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Boston, MA
About Me:
I wrote the bestsellers KILLER INSTINCT, COMPANY MAN, and PARANOIA, and POWER PLAY, as well as four earlier novels (THE MOSCOW CLUB, EXTRAORDINARY POWERS, THE ZERO HOUR, and HIGH CRIMES). VANISHED, published in 2009, launched a new series featuring "private spy" Nick Heller; the second Nick Heller novel, BURIED SECRETS, will be out in June 2011.

COMPANY MAN won Gumshoe and Barry Awards for best thriller, and HIGH CRIMES became a hit movie starrring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. KILLER INSTINCT was just nominated for a Thriller award from the International Thriller Writers Association.

I'm a founding member of the International Thriller Writers Association, and active in PEN/New England and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. You can read more about me at
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Jeff Abbott, Peter Abrahams, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Michael Crichton, Nelson DeMille, Barry Eisler, Janet Evanovich, Tess Gerritsen, Malcolm Gladwell, Gregg Hurwitz, Joseph Kanon, Andrew Klavan, Dennis Lehane, Ira Levin, David Liss, Brian McGrory, Chris Mooney, David Morrell, Tom Perrotta, Jason Pinter, Douglas Preston, Christopher Reich, M.J. Rose, Lisa Scottoline, Daniel Silva, Peter Spiegelman, Mark T. Sullivan
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Keeping up with Nick Heller

It's been a little crazy around here trying to finish the third Nick Heller novel while I prepare for the launch of the second, BURIED SECRETS, on June 21.


BURIED SECRETS finds Nick battling time as he searches for a 17-year-old girl, daughter of an old friend, who has been kidnapped -- and buried alive. The trailer, at, gives you a good idea of the book's subject matter and…


Posted on May 13, 2011 at 5:31am

From the Road...

I was going to repost everything here, but it's easiest just to redirect you ...

Today marks the beginning of Week Two of the POWER PLAY tour. So far, so good. Read all about it at, and come see me if you're going to be anywhere in the area!

Tonight: High Crimes, Boulder, CO

Tomorrow: Harrah's North Kansas City, MO

Saturday: AJC-Decatur Book Festival, GA

Check the Appearances page at… Continue

Posted on August 29, 2007 at 4:33am


I'm not ashamed to admit it: I read my reviews. And I'm profoundly relieved when people say they liked my book. Yesterday's New York Times features a review of POWER PLAY by Janet Maslin,
one of the nation's most admired (and feared) book critics. To my joy
(and relief), she liked it! Read all about it here:

For what it's worth, I like POWER PLAY's cover a lot...

Posted on August 19, 2007 at 2:59am — 1 Comment

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At 9:57am on April 22, 2008, D K Gaston said…
Hi Joseph, I'm curious, has any of your books been optioned to be made into movies? I know about High Crimes. Killer Instinct and Power Play would definitely make great ones.
At 2:25am on March 11, 2008, Lee Lofland said…
Sorry I missed you at CrimeBake.

I do hope you get a chance to visit The Graveyard Shift. I think you'll find the information about police, forensics, and crime scene investigation fun and useful.
At 5:25am on December 11, 2007, Olav Guldbrandsen said…
Thanks, nice of you to say. And congratulations with J. Maslin liking Power Play. It's hard for me to understand writers who won't read reviews, other than the need to protect themselves and their creative work, of course. That I can understand. - Paranoia was the first book of yours that I worked with. I'm looking foreward to read the later ones!
At 11:48pm on December 9, 2007, Vickie said…
I enjoy your books very much. Thanks for writing them. Keep on.
Vickie in Kentucky
At 9:27pm on December 9, 2007, Olav Guldbrandsen said…
Thanks for accepting the invite. Especially glad since Paranoia was one of the books that I really appreciated last year. It was translated into a good, solid norwegian, and came out in november. The fun parts I had to work a little bit with myself, being the editor, but I think it works. - Anyway. Exteremely likeable that Adam Cassidy. He started with such a great headache of a problem, and you made the story flow with ease. Nice to read a thriller with no killing in it. Didn't miss bloodshed one bit!
At 3:12am on November 29, 2007, jur said…
Hey Joseph, I just recognize that your books are available in German as well... YES I know, that this is not the original Joseph speaking to me, but I have to admit, it is easier to read in German than English (it's faster...)...

which one I should start with? Which one is a good entry into your "work" (right word for "all your books"??)

regards from Switzerland, Jan
At 1:49am on November 29, 2007, Michael Warden said…
Moring Joseph,

I am planing to attend my first writers conference this upcoming Presidents Day weekend. It's in San diego at the 22nd Annual Souther California Witers Conference.

I hope to have a project ready by then to be critiqued and reviewd by agents/editors. Since I am a novice I am still aprehensive.

I just received the registration information and wondered if you might me attending in any capcity? Would be great to meet you and have you sign one of your books. If not maybe I'll catch up with you at another convention.
At 12:00pm on November 28, 2007, Liz Mugavero said…
Hi Joseph,

Just wanted to say I enjoyed hearing you speak at Crime Bake this year. What a great conference.
At 10:29pm on November 23, 2007, Michael Warden said…
Good moring Joseph,

I picked up a copy of the Company Man the other day and haven't hardly put it down.

I see some similarity in how quickly you brought your characters into the story in the first chapter kind of the same way I do. Although I have had critiques that said I brought in to many to fast I felt it was important to the story. I enjoy how succinct you are with these characters yet we can get a clear picture of them.

I can't wait to finish the book. Hope you had a great thanksgiving.

At 2:09am on November 21, 2007, Michael Warden said…
Morning Joseph,
I'll have to make a point of pick up a couple of those books so I can see what you got. Have you read anything from Sheldon Siegel? He's kind of been a mentor and got me serious about my writing.

I use my prior life as a cop for most of my materials. My goal for 2008 is to have my first novel ready to go to an agent so we'll see. I have a couple of short stories publlished, one is a true story from my days as a federal police sergeant and the other is a short fiction.

Thanks for listening and I'll hit B&N this week.
Regards, Michael

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