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Publication Order of Hollywood Thriller Books

with Shari Low
The Rise / Taking Hollywood (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Catch / Breaking Hollywood (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fall (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Brunelleschis Dome (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judgment of Paris (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Machiavelli (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leonardo and the Last Supper (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743 (With: Anja Grebe) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad Enchantment (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bookseller of Florence (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Italy (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Eminent Lives Books

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time (By: Karen Armstrong) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (By: Michael Korda) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Balanchine (By: Robert Gottlieb) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beethoven (By: Edmund Morris) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thomas Jefferson (By: Christopher Hitchens) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caravaggio (By: Francine Prose) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexander the Great (By: Norman F. Cantor) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freud (By: Peter D. Kramer) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Francis Crick (By: Matt Ridley) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexis de Tocqueville (By: Joseph Epstein) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakespeare (By: Bill Bryson) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Machiavelli (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Washington (By: Paul Johnson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Shortest Books

The Shortest History of China (By: Linda Jaivin) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Greece (By: James Heneage) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Democracy (By: John Keane) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of India (By: John Zubrzycki) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of War (By: Gwynne Dyer) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Europe (By: John Hirst) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Israel and Palestine (By: Michael Scott-Baumann) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Our Universe (By: David Baker) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Sex (By: David Baker,Simon Whistler) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Economics (By: Andrew Leigh) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Italy (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Japan (By: Lesley Downer) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of Eugenics (By: Erik Peterson) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest History of France (By: Colin Jones) (2025)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ross King is a historical fiction and nonfiction author who was born and brought up in Canada, even though he has been a resident of England since 1992.

His first-ever work was “Domino,” which was published in the United States. It was this work that would give him the confidence that he had the chops to become a fiction author and he has never looked back since.
In 2003, his novel “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” got a nomination for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

In this extraordinary novel, he showcases a magnificent tapestry of the day-to-day workings of the scaffolding at the Sistine Chapel and also the upheaval outside during the 16th century.

In the year 2000, he published “Brunelleschi’s Dome,” a non-fiction work that instantly became a hit in the United States. The novel was so popular that it became a bestseller in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times.
The book was a top ten selection on Book Sense 76 and was named a Nonfiction Book of the Year by Book Sense.

Like many authors who write about European historical fiction, Ross King has an amazing knowledge of European cultural history.

Earlier on, he intended to go into academia and got an English Literature degree from the Toronto-based York University.

He would then get a job at the University of London where he was employed as a researcher. While he was in London working on his research fellowship, he realized that his job prospects were not that great.
It was at this time that he decided to begin penning a manuscript with a setting in the period of history in which he was doing his research.

After he was done with his fellowship, he was lucky to get a contract for his first manuscript that would become his debut novel “Domino.”

In an interview with “Booklist,” King asserted that he had always had a desire to pen a novel about masquerade, opera, and the exotic continental world introduced to England during the 18th century.
King has now become known for penning nonfiction and fiction works that blend the arts with European history.

King currently makes his home in Woodstock the historic town near Oxford, England. He hikes regularly and is a devoted cyclist who loves doing the Canadian Rockies and the Pyrenees.
In addition to his writing, he is a passionate tour guide and lecturer and actively fundraises for the arts.

He is on the board of the Friends of Florence Council of Academic Advisors a nonprofit organization that works to ensure the survival of the architectural and artistic treasures of Florence.
Apart from that, Ross King has been involved in numerous study tours organized by the Friends of Florence organization that has taken visitors across Italy in Milan, Assisi, and Rome.
He regularly goes to the Aspen Institute to attend the Italian Renaissance seminars and has given Impressionist tours of Provence, Paris, Brittany, and Normandy.
King also has the distinction of being an Accredited Lecturer and Smithsonian Expert with The Arts Society.

Over the years, he has given lectures in many museums in the United States including the “National Gallery,” the “Frick Collection,” and the “Art Institute of Chicago.”
When he is not traveling for pleasure or work, he loves to spend time at home with Melanie his wife.

“The Rise” by Ross King asserts the truism that our secrets tend to come back to disrupt our lives no matter how deep we bury them.
This is the story of Zander Leith, Mirren McLean, and Davie Johnson who experienced a meteoric rise but also had a dark secret.

A few years earlier the three Glaswegians were just trying to survive a life full of dysfunction and danger. However, they now stand on the world’s biggest stage in Hollywood in 1993 where they accepted an Oscar.
This night would mark the end of their friendship and the beginning of their careers.

Over the following two decades, Mirren McLean would turn into one of the best screenwriters in the film industry. Leith would become one of the most in-demand action heroes as he broke all manner of records.
On the other hand, Davie Johnson became a producer raking in millions working on some of the biggest TV shows.

They did not speak for more than twenty years, as a horrific secret pushed them apart until now. Their past has come back to haunt them and they will have to make some tough decisions on whether they need to fight, hide, or run.
They have come to realize that whenever you rise too high, there will always be someone delighted to see you fall.

Ross King’s “The Catch” continues to follow Hollywood stars McLean, Leith, and Johnson who were introduced in the debut novel of the “Hollywood Thriller” series of novels.
The work takes us back six weeks before the cliffhanger moment at the end of the first novel of the series. They had made it to the top but now somebody was coming after them seeking to bring them down.
On the night of the Academy Awards, they attend a star-studded after party where they are reunited and have a lot of fun with each other.

The three kids came from the tough Glasgow streets and had risen from the ashes to become stars in Hollywood with vast fortunes and global fame.

They are having their moment in the sun only to wake up to darkness as someone threatens to out their secret and destroy them all.

The work provides a glimpse into the glamorous world of Hollywood and Los Angeles, but also the emotional and gritty side as trauma and dark secrets add an extra edge to the life of the characters.
It is a novel with Jackie Collins feel that is engaging with just the right mix of suspense, glamour, heartache, and passion.

“The Fall” by Ross King is all about our favorite characters who had risen to become icons in Hollywood but are now headed for a fall.

Twenty-five years earlier, they had become Oscar Award-winning legends before the world but are now fighting for their very survival.

Zander Leith is an A-list actor who is finally happy with Hollie his wife. But then he becomes aware of a familiar person stalking him threatening to take away his peace.

Mirren McLean has become one of the most powerful women in Hollywood as she is respected and very successful. However, she makes a single mistake that could put her entire career and marriage in jeopardy.
Davie Johnston had become a major late-night television king but to retain his crown he may have to put everything he has on the line.

They are starting to realize that much of the time happy endings in Hollywood do not last forever. In some instances, those happy endings are just the calm before the storm.

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