What Do John Verdon, Annette Dashofy, Gwen Floria, Eric Beetner and Kyle Mills Have in Common? JJ Hensley talks recent reads and more

51kdu-urmclWhat are some of the titles in your current TRB pile?

White River Burning – John Verdon

Uneasy Prey – Annette Dashofy

Silent Hearts – Gwen Florio

The Devil At Your Door – Eric Beetner

Red War – Kyle Mills

What book are you currently reading?

Jar of Hears – Jennifer Hillier

BOLT ACTION REMEDY coverWhat do you hope to add to your TBR pile soon and why?

I need to make myself branch out and read more works outside the crime fiction genre. However, I love mysteries and thrillers and there are so many talented authors writing really groundbreaking novels right now—especially through small presses. Although I veer off and occasionally read something from classic literature or even pick up something bordering on horror or supernatural, I tend to end up back in the crime fiction realm. But, to be a well-rounded author you need to be a well-rounded reader.

Record Scratch coverBonus: Which author do you want to see have a new book out soon?

For me, John Verdon and Shannon Kirk can’t crank out books fast enough. Their styles couldn’t be more different, but both of them have a way of drawing the reader into the story and making the act of reading the book an emotional investment. Verdon’s protagonist is so analytical and the puzzles are so interesting, you have to know how it all turns out. And Kirk’s characters are one-million emotions poured into 220 pages of action. You kind of what to find one of her main characters and give her a hug, but think better of it because you realize it’s possible you could end up with a knife in your back.

JJ Hensley author photo Record Scratch

J.J. HENSLEY is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.  He is the author of the novels Resolve, Measure Twice, Chalk’s Outline, Bolt Action Remedy, and Record Scratch.  He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.  

Mr. Hensley’s first novel RESOLVE was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a Thriller Award finalist for Best First Novel. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers.