All of America is watching when a sniper’s bullet cuts down presidential hopeful James Kilcannon. As the nation rises up in outrage, one lawyer is bold enough to represent the Vietnam veteran accused of firing the fatal shot. Tony Lord has never shied away from a fight, and he will do whatever it takes to get his client a fair trial.
A year later, tragedy strikes Kilcannon’s rock-star girlfriend, Stacy Tarrant. Her assistant is kidnapped by a masked terrorist known as Phoenix, who threatens to execute him on live television unless he meets Phoenix’s demands. As Tony helps Stacy through the ordeal, he discovers that Phoenix has connections to the Kilcannon slaying and intends to mount his own televised trial—in which Tony and Stacy are the defendants and Phoenix is the executioner.
A New York Times Editors' Choice
A September 2015 Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book of 2015, Fall/Winter
One of USA Today's "New and Noteworthy"
One of New York Post's "Must-Read" Books
One of Cosmopolitan's "24 Books to Read this Fall"
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
“A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
Check out the brand-new Kopp sisters adventure Lady Copy Makes Trouble available now!
A Best Book of the Year, London Times and Daily Mail | An Exceptional Novel, Sunday Times
Best Book of the Year, British Book Industry Awards | A Best Summer Book, Publishers Weekly
“The terrors of this novel feel timeless . . . There are abominations here, and miracles.”—New York Times Book Review
“An amazing piece of fiction.”—Stephen King
“Completely terrifying.”—Paula Hawkins | “Vibrantly written.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Stunning” —Jeff VanderMeer
When Smith was a boy, he and his family went on an Easter pilgrimage with their local parish to the Loney, a bleak stretch of the English coastline, to visit an ancient shrine, in search of healing for Smith’s disabled brother. But the locals were none too pleased to welcome them, and the two brothers soon became entangled in a troubling morass of dangerous rituals. For years after, Smith carries the burden of what happened that spring. And when he hears that the body of a young child has been found during a storm at the Loney, he’s forced to reckon with his darkest secrets, no matter the cost. “The masterpiece by which Hurley will enter the Guild of the Gothic” (Guardian), The Loney marks the arrival of a remarkable new talent.
“Fans of Shirley Jackson are sure to savor . . . Tight, suspenseful writing makes this masterful novel unsettling in the most compelling way.”—Washington Post
In 1945, as the Allies closed in on war-ravaged Berlin, Hitler’s personal secretary, Martin Bormann, made his escape. Since that fateful day, Bormann’s story has been shrouded in mystery.Thirty-one years later, a journalist has begun to finally piece together Bormann’s cunning getaway. His electrifying investigation exposes the unwitting role of five Allied POWs in Bormann’s escape plot as the Nazi regime crumbled. Now, with help from a surviving POW, this journalist follows history’s twists and turns to a final, shocking conclusion.
Jenna Hughes had received twisted fan mail beforeÑit was one of the reasons sheÕd moved herself and her two daughters from Hollywood to rural Oregon. But the letters arriving at her isolated farm are different, disturbingly personalÑand coming from somewhere far too close for comfort. And when a dead woman is found in the woods nearby, Jenna fears that bringing her family here was a terrible mistake. Because each snowfall brings another missing womanÑeach of whom bears a striking resemblance to JennaÉ
ÒThe crisp, skillful language infuses every sentence with suspenseÉthis chilling novel about the high price of fame will keep readers riveted.Ó--Publishers Weekly
A blighted memory. A child who seems never to have existed. A watcher in the shadows.
When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girlÍs existence.
ItÍs clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdownor is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughterÍs voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?
As EvieÍs grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure whoÍs been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agendaand perhaps their own twisted version of reality.
Praise for the novels of Debbie Howells
ñA terrific new talent.î New York Times bestselling author Peter James
ñAn intriguing dark psychological thrillertruly brilliant!î Lisa Jackson
ñHas been compared to Alice SeboldÍsæThe Lovely Bones. Unusual and haunting.îæ Library Journal
ñCreepy-deliciousa super-quick read, good domestic suspense with a bit of woo-woo.
The English village setting was an extra perk!î Liz French, Senior Editor,æLJ Reviews
ñHeartbreaking yet utterly compelling...a memorable debut.î Sam Hayes, author ofæBlood Ties
ñA brilliantly twisty read that delves deep into the dark heart of the seemingly perfect family.î Tammy Cohen, author ofæFirst One Missing
ñA combination of lyrical writing and smart mystery. It's a winner.î Sandra Block, author of The Girl Without a Name
ñAn intelligent thriller.... Written with heart and real depth, and with some real hand-over-mouth moments.î --Rachael Lucas, author of Coming Up Roses
ñCompellingHowells has a knack for conveying authentic emotion.îæ --Publishers Weekly
“Hypnotic and glowing.” — New York Times Book Review
“An intriguing mystery with clues, suspense, enigmas galore, and an exhilarating, witty, poignant paean to the unexplainable, the unsolvable, the irreducibly mysterious.”
— Boston Globe
Ruth and Nat are seventeen. They are orphans. And they may be able to talk to the dead. Enter Mr. Bell, a con man with his own mystical interests. Together they embark on an unexpected journey that connects meteor sites, utopian communities, lost mothers, and a scar that maps its way across Ruth’s face.
