The Professionals A To L


April 9, 2018

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?" Trade paperback edition. May '18. $15.95.

Cleverly, Barbara. FALL OF ANGELS: An Inspector Redfyre Mystery. Soho Crime. May '18. $26.95. First in a new series. The author of the popular Joe Sandilands series introduces us to a new sleuth in 1920s Cambridge. The CID is thrilled to have Detective Inspector John Redfyre solving crimes as he has entry into the elite colleges and universities that have always been off limits to the police. His adventures start when his Aunt Henrietta invites him to a Christmas concert at St. Barnabas College. Instead of a quiet musical evening, Redfyre is witness to a scandal involving a trumpet player staring in a duo. The trumpeter is a young woman which is very unusual in such conservative academic circles. Then, when she falls and is close to death at the end of the concert Redfyre can't help but wonder if it was an accident at all. As he investigates he asks for help from old friends in the hopes of catching whomever tried to kill the musician.

Coulter, Catherine. ENIGMA: A Novel. Gallery Books. March '18. $16.00. Twenty-first in the FBI Thriller series. In this entry gents Savich and Sherlock have two separate mysteries to solve. They have help though in the form of Agent Cam Wittier, and Jack Cabot, a Special Forces agent. Time is running out for them as Jack Cabot and Cam Wittier track international criminal Liam Hennessy into the woods of the Appalachians while Savich and Sherlock must find a lost newborn in Georgetown. Originally believing they are tracking a kidnapper, things take a dark turn and they are led down the path of a medical mystery that just might make immortality a possibility.

Coulter, Catherine & Ellison, J.T. THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE: A Brit In The FBI Thriller. Pocket Books. September '17. $9.99. 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."

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."

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 HOUR. Vision. September '18. $9.99. "#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.

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. Available in trade paperback. November '18. $15.95

Lovesey, Peter. ANOTHER ONE GOES TONIGHT. Soho Crime. July '17. $15.95. Sixteenth in the Detective Peter Diamond series. What would you do if you found out you saved the life of a serial killer? That's Detective Peter Diamond's dilemma in this entry of the wonderful series. It all starts when a police car skids off the road, killing one cop and badly injuring the other. While investigating the scene, Diamond finds a man on the side of the road that must have been involved in the accident. He does CPR on the victim while waiting for the ambulance, but starts to become suspicious of the man. While the man remains on life support, Diamond decides to find out more about him and begins to believe he just might be a serial killer.

Lovesey, Peter. BEAU DEATH: A Peter Diamond Investigation. Soho Crime. December '17. $27.95. Seventeenth in the series. Chief Inspector Peter Diamond is assigned to a very unusual case when a corpse, possibly from the 1700s, is found in an attic in Bath. A row of townhouses is being demolished and when a body is found, Diamond is sent there to find out if the dead man is actually the infamous Richard 'Beau' Nash. Was Beau killed centuries ago and left in the attic? The corpse is dressed in 1700s garb along with a hat that was Beau's signature. Diamond is looking forward to upsetting the The Beau Nash Society if it is actually Beau in that attic. The only problem is Diamond's constable who insists the body could not be Beau. Is this the case of a a very old murder, or a more recent one? Available in trade paperback. October '18. $16.95.

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