Crime Fiction Stars 2011: July - December
Author: Abbott, Jeff
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446575171 Date: 2011
Sam Capra--brilliant CIA agent, loving husband, soon-to-be father--loses everything that matters to him in a horrifying moment in London. An unknown enemy has set him up as a traitor. However that enemy has targeted the wrong man.
Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
- The End of Everything
Author: Abbott, Megan
$ 23.99 ISBN: 9780316097796 Date: 2011
Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next-door-neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. And then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.
- The Paradise Prophecy
Author: Browne, Robert
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525952237 Date: 2011
Browne delivers a spectacular thriller inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost in which the final chapter of the War in Heaven is about to play out on Earth, with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- Dead Dogs and Englishmen
Author: Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9780738718781 Date: 2011
Something nasty is afoot in Emily Kincaid's northern Michigan town--besides Emily's increasingly cranky friend Deputy Dolly. When the body of a brutally slain woman turns up in an abandoned farmhouse, Emily and Dolly uncover a disturbing pattern. Bodies of dead dogs are being thrown into migrant Mexican workers' yards--a gruesome warning to keep someone's despicable secret. Clues to unravel this macabre affair seem woven into the manuscript Emily is editing for Cecil Hawke, an eccentric English author. Each page paints an eerily familiar picture of intimidation, madness, and murder. But reading further into the Englishman's twisted fiction could spell Emily's untimely death. - Publisher Marketing
- A Question of Despair
Author: Carter, Maureen
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9781780290003 Date: 2011
First in the thrilling new Detective Inspector Sarah Quinn series - When a baby is snatched from outside a Birmingham newsagent's, 'Ice Queen' DI Sarah Quinn and feisty TV reporter Caroline King clash head-on in the desperate search to find her. Quinn's cool investigative methods contrast with those of the fiery King, who'll stop at nothing in pursuit of a good story. But as the investigation stonewalls, it soon becomes clear that the two enemies will have to work together if the police are to have any chance of success . . .
- Collecting Cooper
Author: Cleave, Paul
$ 15 ISBN: 9781439189627 Date: 2011
From the international bestselling author of Blood Men comes a gripping new thriller that paints a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind. People are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn't make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn't make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he's asked by Green's father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collector's item--an actual killer. Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer keeping their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills' dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive. - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- Thieves Get Rich, Saints Get Shot
Author: Compton, Jodi
$ 23 ISBN: 9780307588081 Date: 2011
- Kiled at the Whim of a Hat: Jimm Juree
Author: Cotterill, Colin
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312564537 Date: 2011
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Set in rural Thailand, Killed at the Whim of a Hat is the launch of a brand-new series by the internationally bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Coroner's Lunch.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
Author: Dahl, Arne
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780375425356 Date: 2011
After successfully--but bloodily--dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes. Targeting Sweden's high-profile business leaders, the killer breaks into their homes at night, waits for his victims, places two bullets in their heads with deadly precision, and removes the bullets from the walls--a ritual enacted to a rare bootleg recording of Thelonious Monk's jazz classic Misterioso. As Hjelm, his young, doggedly energetic partner, Jorge Chavez, and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in their pursuit--navigating the murky underworlds of the Russian Mafia and the secretive members-only society of Sweden's wealthiest denizens--they must also delve into one of the country's most persistent ills: a deep-rooted xenophobia that affects both the police and the perpetrator in a small nation that is becoming rapidly internationalized. The first novel in Arne Dahl's gripping Intercrime series--widely considered to be one of Sweden's best--Misterioso is a penetrating, dark, and absorbing introduction to this acclaimed author's world. - Publisher Marketing
- Very Bad Men
Author: Dolan, Harry
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399157493 Date: 2011
David Loogan is living in Ann Arbor with Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her daughter, Sarah. He's settled into a quiet routine as editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets-until one day he finds a manuscript outside his door. It begins: "I killed Henry Kormoran."
- Requiem for a Gypsy
Author: Genelin, Michael
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569479575 Date: 2011
When the wife of one of Slovakia's most prominent businessmen is killed in a very public assassination, it looks like the bullets were meant for her husband. To solve the case and stop an ongoing series of murders, Commander Jana Matinova must travel to Berlin and Paris and look back into the darkest period of Slovak history.
- The Traitor's Emblem
Author: Gomez-Jurado, Juan
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781439198780 Date: 2011
Set against the dark and menacing streets of Depression-era Munich and the cruel rise of Nazism, Gomez-Jurado's spellbinding thriller--an epic novel spanning decades of family betrayal, impossible love and the high price of vengeance--roves again that he is a master of narration.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- Eyes Wide Open
Author: Gross, Andrew
$ 25.99 SBN: 9780061655968 Date: 2011
A family's long-buried past resurfaces with deadly consequences in this electrifying new thriller from the New York Times-bestselling author of Reckless .
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- Iron House
Author: Hart, John
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312380342 Date: 2011
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A New York Times-bestselling author delivers his most devastating novel yet--the remarkable story of two orphaned brothers separated by violence at an early age. When a boy is brutally murdered in their orphanage, one brother runs and takes the blame ...
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Wrong Man Running
Author: Hruska, Alan
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880277 Date: 2011
A compelling new mystery from an acclaimed writer and director - Brilliant prosecutor Rick Corinth is the heir apparent to the District Attorney's job in Manhattan. But when he is asked to handle a case involving a series of sadistic rapes, his life is changed forever. Rick soon discovers that all the victims are known to him. At first he shrugs this off as coincidence, but then the police start to treat him like a suspect. With the evidence mounting against him, Rick knows that he must find the real perpetrator before his whole world turns into a living nightmare . . .
- You're Next
Author: Hurwitz, Gregg
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312534912 Date: 2011
From the international bestselling author of They're Watching comes a terrifying thriller about a man whose past--a past he doesn't even remember--comes back to haunt him and threatens his family.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
Author: Johansen, Iris
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780312651213 Date: 2011
Johansen delivers her thrilling and revelatory follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Eve, which delves deep into the life and psyche of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan's lover and soul mate, Joe Quinn. As a ruthless killer closes in, long-held secrets are gradually and shockingly revealed.
- Among the Missing
Author: Joss, Morag
$ 25 ISBN: 9780385342742 Date: 2011
After a bridge collapses in the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of commuters vanish into the freezing river below. A female tourist, whose car was filmed pulling onto the bridge seconds before it fell, is assumed to be among the missing. But in desperate need of money, she had sold the car only hours before. Now she can begin life over.
Author: Kava, Alex
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385532013 Date: 2011
In New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava's new thriller, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare. On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fueled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the dif-ferent stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallu-cination, she realizes that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated. Meanwhile on the East Coast, Maggie's FBI partner, R.J. Tully, and Army colonel Benjamin Platt are at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie, Tully, and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape. - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- The Hypnotist
Author: Kepler, Lars
$ 27 ISBN: 9780374173951 Date: 2011
A triple homicide, all the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders--against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin?
Author: Klein, Matthew
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880512 Date: 2011
- Turn of Mind
Author: LaPlante, Alice
$ 24 ISBN: 9780802119773 Date: 2011
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A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to bits of reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, Turn of Mind is a remarkable debut that examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Blind Fury
Author: LaPlante, Lynda
$ 15 ISBN: 9781439139301 Date: 2011
When the body of a young woman is discovered close to a highway service station, Detective Inspector Anna Travis is brought on to the team of investigators by her former lover and boss, Detective Chief Superintendent Langton. As more evidence is uncovered, the team realizes that they are contending with a triple murder investigation--and no suspect. But then a murderer Anna helped arrest years ago makes contact from prison. Cameron Welsh insists that he can help track down the killer, but he will divulge his secrets only to Anna herself. Does he really have an insight into another criminal's mind, or is he merely intent on getting into hers? The team soon realizes that they are dealing with a killer whose deviousness has enabled him to commit horrific crimes, yet remain undetected for years. As the case draws to a close, Welsh's obsession for Anna fuels a terrifying rage that will have disastrous consequences for Anna, who finds herself staring into the face of a desperate personal tragedy. - Publisher Marketing
- A Plague of Sinners: Being the Second Chronicle of Harry Lytle
Author: Lawrence, Paul
$ 12.95 ISBN: 9781905636914 Date: 2011
Loveable rogue Harry Lytle returns for further escapades in this hugely entertaining combination of intrigue, humor, and historical authenticity In July 1665, the great plague rages rampant outside London's city walls. Harry reckons he is safest from the plague sitting tight behind the city walls--until Nathaniel Hedges drops dead on the other side of the dinner table. As the pestilence exerts an ever stronger grip on the city population, so Harry is compelled to venture forth into some of the most diseased parishes of London in search of a serial killer, and it's not long before his familiar accomplice, Dowling the butcher, joins him on the case. When the companions of the first victim decide that Harry is the prime suspect, death seems inevitable. - Publisher Marketing
- House Divided
Author: Lawson, Mike
$ 23 ISBN: 9780802119780 Date: 2011
With his series featuring Joe DeMarco, fixer for Speaker of the House, Mike Lawson has won a reputation as one of America's best political thriller writers. In House Divided, with his boss out of commission, DeMarco is on his own, a sacrificial pawn in a lethal game between a master spy and a four-star army general. When the NSA was caught wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants, a scandal erupted and the program came to a screeching halt. But the man who spearheaded the most sophisticated eavesdropping operation in history wasn't about to sit by while his country sleepwalked into another 9/11. Instead, he moved the program into the shadows. So when the NSA records a rogue military group murdering two American civilians, they can't exactly walk over to the Pentagon and demand to know what's going on. That doesn't mean their hands are tied, however. As the largest intelligence service in the country, both in money and manpower, they have plenty of options-- mostly illegitimate. DeMarco learns all too well just what the NSA is capable of, but he doesn't like being used, so he fights back. House Divided is inspired and compelling, a strong addition to this celebrated series. - Publisher Marketing
- Death at the Chateau Bremont
Author: Longworth, M.L.
