Matchup

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child , Val McDermid , Charlaine Harris
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: June 2017
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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Overview

This “highly recommended” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) collection edited by New York Times bestselling author Lee Child pairs the beloved characters of twenty-two internationally bestselling writers in “a must-read for fans of the thriller genre. Very rarely does this kind of star power assemble for one anthology, and each story delivers the goods” (The Real Book Spy).

The incredible follow-up to FaceOff features twenty-two of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers pairing their series characters in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). MatchUp takes the never-before-seen bestseller pairings of FaceOff and adds a delicious new twist: gender. “Think Dancing With the Stars, but with mysteries” (Booklist) as eleven of the world’s best female thriller writers from Diana Gabaldon to Kathy Reichs to Charlaine Harris are paired with eleven of the world’s best male thriller writers, including John Sandford, C.J. Box, and Nelson DeMille, among others. “This box holds a chocolate or two that will be to everyone’s liking” (Kirkus Reviews).

In these innovative stories, their beloved protagonists, Lee Coburn, Joe Pickett, and Jack Reacher—just to name a few—team up to unnerve and satisfy thriller fans worldwide. All of the contributors are ITW members, and the project is edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. The lineup includes:

Sandra Brown’s Lee Coburn vs. C. J. Box’s Joe Pickett
Val McDermid’s Tony Hill vs. Peter James’s Roy Grace
Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan vs. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher
Diana Gabaldon’s Jamie Fraser vs. Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone
Gayle Lynds’s Liz Sansborough vs. David Morrell’s Rambo
Karin Slaughter’s Jeffrey Tolliver vs. Michael Koryta’s Joe Pritchard
Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly vs. Andrew Gross’s Ty Hauck
Lisa Jackson’s Regan Pescoli vs. John Sandford’s Virgil Flower
Lara Adrian’s Lucan Thorne vs. Christopher Rice’s Lilliane
Lisa Scottoline’s Bennie Rosato vs. Nelson DeMille’s John Corey
J.A. Jance’s Ali Reynolds vs. Eric Van Lustbader’s Bravo Shaw

Author Details

Author Details

Brown, Sandra

Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-six New York Times bestsellers, including PLAY DIRTY, which was released in August 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Her other recent bestsellers include Ricochet (2006), Chill Factor (2005), White Hot (2004), Hello, Darkness (2003), The Crush (2002), Envy (2001), The Switch (2000), The Alibi (1999), Unspeakable (1998) and Fat Tuesday (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published seventy novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel, including reprints of earlier books, have become Times bestsellers. In 1992 her novel French Silk was made into an ABC-TV movie. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.” She is much in demand as a speaker and has appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, as well as charity functions throughout the year. Court TV also sought Brown to host the 2007 premier of its popular series “Murder by the Book.”

Awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, the A.C. Greene Award and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sandra has also been named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Sandra and her husband Michael Brown live in Arlington, Texas.

Scottoline, Lisa

Lisa loves her job and it shows in her writing. Her bestselling novels, set in Philadelphia and featuring gutsy and resilient female characters, have thrilled and entertained readers with page-turning action and her trademark wit and humor. USA Today hails her writing as "sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip" and says that she "gives fans of thrillers a good, twisty plot, lively characters, and an all-around fun read."

Simply put, Time Magazine says "Scottoline is a star."

Lisa has created an array of unforgettable characters, and continues to add to the cast with each new book. Many of her books feature the all-female firm of Rosato & Associates, while the rest introduce fresh, new, but equally compelling heroines all written in Lisa's unique voice. For those who know and love Mary, Bennie, Anne and Judy you will be enthralled with LADY KILLER and the return of Mary DiNunzio and her quirky cast of family and friends. If you are new to Lisa's books, LADY KILLER is the perfect place to start. You, too, will quickly fall in love with Mary and cheer her on from beginning to end.

In LADY KILLER, all of Mary DiNunzio's teenage angst comes flooding back when her high school nemesis, Trish Gambone (dubbed "Trash" by Mary) comes seeking her help. It doesn't matter that Mary is now the rainmaker of Rosato & Associates, Trish's mere presence is enough to make Mary feel like she's at the bottom of the food chain. As it turns out, however, Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She is terrified of her live-in boyfriend, an abusive South Philly mobster, who just happens to be one of Mary's ex-boyfriends. When Trish vanishes, Mary makes it her personal mission to find her longtime enemy, and works against the clock to save her life. Complete with a Scottoline style shocking surprise ending, DiNunzio is forced to confront some very uncomfortable truths about her own past and the profound effects of lifelong love — and hate.

