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Creative writing alum's first novel a Thriller Award finalist

Steven M. Thomas couldn't ask for more from his first novel "Criminal Paradise." The book was released in paperback in…

April 20, 2009

Steven M. Thomas couldn’t ask for more from his first novel “Criminal Paradise.” The book was released in paperback in March after a successful hardback offering last year, and it’s a Best First Novel finalist in the International Thriller Writers’ 2009 Thriller Awards, one of five novels chosen from hundreds of nominations. “Paradise” follows the exploits of career-criminal-turned-detective who tries to break-up a sadistic Costa Mesa restaurant owner’s sex-slave business. Thomas, who graduated from UC Irvine’s highly rated creative writing MFA program in 1999, will have his second novel, “Criminal Karma,” released by Ballantine Books in July.