Tag Archives: Thriller

Adding Depth to Your Story / Guest Blogger Philip Cioffari

The bottom line for writing fiction (and I would also say nonfiction) is telling a good story. While Samuel Goldwyn’s advice of “if you’ve got a message, send a telegram” might be true, it defies a long tradition of creating … Continue reading

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Collaborations Can Be As Easy as 1-2-3 / Author Steven Womack

Writing with someone else is tricky. Most writers have their own toys, their own ideas, and they like to write in their own way. How do you keep the other person from being an intrusion rather than a partner? How … Continue reading

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An Interview with Agent Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Today, we have an interview with agent Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Jill has been attending Killer Nashville since 2010 and has been a staunch supporter of the conference ever since. She has a strong Internet and … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Wednesday, October 23, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Killer’s Art by Marji Jungstedt The Girl in Berlin by Elizabeth Wilson Death on Demand by Paul Thomas Styx & Stone by James W. Ziskin Today’s Killer Nashville Featured Books take me around the world, but they all have two things in common: non-stop … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Eyre Price / Killer Nashville Success Story

Today, it’s my pleasure to interview Eyre Price, author of the Crossroads thriller series and Killer Nashville Success Story. So, Eyre, when did you know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve absolutely always wanted to be a writer. It … Continue reading

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2014 Guests of Honor Announced

Killer Nashville is please to announce bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Krueger as the 2014 Guests of Honor for our 9th annual writers’ conference. Lisa Jackson is neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, USA … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Wednesday, September 18, 2013 / “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A young wannabe lawyer finds himself on the wrong side of the law in “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham. Read my review. Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham I grew up reading John Grisham books.  Now my son … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Monday, September 16, 2013 / “Until She Comes Home” by Lori Roy / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A murder and disappearance destroy the essence of a once-respectable neighborhood in “Until She Comes Home” by Lori Roy. Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy Winning an Edgar for your first novel is a hard setup for your second one.  … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Who murdered a pregnant teenage girl? Her mother is not talking. Tell Me by Lisa Jackson Thriller author Lisa Jackson’s new book “Tell Me” sucked me in and disabled me like a snakebite.  Out of nowhere, from the first page of … Continue reading

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The Fictional Serial Killer / Criminologist & Author R. Barri Flowers

Many of today’s bestselling mystery and thriller novels revolve around serial killers. Makes sense as this type of killer seems to appeal most to the fear factor in us, or the bogeyman or bogeywoman come to fictional life, waiting to … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Wednesday, July 24, 2013 / “The Deadly Streets” by Harlan Ellison / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A collection of stories every short story writer and reader should know about:  Harlan Ellison’s The Deadly Streets. The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison Subterranean Press is the epitome of cool.  I have thought so for years.  Books such as The Deadly Streets a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Tuesday, June 23, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

The senseless murder of children in Africa, an Amish love affair, a woman’s heart-tugging self-discovery, the financial industry’s crooked corporate deals, and the death of a police officer. Here are some books I think you might find of interest. Some I have … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Friday, June 19, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A man on death row, a second wife learning the startling truth about the first, a sister avenging the death of her sister, and how to write a killer thriller.  Here are some books I think you might find of interest. … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Mystery Writing / Author Joyce Lavene

I was thinking about how much darkness mystery writers have to take in – and deflect – every day. What made me think about it were the shocked and horrified faces of friends and family after I’d related what I … Continue reading

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How to Slash Your Word Count by 20-50% / Editor & Author Jodie Renner

…and tighten up your story without losing any of the good stuff! Have you been told your story looks promising or even intriguing, but your novel is way too long? Today’s readers have shorter attention spans, and publishers don’t want … Continue reading

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Guns: Magic or Science / Author Ernest Lancaster

I wouldn’t dare presume to tell you how to define the weapons your characters use.  After all, Hollywood churns out films with magical guns and bullets that defy the laws of physics.  And heroes with implausible powers from Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

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My First Literary Advice / Award Winning Author/Screenwriter Heywood Gould

