Archive for the ‘Thriller’ Category

Meg Gardiner Interview on KAZI Book Review

June 25, 2017 1 comment

UNSUBI just finished a live interview with Meg Gardiner about her new thriller, UNSUB, a KAZI Book Review Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz of BookPeople joined me for the interview. I have the first 20 minutes of the interview.  Unfortunately the flash drive ran out of space with 7 minutes left, but it is still worth listening to.


Ridley Pearson’s New Novel Set in Kenya

July 28, 2016 Leave a comment

I get to explore Kenya and the battle to save elephants from poachers in the latest thriller by Ridley Pearson, WHITE BONE.  This is the fourth novel featuring ex-military contractor John Knox and his partner, former Chinese intelligence agent and forensic accountant Grace Chu.

KAZI Book Review First Order of 2016: Interview Jeff Abbott

January 2, 2016 Leave a comment

imageTune in Sunday, January 3 at 12:30 p.m. CST to KAZI 88.7 FM for a live interview with Austin thriller writer and New Orleans Saints fan Jeff Abbott, author of THE FIRST ORDER, the fifth Sam Capra novel.

Publisher’s Summary

The darkest day of Sam Capra’s life was when he watched his brother, Danny, executed by extremists on an online video. But now, evidence has surfaced that Danny may still be alive—leading a secret, hidden life for the past six years while the world believed him to be dead. What’s more, Sam discovers that Danny may be plotting a murder that could change history: assassinating the Russian president. Determined to stop his brother from committing a murder that may cause a war, Sam goes undercover in a one-man mission to save the world-and to save his brother.

Author Bio

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is the international-bestselling, award-winning author of ten mystery and suspense novels. Jeff is a native Texan and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English, and worked as a creative director at an advertising agency before writing full-time. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. You can visit his website at and follow him on Twitter @JeffAbbott.

Psychopath Assistant District Attorney As Protagonist Makes Interesting Read

November 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Hollow ManTune in at 12:30 p.m. CST to KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX for my live interview with Austin writer Mark Pryor, author of the suspense novel HOLLOW MAN.  Set in Austin, HOLLOW MAN is a gripping first person narrated suspense novel with a fascinating protagonist – a Travis County Assistant District Attorney who conspires with two people to rob a landlord on the day he collects rent.  Okay, what really makes the ADA interesting is he is a self acknowledged psycopath who has struggled for years to appear normal to the outside world.

Book Description

Dominic is a prosecutor, a musician, and an Englishman living in Texas. He’s also a psychopath. His main goal is to hide his condition and lead a seemingly normal life in hopes to pay off his debts and become a full-time musician in Austin’s  club scene. But on one lousy day his carefully-controlled world starts to shatter: he’s demoted at work and accused of stealing a fellow musician’s song.

​He also meets a beautiful woman in a lime green dress–perhaps the biggest threat to his safety of all. At her urging, Dominic hatches a plan to steal a van he knows will be filled with cash. He picks two friends as accomplices, insisting on no guns and no violence. But a security guard catches them in the act and simple theft turns into capital murder.

Cracks start to show in the conspiracy and, with no allegiance to anyone but himself, Dominic has to decide whether to stick by his partners in crime, or let his true nature come out to play.

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

About Mark Pryor

Mark grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three young children. Over the years, he has been many things: ski instructor, journalist, personal trainer, and bra folder (he lasted one day: fired for giggling at the ridiculousness of the job.  If it’s any excuse, he was just nineteen years old.)

His first real career was as a newspaper reporter in Colchester, Essex.  There, he covered the police and crime beat for almost two years.  He also wrote stories on foreign assignments, including accounts from Northern Ireland while with the British Army, and from Romania where he covered the first-anniversary celebrations of that country’s revolution.

Mark moved to America in 1994, mostly for the weather.  He attended journalism school at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, and then law school at Duke University, graduating with honors and a lot of debt.  He is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County DA’s office.

Mark is also the author of the Hugo Marston series, which is set mostly in Paris, but also in London and Barcelona.  Hugo is the head of security at the US Embassy in Paris, and a former FBI profiler.

Sue Grafton Discusses Latest Kinsey Milhone Novel, X, on KAZI

August 29, 2015 2 comments

imageSue Grafton’s latest Kinsey Milhone thriller, X, is a dark and chilling novel, featuring a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath, but the test for her iconic private investigator Kinsey test is whether she can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

Sue Grafton (© Laurie Roberts Porter)

Sue Grafton (© Laurie Roberts Porter)

Tune in Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST to KAZI 88.7FM  for my interview with Sue Grafton.  I was joined in my interview by KAZI Book Review contributor Gale Albright, a local mystery writer and vice president of the Sisters In Crime heart of Texas chapter.  In our inteview Sue Grafton discussed how she researches her novel, why men should read her Kinsey Milhone novels, and how she keeps a positive focus when writing her novels.  Sue Grafton published her first Kinsey Milhone novel in this alphabet series, A is for Alibi, in 1982, and her books in the series have become international best sellers and her heroine has become an iconic figure.  Grafton has received numerous honors for her writing including being named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

Black Cowboy Nat Love A.K.A. Deadwood Dick Featured in Novel Paradise Sky

July 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Joe Lansdale shares his story on how he decided to write about African American cowboy Nat Love in his new novel PARADISE LOVE on the 2nd segment of the July 12 edition of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7FM.  Lansdale’s interview airs immediately after the Jewell Parker Rhodes interview.

Lansdale writes in a piece for Mulholland Books how he became interested in black cowboys: “In the late 1970’s, I became intrigued with nonfiction material I read about black cowboys and soldiers in the Old West. I was surprised to find that their contribution to the West was much larger than I had been led to believe by general history books, Western novels, and films over the years. The reason for this is painful but real: Racism had hidden their contribution.”

In PARADISE SKY, Texas novelist Joe Lansdale spins the tale through a first person narative that begins with Love on the run from a lynch mob chasing him for looking at the derriere of the wife of a white man. Unable to find him, they kill his father instead. Set in the late 1800s, Love is taken in by a white farmer with progressive views on race that teaches him how to shoot and ride horses.  After the farmer’s death, he travels across the western territories with the aggrieved husband still in pursuit.  During his travels he becomes a Buffalo soldier, is befriended by Wild Bill Hickock, and ultimately has a showdown with the aggrieved husband who never stopped pursuing him.

Joe Lansdale, who lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, is the author of more than a dozen novels including the Edgar Award winning THE BOTTOMS.


New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson Demille and Former Hollywood 

June 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in at 12:30 p.m. CST today to KAZI 88.7FM for interviews with Nelson DeMille, author of the new novel RADIANT ANGEL and Bruce Ferber, author of the new novel CASCADE FALLS.  Listen live online through or or their respective apps.


After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey’s new assignment with the DSG—following Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission—is thought to be “a quiet end,” he’s happy to be out of the FBI. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn’t: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.

Prescient and chilling. DeMille’s new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs.



CASCADE FALLS explores the failed promise of the American Dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic followup to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Bruce Ferber asks the question: “How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?”