The paperback edition of Daddy's Girl, Lisa's #3 New York Times bestseller has also arrived. Filled with the ingenious twists, pulse-pounding narrative drive, and dynamic, flesh-and-blood characters, Daddy's Girl, Lisa's 14th novel, stars a brand new heroine, Natalie Greco.

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels. She writes a weekly column called "Chick Wit" for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has won many awards, including the Fun Fearless Female Award by Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She teaches Justice and Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and appears in Court TV's new crime series, "Murder By The Book." Her books are published in more than 20 languages, and she is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area.

Born, raised and schooled in Philly, Lisa went to (where else?) the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude in just three years earning her degree in English with a concentration in the contemporary American novel, and she was taught writing by professors such as National Book Award Winner Philip Roth. Lisa went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, graduating cum laude in 1981, and landed a coveted clerkship for a state appellate judge.

Following the clerkship, Lisa joined the prestigious Philadelphia law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads as a litigator. Although her career was on the right path, her marriage was not, and it ended shortly after the birth of her baby. Determined to raise her new daughter, Lisa gave up the law to stay at home with her child, but needed to find a way to pay the bills.

Always interested in writing, and a big fan of the hot new writers Grisham and Turow and the newly created legal thriller genre, Lisa realized that no women lawyers were writing legal thrillers, and decided to give it a shot. Living a life solely financed by five Visa's cards, Lisa allowed herself five years, or $50,000 in credit (whichever came first) to write and sell her first book.

Three years later, Lisa had a finished book, a daughter starting school, and five maxed-out credit cards. Debt-ridden, Lisa took a part-time job clerking for a federal appellate judge. No more than a week later, her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went was bought by HarperCollins' editor Carolyn Marino. Critically acclaimed, Everywhere That Mary Went was nominated by the Mystery Writer's of America for the Edgar Award, suspense fiction's premiere award, and the award went to...someone else. But, the very next year, Lisa's second book, Final Appeal was nominated for the Edgar and won!

A true believer that you should write what you know, Lisa sets all of her books in Philadelphia and many of her previous books feature the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates. Her 14th novel, Daddy's Girl, features Natalie Greco, a bookworm law professor whose ideal life is thrown into chaos when a riot breaks out in a prison where she is teaching, leaving her with the dangerous task of delivering a prison guard's dying words. Daddy's Girl jumped to #3 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, the highest showing to date for Lisa's books, and will be available in paperback in January 2008.

Following her Edgar award-winner Final Appeal, Lisa went on to write Running From the Law, Legal Tender and Rough Justice, which earned both critical and commercial thumbs-up. The books received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus while People Magazine chose Rough Justice as a "Page-Turner of the Week" and Cosmopolitan Magazine selected Legal Tender for its premiere book club selection.

Lisa's fifth book, Mistaken Identity was her first book to become a New York Times bestseller, and in its paperback edition went all the way to lucky #5 on The List.

Early rave reviews, including another starred review from Publishers Weekly created early buzz for Moment of Truth and it became an instant national bestseller, giving Lisa simultaneous hardcover (Moment of Truth) and paperback (Mistaken Identity) New York Times bestsellers.

Appearing on all the national and local bestseller lists, The Vendetta Defense was named one of "The Ten Best Mysteries of the Year" by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. At the same time, the paperback edition of Moment of Truth became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Hailed as a "sexy summer read" by Cosmopolitan Magazine, Courting Trouble became a beach reading favorite of 2002, and immediately jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list. It features Anne Murphy, a gorgeous, daring and fashion-conscious redhead rookie lawyer who's "lack of impulse control" brings more to the all-female law firm than anyone bargained for.

Lisa's tenth book Dead Ringer marked a new high for Lisa when it became an instant New York Times bestseller, landing all the way at #5 and a Los Angeles Times bestseller at #3! It was chosen by Costco as a book club selection and was a Main Selection for both Literary Guild and Mystery Guild. In it, Bennie Rosato's evil twin sister, Alice Connolley is back and wreaking havoc on her life, hell-bent on destroying Bennie's credibility, good-name, and everything she loves.