$ 14 ISBN: 9780143119524 Date: 2011
Introducing a seductive new mystery series set in Provence-featuring chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque. Set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence, France, Death at the Chateau Bremont introduces readers to Antoine Verlaque, the handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his on-again, off- again love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet. When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family chateau, the town is abuzz with rumors. Verlaque suspects foul play and must turn to Marine for help when he discovers that she had been a close friend of the Bremonts. This is a lively whodunit steeped in the rich, enticing, and romantic atmosphere of southern France. - Publisher Marketing
- Original Sin
Author: McMullen, Beth
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781401324216 Date: 2011
In this hilarious debut, a former U.S. spy turned stay-at-home mother of a toddler tries to find a most elusive work-life balance when the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction) decides it desperately requires her services again, and calls her back into the field.
Suggested Reading: Debuts | Spy Girls
- Wanted Deb or Alive
Author: Moore, Laurie
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825409 Date: 2011
- Couple Gunned Down: News at Ten
Author: Moore, Laurie
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825287 Date: 2011
- Poison Makers
Author: Olsen, Jimmy
$ 19.95 ISBN: 9780980183542 Date: 2011
- Children of the Street
Author: Quarty, Kwei
$ 15 ISBN: 9780812981674 Date: 2011
When the street children of Ghana begin falling victim to a chain of murders, Inspector Darko Dawson is once again called upon to investigate. Soon he's forced to come to terms with the brutal world of the urban poor, a world in which street children are forced to fight for their very survival.
- One Dog Night
Author: Rosenfelt, David
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312647995 Date: 2011
Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter takes on a cold case when the suspected murderer turns out to be the man who saved his beloved dog.
- The Midsummer Crown: Roger the Chapman
Author: Sedley, Kate
$ ISBN: 9780727880192 Date: 2011
The new Roger the Chapman mystery - In the sultry midsummer of 1483, as Richard of Gloucester begins his bid for the English crown, Roger returns home to Bristol, glad to be out of the capital. But almost immediately, the Duke recalls him to London to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young boy whose tutor has been found murdered, apparently in a locked room. It is an investigation which has as its background an ancient British legend, and which will imperil Roger's life as never before. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Simmons, Dan
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316006965 Date: 2011
The United States is near total collapse. But 87 percent of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives.
- Thick as Thieves
Author: Spiegelman, Peter
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307263179 Date: 2011
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Carr--ex-CIA--is the reluctant leader of an elite crew planning a robbery of such extraordinary proportions that it will leave them set for life. His cohorts are seasoned pros, but they're wound drum-tight--months before, the man who brought them together was killed in what Carr suspects was a setup. But bigger problems are yet to come, because few on his crew are what they seem to be, and even his own past is a lie.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Yours Until Death
Author: Staalesen, Gunnar
$ 16.95 ISBN: 9781906413705 Date: 2011
The single-mother families of the isolated high-rise community under the shadow of the Lyderhorn, Bergen's great mountain - steep, dark and oppressive - were being robbed, terrorized and molested by a teenage gang led by the psychopath, Joker, who looked like a priest, but with the eyes of a tiger and the teeth of a decaying corpse. It was at their "torture chamber," a hut in the pinewoods nearby, that Varg Veum, Private Investigator, first encountered the gang's pathetic but deadly ferocity. Eight-year-old Roar's bicycle had been stolen and not an adult in sight dared retrieve it. But a preliminary brush with such youthful violence was as nothing compared to what awaited Veum when he got to know Roar's blue-eyed, shy yet sensuous mother, Wenche Andresen, and her estranged husband, Jonas. Veum's attempts to break up Joker and his pack of young thugs by enlisting the help of the local youth club leader proved a dead end. But not so dead as the man who lay prone with a knife in his back on the floor of Andresen's flat. Yours Until Death is an unbearably tense novel of revenge and murder about marriage, childhood, bereavement and the destructive force of passion. First published in Norwegian in 1979, it was described by the critic Nils Nordberg as "one of the finest, most serious, most ambitious books in post-war Norwegian crime writing. - Publisher Marketing
- Your Friendly Neighborhood Criminal
Author: Van Rooy, Michael
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312606305 Date: 2011
The truth frequently hurts and rarely sets you free. Ex-criminal Montgomery "Monty" Haaviko would prefer to be known as the friendly neighborhood daycare provider. Unfortunately, it's his criminal past (and his extensive bag of tricks of the trade) that brings him to the attention of Marie Blue Duck, a Canadian activist who wants Monty to set up a route to smuggle refugees into the US. Monty's skeptical of her offer, but the money is too good to refuse. Even his wife, Claire, who ensures Monty stays on the straight and narrow, thinks he should take the job. Marry the first person who doesn't publicly ask about the knife in your sock and the pistol in your waistband. Monty's carefully laid plans quickly go off the rails when he squares off against local thug Samantha Richot, who tries to seize the route. Their power struggle rapidly escalates into kidnapping, torture, and a daring and highly explosive stand-off. Just when Monty thinks he might just have it all under control, his old jailhouse crony, Hershel "Smiley" Wiebe, shows up on his doorstep. Monty is more than suspicious of Smiley's motives, but figures if you should keep old friends close, you should keep old cons even closer. Smile. If nothing else it makes them nervous. - Publisher Marketing
- Shut Your Eyes Tight: Dave Gurney
Author: Verdon, John
$ 23 ISBN: 9780307717894 Date: 2011
When he was the NYPD's top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if one day there wasn't? Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house's bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of "not" looking into it seems unimaginable--even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but. The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete. Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim's mother--a chilly high-society beauty--is having none of it. Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre. Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable. And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too. Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life. - Publisher Marketing
- The Darkling Spy
Author: Wilson, Edward
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781906413644 Date: 2011
London, 1956. A generation of British spies are haunted by the ghosts of friends turned traitor. Henry Bone, a Mandarin spymaster, learns that Butterfly is the Holy Grail of Cold War Intelligence. In reality, he is an aristocratic pervert whose political tastes are as ugly as his sexual preferences. But worst of all, Butterfly can identify each traitor and every serving British spy who helped them. Enter Catesby, a British spy with his reputation in tatters, who sets the trap by pretending to defect in order to uncover Butterfly. Pressured into becoming a lure, Catesby's mission leads him from Berlin, through a shower of Molotov cocktails in Budapest, and finally to dinner alone with the East German espionage legend, Mischa Wolf. The novel's shocking conclusion will change your view of the Cold War forever.
- The Gentlemen's Hour
Author: Winslow, Don
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439183397 Date: 2011
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P.I. Boone Daniels risks the wrath of his fellow boarders after he agree to defend a young man accused of murdering a beloved surfer and local legend.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- In Search of the Rose Notes
Author: Arsenault, Emily
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062012326 Date: 2011
The author of the acclaimed The Broken Teaglass presents a complex and well-crafted mystery.
- Back of Beyond
Author: Box, C.J.
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312365745 Date: 2011
Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that.
- Bye Bye, Baby
Author: Collins, Max Allan
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765321794 Date: 2011
It's 1962, and Twentieth Century Fox is threatening to fire Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess hires Nate Heller, private eye to the stars, to tap her phone so she will have a record of their calls in case they take her to court. When Heller starts listening, he uncovers far more than nasty conversations.
Author: Disher, Garry
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569479629 Date: 2011
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Disher's cool, enigmatic anti-hero Wyatt has a job--a jewel heist. Wyatt prefers to work alone, but this is Eddie Oberin's job. Eddie's very smart ex-wife Lydia has the inside information. Add Wyatt's planning genius and meticulous preparation, and what could possibly go wrong?
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Good Thief's Guide to Venice
Author: Ewan, Chris
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312580858 Date: 2011
After a bad streak of luck in Vegas, gentleman thief Charlie retreats to Venice, vowing to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full-time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie's agent Victoria shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar.
- Bad Intentions
Author: Fossum, Karin
$ 24 ISBN: 9780547483344 Date: 2011
A young man in psychiatric treatment is found floating in Dead Water Lake, even though both his psychiatrist and a fellow patient declare that he was on the mend. Then, a dead Vietnamese immigrant surfaces, and Inspector Konrad Sejer knows he's on to something bad.
Author: George, Kathleen
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312569136 Date: 2011
George's stunning Pittsburgh-set police procedural series begins when a young mother dies in a hit-and-run accident caused by two young brothers. Desperate and afraid, Jack and Ryan Rutter flee to Sugar Lake, the summer community where they vacationed as children
- Flowering Judas: Gregor Demarkian
Author: Haddam, Jane
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312644338 Date: 2011
Twelve years ago, Chester Morton disappeared from his hometown in Mattuck, New York, leaving no trace and never to be heard from again. For the past 12 years, his mother has kept the search for her son alive. Her determination has made his disappearance very high profile but it's also been damaging to her family, her children and to herself.