It’s 1963. I’m twenty- one and I have the best job in the world— police reporter for the New York Post. I’m making $95 a week and paying $53 a month in rent. A bowl of shrimp fried rice costs … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne / Monday, May 13, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne If you are looking for a page-turning mixture of suspense and betrayal within a well-executed part love story, part historical epic, and part-tragedy, then “The House of Special Purpose” is … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “No Way Back” by Andrew Gross / Wednesday, May 8, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is No Way Back by Andrew Gross In Andrew Gross’s “No Way Back,” a woman has an affair and, while in the illicit situation, her lover is murdered.  In self-defense, she kills the killer, whom she IDs as a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Blood Trade” by Faith Hunter / Tuesday, May 7, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Blood Trade by Faith Hunter “Blood Trade” is the sixth in the Skinwalker series from USA bestselling author Faith Hunter (also known as writer Gwen Hunter). Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer who finds herself working for the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Submergence” by J.M. Ledgard / Monday, April 29, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Submergence by J.M. Ledgard J. M. Ledgard’s “Submergence” has figuratively grabbed me by the…neck.  Every few months I read a book like this and it just blows me away.  This novel hit me in the gut. The story … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The Bone Man” by Wolf Haas / Friday, April 26, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Bone Man by Wolf Haas In “The Bone Man” by Wolf Haas, former detective Simon Brenner no sooner gets on the job than his client goes missing.  Foul play (or fowl play – pardon me) is suspected, … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Skin in the Game” by R.P. Finch / Monday, April 22, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Skin in the Game by R.P. Finch The University of West Alabama came upon a prize with R. P. Finch’s first novel “Skin in the Game.” This is a delightfully original and quirky book. Backstabbing deals. Characters’ high … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Farewell To Freedom by Sara Blædel / Thursday, April 11, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Farewell To Freedom by Sara Blædel Sara Blædel was voted as Denmark’s most popular novelist three times in a row. That’s no surprise. When it comes to police procedural, she’s always been one of my favorites. “Farewell to Freedom” … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger / Friday, April 5, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger William Ken Krueger’s new deeply human grief-ridden novel “Ordinary Grace” is as much a literary novel as it is a mystery. Told from the point-of-view of a 13-year-old boy, Frank, an about-to-be … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “The Seventh Victim” by Mary Burton / Wednesday, April 3, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton This is a sick, edge-of-your-seat ride with no good end in sight. From the first page you know it is going to be a rollicking ride. Mary Burton’s “The Seventh Victim” blew … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Hunting Daylight” by Piper Maitland / Thursday, March 21, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Hunting Daylight by Piper Maitland I’ve discovered a new series!  Today’s Book of the Day is two-for-one.  Fellow Tennessee writer Michael Lee West has duplicated herself into writing alter ego Piper Maitland.  Berkley sent “Hunting Daylight” by Piper … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Three Graves Full” by Jamie Mason / Friday, March 8, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason Bodies buried in the backyard. Well, the front yard, too. And he only killed one of them. Excellently plotted and filled with surprises, it is an unlikely romp of Good Samaritans, curious … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, February 28, 2013 / “Black Fridays” by Michael Sears / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Black Fridays by Michael Sears. “Debut novel. Murder, corruption, finances, conspiracy, dead bodies, hedge funds, secret codes, the headiness of power, temptation. A man in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to redeem his life. Reads … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, February 26, 2013 / “The Incense Game” by Laura Joh Rowland / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Incense Game by Laura Joh Rowland. “Here’s my numerical review: 16-15-1. It’s a lottery number you’ll win by. Sixteenth Century mystery. Treacherous politics. History. Culture. An earthquake bringing the city down upon them. Number 15 in Rowland’s … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “And When She Was Good” by Laura Lippman / Monday, February 25, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman. “A mom’s sacrifices for her only child. A mom’s secret Heidi Fleiss life behind a gated community. A suicide that might be murder.  Washington D.C. politicians and power managers. Betrayal. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz / Friday, February 22, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. “I picked it up to give to my son to read and loved it myself. Written by a Newberry Medal Winner who never delivers a less-than-stellar book. A confused little girl. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, February 20, 2013 / “Resurrection Express” by Stephen Romano / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano. “Filmic in scope (written by a screenwriter). Debut novel. High-tech code hacking. A dead wife. (Maybe.) The fate of billions of lives. A death run. Action packed with unexpected twists. One you’ll recommend … Continue reading

