Author: Nichole Christoff
Genre: Thriller / Mystery
In an intense thriller that’s perfect for fans of Lee Child or Lisa Gardner, security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair tackles a cold case that could cost her the one person who means the most to her.
Hardworking Jamie Sinclair can’t wait for the weekend. She plans to be off the clock and on the road to wine country with handsome military police officer Adam Barrett. But when a strung-out soldier takes an innocent woman hostage and forces his way into Jamie’s bedroom, everything changes. Jamie’s never seen the soldier before. But he’s no stranger to Barrett—and with one word he persuades Barrett to pack a duffel and leave Jamie in the lurch.
Jamie cannot fathom why Barrett would abandon her without explanation. But as the consequences of an unsolved crime threaten to catch up with him, a late-night phone call sends Jamie racing to Barrett’s hometown in upstate New York. In a tinderbox of shattered trust and long-buried secrets, Jamie must fight to uncover the truth about what really occurred one terrible night twenty years ago. And the secrets she discovers deep in Barrett’s past not only threaten their future together—they just might get her killed.
Nic's first manuscript won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart®. Her second won the Helen McCloy-Mystery Writers of America Scholarship. Nic has also been named as a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and Killer Nashville's Claymore Dagger.
Nic has sipped champagne at the birthday celebration of His Majesty, the King of Thailand, played party games at the residence of the British High Commissioner, and learned to make sushi from the chef to His Excellency, the Ambassador of Japan. When she isn't penning her latest novel, Nic teaches Creative Writing at a small, private university.
Her debut thriller, The Kill List: A Jamie Sinclair Novel, was a December 2, 2014 release from Random House's Alibi.
Truthfully, I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was quite young. My mother wanted me to write novels when I got to university. I, on the other hand, wanted to become a broadcaster. With broadcasting, however, there are many opportunities for writing. And now it seems I've come full circle. I may not be Nancy Drew, but I get to write about my own private-investigator-turned-security-specialist, Jamie Sinclair.
2. How do you deal with writer's block?
Sometimes, you have to give yourself time, I think. A little fresh air and exercise can go a long way. Just getting your mind on something else allows your creative side to work in its own good time. There have been so many instances where I couldn't push through a paragraph, but the moment I decided to walk with the dog, the details came to me.
3. Who is your favourite author?
That's such a tough question! There are so many awesome authors on my love list. I really have to credit James Thurber, Raymond Chandler, and Jane Austen for influencing my taste in storytelling. When it comes to today's authors, I love Robert Crais, Steve Hamilton, Karen Rose, and Lisa Gardner.
4. Who is your favourite male character in fiction?
That would have to be Joe Pike, written by Robert Crais. Joe's got that strong, silent, tall, dark, and handsome thing going for him, but he's also quietly heroic. I want to believe there are people who are just, kind, and capable like Joe Pike in the world.
5. What book would you have on a desert island?
I have a hefty tome that is a compilation of all Jane Austen's novels, some of her unpublished material, and her letters. I could read that forever and it might come in handy on that desert island. When I'm not reading it, I could use it to pound tent pegs into the sand to secure the tattered sails that would serve as my shelter. The book is terribly heavy, after all.