- We All Fall Down
Author: Harvey, Michael
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307272515 Date: 2011
Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly is racing to save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground. When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city's grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city--but are they keeping people out or in? Meanwhile, Michael Kelly's hunt for the people who poisoned his city takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago's West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology--an elite discipline emerging from the nation's premier labs, where scientists play God and will stop at nothing to preserve their secrecy. It's a brave new world . . . and the most audacious page-turner yet from an emerging modern master. - Publisher Marketing
- The Woodcutter
Author: Hill, Reginald
$ 25.99 ISBN:9780062060747 Date: 2011
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From the acclaimed author of the Dalziel and Pasco mysteries comes a stand-alone psychological thriller about a mysterious jailed man who is paroled and returns to his quaint hometown looking for vengeance.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Second Grave on the Left
Author: Jones, Darynda
$ 22.99 ISBN: 9780312360818 Date: 2011
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans. Readers are sure to enjoy the most hilarious story of the summer.
- A Murder in Tuscany
Author: Kent, Christobel
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312621025 Date: 2011
Sandro Cellini, P. I., Florence's answer to Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti, returns in this atmospheric mystery set in a forbidding castle. As Sandro Cellini comes to grips with the tough realities of life as a private detective, touting for business among old contacts and following errant teenagers, an old case comes back to haunt him. Once the subject of a routine background check back in Sandro's earliest days as a private investigator, the glamorous, charming, and ruthless Loni Meadows, the director of an American-Italian artistic retreat in a castle in the hills outside Florence, goes off the icy road in her car one night. The circumstances of her death seem less than accidental to Sandro. However inconvenient his suspicions might be, both to Sandro--whose marriage appears to be disintegrating in the aftermath of his wife's illness--and to Meadows's erstwhile employers, the detective presses on. As he attempts to uncover the truth of Meadows's violent and lonely death, Sandro finds himself drawn into the lives of the castle's highly strung community and the closed world they inhabit in the isolated Etruscan hills of the Maremma. Reminiscent of a locked-room mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, A Murder in Tuscany leads the reader from one possible perpetrator to the next; to Sandro's chagrin, all of the artists in residence at the time of Loni's demise had more than enough reason to dislike her. But who in the group had the most compelling motive to want her dead? Kent is a masterful investigator of character and mood, and her second mystery conveys the gloom of the Orfeo castle as well as the individual dark lives of its inhabitants in a chilling, memorable way. - Publisher Marketing
- Until Thy Wrath Be Past
Author: Larsson, Asa
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781402787164 Date: 2011
As the body of a young woman surfaces in the River Thorne, visions of a shadowy figure haunt Karuna prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson. Joining forces with Police Inspector Anna-Maria Mella, Rebecka is drawn into an investigation that stirs up long-dormant rumors of Nazi collaborators.
- A Rhumba in Waltz Time
Author: Levinson, Robert S.
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432824976 Date: 2011
- The Most Dangerous Thing
Author: Lippman, Laura
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061706516 Date: 2011
Once the best of friends until a terrible secret tore them apart, a group is suddenly brought back together under tragic circumstances and wonder if their long-ago lie is the reason for their troubles today and if someone is out to destroy them.
Author: Lutz, John
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780786020270 Date: 2011
In this new thriller by the New York Times-bestselling author of Mister X, homicide detective Frank Quinn is pitted against a serial killer playing a cat-and-mouse game full of twists, violence, and dark suspense.
- White Heat
Author: McGrath, M.J.
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670022489 Date: 2011
Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide around. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who ruled her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an "authentic" Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser.
- Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains
Author: McPherson, Catriona
$ 23.99 ISBN:9780312654184 Date: 2011
Fans of Jacqueline Winspear are sure to be totally enamored of this series featuring Dandy Gilver, a witty, wealthy, and totally original aristocrat who puts her status to good use by solving crimes. When Dandy gets a letter from a woman who thinks her husband is going to kill her, she must go undercover as a maid to get the complete story.
- Stealing Mona Lisa
Author: Morton, Carson
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312621711 Date: 2011
The charming Eduardo de Valfierno makes a very respectable living in Argentina fleecing the nouveau rich--they pay him to steal valuable pieces of art, and Valfierno sells them flawless forgeries instead. But when Eduardo meets the beautiful Mrs. Hart on his latest con, he takes a risk that forces him back to the city he loved and left behind--Paris.
- Trick of Light
Author: Penny, Louise
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312655457 Date: 2011
Lillian Dyson is dead. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Surete du Quebec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light.
- Triple Crossing
Author: Rotella, Sebastian
$ 24.95 ISBN: 978036105309 Date: 2011
Valentine Pescatore, a volatile rookie Border Patrol agent, is trying to survive the trenches of The Line in San Diego. He gets in trouble and finds himself recruited as an informant by Isabel Puente, a beautiful U.S. agent investigating a powerful Mexican crime family. As he infiltrates the mafia, Pescatore falls in love with Puente.
- The Killer Is Dying
Author: Sallis, James
$ 23 ISBN: 9780802779458 Date: 2011
In what is at once a coming-of-age novel, a realistic crime novel, and a novel of the contemporary Southwest, The Killer Is Dying is above all the story of three men of vastly different age and background, and of the shape their lives take against the unforgiving sunlight and sprawl of America's fifth largest city, Phoenix.
- A Bitter Truth: Bess Crawford
Author: Todd, Charles
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062015709 Date: 2011
Trying to help a woman in distress, World War I nurse and accidental sleuth Bess Crawford learns that no good deed goes unpunished When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in. Once inside Bess's flat, the woman reveals that a quarrel with her husband erupted into violence, yet she wants to return home--if Bess will go with her to Sussex. Realizing that the woman is suffering from a concussion, Bess gives up a few precious days of leave to travel with her. But she soon discovers that this is a good deed with unforeseeable consequences. What Bess finds at Vixen Hill is a house of mourning. The woman's family has gathered for a memorial service for the elder son, who died of war wounds. Her husband, home on compassionate leave, is tense, tormented by jealousy and his own guilty conscience. Then, when a troubled houseguest is found dead, Bess herself becomes a prime suspect in the case. This murder will lead her to a dangerous quest in war-torn France, an unexpected ally, and a startling revelation that puts her in jeopardy before a vicious killer can be exposed. - Publisher Marketing
- Two for Sorrow: Josephine Tey
Author: Upson, Nicola
$ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061451584 Date: 2011
They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious "Finchley baby farmers," unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer. A young seamstress--an ex-convict determined to reform--has been found brutally slain in the studio of Tey's friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. Despite initial appearances, Inspector Archie Penrose is not convinced this murder is the result of a long-standing domestic feud--and a horrific accident involving a second young woman soon after supports his convictions. Now he and his friend Josephine must unmask a sadistic killer before more blood flows--as the repercussions of unthinkable crimes of the past reach out to destroy those left behind long after justice has been served. - Publisher Marketing
- The Keeper of Lost Causes
Author: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525952480 Date: 2011
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The Keeper of Lost Causes features a deeply flawed chief detective who's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest.
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- Jane and the Canterbury Tale: Jane Austen
Author: Barron, Stephanie
$ 15 ISBN: 9780553386714 Date: 2011
Three years after news of her scandalous husband's death, Adelaide Fiske is at the altar again, her groom a soldier on the Marquis of Wellington's staff. The prospects seem bright for one of the most notorious women in Kent--until Jane Austen discovers a corpse on the ancient Pilgrim's Way that runs through her brother Edward's estate. As First Magistrate for Canterbury, Edward is forced to investigate, with Jane as his reluctant assistant. But she rises to the challenge and leaves no stone unturned, discovering mysteries deeper than she could have anticipated. It seems that Adelaide's previous husband has returned for the new couple's nuptials--only this time, genuinely, profoundly dead. But when a second corpse appears beside the ancient Pilgrim's Way, Jane has no choice but to confront a murderer, lest the next corpse be her own. - Publisher Marketing
- A Mortal Terror: Billy Boyle
Author: Benn, James R.
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569479940 Date: 2011
In his time investigating crimes for both the Boston cops and General Ike's European forces, Lieutenant Billy Boyle hasn't encountered a serial killer. But now it looks like he may--a serial killer with a particularly frightening agenda. Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. Lieutenant Norman Landry was found behind a supply tent with his neck snapped. Captain Max Galante, MD, was strangled on the same night, and his body left in a garden outside HQ. The MOs are completely different, and it seems like the officers had no connection to each other, but one frightening fact links the murders: each body was discovered with a single playing card: the Lieutenant, the ten of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems to be clear--if the murderer isn't apprehended, the higher ranks will be next. Billy is sent to Italy for the investigation, which grows increasingly sinister. But he has other things on his mind, too. His girlfriend, Diana, is on a very dangerous spy mission, and Billy doesn't know when--or if--he'll see her again. To make matters worse, Billy's just learned that his baby brother, Danny, is being sent over to Europe as an infantry replacement, an incredibly dangerous assignment. And all around him, he sees GIs suffering from combat fatigue preparing for another battle. As the invasion at Anzio begins, Billy needs to keep a cool head amidst fear and terror as the killer calculates his next moves. - Publisher Marketing
- The Black Stiletto
Author: Benson, Raymond
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781608090204 Date: 2011
Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed, still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evil doers without mercy? But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out. Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto's old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well. - Publisher Marketing
- Naughty in Nice: Royal Spyness
Author: Bowen, Rhys
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780425243497 Date: 2011
Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at-recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice-as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino? - Publisher Marketing
Author: Brown, Jeremy
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9781605422251 Date: 2011
No head butts, groin strikes, eye gouges, or fishhooks. He'd go along with it, but heavyweight mixed martial artist Aaron "Woodshed" Wallace thinks they're taking all the fun out of fighting.Stuck on no-name cards for tiny organizations, Woody is trying to put his shady past behind him with help from his trainer and mentor, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Gil Hobbes. When Banzai Eddie Takanori--president of MMA's largest organization, Warrior Inc.--offers Woody a short-notice fight against a highly favored poster boy, Woody sees his shot at salvation. By the time Woody figures out he's just a pawn in a high-stakes game between psychopaths, he's in way too deep.Good thing he knows how to take a punch.And give a few back . . .
