Today at HarperCollins we had a special event called the ‘HarperCollins Exec Job Swap Day’, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Members of our Exec board swapped their ‘day jobs’ for different roles around the company. We at Killer Reads gained a brand new Marketing Assistant, in the form of Group Sales Director, Oliver Wright!

As you can see in the photo below, we set him straight to work with the task of writing a Killer Reads blog post. Read on to see what he had to say about his day in the HarperFiction marketing team and which crime thriller books he would recommend!


Today I’m lucky enough to be working in the fantastic Harper Fiction marketing team! They have me for a day.

Given where I am posting this, I should explain they haven’t kidnapped me and to the best of my knowledge they are going to let me go at the end of the day. They’ve been working me hard and I’ve been “chained” to my desk all day long!

My day job is Group Sales Director for HarperCollins, but today I am enjoying learning all about the world of marketing, including my first ever tweets… luddite that I am!

natchezI’ve just finished reading two of our latest crime and thriller novels that I highly recommend. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, to be published 13th March, is an intelligent thriller set in the American deep South. It uncovers the dark, disturbing and unsettling history of racial violence in the 1960s and the ripples that still affect people today, as well as highlighting the continuing issues of race that still exist not very far beneath the surface in modern day Mississippi. Featuring the charismatic Penn Cage character the story moves at a frenetic pace with a tightly woven plot and layers of conspiracy keep you guessing throughout.

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I’ve also just read a great debut crime novel, Dead Gone, from the British writer, Luca Veste. I really enjoyed the characters in this novel, from the lead detective, to the very well drawn and believable psychopath behind the murders and psychological games that keep the police guessing and lead to the very dramatic conclusion.


I need to get on with my day now, they are cracking the whip again here in HarperFiction to make sure they get their pound of flesh!


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