Nora Gaskin Esthimer, editor of Carolina Crimes, discusses elements of writing suspense and reads from her new novel

Wed 7/18 7pm

Nora Gaskin Esthimer, editor of Carolina Crimes (intro by Jeff Deaver) discusses elements of writing suspense and reads from her new novel The Worst Thing.

Nora Gaskin is the author of two previous books Time of Death: The True Tale of a Quest for Justice in 1960s Chapel Hill, and a mystery, based on a true crime, Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts.

As the founder, editor, and publisher of Lystra Books (an eclectic and growing publisher, based in Chapel Hill, NC), Gaskin has stewarded 23 books into publication. Add to that resume her editing byline for Carolina Crimes: 21 Tales of Need, Greed,and Dirty Deeds, a terrific collection of stories set in North Carolina and South Carolina, with an introduction by Jeffery Deaver, published in 2017 by Down & Out Books.

On the heels of Carolina Crimes, Gaskin brings her most creative endeavor to date: the captivating, realistic, and brilliantly provocative novel The Worst Thing.

“Who says a nice girl can’t write a convincing psychopath? In The Worst Thing, Nora Gaskin introduces Ape, a character so real, so broken, so deliciously creepy (“Are you scared?” he asks one of his victims. “I need you to be scared.”) you won’t be able to look away from him. You might even catch yourself secretly, guiltily admiring him. You surely won’t forget him.”

—Kim Church, author of Byrd


The Worst Thing is a tight, spare novel of suspense*, reminiscent of Ruth Rendell. With a bad guy Gaskin fashions from the inside out, whose demise you will root for even as you come to understand his needs, this story has the depth and substance of one that will be read for years to come.”

—Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling & Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author


“A gripping story of a traumatic crime and how it affects the lives of everyone associated with it, from the police to a building handyman. It has all the plot twists and turns you want from an absorbing crime novel, but the book’s real strength is in its characters. Most of the main characters are women who are tested and respond in ways that are human and believable. The men feel like real people too. The ending is equally real*. Highly recommended.”

—Sarah Shaber, award-winning author of the Louise Pearlie WWII mysteries


“Shadowy foreboding and well-earned emotions lured me in, while fascinating* back-stories, absence of gore, and realistic police work insured that I enjoyed every word of this tightly woven original* thriller.” —Karen Pullen, author of Cold Feet and Cold Heart






Event date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
The Worst Thing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999195857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lystra Books & Literary Services, LLC - May 1st, 2018

Carolina Crimes: 21 Tales of Need, Greed and Dirty Deeds Cover Image
By J. D. Allen, Nora Gaskin Esthimer (Editor), Jeffery Deaver (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781943402953
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Down & Out Books - July 17th, 2017