The Serpent’s Game is out!

The Serpent's GameThe second thriller in the Jonathan Brooks series is now available in ebook (Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble NOOK), as well as in paperback. Enjoy!

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A.C. Frieden Joins a Panel at BOUCHERCON 2012 in Cleveland

Thriller author A.C. Frieden is headed to Cleveland, Ohio to attend BOUCHERCON 2012, one of the largest fan-focused conferences on crime fiction, and will be on a panel titled “What an Author Will Do for a Story,” with fellow authors Jamie Freveletti, Sean Chercover, Sam Reaves, and Mark Sullivan.

For more information about Bouchercon, visit the following sites:

The official panel annoucement.

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A.C. Frieden Announces New Thriller at Printers Row Lit Fest 2012

Thriller author A.C. Frieden at the Avendia Publishing exhibitor tent at Printers Row Lit Fest 2012.

The Avendia Publishing exhibitor tent at Printers Row Lit Fest 2012 was well located on Polk Street.

Thriller author A.C. Frieden attended the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest this past weekend, signing books at the Avendia Publishing exhibitor tent and announcing the upcoming launch of his sequel thriller THE SERPENT’S GAME. Due out in November, THE SERPENT’S GAME is the second intallment in the Jonathan Brooks legal/spy thriller series following TRANQULITY DENIED.

The two-day book fair is one of the largest in the Midwest and is an excellent opportunity for authors to connect with fans, publishers and other authors. The crowds were huge on Saturday, which accounted for higher than expected sales of Frieden’s latest novel TRANQUILITY DENIED, as well as his other books.

For more information about THE SERPENT’S GAME, TRANQUILITY DENIED and other novels in the Jonathan Brooks series, visit the following:

Thriller authors A.C. Frieden and Jamie Frevelleti at Printers Row Lit Fest 2012

Promotion for A.C. Frieden’s next thriller, THE SERPENT’S GAME, due out in November 2012

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Third Legal/Spy Thriller in Series Announced

The first three novels in the Jonathan Brooks thriller series by international author A.C. Frieden

Avendia Publishing announced the third legal/spy thriller in A.C. Frieden’s Jonathan Brooks series.  Due out in fall 2013, the third novel titled LETTER FROM ISTANBUL will feature the same protagonist, hotshot New Orleans maritime lawyer Jonathan Brooks, as in TRANQUILITY DENIED (available today) and THE SERPENT’S GAME (fall 2012).  The fourth and fifth books in the series will be announced this December.

Stay tuned for launch event information for THE SERPENT’S GAME by revisiting this blog and checking updates on A.C. Frieden’s official website:

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Second Thriller Book Cover Sneak Peek

This is the near-final book cover for Frieden's upcoming thriller THE SERPENTS GAME

My book cover designer sent me the latest, near-final cover for THE SERPENT’S GAME, my next thriller due out this fall. The latest changes involved adding armed figures climbing the side of the ship. The back text is still being tweaked, ISBN and price bar codes will be added next week, blurbs will follow in late April, and the ARCs will go out to reviewers in May.  There are many aspects to developing a book cover, and it’s interesting to follow the progress and have some input.  Note that the cargo ship is from a photograph I took while researching and touring the Panama Canal, where two of the novel’s main action scenes take place.

The book cover also provides a visual marker of the long road that I’ve had to take for this manuscript.  It’s a signal that things are moving ahead and reduces the abstractness by which I have slaved over the chapters.  Now, finally, the second installment of the Jonathan Brooks thriller series is becoming tangible.

More updates soon, including dates for the launch events in Chicago and New York.

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THRILLERESQUE Magazine Launches Tomorrow!

Great News!  THRILLERESQUE magazine is launching tomorrow, Dec. 21.  It will feature interesting articles about Chicago fiction author Marc Paoletti and French-American thriller author Delphine Pontvieux, as well as author tips, research articles, a literary events calendar. There are also a couple articles about my research for two upcoming novels. You can also test your espionage skills and knowledge in the “Spy Quiz” and win prizes.

THRILLERESQUE is also taking submissions for the upcoming spring and summer issues — particularly literary-related research articles, author spotlights and Q&As, as well as short stories.  Check out the website for details:

THRILLERESQUE is a quarterly magazine published by Avendia Publishing®, a Chicago-based press, and is dedicated to topics of interest to fiction authors and their fans.

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A.C. Frieden meets Author and Former CIA Officer Nada Prouty

A.C. Frieden with former CIA officer and new author Nada Prouty at the Union League Club in Chicago

Today I attended a luncheon at the Union League Club in Chicago and had the distinct pleasure of meeting Nada Prouty, a courageous woman with a fascinating history.  She just published her book “Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA,” a story covering her service with the FBI and the CIA before being swept up by an investigation that questioned her loyalty and put her in the crosshairs of an ambitious, out of control prosecutor.  If you have time to read it, pick up a copy.

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