Decades later and after years of absence, Ruth visits her niece, Cora. But while Ruth used to speak to the dead, she now won’t speak at all. She leads Cora on a mysterious mission that involves crossing the entire state of New York on foot. Where is she taking them? And who—or what—is hidden in the woods at the end of the road?
“An escapist adventure, a gothic page-turner that is also so finely crafted that you’ll feel enriched as well as transported for having read it.” — Esquire
“An American gothic fever dream.” — Chicago Tribune
“Gripping.” — The New Yorker
Walking home on a foggy night, Marly Shaw stops in the glare of approaching headlights. Two men step out of a pickup truck. One of them is her stepfather. A sudden, desperate chase erupts in gunshots. Both men are left dead. And a terrified girl is on the runÑfor the rest of her life . . .
Thirteen years later, human bones discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California are linked to a mother and son from Central New York. Santa Clara County SheriffÕs Detective Vanessa Alba and her partner, Jack Wong, dive into an investigation that lures them deep into the Finger Lakes. They find a community silenced by the brutal grip of a powerful family bound by a twisted sense of blood and honor, whose dark secrets still haunt the one family member who thought she got away . . .
ÒHeld me captive from the first page to the last. Vivid settings and strength of character kept me reading late, late into the night, to an ending I never expected.Ó ÑTaylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist
ÒBickford's tale of revenge, the dark reach and power of generational crime and violence, and of two brave and bright girls who become capable, fearless women is gripping, chilling, and original. Add in a keen, exacting eye for character and place that transcends ÔgenreÕ and A Short Time to Die is sure to stay with you for a long, long time.Ó Ñ Eric Rickstad, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girls and Lie in Wait
“Reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel.”—CNN
“What would you get if that punkish dragon girl Lisbeth Salander met up with Jim Sallis’s Lew Griffin walking the back streets of New Orleans? Or Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone transformed herself into a tattooed magnolia driving a 4x4? Clare DeWitt, that’s what you’d get . . . DeWitt’s mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
This knock-out start to a bracingly original new series features Claire DeWitt, the world’s greatest PI—at least, that's what she calls herself. A one-time teen detective in Brooklyn, she is a follower of the esoteric French detective Jacques Silette, whose mysterious handbook Détection inspired Claire’s unusual practices. Claire also has deep roots in New Orleans, where she was mentored by Silette’s student the brilliant Constance Darling—until Darling was murdered. When a respected DA goes missing she returns to the hurricane-ravaged city to find out why.
“The hard-living, wisecracking titular detective bounces around post-Katrina New Orleans trying to track down a missing prosecutor in this auspicious debut of a new mystery series—and the Big Easy is every bit her equal in sass and flavor.”—Elle
“Reminds me why I fell in love with the genre.”—Laura Lippman
"I love this book!" -- Sue Grafton
Bill Gansert thrived during World War II. An industrial genius, he mobilized millions of men and machines for the fight against fascism, but when the war is through, he’s cut adrift. Unmoored in a country that doesn’t need him anymore, Gansert takes to the sea, embarking on an adventure that will take him to the ends of the earth—and show him the desperate treachery that lies within man’s soul.
It’s been ten years since adventurer George Farnell disappeared after setting out to make his fortune in the frozen wilds of Norway. Two lines of poetry and a shard of rock are all that remain of him, and only Gansert has the wit to understand Farnell’s final discovery—and the daring to seize it for his own. With a small crew, he sets out for the Arctic Circle to a whaling station in the icy shadows of the mountain known as Blue Ice, where he will make his fortune anew—or be destroyed by his own poisonous ambition.
Inspired by author Hammond Innes’s travels among the whalers of Norway, The Blue Ice is a story of hard-driving adventure as only the acclaimed writer of Atlantic Fury, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, and other classics could tell it.
An Argentine playboy races down the darkened alleys of Buenos Aires, a German on his tail. He darts into a steamy tango hall and begs one of the dancers for refuge, but his pursuer is unshakable. The German leaves with the scrap of information that had been destined for the Americans. The playboy was a spy for the Allies, known as Raven.
American polo player Charles Stewart is sent to discover who the Raven’s source was. A secret agent in a time before the CIA, he wants to be on the front lines in Europe, not in the back alleys of Buenos Aires. But the Nazis have engineered a plot to turn Argentina toward their cause—and with it, all of South America. The world’s destiny will be decided in the land of tango, and Stewart, mingling with Argentine high society, will be the one leading the dance.
War of the Raven was selected by the American Library Association as one of the 100 Best Books ever written about World War II.
“Smith’s excellent command of language gives life to arresting characters and their creepy surroundings, keeping the suspense in this dark environmental thriller running high.”—Elle
It has been twenty years since Lucie Bowen left the islands—when the May Day Quake shattered thousands of lives; when Lucie’s father disappeared in an explosion at the Marrow Island oil refinery, a tragedy that destroyed the island’s ecosystem; and when Lucie and her best friend, Katie, were just Puget Sound children hoping to survive.
