Mira Books has published THRILLER, an anthology of short stories by thriller writers including Denise, Lee Child, David Dun, Gregg Hurwitz, Alex Kava, Joe Konrath, Eric Van Lustbader, Gayle Lynds, Chris Mooney, David Morrell, Katherine Neville, Christopher Rice, James Rollins and others.

ISBN 0-7783-2299-8



"The blurry line between mysteries and thrillers gets even fuzzier in this outstanding anthology of 32 new stories by such top genre names as Lee Child, James Grippando, Denise Hamilton and David Morrell. Patterson, in his introduction, talks about the "intensity of emotions" that thrillers share as well as "the force with which they hurtle the reader along." This description fits such fine efforts as Gayle Lynds's "The Hunt for Dmitri," which takes the heroine of The Coil, Liz Sansborough, into an adventure involving her father, the infamous CIA assassin known as the Carnivore. But other extremely readable stories, like Alex Kava's "Goodnight, Sweet Mother," would qualify as straight mystery. Readers who favor one category or another may at first be a bit baffled, but lovers of crime fiction in general and well-told action tales in particular will be well rewarded. Would-be thriller writers can learn a lot about research and technique from Patterson's introductions to each story."
    Publishers Weekly (Starred Review!) 

"Thriller has enough star power and solid stories to make it a must-have for mystery/thriller readers...Denise Hamilton's excellent At the Drop of a Hat works as a political thriller in which a young college student gets caught up in love and intrigue in Albania."
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel 

"The aptly named Thriller anthology is noteworthy for two reasons: it's the first short story collection ever dedicated strictly to thrillers and it's the first publication from a new professional organization - International Thriller Writers, Inc. Included within this monster 576-page compilation are 30 stories from a jaw-dropping gathering of the genre's biggest stars (and all ITW members): Gayle Lynds, John Lescroart, Lee Child, Eric Van Lustbader, David Morrell, Michael Palmer, James Rollins and Steve Berry, to name just a few.

Noteworthy selections include Lynds' "The Hunt for Dmitri," which features former CIA operative Liz Sansborough as she is once again thrown into a life-and-death adventure involving her father, the infamous assassin known as the Carnivore; and Child's "James Penney's New Identity," a story about a Vietnam vet on the run that includes a cameo from Child's signature character Jack Reacher—with a brilliantly twisted ending that is worth the price of the book alone. F. Paul Wilson's "Interlude at Duane's" pits Repairman Jack against a group of bumbling drugstore robbers and in Heather Graham's "The Face in the Window," a couple of Floridians try to survive a tropical storm—and a serial killer on the loose. 

Like the historic Legends and Far Horizons anthologies that were released in the late 1990s, which featured a virtual dream list of science fiction and fantasy superstars, Mira Books' Thriller is a comparable collection in the thriller genre. But this is so much more than an anthology featuring a veritable Who's Who of the genre's best and brightest authors; it's a momentous publishing event—and hopefully just the beginning of many more collections of pure thrillers. Undoubtedly the greatest gathering of genre authors in one volume, Thriller is an unprecedented, adrenaline-inducing masterwork."

    Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations and Ransom Notes
(Thriller was the #1 featured title in June in the B&N Mystery/Thriller newsletter and on the B&N Mystery/Thriller homepage)