"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.

16 November, 2014

It's a tough life at the top of your literary career, as author Richard Flanagan has just found out. Is his nomination for the UK's Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2014 a touch of sour grapes I wonder? After all we are talking about the 2014 Man Booker Prize winner. Or maybe I'm just being a touch protective?

Flanagan is one of ten nominees, and here is an extract from the scene in question:

Whatever had held them apart, whatever had restrained their bodies before, was now gone. If the earth spun it faltered, if the wind blew it waited. Hands found flesh; flesh, flesh. He felt the improbable weight of her eyelash with his own; he kissed the slight, rose-coloured trench that remained from her knicker elastic, running around her belly like the equator line circling the world. As they lost themselves in the circumnavigation of each other, there came from nearby shrill shrieks that ended in a deeper howl. Dorrigo looked up. A large dog stood at the top of the dune. Above blood-jagged drool, its slobbery mouth clutched a twitching fairy penguin.

I leave it up to you, and the judges, to...

23 October, 2014

The inspiration for Monty the dogtective, the star of my new mystery, MONTY AND ME, is in fact a duck-toppling, burger-munching, fishing dog, and this photo of him in his fishing Doggles has melted many hearts.

So here he is. Deep, deep undercover.


20 October, 2014

Have you ever wondered what your dog is really thinking? You’re about to find out.

Most of you will know me as thriller author L.A. Larkin, but in November 2015 my new cozy mystery series kicks off with MONTY AND ME, featuring loveable dog-tective, Monty, and DC Asha Sidebottom. I am over the moon to be working with my new publisher, Katy Loftus from Avon (a Harper Collins UK imprint).

Katy Loftus says, "The dogs vs cats debate is set to rage on, with Monty set to show off his detective skills and warm heart. I am delighted that we will be publishing Louisa's charming and gripping tale about (wo)man's best friend."

I am also delighted that the German rights have been bought by Kirsten Nägele of Heyne.

I'll be writing as Louisa...

21 September, 2014

I'm in St-Germain-des-Pres enjoying the fine September weather, amazing food and the quirky traditions and French style of the Parisienne. But apart from the irresistable cakes and pain au chocolat in the boulangeries - my favourite boulangerie is Paul - I'm in Paris researching the plot for my next thriller in the Olivia Wolfe series. I've had to veer away from the relaxing cafes and the magnificent architecture and focus on the seedier side of Paris, exploring dark alleys and crypts and parks known for their dark secrets, such as the leafy Bois de Boulogne. But it is hard not to be distracted by the vibrancy of the local people whom I love, and the opulance and extravagance of the magnificent building and art. I was at the Musee d'Orsay when I took this photo through the clock, out over the Seine, of the Lourve opposite. It's easy to overdose on culture and fail to observe everyday life -...

04 September, 2014

The co-operation of experts and sources is essential for a crime fiction author because it not only contributes to a story's credibility, but it helps me create well-rounded and interesting characters, to bring locations to life through the bricks of detail, and often results in a whole new set of ideas and plot twists. I have been incredibly lucky with the help I have received from people like retired Detective Chief Superintendent David Gaylor, who met me at Gatwick airport yesterday and introduced me to a number of the airport police. The officers were very generous with their time and, after some initial trepidation about revealing security information, really got excited about the climax of my next thriller, set - you guessed it - at an airport. I don't want to give the climax details away but I now know something about the three thousand security cameras at the airport (yes, 3000!), the firearms they use, and the dangerous security issues they have to deal with. These officers do an amazing job!

30 July, 2014
Okay, fictional murder and mayhem, anyway. 
I'm delighted to invite all budding crime fiction authors in Sydney to join me at my first ever combined detective fiction and thriller writing weekend course at The Australian Writers' Centre in McMahons Point on 11 and 12 October.
The top ten living crime fiction authors have sold 450 million books and the figure just keeps rising. Even J.K. Rowling is now writing crime fiction. Do you love gritty detectives, troubled PIs and cool FBI agents, and want to write your own story? Or are you a fan of fast-paced, high stakes thrillers with a hero plunged into danger and on a seemingly impossible mission? Do you aspire to be a Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, David Baldacci, John Le Carre, John Grisham or Michael Robotham? These authors inspired me, and I hope to inspire you.
By the end of the course you will have (or...


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