Now, Katie writes with strange and miraculous news. Marrow Island is no longer uninhabitable and no longer abandoned. She is part of a community that has managed to conjure life again from Marrow’s soil. Lucie returns. Her journalist instincts tell her there’s more to this mysterious “Colony” and their charismatic leader—a former nun with an all-consuming plan—than its members want her to know. As she uncovers their secrets, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? And what price will she pay for the truth?
“Beautifully wrought.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Engrossing and atmospheric, a thorny meditation on environmental responsibility with a big haunted heart.”—Laura van den Berg,Miami Herald
Grace Dearden is a woman so beautiful and virtuous that no one would dare question her excellence or standing in the community. When Grace disappears—seemingly evaporating into the eerie Norfolk marshes—and police investigations fail to find her, her husband, Will, enlists the help of longtime friend and criminal lawyer Alexandra O’Neill—who will stop at nothing to uncover the secret of Grace Dearden’s disappearance.
A tale of politics and scandal, adultery and betrayal, this thriller—perfect for fans of Gone Girl—delights in unlocking a deep family secret that has plagued the Deardens for years.
Forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties. She lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy.
Is it the same killer? Or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?
While exploring the polar expanse for an oil company, geologist Lew McCardle discovers something remarkable: a body encased in the ice. Even more remarkable, the skills of a Russian researcher bring the man miraculously back to life.
This strange visitor from the distant past has an amazing story to tell. With the help of a Nordic nun who translates from his native Latin, Lucius Aurelius Eugenianus reveals that in the era of Domitian he was a champion in the ancient Roman Coliseum, a gladiator known far and wide as the greatest of all time. But now the warrior Eugeni must readjust to this new world, with its bizarre customs, hidden traps, and geopolitical and moral complexities, as he struggles to come to terms with painful memories of loves and glories lost, and the bloodthirsty imperial politics and heartbreaking betrayals that ultimately led him to this time and place.
An ingenious amalgam of science fiction, fantasy, and history, Richard Ben Sapir’s The Far Arena is a breathtaking work of literary invention, at once thrilling, poignant, and thought-provoking.
“The best kind of mystery, the kind that never stops haunting you.” — Entertainment Weekly
“A work of melancholic beauty . . . Sincere, shattering, magnificent.” — L’Express
In the stillness of his Paris apartment, Jean Daragane has built a life of total solitude. Then a surprising phone call shatters the silence of an unusually hot September, and the threatening voice on the other end of the line leaves Daragane wary but irresistibly curious. Almost at once, he finds himself entangled with a shady gambler and a beautiful, fragile young woman, who draw Daragane into the mystery of a decades-old murder. The investigation will force him to confront the memory of a trauma he had all but buried. This masterly novel penetrates the deepest enigmas of identity and compels us to ask whether we ever know who we truly are.
“Moody . . . Lyrical . . . A pleasure.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A writer unlike any other and a worthy recipient of the Nobel.” — Wall Street Journal
Critically acclaimed across Europe, Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer novels are masterfully constructed, psychologically convincing, and compulsively readable. They evoke a world that is at once profoundly disturbing and terrifyingly familiar.
"Clever, immensely likeable...Captivating." —The Wall Street Journal
In the first installment of a compelling new series by Elly Griffiths featuring Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magnificent Max Mephisto, a band of magicians who served together in World War II track a killer who’s performing their deadly tricks.
Brighton, 1950. The body of a girl is found cut into three pieces. Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is convinced the killer is mimicking a famous magic trick—the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old war friend of Edgar’s. They served together in a shadowy unit called the Magic Men, a special ops troop that used stage tricks to confound the enemy. Max is on the traveling show circuit, touring seaside towns with ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. He’s reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate, but advises him to identify the victim quickly — it takes a special sidekick to do the Zig Zag Girl. Those words come back to haunt Max when the dead girl turns out to be Ethel, one of his best assistants to date. He’s soon at Edgar’s side, hunting for Ethel’s killer. Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max are sure the answer to the murders lies in their army days. And when Edgar receives a letter warning of another “trick” on the way — the Wolf Trap — he knows they’re all in the killer’s sights.
Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced coupleÕs five-year-old daughter if he doesnÕt pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of EdinburghÑa city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.
Praise for Amy M. ReadeÕs Secrets of Hallstead House
ÒDanger, mystery, a brave but resilient heroine, and a hero at her side, coupled with a house that is almost a character in its own right: these classic gothic romances are all to be found in Amy ReadeÕs debut novel.ÓÊ __heroesandheartbreakers.com
After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of twenty-five, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer’s untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking. Alex dives headfirst into a hunt for the priceless object.
What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. Not just a lost treasure, it’s something far more insidious: a weapon that could bring the developed world to its knees. Alex races through subterranean grottos, freezing morgues, and hidden cellars in the dark underbelly of Los Angeles, desperate to find the Florentine before it falls into the wrong hands. Because if nefarious forces find it first, there’ll be nothing Alex—or anyone else—can do to prevent a catastrophic attack.
Leading security specialist Carey Nachenberg delivers expert technical details in this gripping, highly entertaining cyber thrill ride—perfect for fans of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson.
A prostitute lies strangled in a seedy French Quarter hotel room. Miles away, in a rambling plantation house on the sultry shores of Lake Ponchartrain, popular late-night radio host Dr. Samantha Leeds receives a threatening crank call. All in a day's work for a celebrity. Who would think to link the two?