Author: Brown, Sandra
$ 26.99 ISBN: 9781455501472 Date: 2011
When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word. But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it -- at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society. - Publisher Marketing
- Feast Day of Fools
Author: Burke, James Lee
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9781451643114 Date: 2011
Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Hack's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors? - Publisher Marketing
- The Surrogate
Author: Carver, Tania
$25.95 ISBN: 9781605982564 Date: 2011
The arresting debut thriller, featuring a very different kind of serial killer, by international bestselling author Tania Carver.
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Author: Casey, Jane
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312614171 Date: 2011
A determined young police constable goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses in a series debut for fans of Sophie Hannah and Tana French. Suggested Reading: Debuts | Thrillers
Author: Colfer, Eoin
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590204634 Date: 2011
The long-awaited crime caper so outlandish, so maniacal, so wickedly funny, it could have only come from the mind that brought you Artemis Fowl. Lincoln McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly Linc's got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him and he still doesn't know what's going on. Bullets are flying, everybody's on the take and it all may be more than Linc's new hair plugs can handle. And Linc's got to find the guy who put in those hair plugs--or at least his body--and fast, or else he'll never get that voice out of his head. Head-spinning plot twists, breakneck pacing and some of the best banter this side of Elmore Leonard's Detroit, will keep you on the edge of your seat and itching for more. - Publisher Marketing
- The Race
Author: Cussler, Clive & Justin Scott
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399157813 Date: 2011
New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love. But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Dekker, Ted
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9781599953540 Date: 2011
- A Crack in Everything
Author: Gerst, Angela
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589441 Date: 2011
Politics, money, love . . . what could go wrong? Susan Callisto is pushing thirty and taking stock. Before she traded financial security at a Boston law firm for sandals and jeans in Waltham, she specialized in real estate law. Now she has reinvented herself as a political consultant for ordinary people seeking low-level office. Her income may be dicey, but Susan loves her new life--until her sometime boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict, dumps her without a goodbye. Not one to mope, Susan uses humor and perpetual motion to push away the pain. Susan's new world is one where politics can turn deadly and even love may not survive. So when local high roller Charles Renfrow offers her a huge retainer to advise his political campaign, Susan is wary. Why would a scientist stalking the human genome want to be mayor of a small Massachusetts town? Finding the answer takes Susan through a maze of toxic secrets including those floating around Renfrow's biotech company. On her way to confront him, Susan instead finds the body of his beautiful assistant. Assigned to the case, Michael reenters Susan's life. When Michael's suspicions settle on Roddie Baird, yet another, and favorite, of Susan's clients, Susan elbows her way into the investigation. She hopes to prove Michael wrong. As she probes--and lays her own life on the line--Susan uncovers a crack in everything.... - Publisher Marketing
- End of Days
Author: Gleason, Robert
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765329929 Date: 2011
Lydia Lozen Magruder--the great-granddaughter of a female Apache war-shaman--has seen visions of the End since childhood. She has constructed a massive ranch-fortress in the American Southwest, stocked with everything necessary to rebuild civilization. Now her visions are coming true. John Stone, once a baseball star and now a famous gonzo journalist, stumbled across a plan to blast humanity back to the stone age. Then he vanished. Lydia's only hope of tracking him down lies with her stubborn, globe-trotting daughter, Kate, Stone's former lover. Kate is about to step right into the plotters' crosshairs. Stone has been captured by a pair of twin Middle Eastern princesses, hell-bent on torturing him until he reveals all he knows. Meanwhile, a Russian general obsessed with nuclear Armageddon has also disappeared...as have eight or more of his Russian subs, armed with nuclear-tipped missiles. The world is armed for self-destruction. Who will survive? - Publisher Marketing
- Damage Control
Author: Hamilton, Denise
$ 26 ISBN: 9780743296748 Date: 2011
Critically acclaimed author Denise Hamilton weaves an engrossing story of teenage friendship and adult betrayal, featuring a high-powered crisis consultant who gets swept up in murder and scandal involving a wealthy political family. Maggie Silver is solidly middle class, with a mortgage to pay and an ill mother to support. She is doing her best to scramble up the ladder at an elite PR firm in Southern California whose clients include movie stars and famous athletes. Now, Maggie tackles her toughest client yet: Senator Henry Paxton, a distinguished statesman who also happens to be the father of Anabelle, Maggie's estranged best friend from high school. Senator Paxton's young female aide has been found murdered, and Maggie must run damage control to prevent the scandal from growing. Thrown back into the Paxtons' glamorous world, Maggie is unexpectedly flooded with memories from the stormy years in high school when her friendship with Anabelle was dramatically severed after a tragedy that neither of them has been able to forget. As Maggie gets further embroiled in the lives of the Paxtons, she realizes that the ties of her old friendship are stronger than she thinks. Riveting and suspense-filled, Damage Control examines our craving for celebrity and spectacle, and how far the bonds of friendship can stretch before they break forever. - Publisher Marketing
- A Secret Rage
Author: Harris, Charlaine
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727880260 Date: 2011
Back by popular demand – an early, critically-acclaimed novel from the author of the Southern Vampire series - Nickie Callahan is full of optimism when she moves to the sleepy town of Knolls, Tennessee. Her career as a New York City model may be over, but she plans to go back to college and become a writer. But the women of Knolls are not safe. There's a violent incident at the college – and then another. And as Nickie gets swept up in a string of brutal crimes, she must take matters of justice into her own hands if she is to keep hold of her new, promising life . . .
- Police and Thieves
Author: Hunt, James Patrick
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825072 Date: 2011
- Baited Blood
Author: Jaffarian, Sue Ann
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9780738723129 Date: 2011
Who's murdering vampires in Los Angeles and throwing the bodies into the Dedhams' pool? Each victim has been branded, a distinct mark that is the calling card of femme fatale vampire Ann Hayes. The contemptuous undead beauty declares her innocence, but can the vampires believe her? Has Ann returned to reclaim Doug Dedham, whom she once loved? Or is she being framed?Complicating matters are Madison's burgeoning feelings for both sexy vampire Colin Reddy and fellow "beater" detective Mike Notchey. The stakes have never been higher as Madison and the vampires race to solve the mystery and stop the killer.
- The Queen: Patrick Bowers
Author: James, Steven
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780800733032 Date: 2011
While investigating a double homicide in an isolated northern town, Special Agent Patrick Bowers uncovers a plot that will put his skills to the ultimate test.
- Motor City Shakedown
Author: Johnson, D.E.
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312644574 Date: 2011
Detroit, 1911. Seven months have passed since Will Anderson's friend Wesley McRae was brutally murdered and Will and the woman he loves, Elizabeth Hume, barely escaped with their lives. Will's hand, horribly disfigured from the sulfuric acid he used to help save them, causes him constant pain, forcing him into a morphine addiction. He lives for nothing except revenge against the people who contributed to Wesley's murder--first among them crime boss Vito Adamo. When Will stumbles upon the bloody body of Adamo's driver, he knows he'll be a suspect, particularly since he was spotted outside the dead man's apartment that same night. He sets out to find the killer, and the trail leads him to a vast conspiracy in an underworld populated by gangsters, union organizers, crooked cops, and lawyers. Worse, it places him directly in the middle of Detroit's first mob war. The Teamsters want a piece of Will's father's car company, Detroit Electric, and the Gianolla gang is there to be sure they get it. To save their families, Will and his ex-fiancee Elizabeth Hume enlist the help of Detroit Police Detective Riordan, the teenage members of what will one day be known as the Purple Gang, and Vito Adamo himself. They careen from one danger to the next, surviving shootouts, kidnappings, and police brutality, while barreling toward a devastating climax readers won't soon forget. - Publisher Marketing
- Pirate King: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Author: King, Laurie R.
$ 25 ISBN: 9780553807981 Date: 2011
In this latest adventure featuring the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films--where the pirates are real and the shooting isn't all done with cameras. In England's young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, at the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate rumors of criminal activities that swirl around Fflytte's popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation . . . or sink a boatload of careers. Nothing seems amiss until the enormous company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, where the thirteen blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell feels a building storm of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with secrets, ominous currents between the pirates, decks awash with budding romance--and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their dangerous outlaw leader. Plus, there's a spy on board. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout. - Publisher Marketing
- Northwest Angle
Author: Krueger, William Kent
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439153956 Date: 2011
Fans of Krueger will enjoy reading the next nail-biting suspense novel in his critically acclaimed, award-winning series, featuring private detective Cork O'Connor.
