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This week's featured guest is New York Times Best Selling Author JEFF ABBOTT, whose Sam Capra books are on my keeper shelf already. I highly recommend these books for anyone who likes thrillers!

 

 

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About Jeff

 

Biography

 

Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of many mystery and suspense novels. Jeff’s novels have been called “exciting, shrewd, and beautifully crafted” (Chicago Tribune), “fresh, original… intricately woven” (Publishers Weekly), “nail-bitingly suspenseful and totally original” (Irish Independent) and “excellent” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). He is published in many languages and has been a bestseller in the US, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, Portugal, and other countries.

 

Jeff is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award, given at Bouchercon (aka the World Mystery Conference.) and is also a two-time nominee for the Thriller Award (first for Panic, then for The Last Minute). All of Jeff’s Whit Mosley suspense novels have been honored with nominations for major writing awards: A Kiss Gone Bad was short-listed for the Anthony Award; Black Jack Point was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Barry Awards; and Cut and Run was nominated for the Edgar Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. His other books includeTrust Me, Collision, Fear, Promises of Home, and Distant Blood.

 

Jeff’s short stories have been anthologized in collections such as Best American Mystery Stories and The World’s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories.

 

His novels Adrenaline, Panic, and Collision have been optioned for film and are in script development.

 

Jeff 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.

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The Last Minute  

 

The Last Minute 

 

 

Overview

 

Sam Capra must commit an impossible assassination—or he will lose the only person in the world who matters to him . . .

 

Sam Capra has one reason to live: to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. An ex-CIA agent, Sam now owns bars around the world as cover for his real mission-working undercover for a secret network as mysterious as it is powerful, while using his skills to find his child.

 

Now the kidnappers have offered a deadly deal: they'll surrender Sam's child...if Sam finds and murders the one man who can expose them. Teaming up with a desperate young mother whose daughter is also missing, Sam tracks his prey-and his son-across the country in a dangerous race against time, and must unravel a deadly conspiracy if he's to rescue the only person in the world that matters to him.

 

Winner of the 2012 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Praise for Jeff’s Earlier Books

 

Trust Me nails every thriller element, from genuinely unpredictable story twists to a creepy subplot . . . Abbott turns a threadbare premise—terrorists under the bed—into a surefire adrenaline rush for the summer season.”
—Texas Monthly

“International best-selling author Jeff Abbott has turned out seven fast-moving thrillers. But Trust Me, the Dallas native’s latest, may be his best one so far. Again the Austin resident has crafted an action-laden chiller with his signature elements: a Texas tie, a timely plot, an ordinary guy as hero and a dark world rife with mayhem and death.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Quentin Tarantino mets Die Hard as the lives of two men literally collide in Abbott’s latest riveting action thriller. . .the action never lets up as they go on a seemingly futile quest. Abbott has always been a terrific writer, but this is his best to date. The twists are shocking, and the characters are all too real.”
Library Journal (Starred)

“Rock-solid. . .Abbott keeps the action zipping along as the body count mounts, and Ben becomes far wiser and far tougher as he learns the harsh realities of kill or be killed.”
—Publishers Weekly

“An expert thriller writer, Fear’s nonstop action delivers a unique premise with fully developed characters, and as a bonus, terrific scenery. Abbott ratchets up Fear with surprising twists and hairpin turns.”
—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“…Fear is an adrenaline-inducing suspense thriller of the highest order. Told in staccato, action-packed chapters that are seething with angst, obsession, shocking brutality, and compassion in the unlikeliest of places, Fear will have readers on the edge of their collective seats until the very last pages, which includes some jaw-dropping plot twists that would make even O. Henry proud—yet another hair-raising gem by the new master of suspense.”
—Barnes & Noble Ransom Notes

“The action is nonstop, and the dialogue is crisp and believable.”
—BookPage

“Heart-stopping”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Compelling”
—Austin American-Statesman

“Hypercharged”
—Publishers Weekly

“Heart-pounding”
—The Associated Press

“A superior, fast-paced thriller…. White-knuckled suspense that’s extremely hard to put down.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Those who disparage page-turners seldom appreciate what it takes to pull off a really good one, such as Abbott’s engrossing hardcover debut…with skilled handling of riveting action sequences, plot twists, and camera angles, all converging at breakneck speed, Abbott whips these simple ingredients into a near-perfect thriller that may indeed result in physical distress akin to panic for anyone trying to put the thing down before the last bullet flies. Fans of Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Joseph Finder, or John Grisham—anyone who enjoys a wild ride on a bumpy road—can cheer the arrival of our latest master of the fine art of the page-turner. Highly recommended.”
—Booklist