Then Another. . .
A second hooker's corpse turns up. Samantha's ominous caller persists, along with a mysterious claiming to be a woman from her past--a woman who's been dead for years. With Detective Rick Bentz convinced that the serial killer prowling the shadowy streets of New Orleans is somebody close to Samantha, she doesn't dare trust anyone. Especially not Ty Wheeler, her seductive new neighbor who seems to know more about her than a stranger should.
. . .And Another
Somebody has discovered Samantha's darkest secret. Somebody is convinced that lives must be sacrificed to pay for her sins. So far, the victims have been strangers. But as a cunning, cold-blooded killer grows bolder, Samantha wonders in dread if she will be the next to die. . .
Roger Taine purchased the shooting rights on 450 acres of Dorset farmland in order to commune with nature and secure fresh game for his family’s dinner table. But during a fateful October rabbit hunt, Taine’s attempt to teach a lesson to a pair of suspected poachers takes a tragic, unexpected turn, leaving one man lying dead in the evening’s chill. Fearing a manslaughter charge and a possible prison sentence, the salesman and former British Army colonel panics, disposing of the body before returning home to await the inevitable arrival of police investigators. But they never come. Instead, Taine finds that his rash actions and their deadly unintended consequences have pulled him into the heart of an international conspiracy of espionage and terror.
Suddenly Roger Taine is a man on the run, encountering death all along the way, in a race against time to prevent the rise of what may well be the greatest threat to the European continent since the fall of the Third Reich.
A gripping tale of suspense, intrigue, and adventure, A Rough Shoot is a nonstop thrill ride with surprises waiting around every hairpin turn—a classic thriller in the Alfred Hitchcock vein that will keep readers riveted until the final word.
Psychiatrist Louis Finney is still haunted by nightmares stemming from the work in mind control and psychological conditioning he helped to pioneer for the US government years ago. But when he is asked by his dying mentor to help with the questioning of Ali Zattout, an al-Qaeda operative, Finney finds he cannot refuse.
Charismatic, intelligent, and unexpectedly cooperative, Zattout possesses information his masters in the Middle East cannot allow him to reveal. As Finney tries to determine if the terrorist is telling the truth or spinning a web of lies, a relentless killer closes in on the secret location where the two men are trapped together. Too late, Finney realizes that he is a pawn in a conspiracy whose dimensions stretch deep into the corridors of power.
A provocative suspense story that peers into the dark corners of the war on terror, John Altman’s The Watchmen depicts the murky world of twenty-first-century espionage with thrilling style and fascinating psychological depth.
Billy Zeets has a story to tell. About being a vandal and petty thief. About missing boys and an elusive killer. And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.
Gripping and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.
“Ask the Dark is absolutely remarkable. Readers will line up for this one.”—Michael Cart, past president of YALSA and ALAN
National Book Award Nominee
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Hard Target by Alan Jacobson is a ticking time bomb that will keep you clinging to the edge of your seat . . . and turning the pages.
An explosion pulverizes the president-elect’s helicopter on election night. It soon becomes clear that the group behind the assassination attempt possesses far greater reach than the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has yet encountered—and a plot so deeply interwoven in the country’s fabric that it threatens to upend America’s political system.
Harvard-educated Eddy Harkness was a rising star in an elite Boston Police Department narcotics unit—until he was blamed for the death of a Red Sox fan in the chaotic aftermath of a World Series win. Scapegoated and exiled, Harkness now empties parking meters in the sleepy town of Nagog while struggling to clear his name.
Then one night his police-issued Glock disappears. Unable to report the theft, he starts a secret search—just as a string of fatal accidents leads him to uncover a dangerous new smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that leads him into the top levels of Boston’s power base, where politicians and criminals intertwine to deadly effect.
“Glows with the kind of sawdust-dry humor regarding Beantown, cops, and the darkest of urban underbellies that you might find at 3 a.m. in the back booth of a backstreet bar . . . With its gaggle of crazy-yet-riveting characters, its spare approach, and its unflagging action, Third Rail, the first in a promised series of Eddy Harkness novels, adds yet another striking feather to [Flynn’s] impressively crowded cap.” —Boston Globe
“Terrific debut . . . impressive economy and stylish, sophisticated prose . . . Readers will want to see more of Flynn’s gritty Boston—and Eddy Harkness.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
When those inside the corridors of power need help outside the law, they know who to call. Jonathan Grave, covert rescue specialist, always gets results. No names. No feds. No trace evidence.
When an Indiana college student is abducted, Jonathan and his team of ace operatives unravel a deadly scheme the government wants ignored. Someone wants to control a devastating secret. Someone rich, powerful, and willing to kill anyone to get it. Even the people Jonathan loves most.