Her eleventh, New York Times bestseller, Killer Smile, is a book that is very personal to Lisa. The idea for the book was sparked by a family secret that introduced her to a piece of her family history, cultural history and American history, that begged the question "What is justice?," Lisa's favorite topic. Killer Smile is a fast-paced, cleverly plotted thriller, with enough one-liners to keep readers laughing out loud. It stars the young associate Mary DiNunzio as she takes on a case—involving the suicide of an Italian-American in an internment camp during World War II—which may not be history after all. Add to that the fact that everybody around Mary has decided that she's not allowed to be a Young Widow anymore, and is fixing her up with blind dates from hell. Then a killer comes after her, and it's more than any girl can handle-but not any woman.

In her twelfth book, New York Times bestseller Devil's Corner, Lisa takes readers on another rousing ride through her beloved city, delivering a gripping stand-alone thriller, featuring the gutsy Assistant U.S. Attorney, Vicki Allegretti, and inspired by one of the biggest crack cocaine busts in Philadelphia history. Publisher's Weekly says, "Scottoline's ability to mix humor with serious subject matter, combined with her intense research of inner city drug trafficking and a side plot involving Vicki's love life, make for compelling entertainment." The book opens with a bang and readers will be hooked from the very first sentence.

Lisa's 13th novel, Dirty Blonde, became an instant New York Times hardcoverbestseller, landing in the #5 spot. Available January 31, 2007 in paperback, it is a riveting page-turner about sex and murder, which starts in the elite chambers of a sexy female judge and ends in the cold, gritty alleys of Philadelphia. In it we meet Cate Fante, a strong, smart, and young federal judge who leads a secret double life — one that she doesn't even tell her best friend about. But, it all comes shockingly to light when a case in Cate's courtroom explodes in a murder-suicide. The tabloids scream her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her, and her judgeship hangs in jeopardy. When a killer comes after her, she runs for her life, only to bring her own mysterious past to the present.

A lifelong Philadelphian, Lisa still lives in the Philadelphia area and enjoys writing about her hometown city. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages.

She's a mom, a best-selling author, and a lawyer, but you already know that. Here are some things you don't know about Lisa, the kind of things that you may or may not learn from her books. She lives for family, is incredibly generous, and enjoys her time at home. She is a die-hard Eagles fan, thinks "I Love Lucy" is one of the all-time greatest series comedies, and loves fast-paced, entertaining books. She is proud to be American, proud to be Italian, and proud to have the most amazing daughter (and she is not the least bit biased!)

Reichs, Kathy

Both a forensics expert who has seen -- firsthand -- the aftermath of murderers and a novelist whose heroine tracks villains like the "Blade Cowboy," Kathy Reichs has some ideas about what the face of evil looks like: ordinary. "I see the perpetrator across the courtroom when I'm testifying. Generally, I'm underwhelmed," she said in a 2000 interview published on her web site." I'm always shocked by how totally normal they look. They look like my Uncle Frank, usually."

Reichs mulled over those experiences for about seven years before deciding to apply her ideas to fiction. Out came Déjà Dead in 1997, introducing mystery fans to a new but, more likely than not, recognizable heroine: forensics expert Temperance Brennan, a fortyish, recovering alcoholic on the run from a wobbling marriage. Brennan – a sort of mix between Nancy Drew and Quincy – is also something of a hothead, prone to marching off on her own when she runs afoul of a sexist male cop. This is the kind of woman who would sit down to brunch with Vic Warshawski, Kay Scarpetta, or Jane Tennison, if any of them did brunch.

As a forensic anthropologist for the state of North Carolina, as well as the province of Québec, Reichs draws heavily from her own experiences standing over the autopsy table. Her novels -- Death du Jour, Deadly Decisions, Grave Secrets and the like – are packed with the kind of well informed clinical details that make critics take notice. "The doctor clearly knows a hawk from a handsaw," wrote The New York Times about one of her books.

