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Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl Will Be Found In A Theater Near You

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn immediately got our attention in June. This creepy psychological mystery won the June 2012 RT Seal of Excellence. We couldn’t get enough of this read, and we weren’t the only ones. This deeply disturbing tale shot up the bestseller lists and has already been getting some serious award buzz. So it is no surprise to hear that Gone Girl has just been scooped up for a film adaptation.

The story unfolds around married couple Amy and Nick. They’ve recently relocated from New York City to the middle of the country in a move that Amy is none too happy about. But when, on the day of the couple’s fifth anniversary, the young wife goes missing — is it a simple kidnapping or something much more foul?


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Thrillerfest 2012: Chatting With Lee Child

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

The one name on the lips of most attendees at ThrillerFest was that of Jack Reacher, the beloved noble loner of Lee Child’s creation. The series, which is soon to see its 17th installment, is also on track to premiere its first movie adaptation, entitled Jack Reacher, this December. During a packed event at ThrillerFest spotlighting Lee Child, the British author was on hand to talk about the compelling character he’s created and the most recent controversy concerning the casting of Tom Cruise as everyone’s favorite antihero. 

On Creating the Character

According to Child, Jack Reacher is reminiscent of the classic Western hero. Child started writing about the big, brawny American — who clocks in at 6’5” and 250 pounds — after a corporate restructuring in 1995 forced him from his career in British television. Focusing on a character who wandered the wide open spaces of America helped to get Child “out of Britain mentally.” Reacher is the character who comes to the rescue just in the nick of time, and then rides off into the sunset.

On the Impact of Jack Reacher


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Thrillerfest 2012: Authors Reveal What Makes Their Characters Extraordinary

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no mystery why the staff of RT BOOK REVIEWS was excited to attend last week’s ThrillerFest in New York City. From July 11th to July 14th, the International Thriller Writers society hosted some of the industry’s top thriller, mystery and suspense writers as they pulled back the veil and gave us a glimpse into their shadowy worlds.

This week we will be posting coverage of ThrillerFest and all the exciting things we’ve learned. But first, we had a chance to interrogate some of our favorite authors as they signed copies of their latest books for fans. With no hope for escape, we grilled them mercilessly until they spilled their deepest, darkest secrets…or until they answered the one question that had us burning with curiosity: When faced with adversity, what tools/skills does their hero or heroine use to get out of trouble?

Click through for their highly confidential answers ...


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Magazine Extras: Lisa Jackson Takes Us Inside You Don't Want To Know

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you love to go behind the scenes of a good book? Well, you aren't alone. And today with these exclusive photos and excerpts that we couldn’t fit into the August issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, Lisa Jackson continues her tour of the Pacific Northwest, the setting for her new thriller, You Don’t Want to Know. Jackson shares photos that inspired her story, as well as excerpts paired with each photo, showing how her inspiration translated onto the page ... 

This Victorian mansion in Oregon was behind the vision for Neptune’s Gate, the house in You Don't Want to Know. However, the house in Lisa Jackson’s book is much darker than the one pictured here (with Lisa herself standing on its porch). “The house and grounds [in the photo] are well-tended,” says Jackson, “they don’t have the sinister feel and look of Neptune’s Gate, but this is exactly the architecture that served as inspiration.”


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July Mystery Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

July's heating up to be an exciting month for mystery readers. First up, there’s a new historical adventure from RT Seal of Excellence winner Carol McCleary, which brings back heroine Nellie Bly. But she’s not the only fan favorite character to return. Catherine Coulter’s Savich and Sherlock are also getting a new installment — and we reveal why this team’s adventures are on our summer must-read list. Plus, we take an in-depth look at a fictional woman that caused RT reviewer Jeff to proclaim Caitlin Strong "the best female thriller protagonist in the entire genre right now.” Find all this and more in July's mystery genre wrap-up!


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Janet Evanovich To Continue Her Stephanie Plus Series And Team Up With Lee Goldberg

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK
Janet Evanovich is one of the biggest names in mystery fiction. She bridges the land between cozies and police procedurals to bring readers the often-hilarious exploits of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. So we are very excited to learn that this prolific author will soon be adding not one or two, but an impressive eight books to her “written by me” bookshelf. (While we have no proof that she owns one of these — and if she does, it’s doubtful that she actually calls it that, the idea has us in stitches!) So what’s ahead for Evanovich’s fans?

 


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Video Interview: Michele Jaffe Talks Ghost Flower And Beyond!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you're hunting for that perfect beach book, we suggest that readers of all ages take a peek at author Michele Jaffe's summer 2012 release, Ghost Flower. This YA mystery won RT's Seal of Excellence in May and we can't get the compelling tale out of our heads. So for all those readers who haven't checked out this story about a runaway who assumes the identity of a missing rich girl, today we're bringing you an interview with the author! At the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, Jaffe sat down with RT's Elissa to talk about how stealing someone's identity means changing yourself — sometimes in fundamental ways. But that's not all the pair discuss. Get an insider's look at Ghost Flower and then find out what Jaffe is working on next. (Here's a hint: this adult book will include Nazis, a New York socialite and the cabaret!)


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Flight: How Authors And Readers Co-Wrote A Novella During The 2012 RT Booklovers Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

Great things come from book conventions. Readers meeting authors. Authors pitching books. Publishers finalizing contracts. But what happens when all three of these groups come together? Well, if you were at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, you had a chance to take part in a fantastic workshop where readers participated in a brainstorming session that resulted in a story the authors co-wrote and have now published.

“Flight,” the newly-released, self-published short story is the result of the “You Done It” workshop at the 2012 RT Convention. After readers and workshop attendees brainstormed the plot, it was up to the writers of the authors of “The Outfit,” a collective of Chicago crime writers, to get the story written. Talent including Libby Fischer Hellmann, Laura Caldwell, Jamie Freveletti and Michael Allen Dymmoch wrote the story in round-robin segments. The result is a mystery with a unique voice.


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BEA 2012: Thriller Panel Featuring Connelly, Meltzer, Koryta and DeMille

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

Mystery readers were in for something special during BookExpo America 2012 when President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Skip Prichard moderated a discussion between four very different thriller authors. This author chat, which included Michael Connelly, Brad Meltzer, Michael Koryta and Nelson DeMille, gave the audience an insider’s look at their paths to writing, the authors they love to read — and even weigh in on the discussion about print versus digital books! If you weren’t able to make the panel, here is a snapshot of what you missed:

(from left to right) Authors Nelson DeMille, Brad Meltzer, Michael Connelly and Michael Koryta

It’s no secret that these four authors came to writing from different corners of the professional world. They were a private eye (Koryta), a journalist (Connelly), a lawyer (Meltzer) and a soldier in Vietnam (DeMille). The result is four very different types of writers. What they have in common? They all write stories that make us double check the locks at night and check under the bed before we climb into it. These tales are thrillers with a capital T.


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June Mystery Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

The mystery genre is always diverse, but this month authors released books that fell all across the spectrum. There were stories of mysterious deaths, dead bodies surprising people in the most unexpected locales and psychological thrillers that will have you double checking the locks on your doors. This month also saw the release of a book that won the rare honor of an RT Top Pick Gold! which was awarded to Gillian Flynn’s latest. And readers welcomed debut author Elizabeth Haynes with open arms. Plus we take a look at several must-read cozies in this month’s mystery roundup!


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