Praise for John GilstrapÊ
ÒOne of the finest thriller writers on the planet.Ó --Tess Gerritsen
ÒIf you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, youÕll love John Gilstrap.Ó --Gayle Lynds
ÒGilstrap pushes every thriller button.Ó --San Francisco Chronicle
ÒWhen you pick up a Gilstrap novel you are going to be entertained at a high rate of speed.Ó --Suspense Magazine
"Delightfully odd...A fine cast of misfits and dreamers and foes. A." —Entertainment Weekly
“A deliciously dark confection of a novel, and one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I’ve read in years.” —Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
“Warm, entertaining and thoughtful, and a glorious celebration of music.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians have gathered at the Bellweather for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a blizzard is threatening to trap them all inside. When a young prodigy disappears from infamous room 712, the search for her entwines an eccentric cast of conductors and caretakers, teenagers on the verge and adults haunted by memories. A genre-bending page-turner, full of playful nods to pop-culture classics from The Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee, Bellweather Rhapsody is a winning new novel from a writer to watch.
“Funny and exuberant, twisty and captivating . . . For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel.” — Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
“A rollicking story . . . Racculia’s exuberant voice inspires laugh-out-loud moments while also bringing to life broken people who find solace in each other’s heartaches.” — Wisconsin State Journal
ÊÊÊÊÊ ÑSteve Berry
When Terrorism Goes Viral,Ê One Man Goes Ballistic.
They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilateÊ millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, we need a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn. Air Force veteran. Champion boxer. Trained assassin. Hand-picked for a new global task force that, officially, does not exist, Quinn answers only to the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. President himself.
His methods are as simple, and as brutal, as his codename.
ÒOne of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre.Ó
ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ ÑBrad Thor
ÒLots and lots of action . . . the ultimate suspense from the word Ôgo.Õ Jericho Quinn is most definitely one of the best characters in the thriller realm. Incredibly awesome.Ó
ÊÊÊÊÊ ÑSuspense Magazine
Suspicion of Malice is the 5th book in the Suspicion series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean, this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority, but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death. Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings—deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss.
McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational theory. And one that will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .
Natural Causes is a chilling and exciting start to a brand new series of mysteries: The Detective Inspector MacLean novels.
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
“A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel. Spend some time with Sheldon and company in the Scandinavian wilderness and you just might make peace with your god, your ghosts, and yourself.” — Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, impatient, impertinent—has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.
Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.
“This is one of the best books of the season, of any genre.” — Buffalo News
“Miller joins the ranks of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Jo Nesbø, the holy trinity of Scandinavian crime novelists.” — Booklist (starred review)
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In this thrilling debut novel from Carrie H. Johnson, one woman with a dangerous job and a volatile past is feeling the heat from all sidesÉ
She sweats every detail as a forensic firearms specialistÑand as a forty-something single mother. SheÕs got more responsibilities than she can count, more baggage than she wants to claim, and way too many regrets. But
Muriel Mabley will do whatever it takes to put PhiladelphiaÕs most vicious killer in lockdown for goodÉ
Until her troubled younger sister in witness protection receives a terrifying warningÑand MurielÕs long-time partner, Laughton, reveals he knows more than he should about her and MurielÕs shattered past. And when LaughtonÕs ex-wife and her new husband turn up dead, his own secrets will send Muriel down a twisted trail of lethal leads, disappeared witnesses, and the ultimate wrenching betrayalÉ
ÒA lively and clever novel that will dare you to put it down. The reader will leave fingerprints pressed into the cover of this one. Top of the Ômust readÕ list.Ó ÑJohn Lutz, New York Times bestselling author
ÒMuriel Mabley has hot flashes, a hot new love, and a heap of deadly cold secrets that will destroy everyone she loves. A gripping, fast-paced debut novel.Ó ÑValerie Wilson Wesley, author of The Tamara Hayle Mysteries
ÒA heartfelt, well-crafted read! Muriel is the perfect combination of vulnerability and intelligence.Ó ÑAnika Nailah, author of Free & Other Stories
ÒHot Flash left me breathless and blown away from page one!ÓÊ ÑKaren Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs/Host of CityLine, WCVB Channel 5 Boston
After moving from Los Angeles to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, homicide detective Claire Morgan has at last adjusted to the peaceful rhythms of rural life. Until a grisly celebrity murder at an ultra-exclusive "wellness" resort shatters a quiet summer morning. . .
With Every Twist Of The Mind. . .
One of Dr. Nicholas Black's high-profile clients, a beautiful young soap opera star, has been found dead, taped to a chair at a fully set table. . .submerged in the lake. Back in L.A., Claire investigated the rich, famous, and the deadly--but she never expected the problems of the privileged to follow her to this sleepy small town. Just as she never imagined crossing the line with her prime suspect. . .
With Every Beat Of The Heart. . .
Immersed in the case, Claire finds herself drawn to the charismatic doctor, spending more and more time in his company--and in his bed. Now, to catch a killer, Claire will have to enter the darkest recesses of the human mind. But is Black leading her there to help her. . .or luring her ever deeper into a madman's grip?
Head To Head
"A feisty new heroine to root for. . .Ladd is a bright new voice in suspense!" --Patricia Gaffney
Not many people know their way through the bayous well enough to find Will NovakÕs crumbling mansion outside New Orleans. Not that Novak wants to talk to anyone. He keeps his guns close and his guard always up.
Mariah Murray is one selfish, reckless, manipulative woman, the kind Novak would never want to get tangled up with. But he canÕt say no to his deadÕs wife sister.
