Beyond The Cover with special guest James May

Author James May comes on the show to talk about his latest book "The Body Outside The Kremlin." A suspenseful new murder mystery set in a crumbling monastery-turned-Soviet prison in the early twentieth century. In a former monastery on an island in the White Sea, now taken over by the Bolsheviks, young mathematician Tolya Bogomolov is serving a three-year sentence, watched over by a skeleton crew of secret policemen. Some prisoners are consigned to forced labor while others sit at comfortable desks. So Tolya has been cultivating an acquaintance with Gennady Antonov that he hopes will lead to a better work assignment?maybe even a little more bread in his ration?especially now, with the brutal winter fast approaching. Gennady holds a privileged position restoring the monks' seized collection of icons. But when his body is discovered floating frozen in the bay, Tolya's connection with him is no longer advantageous?it's downright dangerous. At first, the authorities question Tolya. But he's mystified when they assign him to assist the elderly detective investigating the case. While he'd rather find the real killer than have the murder pinned on him, digging into Gennady's secrets will turn up mysteries that could turn Tolya into the next victim . . .

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00:36:45 5/4/2020

Past Episodes

We are very excited to welcome back the very popular guest, bestselling author D.P. Lyle. His latest book "Rigged" has just been released. DP Lyle, MD is the Amazon #1 Bestselling; Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning; and Edgar (2), Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, USA Today Best Book Award (2), and Foreward INDIES Book of the Year nominated author of 20 books, both non-fiction and fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY, DUB WALKER, JAKE LONGLY, and CAIN/HARPER thriller series, and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essay on Jules Verne's THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story "Even Steven" in ITW's anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER. He served as Editor for the Southern California Writers Association's short story anthology, IT'S ALL IN THE STORY as well as contributing the story "Splash." His short story "Bottom Line" appears in th Sherlock Holmes inspired anthology FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME.
00:33:01 5/20/2020
ThrillerFest XV has been cancelled, or has it? Kim Howe executive director, tells us how ThrillerFest XV will continue and how you can participate. Due to the pandemic this year, we've canceled the in-person ThrillerFest Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City this July. The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority. But we have fantastic news! We are offering a virtual conference so our attendees can remain safe in the comfort of their homes yet still participate in the learning and camaraderie that is the hallmark of the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers. No travel, no hotel stay, but an even more extensive array of bestselling ITW authors who can help you polish your thrillers and top drawer New York agents and editors to whom you can pitch?along with attractive prices! We have an outstanding array of guests and publishing professionals, with this year's event including a Free Debut Authors' Presentation, Free ITW Author Videos, and a Free Awards Presentation. Our Mega CraftFest, Master Class, Pitching Sessions, Consulting Sessions, and CareerFest will all be offered this July.
00:30:57 5/18/2020
We are pleased to be joined with Mia Manansala, the 2018 winner of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Award. This is an episode that is very important to listen to. The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $2,000 for an emerging writer of color. This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities. The grantee may choose to use the grant for activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of the work. An unpublished writer is preferred, however publication of several pieces of short fiction and/or up to two self-published or traditionally published books will not disqualify an applicant. You can read the complete press release here. Requirements For Application An unpublished work of crime fiction. This may be a short story or first chapter(s) of a manuscript in-progress, 2,500 to 5,000 words. A resume or biographical statement. A cover letter that gives a sense of the applicant as an emerging writer in the genre and briefly states how the grant money would be used. No prior writing or publishing experience is required, but the applicant should include any relevant studies or experience. The submissions period is March 16, 2020 to June 8, 2020. https://www.sistersincrime.org/page/EleanorTaylorBland
00:28:17 5/17/2020
Bestselling Author Joel Rosenberg makes his debut on Suspense Radio. Joel's book are known for not only ripping from the headlines, but making some of those headlines. His book "The Jerusalem Assassin" is his latest political thriller and the third book in his Marcus Ryker series. "A taut, brilliant thriller ripped right from today's headlines. Joel Rosenberg is masterful! The Jerusalem Assassin is an absolute home run." ?Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Backlash From the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author! The enemy is invisible and moving fast. The body count is rising. And time is running out. Marcus Ryker has spent his entire career studying killers. One thing he knows for sure: a peace summit is the ultimate stage for an assassination. President Andrew Clarke is determined to announce his historic peace plan from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But when senior American officials who support the plan begin violently dying, Clarke orders Ryker and his team of CIA operatives to hunt down those responsible and bring the killing spree to an end. When the Palestinians denounce the American plan, the Saudis signal they may be ready to forge a historic treaty with Israel. Could the Saudi king's support be the missing ingredient that will lead to peace at long last? Ryker soon uncovers a chilling plot to kill the American president. A well-resourced international alliance is dead set against the peace plan. They will stop at nothing to strike a blow against the Americans and seize leadership of the Muslim world. With all eyes on Jerusalem and the president in the crosshairs, it's up to Ryker to eliminate the terrible evil that's been set in motion. The fate of the region depends on his success. He has 48 hours.