Author: Levine, Paul
$ 25 ISBN: 9780553806748 Date: 2011
Eighteen years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida's sex trade. Now he retraces her steps and runs head-on into a conspiracy of Miami's rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as dark as night and silent as the grave. In this tale of redemption and revenge, Edgar-nominated author Paul Levine delivers his most powerful thriller yet. Jake Lassiter, second-string linebacker turned low-rent lawyer, is cynical about the law, but if you hire him, he'll take a punch for you . . . and maybe a swing at the prosecutor, too. Amy Larkin--beautiful, angry, and mysterious--accuses Lassiter of involvement in the disappearance of her sister eighteen years earlier. What does Lassiter know about Krista Larkin, the runaway teen turned porn actress? More than he's saying. Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter follows the cold trail of the missing Krista and butts head with the powerful men who also knew her: a former porn king turned philanthropist, a slick Cuban-born prosecutor who'd love to be governor, and an aging mobster who once worked for the infamous Meyer Lansky. The evidence leads to a long-ago night of kinky sex, designer drugs--and possible murder. But before Lassiter can nail the truth, a gun goes off, a suspect falls dead, and Amy is charged with murder. The state has an eyewitness and a slam-dunk case. Lassiter has a client he doesn't trust and a case he can't win. Did Amy shoot the man who killed her sister? Or the wrong man? And what really happened to Krista? The answers, buried under years of deceit and corruption, are revealed in an explosive courtroom finale proving that rough justice is better than no justice at all. - Publisher Marketing
- The Big Goodbye
Author: Lister, Michael
$ 16.99 ISBN: 9781888146790 Date: 2011
Publisher Marketing: Someone is following Lauren Lewis.She ducks into the office of PI Jimmy Soldier Riley, not to hire him, but to find out if he's the one following her. Back when they were lovers he told her if he ever decided to, she'd never know he was there.It's 1940s Panama City, Florida. The world is at war, and the growing panhandle paradise is doing its part. Tyndall Field is training pilots. Wainwright Shipyard is building battleships. The Naval Section Base is protecting vessels in the Gulf. The Dixie Sherman Hotel is hosting celebrities such as Clark Gable. Harry Lewis, a wealthy banker, is running for mayor, unaware his wife is running for her life.With a secret to hide and a husband running for mayor in a city exploding and expanding like no other time in history, Lauren doesn't want trouble, but she's about to get a double-barrel full of it. Only one man can help her, and though it might destroy him, he doesn't mind. Better to die than be the walking wounded.The story of a guy, a girl, and a gun, The Big Goodbye is Florida Noir at its finest. - Publisher Marketing
- Wicked Autumn: Max Tudor
Author: Malliet, Gin
$ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312646974 Date: 2011
What could be more dangerous than cozy village life in the English countryside? Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play. Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with the tangled alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy surprises and confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone had probably fantasized about killing Wanda Batton-Smythe. As the investigation unfolds, Max becomes more intricately involved. Memories he'd rather not revisit are stirred, evoking the demons from the past which led him to Nether Monkslip. In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village--deliciously skewered--a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery. - Publisher Marketing
- L.A. Mental
Author: McMahon, Neil
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061340789 Date: 2011
A fast-paced psychological thriller from the heart of a city gone insane: America's myth-making capital, Los Angeles, has become a bedlam of murder, drugs, conspiracy, and obsession, and only one man has the power to put things right.
Author: Meyer, Deon
$ 24 ISBN: 9780802119933 Date: 2011
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Lemmer's first rule is: "Don't get involved." A highly skilled bodyguard with a violent, criminal past, he has settled into a quiet life in Loxton, South Africa, where the rural tranquility has helped to calm his explosive temper. But when a wealthy farmer asks for his help in smuggling a pair of rare black rhinos out of Zimbabwe (where they are murdered for their horns), he has a hard time saying no. Before he knows it, Lemmer is on a small airplane, zipping across the border, an airsickness bag in his hand and a military-grade shotgun at his feet. Soon, he will regret the trip very much. In Trackers, internationally-acclaimed thriller writer Deon Meyer expertly weaves together Lemmer's story with a missing person investigation and the machinations of a top intelligence agency. Wielding a phenomenal cast of characters, Meyer delves deep into the people, the breathtaking landscapes, and the politics and problems of this fascinating country. A #1 best-seller in South Africa, Trackers is an insightful novel that will take your breath away. `- Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: All Stars | Thrillers
- The Revisionists
Author: Mullen, Thomas
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316176729 Date: 2011
A fast-paced literary thriller that recalls dystopian classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, from the award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth. Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs. Zed's mission will disrupt the lives of a disgraced former CIA agent; a young Washington lawyer grieving over the loss of her brother, a soldier in Iraq; the oppressed employee of a foreign diplomat; and countless others. But will he finish his final mission before the present takes precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes? - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Literary Thrillers
- The Headhunters
Author: Nesbo, Jo
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9780307948687 Date: 2011
With Headhunters, Jo Nesbo has crafted a funny, dark, and twisted caper story worthy of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he's a master of his profession. But one career simply can't support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife's fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that's been lost since World War II--and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve's apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that's ever happened to Roger Brown. - Publisher Marketing
- Cold Cruel Winter
Author: Nickson, Chris
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9781780290058 Date: 2011
Second in the highly-acclaimed Richard Nottingham historical mystery series 1732. Richard Nottingham, Constable of the City of Leeds, is grieving the death of his daughter, but he must rouse himself from his lethargy when the body of wealthy wool merchant Samuel Graves is discovered, his throat slit, the skin razed from his back. Why would the killer want Graves' skin? When Nottingham receives a slim, bound volume entitled The Journal of a Wronged Man he discovers the shocking answer - and it hurls him into a desperate battle for survival against a ruthless killer with old scores to settle.
- The Cut
Author: Pelecanos, George P.
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316078429 Date: 2011
Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. The first in a new series of thrillers featuring Spero Lucas, The Cut is the latest confirmation of why Pelecanos is "perhaps America's greatest living crime writer" (Stephen King).
- The Dog Who Knew Too Much: Chet and Bernie
Author: Quinn, Spencer
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439157091 Date: 2011
Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at the Great Western Private Eye Convention, but it's Chet that the bigshot P.I. in charge has secret plans for. Meanwhile Chet and Bernie are hired to find a kid who has gone missing from a wilderness camp in the high country. The boy's mother thinks the boy's father--her ex--has snatched the boy, but Chet makes a find that sends the case in a new and dangerous direction. As if that weren't enough, matters get complicated at home when a stray puppy that looks suspiciously like Chet shows up. Affairs of the heart collide with a job that's never been tougher, requiring our two intrepid sleuths to depend on each other as never before. The Dog Who Knew Too Much is classic Spencer Quinn, offering page-turning entertainment that's not just for dog-lovers. - Publisher Marketing
- The Vault
Author: Rendell, Ruth
$ 26 ISBN:9781451624083 Date: 2011
From Ruth Rendell, "the reigning queen of crime fiction" (Time Out), a sequel to A Sight for Sore Eyes, one of her most beloved novels.
- The Elequence of Blood
Author: Rock, Judith
$ 15 ISBN: 9780425242971 Date: 2011
Christmas in Paris, 1686. The spirit of the season is shattered when Martine Mynette is murdered while trying to prove that she is the adopted daughter of the last surviving Mynette heir and thus claim her inheritance-money that the family otherwise intended to go to the Jesuit school, Louis le Grand. Now, with Jesuits being implicated in Martine's death, rhetoric teacher Charles du Luc will not rest until he finds her murderer... - Publisher Marketing
- Ghost Hero: Lydia Chin/Bill Smith
Author: Rozan, S.J.
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312544508 Date: 2011
American-Born Chinese PI Lydia Chin is called in on what appears to be a simple case. Jeff Dunbar, art world insider, wants her to track down a rumor. Contemporary Chinese painting is sizzling hot on the art scene and no one is hotter than Chau Chun, known as the Ghost Hero. A talented and celebrated ink painter, Chau's highly-prized work mixes classical forms and modern political commentary. The rumor of new paintings by Chau is shaking up the art world. There's only one problem - Ghost Hero Chau has been dead for twenty years, killed in the 1989 Tianamen Square uprising. But not only is Ghost Hero Chau long dead, but Lydia's client isn't who he claims to be either. And she's not the only PI hired to look for these paintings. Lydia and her partner, Bill Smith, soon learn that someone else - Jack Lee: PI, art expert, and, like Lydia, American Born Chinese - is also on the case. What starts as rumors over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more desperate - a high-stakes crisis the PI's will find themselves risking everything to resolve. - Publisher Marketing
- Mama Sees Stars: Mace Bauer
Author: Sharp, Deborah
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9780737826984 Date: 2011
My stars and garters--Hollywood has descended on little ol' Himmarshee, Florida. As animal wrangler for a cowboy film, Mace is on the set when she discovers the arrogant executive producer shot dead, his body on display in the horse corral. With everyone from spoiled starlets to conniving crew members cursing the man's name, who in blue blazes didn't want to kill Norman Sydney? As Mama's head swells to diva proportions, thanks to her miniscule movie role, Mace shines an unwelcome spotlight on the big-city film folk to reveal a killer. - Publisher Marketing
- Backlash: Monika Paniatowski
Author: Spencer, Sally
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880550 Date: 2011
The fourth book in the acclaimed new series featuring DCI Monika Paniatowski - DCI Monika Paniatowski has a bitter personal history with Chief Superintendent Kershaw, but that is not the only reason she doesn't want the investigation into the sudden disappearance of his wife, Elaine, landing on her desk. A young prostitute, Grace Meade, has also disappeared, and yet all resources are being channelled into Elaine's case alone. Monika determines to spend time finding Grace, but when a heavily mutilated body is discovered on the moors, it begins to look as if she has made the wrong decision.