“Beach Read of the Week—One Killer Thriller.”
—New York Daily News

Panic is a tightly wound and lightning-paced tale that just begs for a sequel.”
—BookPage

“Thrilling and relentless…intense and entertaining…[a] solid and well-written thriller.”
—Time Out New York

“. . .it’s a smart, intelligent thriller that keeps you unsteady and guessing throughout, combining the best elements of such novels as MARATHON MAN and nearly everything that Robert Ludlum ever wrote, and whipping it into a verbal frenzy that is all Abbott’s own.”
—Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter.com (Read the full review…)

“Compulsively readable…an engaging page-turner that makes for fast and enjoyable reading.”
—Chicago Sun-Times

“…beautifully written and sensitively read…. Ganser brings all of Abbott’s many characters—the killers, the baffled police and the ambiguous Carrie, who might be working for the enemy—to instant, unhyped life, letting Abbott’s story about a man whose past has been an elaborate pretense unwind with breath-catching strength.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review for Panic audiobook)

“This is a well-titled book that can keep even action-addicted fans of the late Robert Ludlum satisfied.”
—The Oklahoman

Panic isn’t just good. Abbott’s an award winning mystery author, but with Panic Abbott clearly takes his writing to another level. The plotting is nothing short of brilliant. It reads like a rocket-propelled roller coaster ride, and the surprises are genuine surprises, especially the stunner at the end. Evan Casher is an intriguing, layered character, but Abbott doesn’t let his deft characterizations get in the way of his plot or slow the story. With Panic Abbott can safely take his seat alongside Harlan Coben, Dan Brown and John LeCarre. He’s that good.”
—Mark Terry, The Oakland Press

“Abbott keeps the twists and turns coming…”
—Detroit Free Press

“Edge of your seat quotient: sky high… Panic opens with an action-packed, man-on-the-run scenario that doesn’t let up…”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Abbott crafts a compulsive tale…thrilling.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Abbott has populated Panic with likable, intelligent characters, created a fascinating but surprisingly realistic plot that holds together well and in the process written what may be one of the 10 best thrillers of the year.”
—Montgomery (AL) Advertiser

“…chock-full of the bold twists that make for a tell-your-friends page turner. Panic’srelentless action and to-the-point prose might just win Abbott the blockbuster status that has always seemed to be waiting for him just around the bend.”
—Texas Monthly

“…don’t fret over the suspense novel curse of predictability. Right from the start, Panic aims to thrill with every page while keeping each twist close to the vest. Abbott tosses in some explosions, a few car chases, and plenty of tight-lipped potential double agents, making it hard not to suspect your own mother of foul play. (Speaking of which, did she just slip something into your Bacardi Silver?)”
—Maxim Online

Panic’s fresh plot and its intricate maze work on myriad levels—as an action-packed spy novel, as a hard-charged mystery with high suspense and as a character study of a young man searching for his identity. And spy tales seldom deal with the intricacies of love, trust and parental bonds, which Abbott succinctly weaves throughout Panic. Abbott knows how to ladle on the tension, taking it just to the boundaries of disbelief before carefully reining it in. Even when the double crosses are quadrupled, Abbott makes Panic credible. And despite the subterfuge that Abbott puts his characters through, Panic is still a shocker.”
—Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“…a tense and intriguing read. Readers should indeed panic. Recommended for all fiction collections.”
—Library Journal

“If you enjoyed having your nose glued to John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief, for example,Panic should be just what your summer reading list ordered… Panic will keep you turning pages…”
—San Antonio Express-News

“This is an amazing roller-coaster ride of a novel. The action is fast-paced, but the author still manages to include quite a bit of character development and lets the reader in on Evan’s inner struggle as he tries to deal with his up-ended life. Evan is completely believable as an ordinary guy thrust into extraordinary circumstances. It’s hard to tell the white hats from the black hats here, and there are so many twists and turns in the narrative that readers may want to reserve judgment until the final pages. Be prepared to stay up late to finish this one.”
—TheRomanceReadersConnection.com

Cut and Run is first class—a little diamond. If crime novels were music, this would be Jerry Lee Lewis, and there’s no higher accolade in my opinion.”
—The Independent (UK)

Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee for Best Paperback Original.

