"A savvy, entertaining environmental thriller" The Age

'The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station.' James Phelan

Antarctica is the coldest, most isolated place on earth. Luke Searle, maverick glaciologist, has made it his home. But soon his survival skills will be tested to the limit by a ruthless mercenary who must win at any cost.

The white continent is under attack. The Australian team is being hunted down. Can Luke stay alive long enough to raise the alarm?The countdown has begun. T minus 5 days, 2 hours and 53 minutes … 

Download the first chapter of Thirst here.


Praise for L.A. Larkin ...

'Action that hits like an icepick in the back of the head.' John Birmingham, author

'A savvy, entertaining environmental thriller.' The Age 

‘A frantic rollercoaster of plot twists until the final resolution.’ The Herald Sun   

'Deserves comparisons to Michael Crichton and John Grisham' ABC North Queensland

'This Antarctic thriller is a rollicking good read, with a true hero and fabulous accompanying cast' Vanda Symon, author


Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. Twice a week I will post an article on topics such as thriller writing; book reviews; details of my events or those of other authors; updates on my next thriller; the research I am doing; environmental, social and political news; as well as the latest from Antarctica – the setting of Thirst.

31 January, 2016

I'm really excited to share with you the news that the Little, Brown Book Group  and Hachette Australia is publishing my new Olivia Wolfe thriller series.

If you've enjoyed THIRST and THE GENESIS FLAW, and you love action, adventure, high stakes, danger, fast pace, far-flung location, mysteries, intriguing characters and a "kick arse" central character (this is how my publisher described Olivai Wolfe - thanks Krystyna Green), then you're sure to love this new series.

Here's me with my Hachette Australia publishing team planning the book launch at their Sydney office, enjoying tea and cake. What a great start! Thanks guys!

I will share the title very soon so please watch this space. Due for publication in Australia in July 2016 and in the UK in Januray 2017.

27 January, 2016

I really enjoy reading my reviews on GoodReads and a reader called Michael recently posed an interesting question:

"It’s nice to see a female (why is there a lack of thrillers written by women within Australia?) can write a thriller just as exciting as something written by Riley."

Good question! Australia has Kathryn Fox and wonderful female psychological thriller authors like Jaye Ford as well as great female detective-based crime fiction authors like Kathrine Howell, but when it comes to action/conspiracy/techno thrillers few women seem to write this sub-genre, and this is not just from within Australia. For me, Tess Gerritsen in the USA stands out as an exceptional thriller author with strong female central characters, but thinking about it, the majority of authors I love to read are male: James Rollins, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Clive Cussler and so on.

All I know is that I love the fast pace, action, adventure and high stakes of thrillers and that's why I write them, and I hope that, by creating engaging, resilient and resourceful female central characters,...

24 January, 2016

I am so happy that my friend, crime fiction author Peter James, has won the prestigious CWA Diamond Dagger. Very well deserved! Not only is he a dedicated and brilliant author but he is hugely supportive of other writers and a delight to be with. He's shared many a helpful insight into the book publishing world with me and has given his endorsement to my funny mystery, Monty & Me, written under the pseudonym Louisa Bennet! We first some years ago when we were both at The Sydney Writers Festival and more recently I caught up with him and his wife, Lara, and their two dogs, cat and ducks at their house in Sussex, England. Please join me in congratulating Peter through his Facebook and Twitter sites. 

15 January, 2016

Do you love the idea of writing your own crime or thriller novel? Can you spend a weekend in Sydney with me and aspiring authors for my Crime Fiction and Thriller Writing weekend course on 6 and 7 February 2016 at the Australian Writers Centre?

The top 10 living crime fiction authors have sold 450 million books and that figure just keeps rising. Do you love gritty detectives, troubled PIs and cool FBI agents? Or are you a fan of fast-paced, high stakes thrillers with a hero plunged into danger on a seemingly impossible mission? Crime and thriller novels dominate the bestseller lists around the world. Just think of Michael Connelly, Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwall, Janet Evanovich or Michael Robotham? Or shows like The Bourne Identity, Law and Order, Sherlock and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • different types of crime fiction and thrillers – and what kind of story yours is
  • core ‘ingredients...
12 January, 2016

Helen Goltz Reviews has given 4 stars to THIRST over the Chrsitmas break. I am so proud this action-conspiracy thriller is still getting such lovely reviews.

'Move over Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow because Luke Searle is in town. I loved Reilly’s Scarecrow series and I was looking for a thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. I found it in Thirst. This is a fantastic read by L.A. Larkin.'

You can read more of the review here.

Thank you, Helen!

02 December, 2015

Olivia Wolfe’s head slams into the passenger window, dislodging the scarf that conceals her Western features, as the dented Toyota Corolla – Kabul’s favourite car – bounces out of a pot hole. Hastily covering her head, she fails to notice she is being watched by an old, bearded Mesher in a black turban standing at the roadside, who raises a mobile phone to his ear.

‘Can’t we go any faster?’ she asks Shinwari.

(Extract from my new thriller which is still to be edited).

In The Guardian there's an interesting article about the rise of the present tense in fiction. In it Richard Lea says Kevin Barry, Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell are just some of the many fiction authors using the present...


Herald Sun, Antarctic Ice Melting,...

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