When Mariah tells him she wants to rescue a childhood friend, another Aussie girl gone conveniently missing in north Georgia, Novak canÕt turn her down. SheÕs hiding something. But the pretty little town sheÕs targeted screams trouble, too. Novak knows thereÕs a trap waiting. But until he springs it, thereÕs no telling who to trust . . .Ê
Praise for Linda LaddÕs Claire Morgan Thrillers
ÒOne of the most creepy, crawly, and compelling psychological thrillers ever.Ó ÑFresh Fiction
ÒChilling, compelling suspenseÉbe prepared to lose sleep!Ó ÑEileen Dryer on Head to Head
ÒExciting, thrill-a-minute!Ó ÑMidwest Book Review on Dark Places
ÒPlenty of suspense and surprises.Ó ÑPublishers Weekly on Dark Places
The Dark End of the Street is a television program thatpries into the business of Barry and Cheryl Higgins and their three small children, uncovering every nasty aspect of their lives on welfare in front of a fascinated and disgusted audience. The couple didn’t get rich off the wildly successful reality show, though, so why would anyone want to kidnap the kids? When the two older children are found, there is little doubt that Cheryl planned their disappearance to win the public’s affection and boost the show’s ratings. As the media and the legal system condemn Cheryl, one question remains: Where is baby Cara? Gillian White adeptly demonstrates how the public’s need to know and to judge—and how people can profit from those impulses—is a modern kind of witch hunt.
The 1974 blockbuster film Death Wish sparked controversy and became a cultural phenomenon, leading to a long-running Hollywood franchise—but few recall that its initial inspiration was a novel by an Edgar Award–winning author that took a chilling and nuanced look at an ordinary husband and father who loses his family to a brutal crime and spirals into a dangerous obsession.
When his wife and daughter are attacked in their home, Paul Benjamin is enjoying a three-martini lunch. A professional man, soft around the middle, Paul lives happily isolated from the rougher side of New York City. As he nurses his gin headache, a call comes from his son-in-law asking him to come to the hospital.
Within a few hours, his world will collapse around him. Drug addicts have broken into his cozy Upper West Side apartment. For a handful of money, they savagely beat Paul’s wife and daughter, leaving his wife dead and his daughter comatose. After his shock wears off, and Paul realizes the police department is helpless, his thoughts turn to revenge—not just for him, but for every decent family broken by the dark forces of society.
But as he courts criminals, Paul’s thirst for payback threatens to destroy him as well. Discover the novel behind the big-screen version that remains a fascinating work of psychological suspense today.
A space shuttle disappears during a routine repair mission, 180 miles above Earth’s surface. An intelligence operative with a dark secret is murdered, his car set ablaze, while he is in the middle of fulfilling a depraved fantasy. And a reporter receives a message from a dying man that suggests the organization responsible may be one of the world’s most prestigious corporations. The government knows just one man who can untangle this mystery: a throwaway on the deactivated list. Exiled to a desk job in Paris for stepping on the wrong toes, Blaine McCracken is a killer—a ruthless pursuer of truth who will let no one, friend or enemy, stand in his way when civilian lives are in danger. McCracken gets results, and his country needs him now more than ever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
After celebrated English author Gerald Candless dies of a heart attack at his clifftop home above Gaunton Dunes in Devon, his eldest daughter, Sarah, is commissioned to write his biography. Ever-present in her life, her father was generous, passionate, and talented, yet always a bit of a mystery. Who’s to blame for his chilly relationship with her mother that seemed to survive something unspoken? Why, in each successive novel, did he seem to reinvent himself, never settling for one public persona? What of his odd little parlor games for which only he knew the rules and purpose? And was it really true that he had no living relatives?
What begins as an admiring project becomes an obsession. For Sarah’s first discovery is a stunner: Gerald Candless was not his real name. The more she uncovers, the deeper Sarah’s fear and fascination grows. Her father’s life was nothing more than an ingeniously plotted work of fiction. As each lie gives way to another, her journey into the past of a familiar stranger gets so dark that seeing the truth could be last thing she wants.
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Dark Corners and three-time Edgar Award winner comes a novel “about the power of taboos, transgressions, guilts, deceptions, horrors, atonements, upsets and upheavals” (Independent). And it’s “as jolting as a flash of lightning” (Sunday Times).
ÒAs authentic and scary as thrillers get.Ó ÐNelson DeMille
When a killer plays mind games with a cop,
THERE ARE NO RULES.
The first victim is attacked in her home. Tied to her bed. Forced to watch every unspeakable act of crueltyÑbut unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victimÕs throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that ends with a warning: ÒThere will be more.Ó For detective Jack Murphy, itÕs more than a threat. ItÕs a personal invitation to play. And no one plays rougher than Jack. Especially when the killerÕs pawns are the people he lovesÉ
"Put this on your must-read list."--John Lutz
ÒA jaw-dropping thriller.Ó--Gregg Olsen
ÒA tornado of drama.ÓÑShane Gericke
Aspiring politician Fielding Pierce and social activist Sarah Williams are madly in love. But while both are passionate liberals, their very different approaches to their beliefs result in a rollercoaster relationship. Nevertheless, when Sarah is killed in a terrorist attack during a mission to help Chilean refugees, Fielding is devastated and engrosses himself in his political ambitions. Years later, on the verge of election to the U.S. Congress, Fielding becomes haunted by Sarah’s memory, causing him to call into question not only his ideals but also his sanity. Told with heartbreaking intensity, Waking the Dead is a profound examination of love and loss. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Scott Spencer, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Meet Red Harmon, a special ops veteran who learns he never left the call of duty . . .
