2013 Thriller Award Finalists!

2013 Thriller Award Finalists!

We have THRILLING news. (Good one, Fisher!)

The International Thriller Writers have selected their finalists for the 2013 Thriller Awards (yay!) and two very thrill-tastic Macmillan novels already on your shelves are in the running for Best Hardcover Novel and Best First Novel. We have our fingers crossed!

2013 BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL:

THE SURVIVOR
by Gregg Hurwitz

2013 BEST FIRST NOVEL:

DON’T EVER GET OLD
by Daniel Friedman

We're also excited to see CJ Lyons' BLIND FAITH on the list for the 2013 Best E-Book Original Novel category. See the full list of finalists at Mystery Fanfare.

Congratulations to all of the thrill-ful finalists! [...]

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TxLA’s 2013 Lariat Short List

TxLA’s 2013 Lariat Short List

The Texas Library Association has announced the titles on their short list for the 2013 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List!

Five of the titles on their list of 78 candidates are very proudly published by Macmillan:

GONE MISSING 
by Linda Castillo

MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE
by Robin Sloan

REDSHIRTS
by John Scalzi

THE SURVIVOR
by Gregg Hurwitz

HALF-BLOOD BLUES
by Esi Edugyan

See the full list of titles here (PDF).

Selections for the final list will be revealed this April at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth. [...]

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Starred Reviews for The Survivor

Starred Reviews for The Survivor

In Gregg Hurwitz' own words, his latest thriller, THE SURVIVOR, is the story of "a man forced to step up, willing to do anything to protect those he loves, even as his body begins to betray him." More specifically... 

One morning Nate Overbay—a divorced former solider suffering from PTSD and slowly dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease—goes to an eleventh-floor bank and climbs out a window onto the ledge, ready to end it. But when a crew of robbers bursts into the bank viciously shooting employees and customers, Nate confronts the robbers, taking them out one-by-one. 

Nate is then kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Russian mobster who planned the failed heist. Pavlo gives Nate an ultimatum—break back into the bank and get what he needs or watch Pavlo slowly kill the ex-wife and teenaged daughter Nate lost when he came back from Iraq.

"Hurwitz’s writing is crisp and economical, and he steers clear of hackneyed phrases and one-dimensional characters. [...] A fine thriller that succeeds on every level." 
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Surely Hurwitz can’t keep this up forever. Lately, each new book he publishes is his best so far, and this one’s no exception. [...] Nate is the kind of character who, if not handled just right, might quickly become unbelievable, but there’s no danger of that with Hurwitz at the controls. It’s hard to imagine that he can top this one, but, based on past performance, don’t bet against it." —Booklist (starred review)

Publisher's Weekly ran an interview with Gregg in June. Read their Q&A here.

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