P.I.'s in Print A to K


January 12, 2019

Black, Cara. MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN. Soho Crime. May '18. $15.95. Seventeenth in the Aimee Leduc Investigation series. "Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she's being stalked by a ghost - a Serbian warlord her team took down. She's suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she's imagining things. She begs Aimee to investigate - is it possible Mirko Vladic could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta? Aimee is already working on a huge case; plus, she's got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can't say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimee chases the few leads she has, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladic is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind - until Suzanne's team begins to die in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?"

Black, Cara. MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK. Soho Crime. June '18. $27.95. Eighteenth in the Aimee Leduc Investigation series. A dying man who helped dirty Paris policemen launder their ill-gotten gains decides to come clean after fifty years. He goes to lawyer Eric Besson, with his notebook containing all of the transactions and his full confession and asks the Eric to take the book to the chief prosecuting attorney. Besson sends his nephew who is his assistant, but the young man is murdered and the book is stolen. Besson asks PI Aimee Leduc to find the notebook, but Aimee isn't sure she wants to become involved with the case - the dirty cops are the same men who murdered her father and are extremely dangerous. She's also afraid that her father might be one of the dirty cops named in the book. But she needs to know and that's what finally convinces her to take the case. Available in trade paperback. May '19. $15.95.

Block, Lawrence. A TIME TO SCATTER STONES: A Matthew Scudder Novella. Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover edition. Febuary '19. $25.00. "MATT SCUDDER RETURNS. More than 40 years after his debut and nearly a decade since his last appearance, one of the most renowned characters in all of crime fiction is back on the case in this major new novella by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block. Well past retirement age and feeling his years - but still staying sober one day at a time - Matthew Scudder learns that alcoholics aren't the only ones who count the days since their last slip. Matt's longtime partner, Elaine, tells him of a group of former sex workers who do something similar, helping each other stay out of the life. But when one young woman describes an abusive client who's refusing to let her quit, Elaine encourages her to get help of a different sort. The sort only Scudder can deliver. A TIME TO SCATTER STONES offers not just a gripping crime story but also a richly drawn portrait of Block's most famous character as he grapples with his own mortality while proving to the younger generation that he's still got what it takes. For Scudder's millions of fans around the world (including the many who met the character through Liam Neeson's portrayal in the film version of A Walk Among the Tombstones), A TIME TO SCATTER STONES is an unexpected gift - a valedictory appearance that will remind readers why Scudder is simply the best there is."

Burke, James Lee. THE NEW IBERIA BLUES: A Dave Robicheaux Novel. Simon & Schuster. January '19. $27.99. Twenty-second in the series. "The shocking death of a young woman leads Detective Dave Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia, and the backwoods of Louisiana in this gripping mystery... Detective Dave Robicheaux's world isn't filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier's rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier's door, it isn't to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who's been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier's Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better. As always, Clete Purcel and Davie's daughter, Alafair, have Robicheaux's back. Clete witnesses the escape of Texas inmate, Hugo Tillinger, who may hold the key to Robicheaux's case. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it's up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he'll have to summon a light he's never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves."

Faye, Lyndsay. THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. Mysterious Press. March '18. $17.00. "Faye's best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in THE WHOLE ART OD DETECTION, a stunning collection that spans Holmes's career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. In 'The Lowther Park Mystery,' the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother and improvises a bit of theater to foil a conspiracy against the government. 'The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel' brings Holmes'S attention to the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage. With Holmes and Watson encountering all manner of ungrateful relatives, phony psychologists, wronged wives, plaid-garbed villains, and even a peculiar species of deadly red leech, THE WHOLE ART OD DETECTION is a must-read for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility."

Finlay, Mick. THE MURDER PIT. MIRA. February '19. $15.99. Second in the Arrowood series. Set in 1896, Arrowood, an ex-newspaper man turned private detecitve to the poor and downtrodden, doesn't think much of Sherlock Holmes who caters to the rich and famous. A flawed, foul-mouthed man, Arrowood seeks justice for those who can't even afford to pay him in the slums of London. In his second case, he and his sidekick, Barnett, take on what they think will be a simple case of a missing girl, but find the case is much more serious than they first thought.

Galbraith, Robert. LETHAL WHITE. Mulholland Books. September '18. $29.00. Fourth in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym. "'I seen a kid killed...He strangled it, up by the horse.' When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that. The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, LETHAL WHITE is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott."

Grafton, Sue. Y IS FOR YESTERDAY. G.P. Putnam's Sons. August '18. $16.00. Twenty-fifth in the series. "The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y IS FOR YESTERDAY begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace. Now, it's 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents - until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he's not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find...."

King, Laurie R. ISLAND OF THE MAD: A novel of suspense. Bantam Books. June '18. $28.00. Eleventh in the series. "Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes untangle the slippery threads of insanity and deadly secrets as they investigate a disappearance in the New York.... A June summer's evening, on the Sussex Downs, in 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are strolling across their orchard when the telephone rings: an old friend's beloved aunt has failed to return following a supervised outing from Bedlam. After the previous few weeks - with a bloody murder, a terrible loss, and startling revelations about Holmes - Russell is feeling a bit unbalanced herself. The last thing she wants is to deal with the mad, and yet, she can't say no. The Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, yet she seemed to be improving - or at least, finding a point of balance in her madness. So why did she disappear? Did she take the family's jewels with her, or did someone else? The Bedlam nurse, perhaps? The trail leads Russell and Holmes through a lunatic asylum's stony halls to the warm Venice lagoon, where ethereal beauty is jarred by Mussolini's Blackshirts, where the gilded Lido set may be tempting a madwoman, and where Cole Porter sits at a piano, playing with ideas...."

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