Q&A with Daniel Silva

Like his previous two books, The Heist by Daniel Silva is both a crime mystery and an espionage thriller. This novel begins with a murder investigation surrounding a stolen painting and becomes a quest to hunt down the hidden assets of a Middle Eastern ruler. Once again the hero Gabriel Allon displays his many talents as an art restorer, investigator, and Israeli intelligence operative     Elise Cooper: Why do you think Gabriel Allon is so popular?   Daniel Silva: He is a character with two distinct sides, as an art restorer and an Israeli intelligence agent. He resonates with people because he is a decent human being who is...

Q&A with C.J. Box

Author C. J. Box has written formidable novels, fourteen in all. With his latest book, Shots Fired, he has exceptionally ventured into the short story realm. The plot lines vary from adventure to crime procedural to historical. There are ten stories, three of them never published, and four include Box’s main character Joe Pickett, although in the story “The Master Falconer” he makes only a cameo appearance.   Elise Cooper: What is the difference between writing a short story and a novel besides the obvious, the length?   C. J. Box: Short stories are harder to write. The elements of a novel have to be introduced and dealt with in a...

Q&A with Catherine Coulter

Power Play is the 18th FBI thriller by Catherine Coulter, starring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. Special Agent Davis Sullivan from Bombshell is brought back with a prominent role. As with all her books, there are two intertwining plots. One has the FBI searching for the person who is attempting to kill Natalie Black, the US Ambassador to the Court of St. James, while the second plot brings back a psychic madman from KnockOut.   Elise Cooper: Since you write about the FBI do you consult with anyone?   Catherine Coulter: About six months before 9/11 I was invited to go to the Washington DC office. They have this unit there that...

Q&A with Hank Steinberg

Hank Steinberg the creator of the hit TV series Without a Trace has written an action packed novel, Out Of Range. Similar to the television show this thriller keeps people guessing until the final page. Unlike other authors famous for their visual media credentials, Steinberg created a plot that is fast-paced with likeable protagonists and nasty antagonists. He even gets this point across in a subtle way by referring to the good guys with their first names and the bad guys by their last names. The plot takes off from the very first page as a husband, Charlie Davis, searches for his missing wife, Julie, a hunt that leads him into a dangerous...

Writers on The Fourth of July

July 4th or Independence Day should have a special place in every Americans heart. It is a national holiday that is marked by patriotic displays. These best-selling authors write about American values, customs, and/or have characters that attempt to keep US citizens safe. Crimespree interviewed them on how they celebrate this patriotic holiday. Ted Bell has written spy novels, and thrillers about World War II time travel. His latest book, Warriors, delves into the dangers of an emerging China while showing how the US and Britain have become strong allies. Alafair Burke, a former prosecutor, uses her experiences to write realistic plots and...