Resounding Praise for The Ninja Daughter

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Awards, Reviews, and Best Books Lists

2019 Thriller Book of the Year – Awarded by Authors on the Air Global Radio
“Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense. The Ninja Daughter is a hard-hitting story so gritty and real you feel it in your teeth.”

Lefty Award Nominee for Best Debut Mystery Novel
The Ninja Daughter is nominated for prestigious mystery award

5/5 Rating from The Girly Book Club
“A firecracker debut by author Tori Eldridge”

South Florida Sun Sentinel – Best Mystery Books of 2019 – chosen by Oline Cogdill
“Eldridge’s fine storytelling makes Lily a heroine of our times. I hope that this is only the beginning and that there are plenty more Lily Wong adventures coming up soon.”

Library Journal (Starred Review) and Mystery Debut of the Month
“Eldridge’s debut thriller introduces readers to a heroine for the #MeToo era… Readers who enjoy an action-packed adventure that doesn’t neglect character development and speaks truth about the human condition will welcome this quirky, passionate, and endearingly relatable protagonist.”

Publishers Weekly Rave Review for The Ninja Daughter
“Eldridge’s wild ride of a first novel marries Kill Bill with Killing Eve..expertly mines both domestic suspense and action thriller.”

Booklist Rave Review for The Ninja Daughter
“Tough, snarky, and grudgingly vulnerable, Lily Wong is an irresistible heroine set perfectly against a quirky millennial L.A. backdrop.”

Criminal Element Review –  The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge
“The story of a modern-day ninja warrior following the code of the #MeToo movement, The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge is as impactful as a throwing star.”

Book Riot Video Blog Book Recommendation for The Ninja Daughter
Ladies Who Are Taking Life Into Their Own Hands

Crime Reads – Jess Lourey recommends The Ninja Daughter and Lily Wong series
Look Ahead at Some New Crime and Mystery Series Launching in 2020

BookBub – The Most Anticipated Thrillers of the Fall 2019
“This original and fast-paced action thriller is high on our fall to-be-read list!”

Mystery Tribune 14 Best Crime, Mysteries, and Thriller Books  of November 2019
The Ninja Daughter listed as one of November’s best.

Praise from Authors

“Eldridge’s stunningly ambitious debut juggles sub-plots as deftly as it does cultures. As beautifully realized as it is emotionally wrought, THE NINJA DAUGHTER is both striking in its originality and shattering in its ultimate impact.”
―Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of the CAITLIN STRONG SERIES and the MURDER, SHE WROTE SERIES

“If you love a heroine who’s tough, brilliant, and never runs from a fight, look no further. THE NINJA DAUGHTER is your gal. Tori Eldridge introduces the warrior-sleuth you’ll want fighting by your side.”
―Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

“THE NINJA DAUGHTER is a remarkably fresh, intense thriller, and Lily Wong is one hell of a new hero. I want this Ninja on my side. Tori Eldridge is redefining the genre.”
―J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of TEAR ME APART

“Tori Eldridge brings serious game to the thriller genre with THE NINJA DAUGHTER. Action-paced, devious, and with a lead character you’ll truly care about. This debut kicks ten kinds of ass―highly recommended!”
―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of DEEP SILENCE and V-WARS

“With THE NINJA DAUGHTER, Tori Eldridge has created a heroine to love… and to fear! Lily’s quest to protect the women of L.A. left me breathless, and Eldridge’s snappy, down-to-earth prose kept me flipping pages.”
―Rachel Howzell Hall, author of THEY ALL FALL DOWN and the critically-acclaimed DETECTIVE LOU NORTON SERIES

“In THE NINJA DAUGHTER, Tori Eldridge serves up a full platter of thrills, featuring an intriguing cross-cultural vigilante with strong ties to her family and a complex and equally compelling assassin as her deadly foil. I hope she brings both back soon.”
–F. Paul Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of THE VOID PROTOCOL (The ICE Sequence) and acclaimed Repairman Jack series.

“An exhilarating thrill ride! Lily Wong is a champion to the underdog―smart, brave, and a powerful force to reckon with. I loved her!”
―Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of THE LAST MRS.PARRISH

“Lily Wong is Jack Reacher—if Reacher were petite, female, and Asian—smart, skilled, and relentless; a passionate fighter on behalf of women who are in too deep to save themselves. An exceptional first novel…offering readers a tense and fascinating look into a culture and a world that most of us have never seen. I loved this book!”
–Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER

“THE NINJA DAUGHTER’s unrelenting action take readers on a non-stop thrill ride. Eldridge combines the honor and discipline of Eastern morays with the cynicism and justice-seeking drive of Western lore to create a spellbinding character, Lily Wong. You’ll want this ninja on your side.”
―International Bestseller K.J. Howe, author of THE FREEDOM BROKER and SKYJACK

“Complex and engaging, THE NINJA DAUGHTER is a real page-turner with action aplenty but also depth and heart. Lily Wong makes a vividly intriguing heroine with some serious ninja skills. Charlie Fox would team up with her in a heartbeat.”
―Zoë Sharp, author of the acclaimed CHARLIE FOX THRILLER SERIES

“Tori Eldridge’s THE NINJA DAUGHTER is an impressive debut novel—written with heartfelt, personal conviction and a sense-of-place that few first thrillers achieve.”
―Raymond Benson, acclaimed author of THE BLACK STILETTO 5-book serial and BLUES IN THE DARK

“Resourceful and fierce, Lily Wong fights for women who desperately need her help—a true Ninja Warrior. She took me on a wild ride I will never forget.”
―J. Carson Black, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE SHOP

“Tori Eldridge reinvents Mickey Spillane toughness in THE NINJA DAUGHTER. A Thoroughly enjoyable romp with the new literary ball of ninja thunder.”
―Weston Ochse, Award-winning author of SEAL TEAM 666

“You’ve never read anything like THE NINJA DAUGHTER before. And the author, Tori Eldridge, is more than qualified to tell the story. A long-time practitioner of martial arts herself, she brings credibility and accuracy to the character of Lily – with just enough artistic license to keep things fun and rollicking.
―Jack Hoban, Subject Matter Expert for the United States Marine Corp Martial Arts Program and 10th degree black belt in Ninjutsu.

Videos and Podcasts

Podcast: Writers on the Beat with host Gavin Reese
Ninja Tori Eldridge on Gritty Authenticity

Podcast: The Liars Club Oddcast with guest Tori Eldridge
Hosts Jon McGoran, Merry Jones, Greg Frost, Keith Strunk

Video: Bookstr Talks – Live from New York City
Miranda Powell interviews ninja author Tori Eldridge

Podcast: Writer Types with host Eric Beetner
Guest host, Wendy Heard, interviews Tori Eldridge and John Vercher

Podcast: The Multiracial Family Man with host Alex Barnett
Special guest Tori Eldridge: dancer, actress, ninja, writer

Podcast: The Gritty Gritty with host Dharma Kelleher
Tori discusses the ninja arts, crime fiction, writing action, violence, and more.

Video: BookSwell Intersections with host Cody Sisco
Tori discusses The Ninja Daughter and L.A. Noir

Podcast: Writers on the Beat with host Gavin Reese
Author and real life ninja Tori Eldridge discusses Empowerment

Featured Interview

Washington Independent Review of Books – Feature Interview
The Sword of Justice – Rave Review for The Ninja Daughter

Book People Mystery Bookstore Blog Feature Interview
My Family, My Heritage, My Ninja Training – Tori Eldridge

The Thrill Begins Featured Interview
Cathy Perkins interviews Tori Eldridge about The Ninja Daughter

Foreword Reviews Interviews Tori Eldridge
“A pinch private eye, a dash vigilante, and a heaping helping of dumplings…”

Modern-Day Ninja and a Debut Novel
Elena Taylor interviews Tori Eldridge

Ojo – Writers to Watch
Tori Eldridge interviewed on

Mystery Tribune: A Dialogue on City Culture and Diversity
Author Conversation with Tori Eldridge, Tracy Clark, Isabella Maldonado

A Few Words with Tori Eldridge, a Modern Ninja
Rich Ehisen interviews Tori Eldridge about The Ninja Daughter

Articles by Tori Eldridge

Mystery Fanfare: Writing Athleticism by Tori Eldridge
Essay on career transitions and the physicality of writing

The Veracity and Heart of Modern Action Thrillers
A Crime Reads essay by Tori Eldridge

The Thrill Begins: Advocate Series
Tori Eldridge pays tribute to author/mentor Jonathan Maberry

Cover Reveal and Press

The Great Los Angeles Crime Novel – and the Women Who Are Revitalizing It
Crime Read’s article lists The Ninja’s Blade (Lily Wong book 2) in 2020 lineup

See the covers for three thrillers bringing diversity to crime fiction
Exclusive Cover Reveal for The Ninja Daughter on Entertainment Weekly

A new publishing imprint aims to bring diversity to mystery thrillers
Article in the New York Post

Indie Press Polis Launches Diversity-Focused Crime Imprint Agora Books
Interview with Matt Coleman on Book Riot

Polis Books Launches Diversity-Focused Crime Imprint
Announcement in Publishers Weekly

Unusual Suspects – crime fiction that explores important issues of our time…
Excitement for The Ninja Daughter, Three-Fifths, and Remember on Book Riot

Polis Books Launching Agora Imprint
Article in Shelf Awareness

New Imprint Agora Set To Bring More Diverse Voices To Crime Fiction
Article in Mystery Tribune

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