Idol Talk: Heads Up

Mark May 24 on your calendar. That’s the day MCD, a new division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, publishes one of the best thrillers I’ve ever come across. I haven’t read something this good since Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, and that was 35 years ago. Turow’s novel is near and dear to my heart because it motivated me to finally start writing fiction, albeit 25 years later. (I was an investigative reporter and got accused by my subjects of writing fiction more than once.)

This amazing new novel is written by Chris Pavone and titled, Two Nights in Lisbon. I received an advance reader copy and will be interviewing Chris in the coming weeks. My story will appear in the May 1 issue of The Big Thrill online magazine—the official publication of International Thriller Writers.

I’ve never written a rave review before. I’m not sure I know how, but Pavone has forced my hand. If you’re not a subscriber to The Big Thrill, you can still read it for free.

In the meantime, here’s my story about Ben Mezrich, the Indiana Jones of thriller writers. My story about his thriller, The Midnight Ride, appears in the March issue of The Big Thrill. He has had an amazing literary life with movie deals and unsavory sources.  He writes both fiction and non-fiction.