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Translating Patrick Conrad’s “No Sale” / Jonathan Lynn, former Reuters correspondent

How do you translate a thriller written in a language you can’t speak? That was the challenge I faced when I undertook to translate prize-winning Belgian author Patrick Conrad’s novel Starr (now published in English as No Sale). Patrick has written a dozen … Continue reading

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Projectile Tech 101: A two-part series (part 2) / Sgt. James Spitzer (Retired)

An Expanding Bullet serves two distinct functions. The first function is to create a larger wound track, thereby inflicting more damage to the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system or the muscular/skeletal structure of the unlucky recipient.  The empty space … Continue reading

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Projectile Tech 101: A two-part series / Sgt. James Spitzer (Retired)

In the world of Forensic Science, part of the job of a Firearms Examiner is to wade through a sea of myths and misconceptions to deliver the genuine facts into the hands of an often bewildered jury. This is never … Continue reading

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My Take on Thriller Writing / Author Chester D. Campbell

I’ve always enjoyed reading about authors who lucked up by hitting the right agent who sent their manuscript to the right publisher at the right time. Problem is it never happened to me. I got a good agent for the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, December 11, 2012 / “The Facility” by Simon Lelic / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Facility by Simon Lelic. A novel that will leave you questioning everything. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: About the first page of the first chapter, I thought, “What the…” Yet, I was riveted. The story takes … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, December 7, 2012 / “Last to Die” by Tess Gerritsen / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen. Save the kids. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Let’s hope there is no “three’s the charm” in this book. Twice in a row, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre of his … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, December 4, 2012 / “L’Assassin: A Thriller” by Peter Steiner / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is L’Assassin: A Thriller by Peter Steiner. Anti-terrorist fanaticism can be as dangerous as the real thing Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Today’s Book of the Day comes from fellow University of Miami alum (had to plug it) … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, November 30, 2012 / “12.21” by Dustin Thomason / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is 12.21 by Dustin Thomason. Read this novel before 12/21/12. After that, it may not be available. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Conspiracy theories and doomsday predictions do nothing for me in real life, but they are great … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, November 28, 2012 / “Run to Ground” by D.P. Lyle / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Run To Ground by D.P. Lyle. What would you do if someone brutally murdered your child? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: The thriller “Run to Ground” is D.P. Lyle’s best work of fiction. I served for four … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, November 19, 2012 / “The Dark Winter” by David Mark / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Dark Winter by David Mark. You can cheat death once, but not a second time. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: A sense of place is set. “This chilly, complicated Yorkshire air, laced with the salt and … Continue reading

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Your Book Represented in Foreign Markets – Deadline December 5, 2012

~Reach worldwide distribution reps through Killer Nashville’s new program “American Authors Around The World”~ Registration deadline for Paris:  December 5, 2012   Killer Nashville invites you to participate with us at foreign book expos around the world.  Through an arrangement … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, November 12, 2012 / “Luther: The Calling” by Neil Cross / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross. Womb raiders. A missing child. A serial killer. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: I’m a speed reader. I read one book a night. This one I had to take slowly like … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, October 25, 2012 / “The Accomplice” by Charles Robbins / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Accomplice by Charles Robbins. If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: In the race for a new president, this is a political thriller in the truest sense, a … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures” by Emma Straub / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. A star is born. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: This novel takes me back in time. Maybe it is my own personal past experiences in summer stock, but I … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, October 19, 2012 / “The Sleeping and The Dead” by Jeff Crook / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Sleeping and the Dead by Jeff Crook. From the first page, I was hooked. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: I started Jeff Crook’s first mystery “The Sleeping and the Dead” and couldn’t put it down. Crook … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, October 18, 2012 / “Taken” by Benedict Jacka / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Taken by Benedict Jacka. No evidence, no witnesses, no suspects. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: We’re veering from the normal (“normal world,” that is) in today’s Killer Nashville Book of the Day. “Taken” by Benedict Jacka is … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, October 12, 2012 / “The Story of My Assassins” by Tarun J. Tejpal / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is The Story of My Assassins by Tarun J. Tejpal. Whores, waifs, politicians, venture capitalists, and a journalist who must investigate himself. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Today’s book of the day takes us on a thrilling and … Continue reading

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