- City of Secrets: Miranda Corbi
Author: Stanley, Kelli
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312603618 Date: 2011
When Pandora Blake is murdered at San Francisco's 1940 World Fair and her body marked with an anti-Semitic slur, Miranda is soon entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal that is only overshadowed by the threat of impending war. With a strong female protagonist more steel than silk and a mystery that will grip you until the last page, this sequel to the critically-acclaimed City of Dragons will appeal to fans of noir and historical mysteries. - Publisher Marketing
- Death of the Mantis: Detective Kubu
Author: Stanley, Michael
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062000378 Date: 2011
In the southern Kalahari area of Botswana--an arid landscape of legends that speak of lost cities, hidden wealth, and ancient gods--a fractious ranger named Monzo is found dying from a severe head wound in a dry ravine. Three Bushmen surround the doomed man, but are they his killers or there to help? Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is on the case, an investigation that his old school friend Khumanego claims is motivated by racist antagonism on the part of the local police. But when a second bizarre murder, and then a third, seem to point also to the nomadic tribe, the intrepid Kubu must journey into the depths of the Kalahari to uncover the truth. What he discovers there will test all his powers of detection . . . and his ability to remain alive. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Toyne, Simon
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062038302 Date: 2011
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One man's sacrifice shocks the world . . . One woman's courage threatens a conspiracy as old as humankind . . . And some will do anything--anything--to keep their secrets in the dark. Sanctus. A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is an event witnessed by the entire world. Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it's evidence that a revolution is at hand. For the Sancti, the cowled and secretive monks who live inside the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything they have built. They will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs, and they will break every law in every country and even kill to hold it fast. For American reporter Liv Adamsen, it spurs the memory of the beloved brother she lost years before, setting her on a journey across the world and into the heart of her own identity. There, she will make a discovery so shocking that it will change everything. . . . - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Black Diamond
Author: Walker, Martin
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307700148 Date: 2011
The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market--all of it threatening the Dordogne's truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benoit "Bruno" Courreges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno's investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn't just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agent--and someone wanted him dead. As the strange crimes continue, Bruno's detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafes, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiations--from all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworld--and reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, "bien sur, " many, many truffles) and a "soupcon" of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself. - Publisher Marketing
- Or the Bull Kills You
Author: Webster, Jason
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312581831 Date: 2011
An accomplished debut mystery set in the high-stakes and decidedly murky world of bullfighting in Valencia, Spain "Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you." Chief Inspector Max Camara thinks in proverbs, and he hates one thing above all: bullfighting. One hot afternoon in Valencia, however, he has to stand in for his boss, judging a festival corrida starring Spain's most famous young matador. That night, he is back in the bullring, and what he finds on the blood-stained sand shocks the city of Valencia to its core. Camara is roped into investigating a grisly murder while dealing with violent shadows from his own past, as well as confronting the suspiciousness of the bullfighting community and the stonewalling of local politicians in full electoral campaign. To top it all, Fallas, the loudest fiesta in the country, has just got underway. For Camara, it seems his problems have only just begun... - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- The Stranger You Seek
Author: Williams, Amanda Kyle
$ 25 ISBN: 9780553808070 Date: 2011
"The papers have called me a monster. You've either concluded that I am a braggart as well as a sadist or that I have a deep and driving need to be caught and punished. " In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex-FBI profiler Keye Street. "And you must certainly be wondering if I am, in fact, the stranger you seek." Keye was a rising young star at the Bureau until addiction derailed her career and her life. Now sober and fighting to stay so, Keye picks up jobs where she can get them: catching adulterers, serving subpoenas, chasing down bailjumpers, and dodging the occasional bullet. With multiple victims, little to go on, and an entire police force looking for direction, the last thing Keye wants is to be pulled into the firestorm of Atlanta's worst nightmare. "Shall I convince you?" And then it suddenly becomes clear that the hunter has become the hunted--and the stranger she seeks is far closer than she ever dared imagine. An electrifying thriller debut, The Stranger You Seek introduces a brash, flawed, and unforgettable heroine in a complex, twisting novel that takes readers deep into a sultry Southern summer, a city in the grips of chaos, and a harrowing cat-and-mouse game no reader will ever forget. - Publisher Marketing
- Twelve Drummers Drumming
Author: Benison, C.C.
$ 22 ISBN: 9780385344456 Date: 2011
Thornford Regis has never been lovelier. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese drum that's featured in the festivities has been viciously sliced open--and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the beautiful 19-year-old daughter of the choir director.
- The Night Strangers
Author: Bohjalian, Chris
$ 25 ISBN: 9780307394996 Date: 2011
- India Black and the Widow of Windsor
Author: Carr, Carol K.
$ 14 ISBN: 9780425243190 Date: 2011
When Queen Victoria attends a seance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen--and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands.
- The Affair: Reacher
Author: Child, Lee
$ 28 ISBN: 9780385344326 Date: 2011
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2011
Author: Coben, Harlan (edt)
$ 14.95 ISBN: 9780547553962 Date: 2011
- The Sandberg Connection
Author: De Castrique, Mark
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589410 Date: 2011
A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson: follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who's suing a surgeon for malpractice, and catch her in activities that undercut her claim. When Wainwright visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, N.C., and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he has the evidence needed to expose her--until he finds the woman semi-conscious and bleeding. Her final words: "It's the Sandburg verses. The Sandburg verses." As the first person to discover the dying woman, Sam becomes the prime suspect. When an autopsy reveals painkillers in her blood and solid proof of the surgeon's errors, Sam is left with the haunting questions: why did this suffering woman attempt to climb the mountain? Did someone cause her death? A break-in at the Wainwright farmhouse and the theft of Sandburg volumes convince Sam someone is seeking information worth killing for. But what did Pulitzer-Prize-winner Sandburg have in his literary collection that has inspired multiple murders? And who will be targeted next? This is the third installment in the Sam Blackman series. - Publisher Marketing
- I'll See You in My Dreams: Arthur Beauchamp
Author: Deverell, William
$ 29.95 ISBN: 9780771027161 Date: 2011
In his fifth in the bestselling, award-winning Arthur Beauchamp series finds the outwardly crusty, poetry-loving, wily old lawyer compelled, by new developments, to look back at his first -- and most disastrous -- murder trial. While renewing his annual try for the Most Points in Vegetables and Fruits at the Garibaldi Island Fall Fair, Arthur Beauchamp is forced by new developments to revisit his first murder trial, which went horribly wrong. Now, nearly 50 years later, he is opening old wounds but also facing a chance for redemption and reconciliation. - Publisher Marketing
- Murder on Music Row
Author: Dill, Stuart
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780895875655 Date: 2011
Twenty-three-year-old Judd Nix, an unpaid intern at the most prestigious personal management firm in country music, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when his boss and mentor, Simon Stills, offers him a temporary positionan opportunity that may just cost Judd his life.
- Murder in Lascaux
Author: Draine, Betsey & Michael Hinden
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780299284206 Date: 2011
The cave of Lascaux may be closed to the public, but five scholars a day are allowe inside, and Nora Barnes has finagled an appointment. True, she may have fudged a bit in her letter to the authorities, but she does teach art history, and she isn't about to miss her chance to see the world's most famous prehistoric paintings. Nora and her high-spirited husband, Toby, are visiting the Dordogne, in the southern French region of the Aquitaine. Aware that the Dordogne's renown for cave art is matched only by its reputation for delicious cuisine, the couple has also signed up for a cooking class at a nearby chateau, but they soon find that more than food is on their minds. During their tour of the cave, another visitor is murdered. When the local inspector pegs Nora and Toby as suspects, they embark on a mission to solve the crime, tracing strange links between a Cro-Magnon symbol and a thirteenth-century religious cult. As they match wits with the crusty inspector, Nora finds herself immersed in the notebooks of a forgotten artist who once lived in the chateau. In sifting through the artist's papers and uncovering old secrets, she begins to piece together the motives for the murder. But has she cooked up more trouble than she can handle? - Publisher Marketing
- Death at Christy Burke's
Author: Emery, Anne
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781550229882 Date: 2011
When spray-painted graffiti appears on the wall of Christy Burke's pub indicating that there's a killer on the premises, his grandson, Father Brennan Burke, is asked to investigate the vandalism. Though not at all keen on probing into the lives of the bar's clientele, he has little choice once a body is found on the property. Issuing orders from a cell in Mountjoy Prison, the pub's current owner wants the problem solved without the police anywhere near his building. Assisted by his pal Monty Collins and fellow priest Michael O'Flaherty, Brennan begins to uncover dark secrets worth killing for in the lives of the pub regulars. In addition to the events surrounding the pub, Brennan's murder investigation becomes overshadowed by ominous events in Belfast that may soon come home to roost in Dublin. Sinister figures are spotted in and around the pub, people are being followed in the street, and Brennan comes to possess explosive information that he cannot reveal to security forces. The situation compels him to take a hard look at Irish history and his family's place in it, and he can't shake the feeling that an act of violence in Northern Ireland is about to be avenged soon--and very close to home. - Publisher Marketing
- The Territory
Author: Fields, Tricia
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312613785 Date: 2011
Chief of Police Josie Gray faces Mexican drug cartels who have turned her Texas border-town into a battlefield in this compelling debut, the winner of the 2010 Hillerman Prize. Set in a desert landscape as beautiful as it is dangerous, The Territory captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
Author: Gavin, Rick
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312583187 Date: 2011
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Repo man Nick Reid will do anything to retrieve his landlady's stolen Ranchero in a wild race across the Mississippi Delta in this unforgettable series debut. Ranchero is a fantastic read for fans of Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block, and Carl Hiaasen.
Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
- Bad Moon Rising: Sam McCain
Author: Gorman, Ed
$ 25 ISBN: 9781605982601 Date: 2011
The murder of a wealthy young woman sparks a backlash against the hippie commune that has recently arrived in Black River Falls.
- A Florentine Death
Author: Giuttari, Michele
$ 12.95 ISBN: 9780349120065 Date: 2011
Author: Johansen, Iris
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780312651220 Date: 2011
When Eve Duncan gave birth to Bonnie, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Eve's entire life came into focus and nothing was going to stand in the way of giving her daughter a wonderful life--the kind of life she herself never experienced. And then, the unthinkable happened. On an ordinary class trip to a local park, seven-year-old Bonnie vanished.
- The End of Wasp Season
Author: Mina, Denise
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316069335 Date: 2011
When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread, and the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family. Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered. The community is stunned by what appears to be a vicious, random attack. When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, heavily pregnant with twins, is called in to investigate, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder. It's a web that will spiral through Alex's own home, the local community, and ultimately right back to a swinging rope, hundreds of miles away. The End of the Wasp Season is an accomplished, compelling and multi-layered novel about family's power of damage-and redemption.
- City of Whispers
Author: Muller, Marcia
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780446573337 Date: 2011
Private eye Sharon McCone receives an e-mail asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half-brother, Darcy Blackhawk, but he fails to reply to her response. As her search widens, Sharon uncovers a connection to an unsolved murder of a young woman who was heiress to a multi-million dollar fortune.
- Bad Moon
Author: Ritter, Todd
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312622817 Date: 2011
On the same night that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, nine-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him. After Perry Hollow Police Chief Jim Campbell found Charlie's bike caught up above a waterfall, he assumed the worse, and so did everyone else--except Charlie's mother.
- The Strange Death of Father Candy
Author: Roberts, Les
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312566333 Date: 2011
Vietnam veteran Dominick Candiotti has been long estranged from his family. But in 1985, his oldest brother Richard--beloved by every Italian Catholic in Youngstown as "Father Candy"--dies, and Dominick returns home for the funeral. Dominick is greatly disturbed by Richard's death, which has been ruled a suicide. Dissatisfied with this answer, he sets out to find the truth.
- The Tehran Initiative
Author: Rosenberg, Joel C.
$ 26.99 ISBN: 9781414319353 Date: 2011
With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran's nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers | Techno Thrillers
- The Killing Season: A Medieval Mystery
Author: Royal, Priscilla
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589472 Date: 2011
When Baron Herbert returns from crusade he grows increasingly morose and withdraws from his family. When his sons begin to die in strange accidents, questions are asked whether Herbert harbors a dark sin for which God has cursed him. The baron suddenly sends for Sir Hugh of Wynethorpe, begging his friend to bring spiritual and secular healers. Sir Hugh persuades his sister, Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal Priory, as well as a respected physician, Master Gamel, to accompany him. Although Sir Hugh is pleased when the prioress brings her healer, Sister Anne, he is surprised to find the mysterious Brother Thomas included. Tensions spark among family members and soon ignite too among those who came to help. Death's scythe harvests more victims, and it is not long before Ecclesiastes' grim words seem all too apt: there is a season for everything under heaven, including a time to kill. Is there also a time to heal? - Publisher Marketing
- Shock Wave
Author: Sandford, John
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399157691 Date: 2011
The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.
- A Double Death on the Black Isle
Author: Scott, A.D.
$ 15 ISBN: 9781439154946 Date: 2011
Two Women, Two Murders . . . A stunning and suspenseful story of families, betrayal, and a community divided. Nothing is ever quite at peace on Scotland's Black Isle--the Traveling people are forever at odds with the locals, the fishermen have nothing in common with the farmers, and the villages have no connection with the town. But when two deaths occur on the same day, involving the same families from the same estate--the Black Isle seems as forbidding as its name. Joanne Ross, typist at the Highland Gazette, is torn whether to take on the plum task of reporting on these murders--after all, the woman at the center of both crimes is one of her closest friends. Joanne knows the story could be her big break, and for a woman in the mid-1950s--a single mother, no less--good work is hard to come by. But the investigation by the staff on the Gazette reveals secrets that will forever change this quiet, remote part of the Highlands. The ancient feudal order is crumbling, loyalties are tested, friendships torn apart, and the sublime beauty of the landscape will never seem peaceful again. - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Traditional British
- Hell and Gone
Author: Swierczynski, Duane
$14.95 ISBN: 9780316133296 Date: 2011
After barely walking away with his life from a shootout that will go down in Hollywood history, ex-cop Charlie Hardie discovers things can, in fact, get even worse. He is kidnapped by a team of undercover operatives and forced to stand guard over an underground prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth. Or so he's told.
- Blood Daughters: Romilla Chacon
Author: Villatoro, Marcos M.
$ 18.95 ISBN: 9781597094269 Date: 2011
A child dies on the border between California and Mexico. This is nothing new: immigrants die crossing the border all the time, escaping from poverty and violence in Latin America. They bake in the desert. But this death is different. Someone has taken body parts from the child. FBI Agent Romilia Chacon, a Salvadoran American, follows this case into a world that swallows her with its horror, a world that exists alongside ours, where children are bought and sold like cattle and shipped to men all across the country. The dealers in this blackest of markets have no moral barometer, only a lust for cash. And one among them has taken murder to a level beyond serial killing. Romilia comes to this case already broken: the man she loved and yet had to hunt--drug runner Tekun Uman, a regular on the FBI's Most Wanted List--is gone. Romilia has two friends, her partner Nancy Pearl--who lives a double life between the Feds and the cartels--and a bottle of booze. Romilia's mother is on her back to get sober; her son drifts further and further away. And the killer is taking away pieces of Romilia's life, day by day. - Publisher Marketing
- The Outlaw Album
Author: Woodrell, Daniel
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316057561 Date: 2011
The author of the celebrated novel Winter's Bone--which became an Academy Award]-nominated film--brings readers 12 timeless tales of those on the fringes of society.
- I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: Flavia de Luce
Author: Bradley, Alan
$ 23 ISBN: 9780385344012 Date: 2011
It's Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce--an 11-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving--is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces' decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.
- The Drop
Author: Connelly, Michael
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316069410 Date: 2011
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder case matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab?
- The Ionia Sanction
Author: Corby, Gary
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312599010 Date: 2011
Athens, 460 B.C. Life's tough for Nicolaos, the only investigating agent in ancient Athens. His girlfriend's left him and his boss wants to fire him. But when an Athenian official is murdered, the brilliant statesman Pericles has no choice but to put Nico on the job. The case takes Nico, in the company of a beautiful slave girl, to the land of Ionia within the Persian Empire. The Persians will execute him on the spot if they think he's a spy. Beyond that, there are only a few minor problems: He's being chased by brigands who are only waiting for the right price before they kill him. Somehow he has to placate his girlfriend, who is very angry about that slave girl. He must meet Themistocles, the military genius who saved Greece during the Persian Wars, and then defected to the hated enemy. And to solve the crime, Nico must uncover a secret that could not only destroy Athens, but will force him to choose between love, and ambition, and his own life. - Publisher Marketing
- Templar Magician
Author: Doherty, P.C.
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312675028 Date: 2011
The year is 1152, and Jerusalem is still in the hands of the Crusaders, although the lofty ideals of before have now been replaced by subtle power play. Meanwhile, in England, King Stephen is waging bloody war against Henry Fitzempress. And the Templar Order, now 50 years old, is a wealthy power, glittering with tempting riches.
- A Burial at Sea
Author: Finch, Charles
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312625085 Date: 2011
Charles Lenox, member of Parliament, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government. When an officer is savagely murdered, however, Lenox is drawn toward his old profession, determined to capture another killer.
- V is for Vengeance
Author: Grafton, Sue
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399157868 Date: 2011
A woman with a murky past who kills herself. A dying old man. A lovely woman. A professional shoplifting ring. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband. A spoiled kid. A lonely widower. An elegant but ruthless businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law: the spider at the center of the web. And in the middle of it all is Kinsey Millhone, whose 38th-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose.
- Breaking Point
Author: Haynes, Dana
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312599898 Date: 2011
In a compelling thriller that goes from the streets of Spain to the mountains of the western United States--to the heart of the dark, hidden corridors of power where there are dangerous secrets that few suspect and fewer know--the Crashers are literally dropped in the middle of a case that neither starts, nor ends, with a plane crash with some of their own on-board.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- Of Beasts and Beings
Author: Holding, Ian
$ 15 ISBN: 9781609450540 Date: 2011
In this searing and timely novel, the devastating effects of a country's economic and moral collapse provide the backdrop for a story about individual fortitude and conscience. This powerful story alternates with the tale of a white schoolteacher who, embittered by the horrific state of his country, is preparing to leave. Before he can do so he must confront his own demons and personal failings.
