Jon McGoran, author of Drift, on tour July/August 2013

Posted By on June 4, 2013

DriftAbout Drift 

  • Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)

When Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and step-father within weeks of each other, he gains a twenty-day suspension for unprofessional behavior and instructions to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania.

Feeling restless and out of place, Doyle is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who’s under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company, and under siege from the genetically modified crops growing nearby. He’s more surprised to see high-powered drug dealers driving the small-town roads—dealers his bosses don’t want to hear about.

But when the drug bust Doyle’s been pushing for goes bad and the threats against Nola turn violent, Doyle begins to discover that what’s growing in the farmland around Philadelphia is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined . . .

Quick, clever, and terrifying, Jon McGoran’s Drift is a commercial thriller in the tradition of Nelson DeMille’s Plum Island.

“This biotech thriller delivers a complex Frankenfood story, with lots of twists and turns leading to a startling ending.  Readers who enjoy Michael Crichton or liked Paul McEuen’s Spiral (2011), or even the nonfiction biothrillers by Richard Preston, will find much to enjoy here.”–Booklist

“McGoran impressively integrates concerns about genetically modified produce with an action-filled storyline and fleshed-out characters…The disturbing, but scientifically plausible, secret at the heart of the bad guys’ schemes is an original one, and McGoran makes the most of it.”~ Publishers Weekly, starred review 
“This is a rare rip-roaring read that’s also about something very serious—in this case, genetically modified foods. It’s somehow both escapist fun and a scary real-life wake-up call.”

“Jon McGoran is a writer to watch.  His effortless prose keeps his quirky characters ripping through a tricky plot that’s as unusual as it is original.  Drift is a winner.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Dark at the End

Drift is a compelling and devious novel from a powerful new voice in thriller fiction. Jon McGoran has the chops to become one of the greats!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin’s Code

“A crisp organic thriller, freshly picked, and pickled with action… you’ll never look at an apple the same way again.” —William Lashner, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Bone

“Jon McGoran’s wry narrative is on full display in Drift, a fun tale that follows the exploits of suspended detective Doyle Carrick, who learns the hard way not to stick his nose in his neighbors’ business.” –Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of MEG and The Omega Project 

“Cops, drugs, plenty of action. Drift is written with style and verve. Do yourself a favor and read this tough thriller.” —John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Serial

“Gripping, chilling and written with aplomb. Packed with plot twists and palpable tension; it’s Lee Child’s Killing Floor with a smart-aleck Reacher. Genuinely unputdownable.” –Owen Laukkanen, bestselling author of The Professionals

“Take the best parts of a Crichton technothriller, make it noir like Chandler and you’ve got Drift…a terrific read.” —Brad Parks, Shamus- and Nero-Award-winning author of The Good Cop

“Blends a ripped-from-the-headlines premise with a cutting-edge mystery and relentless action. A timely, terrifying environmental thriller, Drift will make you think twice the next time you fill your cart at the grocery store.” —Karen Dionne, author of Freezing Point 

“Jon McGoran raises the stakes for eco-thrillers with Drift, a deftly-plotted page turner that combines the ferocious action, mordant wit and sharp characters of the best noir with an all-too-real corporate conspiracy that plays on our darkest fears.”– Dennis Tafoya, author of Dope Thief and The Wolves of Fairmount Park

jon_mcgoran-e1348072564739About Jon McGoran

JON McGORAN has written about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia, and now as editor at Grid magazine. During that time he has also been an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically engineered foods. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of published authors dedicated to promotion, networking, and service work. In Drift, he combines his interest in the increasingly bizarre world of food today with his love of the thriller.

To connect with Jon, visit his website,

Jon McGoran’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 22nd:  Between the Covers

Thursday, July 25th:  Bewitched Bookworms

Thursday, July 25th:  Books a la Mode – guest post/giveaway

Friday, July 26th:  Kritter’s Ramblings

Monday, July 29th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Wednesday, July 31st:  Fiction Addict

Thursday, August 1st:  girlichef

Thursday, August 1st:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Monday, August 5th:  Stacy’s Books

Wednesday, August 7th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Monday, August 12th:  A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, August 14th:  A Dream Within a Dream

Monday, August 19th:  A Bookworm’s World

Monday, August 26th:  Broken Teepee

Wednesday, August 28th:  Teresa’s Reading Corner


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