INSURRECTION DAY: Chris Hauty Releases Surprise Hayley Chill Novella

Can’t stand the wait until Chris Hauty’s next Hayley Chill thriller finally hits bookstores in May? Good news, thanks to the surprise release of Insurrection Day, a e-book exclusive novella that just launched this week, you don’t have to.

Perhaps the most notable debut thriller of 2020, Hauty—a former screenwriter turned novelist—introduced readers to Hayley Chill, his hard-hitting protagionist, in Deep State. That book, which featured one of the most high-powered, blind-sided twists in recent memory, was both critically acclaimed and a fan-favorite of those in search of an unputdownable political thriller that pushed the boundaries and tested limits in ways that few writers have dared to try with their first book. Building more momentum, Hauty quickly followed that up with Savage Road (2021) and once again dazzled readers with more misdirection and a concluding twist that was worthy of the expectations set forth by Deep State.

With two hit books under his belt, all eyes have been on Hauty and Hayley as we move into 2022 to see if he can pull off another twisting reading experience with Storm Rising, in stores May 3. True to form, the author threw his readers a curveball earlier this week when he published his first novella to hold fans over his full-length novel coming out in a couple of months.

Set between books two and three, Insurrection Day follows Hayley as she’s in the Capitol on January 6th. Once the rioting begins, Hayley, who was there for other reasons, tries to save a senator and their staff, only to uncover something else—and it’s up to her to foil a sinister plot to steal top-secret national intelligence.

Check out the cover art and official plot details below.

The nationally bestselling “twisty, electrifying” (Karin Slaughter, #1 international bestselling author) Hayley Chill series continues with this novella following the former Washington, DC, intern as she faces a violent uprising at the United States Capitol.

During the course of one terrifying and chaotic day, nativist forces stage a violent uprising by storming the Capitol. Authorities are unprepared to protect the nation’s elected representatives as the country’s citadel of democracy is breached in what appears to be a spontaneous insurrection.

Hayley Chill, in the building for other business, does what she can to rescue a powerful senator and his staff. But in doing so, she discovers shocking evidence that the uprising had its beginnings with one of the country’s long-standing overseas enemies. With no one else to trust, Hayley must prevent as many deaths as possible while also chasing down foreign operatives across the city before they abscond with what she understands to be critical national intelligence.



Chris Hauty is a screenwriter who has worked at all the major movie studios, in nearly every genre of film. He currently lives in Venice, California. Deep State, his debut novel, was an instant national bestseller in the USA. His second novel, Savage Road, published in 2021, and his third, Storm Rising, will publish in 2022. All of the Hayley Chill thrillers can be read as part of the series or as standalones.

Fans excited to Hauty and Chill can grab Insurrection day now, while Storm Rising is currently available for pre-order wherever books are sold.


raised 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. His debut thriller, FIELDS OF FIRE, comes out on August 2, 2022.  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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