John Luciew

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BREAKING NEWS!! All five of my full-length mystery/thrillers are coming soon in unabridged audio form. ZERO TOLERANCE and KILL THE STORY are already out for 2013 from SECRETS OF THE DEAD is up for full sound-recording treatment next, followed by FATAL DEAD LINES and my newest mystery, LAST CASE. I hope you will check them out. Some serious voice talent has been brought to bear to turn my best ripped-from-the-headlines page-turners into a can't-stop-listening, white-knuckle audio mystery experiences. Now, a little more about me and my books:

Journalist John Luciew is the author of numerous ripped-from-the-headlines fictional thrillers that mix politics, corporate power and pulse-pounding suspense, including: KILL THE STORY, ZERO TOLERANCE, SECRETS OF THE DEAD, FATAL DEAD LINES, CORPORATE CUNNING, and now, LAST CASE. His non-fiction titles include the true-crime account, SUSPECT/VICTIM, and the real-life medical thriller, "CATASTROPHIC."


If Hollywood was ever going to make a movie of one of my books, KILL THE STORY would be the one. It has everything -- a high concept, a deepening mystery rooted in actual events and more off-beat but convincingly real characters than you can count. This is journalism as I saw it -- both from the outside looking in and the inside out. It says nearly everything I have to say about the state of media today -- all without slowing the non-stop action one little bit. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Lenny Holcomb, my first literary character, spoke to me in much the same way the dead people of his obituaries speak to him. But after my first book, FATAL DEAD LINES, I found out Lenny and the dead people from his obits had more to say. Much more.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD, a specially updated sequel, completes Lenny Holcomb's intriguing saga, finally presenting his incredible story in full. I hope you enjoy it, discovering the many narrative arcs that bridge both books and come to a full and satisfying resolution by the final page.

ZERO TOLERANCE Is probably my most unique and unconventional book -- a thriller set in the cloaked, cloistered world of juvenile justice. Namely, a youth reform camp set in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pa. It also stands as my most researched novel to date. As a journalist, I spent years covering the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system at a time when the penalties and punishments for young offenders were being ratcheted up. All that authenticity is here -- along with a highly original plot that will have you guessing until the very last page.

LAST CASE, my newest thriller, is set in 1978, just as acclaimed horror director George A. Romero is gearing up to shoot his zombie cult classic "Dawn of the Dead" in the Monroeville Mall, just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was a bit too young back in 1978 to offer my able body as one of Romero's delightfully desiccated corpses in "Dawn of the Dead." But I will never, ever forget watching the Monroeville Mall - a place where I shopped for school clothes and cruised for girls - turned into a splatter-filled shopping fest for the undead.

I guess you could say it's haunted me all these years.

--jcl, Feb./2013

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Wounded Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,770. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Jake Tyler is a wounded warrior with a terrible secret. He has returned home to Pennsylvania, looking to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Tessa Knight, a sheltered college freshman from Pittsburgh, is aching to begin hers. Is love enough? Can a warrior injured so grievously in war ever learn to feel again? Or are some wounds just too deep? Hailed as the next 'THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.'
College Crimes
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 94,870. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
After a wild, alcohol-drenched fraternity party becomes a pretense to stalk, isolate and assault a naive, wide-eyed and unknowing freshman, Chelsea Daniels, her small circle of freshman female friends vow revenge. When these college crimes are finally and fully punished, an entire nation will take notice of the powerful and empowering message: Sexual assault shall have no quarter on our campuses.
Corporate Treason: A Thriller
Series: An Amanda Creed Thriller, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 97,020. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Power comes in many forms. Wealth is just one of them. This time, CEO Amanda Creed will face the even dirtier – and far deadlier –worlds of politics, the mafia and a corrupt justice system as she tries to launch her latest money-minting business. The balance sheet goes far beyond dollars and sense. The costs of doing business in these worlds might just prove too much to bear...
Corporate Kingdom: A Thriller
Series: An Amanda Creed Thriller, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 121,920. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Can anyone ever have everything? There was a time Amanda Creed might have believed such things were possible. Not anymore. Yet, she never expected to gain so much, only to lose what she holds most dear. Amid the opulence and insulation of her new corporate lifestyle, the takers have come for Amanda Creed. They want her wealth, her power, her position and control. And all that she loves...
Kill The Story
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 96,450. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
READ JOHN LUCIEW'S RUNAWAY BESTSELLER! A serial killer known as "The Reader" is murdering journalists in the manner of their most famous stories. Only Harrisburg PA newspaper reporter Frank "Telly" Tellis can piece together the murderous truth as the secret motive for the killings is buried deep in his journalistic past. Can he solve the puzzle before falling under The Reader's deadly crosshairs?
Corporate Cunning: A Thriller
Series: An Amanda Creed Thriller, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 103,520. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A start-up technology company is headed for a gigantic payday in the form of a white-hot initial public offering. The firm's super-charged stock is fueled by a break-through project developed by fast-rising executive Amanda Creed and her dedicated team. But to cross the finish line, the divorced mother of two has been forced to sacrifice her family and her social. Now even her life's at stake.
Dead Awakening: The Complete Lenny Holcomb Mysteries
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 170,520. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
When Lenny Holcomb is on the beat, death is only the beginning of the story. Reporter Lenny Holcomb speaks for the dead. He tells their final stories. He writes their obituaries. After decades on the obit desk, Lenny has learned to uncover something else - the dying secrets of the dead. This sends him back on the streets to take down the politically-connected power brokers atop PA's capital city.
Secrets of the Dead
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 85,490. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
In his sequel to Fatal Dead Lines, real-life journalist John Luciew doubles the action and triples the suspense in his fictional media world. And the odds against Harrisburg, Pa., newspaper reporter Lenny Holcomb ever finding the truth couldn't be higher. It's a rip-roaring political yarn with an authentic, torn-from-the-headlines feel. You won't be able to put it down.
Zero Tolerance
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 104,920. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
From the author of FATAL DEAD LINES, KILL THE STORY and SECRETS OF THE DEAD comes a wholly original thriller in which nothing's as it seems. This nonstop race against the clock will test your tolerance for action, thrills and suspense. Because the task of reforming our youngest citizens has just become one evil man's excuse for violent retribution. And a young mind is a terrible thing to corrupt.

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