About K.J. Howe

K.J. Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, in addition to her penning international thrillers showcasing kidnap and ransom expert Thea Paris. For the last six years K.J. has immersed herself in the world of kidnapping to bring authenticity to the page. K.J.’s first novel, The Freedom Broker, won Best First Novel at the Thriller Awards and garnered a Starred Review from BookList and Kirkus. Her second book, Skyjack, received a Boxed and Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and a Starred Review from Library Journal. Adventure and travel are her passions. Toronto is home, but she is often missing in action.

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From the publisher of Skyjack

International kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to make an emergency landing in the remote Libyan desert. When the dust settles on a tense negotiation, Thea finds herself at the beck and call of a ruthless criminal who will stop at nothing to crush his rivals, even if it means forcing her to break international law.

Revealing a deadly conspiracy that connects the dark postwar legacy of World War II to the present, this case will bring all parties to an explosive conclusion that will decide the fate of millions across Europe and the Middle East.


“Another sensational Thea Paris adventure . . . Starts at 600 mph (literally) and never slows down. Full of dense, twisty, informed plotting and real, compelling characters. Howe is a keeper!”

Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series

“The enthralling plot moves across Europe with lightning speed, linking a WWII legend with an underground militant group’s plan to release a deadly toxic substance. In-depth character studies match the high tension. With this nail-biter, Howe seals her place as a first-class purveyor of adventure stories.”

Publishers Weekly 

The Freedom Broker was no fluke. With Skyjack, Howe shows she is the real deal. An honest-to-God, first class thriller writer who will have your knuckles turning white as you flip the pages.”

Linwood Barclay, author of Elevator Pitch