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We started reading this one in public, fanned ourselves briefly, and decided to continue reading in the privacy of our own homes. Freefall is a mother-daughter thriller and an impressive debut for Barry. Widowed Maggie Carpenter lives in a small town in Maine, where she and her late husband raised their daughter, Allison.
Ally, now living in San Diego, and Maggie have been estranged for years. When Ally is supposedly killed in a private plane crash where her fiance was the pilot, Maggie sets out to find out who her daughter became—and what happened to her. All that, and Winslow tells a hell of a good story.
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Another powerful social justice procedural by an author at the top of her game. In this late-empire tale of Cold War espionage, Marie Mitchell, a young African-American woman, stymied in her career for the FBI by institutional prejudice and misogyny, is finally given a chance to advance in the organization through joining a shadowy task force aimed at undermining trust in the left-leaning president of Burkina Faso. As Marie finds herself sympathizing more with her targets than her bosses, she must make a choice between loyalty to her nation, or to her heart.
From Gary Phillips, whose impressive oeuvre includes novels, graphic novels, anthologies, and everything else under the sun, comes a new tale of two comic book artists in New York City who are pulled into two respective wormholes when one has his creation stolen, and the other is recruited by the FBI to illustrate propaganda aimed at Black audiences. When another comic book artist of color is brutally attacked by police, individual threads intertwine in this Cold War tale of loyalty, solidarity, resistance, and surveillance. Corry once again draws on her experience working in a high-security prison for her third thriller.
Parallel stories are narrated by Vicki, an aromatherapist and admitted unreliable narrator whose ex-husband has gone missing; and by Scarlet, an 8-year-old girl whose mother is an addict and forces her to mule drugs.
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Corry expertly weaves these stories together in unexpected and clever ways. Bellini and the Sphinx is the American debut for the wildly popular Sao Paulo-based crime series written by Bellotto, the celebrated Brazilian guitarist and writer. Yrsa Sigurdardottir, The Reckoning Minotaur. Sure to be another excellent chiller from the queen of Icelandic crime writing! Rivals want to entice her to go to war and she is determined to protect her family, keeping them safe from her world of dealers and violence.
Will Lola be able to keep her two worlds separate, or are they doomed to collide? Hugo Marston, head of security for the US Embassy in Paris, must solve a murder at an art exhibit full of sculptures made from books, which is really all anyone ever wanted from a Paris-set mystery. The novel begins when an injured woman emerges from the ancient forest with no memory of how she got there, and continues as she investigates not only the small community in which she was found, but her own past.
What happens when your fiercest friend becomes your worst enemy? In this slow-burn psychological thriller of past traumas come back to haunt the present, a woman leading a retiring life in a quiet, small village finds herself immersed in painful childhood memories when her old music teacher, who molested many of his students, comes to visit.
A haunting meditation on trauma, secrets, and long-overdue retribution. In The Overnight Kidnapper , Montalbano is faced with a vexing mystery after a number of women are kidnapped and held overnight, then released under strange circumstances. Warren and Flora Dane are back in a new thriller about lingering evil and the need for closure that can never quite be achieved, as a strange new murder case stirs up old troubles.
Gardner is a staple of the thriller scene, with each new installment a cause for excitement and feverish reading. The Hiding Place is a thriller in every sense of the word and promises plenty of lingering trauma, intricate vengeance schemes, and one heart-pounding turn after another. The second in what will hopefully be a long-running series featuring Detective Inspector Adam Fawley of the Oxford police, In the Dark promises to be just as engrossing and complex as her previous book, Close to Home.
While Home was a sharp take on the increasingly common missing child thriller, Dark reckons with discovering how dangerously little we know about our neighbors. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is back on the case with a new investigation, this time into two mysteriously connected deaths, one on a country lane, the other in you guessed it the moorland. Robinson is just about synonymous with Yorkshire crime fiction at this point, with a bevy of readers eagerly awaiting their next journey alongside DS Banks into the wild and surprisingly murderous English countryside.
Hannah is a modern-day queen of suspense and just about anything she writes is sure to leave your spine tingling. In The Next to Die , a serial killer is marking his victims by presenting them with cryptic books, and a standup comedian finds herself with one of those very books, presumably next in line for the slaughter.
Hannah moves the action along but always knows just where to linger as the terror settles in and spreads across every facet of the story. In Last Night , her NYPD detective explores the world of Brighton Beach, an old Russian stronghold, but in this case, cross-cultural identity and privileges complicate matters. Ellis takes a balanced, penetrating look at trauma and the lasting impact of crime. This hipster mystery hipstery? What happened to Edie is connected with a secret one or more of her friends has been hiding.
