Steve Besecker’s debut thriller blasts on scene with the dramatic impact often reserved for the leading authors in the genre. Praised with comparisons to many best-selling spy novelists, Steve grew up in the Buffalo, NY suburb of East Aurora. After living briefly in Palos Park, Illinois, his family returned to Western New York, specifically to Orchard Park, where Steve graduated from Orchard Park High School.
When dreams of a professional hockey career ended in his teens, the Franciscan community and his professors at St. Bonaventure University guided his passions toward philosophy, business marketing, and creative writing. Steve graduated from St. Bonaventure with a business degree in marketing management where he was also the Bonnies hockey team’s assistant captain.
A boyhood writing assignment in the 4th Grade, one that stayed with Steve, plus his love for action-oriented dramas fed his desire to create Native American Kevin “Hatch” Easter, the CIA hunter and protagonist in this initial thriller. Steve’s drive toward writing the perfect spy thriller and his propensity for exhaustive research fuels a first novel that explosively delivers. (I’m not sure how to fit in my John Geyer story)
With a great deal of guidance and tough love from retired Doubleday editor Bill Thompson, a true gentleman who worked with greats like Stephen King, John Grisham, Pat Conroy, Peter Straub and a long list of commercially successful authors, Steve found that all-important first door to the publishing industry.
Steve credits some giants (James Rollins, James Grippando, Andrew Gross, Joseph Finder, Brian Haig, Gregg Hurwitz, Brad Parks and Andy Harp)in the thriller writing genre for helping shape his craft. THE SAMARITAN emerges with a voice, characters, action, and thrilling turns that rival the best from his mentors and sets Steve Besecker apart as a rising star. The positive reaction from some of the thriller writer superstars humbles Steve. Says Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of BURIED SECRETS and VANISHED: “The kind of big, adrenaline-pumping high-stakes conspiracy thriller of the sort that Robert Ludlum used to write — THE SAMARITAN is terrific.”
An avid fly-fisherman who likes to ski, hike, snowshoe, camp, bike, participate in mini-triathlons, play hockey and coach youth soccer, Steve Besecker resides in Western New York. He is presently researching his next thriller involving Kevin Easter and a CIA partner Gray Taylor that focuses on the Kindertransport, events that saved nearly a million Jewish children before World War II.