Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night
Released on 07.01.2006
Be prepared to be thrilled as you've never been before
Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.
Lock the doors, draw the shades, pull up the covers and be prepared for Thriller to keep you up all night.
"Kowalski's In Love' appears in Thriller, an anthology of short stories edited by James Patterson. The collection presents short stories from more than 30 thriller writers. My co-contributors and I dedicated the proceeds of the book to our new organization, International Thriller Writers. (You can read more about the group and our annual event, Thrillerfest, by clicking on the "appearances' tab.) If you've read the Sigma series, you'll recognize a couple of the characters in "Kowalski's In Love".
The story: Seaman Joe Kowalski is having a rotten day. A gas leak causes his boat to explode, he swims to a small island and learns the island is infected with a transgenic rhabdovirus, and the Brazilian Navy is going to obliterate the place in about a half hour. Then things get complicated for Kowalski and Dr. Shay Rosauro, who is supposedly on the island only long enough to retrieve the antidote to the virus.
I really enjoyed seeing how many obstacles and booby traps I could put in their way, and how ingeniously Kowalski and the doctor....
You'll have to read Thriller to find out more.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The blurry line between mysteries and thrillers gets even fuzzier in this outstanding anthology of 32 new stories by such top genre names as Lee Child, James Grippando, Denise Hamilton and David Morrell.
Patterson, in his introduction, talks about the "intensity of emotions" that thrillers share-as well as "the force with which they hurtle the reader along." This description fits such fine efforts as Gayle Lynds's "The Hunt for Dmitri," which takes the heroine of The Coil, Liz Sansborough, into an adventure involving her father, the infamous CIA assassin known as the Carnivore.
But other extremely readable stories, like Alex Kava's "Goodnight, Sweet Mother," would qualify as straight mystery.
Readers who favor one category or another may at first be a bit baffled, but lovers of crime fiction in general and well-told action tales in particular will be well rewarded. Would-be thriller writers can learn a lot about research and technique from Patterson's introductions to each story. Many of the contributors will be attending the first International Thriller Writers convention in Phoenix in June. (June)
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