The July pub date of THE SHIMMER coincides with the International Thriller Writers organization’s annual gala readers/writers conference, THRILLERFEST (July 8-11). This year, it again takes place in New York City, where ITW will present David Morrell with its prestigious THRILLERMASTER award for a lifetime of devoting his career to expanding the idea of what a thriller can be.
Some of the featured special guests include David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Robin Cook, Brad Meltzer, and Katherine Neville. Lee Child, Steve Berry, James Rollins, Gayle Lynds, and a host of other thriller luminaries will be there for the entire 4 days and very accessible. For details, please go to ttp://www.thrillerwriters.org.
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(Publisher’s Weekly, Dec. 8 )
In this routine medical thriller from bestseller Palmer (The First Patient), Dr. Thea Sperelakis, an idealist who’s been working for Doctors Without Borders in the Congo, rushes back to Boston after learning her physician father, Petros, an intimidating figure known as the Lion, is close to death, the victim of a hit-and-run. Thea faces one challenge after another, including having to resuscitate Petros when his heart stops beating. Her brilliant if socially challenged older brother, Dimitri, adds to her anxiety with his computer reconstruction of the accident, which indicates the driver struck Petros deliberately. When Thea manages to communicate haltingly with her father, she suspects he’s stumbled on some medical fraud that’s made him the target of those behind the fraud. Aided by the requisite hunky ex-cop turned hospital security guard, Thea doggedly seeks out the truth. Robin Cook fans have seen all this before and in more engaging form. (Feb.)
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