P.I.'s in Print I to Z


January 17, 2020

Jance, J.A. THE A LIST. Gallery Books. April '19. $27.99. Fourteenth in the Ali Reynolds Series. Ali's broadcasting career ended over ten years ago, but she has made a new life for herself in Sedona, Arizona. She now runs High Noon Enterprises, a cyber-security company with a team of tech wizards that hunts down criminals. She is enjoying life with her new husband when the past returns with the news of the death of an old friend along with memories of the last story she reported which put a doctor in jail for the murder of one of his patient. Now the doctor, still in prison, is out for revenge on everybody that helped put him there. Can Ali find the hired killer and prove the doctor is behind her friend's death before the killer comes after her? Paperback edition. Pocket Books. January '20. $9.99.

Jance, J.A. FIELD OF BONES. William Morrow. May '19. $9.99. Eighteenth in the series. Audio CD. Unabridged. "This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father's long unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions. Filled with the beloved characters, small town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady series perennial bestsellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J.A. Jance's legion of fans."

Konrath, J.A. CHASER. Independently published. January '20. $13.95. Thirteenth in the Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels series. "Retired cop Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels and her ex-criminal husband Phineas Troutt have made a lot of enemies over the years. But none worse than The Cowboy, a gunslinging nutcase who wants to slaughter them both, and Hugo Troutt, a gang leader who has been plotting revenge against his younger brother for over a decade. Separately, these baddies are formidable. Together, they are unstoppable. But Jack has even more hell to deal with. She and her former partner, private eye Harry McGlade, are in L.A. chasing an insane plastic surgeon who specializes in disfiguring his victims. And Jack's colleague Tom Mankowski has problems of his own with a snuff film auteur named Erinyes. With four psychopaths on the prowl, Jack, Phin, Harry, and Tom will need to call on some old friends if they hope to get out of LaLa Land alive... This thirteenth Jack Daniels novel brings together villains from Konrath's thrillers WHITE RUSSIAN, EVERYBODY DIES, and WEBCAM, along with heroes from SHOT OF TEQUILA, THE LIST, WHAT HAPPENED TO LORI, and FLEE, for the ultimate West Coast showdown. The hunt is on. But who's hunting whom?"

Muller, Marcia. THE BREAKERS. Grand Central. March '19. $7.99. Thirtyfourth in the Sharon McCone series. "Sharon gets a request from her former neighbors the Curleys. Their usually dependable daughter, Chelle, hasn't answered their calls in over a week. Would Sharon check on her? Chelle, a house flipper, has been living at her latest rehab project: a Prohibition-era nightclub known as the Breakers, formerly a favored watering hole for San Francisco's elite, now converted into a run-down apartment building. There's something sinister about the quirky space, and Sharon quickly discovers why. Lurking in a secret room between two floors is a ghastly art gallery: photos and drawings of mass murderers, long ago and recent. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac and Zebra killers. Charles Manson. What, an alarmed Sharon wonders, was Chelle doing in this chamber of horrors? And as Sharon begins to suspect that the ghoulish collage may be more than just a leftover relic of the Breakers' checkered history, her search for Chelle becomes a desperate race against the clock before a killer strikes again."

Paretsky, Sara. SHELL GAME: A V.I. Warshawski Novel. William Morrow. June '19. $9.99. "Acclaimed detective V.I. Warshawski tackles a pair of perplexing cases involving those closest to her in this compelling and timely adventure that centers on some of the most divisive and pressing issues of our time. When V.I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel's nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel's name and phone number on the unknown victim's remains, but Felix insists he doesn't know why. As Vic digs deeper, she discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archeology - the first clue in a bewildering case that leads to a stolen artifact and a shadowy network of international criminals. But the trouble multiplies when Vic's long lost niece, Reno, goes missing. A beautiful young woman with a heartbreaking past and a promising future, Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her her life. V.I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece's safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her. Vic won't leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are cleared - a complex investigation that will entangle the Russian mob, ISIS backers, rogue ICE agents, a nefarious corporation preying on the poor, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen antiquities stretching from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In SHELL GAME, no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems, except for the indomitable detective and her thirst for justice."

Spillane, Mickey & Collins, Max Allan. MIKE HAMMER - MASQUERADE FOR MURDER. Titan Books. March '20. $22.99. Nineth in the series. "Mike Hammer, the iconic PI created by hard-boiled crime master Mickey Spillane and written by New York Times bestseller Max Allan Collins, returns in MASQUERADE FOR MURDER. Hammer is at a high society party when a wealthy and well-respected man, Colby, is hit by a car and badly injured. When all he expected was a night on the town, Mike is hired to find out who was driving the car. His search leads him on a trail of murders, the victims often exhibiting the same kind of strangulation as the cause of death. How are they connected to an accident involving Corby, and why is the man himself acting so strangely?"

Spillane, Mickey & Collins, Max Allan. MIKE HAMMER - MURDER, MY LOVE. Titan Books. March '19. $22.99. "Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie's lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator's career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realises there is more to this case than just a salacious tape."

Straley, John. BABY'S FIRST FELONY. Soho Crime. June '19. $15.95. Seventh in the Cecil Younger Investigation series. The Shamus Award-winner returns to Alaska and criminal defense investigator Cecil Younger. Cecil is approached by Sherrie, a client he helped in the past, who asks him to find evidence that will clear her of a domestic violence charge. He agrees in the hopes that he can have her abusive boyfriend put into jail. But what he finds in the apartment Sherrie sent him to is a whole different story - the supposed evidence turns out to be fifty thousand dollars in cash and his teen-age daughter Blossom! The case takes another bad turn which leads to a freezer full of drugs stuffed into fish as well as a murder witness and the kidnapping of his daughter. His only help just might be the motley crew of clients he helped defend over the years.

Winspear, Jacqueline. TO DIE BUT ONCE. Harper Perennial. March '19. $16.99. Fourteenth in the series. "Maisie Dobbs..faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II. During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever. Maisie's investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld's most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future - and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality."

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