Monday, January 01, 2007

Killer Year is Here

Welcome to 2007. I know I'm glad it's here (understatement of the decade!) I'm also pretty sure I can speak for my fellow Killer Year folks. In the coming months we will all be experiencing that thing that can only happen to an author once, the publication of our debut novels. So to celebrate the arrival of 2007, here's a list of the Killer Year books. We hope you enjoy them as much as we've all enjoyed writing them!


Sandra Ruttan

January 7, 2007

The video appears to show a woman falling to her death, but the cameraman says the police sent him away without investigating. Reporter Lara Kelly is intrigued, but suspicious. She’s finds enough evidence to print a story about an apparent suicide.

Detective Tymen Farraday, the newest detective in a precinct plagued by rumors of scandal and corruption, is sent to check Lara’s sources. Before Farraday and Lara are even sure they can trust each other they discover a body. When Lara is attacked Farraday is forced to protect her and as they untangle a deadly web of corruption, murder and abduction, they find themselves in the path of a killer.


Marcus Sakey

January 9, 2007

For Danny Carter, retired thief turned respectable businessman, sharing a normal life with his loving girlfriend seems like the ultimate score -- until his former partner comes looking for him. A hardened killer fresh out of Stateville, his partner wants to kidnap the son of Danny's millionaire boss, and needs help to pull it off. Doing the job could cost Danny his career, his relationship, and his freedom; refusing could cost him his life.


Sean Chercover

January 9, 2007

A disillusioned newspaper reporter turned Chicago P.I., Ray Dudgeon isn't trying to save the world. He just wants to do an honest job, and do it well. But when doing an honest job threatens society’s most powerful and corrupt, Ray’s odds for survival make for a sucker’s bet. The worlds of Hollywood moviemaking, Chicago organized crime, and Washington power politics collide in Big City, Bad Blood.


Patry Francis

February 1, 2007

When a teenage boy is arrested for a particularly brutal murder, his mother seeks to learn the truth, and finds herself increasingly ensnared in a web of lies.


Robert Gregory Browne

February 6, 2007

ATF agent Jack Donovan is just getting reacquainted with his estranged daughter, Jessie, when a ruthless gunrunner kidnaps her and buries her alive. With the clock ticking, Jack soon realizes that the only way he can save her is to follow a killer into the darkness of death itself.


Gregg Olsen

February 27, 2007

Southern California criminal investigator Hannah Griffin teams up with FBI agent Jeff Bauer to catch her mother, a notorious serial killer who pulled off the greatest vanishing act in history.


Marc Lecard

March 6, 2007

In Vinnie’s Head, Long Island petty criminal Johnnie LoDuco snags his best friend’s head while fishing for flounder, and attracts the attention of some very unpleasant people. Is it the head they want, or Johnnie?


Bill Cameron

April 1, 2007

Peter McKrall, disaffected smart-ass and kleptomaniac, finds a dead hooker in the park while looking for his niece's lost toy dog. At the crime scene, he has a chance encounter with the killer, Jake, who panics and sets out to implicate Peter in the crime. The next thing Peter knows, the victim's frantic ex-con daughter is calling in the middle of the night and the police, misdirected by Jake and by Peter's own sordid past, have cast suspicious eyes his way.

BOBBIE FAYE'S VERY (very, very, very) BAD DAY

Toni McGee Causey

May 1, 2007

Bobbie Faye Sumrall is a dead-broke Cajun living in a broken-down trailer in Lake Charles, Louisiana. When criminals demand Bobbie Faye's Contraband Queen tiara-- the only thing of her mama's she inherited-- in exchange for her good-for-nothing brother, Bobbie Faye has to outwit the police, organized crime, former boyfriends, and a hostage she never intended to take (but who turns out to be damn sexy), in order to rescue her brother, keep custody of her niece, and get back in time to take her place as Queen in the Lake Charles Contraband Festival (think Mardi Gras, with more drinking and pirates). Luckily, she knows how to handle guns, outwit angry mama bears, drive a speedboat, and get herself out of (and into) almost every kind of trouble. If only that pesky state police detective (who also happens to be a pissed off ex-boyfriend) would stay out of her way . . .


Brett Battles

June 27, 2007

The Cleaner is an international spy thriller featuring Jonathan
Quinn, a freelance professional "cleaner." When he takes on his latest job, it seemed simple enough – investigate a suspicious case of arson in Colorado. But the case takes a turn for the worse and soon Jonathan is leapfrogging continents, trying to find out why someone wants him dead–and if it's linked to a larger attempt to wipe out his employer. His only hope may be a woman from his past who's reluctant to help–but who may hold the key to solving the case.


Jason Pinter

July 2007

Henry Parker, a young newspaper reporter moves to New York looking to usher in a new era of fearless and ethical journalism. After being given his first assignment by legendary newsman Jack O'Donnell, Henry stumbles into a bloodbath and ends up accused of murder. On the run from both the authorities and a vicious assassin who wants him dead for reasons more personal than he could have ever imagined, Henry must rely on Amanda Davies, a headstrong young law student, to uncover a vast conspiracy that could shatter a city...or control it.


Dave White

September 2007

When Gerry Figuroa is killed in a hit and run, his pal, Jersey P.I. Jackson Donne, is hired to investigate. Donne soon discovers that Figuroa may not have been quite the innocent he seemed. A second case leads Donne to a dead body on the steps of Drew University. As he digs deeper, Donne uncovers a drugs connection, and it quickly becomes clear that certain people would rather he dropped his investigation. Soon his ex-cop partner shows up bent on shattering everything, and Donne finds his past hurtling towards him with a vengeance.


Derek Nikitas

Fall 2007

When a folklore professor is shot dead in his car, the crime smashes together the lives of three disparate women: his anguished teenage daughter, a detective facing her own family’s collapse, and the pregnant former-junkie girlfriend of the killer. These three women must choose where to aim their last shots at redemption, even as they face a gang of barbaric thugs who torch homes and lives for a thrill.


J.T. Ellison

November 2007

A vicious, highly mobile killer is terrorizing the Southeast. Showing no mercy to his victims, he leaves a trail of mutilated bodies faster than investigators can process the crime scenes. Nashville Homicide Detective Taylor Jackson, working with FBI profiler John Baldwin, must follow the killer along his devious path. How many will die if they don't succeed?


Sandra Ruttan said...

Good lord Brett. You're so freakin' organized!

But since you're able to speak for me, shall I just pass on the panel info and have you do my bit at Left Coast Crime? Then I can sit in the audience and make faces...

Gregg said...

Organized, Talented, and pretty nice, too. Brett's a triple threat!

Tasha Alexander said...

Brett, love that cover!!!

Anonymous said...

There are two books I know I'm going to buy, but looks like I'm going to spend more on a few others. The Killer Year folks have to love you.

angie said...

My book budget is screaming. Thank god they're spread out over the course of a year, or Killer Year would send me to the poor house.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

Is it 2007 already?

Tanginika-Simone said...

Much success in 2007 and happy writing!

Elizabeth Krecker said...

Congratulations to you and your Killer Year friends! Happy New Year!!!

Mia King said...

Great, as if my book list wasn't long enough! ;-)

Congrats on the debuts, they all sound fabulous! I'm a bit of a thriller/mystery junkie, so I can't wait to read the books when they hit the shelves!