“Abbott knows what makes people tick and he has an ear for dialogue that sounds like it’s made for a cult TV series… Abbott’s observations about the way people interact and the minutiae that make up everyday hoodlum life ring truest this side of The Godfather, and his deceptively simple styles seduces readers into a world of murder, greed, and sheer human fallibility. There will be many superlatives bandied about in reference to this novel, and for once, the sheer talent of its author makes them all true.”
—Good Book Guide (UK)

“The hottest new writer on the the American crime writing block, Jeff Abbott, makes his British debut will all guns blazing… Abbott slams you back in your chair and hits the throttle from chapter one, leaving you a helpless passenger on a ride that screams around hairpin turns, leaving burning rubber on the road and bullets ricocheting off the pages. ****”
—Peterborough (UK) Evening Telegraph

“…seductive…relentless…each page offers up the kind of brutal action and blunt dialogue that should gratify Abbott’s fans.”
—Publishers Weekly

Black Jack Point is an unmatched thrill ride with a surprise around every turn. Jeff Abbott is the master of suspense to watch this year.”
—Texas Monthly

Nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and a Barry Award. Named one of the best mysteries of 2002 by South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Black Jack Point is an exciting crime thriller that is an exciting read because one really doesn’t know who are the good guys or the villains. Their actions are designed to confuse the evidence and enables Jeff Abbott to show he is an expert at his craft. This fast paced story line has a shocking climax that the readers will never figure out until it’s over. The crime thriller genre has a winner with this strong novel from Mr. Abbott, a rising star.”
—BooksNBytes.com

“Whit has a lot going for him, and there is just the right amount of humor…. While there are scenes of action and violence, they are not overdone. Whit is not one to suffer fools, and his interactions with the community are very real. I look forward to the next one already.”
—Deadly Pleasures

“This intricately woven, fast-moving mystery will keep readers guessing until the novel’s final confrontation.”
—Publishers Weekly

USA Today bestseller. Named one of the best mysteries of 2001 by South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Original Paperback.

“Abbott’s latest effort is so exciting, shrewd, and beautifully crafted that it’s hard to see how it can fail to move him up several noise levels, into Crais, Lehane, Pelecanos and even Connelly territory….a book worth including on any year’s best list.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Abbott trickles out the clues (both real and cleverly misleading) and builds both suspense and mystery with great dexterity.”
—Houston Chronicle

“A crowd pleaser…a strong plot, super characters, and writing that evokes both laughter and tears might well place Abbott in the winner’s circle again this year.”
—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Escapist fare that’s as good as it gets.”
—Publishers Weekly

Nominated for the Violet Crown Award for Best Novel.

“Abbott’s debut mystery is a bright, often funny portrayal of the social mechanics of a small town, where, as the narrator/ accused/ detective quickly discovers, everyone has something to hide.”
—Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Agatha and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel.

“…there are some nice comic touches, Jordy is a likable fellow, the action is flashy, and the ending is heartwarming.”
—Booklist

“Abbott combines a fine comic sense with an appreciation for the things that make small towns special and wraps it in a good puzzle.”
—Mystery Lovers Bookshop Newsletter

“Abbott’s debut has both dark and light tones, is thoroughly readable, and presents a well-drawn gallery of suspects.”
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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The Last Minute

“Abbott is one of the best thriller writers in the business, and he delivers action and complex characters in an explosive cocktail. The next Capra novel cannot come fast enough.”
Associated Press (Read the full review…)

“Like Adrenaline, this is a fast-paced thriller with a likable, morally conflicted hero. Sam is in a difficult situation, seemingly forced to commit murder to find his son, and-this is a testament to Abbott’s skills as a storyteller-we really don’t know whether he will follow through. The book ends on an upbeat note, giving Sam a certain amount of closure. Still, let’s hope Abbott isn’t through with Sam. He’s a very well drawn character, and it would be nice to see him again.”
Booklist

“Ex-CIA agent Sam Capra owns bars worldwide for a desperate reason; even as he works for a mysterious network, he uses the bars as a cover to hunt for his kidnapped son. Now the kidnappers will return the child if Sam agrees to murder the one man they see as a threat. Some bargain. The author of Adrenaline is big but could be even bigger; keep on tap for thriller fans.”
Library Journal, picking The Last Minute as one of Six Big Thrillers for July

“Exciting. . .Fights, flights, betrayals, and shifting alliances all play out against the constant threat to the children as a much battered Sam seeks an end game that will give him back his life and his son. ”
Publishers Weekly

The Last Minute is an “adrenaline rush that won’t stop.”
San Antonio Express-News (Read the full review…)

The Last Minute is full of “killings, betrayals, big-time conspiracies, and action galore”!
The Oklahoman (Read the full review…)

Winner of a Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original (UK Edition) by International Thriller Writers.

