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Wed
Jun 21 2017 1:00pm

Q&A with Barry Lancet, Author of The Spy Across the Table

Read this exclusive Q&A with author Barry Lancet, and then make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win a copy of his latest Jim Brodie thriller!

I first met Barry Lancet in 2012 through the International Thriller Writers organization’s Debut Authors Program. It was an unlikely friendship, if only because Barry lives in Tokyo and I’m in Washington, D.C. But I liked his dry sense of humor and his Larry David-esque worldview. And then I read an advanced copy of his debut novel, Japantown, and was blown away by his talent. I wasn’t surprised that it later won numerous awards and citations and that the Jim Brodie series was optioned for television by J. J. Abrams. 

Learn how you can win a signed copy of Anthony Franze's latest legal thriller, The Outsider, from Goodreads!

Now, five years and collectively seven books between us, we’ve shared many laughs and misadventures. And even though he’s a notorious welcher on bets (he owes me hundreds of beers), and despite once making me brave D.C. traffic to drive him to the airport—not to catch a plane but for research for his book—he’s one of my closest friends. So it was with great pleasure that when I read his latest Brodie book, The Spy Across the Table, I loved it. Like Barry, Jim Brodie has gotten better with each book, and this one amps up the tension and political intrigue. 

When Criminal Element asked me to interview Barry, they had no idea we were close friends. And I suspect they didn’t know that would make for an unconventional Q&A:  

[Read the full Q&A below!]

Wed
Apr 5 2017 11:00am
Excerpt

The Outsider: Audio Excerpt

Anthony Franze

The Outsider by Anthony Franze follows a young Supreme Court law clerk as he finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer.

Things aren’t going well for Grayson Hernandez. He just graduated from a fourth-tier law school, he’s drowning in student debt, and the only job he can find is as a messenger. The position stings the most because it’s at the Supreme Court, where Gray is forced to watch the best and the brightest?the elite group of lawyers who serve as the justices’ law clerks—from the outside.

When Gray intervenes in a violent mugging, he lands in the good graces of the victim: the Chief Justice of the United States. Gray soon finds himself the newest—and unlikeliest—law clerk at the Supreme Court. It’s another world: highbrow debates over justice and the law in the inner sanctum of the nation’s highest court; upscale dinners with his new friends; attention from Lauren Hart, the brilliant and beautiful co-clerk he can’t stop thinking about.

But just as Gray begins to adapt to his new life, the FBI approaches him with unsettling news. The Feds think there’s a killer connected to the Supreme Court. And they want Gray to be their eyes and ears inside One First Street. Little does Gray know that the FBI will soon set its sights on him.

Racing against the clock in a world cloaked in secrecy, Gray must uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again in this thrilling high-stakes story of power and revenge by Washington, D.C. lawyer-turned-author Anthony Franze.

[Listen to an audio excerpt from The Outsider...]

Mon
Mar 13 2017 10:00am
Excerpt

The Outsider: New Excerpt

Anthony Franze

The Outsider by Anthony FranzeThe Outsider by Anthony Franze follows a young Supreme Court law clerk as he finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer (available March 21, 2017).

Things aren’t going well for Grayson Hernandez. He just graduated from a fourth-tier law school, he’s drowning in student debt, and the only job he can find is as a messenger. The position stings the most because it’s at the Supreme Court, where Gray is forced to watch the best and the brightest?the elite group of lawyers who serve as the justices’ law clerks—from the outside.

When Gray intervenes in a violent mugging, he lands in the good graces of the victim: the Chief Justice of the United States. Gray soon finds himself the newest—and unlikeliest—law clerk at the Supreme Court. It’s another world: highbrow debates over justice and the law in the inner sanctum of the nation’s highest court; upscale dinners with his new friends; attention from Lauren Hart, the brilliant and beautiful co-clerk he can’t stop thinking about.

But just as Gray begins to adapt to his new life, the FBI approaches him with unsettling news. The Feds think there’s a killer connected to the Supreme Court. And they want Gray to be their eyes and ears inside One First Street. Little does Gray know that the FBI will soon set its sights on him.

Racing against the clock in a world cloaked in secrecy, Gray must uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again in this thrilling high-stakes story of power and revenge by Washington, D.C. lawyer-turned-author Anthony Franze.

[Read an excerpt from The Outsider...]

Mon
Feb 20 2017 1:00pm

Happy President’s Day to the Most Famous Lawyer/Thriller-Writer In History (It’s Not Who You Think)

Who’s the most famous lawyer-author of all time? Nope, not John Grisham.

Here are some hints:

  • Last week was his birthday.
  • He grew up in a log cabin.
  • He wore a tall top hat.
  • And, oh yeah, he helped free the slaves.

[Learn more about the presidential crime story...]

Wed
Jul 6 2016 2:30pm

The Bald Truth: The Secret to Literary Greatness

The Wall Street Journal reported on a scientific study that found “men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine, dominant, and…to have greater leadership potential than those with longer locks or with thinning hair.” Men with short hair were even perceived to be taller and stronger than those with fuller manes.

As Business Insider recently explained, research suggests that people are “psychologically biased” in favor of bald men in business, noting that the CEOs of Amazon and Goldman Sachs are bald guys. The chrome dome apparently taps into cultural associations, “from Michael Jordan imposing his will on the basketball court to Bruce Willis saving the day on the silver screen.”

Overlooked in this discussion, I say, were thriller writers.

[So many great writers, so little hair...]

