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Twisty Suspense!

July 28, 2024 at 7pm ET

Eli Cranor • Brian Freeman • Vera Kurian • Tom Straw


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Eli Cranor

Nationally bestselling author Eli Cranor writes from Arkansas.His debut novel, Don’t Know Tough, won the Edgar Award and was named one of the Best Crime Novels of the Year by the New York Times.



The troubles of two desperate families--one white, one Mexican American--converge in the ruthless underworld of an Arkansas chicken processing plant in this new thriller from the award-winning author of DON'T KNOW TOUGH

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels that have been sold around the world and translated into 23 languages. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award.

His novel The Deep, Deep Snow was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, and his debut Immoral was an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel.

In 2019, he was selected by Putnam and the Robert Ludlum estate as the official author to continue Ludlum’s famous Jason Bourne franchise. His fifth Bourne novel, The Bourne Shadow, comes out in July, and his stand-alone novel Break Every Rule will be released in September.


The Bourne Shadow

When secrets from Bourne's past come to light, he may be the next thing that's buried in this latest entry in the legendary New York Times bestselling series.


Break Every Rule

From the New York Times bestselling author of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series comes a breathtaking thriller about a man whose only chance to rescue his family is to return to the past he thought he'd left behind.

Vera Kurian

Vera Kurian is an Edgar nominated writer and scientist based in Washington DC. Her books include Never Saw Me Coming (2021) and A Step Past Darkness (2024).


A Step Past Darkness


There's something sinister under the surface of the idyllic, suburban town of Wesley Falls, and it's not just the abandoned coal mine that lies beneath it. The summer of 1995 kicks off with a party in the mine where six high school students witness a horrifying crime that changes the course of their lives.

Tom Straw

Tom Straw published his first mystery novel, The Trigger Episode, in 2007. Subsequently, writing as Richard Castle, he authored seven more crime novels, all of which became New York Times Bestsellers. 

Buzz Killer is Tom Straw’s first book under his own name since that blockbuster Nikki Heat series. He is also an Emmy- and Writer’s Guild of America-nominated TV writer and producer having written and produced Night Court, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Dave’s World, Grace Under Fire, Cosby, Whoopi, and Nurse Jackie.

A former member of the National Board of Mystery Writers of America, he lives in Connecticut, where his home is his castle. 


The Accidental Joe

A maverick celebrity chef reluctantly agrees to let the CIA use his hugely popular international food, culture, and travel TV series as cover for a dangerous espionage mission.

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