00:40:04 5/12/2020
We are super excited that Charlaine is back to talk her latest book "A Longer Fall", book two in the Gunnie Rose series. "A Longer Fall": #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris returns with the second of the Gunnie Rose series, in which Lizbeth is hired onto a new crew, transporting a crate into Dixie, the self-exiled southeast territory of the former United States. What the crate contains is something so powerful, that forces from across three territories want to possess it. In this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what's inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time. #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.
00:26:00 4/27/2020
Mark is back and joins us to talk about his latest Grey Man novel, "One Minute Out." From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical and a coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, comes another high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man. While on a mission to Croatia, Court Gentry uncovers a human trafficking operation. The trail leads from the Balkans all the way back to Hollywood. Court is determined to shut it down, but his CIA handlers have other plans. The criminal ringleader has actionable intelligence about a potentially devastating terrorist attack on the US. The CIA won't move until they have that intel. It's a moral balancing act with Court at the pivot point.
00:36:46 4/21/2020
Allison Brennan is the bestselling author of the Lucy Kincaid series, and she comes on the show to talk about her latest book "The Third To Die." "The first in Brennan's amazing new thriller series. Dive in and enjoy this nail-biter."?Catherine Coulter, NYT bestselling author of LABYRINTH An edgy female police detective...An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense. Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next...
00:37:47 4/7/2020
Lisa is back on Suspense Radio talking about her latest book "When You See Me", book 11 in the D.D. Warren detective series. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters?Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy?in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past...which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime. FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. What at first looks like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister...and they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed. Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers?and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.
00:27:46 3/24/2020
Get ready for a great interview with #1 NYT Bestselling author Harlan Coben, as he talks his latest book "The Boy from the Woods." A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away. Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi. Wilde can't ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late.
00:25:14 3/24/2020
"Interview with James Grippando" James returns to Suspense Radio to talk about his latest book "The Big Lie: Book 16 in the Jack Swyteck series" As the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth, fighting for a "faithless elector," caught between a corrupt president and his manipulative opponent?with each revelation more explosive than the next. The country is reeling. For the sixth time in American history, the winner of the popular vote will not occupy the Oval Office. President Malcolm MacLeod, the Machiavellian incumbent, was spared from impeachment only because his political foes were certain they would oust him at the ballot box. Now, he appears to have secured a second term, thanks to a narrow victory in the Electoral College. His opponent, Florida Senator Evan Stahl, saw his campaign rocked by allegations of an extramarital affair?with another man. Despite the salacious headline-making scandal and the surrounding media frenzy, most Americans chose Stahl to lead the politically polarized nation. But Stahl is refusing to concede. Backed by millions of supporters, he looks to individual members of the Electoral College to cross party lines. Gun lobbyist Charlotte Holmes is one of Floridas twenty-nine electors who is bound by law and by oath to cast her vote for MacLeod, who won Florida by the thinnest of margins. When Charlotte announces that she intends to vote her conscience and throw the Electoral College to Stahl, the president and his Florida machine haul her into court on felony charges?which, for some, isn't nearly punishment enough. Miami attorney Jack Swyteck is going to use every legal maneuver he can to keep his new client free?and alive. MacLeod's hand-picked prosecutor is determined to prove Charlotte is unfit to cast a vote. Dredging through her past, he's looking for skeletons to humiliate and discredit her, while others with far deadlier intentions have begun acting on their threats. As the pressure mounts, Charlotte and Jack must decide how far they'll go to stand their ground in the stand-your-ground state.
00:25:08 3/13/2020

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