About Killer Thrillers

Killer Thrillers members are award-winning, bestselling, and internationally published thriller authors committed to bringing high standards and professional quality to their self-published works.

Many of the titles on the Killer Thrillers website first appeared in print. Others are original e-books. All are written by talented, experienced thriller authors who’ve proven they know how to tell a ripper of a story — by winning major awards, becoming regional, national, and international bestselling authors, and seeing their novels translated and published in other countries!

Pick up any of the e-books featured on the Killer Thrillers website, and you’re guaranteed a thrilling read!

Brett Battles was born and raised in southern California. His parents, avid readers, instilled the love of books in him early on. Brett is author of the acclaimed Jonathan Quinn series—including THE CLEANER (nominated for the Barry Award for Best Thriller 2008, and the Shamus Award for Best Debut Novel), THE DECEIVED (winner of the Barry Award for Best Thriller 2009).

Though he still makes California his home, he has traveled extensively to such destinations as Ho Chi Minh City, Berlin, Singapore, London, Paris, and Bangkok, all of which play parts in his current and upcoming Jonathan Quinn thrillers.


Raymond Benson has been an award-winning and best-selling author, composer, computer game designer, stage director, film historian, and film genres instructor for over thirty years.  As of 2012 he is the author of 27 published books.  His most recent thrillers are the first two entries in a new series featuring a female vigilante: THE BLACK STILETTO and THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE.

He is also the fourth—and first American–author of official James Bond 007 novels. Benson is a New York Times best-selling author, an Edger Alan Poe Award nominee, a Shamus Award nominee, a “Lovey” Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Thriller.

Sean Black  grew up in Scotland, but also spent parts of his childhood in the United States, including a stint attending high school in Terre Haute, Indiana. By the time he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Sean had already published some short fiction and print journalism. In 1995, he and his wife moved to England where he got a job teaching at a college. Four years later, he landed his first television-writing gig, and quit teaching to write full-time. Between 1999 and 2008, Sean wrote over seventy episodes of some of Britain’s best-known television dramas.

In September of 2008, Sean’s first novel, LOCKDOWN, sold to Bantam/Transworld in what Publishers Weekly categorised as ‘a major deal’. Dutch, German, and Russian rights were also quickly snapped up. To research the Ryan Lock series of thrillers, Sean has trained as a bodyguard with former members of the Royal Military Police’s specialist close protection unit, spent time inside America’s most dangerous maximum security prison, Pelican Bay Supermax in California, and ventured into the tunnels under Las Vegas.

Robert Gregory Browne began his career by selling a two-part mystery story, NOTHING BUT THE COLD WIND, to EasyRiders magazine. After more than a decade as a screenwriter, Browne shifted his focus to his first love, novels, and wrote KISS HER GOODBYE, which recently served as the basis for a CBS Television series pilot, starring Dylan Walsh and Terry Kinney.

Rob’s subsequent books are the thrillers TRIAL JUNKIES, WHISPER IN THE DARK, KILL HER AGAIN, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN and THE PARADISE PROPHECY (as Robert Browne). In 2011, DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN was nominated for an International Thriller Writers “Best Paperback Original” Thriller Award.

Blake Crouch is the author of DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, and ABANDON, which was an IndieBound Notable Selection last summer, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His newest thriller, SNOWBOUND, also from St. Martin’s, was released in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Thriller 2, and other anthologies, including the new SHIVER VI anthology from Cemetery Dance.

In 2009, he co-wrote “Serial” with J.A. Konrath, which has been downloaded over 250,000 times and topped the Kindle bestseller list for 4 weeks. That story and DESERT PLACES have also been optioned for film. Blake lives in Durango, Colorado.

Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of BOILING POINT, an environmental thriller about an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a radical scheme to end global warming. Karen’s first science thriller, FREEZING POINT, was nominated by RT Book Reviews as Best First Mystery of 2008. Freezing Point has been published in Germany and the Czech Republic. Both books are available in audio from Audible.com.