- The House of Silk
Author: Horowitz, Anthony
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316196994 Date: 2011
For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Sherlock Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.
Author: James, Bill
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9781780290126 Date: 2011
After the dreadful business when his son and wife were shot, Mansel Shale has turned to God - leaving DCS Colin Harpur with a potential problem. Instead of keeping a grip on his profitable drugs empire, Shale has abandoned that sphere of commerce, leaving his business in the hands of an inexperienced assistant who is reputed to occasionally hallucinate about the Spanish Civil War. Harpur can see the possibility of protracted, warring viciousness on the horizon, and it is clear that something must be done . . .
- Dead Man's Grip
Author: James, Peter
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312642839 Date: 2011
Carly Chase is still traumatized 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
- Death of a Radical
Author: Jenkins, Rebecca
$ 12.95 ISBN: 9781849162333 Date: 2011
In the second outing of this Regency mystery series, Raif Jarrett wrestles with family problems, industrial unrest, and murder while trying to keep the secrets of his past from resurfacing Raif Jarrett is settling into his role as the Duke of Penrith's agent in the town of Woolbridge in Durham. As the Easter fairs come to town, markets where everything from ribbons to cattle is traded, the town readies itself for upheaval. The local mills are bringing in machinery, which will increase production, but jobs will be lost. As a group of radicals protest the plight of the workers and one of the judges brings in the military as a precaution, it seems the town of Woolbridge is headed for trouble. When Raif's young cousin comes to stay and gets involved, Raif will be forced to act to keep his family safe and his town intact. Soon enough a salesman lies dead in his bed and a radical is brutally murdered out on the hillsides. All the while, the lovely Henrietta Lonsdale continues to capture Raif's imagination, but a visit from an old flame is sure to ruffle the lady's feathers. - Publisher Marketing
- The Boy in the Suitcase: Nina Borg
Author: Kaaberbol, Lene
$ 24 ISBN: 9781569479810 Date: 2011
Nina Borg is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help--even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
- A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
Author: King, Laurie R. (edt)
$ 29.95 ISBN: 9781590585498 Date: 2011
What would happen if you asked eighteen top writers who don't normally write about Sherlock Holmes, to write about Sherlock Holmes? What if you wrote to them, saying: "In 19th century England, a new kind of hero--a consulting detective--blossomed in the mind of an underemployed doctor and ignited the world's imagination. In the thirteen decades since "A Study in Scarlet "first appeared, countless variations on that theme have been played, from Mary Russell to Greg House, from 'Basil of Baker Street' to the new BBC Holmes-in-the-Internet-age.""We suspect that you have in the back of your mind a story that plays a variation on the Holmes theme...."" "And what if these great writers read that proposal and decided that yes, they did have that kind of tale in the back of their minds? The result is "A Study in Sherlock, Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon," with stories by Alan Bradley, Tony Broadbent, Jan Burke, Lionel Chetwynd, Lee Child, Colin Cotterill, Neil Gaiman, Laura Lippman, Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon, Phillip and Jerry Margolin, Margaret Maron, Thomas Perry, S. J. Rozan, Dana Stabenow, Charles Todd, and Jacqueline Winspear. - Publisher Marketing
- Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories
Author: Mortimer, John
$ 30 ISBN: 9780670023066 Date: 2011
A wonderful collection starring the world's most beloved barrister, Forever Rumpole brings together 14 of Rumpole's most entertaining adventures, together with a fragment of a new story. Rumpole is never less than delightful and this new collection is a fitting tribute to an indelible character and his remarkable creator.
- New Jersey Noir
Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781617750342 Date: 2011
Jonathan Safran Foer and Robert Pinsky join Joyce Carol Oates and other illustrious writers to explore Jersey noir.
- Mozart's Last Aria
Author: Rees, Matt
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062015860 Date: 2011
Mozart's estranged sister, Madame Maria Anna Berchtold von Sonnenburg (called Nannerl by her family), travels to Vienna to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her brother's sudden death.
- Chalice of Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
Author: Tremayne, Peter
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312551216 Date: 2011
When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell in the Abbey of Lios Mor, fear spreads among his brethren. Abbot Iarnla insists on sending for Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf to investigate the killing. But even before they reach the abbey walls, there is an attempt on their lives.
- An Uncertain Place: Commissaire Adamsberg
Author: Vargas, Fred
$ 15 ISBN: 9780143120049 Date: 2011
When Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is called to the scene of a ghastly and highly unusual murder, he thinks it can't have anything to do with the nine pairs of shoes and severed feet discovered outside of London's Highgate Cemetery just a few days earlier. With the help of the murdered man's gifted physician, Adamsberg delves into the victim's disturbed psyche.
- Getting Lucky
Author: Brod, D.C.
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781440531989 Date: 2011
When a young reporter is killed in a hit and run accident, freelance writer Robyn Guthrie agrees to finish one of the stories the reporter had been writing for the local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it seems when she finds out about shady land deals, an old high school nemesis, and Robyn's aging mother.
- Hurt Machine: Moe Prager
Author: Coleman, Reed Farrel
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781440531996 Date: 2011
The seventh book in the award winning Moe Prager mystery series.
- Slash and Burn: Dr Siri Paiboun
Author: Cotterill, Colin
$ 25 ISBN: 9781616951160 Date: 2011
Retirement is not in the cards for Dr. Siri after all. He's dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of U.S. fighter pilot who went down in the remote northern Lao jungle 10 years earlier.
- Egypt: The Book of Chaos
Author: Drake, Nick
$24.99 ISBN: 9780060765941 Date: 2011
In this third and final installment of Drake's acclaimed Ancient Egyptian trilogy, chief detective Rahotep returns to undertake a top-secret mission on behalf of the queen, and the future of Egypt depends upon his success.
- A Vine in the Blood: Chief Inspector Mario Silva
Author: Gage, Leighton
$ 24 ISBN: 9781616950040 Date: 2011
It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe's premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. All eyes are on the country's principal striker, Tico "The Artist" Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil's bitter rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico's mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back. Suspects aren't lacking. Among them are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game; the star's gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life; his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico's place; and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex--but entirely unexpected"--
- Deed of Murder
Author: Harrison, Cora
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880710 Date: 2011
The enthralling new Burren mystery . . . April 1511, Ireland. Mara, Brehon of the Burren, is celebrating the christening of her son when she notices that three of her law students have disappeared from the party. The next morning, one of them is found dead on a lone mountain pass with suspicious wounds. He was carrying an important legal document that has now disappeared. But why did he choose to deliver it during the night, and what of the two other missing students? Mara must uncover the truth - and it at first seems that the stolen deed holds all the answers . . .
- 1222: Hanne Wilshelmsen
Author: Holt, Anne
$ 25 ISBN: 9781451634716 Date: 2011
From Norway's bestselling crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery set in an isolated hotel where guests who are stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin turning up dead.
- Death at the Wedding Feast: John Rawlings
Author: Lake, Deryn
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880864 Date: 2011
Apothecary John Rawlings has travelled to Devon to be by the side of his mistress, Elizabeth di Lorenzi, who is due to give birth to their child. Leaving his shop - and his new carbonated water business - in good hands, John is presented with a surprise on his arrival at Sidmouth Bay. While Elizabeth is recuperating, he learns that Lady Sidmouth's daughter, Miranda, is to marry the elderly Earl of St Austell, who is fifty-four years her senior and has a cruel reputation. As the wedding day approaches, John feels increasingly uneasy, and before too long his worst forebodings are realized . . .
- Mr Kill: Sergeants Sueno & Bascom
Author: Limon, Martin
$ 24 ISBN: 9781569479346 Date: 2011
On a crowded train from Pusan to Seoul, the brutal rape of a young mother sparks rage on the powder-keg peninsula of Korea, pitting Koreans against Americans. Delay causes more tragedy--and this time murder--and sets off a frantic search for a killer that stretches from the sizzling hot Demilitarized Zone to the cold waters of the Yellow Sea.
- El Gavilan
Author: McDonald, Craig
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781440531910 Date: 2011
- When the Devil Drives: Liberty Lane
Author: Peacock, Caro (Gilllian Linscott)
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9781780290119 Date: 2011
Autumn, 1839. As the London nights darken, rumours spread about the devil's chariot, which preys on young women walking alone at night. Novice private investigator Liberty Lane has no time for such horror stories, so when a poetic young man begs her to find his missing fiancee, she accepts, suspecting there is a more prosaic explanation. Meanwhile, she is engaged to help prevent a royal scandal involving Prince Albert's worldlier brother, Prince Ernest. Liberty begins work on both cases, but when young women begin showing up dead, the tales of the devil's chariot don't seem so ridiculous any more.
- The Innocent: Vanessa Michael Munroe
Author: Stevens, Taylor
$ 24 ISBN: 9780307717122 Date: 2011
Stevens returns with another blockbuster thriller featuring the fearless Vanessa Michael Munroe. Tautly written, brilliantly paced, and with the same evocation of the exotic combined with chilling violence that made The Informationist such a success.
Suggested Reading: Thrillers
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