She also built some parallels to her own biography when creating Tempe Brennan. Both women are forensic anthropologists with the unlikely dual addresses of North Carolina and Canada. But Reichs rolls her eyes when asked about the comparisons. "Personally, she's completely her own person," Reichs told USA Today in 1997. "She gets physically involved. She takes risks I've never been tempted to take."

Reichs was editing forensics textbooks when she began toying with writing a novel. The initial result, she said, was a dud: slow, boring, and in the third person. But it picked up steam when she came up with the Brennan character. Inspired by friend and medical examiner Bill Maples, author of Dead Men Do Tell Tales, she sat down to write, meticulously drafting an outline of her story and getting up early to write before teaching classes at the University of North Carolina. It took her two years.

The effort paid off when her manuscript made the rounds of the Frankfurt Book Fair. A heated auction won Reichs a million-dollar, two-book deal.

Critics and readers alike loved Tempe. Wrote the Library Journal, "Despite her ability to work among fetid, putrefying smells that 'leap out and grab' and her 'go-to-hell attitude' with seasoned cops, Tempe is as vulnerable as a soft Carolina morning." And People magazine said, "Reichs not only serves up a delicious plot, she also brings a new recipe to hard-boiled cop talk."

Over chicken salad lunches with newspaper reporters, Reichs will casually talk about dismembered bodies, maggots, and concerns for her children's security in light of some of the unsavory characters she'd testified against. But then she'll confess her true idea of a waking nightmare. "[My] idea of horror would be to sit in a little gray office all day and add up columns of numbers," she told USA Today. "I say to people, 'How do you do that?"'

Gabaldon, Diana

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

Gross, Andrew

Andrew Gross coauthored 2nd Chance and The Jester with James Patterson. He lives with his wife, Lynn, and their three children in Westchester County, New York.

Jance, J.A.

Considering J. A. Jance's now impressive career -- which includes two massively popular mystery series and status as a New York Times bestseller -- it may be difficult to believe that she was initially strongly discouraged from literary pursuits. A chauvinistic creative writing professor advised her to seek out a more "ladylike" job, such as nurse or schoolteacher. Moreover, her alcoholic husband (a failed Faulkner wannabe) assured her there was room in the family for only one writer, and he was it. Determined to make her doomed marriage work, Jance put her writing on the back burner. But while her husband slept, she penned the visceral poems that would eventually be collected in After the Fire.

Jance next chose to use her hard times in a more unlikely manner. Encouraged by an editor to try writing fiction after a failed attempt at a true-crime book, she created J. P. Beaumont, a homicide detective with a taste for booze. Beaumont's drinking problem was clearly linked to Jance's dreadful experiences with her first husband; but, as she explains it: "Beaumont was smart enough to sober up, once the problem was brought to his attention. My husband, on the other hand, died of chronic alcoholism at age 42." So, from misfortune grew one of the most popular characters in modern mystery fiction. Beaumont debuted in 1985's Until Proven Guilty -- and, after years of postponing her writing career, Jance was on her way.

As a sort of light flipside to the dark Beaumont, Jance created her second series in 1991. Inspired by the writer's happier role as a mom, plucky small-town sheriff Joanna Brady was introduced in Desert Heat and struck an immediate chord with readers. In 2005, Jance added a third story sequence to her repertoire with Edge of Evil, featuring Ali Reynolds, a former TV reporter-turned-professional blogger.

And so, the adventures continue! A career such as Jance's would be extraordinary under any circumstances, but considering the obstacles she overcame to become a bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist, her tale is all the more compelling. As she explains it: "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that everything -- even the bad stuff -- is usable."

Sandford, John

John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

Slaughter, Karin

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times bestselling author of Karin Slaughter is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Beyond Reach and A Faint Cold Fear, eight novels, including Beyond Reach and A Faint Cold Fear, which was named an International Book of the Month selectionwhich was named an International Book of the Month selection; she contributed and edited Like a Charm. She is a native o; she contributed and edited Like a Charm. She is a native of Georgia, where she currently lives and is working on her nf Georgia, where she currently lives and is working on her n

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.

Berry, Steve

Steve Berry is "The New York Times" bestselling author of "The Templar Legacy," "The Third Secret," "The Romanov Prophecy," and "The Amber Room," His books have been translated into thirty-five languages and sold in thirty-four countries. A lawyer who has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Russia, he lives on the Georgia coast. He is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at www.steveberry.org.

