Kris Allis

Awesome author of the new novel "A Moving Screen"


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A Backcourt follows A Moving Screen


Typewriter with Thriller button, vintage“A Backcourt,” follows “A Moving Screen” as the third novel in the series of suspense thrillers by Kris Allis. Once again Orella Bookings, Merlot Candy, Kathy Stockton, and Felton Dade will join forces  again to bring about justice.

“A Backcourt” has a wonderful cast of characters who all work together to bring about a series of events that culminate with a sense of finality whereby all questions are answered.

“A Backcourt” will be released as an e-book in December, 2017. The first two novels “A False Start” and “A Moving Screen” are on sale at

What are the Best Thriller Novels?

The Best Thriller Novels Are Non-Stop

In 2010 a film called “Unstoppable” was released in theaters. This film was based on a real life incident of a runaway train that kept gaining speed and to all outward appearances could not be stopped. A Thriller novel should be written at the same pace as a runaway train. The story should keep moving, gaining speed until it finally reaches the end. The reader should be so involved that putting down the book becomes a challenge. It’s all about pacing in a thriller novel. Pacing controls the speed at which a story is told. In well written thriller the reader should be grabbed from the beginning and pulled along at a rapid pace. The events unfold in a timely manner and not a lot of time elapses in the story.

In “A Moving Screen” the readers immediately find themselves inside a darkened room where a figure with no discerning features is pouring gasoline everywhere. And a woman lies naked on a table. Immediately the reader’s curiosity is aroused.



In Harlan Coben’s “Stay Close,” the first paragraph describes how a photographer, Ray Levine, sees blood. Continuing to read the reader gets to these sentences:


“That horrible moment–the moment when Ray’s life changed completely, transforming him from a man with a future and aspirations into this Grade-A-loser you see in front of you–never visited him in his dreams or when he sat alone in the dark.”

I wanted to know why he saw blood so I kept reading.

With an opening like that an author cannot afford to disappoint. It becomes his or her mission to deliver the rest of the story quickly so that curiosity can be satisfied. And how does an actor do this?  With a few techniques such as the following:

ACTION. Action “shows” what happens in a story.

 CLIFF HANGERS. When the outcome of a chapter is left hanging, the pace picks up because the reader will continue to turn the page to find out what happens next.

DIALOGUE. Witty, clipped dialogue with little or no need for explanation is swift and moves the story along.

SHORT CHAPTERS.  Short chapters are easier to read and they end quickly.

WORD CHOICE. Use words that subtly pick up the pace. Action verbs and strong nouns can say more in a few short sentences.


****Avoid complicated prose.

The Best Thriller Novels Have Character

What Are the Best Thriller Novels? The best thriller novels are those novels with a central character that can get himself or herself out of any situation. Including death. After reading about such a character, readers usually never forget them. Characters like D’artagnon, James Bond, and Oliver Twist. These people sprung from the imagination of their respective authors. And yet those of us who’ve read about them consider them old friends. We long to know what happened to them after the last page of the novel is turned.

James Patterson’s character Alex Cross is an example.  Alex is a psychologist and a former FBI agent who lives and works in Washington, D C. He is very intelligent and cool as a cucumber. He is a good father and chooses to live in a high risk neighborhood even though he can afford to live elsewhere. He volunteers at St. Anthony’s Parish as his way to get involved with the community. He has loved and lost several women due to various reasons. He appeared first in “Along Came a Spider.”



Lee Child’s character Jack Reacher is another example. Jack Reacher is a different sort of guy. He is a former military police officer of the United States Army. He travels around the country with no luggage. When he needs a change of clothes he buys them and discards the old ones. He finds himself in dangerous situations quite often, but he manages to come out of them on top. He appeared first in “ Killing Floor.”




Kris Allis’s character Anissa Brogdon is yet another example. Anissa endures three years of her life with an abusive husband who goes to the outer limits of hell to torment her. She manages to escape and still maintain her dignity and sanity. She also resolves to never go back to him and finds herself literally running for her life. She first appears in “A False Start.”


 ++++The best thriller novels have characters that are not easily forgotten and they are so likeable that readers want to read about their adventures again and again if possible. Hence the best thriller novel series.The

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