To a trio of muggers, Red looks like just another suburban dad. But when they demand his wallet at knifepoint, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, two muggers are dead, the third severely injured, and Red doesnÕt remember a thing. Once an elite member of the Det, a secret forces outfit whose existence is beyond classified, Red thought his active service was over.
But his memory is coming backÑand a lethal killing machine is returning to duty . . .
Facing an unthinkable nuclear threat, a volatile international power play, and a personal attack against his family, Red has no choice. He must rejoin his old team, infiltrate the enemy camp, and complete the biggest mission of his life . . .
ÒDavid McCaleb has a real winner here. Recall is a smart and well-plotted thriller, a fantastic read that I could not put down. Red Harmon is a guy IÕd want on my side.Ó ÑMarc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of BRUTE FORCE
ÒIf youÕre looking for suspense, nonstop action, and a hero you can root for, The Red Ops series will clean your X ring.Ó ÑDavid Poyer, USA Today bestselling author of TIPPING POINT and ONSLAUGHT
ÒDavid McCaleb has a real winner here. Recall is a smart and well-plotted thriller, a fantastic read that I could not put down. Red Harmon is a guy IÕd want on my side.Ó
Ê ÑMarc Cameron, New York Times Bestselling Author of BRUTE FORCE
ÒIf youÕre looking for suspense, nonstop action, and a hero you can root for, The Red Ops series will clean your X ring.Ó
Ê ÑDavid Poyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of TIPPING POINT and ONSLAUGHT
ÒOne of those wild rides where you strap in tight and leave your disbelief behind.Ê Just my type of action thriller.Ê I read it in a blur.Ó
Molly Gray never trusted Ben Fleiss, her best friend Wendy’s abusive husband. When Wendy’s broken body is found in a dumpster, Molly is devastated—and knows exactly who the killer is. But as viscerally as Molly hates Ben, she loves Ben and Wendy’s seven-year-old child, Naomi. While awaiting trial, Ben retains custody of his daughter, and Molly soon realizes the only way to keep Naomi safe is to stay as close to Ben as possible—even if it means consoling and flattering the man who murdered her friend. Yglesias’s most suspenseful work, The Murderer Next Door is rich with startling twists and revelations hinged to uncanny psychological insight. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Rafael Yglesias, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
ÒA dark and different serial killer novel that will haunt the reader long after the book is closed.Ó ÑJohn Lutz
ÒLos Angeles has seldom seen such grisly fun. ItÕs James Ellroy meets Alfred Hitchcock on the psychotic side of the street.Ó ÑPaul Levine
ÒOne of the most compelling, thrilling, and truth be told, at times look-away-from-page-frightening serial killer novels I've read in a long, long time.Ó ÑVincent Zandri
Introducing L.A. investigator Morris Brick, a former homicide cop on the trail of a murderous psychopath who gives a terrifying new meaning to the word DERANGED . . .
They call him the Skull Cracker Killer. He drugs his victims. Breaks open their skulls with a hammer and chisel. The rest is inhuman.
Five years ago he terrorized New York City, claiming twelve victims before the killing stopped. Now heÕs racking up victims on a fresh hunting ground. Where former LAPD homicide detective Morris Brick is working as a consultant on a serial-killer film. Where a desperate mayor pleads with Brick to take on the case. And where the only way he can stop the next wave of murders is by outsmarting a madmanÑbefore he strikes again, this time much too close to home . . .
In the icy waters of the northern Pacific, a top-secret mission threatens to explode into a nuclear crisis . . .
A Russian military spy sub lies marooned in American waters near the U.S.-Canadian border. Yuri Kirov, a seasoned security officer, is in charge of the crew's safety--and the operation's success. His only hope is to make a death-defying underwater escape, reach shore undetected, and convince a total stranger that the fate of the world depends on helping him. For software engineer Laura Newman, it's not an easy choice. But with two Russian spies tailing them, and tensions escalating between superpowers, one wrong move could trigger unthinkable devastation.
In the tradition of Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, this electrifying novel of espionage is a gripping tale of danger, courage, and daring decisions.
Includes an exciting excerpt from the next Yuri Kirov thriller, The Forever Spy.
Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel
Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead . . .
Homicide detective Frank Bennett has a new partnerÑdark, beautiful, coldly efficient Eden Archer. Frank doesnÕt know what to make of her, or her brother Eric, whoÕs also on the police force. Their methods are . . . unusual. But when a graveyard full of large steel toolboxes filled with body parts is found at the bottom of Sydney harbor, unusual is the least of their worries.
For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhoodÑand the murderer who raised them. For Frank, each clue brings him closer to something heÕs not sure he wants to face. But true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killerÑand no one is truly innocent . . .
