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Read It Forward features bestselling and up-and-coming authors of thriller, suspense, and mystery. For readers who love books that keep you turning pages late into the night!

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Signature Kill by David Levien

Flesh. The lone word came to Officer Hawkins’s mind.

“He thumped the cruiser into park and stepped out, one hand wrapped around his six-battery Maglite, the other resting on the butt of his Glock .40 duty weapon,” begins David Levien’s new serial-killer thriller Signature Kill.

“He walked closer, his feet making a slight crunching sound on the grass, crisp with frost. He passed his light over the pile, and what he saw made his mouth go dry. There was a racing in his chest and a sickening drop in his stomach. Sweat popped along his back and crotch as adrenaline hit him hard.

It was a woman’s body, or parts of her body, naked in the night.”
Keep reading . . .

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Enter for a Chance to Win Signature Kill

A stunning serial-killer novel from David Levien, featuring his acclaimed and indomitable investigator, Frank Behr . . . this is the bigger thriller we’ve been wanting for from Levien.

A young woman’s body is found on a side street in Indianapolis, horrifyingly arranged. Meanwhile, Frank Behr, who is down on his luck and virtually broke, takes on a no-win case to locate a single mother’s wayward daughter who’s been missing for months.

Suddenly Behr feels the two cases may be connected, but he is years removed from his life as a legitimate police officer and has few friends left on the force. His relentless focus has always been his greatest strength . . . and his deepest flaw.

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Win This Debut Detective Novel … Set in Hell

Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil’s Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice.

Each new crime is stamped “Do Not Investigate” and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell’s standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations.

Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

Novelists Adam Sternbergh and Lev Grossman on Genre Fiction and Theories of Nerd-dom

There are essentially three kinds of nerds: Sci-Fi Nerds (e.g. Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.); Superhero Nerds (e.g. superheroes and comic books), and Fantasy Nerds (e.g. Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).

Adam Sternbergh: My theory is: You can’t be all three. You can be one, you can be two, but never all three.

Lev Grossman: I might suggest a refinement along the lines of: One’s nerdiness is a fixed quantity, a non-expanding pie, which can only be allocated to one genre/medium at the expense of another.

Adam Sternbergh: I like that—the Quantity Theory of Nerd-dom . . . I wonder if this biodiversity of enthusiasms has contributed to the explosion of literary-genre crossbreeds—which is to say, novels that take seriously both the pleasures of genre and the pleasures of literary fiction?

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Literary Thriller Fans! Start Reading Uncle Janice

“Matt Burgess does not sleep for one sentence. Neither will you,” says one critic. Uncle Janice has been called “an addictive read.” What makes a book hard for you to put down? Tell us in the comments!

It just doesn’t get much better than this. Carl Hiassen compared Matt Burgess to Richard Price … and then Richard Price wrote this: “Uncle Janice is a lowdown masterful contribution to Urban American lit, charismatically written with terrific sly humor and a joyous dead-on ear. An addictive read, one of those books you wish would never end.”

Start reading … you’ll be hooked!

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Enter for Your Chance to Win an Autographed Copy of Bittersweet

Think Gone Girl meets The Great Gatsby. One of the hottest thrillers of 2014. A twisty plot set in the glamorous world of the super-wealthy with dark characters and an ending that’ll keep you reading into the wee hours.

In anticipation of the paperback release of Bittersweet (in April 2015), we’re giving away autographed copies! RIFers were among the first to read Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s novel, and they loved it.

Critics are raving, too. This review from Entertainment Weekly makes some great comparisons: “What begins a little like Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep quickly warps into a sickly addictive thriller … think ABC’s Revenge when it was good, only more scandalous.” It’s addictive reading, that’s for sure!

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Enter for Your Chance to Win Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess

Carl Hiaasen is one of our favorites, so when he said this about Uncle Janice, we took notice: “Like Richard Price and the late, great Elmore Leonard, Matt Burgess is one of those cool, quick and funny writers who can turn a seemingly routine crime caper into something special.”

It’s true that Matt Burgess is a cool writer, but what really got us about this fast-paced thriller is “Uncle” Janice. She is brave, vulnerable, funny, surprising … we agree with critics who say that Uncle Janice is the perfect fix for people who’ve been jonesing for that yet-to-come sixth season of The Wire. It’s that good.

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Start Reading The Marauders

The Marauders is so damned good you won’t believe it’s a first novel,” says Stephen King.

“By the time you reach page 20, you won’t care. It’s rollicking, angry, eye-popping, and fall-on-the-floor funny, sometimes in the course of a single scene. The cast is winning, the post-Katrina bayou setting is richly evoked, the dialogue crackles, and the story rolls on a wave of invention.

It’s a little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis, and very much its own uniquely American self. Basically, Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel.”