Selected for the Houston Chronicle’s Best Summer Reads

Selected for The Denver Post’s round-up of thrillers.

 

Adrenaline

“I read Jeff Abbott’s thriller Adrenaline and now have no fingernails left.”
—Margaret Atwood, on Twitter

“This is a book that’s getting a tremendous amount of buzz, everyone’s talking about it. Jeff Abbott’s the next Robert Ludlum…Sam Capra is the heir-apparent to Jason Bourne…Great read…It’s going to be a big book.”
The Today Show, Summer’s Best Beach Reads (View the segment…)

“Outstanding…genuinely moving…hits full stride early on and never lets up. Readers who thrive on a relentless narrative pace and a straight line to the finish won’t be disappointed.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) (Read the full review…)

“The title speaks for it. It is a page turner.”
Good Morning America Top Book Pick for Summer (View the segment…)

“Edgy, seat-of-your-pants spy caper.”
Entertainment Weekly (Read the full review…)

“A breakneck thriller that delivers on the promise of its title. Adrenaline does indeed get the heart pumping with an exhilarating pace, creatively choreographed action, and intrigue that routinely compels you to read the proverbial “one more chapter.” But Sam Capra remains its most memorable asset. In his quest to find his family, Capra becomes the best kind of hero, one who’s highly capable at kicking ass, but who’s also imbued with a large amount of heart, which makes him worth rooting for book after book.”
—Amazon.com Best Books of the Month, July 2011 (Read the full review…)

“A thriller that will get even the most jaded reader’s pulse racing…rivets the reader from the very first paragraph, and Capra proves to be a character with enough skills and depth to be extremely compelling…a grand slam home run. Everyone will want to see what Abbott, and Capra, have up their sleeve next.”
Associated Press (Read the full review…)

“Deliciously crafty…all the hallmarks of a career-changer. It should launch him into the Michael Connelly or Dennis Lehane stratosphere. His protagonist, Sam Capra, is strong enough to star in a long-running series…a stunner of a premise…excellent.”
Dallas Morning News

“The title of this book pretty much sets the pace for this action packed thriller. Within its pages are all the best aspects of a very enjoyable good versus evil plot: intrigue, spies, double crosses, foreign locales, technology used for nefarious purposes, a good hearted hero and the obligatory nasty bad guys.”
Suspense Magazine (Read the full review…)

“New action-series hero Sam Capra likes to unwind with parkour, leaping from building to building, clambering up walls and hurtling through space across the urban landscape, following an invisible line of momentum that turns obstacles into opportunities. The sport’s a fitting metaphor for Abbott’s style, tumbling from page to page with the frantic inevitability of Robert Ludlum.”
Booklist (Read the full review…)

“Thrilling.”
New York Daily News

Adrenaline, like its namesake hormone, is all about pace, and a high-speed pace at that. A word of caution: Don’t start reading Adrenaline just before bedtime!”
BookPage (Read the full review…)

“Outstanding tale of high intrigue.”
Denver Post (Read the full review…)

“Nail-biting.”
The Austin Chronicle

“Keeps the intensity at a peak level…exhilarating…Adrenaline proves worthy of its title. ”
The Columbus Dispatch (Read the full review…)

The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Daily News, Summer Reading Roundup (Read the full list…)

Adrenaline will surely vault Abbott to the top of must-read authors. The relentless action will hook you from the heart-stopping opening to a conclusion that was as shocking as it was heart-rending.”
Ventura County Star (Read the full review…)

“A dose of Adrenaline…Thrilling.”
The Dallas Observer (Read the full review…)

“This thriller lives up to its title so much that you feel exhausted after ripping through pages packed with big action sequences and more twists and turns than a bag full of snakes.…The action moves at breakneck speed…with the body count rising and twists you never see coming around every page.”
Peterborough Evening Telegraph (UK)

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Yes, welcome, Jeff, to our friendly Mystery forum here at Barnes and Noble. I see becke has done her usual excellent job of covering all the bases. Just a couple of quick questions for you:

 

I note that most of your books have very vibrant covers. How much, if any, control do you have over the cover art on your books?

Also, I note that your main character has the name of Sam Capra. I thought right away of the famous Hollywood director/producer, Frank Capra. Just wondering, is the choice of your character's last name a homage to Frank Capra, and/or are you a relative of Mr. Capra?