Praise for Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award
ÒA little bit Dexter, a little bit procedural, overall a great first novel.ÓÑAustralian Crime Writers Association
ÒFast-paced, with unusual protagonists and dark, disturbing scenes.ÓÑLibrary Journal
ÒHorrors abound in Australian author FoxÕs gritty police procedural. Readers will look forward to the sequel set in this not-for-the-squeamish nightmare world down under.ÓÑPublishers Weekly
The first subjects are lab rats. Injected with two experimental drugs by two different doctors, the rats begin to show signs of renewed youth, restored health, and remarkable vigor. Surprised by the results, neurologist Kat Williams and biochemist Burton Harris believe they have stumbled upon a major breakthrough in the science of aging. But there is only one way to know if their formula can truly reverse the aging process. Their next subject needs to be human . . .
A LIVING NIGHTMARE
His name is Jerome. A homeless, destitute alcoholic with no family, no history, and no hope to live, he is the ideal test subject for the next phase of the experiment. Like the lab rats, Jerome responds quickly and dramatically to the serum. But when Dr. Williams and Dr. Harris seek more funding for their studyÑfrom a paralyzed billionaire hoping to cure death itselfÑthey make another chilling discovery about their Òfountain of youthÓ drug. Everybody wants it. And some will kill for it . . .
Combining suspenseful storytelling with a thoughtful exploration of the human psyche, The Blind Man of Seville confirms bestselling and award-winning author Robert Wilson as one of the greatest literary mystery writers working today.
Some call it a spirit, a demon. Others, an all-consuming force of nature. According to Cree legend, it goes by the name of Wendigo. For a hundred years it has been sleeping. Resting beneath the earth. Buried in a godless no-manÕs-land known as Resurrection Pass . . .
IT IS RISING . . .
Led by half-Cree guide Jake Trueblood, a clandestine team of exploratory miners enter a remote valley in the Canadian wilderness. Searching for veins of untapped rare earth elements, they begin drilling into the spongy soils of the forestÑand uncover something unbelievably large, unspeakably grotesque, and inexplicably alive . . .
IT IS RAVENOUS.
Within seconds, all hell breaks loose. Giant grasping tendrils shoot out of the earth. Poisonous spores explode into the air. And the horrified miners become a living, screaming feast for the biggest, hungriest creature the world has ever seen. Jake Trueblood and a young ecologist named Rachel barely escape with their lives, only to confront the Okitchawa, a murderous group of local Cree infuriated by the presence of the mining team. But even if they can escape the Okitchawa, Jake and RachelÕs ordeal is far from over. The nightmare is just beginning . . . to feed.
Nothing's More Terrifying. . .
One by one, the victims are carefully captured, toyed with, then subjected to a slow and agonizing death. Piece by piece, his exquisite plan takes shape. The police can't yet see the beauty in his work--but soon, very soon, they will. . .
Than Being Left Alone. . .
In the lonely woods around Grizzly Point, Montana, four bodies have been discovered. Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli have been hoping for a career-making case, but this is a nightmare. Even with the FBI involved, Selena and Regan have nothing to go on but a killer's cryptic notes, and the unsettling knowledge that there is much worse to come. . .
To Die. . .
When Jillian Rivers opens her eyes, she's trapped in a mangled car. Then a stranger, claiming to be a trail guide named Zane McGregor, pries her free. Though she's grateful, something about him sets Jillian on edge. And if she knew what lay out there in the woods of Montana, she'd be truly terrified. Because someone is waiting. . .watching. . .poised to strike and make Jillian the next victim. . .
--Brad Thor #1 New York Times bestselling author
One year ago, Captain Jake Mahegan led a Delta Force team into Afghanistan to capture an American traitor working for the Taliban. The mission ended in tragedy. The team was infiltrated and decimated by a bomb. An enemy prisoner was killed. Mahegan was dismissed from serviceÑdishonored forever. Now, haunted by the incident, Mahegan is determined to clear his name. The military wants him to stand down. But when the American Taliban returns to domestic soilÑheaded by the traitor who ruined his lifeÑMahegan is the only man who knows how to stop him. Outside the law. Under the radar. Out for vengeanceÉ
ÒI thoroughly enjoyed itÉwell done! Thank youÉfor Foreign and Domestic.Ó --President George Bush
ÒThrilling read!Ó--Former Texas Governor Rick Perry
Brigadier General Tata donates a portion of his earnings to the USO Metro DC, the North Carolina Heroes Fund, Êand the Michael Murphy Foundation.
ItÕs a stunning attack, lightning quick and chilling in its execution. A merciless gang of terrorists seizes the Presidio County Courthouse in the midst of the worst blizzard West Texas has seen in a century. Loaded down with enough fire power to outfit an army, the attackers slaughter dozens, take all survivors hostage, and assume complete control. The nationÑand the U.S. governmentÑare at their mercy.
Or so they think. They donÕt know that a seasoned Texas Ranger is also inside the courthouse. Sonny Hawke has hauled in some of AmericaÕs Most Wanted. Now heÕs up against his most dangerous adversary yet. Sonny likes his chances. The enemy is his to take downÑone by one. Until heÕs face-to-face with the ruthless mastermind gunning for our very freedom . . .
Praise for Reavis Z. Wortham and His Novels
ÒThe most riveting thriller all year!Ó ÑJohn Gilstrap
ÒA masterful and entertaining storyteller.Ó ÑEllery QueenÕs Mystery Magazine
ÒEntertaining and emotionally engaging.Ó ÑT. Jefferson Parker