March 3, 2024 at 7pm

Heather Gudenkauf, Gregg Hurwitz, Tracy Sierra, Nalini Singh

Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is the Edgar Award nominated, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of nine novels. Her debut novel, The Weight of Silence, was an instant I bestseller and remained on the list for 22 weeks.

Gudenkauf’s critically acclaimed novels have been published in over 20 countries and have been included in many Best Of lists including Seven Thrillers to Read This Summer by the New York Times. Her tenth novel, Everyone is Watching will be released on March 26, 2024.

Heather lives in Iowa with her family and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo.

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Every One Is Watching

The Best Friend. The Confidant. The Senator. The Boyfriend. The Executive. Five contestants have been chosen to compete for ten million dollars on the game show One Lucky Winner. The catch? None of them knows what (or who) to expect, and it will be live streamed all over the world. Completely secluded in an estate in Northern California, with strict instructions not to leave the property and zero contact with the outside world, the competitors start to feel a little too isolated. When long-kept secrets begin to rise to the surface, the contestants realize this is no longer just a reality show--someone is out for blood. And the game can't end until the world knows who the contestants really are...

Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 24 thrillers including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA (including the critically acclaimed anthology NewThink), DC, and Marvel, poetry, political and culture pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Bulwark and others, and he helped write the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.

Lone Wolf, available now, is the 9th novel in the NYT bestselling Orphan X thriller series featuring Evan Smoak, a former black ops government assassin also known as Orphan X. Booklist just reviewed Gregg’s latest saying: “Hurwitz continues to dazzle the reader with cleverly staged action sequences and wonderfully villainous antagonists…. Fans of the series will be lining up to read this one.”

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Lone Wolf

Once a black ops government assassin known as Orphan X, Evan Smoak left the Program, went deep underground, and reinvented himself as someone who will go anywhere and risk everything to help the truly desperate who have nowhere else to turn. Since then, Evan has fought international crime syndicates and drug cartels, faced down the most powerful people in the world and even brought down a president. Now struggling with an unexpected personal crisis, Evan goes back to the very basics of his mission - and this time, the truly desperate is a little girl who wants him to find her missing dog. Not his usual mission, and not one Evan embraces with enthusiasm, but this unlikely, tiny job quickly explodes into his biggest mission yet, one that finds him battered between twisted AI technocrat billionaires, a mysterious female assassin who seems a mirror of himself, and personal stakes so gut-wrenching he can scarcely make sense of them. Evan's mission pushes him to his limit - he must find and take down the assassin known only as the Wolf, before she succeeds in completing her mission and killing the people who can identify her - a teenaged daughter of her last target, and Evan himself. Matched skill for skill, instinct for instinct, Evan must outwit an opponent who will literally stop at nothing if he is to survive.

Tracy Sierra

Tracy Sierra was born and raised in the Colorado mountains. She is an attorney who currently lives in New England in an antique colonial-era home complete with its own secret room. When not writing, she spends time with her husband and two children.

Nightwatching, a razor-sharp literary thriller about a mother forced to the breaking point when her life and the lives of her children are threatened by an intruder, is her debut novel. Film rights have already been snapped up by Scott Free Productions, Ridley Scott’s company, and the buzz is fantastic.

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Night Watching

Home alone with her young children during a blizzard, a mother tucks her son back into bed in the middle of the night. She hears a noise--old houses are always making some kind of noise. But this sound is disturbingly familiar: it's the tread of footsteps, unusually heavy and slow, coming up the stairs. She sees the figure of a man appear down the hallway, shrouded in the shadows. Terrified, she quietly wakes her children and hustles them into the oldest part of the house, a tiny, secret room concealed behind a wall. There they hide as the man searches for them, trying to tempt the children out with promises and scare the mother into surrender. In the suffocating darkness, the mother struggles to remain calm, to plan. Should she search for a weapon or attempt escape? But then she catches another glimpse of him. That face. That voice. And at once she knows her situation is even more dire than she'd feared, because she knows exactly who he is--and what he wants.

Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. She is the author of the Psy-Changeling novels, including Primal Mirror, as well as the Guild Hunter series, including the upcoming Archangel’s Lineage.

She also writes stand-alone thrillers set in her homeland of New Zealand, with her second thriller, Quiet in Her Bones becoming a finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Awards, and being optioned for screen adaptation by Showtime. Her latest thriller is titled There Should Have Been Eight.

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There Should Have Been Eight

They met when they were teenagers. Now they're adults, and time has been kind to some and unkind to others--none more so than to Bea, the one they lost nine long years ago. They've gathered to reminisce at Bea's family's estate, a once-glorious mansion straight out of a gothic novel. Best friends, old flames, secret enemies, and new lovers are all under one roof. But when the weather turns and they're snowed in at the edge of eternity, there's nowhere left to hide from their shared history. As the walls close in, the pretense of normality gives way to long-buried grief, bitterness, and rage. Underneath it all, there's the nagging feeling that Bea's shocking death wasn't what it was claimed to be. And before the weekend is through, the truth will be unleashed--no matter the cost. . . .

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