Last October, New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap was keynote speaker at the Florida Writers Association’s Annual Conference. I purchased his latest Jonathan Grave thriller, asked for an autograph, and took my treasure home to Portugal.

There was quite a lineup in front of this book: Dostoevsky, Hemingway, Mary McAuliffe, Amy Strout, Stefan Zweig…the stack of “to reads” on my office shelves was high.

Last week I finally dove into the book Harlan Coben says “will leave you breathless.” It delivers. Kidnappings, mysterious rescuers who operate outside the law and leave no evidence, a terrorist cell preparing to wreak havoc on the fabric of America’s heartland. I sped through 416 pages in two days. (It would have been one, if I hadn’t had to actually work, too.)

Publishers Weekly said Friendly Fire was “Rousing…Readers will anxiously await the next installment.” The good part about my delaying so long is, in fact, the next Jonathan Grave thriller is due for publication on June 27, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

The other good part is, there are seven prior Grave novels for me to catch up on backstory of the tough yet tender hero and his fellow partners in …well, I’ll let you be the judge.