EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hauty’s Third Hayley Chill Novel Announced

On January 4th, 2022, Hayley Chill—the star of Chris Hauty’s popular series—is set to return in Storm Rising.

While little details about the book are actually known, Storm Rising will follow this year’s Savage Road, which of course is the sequel to Hauty’s mind-bending debut, Deep State, which first dropped jaws in early 2020 thanks, in part, to its wicked twist ending that left readers disoriented and begging for more. That book was an instant international bestseller and an Editor’s Choice from The New York Times Book Review. The series is notable due to the fact that Hauty chose to utilize a female protagionist in an otherwise male-dominated genre, and the fact that his work continues to feel more real than one might expect for a “fictional” thriller. He also nails some of the best twists and never-see-then-coming reveals in the game today. Bottom line, if you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out.

Storm Rising is my ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ thrill adventure in the Hayley Chill series,” Hauty told The Real Book Spy in an exclusive statement. “Not one to shy away from a good double-entendre in a title, the storms in this book are both literal and ideological. Venturing away from Washington DC in search of personal truths, Hayley discovers much broader conspiracies … and confronts a version of America that rattles even someone as intrepid as her. Hate to jinx it, but I think Storm Rising is the best Hayley Chill thriller yet.”

Chris Hauty is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles and the author of Deep State and Savage Road. He has worked at all the major movie studios, in nearly every genre of film, with credits including Never Back Down and Sniper: Homeland Security. He currently lives in Glendale, California.

We’ll have full coverage of Hauty’s latest leading up to its release, so make sure to check back in the coming months for a cover reveal, plot details, and a review. Until then, make sure you’re following the author on Facebook, Twitter, and his official website for more details.


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. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. 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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