Q&A with Sophie Hannah

The Carrier by Sophie Hannah is an intense psychological thriller. It can be considered a love story and a gripping mystery, a “who done it” of sorts. Released earlier this month in the US, it has already won the 2013 Crime Thriller of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. Elise Cooper: Other than Gaby, and possibly Lauren, the other characters are not very likeable. Did you do that intentionally? Sophie Hannah: Yes. I wanted Gaby’s character to stand out. My intention was for Gaby to be the heroine and the one who the readers will identify with. She finds herself in a situation where almost everybody she comes into contact with is...

Q&A with Jack Higgins

Elise Cooper: Both books deal with the IRA. What point were you trying to make? Jack Higgins: They were fighting for the position of Ireland in the British Empire. They wanted independence as a country. In the end they achieved something of the kind. EC: In Rain On The Dead you imply that the IRA fights for independence while the Muslim terrorists fight to impose their will. Do you agree? JH: Yes. I see what you mean. Both groups are fighting a new type of war and do not wear a uniform. It becomes very difficult for the authorities to recognize the enemy. It could be anyone in the street. At least with the Irish, they had a genuine desire...

Q & A with Mark Greaney

Elise Cooper: What was it like working with the icon author Tom Clancy? Mark Greaney: I was called in 2011 and was asked if I would like working with Clancy. My first reaction was, ‘how am I going to get out of this’ because I was totally intimidated. It turned out my editor at Berkeley was also Tom Clancy’s editor at Putnam. Tom was looking for a new co-author. My editor went to my agent who then asked if I would like to co-author the next Tom Clancy book. I wish I could say I was excited, but the truth is, I was terrified. I have been a massive fan of his since The Patriot Games in 1987. I have first editions of most of his books...

Interview With Elizabeth Heiter

1) Tell us about your new book? Eighteen years before VANISHED starts, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine’s best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared from her bed one night. In her place, a macabre nursery rhyme was left behind, the calling card of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Cassie was never found, and now another girl has gone missing in Evelyn’s hometown of Rose Bay, South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. It’s the case Evelyn has wanted to solve since she was twelve years old – the case that drove her to join the FBI in the first place. Returning to Rose Bay means facing her hometown, where old prejudices simmer into violence...

Q & A with Charles and Caroline Todd

A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd (Charles and Caroline) is being billed as a prequel to the Ian Rutledge series. But it is much more that that, as the authors put the readers right in the middle of the hysteria about going to war at the beginning of the 20th Century. Intermingled with World War I facts is the backstory of Ian Rutledge, examining who he is before the war. The story’s timing occurs just before World War I begins, in June 1914. While most are focused on the assassination of the Archduke in Sarajevo, Rutledge is concentrating on a case involving a series of murders across England, which are seemingly unconnected. He is also...

Q & A with Liad Shoham

Liad Shoham’s latest book, Asylum City has a riveting plot that involves a mystery based around social issues. This is not a typical thriller since the reader is engrossed not only in the crime plot but also the current issue facing Israelis. Since the author is a practicing attorney, the descriptions are realistic and accurate. He uses his job experiences to write a gripping novel that is in many ways similar to the US immigration problem: should border security be implanted before solving the immigration problem, what to do with those illegally in the country, and is there a humanity issue. The problem in Israel has arisen from the...