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Karin Slaughter is honored as Author of the Month at VJ Books

With the release of her latest thriller–Cop Town–Karin Slaughter is honored as Author of the Month at VJ Books

Cop Town by Karin SlaughterInternational bestselling author Karin Slaughter has sold more than 30 million books in print, published in 30 languages, and is passionate about saving libraries. She is online bookseller VJ Books’ Author of the Month.

Slaughter is best known for her Grant County series which is set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, and the Will Trent series, which takes place in Atlanta, featuring special Agent Will Trent and his partner Faith Mitchell.

“We are excited about COP TOWN” reports bookstore owner John Hutchinson, “Karin has garnered quite a following of readers as she is the master of character, atmosphere, and suspense. For now COP TOWN is a stand-alone, but one can only hope that it’s a series in the making.”

To help spread the word about the needs for community support for public libraries, Karin founded Save the Library Foundation and has spearheaded, with events to benefit the DeKalb County (GA) Public Library system. Her op-ed piece Fight for Libraries As You Do Freedom in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and fund raising events with fellow International Thriller Writers (ITW) authors Tess Gerritsen and Michael Connelly, have raised over $50,000 for the project.

Slaughter’s UNSEEN (Random House) took the prize for Best Foreign Thriller at the 11th annual Crimezone Thriller Awards, her unprecedented fifth win, with about 10,000 crime writers, publishers, reviewers, and readers voting for Slaughter’s last novel.

Praise for Karin Slaughter:

“Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and COP TOWN shows the author at the top of her game—relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched. . . . I’d follow her anywhere.”—Gillian Flynn

“Stunning . . . In Karin Slaughter’s first stand-alone novel, she breaks new ground with this riveting story of two young police officers trying to stop a serial killer targeting cops. Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers and if you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.”—Michael Connelly

“A masterpiece . . . Much more than a thriller . . . Karin Slaughter’s unforgettable female characters and stunning evocation of time and place make Cop Town one of the most powerful and moving reads of recent memory.”—Kathryn Stockett

The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson Book Review

Book Review:  The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson

Reviewer: Jamie Gravius from Brookfield, CT United States
Alex Berenson does not disappoint and provides another wonderful edition to this series. He is called in to investigate potential trouble within the CIA ranks in Afghanistan. Any fan of this series will whip through this book which is my favorite since The Silent Man. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in yet another wonderful tale of John Wells, the CIA, and ‘current’ events in Afghanistan. Alex is arguably the best writer in the ‘spy’ rogue agent genre.


VJ Books Announces New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Palmer as February 2012 Author of the Month

Writer and physician Michael Palmer is the February 2012 Author of the Month at VJ Books with the release of his new medical and political thriller — Oath of Office.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer has hit international bestseller lists for each book he’s ever written. He returns in top form with his 17th medical suspense novel, Oath of Office.  Compelling, engaging, and with in-depth characters, Oath of Office is sure to please.

Oath of Office by Michael PalmerAbout Oath of Office

What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage?

When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath.  Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome.  Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John’s medical license had been revoked for drug addiction.  Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored.  After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he’s incredulous.  And when he begins (more…)

George Pelecanos and Derek Strange Tell “What It Was”

Bestselling crime novelist George Pelecanos releases his latest Derek Strange novel, What It Was


Press Release

Bestselling crime novelist George Pelecanos releases his latest Derek Strange novel, What It Was.

Tualatin, Oregon, January 1, 2012 – Since 2001, Derek Strange–the hard headed private detective–has faced a cadre of clever bad guys as he navigates the streets and culture that is Washington D.C.

About What It Was

In Pelecanos’s newest book, What It Was, it is 1972 and Derek Strange has recently left the D.C. police force and set up shop as a private investigator.  His former partner, Frank “Hound Dog” Vaughn is still on the force.  Helping a new client recover a ring of some sentimental value, Strange steps into Vaughn’s case, where a local druggie has been murdered.

Soon both Strange and Vaughn are in hot pursuit of a cold-blooded killer known on the street as ‘Red Fury,” so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives.  Red Fury doesn’t care who he has to kill – or cross – to get what he wants, and as the violence grows and the stakes get higher, strange and Vaughn know that the only way to catch their man is to do it ‘their way.’

George Pelecanos talks about Derek Strange on YouTube.  Click here to watch the video.

“I am pleased to see Pelecanos return to the streets that earned him the Gumshoe Award in 2003,” tells John Hutchinson of VJ Books, “Hell to Pay is one of my favourite books, and I appreciate how What It Was tells some of the back story of how Derek Strange got started.”  “It’s a great background for the other Strange novels, Right as Rain and Soul Circus,” adds Hutchinson. (more…)