EXCLUSIVE: See the Cover for Chris Hauty’s Next Thriller, “Storm Rising’

Following two lights-out, twisting thrillers in Deep State and Savage Road, Chris Hauty is set to release Storm Rising, the next book in his popular Hayley Chill series, on May 3, 2022.

Deep State, the first book from Hauty—a longtime, successful Holywood screenwriter—captivated readers in early 2020, landing one of the best, most jaw-dropping twists of the year. In fact, in their review, The New York Times said it was “One of the more surprising double-reverse plot twists…in some time.” That never-see-it-coming ending certainly sparked an enormous amount of excitement among readers and critics alike, something Hauty carried into his sophomore offering, Savage Road. Another suspense-filled story with plenty of misdirection, Hauty’s follow-up proved two things: Hayley Chill is, hands down, one of the best protagonists in the game right now, and whatever comes next is an absolute must-read.

Well, not only do we now know what comes next, but Book Spy followers are getting an exclusive first look at the cover art for Storm Rising. See all the juicy details below.


Nationally bestselling author Chris Hauty leads fans into the depths of a dangerous white supremacy conspiracy that threatens to tear the country apart in his propulsive new thriller.

Former White House intern turned intelligence operative Hayley Chill is filling her time by training as an MMA fighter. When she’s convinced to pursue the truth about her father’s mysterious fate, she stumbles upon a ciphered document under the floorboards of her father’s house.

With permission from her handler to probe deeper, she is led into a terrifying subculture of white supremacy within the United States military. As her investigation intensifies, she uncovers an expansive conspiracy to bring about the secession of several states from the country. It’s up to Hayley to stop a second Civil War before it starts, while also confronting the ultimate truth about her own father’s role in this harrowing chapter of American history.



“I couldn’t be more stoked about the third book in the Hayley Chill series or this insanely drop-dead jacket dreamed up by the wizards at Emily Bestler Books,’ Hauty told The Real Book Spy. “The look and design of the cover fit perfectly with what fans are going to get in STORM RISING. We go dark with this one, man. Very heavy stuff both on a personal level for Hayley and in the big picture. With the preservation of the union at stake in this cinematic juggernaut of a narrative, STORM RISING is the biggest book yet in the series. I think readers are going to absolutely love it!”

Fans who are excited to get their hands on Storm Rising and can pre-order it now wherever books are sold. In the meantime, make sure you’re following Chris Hauty 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. 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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