"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, 2015

I'm going to sound like an estate agent when I say, 'Location, location, location!'

One of the many reasons I love writing thrillers is that I get to research and, whenever possible, visit the locations of my novels. If you want a dramatic action scene, yes there needs to be exciting and credible action, but the location can make it even more dangerous and even more breath-taking.

I've been working on a new thriller series with an investigative journalist central character, Olivia Wolfe. Resourceful and brave, a champion of those who cannot speak out for themselves, she travels the world to uncover corruption, conspiracies and heinous crimes. So here are some images that have inspired this new thriller. If you know these places, please let me know on LA Larkin Facebook or LALarkinAuthor Twitter. I'd love to hear from you!



09 October, 2015

Flying into the UK on a sunny afternoon reminds me England is still a very 'green and pleasant land'. It's the location of my new funny mystery series which kicks off with the launch of Monty & Me (published by Harper Collins, Avon) on 22 October 2015. 

Monty & Me is very different from anything I've written before and is published under the pseudonym Louisa Bennet. It's amusing, charming and quintessentially an English murder mystery with a twist: the furry four-legged kind! It's about a dog, Monty, who solves crimes that have humans stumped and will appeal to yound and old, lovers of humorous fiction, mysteries, as well as dog lovers. Imagine the TV series Inspector Rex, narrated by Rex, the canine super-sleuth.

I'm very happy to say that international best selling mystery author Peter James has given it a big thumbs up, which makes me very proud. 

"Charming and uplifting, Monty is the new kid on the block among animal sleuths."


And here is a...

14 May, 2015

Ever thought that your favourite crime fiction character or author doesn't get the recognition they deserve? Well now you can change that by voting in the fun Dead Good Reader Awards. The winner will be announced at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July. Here is my vote. I suspect my choices may surprise some of my readers!

The Lee Child award for Best Loner: Bernie Little, Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn

The Vale McDermid Awrd for Fiendish Forensics: Flesh And Blood, by Patricia Cornwell

The Reichenbach Falls award for most epic ending: Shatter, by Michael Robotham

The Patricia Highsmith award for most Exotic Location: Nairobi, Kenya, The Constant Gardener, John Le Carre

The Dr Lecter award for Scariest Villain: Hannibel Lecter, Red Dragon, Thomas Harris

The award for Most Recommended Book 2014: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch.

Have fun choosing your favourites.

28 April, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut's The Shapes Of Stories is nothing new, but it always makes me chuckle to watch a four minute clip from his humorous lecture on eight fundamental story arcs that can be mapped by computer. If you haven't seen the video clip or looked at the the "graphs" of the eight stories then follow this link and enjoy. The Man In Hole represents the classic arc of a thriller: hero is first seen leading a normal life, but very quickly he/she is thrust from their comfort zone and plunged into danger. It gets progressively worse as the hero battles a powerful and often mysterious adversary. All seems lost. Failure is imminent. Then, the hero makes one final attempt to avert catastrophe and usually their own death. In many thrillers the hero is victorious. But often they pay a heavy price. Some heroes gain fame and fortune as a result of their heroism. But many authors, such as...

20 April, 2015

If you don't like a bit of Hollywood swearing, then don't listen to this YouTube clip of Harlan Ellison's rant about paying writers. Or rather, about how often writers are asked to do work for free. There are few who can rant as well as Ellison, and even though this clip made me smile, he is absolutely right. Why is it okay to ask an author to write something and not pay them for it? As Harlan says so eloquently, would you go to a petrol station and fill up your car, expecting not to pay, or ask a surgeon to operate for free? Naturally we are all happy to donate our time and skills for a good cause. That's a given. But why would the managers of indie band, Garbage, ask a photographer to let them use a photograph he took of them for free when they have sold 17 million albums. Read the story in The Guardian about the photographer making a stand, here. Creative works, be they paintings or novels or photographs or music, bring such joy and inspiration, firing up our imaginations and taking us to another world. Surely that's worth a bob or two?

20 April, 2015

If you live in or around Sydney and have always wanted to write your own crime fiction novel, then join me on Thursday 11 June when my five week evening course kicks off on Crime and Thriller Writing at the Australian Writers Centre.

Here is what some of my students have to say:

 "I really enjoyed getting a personal perspective of crime and thriller writing from a presenter that has "been there and done that."  The course was logically put together and covered a lot of very useful information. L.A. Larkin is a fantastic presenter.  She has great subject knowledge and was able to get everybody involved in the various discussion points. It was a fantastic course that was well worth undertaking." Liam Saville

 "No matter how well progressed you think you are with your writing, there is always something valuable to learn, and the thriller course really lays it all out for you in both a practical and inspiring way.  My ideas really developed on this course." Kerry Rogerson


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