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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

Review of Not Dead Yet by Peter James

July 15, 2012

At the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival I heard Peter James, Michael Robotham and Malla Nunn discuss their approaches to crime fiction and how their experiences feed their stories. Peter talked about his real life stalker of many years, who would turn up to every book signing and whom Peter regarded as harmless until she sent him a photo of her shrine to Peter James. It was a whole room full of author memorabilia. Understandably a bit worried, Peter contacted his friends in the Sussex Police who suggested he improved his home security. He did.

Not Dead Yet is a story about obsessive fans and their imaginary relationships with singer turned movie star, Gaia Lafayette. James presents the reader with a number of stalkers and when Gaia’s life is threatened, we are unsure about which of the crazy fans is the real danger. An attempt on her life is made before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton, in the UK, the location of the movie she is to star in. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID is placed in charge of her protection. James skillfully builds up huge pressure on Grace: not only is he investigating the discovery of a headless and limbless body, testifying at a London trial, and protecting Gaia – who insists on moving freely about the city – but someone is threatening his pregnant girlfriend. James pulls the various plot strands together, including the revelation of the connection between the headless body and the person threatening the movie star. Best of all, there is a lovely twist at the end when Grace finally confronts Gaia’s would-be murderer.

James utilises his knowledge of the movie industry (he used to be a Hollywood producer) to create convincingly gross and egotistical characters like Larry Brooker. Interestingly, he does not portray Gaia as an obnoxious star. In fact, she is sympathetic. Whereas the petty, vain, drug-addicted male lead, Judd Halpern, is the kind of actor you could understand any producer wanting to slap! Once again, James’ knowledge and research gives his stories great authenticity: the recruiting of movie extras, how security is managed on set, how detectives would go about identifying a headless, limbless body, and so on.

Most of all, I like the way James does not tie up all the loose ends. There is one very big question that remains unanswered. Naturally, it leaves me wanting to read the next Roy Grace novel.

When the author and I had tea together at the Sydney Writers’ Festival he confessed he found it hard to believe that 11 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. I’m not surprised. Peter James is a great story teller.

Not Dead Yet is published by Macmillan.

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Announcing the winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered this competition to win one of three advance, freshly printed copy of my Antarctic thriller, Thirst. The entries were exceptional: clever, witty and clearly written by real thriller-enthusiasts. It’s been really hard to pick three winners but after much deliberation, I am delighted to announce that the following people will be mailed a signed, advance copy: Mez H, Jackie Whetton and Warren Dean. I will be contacting the winners via email.

Mez H wrote:
I am thirsty for this thriller
The wait for it has been a killer
“The Genesis Flaw” was just the beginning
Of the many awards LA Larkin will be winning!

Jackie Whetton wrote:
I am thirsty for this thriller because … like Antarctica, I am melting with anticipation to read this book.

Warren Dean wrote:
Thirst quenched by sudden thrill. Turn each page. Feel the chill
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Ballarat Library, VIC

July 13, 2012

Two Australian thriller authors will talk about why and how they write thrillers. Thrillers tend to be high stakes and action-packed but it is the characters that keep the readers turning the pages. Join these authors for a night of murder and mayhem.

Join LA Larkin and Lindy Cameron at Ballarat Library on 8th August at 5:30pm.





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Readings, Hawthorn, VIC

Icebergs and bullets!

Sisters in Crime @ Readings Hawthorn6 for 6.30pm Thursday 2 August

“The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station.” James Phelan.

Hear L.A. Larkin talk about her adventures in Antarctica and her latest thriller, Thirst (Murdoch Books/Pier 9, out August), in conversation with Sisters in Crime national coconvenor, Carmel Shute.  Set in Antarctica, an Australian team is being hunted down by a mercenary foe. Can maverick glaciologist, Luke Searle, stay alive long enough to prevent a global catastrophe? Time is running out.T minus 5 days, 2 hours and 53 minutes … To research Thirst, L.A. Larkin, went to Antarctica on board a former oceanographic research vessel. She got to know a Melbourne-born expeditioner and Joan Russell, one of the first female leaders of an Australian station. She worked closely with the Australian Antarctic Division and British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK, learning about crevasse rescue, polar medicine, polar equipment and survival. She even learned how to sew up a wound!John Birmingham says of Thirst, “Action that hits like an icepick in the back of the head”.

Readinsg Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn. Free, but please book on 9819 1917 or via

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Readings review of thirst

July 12, 2012

Thank you to Fiona Hardy for a lovely review of THIRST in the Readings Review section:

This is always a nail-biting time as I wait to discover what thriller readers and reviewers think of my latest novel, THIRST. So to kick off with such positive feedback from Fiona at Readings has really made my day. From 1st August copies will start to appear in bookshops and I’ll be doing interviews and events. I love meeting enthusiastic thriller readers so I am really looking forward to the talks planned for August and September. I’ll be posting events details on this site, but if you belong to a library or a writers’ group and would like to organise a group get-together with me, then just let me know. I will do my best to attend if it is geographically possible!

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