P.I.'s in Print A to L
A TO L
September 19, 2018
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.
Crais, Robert. THE WANTED: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel. Simon & Schuster. Putnam. January '18. $16.00. "It seemed like a simple case - before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives.... When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear. They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference."
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.
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...."
Hallinan, Timothy. FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY. Soho Crime. November '17. $15.95. Sixth in the Junior Bender series. It's days before Christmas and Russian mobsters are forcing Junior Bender to look into a shoplifting crime spree in fast-fading shopping mall. Despite Junior's best efforts, two people are dead. In order to prevent any other deaths, including his, Junior must solve the case.
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...."
Leininger, Rob. GUMSHOE FOR TWO. Oceanview Publishing. March '18. $16.00. Second in the Mortimer Angel Series. "In the style of Dashiell Hammett, ex-IRS agent turned gumshoe-in-training, Mortimer Angel, is approached by a beautiful hooker, Holiday, in a casino bar in Reno. Mort first met Holiday two months ago, but now learns that she's not really a hooker. She's a college engineering student, searching for her younger sister, Allie, who disappeared three months ago. Having seen Mort in the news, Holiday knows he's a PI who finds missing persons. While in the bar with Mort, Holiday gets an unexpected phone call from Allie, who says she's in Gerlach, a small town in Nevada. The call is cut off. Holiday hires Mort on the spot, dragging him off to Gerlach. When Mort finds a connection between Allie and US Senator Harry 'Liar' Reinhart, a presidential candidate who vanished without a trace three days ago, things quickly turn deadly...very deadly."
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