This is a fever dream of a novel, a portrait of a hypocritical, oppressive society and the strained, uncanny lives of its citizens. Michele W. Parks continues to bring us hard-boiled fiction set in Glasgow in the s, a town and setting that should get the noir fan sitting up straight in anticipation of some of the most brutal and beautiful prose around.
In in Belfast, Jean McConville was brutally abducted from her home and children in one of the most horrifying incidents of The Troubles; her remains would not be found for over thirty years. In the meantime, though her attack was an open secret, nobody would come forward to authorities with information about the culprits.
New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe frames this penetrating study of The Troubles and the aftermath with an in-depth look at the McConville case. Long overdue answers are unearthed in the dogged investigation, but a bigger perspective is also presented: through interviews and archival work, Radden Keefe brings readers to the very heart of the trauma, to the atrocities committed on both sides, and to the very human cost. Early spring brings us a new Donna Leon novel once again, this one the twenty-eighth in the ever popular, ever enjoyable Commissario Guido Brunetti series.
This time, the Commissario is being asked to take on an investigation of a more personal nature, when an elderly and aristocratic family friend states his intention to adopt a young man of mysterious origins and to make him his heir. Family and professional duties intersect as a murder investigation also unfolds; and of course Venice is always at its most beguiling and enchanting when seen through the lens of a Leon mystery.
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Russell is always sharp with the procedural aspects of crime, but here he branches out into some memorably haunting atmospherics. With this follow-up to the debut, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions , Giordano looks to cement the series starring Auntie Poldi, retiree, wine aficionado, a woman of honor with a nose for mystery and an appreciation for the many delights of the Sicilian countryside.
The Auntie Pold mysteries offer up plenty of great armchair traveling and detection, bringing a strong note of the sensual back to the southern European mystery. Anna Smith is a longtime reporter turning to crime fiction in a big way, with this high-octane, finely observed thriller. Typical to Parks work, this one will keep readers gripped from the first page and promises plenty of heart-pounding action and a few bad guys taught the hard ways of justice.
American Mystery Classics continues to turn up lost gems and authors for mystery lovers to re-discover. Armstrong was herself an accomplished playwright and is an informed, witty guide to a fascinating subculture. In this extremely French take on gentrification, land fraud, and other capitalist schemes, a real estate developer is cast into the sea in a depressed northern town after his plans to revitalize the area with a gleaming new seaside resort fail to come to fruition.
Kistler, a former Philadelphia litigator, makes a highly toured debut with House on Fire , a domestic suspense novel that looks at a very modern family experiencing a moment of tumult after a drunk-driving accident kills one child and puts the other on trial for manslaughter. Kistler has a clear mastery of the legal drama but also a deft touch with complicated family dynamics and the tightening noose of a trauma that refuses all efforts at a cut-and-dry solution. Joe R. From the originator of splatter-gore and author of the East Texas-set Hap and Leonard series comes a new adventure for his odd couple of investigators and their no-nonsense boss who, after many years of a Sam-and-Diane situation, is now married to Hap.
Hap and Leonard are trying to get home through one of the worst floods in memory and floods are no joke in pine country when the happen upon a fugitive woman with two goons in hot pursuit. An English teacher with an expansive knowledge of gothic literature finds herself tangled in a web of murder and mystery that begins more and more to be a kind of twisted work of gothic storytelling in this impressive new mystery.
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Griffiths writes at the perfect intersection of procedural and psychological thriller, with her latest adding a strong dose of dark atmospherics to spin a truly unnerving story. In this wicked historical thriller set in Stockholm, a mutilated body is the start to an investigation that brings in every class and every corner of the city, in what promises to be one of the most well-researched historicals of the year. But, for those who need a bit more enticement, know that this novel is also about nostalgia and cinephilia and Cold War spycraft and also maybe Hitler survived and needs to be caught.
D ouble Exposure is standout spy fiction sure to win over readers, hopefully heralding the launch of a new thriller series. An electrifying debut from Australian author J. Pomare has a firm grip on the psychological torment and striving that piece this complex, riveting story together. Fresh from his triumphant conclusion to the Natchez Burning trilogy, Greg Iles once again looks to entertain and educate in equal measure. In his latest, the murder of an archaologist prompts an investigation into local history by a hot-shot D.
Blaedel knows suspense and dread, both of which infuse her pages with a special kind of momentum.