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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Every Last Fear (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Shift (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Have We Done (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Something Happens to Me (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Alex Finlay

Alex Finlay is the penname of an Alabama-born writer who is currently a resident of Washington, D.C. His decision to use the aforementioned penname rose from his desire to write fearlessly, and his neither optimism nor pessimism cornering the negative or positive reception of his book. He is represented by Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.

During his childhood, Finlay sought solace from films as a result of his family’s constant relocations. Consequently, personalities that influenced Alex Finlay include film director Christopher Edward Nolan, filmmaker Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan, and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. Another inspiration is his findings concerning forced confessions, partially involving youthful suspects. Finlay has had a pro-justice stance since he was a child, which is reflected in his characters’ persistent quests for justice for the victimized characters, particularly through the usage of a law enforcement agency such as the FBI.

Finlay is a widely-traveled writer, thanks to his childhood exotic tourism that has greatly influenced his literary work. For instance, he acknowledges the influence of his Mexican vacation on his novel Every Last Fear. Alex Finlay specializes in literary fiction, particularly the suspense, psychological realism and thriller subgenres.

Alex Finlay’s Literary Work

Alex Finlay’s first book is titled Every Last Fear, which is titled after the protagonist’s desire to overcome his fears in his family-related homicide investigation. It has 10+ editions. The first edition of the book—a 368-page hardcover—was initially published in March 2021 by Minotaur Books, which has also published the 320-page ebook edition, the 368-page Kindle edition, and a 362-page paperback edition. Minotaur Books has published another 400-page paperback edition, which was released in November 2021.

Head of Zeus has also acquired the publishing rights of Every Last Fear, and the publisher’s subsidiary Aria & Aries released an edition in March 2021 as part of their Aria Fiction books. In March 2021, Macmillan Audio released the Every Last Fear’s audiobook version that runs for nine hours.

The inspiration for writing Every Last Fear came from a storytelling lesson that English author Neil Gaiman offered on the website MasterClass; in his January 2019 virtual classes, Gaiman challenged his learners to combine their imaginations with their life experiences. Prompted, Finlay imagined the eventual lives of the characters in a Netflix crime film that he had seen; he combined his imagination with a media report concerning the numerous deaths of Americans touring Mexico.

Book’s Plot: the protagonist in the Every Last Fear is a young man named Matt Pine who is an undergraduate film student at the New York University. The book is precisely set in a Mexican region called Tulsa—Finlay actually vacationed there—where Matt’s four family members die. Victims: Liv (mother), Evan (social justice activist father), Maggie (teenage sister), and Tommy (baby brother).

Security agencies have conflicting opinions. However, Matt suspects the involvement of the only surviving family member, his firstborn brother Danny, who has since been imprisoned for a documented love crime. Life threats, organized crime, and a misleading Mexican government are among the problems faced by Matt who must defy fear to unravel the multiple homicide.

Praise for Alex Finlay

Alex Finlay has been praised for his masterfully storytelling prowess in Every Last Fear, a book that—according to the LibraryReads and Indie Next directories—both librarians and bookstores overwhelmingly voted for the month of March 2021.

The Newsweek, Mystery & Suspense, and Deadly Pleasures Mystery magazines have hailed Every Last Fear as among the notable books for the year 2021. According to cataloging sites like Goodreads, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, BookBub, and Bibliofile, readers are anticipating on the release of Every Last Fear.

Worth a Film Adaptation

Every Last Fear lacks a film adaptation, although readers have recommended it to filmmakers due to its promising plot.
Other Books You May Like

Those who read Alex Finlay’s book also read the following. One of them is Too Good to Be True (March 2021) by Carola Lovering. It is about hopeless romantic Skye Starling and her lover Burke Michaels. The obsessive Starling thinks Michaels is a suitable suitor after his marriage proposal, before she learns that he is a manipulative family man.

Another one is Little Secrets (April 2021) by Jennifer Hillier. Wife Marin and husband Derek are a power couple; their young son Sebastian’s kidnapping prompts an investigation whose finding reveals infidelity, potentially causing marriage breakdown and a homicidal love triangle.
Readers also enjoyed Do No Harm (February 2021) by Christina McDonald. Medic Emma has a cancerous son Josh whose expensive medical care forces her into drug peddling, a deadly occupation that prompts an investigation spearheaded by her unsuspecting husband detective Nate.

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6 Responses to “Alex Finlay”

  1. Deborah C.: 4 months ago

    I’m halfway through his third book. I love his style of writing so much that I plan on buying every book he writes from now on. I’m hooked.

  2. Bren: 2 years ago

    I liked this book but don’t like not knowing authors real name. Wonder if it is a common author and he doesn’t want you to know. ie. James Patterson.

    • PWT: 2 years ago

      Finlay’s real name is Anthony Franze. He has written several books under his real name, most of which are in the vein of Scott Turow and John Grisham. He is a critically acclaimed thriller writer, and prominent Washington, DC lawyer.

  3. Emily Staples: 3 years ago

    Just finished Every Last Fear. Will be looking for more books from this author. Great reading.

  4. Chanel: 3 years ago

    I absolutely loved this book. Its is a page turner, I could not put thus book down. Alex we want another book from you.

  5. Barb: 3 years ago

    Wow! Excellent book! I couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to more by this author.


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