WATCH: The Real Book Spy Talks Thrillers with The Crew Reviews Podcast

If you aren’t already following The Crew Reviews, start. These guys—Chris, Mike, and Sean—are all smart, hilarious, and really talented writers.

Known for bringing on the biggest names in the industry (idols of mine like C.J. Box, Kyle Mills, Jack Carr and so many more), their podcast is a go-to for me personally, so I was really excited when they asked me to stop by and chat with them.

Recently, The Crew brought on two non-authors who each play a critical role within the thriller community in Tom Colgan (Executive Editor at Penguin USA) and David Brown (Deputy Director of Publicity at Atria Books; AKA Mr. Atria Mystery Bus). With nothing but respect for Tom and David, two friends of mine, I have to admit that I was a little worried about following them. Both had GREAT shows, and both were really funny and informative. With the bar set impossibly high, I dove into my interview with The Crew Review head-first, and they asked me everything . . .

From that time I got suspended in high school because my creative writing assignment was “too violent” to the worst review I’ve ever had to write, nothing was off-limits here. They even got me to talk about my own manuscript and put me through an impossible lightning round that, well, you’ll see.

Here’s the teaser video posted by The Crew Reviews this morning.

You can watch the full interview on Youtube, on iTunes, or through any of these links.

Mostly, I just had fun talking about some of my favorite books and authors with these guys. Sure, I told some stories I’ve never told before, and we laughed (a lot), but I’m now back in my office this morning working on more Book Spy content (I just started Daniel Silva’s next Gabriel Allon thriller, The Order) that’ll drop throughout the week.




Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.


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