Local author Joseph Finder (above right), whose novel “Paranoia” is being turned into a movie starring Liam Hemsworth, has returned from the “Operation Thriller III” USO tour with some pretty cool pictures. He joined other genre writers — including “Capital Offense” ’s Kathleen Antrim, “The Lincoln Lawyer” ’s Michael Connelly, “The Zero Game” ’s Brad Meltzer, and “Northern Thunder” ’s Andy Harp — on the USO journey to four countries in the Middle East, where they did readings, answered questions, and mingled with troops. Finder even got to try on a fire proximity suit, also known as a silver bunker suit. The writers took the trip earlier this month. This photo was shot by Connelly.