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Free Samples of the 2013 Thriller Award Winners

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have revealed the winners of the 2013 Thriller Awards.

Below, we’ve rounded up free samples of the most suspenseful books of the year–did your favorite thriller title make the cut?

Past winners include 11/22/63 author Stephen KingThe Bodies Left Behind author Jeffery Deaver and The Neighbor author Lisa Gardner.


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Lisa Gardner Jumps To Dutton

Thriller novelist Lisa Gardner will publish her next three novels at Penguin’s Dutton division, leaving her old home at Random House.

Her next novel will come out in winter 2012, a novel with the tentative title, Catch Me. Meg Ruley from the Jane Rotrosen Agency negotiated the deal with executive editor Ben Sevier. Mass market president Leslie Gelbman NAL publisher Kara Welsh will handle the paperback release. Last year we wrote about Gardner’s three-year revision.

Tart had this statement, in the release: “Few authors’ sales are growing like Lisa Gardner’s, and I am thrilled to help her grow even more. Dutton’s publicity and marketing under the direction of Christine Ball brings a great deal of sophistication to positioning and publishing suspense thrillers, and we look forward to the challenge of introducing Lisa’s books to the widest possible readership.”

Befriend Your Local Law Enforcement: Thrillerfest Dispatch

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At the Craftfest portion of the Thrillerfest conference this week, novelist Lisa Gardner shared her secret writing weapon–obsessive research with the help of real life law enforcement officials.

These interviews provided the backbone for her bestselling novels like The Perfect Husband and Alone. Gardner (pictured, via Philbrick Photography) told a roomful of aspiring novelists that they should all spend time interviewing cops, FBI agents, and other law enforcement officials while writing.

“I didn’t have any contacts in law enforcement. I cold-called back in the day. I visited the FBI field office–I made an appointment with the media affairs department,” she explained. Gardner soon found herself in a roomful of FBI agents eager to help with her novel.

“Law enforcement people love this kind of thing,” she laughed. The thriller author found that her sources would actually feed her the best plot twists as they imagined what a criminal mastermind would do. “They really enjoy being an arch-criminal in their free time.”

“Send a thank you note,” she reminded the authors. “And follow up with their superior officer as well.”

Bantam Dell Publisher Nita Taublib Steps Down

bdlogo.jpgAs news broke of an imprint merger at Random House today, the conglomerate publisher announced that Bantam Dell publisher Nita Taublib will be leaving the company. She will serve as a consultant until June, helping set up the newly formed Ballantine Bantam Dell unit.

For almost 30 years, Taublib has worked with an amazing list of authors, including: Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, and George R. R. Martin. In 1999, the NY Times interviewed the then-deputy publisher about her work with novelist Iris Johansen.

Here’s more from the memo about Taublib’s departure: “Nita has an enviable combination of editorial wisdom–that innate sense of what readers want to read–with great management skills and a talent for nurturing her authors and her staff. When Bantam Dell became part of the Random House Publishing Group fifteen months ago, Nita was invaluable in bringing the groups together. She has graciously agreed to continue with us through June as a consultant to assist us during this transition.”

View the complete memo about Taublib’s departure after the jump.

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Dutton To Publish Meg Gardiner in the US

It worked for Ron McLarty, and now the Stephen King Anointment Test (TM) works once more for Meg Gardiner. After teasing her readers earlier this week with the news of an American deal, she supplied more information yesterday afternoon: Ben Sevier at Dutton pre-empted the rights to all five of her novels, plus two new titles from Britt Carlson at Gelfman Schneider (acting on behalf of Jonny Pegg at Curtis Brown.) The backlist will be published as mass market paperback originals by NAL, while the next titles – the sixth Evan Delaney series installment plus THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB, a standalone thriller set in San Francisco – will debut here in hardcover, with the standalone going first in summer 2008. No terms are known, but seeing as this is a seven-book deal, the amount of money has to be fairly substantive, though the per-book ratio may break down to more manageable numbers. Comments from Carlson and Sevier are still pending, and will be added once they come in.

On the face of it, this looks like a smart acquisition on all sides. Starting Gardiner in mass market means (as I explained last month) that her audience can build quickly and demand will grow until a suitable splash is made with the first hardcover release. For Dutton, Gardiner will enable them to tap into the audience that reads other New York Times bestselling female thriller writers like Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and Alison Brennan while adding a necessary counterpart to a predominantly male thriller list (including Harlan Coben, Jonathon King, Juan Gomez-Jurado and Stephen White.) It’s also Sevier’s first thriller acquisition and his second major deal since moving to Dutton earlier this year. So while a lot is riding on Gardiner to live up to the expectations set by King’s blurb and Abebooks’ inability to keep her UK editions in stock, the likelihood is that this risk will pay off in spades.

UPDATE: Dutton has released an announcement about Gardiner’s six-figure deal, which was finalized last Friday evening. Sevier will edit Gardiner’s new novels for hardcover publication, which Dutton will release in the summer of 2008. “For such a talented thriller writer to have gone unpublished in her own country for so long is difficult to imagine, and I look forward to helping Meg find the American audience she so clearly deserves,” says Sevier in the announcement. “THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB is everything I look for in a suspense novel-fast-moving, inventive, with an engaging heroine in Jo Beckett and a plot that twists and turns toward an explosive finale set against the backdrop of an earthquake-addled San Francisco.” As for the backlist, Dutton spokeswoman Beth Parker said by email this morning that they had not been scheduled for publication by NAL as yet.