Mon
Jun 6 2016 2:00pm

A Sum Greater Than Its Parts: Anthony Franze Interviews Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg on Co-Authoring The House of Secrets

It’s not an exaggeration to call Brad Meltzer a Renaissance man. After all, he’s a #1 New York Times bestselling author—one of the only writers with bestsellers in fiction, non-fiction, advice, children’s books, and comics. He’s also a television host, a history expert, a lawyer, and he even created a successful clothing line. One thing he’s never done, however, is co-author a novel.

Until now.

In The House of Secrets (Grand Central, June 7, 2016), Meltzer joins forces with Tod Goldberg, an established author in his own right, repeatedly short-listed for prestigious literary awards such as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The two have crafted a fascinating tale of history, conspiracy, and family.

[Read Anthony Franze's full interview here...]

Thu
Mar 31 2016 11:00am
Excerpt

The Advocate’s Daughter: Audio Excerpt

Anthony Franze

The Advocate's Daughter by Anthony Franze begins when respected Supreme Court lawyer, Sean Serrat, is nominated for the Supreme Court and his daughter Abby goes missing. Shortly after her disappearance, her corpse is left to be discovered in the library of the Supreme Court. Launching his own personal investigation, Sean uncovers illicit secrets about his own family and some of the most powerful men in the country—men who plan on never giving him the chance to expose the truth.

Listen to an excerpt of The Advocate's Daughter by Anthony Franze, and then make sure you're signed in and comment at the bottom for a chance to win an Advanced Listening Copy of Franze's newest thriller!

Among Washington D.C. power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood, and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country. But just as he learns he's on the short list to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, his daughter, Abby, a talented and dedicated law student, goes missing. Abby's lifeless body is soon found in the library of the Supreme Court, and her boyfriend, Malik Montgomery, a law clerk at the high court, is immediately arrested. The ensuing media frenzy leads to allegations that Malik's arrest was racially motivated, sparking a national controversy.

While the Serrat family works through their grief, Sean begins to suspect the authorities arrested the wrong person. Delving into the mysteries of his daughter's last days, Sean stumbles over secrets within his own family as well as the lies of some of the most powerful people in the country. People who will stop at nothing to ensure that Sean never exposes the truth.

[Listen to an audio excerpt and comment for a chance to win!]

Tue
Mar 22 2016 1:00pm

What Literary Line Would Be on Your Headstone?

After you’ve read Anthony Franze’s piece on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave, comment on what literary line would be on your headstone for a chance to win a copy of Anthony’s breakout novel, The Advocate's Daughter, a family thriller set in the insular Supreme Court world. #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child called the novel “smart, sophisticated, suspenseful, and written with real insider authenticity.” Providence Journal said it’s “engaging and riveting.” And Suspense Magazine hailed it as “the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to suspense.”

My son Jake, a high school senior who soon leaves for college to pursue his love of journalism and English literature, is the most well read person I know. Having misspent my own youth, I’ve taken to reading whatever’s on Jake’s bedside table—to try in these last days while he’s under my roof to better connect with him, to see where his heart and mind are at this exciting time in his life. So, that recently led me to The Great Gatsby.

As a writer, I should probably be embarrassed that I’d never read the classic, which is core curriculum in most high schools (did I mention my misspent youth?). But I soon found myself lost in the world of Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and the denizens of West Egg. 

[Find out how to win a copy of The Advocate's Daughter!]

Wed
Mar 16 2016 10:00am
Excerpt

The Advocate’s Daughter: New Excerpt

Anthony Franze

The Advocate's Daughter by Anthony Franze follows Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer on the short list to be nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, as he searches for his daughter's killer and uncovers secrets that involve some of the most powerful people in the world (Available March 22, 2016).

Among Washington D.C. power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood, and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country. But just as he learns he's on the short list to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, his daughter, Abby, a talented and dedicated law student, goes missing. Abby's lifeless body is soon found in the library of the Supreme Court, and her boyfriend, Malik Montgomery, a law clerk at the high court, is immediately arrested. The ensuing media frenzy leads to allegations that Malik's arrest was racially motivated, sparking a national controversy.

While the Serrat family works through their grief, Sean begins to suspect the authorities arrested the wrong person. Delving into the mysteries of his daughter's last days, Sean stumbles over secrets within his own family as well as the lies of some of the most powerful people in the country. People who will stop at nothing to ensure that Sean never exposes the truth.

[Read an excerpt from The Advocate's Daughter here...]

Wed
Jan 6 2016 2:00pm

Thrillers, Mysteries, and Crime Fiction: 5 Masters of Opening Lines

After you’ve read Barry Lancet and Anthony Franze’s piece about some of the masters of opening lines, comment below with your own favorite opening from a thriller, mystery, or crime fiction novel and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of Barry’s new novel, PACIFIC BURN, from his acclaimed Jim Brodie series, and Anthony’s upcoming heart-stopper, THE ADVOCATE’S DAUGHTER.

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

Ah, the power of the opening line. The writer’s obsession. To capture the story and the voice that will lure the reader in. That first kiss that (hopefully) leads to the seduction. We all know famous openings from the classics—“Call me Ishmael,” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” and the list goes on—but what about the great first lines from popular fiction?

As two thriller writers who live with the obsession ourselves, we compared notes on other thriller, mystery, and crime fiction writers we consider masters of the art of the opening. We had a number of the same names on our respective lists. Here are five: 

[See if your favorites made their list...]