By Mel Fabrikant Friday, May 17, 2013, 01:01 PM EDT
In 2011 Taylor Stevens burst onto the thriller scene with the publication of her debut novel The Informationist. Lauded by some of the best writers in the genre, including Vince Flynn, Michael Palmer, and Tess Gerritsen, widely covered in the national media, and sold in twenty countries, The Informationist became an instant New York Times bestseller, was one of the most talked about debuts of 2011, and was most recently optioned for film by James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar). Reviewers and readers alike were drawn to Stevens’s complex characters—particularly her butt-kicking protagonist Vanessa “Michael” Munroe who drew comparisons to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne—and the page-turning plot that transported us from the United States and Germany to France and Equatorial Guinea. Stevens’s second novel, The Innocent, solidified her reputation.