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20 September 2018

Thriller Thursday: Andrew Gross’ Button Man and Ian K. Smith’s The Ancient Nine

This week, we have two thrilling releases for you: Andrew Gross’ BUTTON MAN and Ian K. Smith’s THE ANCIENT NINE. Both based on true stories, these vibrant tales of history and hardship will leave you hanging on every word.


Andrew Gross’ next historical thriller audiobook, BUTTON MAN, brings to life the dramatic birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City. The story follows three brothers: Morris, the youngest who drops out of school to work at a clothing factory, Sol, the brains who attends accounting school, and Harry, the wildcard with a fiery personality and gangster best friends.

When Morris asks his brothers to come work with him at his factory, Sol agrees but Harry isn’t so easily convinced. Working for his brothers means giving up the glamour, the power, and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, New York’s most ruthless mobster and Morris’ enemy. When Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers’ factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother.

Gross’ atmospheric writing coupled with Edoardo Ballerini’s captivating voice will leave listeners on the edge of their seat as the violent vengeance heats up.  

Listen to an excerpt below! 


THE ANCIENT NINE, Ian K. Smith’s new thriller, follows one college student’s foray into Harvard’s hallowed secret societies.

Spencer Collins arrives at Harvard with two goals: to play basketball and take his pre-med classes. Little does he know, The Delphic Club, one of Harvard’s most elite finals clubs, is determined to have Spencer join. Once “punched,” Spencer enters the inner sanctum and uncovers secrets, male privilege, and century-old club mysteries. On one hand, Spencer doesn’t want to lose his focus. On the other, it feels nice to be sought out by a club his classmates would kill to be in. But why is a shadowy group of powerful old men so determined to recruit him? And what is “The Ancient Nine”?

Narrator Brad Sanders brings an authority to Spencer’s character while still underscoring the confusion, mystery, and shock he encounters by the end of the audiobook. Inspired by the author’s own experiences at Harvard, the audiobook will leave listeners wondering how to separate fact from fiction.

Listen to an excerpt below! 

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