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Rising crime novelist Shane Gericke readies 3rd novel ‘Torn Apart’
Now that WORDNBASS.com has turned five years old, it's time to kick off
the 'Where are they now?' series in which we discuss literary and
musical talent we discovered in our first year. Let's start off with Shane Gericke,
a former business news editor whose knack for prose drove him to drop
out of the news business back in 2005, the same year this website
That’s when his
literary agent Bill Contardi
inked a deal with Kengsington Publishing imprint Pinnacle Fiction for
Gericke’s debut novel "Blown Away," a story about detective Emily
Thompson pursuing a serial killer in the Chicagoland area -- where
Gericke still lives after a long career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
I first got in touch with Gericke and Contardi because and I’m always
interested in debut authors and the novel sounded juicy. Sure enough,
delving into the mind of a killer led him to pen disturbingly graphic
scenes like a barber getting his throat slit with his own razor --
after shaving said killer.
His gritty descriptions, crisp prose and use of a female lead appealed
to a wide audience of thriller and crime fiction aficionados, and
before you could cry "Murder!" Gericke became a best seller when it
launched in 2006. He followed with a second crime novel "Cut to the Bone,"
another commercial and critical success.
Over the past five years Gericke, fully absorbed in his new career as a
crime author, has made bookstore, media, and conference appearances
across the USA in support of his novels. He is also the current
chairman of the Thrillerfest literary conference in New York City, and
is a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
What’s next? Gericke’s preparing the July 6, 2010 launch of his third
novel "Torn Apart," (Pinnacle Fiction) which hits bookstores the same
week as this year’s Thrillerfest conference.
Torn Apart is about a serial killer nicknamed "Hacksaw" who sends Emily
gift packages of human body parts while a dragnet tightens around drug
traffickers, child kidnappers and spree killers in Illinois and
"Looks like it will be their big thriller for the summer, which pleases
me (to) no end," Gericke told WORDNBAS.com of Pinnacle’s summer launch.
"Book comes out during Thrillerfest week. Wonderful, but it’s going to
be exhausting doing both simultaneously. But hey, sleep is overrated"
To find out more about Shane Gericke and his novels check out his website.
to read an excerpt from Torn Apart.
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