The Professionals A To J


January 9, 2018

Barr, Nevada. BOAR ISLAND: An Anna Pigeon Novel. HEADLINE. February '17. $7.99. Nineteenth in the series. "Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry - her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon. While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs - and find the person behind the harassment - the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island. But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them east. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her. BOAR ISLAND is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling novel that only Nevada Barr could write."

Beaton, M.C. DEATH OF A NURSE. Grand Central. March '17. $7.99. Thirty-first in the Hamish Macbeth Mystery Series. "M.C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman. James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again...."

Black, Cara. MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN. Soho Crime. June '17. $27.95. 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?" Available in trade paperback. May '18. $15.95.

Coulter, Catherine & Ellison, J.T. THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE: A Brit In The FBI Thriller. Gallery Books. March '17. $27.99. Fourth in the series featuring Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine. Now the heads of the Covert Eyes team, assigned to catch criminals that are international, and deadly. Their first case could be very deadly with the reappearance of The Fox, a dangerous thief, in Venice. As they begin an investigation, they are warned that a desert storm that killed thousands of people in Beijing, was man-made, and not at all natural. The team must determine what the truth is and find the culprit before more people are killed. "From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC." Available in paperback. Pocket Books. September '17. $9.99.

Crider, Bill. DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH: A Dan Rhodes Mystery. Minotaur Books. August '17. $25.99. Twenty-fourth in the series. "In Clearview, Texas, a wealthy recluse has joined the community and is leading the restoration of an old opera house. When he falls to his death, Sheriff Dan Rhodes suspects that he's been murdered, but there doesn't seem to be a motive. Who would want to kill someone who's helping the town and hasn't been around long enough to make any enemies? The Sheriff's suspicion proves to be true, however, and he begins to look for motives buried in the past, meanwhile having to deal with people fighting over baseball cards at a yard sale, writers who want to talk to him about his sex life, and the Clearview Ghost Hunters, headed up by Seepy Benton, who believes that the old theater is haunted. Clearview might be a small town, but there's no shortage of excitement."

Daigle, Michael. THE WEIGHT OF LIVING: 'A Frank Nagler Mystery. Imzadi Publishing. April '17. $13.99. Third in the series. Detective Frank Nagler becomes entangled in case with ties to the past as he tries to figure out the identity of a young girl wearing summer clothes standing in the cold on a March night in Ironton, NJ. Nagler is intrigued by the fact that a nun he knew when he was young, Sister Katherine, is somehow involved in the case and wants to know who is driving the black SUV that has been following him and his friends. He soon realizes that nothing is as it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. Frank must separate the truth from the lies and bring a criminal to justice which leads him into taunt encounters and danger.

de la Motte, Anders. ULTIMATUM:A Thriller. Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books. June '17. $17.00. Ex-police and security agent, Anders de la Motte is a bestselling author well versed in the intricacies of police intelligence where back-stabbing is the rule rather than the exception. His character, David Sarac works in the Police Force Intelligence Unit in Stockholm. While recuperating in the hospital from gun shots after his encounter with an informant only known as Janus, he is given a letter by the nurse. Unsigned, all the letter says is that the person who wrote it wants to share information in order to expose some very powerful people who were involved in the betrayal that ended in the Janus shooting. The only information included in the letter is a photo of family and a photo of a dead woman spread out on the hood of a car.

Deaver, Jeffery. THE BURIAL HOURS. Grand Central. April '17. $28.00. "#1 internationally bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver returns to the Lincoln Rhyme series, as Rhyme hunts a dangerous killer whose crimes span the Atlantic. A traveling businessman is snatched off of an Upper East Side street in broad daylighT - or so it appears to the eight year old girl who is the crime's only witness. The perp leaves a token at the site of the kidnapping - a miniature noose. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Rhyme and Sachs' investigation takes an unexpected turn when a similar kidnapping occurs across the Atlantic in a small town outside of Naples, Italy. The killer's M.O. is bizarre and frightening. Obsessed with music, the man records the final breaths of his victims, then uses a keyboard sampler to compose an otherworldly tune that is then posted online. The search for the killer will become a complex case of international cooperation - yet not all is as it seems, and soon Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game with shadowy parties from across the globe." Simultaneous release on Audio CD. Paperback edition. Hodder & Stoughton. April '17. $7.99. BR>

Disher, Garry. SIGNAL LOSS: A Hal Challis Investigation. Soho Crime. December '17. $26.95. Seventh in the series by the Ned Kelly award-winning author. Set in Australia, Inspector Hal Challis is after a drug ring working out of a lab that is responsible for a bush fire that leaves two dead bodies. In the meantime, Sergeant Ellen Destry, now head of the department's sex crime unit, is after a serial rapist. The ensuing investigations lead to a thrilling climax.

Jackson, Lisa. EXPECTING TO DIE. Zebra Books. March '17. $9.99. Seventh in the Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli series. "The menacing woods of Grizzly Falls, Montana, are not for the faint of heart. But for some, they're the perfect setting for partying and pranks. They don't know there's a rapt audience amid the tangled trees, a killer with a different kind of game in mind, for whom the woods are dark and deep - and perfectly deadly... Some places earn their bad reputation through tall tales or chance. Grizzly Falls is different. Here, killers aren't just the stuff of legends and campfire lore. Someone is in the nighttime shadows, watching the local teens play around in the moonlit woods. Waiting for the right moment, the right victim. Waiting to take away a life. Detective Regan Pescoli is counting the days until her maternity leave. Exhausted and emotional, the last thing she needs is another suspected serial killer. Especially when her daughter, Bianca, is swept up in the media storm. When a reality show arrives in town, the chaos only makes it harder for Pescoli and her partner, Selena Alvarez, to distinguish rumor from truth. Another body is found...and another. And as the nightmare strikes closer to home, Pescoli races to find the terror lingering in the darkness, where there are too many places to hide...and countless places to die...."

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