Karen is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Backspace Writers Conferences held in New York City every year. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, and serves on the International Thriller Writers board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

Timothy Hallinan has lived, on and off, in Southeast Asia for more than 25 years.  He wrote songs and sang in a rock band while in college, and many of his songs were recorded by by well-known artists who included the platinum-selling group Bread.  He began writing books while enjoying a successful career in the television industry.

Over the past fourteen years he has been responsible for a number of well-reviewed novels and a nonfiction book on Charles Dickens.  Tim currently maintains a house in Santa Monica, California, and apartments in Bangkok, Thailand; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  He is lucky enough to be married to Munyin Choy-Hallinan.


Daniel Judson, a Shamus Award winner and four-time finalist, is the author of seven acclaimed novels: The Gin Palace Trilogy, comprised of The Poisoned Rose, The Bone Orchard, and The Gin Palace, as well as The Southampton Trilogy, comprised of The Darkest Place, The Water’s Edge, and Voyeur.  He is also the author of a stand-alone novel, The Violet Hour.  




Katia Lief was born in France to American parents, grew up in Massachusetts and New York, and now lives in New York City with her family. She is the author of several novels; along with her new thriller series beginning with YOU ARE NEXT and NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME, she is the pseudonymous author of the Kate Pepper thrillers, and two earlier literary novels.

Katia is best known for her internationally acclaimed suspense novels (some published under the pseudonym Kate Pepper). She teaches fiction writing at The New School in Manhattan, and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Photo: Sigrid Estrada

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. In addition to being an award-winning, New York Times Bestseller, CJ is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker. A finalist for RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and winner of the Golden Gateway, Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier awards, CJ has received numerous accolades for her writing.

CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).
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New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept, which he translated into Write It Forward: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors. He is also the Co-Creator of Cool Gus Publishing, which does both eBooks and Print On Demand, so he has experience in both traditional and non-traditional publishing.

His books have hit the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and numerous other bestseller lists. His book The Jefferson Allegiance, was released independently and reached #2 overall in sales on Nook.


Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing exciting, fast-paced fiction, Grant McKenzie likes to wear a toque and kilt with his six-guns. His debut novel, SWITCH, earned fantastic reviews internationally when it was published by Bantam TransWorld UK in 2009, in translation in Germany by Heyne, and in Canada by Penguin in 2010. In 2011, it was translated into Complex Chinese and into Russian.

Grant’s second novel, No Cry For Help, was published in the UK by Bantam TransWorld in 2010 and  in Germany in 2011.

Grant’s short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge, plus Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines, and his first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver, B.C.

David Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog.

An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association as well as the prestigious lifetime Thriller Master Award from the International Thriller Writers’ organization. His writing book,The Successful Novelist, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Boyd Morrison is an author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career working on NASA’s space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop thirteen US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then managed a video game testing group in Microsoft’s Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer.

For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.


P.J. Parrish is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Louis Kincaid and Joe Frye thrillers. The author is actually two sisters, Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols. Their books have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. The series has garnered 11 major crime-fiction awards, and an Edgar® nomination. Parrish has won two Shamus awards, one Anthony and one International Thriller competition.

Her books have been published throughout Europe and Asia. Parrish’s short stories have also appeared in many anthologies, including Akashic Books’ acclaimed Detroit Noir, and in Ellery Queen Magazine. Most recently, they contributed an essay to a special edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s works edited by Michael Connelly.

J.F. Penn has a Masters degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, Mansfield College. She combines her passion for religion and psychology with kick-ass action-adventure in her novels.

J.F.Penn loves action-adventure thrillers and cites as writing inspirations James Rollins, Steve Berry, Andy McDermott, Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler as well as Dan Brown.

Penn loves scuba diving, traveling with her backpack, Pinot Noir, reading in the hammock and constant change.


Award-winning author Ann Voss Peterson wrote her first story at seven years old and hasn’t stopped since. To pursue her love of creative writing, she’s worked as a bartender, horse groomer, and window washer.

Now known for her adrenaline-fueled thrillers, Ann draws on her wide variety of life experiences to fill her fictional worlds with compelling energy and undeniable emotion. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with her family and their border collie.




As counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Keith Raffel held a top secret clearance to watch over CIA activities. As an entrepreneur, he founded UpShot Corporation, Silicon Valley’s first company based on a cloud computing model, and sold it to Siebel Systems.

He has also been a carpenter, college writing instructor, candidate for elective office, and professional gambler. These days he stays busy writing his bestselling thrillers in Palo Alto, California.


J.D. Rhoades was born and raised in North Carolina. He has worked as a radio news reporter, club DJ, television cameraman, ad salesman, waiter, practicing attorney, and newspaper columnist. His weekly column in the Southern Pines, North Carolina Pilot was named best column of the year in its division for 2005.

His first novel, The Devil’s Right Hand, was released in 2005; Good Day in Hell, his second novel featuring North Carolina bail bondsman Jack Keller, was released in March 2006. Safe and Sound, July 2007, also features Jack Keller. Breaking Cover, July 2008, is a standalone thriller.


Jeremy Robinson is the author of nearly twenty novels including the highly praised SECONDWORLD, as well as PULSE, INSTINCT, and THRESHOLD the first three books in his exciting Jack Sigler series, which is also the focus of and expanding series of co-authored novellas deemed the Chesspocalypse.

Robinson, also known as the #1 Amazon.com horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, is author of THE SENTINEL and the controversial novel, TORMENT. His novels have been translated into ten languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.



M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of twelve novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives. She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek and New York Magazine. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L’Official, Poets and Writersand Publishers Weekly. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series: Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to DeathPassions of the DeadDying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves.

Her novels have been highly praised by Mystery SceneCrimespree, and RT Reviews, and the series is on Amazon Kindle’s bestselling police procedural list. L.J. also has four standalone thrillers:The Sex ClubThe Baby ThiefThe Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect.

When not plotting murders, she enjoys performing standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She’s also been known to jump out of airplanes.

Zoë Sharp is the author of the Barry Award Finalist First Drop and Second Shot and 7 other novels. Having spent most of her childhood living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England, she opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel when she was fifteen.

Success came in 2001 with the publication of the first Charlie Fox book, Killer Instinct, by Piatkus Books. This was followed by Riot Act (2002), Hard Knocks (2003),and First Drop, first published in the UK (2004) and in the States by St Martin’s Press (2005).

Zoë’s short stories have been shortlisted for the Short Story Dagger by the UK Crime Writers’ Association. Her other writing has been nominated for the coveted Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Anthony Award presented by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, and the Benjamin Franklin Award, one of the most prestigious awards given to independent publishers by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of seven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers, and the workshop leader of the highly acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors blog.

As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.

In her free time (!) Alex enjoys adventure travel and all kinds of dance, which she has also taught, and performs in the all-author Killer Thriller Band, and with Heather Graham’s Slush Pile Players. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west, and of the Board of the Mystery Writers of America, and is the founder of WriterAction.com, an unruly online community of over 2000 professional screenwriters.

Mark Terry is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Derek Stillwater series, which includes THE DEVIL’S PITCHFORK, THE SERPENT’S KISS, THE FALLEN, THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS, and DIRE STRAITS. He is the author of numerous other books including HOT MONEY featuring Washington DC consultant Austin Davis, and three books aimed at middle grades.

A black belt in Sanchin-Ryu karate, Mark teaches karate where he is training his own midget ninja army intent on world domination. Otherwise Mark studies martial arts, bikes, runs, lifts weights, and in general pretends he’s a freelance writer and novelist and not a ninja.

Author photo by Hadley Ashton

F. Paul Wilson is the author of forty-plus books and numerous short stories spanning science fiction, horror, adventure, medical thrillers, and virtually everything between. His novels regularly appear on the New York Times Bestsellers List. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers of America, the Stoker Award, the Porgie Award, the Prometheus and Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards, the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention, the Inkpot Award from ComiCon, and was voted Grand Master by the World Horror Convention.

Millions of his books are in print in twenty-four languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. His latest thrillers, Ground Zero and Fatal Error, star his urban mercenary, Repairman Jack. Jack: Secret Histories kicked off a young-adult trilogy starring a teenage Jack.