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Fricka wrote:

Yes, welcome, Jeff, to our friendly Mystery forum here at Barnes and Noble. I see becke has done her usual excellent job of covering all the bases. Just a couple of quick questions for you:

 

I note that most of your books have very vibrant covers. How much, if any, control do you have over the cover art on your books?

Also, I note that your main character has the name of Sam Capra. I thought right away of the famous Hollywood director/producer, Frank Capra. Just wondering, is the choice of your character's last name a homage to Frank Capra, and/or are you a relative of Mr. Capra?


Good questions, Fricka! The first book of Jeff's I read was ADRENALINE - I flew through it and couldn't wait for the next one!

 

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Hi, Jeff, welcome to the Mystery Forum. I admit I have never read any of your books but will check them out soon. Thanks for being here and I hope you have a wonderful week here on the forum.

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Thank you for the welcome! This short video Becke has posted is actually the TV ad for THE LAST MINUTE, which ran last summer on cable TV and major markets. I love it.

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Hi Fricka: Thanks! I don't have veto power over the covers, but if I really disliked something, or had a concern, my publishers have always listened to me. But most of the time, I love the cover from the start.
Re Capra, I picked it for a few reasons. I'm an optimist the way Frank Capra was. Also, Capra is a surname that has been used in multiple European countries and that fit Sam's globetrotting nature. And finally, it is Latin for goat, and that seemed to fit Sam's tenaciousness and his climbing/parkour abilities.
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Hi Fricka: Thanks! I don't have veto power over the covers, but if I really disliked something, or had a concern, my publishers have always listened to me. But most of the time, I love the cover from the start.
Re Capra, I picked it for a few reasons. I'm an optimist the way Frank Capra was. Also, Capra is a surname that has been used in multiple European countries and that fit Sam's globetrotting nature. And finally, it is Latin for goat, and that seemed to fit Sam's tenaciousness and his climbing/parkour abilities.

I don't buy books for their covers, but I have to say, the holographic lettering on ADRENALINE really made it stand out!

 

I love your reasons for choosing "Capra" as Sam's surname. Fabulous - especially about the goat connection!

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JeffAbbottAuthor wrote:
Hi Fricka: Thanks! I don't have veto power over the covers, but if I really disliked something, or had a concern, my publishers have always listened to me. But most of the time, I love the cover from the start.
Re Capra, I picked it for a few reasons. I'm an optimist the way Frank Capra was. Also, Capra is a surname that has been used in multiple European countries and that fit Sam's globetrotting nature. And finally, it is Latin for goat, and that seemed to fit Sam's tenaciousness and his climbing/parkour abilities.

I don't buy books for their covers, but I have to say, the holographic lettering on ADRENALINE really made it stand out!

 

I love your reasons for choosing "Capra" as Sam's surname. Fabulous - especially about the goat connection!


There are times when a character's name really clicks and that was one moment. My US and British agents and I had multiple discussions about this character's name and when I said Sam Capra that was the first one we all loved.

 

Grand Central did a great job with the ADRENALINE and THE LAST MINUTE covers. The "effect" always makes me think of the Alfred Hitchcock film "North by Northwest", one of my favorite films of all time. And one of my inspirations. . .

 

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Yes, welcome, Jeff, to our friendly Mystery forum here at Barnes and Noble. I see becke has done her usual excellent job of covering all the bases. Just a couple of quick questions for you:

 

I note that most of your books have very vibrant covers. How much, if any, control do you have over the cover art on your books?

Also, I note that your main character has the name of Sam Capra. I thought right away of the famous Hollywood director/producer, Frank Capra. Just wondering, is the choice of your character's last name a homage to Frank Capra, and/or are you a relative of Mr. Capra?


Whoops, Fricka, I did answer this but it didn't attach to your original question. Apologies! An answer is just a bit down the page. . .thank you for the excellent question.

 

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Jeff - What are you working on now? Is the next Capra book already completed?

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Jeff - What are you working on now? Is the next Capra book already completed?


I am doing final rewrites on Sam #3, which is titled DOWNFALL and will be out next summer, and have already started Sam #4. Which, sadly, does not have a title yet. Am very excited about DOWNFALL.

 

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becke_davis wrote:

Jeff - What are you working on now? Is the next Capra book already completed?


I am doing final rewrites on Sam #3, which is titled DOWNFALL and will be out next summer, and have already started Sam #4. Which, sadly, does not have a title yet. Am very excited about DOWNFALL.

 


Do you have a blurb for DOWNFALL yet, or can you share any details about it?

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Jeff - Who are some of the authors who influenced you as a writer? Do you find any time to read these days?