Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded

Diversion Books
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Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paula Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.

Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more...

Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades...

This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.

“Murder, mayhem, and mystery! Every story in KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is filled with suspense, sizzle and startling twists. I loved it!”—Lisa Jackson, New York Times Bestseller
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Jeffery Deaver was born on May 6, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Before attending law school, he worked as a business writer. After law school, he worked for a Wall Street law firm practicing corporate law. In 1990, he decided to stop practicing law and become a full-time writer. His first novel was a horror story entitled Voodoo. He is the author of more than 25 novels and has written some of those stories under the pseudonym William Jeffries. He writes the Lincoln Rhyme series and the Kathryn Dance series. A Maiden's Grave was adapted into a film by HBO called Dead Silence and The Bone Collector was adapted into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He received the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association, the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year three times, and the British Thumping Good Read Award.

Donald Sutherland Bain was born in Mineola, New York on March 6, 1935. He received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and served in the Air Force as a lieutenant. He worked as a ghostwriter for over five decades. His first book was a history of stock car racing written under the name of a Nascar executive. He pseudonymous wrote the Murder, She Wrote novels and Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes mysteries. He also wrote the fictional memoir Coffee, Tea or Me?, Lights Out, Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame (originally published as War in Illinois), and Murder, He Wrote (originally published as Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume). He died from congestive heart failure on October 21, 2017 at the age of 82.

Jefferson Bass is the pseudenym of the writing team of Jon Jefferson and William Bass.

Robert Dugoni graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and clerked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for 17 years. In 1999 he left the full-time practice of law to return to writing. He is the author of the popular David Sloane series of books and the Tracy Crosswhite series.

Mary Burton was born in the U.S. and earned an English degree from Virginia¿s Hollins University. After a decade of working in marketing and sales, Mary Burton became convinced she could write and sell one of her many stories. Burton left the marketing profession and devoted all her spare time to writing a novel. Soon after, she sold her first manuscript to Harlequin Historicals. Since that initial sale, MB had written twelve historical romances for Harlequin Historicals, four short romantic suspenses for Silhouette Romantic Suspense and a non-fiction book The Insider¿s Guide to Direct Marketing. Her first single title romantic suspense for Zebra I¿m Watching You is a December 2007 release. In 2005, The Unexpected Wife was a finalist Romance Writers of America¿s RITA contest and Wise Moves was 2006 nominee for the Romantic Times¿ Critics Choice Award. I¿m Watching You received critical acclaim from New York Times Best Selling author Carla Neggers.

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Oct 27, 2015
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