The Professionals K To Z
K TO Z
August 18, 2017
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 BEATH: 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?
Lovesey, Peter. DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN. Soho Press. September '16. $15.95. Fifteenth in the Peter Diamond series. Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is pushed into an internal affairs case by his irritating supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Georgina Dallymore, and has to accompany her to a Sussex town. There to investigate a detective who was suspended for covering up evidence to protect a relative in an old murder case, things become personal for Diamond when he learns that the officer in question is an old friend. While in the area, Diamond ends up looking into the disappearance of a disliked art teacher who taught at a private girls school. As he investigates, he starts to see connections between the old murder case and the missing teacher and must determine if he the two cases are connected and what else has been covered up.
Maron, Margaret. TAKE OUT. Grand Central. July '17. $27.00. From the publisher: "Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated. As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely? Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks. In her newest gripping mystery, Margaret Maron's beautifully drawn characters and unpredictable plot twists prove once again why she's one of today's most beloved writers."
Neville, Stuart. SO SAY THE FALLEN. Soho Crime. June '17. $15.95. Sixth in The Belfast Series. Belfast Police Detective Serena Flanagan is called in to investigate a possible suicide when car dealer Henry Garrick is found dead. Garrick had been in a very serious car accident and there is no evidence of any foul play. Yet Serena smells something fishy. Her investigation takes her to the widow, Roberta Garrick, who Serena believes is not what she seems to be.
Neville, Stuart. THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND. Soho Crime. September '16. $15.95. Fifth in the Belfast series. Which brother killed their foster father? At the age of twelve, Ciaran Devine confessed to killing his foster father. After seven years in jail, he is being released and will soon be reunited with his older brother, Thomas. Due to Ciaran's testimony, Thomas, also at the crime scene and covered in blood, had his sentence mitigated. But DCI Serena Flanagan, the officer who finally got the confession from Ciaran, was never sure she got the truth about the killing. Ciaran's release could mean a lot of trouble for several people, including Serena Flanagan, who recently returned to the force after a bout with breast cancer.
Norton, Graham. HOLDING: A Novel. Atria Books. August '17. $25.00. Sergeant P.J. Collins becomes involved in his first big case in the small, remote, Irish village of Duneen when the remains of a body are found buried on an old farm. Believed to be the body of Tommy Burke, known to have been involved with at least two village inhabititants, Collins is overwhelmed as he tries to solve the crime and looks beneath the idyllic town's facade into old secrets and lies.
Patterson, James & Paetro, Maxine. 15th AFFAIR. Grand Central. November '16. $15.99. A Women's Murder Club Book. "Detective Lindsay Boxer chases an elusive suspect...her husband. As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay's life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay's husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women's Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth. Filled with pulse-pounding international intrigue, 15TH AFFAIR proves that all is fair in love, war, and espionage."
Pronzini, Bill. THE VIOLATED: A Novel. Deckle Edge. March '17. $26.00. "A new stand-alone thriller by an acclaimed master of the genre and author of the Nameless Detective series. Bill Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards - a clean sweep of the crime fiction award field - and received rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful stories, often from multiple perspectives, in which the human condition is on full display. THE VIOLATED is no exception. In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives - Martin Torrey's wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles - until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion. THE VIOLATED is Bill Pronzini at the height of his storytelling powers." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Blackstone Audio.
Quartey, Kwei. DEATH BY HIS GRANCE: A Darko Dawson Investigation Set In Ghana. Soho Crime. September '17. $26.95. Fifth in the series. A high society marriage is all the people of Accra, Ghana are talking about. The gossip goes into high drive when it's learned that the wife, Katherine Yeboah, can't have children. Here husband's family accuses her of practicing witchcraft and the marriage starts to fall apart forcing her husband, Solomon, to throw her out of the house. Then, on her final night before leaving, Katherine is brutally murdered. Assigned to the case, Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police has several reasons for wanting to discover who killed Katherine, including the fact that she was his wife's cousin. His investigation leads him to several possible suspects including her husband, her ex-lover and her very wealthy pastor. As he sifts through the clues Darko is forced to look into the important role played by religion in the area and must face his own inner turmoil.
Starr, Jason. GOTHAM: DAWN OF DARKNESS. Titan Books. February '17. $7.99. "'GOTHAM' is an American crime-drama television series from Warner Bros. Television developed by Bruno Heller, based on the characters from DC Comics in their Batman mythology - centering on a young Bruce Wayne, then-detective James Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, a pre-Catwoman Selina Kyle, as well as a rogues gallery of burgeoning villains before they became known as the Penguin, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Two-Face and more. A break-in at Wayne Manor. The death of a masked intruder. Amid the seething crime and corruption of Gotham City, Thomas Wayne fights to protect his family and his company from forces unknown. While detective Harvey Bullock investigates the incident as a simple burglary, Wayne discovers that the threat may come from his own dark past."
Todd, Charles. RACING THE DEVIL: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery. William Morrow. February '17. $26.99. "Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series. On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the war - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919, the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows - or will admit to knowing - which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar. Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Or premeditated murder? Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains above Nice the year before? The dead driver wasn't in France - although the motorcar he drove was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim after all? Investigating this perplexing case, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the truth is elusive - and that the villages on the South Downs, where the accident happened, are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search. Determined to remain in the shadows this faceless killer is willing to strike again to stop Rutledge from finding him. This time, the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge's skill to stop him before an innocent young life is sacrificed." Available in trade paperback. December '17. $14.99.
Williams, Timothy. THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE. he Second Day of the Renaissance: A Commissario Trotti Investigaation Set In Northern Italy. Soho Crime. May '17. $26.95. Sixth in the series. After a long and successful career as a police detective in River Po, Northern Italy, the Commissario has retired. His retirement, however, doesn't last long when an old friend warns him that a well-known hitman has returned to Italy to kill him. Trotti isn't very surprised at the news though - it isn't that unexpected consdering his long career and the mistakes he made. In an effort to escape the hitman, Trotti travels around Italy and searches for clues to an old murder case that was never solved. Will this investigation help him to evade the hitman and save his family?
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