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Interview: Jeffery Deaver, author of The Empty Chair

May 12, 2000

May 12, 2000

Jeffery Deaver is one of our favorite thriller writers. Not only can he quickly tap out nail-biting suspense novels, he is also genuine, sincere, and from all our email exchanges, kindhearted. You might expect a more frightening visage from the creator of such twisted stories as THE BONE COLLECTOR, but you'd be wrong. Recently, Joe Hartlaub,'s Senior Writer and thriller aficionado, had an opportunity to ask Deaver about his new thriller THE EMPTY CHAIR, future movies starring everyone's favorite protagonist Lincoln Rhyme, the honor of receiving the DREAM Award, and much more in our latest interview.

Interview: Donald E. Westlake, author of The Hook

Apr 21, 2000

April 21, 2000

Prolific author Donald E. Westlake, often referred to as the Mystery grand master, is back again with his latest thriller, THE HOOK. Not simply a mystery, THE HOOK, like his recent book THE AX, is full of psychological suspense.'s Senior Writer Joe Hartlaub has followed Westlake's career through the years, reading Westlake and his infamous pseudonym, Richard Stark. Delve into Donald's dark world with Joe as your guide in this interview.

Author Talk: Christopher Reich, author of The Runner

Apr 1, 2000

April 2000

Q: You've spoken about the moment in history that inspired THE RUNNER. Can you describe it for readers, and explain why it sparked this thriller from you?

Interview: Michael Connelly, author of Void Moon

Feb 4, 2000

February 4, 2000

Michael Connelly is the successful author of many popular crime novels often featuring his famous LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch. But his latest --- VOID MOON --- has a female in the lead. A burglar named Cassie Black takes center stage in his thrilling new book. TBR Senior Writer Joe Hartlaub --- interviewer extraordinaire --- was eager to ask Connelly some questions about his new book and his old characters, namely Harry Bosch. Find out where the inspiration for "void moon" came from, how the birth of his daughter influenced the story, when we can expect the next Bosch book and more in this interview.

Interview: Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle

Feb 1, 2000

There is an audible buzz around about Elizabeth Strout's debut novel AMY AND ISABELLE, a story about the complex relationship between one mother and her teenage daughter. What is the cause for this clamor? Elizabeth Strout hopes it's because she cares so deeply for her characters, and in turn her readers care about the story. We agree --- but would add that it is also an amazingly well-written story. It leaves you wanting to read more by this talented author.