McDermid, Val

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid's books have won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, have been named "New York Times" Notable Books, and have been nominated for the Edgar Award. She is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Crime Writing. She lives in the north of England.

Rice, Christopher

Christopher Rice published his bestselling debut novel, A Density of Souls, when he was twenty-two. By thirty, Rice had published four New York Times bestsellers, received a Lambda Literary Award, and been declared one of People magazine's ?Sexiest Men Alive.? His noir thriller Light Before Day was hailed as a ?book of the year? by mega-bestselling author Lee Child. His most recent book, The Heavens Rise, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. The son of legendary author Anne Rice, he has published short fiction in the anthologies Thriller and Los Angeles Noir. His writing has been featured in the Advocate, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and on Salon.com. With his friend and cohost Eric Shaw Quinn, Rice recently launched his own internet radio broadcast, The Dinner Party Show (TheDinnerPartyShow.com). He also recently served on the board of directors of the West Hollywood Library Fund, which helped to secure funds for a new state-of-the-art library in the heart of the city he now calls home.

Lynds, Gayle

Gayle Lynds is the bestselling author of several thrillers including Masquerade and The Coil. With Robert Ludlum, she authored three of the bestselling Covert-One novels: The Hades Factor, The Paris Option and The Altman Code. Before becoming a full-time novelist, she had a varied career including stints as a journalist, an editor, and a military think tank where she held a Top Secret clearance. She recently co-founded the International Thriller Writers (ITW). She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Morrell, David

David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net.

Harris, Charlaine

Maggie Shayne is the bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the groundbreaking vampire series Wings in the Night, the most recent of which is called "Prince of Twilight". Her numerous awards include two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, the National Readers Choice Award, and the coveted Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Maggie lives in a small town in southern central New York. Find her at www.maggieshayne.com.

Box, C. J.

C. J. Box's stunning debut, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the prestigious Anthony Award, as well as nominations for the Edgar Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. His second novel, Savage Run, scored high praise from the New York Times Book Review, People, and USA Today. He is also the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain International Corporation.

Lustbader, Eric Van

Eric Van Lustbader (he dropped his middle name, Van for several years due to a confusion about his last name) was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including "The Ninja, "a N.Y. Times bestseller for an astounding 24 weeks, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes. His "New York Times" bestselling novel, "The Testament," was published in September, 2006 and in paperback in August, 2007. It received rave reviews from such notable thriller writers as Nelson DeMille, Steve Be

Jackson, Lisa

Lisa Jackson is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author of both historical romance novels and contemporary suspense. Her most recent books include "See How She Dies, Hot Blooded, " and "Cold Blooded." She lives in Oregon.

For more information, visit www.lisajackson.com.

Koryta, Michael

MICHAEL KORYTA's first novel, "Tonight I Said Goodbye", was published when he was just twenty-one. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began working as a newspaper reporter and for a private investigator while still in high school. "Tonight I Said Goodbye "won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Contest for first novel and the Great Lakes Book Award for best mystery, and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best first novel. His other novels include "Envy the Night" (winner of the 2008 mystery/thriller Los Angeles Times Book Prize), "The Silent Hour", and "Those Who Wish Me Dead".

Adrian, Lara

Lara Adrian is the author of the New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series of vampire romance novels. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband. Visit her at laraadrian.com.

James, Peter

Peter James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series, with more than eighteen million copies sold all over the world. His novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages and many are in development for TV and film including the Roy Grace series. All of his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research. He lives in England.

Demille, Nelson

Nelson DeMille is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, six of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. His novels include The Deserter, (written with Alex DeMille), The Cuban Affair, Radiant Angel, Plum Island, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter, which was made into a major motion picture, starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. He has written short stories, book reviews, and articles for magazines and newspapers. Nelson DeMille is a combat-decorated U.S. Army veteran, a member of Mensa, Poets & Writers, and the Authors Guild

Mcdermid, Val

Val McDermid is the author of many crime novels and has created the notable characters Lindsay Gordon, Karen Pirie, Kate Brannigan and Tony Hill. Her novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold over 16 million copies. Visit her online at ValMcDermid.com.