Lying Blind by Dianne Emley

“What brought you here, sweetheart? How did your unfinished sentence end like this?” — Nan Vining

Lying Blind, the sixth entry in the Nan Vining series by Dianne Emley, opens with an absolutely stunning description. Pink rose petals blown by the Santa Ana wind drift lazily on the crystal clear water of an infinity pool behind a Spanish Colonial Revival mansion on a hilltop overlooking Pasadena and Los Angeles. Underneath an equally crisp, blue sky, the scene presents “the illusion of a waterfall flowing over the edge of the world.”

Of course, the dead body floating facedown in the pool does spoil the effect just a bit.


The Secrets Within by Dianne Emley

It’s a pleasure to welcome LA Times bestselling author Dianne Emley back to the site. Well-known for her Detective Nan Vining thrillers (The First Cut, Cut to the Quick, The Deepest Cut, Love Kills, Killing Secrets) and Iris Thorne mysteries (Cold Call, Slow Squeeze, Fast Friends, Foolproof, Pushover), Dianne’s newest entry in the Nan Vining series, Lying Blind, is forthcoming from Alibi/Random House on February 28th.

A Thriller At The Bottom Of The World by Matthew Iden

It’s an honor to welcome Matthew Iden to the site today. Already the author of six entries in the Marty Singer detective series (Thomas & Mercer), Matthew is here today to talk about the inspiration for his latest, the standalone psychological thriller The Winter Over (out today from Thomas & Mercer), which is set at the remote Shackleton Research Facility at the South Pole. Though he didn’t quite make it all the way to the South Pole, Matthew did come closer than most people ever will to the bottom of the world.

Grizzly Season by S.W. Lauden

“Why the hell can’t you stay out of trouble?”

That’s a question Greg Salem asks himself as often as it is posed to him. Having found himself up to his eyes in danger and drama following an on-the-job shooting (Bad Citizen Corporation), the former punk rock legend/East Los Angeles police officer is taking some time away from things to try and get his head back on straight.

Along with friend and former bandmate, Marco, Greg retreats to a cabin in the Angeles National Forest. Of course, not being able to stay out of trouble, it’s not long before he and Marco unwittingly stumble upon a marijuana growing operation deep in the forest. Unfortunately for them, the operation isn’t run by peace-and-love potheads, but a man who calls himself Magnus Ursus and who runs his operation, Grizzly Flats, with an iron fist and cult-like loyalty from his group of followers.


Bomb by Les Edgerton

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to ReadHe sometimes wondered why he didn’t get more out of killing than he did.

Charles “Reader” Kincaid is not a man to be taken lightly. As intelligent as he is ruthless, Reader’s specialty is high-end hits—he does dirty deeds, but they do not come dirt cheap. His talent for and willingness to engage in killing came to him early, having beaten his father to death with a baseball bat at age fourteen.

Prone to boredom if not continually challenged, Reader also occasionally resorts to thrill crimes like armed robberies, something he admits is stupid, and for which he was busted twice.

While doing time for his second conviction, Reader comes up with the plan for the perfect crime, the one that will both make him rich and allow him to settle a score that’s been festering since the night he killed his father.


In “Pursuit” of a Dream by John McAllister

It’s a pleasure to welcome John McAllister back to the site today. My first experience with John’s writing was in the anthology Requiems for the Departed (2010), which features his short story “Bog Man,” a wonderfully atmospheric murder investigation set in the lowlands of Iron Age Britain. John then disappeared off my radar for a few years, before roaring back with a vengeance with the Sergeant John Barlow novels, The Station Sergeant (2013, Portnoy Publishing) and Barlow by the Book (2015, Portnoy). John’s latest, Pursuit, is out now, and not a moment too soon considering it’s a book that has been rattling around John’s head in one form or another since it was first started way back in 1994. I’ll let John take it from here.

The Second Time Around by Brandon Daily

Very excited to welcome Brandon Daily to the site today, because him being here for a guest post means his second novel, The Valley, is about to drop. Like, tomorrow. Brandon stormed onto the scene in 2014 with A Murder Country, a novel that justifiably won praise, and awards, from critics and readers alike. Despite the great reception once the book was released, however, that didn’t mean the run-up to publication was easy on Brandon’s nerves. Today he’s here to talk about how that process went the second time around, including the actual writing of the The Valley, and whether it looks like it will ever get easier.
Benjamin Dancer

Is Jack The Good Guy or the Bad Guy? by Benjamin Dancer

I’m pleased to welcome Benjamin Dancer today to talk about his novel Patriarch Run, which drops tomorrow (Conundrum Press). In Patriarch Run, lead Jack Erikson is confronted with problems both highly personal, the nature of fatherhood and relationship between father and son, and truly global, the consequences of our relentless population explosion and its potential tipping point on the sustainability of the human race. Both are obviously complex, nuanced topics, and in Jack readers are presented with a suitably complicated character to carry the burden of sorting out the mess he finds himself in.

Because: Bears by S.W. Lauden

The busy (three books in eleven months) S.W. Lauden is back on the site today, this time to talk about his newest novel, Grizzly Season (Rare Bird Books, October 11th), the sequel to Steve’s lauded debut Bad Citizen Corporation. Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Steve also managed to sneak in a novella, Crosswise, between the two. Today, Steve proves that he has a more than worthy tale to tell when asked where the inspiration for Grizzly Season came from.

Banned Books Week 2016: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to ReadToday is the start of Banned Books Week 2016:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom — the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular — provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Andrew Diamond

A Classic Crime Novel for the Digital Age by Andrew Diamond

Few topics are hotter these days in the world of fiction than cybercrime/cybersecurity, so I’m pleased to welcome Andrew Diamond to the site to talk about his newest, Impala (September 21st from Stolen Time Press), a book that drops its protagonist Russ Fitzpatrick right in the middle of a fast-paced cyber mess, caught between crooks, the FBI, and a woman who may be more dangerous to Russ than the rest combined. Today, Andrew’s here to talk about how what began as something of a personal writing challenge grew into a book that’s generating such great advance buzz it was selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016, alongside such luminaries as James Patterson, Carl Hiaasen, Karen Slaughter, Harlen Coben and Anne Perry.
Trace Conger

The Origins of Mr. Finn by Trace Conger

It’s a pleasure to welcome Trace Conger back to the site. Conger has previously released two books in his Mr. Finn series to great acclaim, including winning a Shamus Award for series opener The Shadow Broker. I started out as one of Trace’s readers, but had the honor of stepping into the role of editor on The Prison Guard’s Son (Black Mill Books), Trace’s most recent Mr. Finn release. As such, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to review The Prison Guard’s Son, but I’m more than happy turn things over to Trace to talk a little about his fateful conversation with a retired private investigator that gave rise to the creation of Mr. Finn.

Could America Collapse? by James R. Duncan

I’m pleased to welcome Jim Duncan to the site today. I had the pleasure of working with Jim on his novel Blood Republic, a book that looks more and more prescient as each day of our current election cycle passes. In Blood Republic, America descends into a second civil war, one driven by conservative vs. liberal ideology run amok in the wake of the most hotly contested presidential election in history. Jim presents the story in a balanced manner, showing no discernible preference for either side. Instead, he leaves it to the reader to decide where their allegiance lies and with whom they sympathize, as well as challenges readers to question why that is.