Suspense In Print A To J


November 10, 2017

Block, Lawrence. KELLER'S FEDORA. CreateSpace. February '18. $9.99. "A NEW HAT. FOR A NEW HIT. Happily retired, living under a new name with his wife and daughter, Keller thought he was out of the murder-for-hire business. Until he got the call from his old employer, asking him to tackle the most unusual assignment of his career. The client's wife is having an affair, and Keller's been hired to get rid of her lover. But who is this mysterious lover? The husband doesn't know - he only knows that she has one, and he wants the man dead. It's an opportunity for Keller to try his hand at the private eye game, investigating the adulterous spouse. And yes, he does buy himself a new hat for the occasion, a fedora worthy of any film noir detective. But in this puzzling situation, with more than one potential lover in the picture and more than one potential solution, is Keller going to be a black hat or a white hat - or something in between?"

Clark, Mary Higgins. I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU. Simon & Schuster. April '18. $26.99. "When a terrible crime shocks a New Jersey community, all signs point to one suspect. But if he's innocent as he claims, it means the murderer is still out there... After throwing a party when her parents were away, 18-year-old Kerry Dowling is discovered lifeless at the bottom of the family pool. The police immediately question Kerry's boyfriend, who - despite proclaiming his love for her - was seen arguing with Kerry that night. As neighbors and classmates grieve the loss of their friend, Kerry's 28-year-old sister Aline, a guidance counselor, searches for answers. She'll do anything to help the Detective Mike Wilson learn what really happened the night Kerry was killed. Was someone watching Kerry the night of the murder? For Aline, the truth could be deadly." Available in paperback. Pocket Books. March '19. $8.99.

Collins, Max Allan. QUARRY'S CLIMAX. Hard Case Crime. December 17. $9.95. Fourteenth in the series. "Memphis, 1975. 'Raunchy' doesn't begin to describe Max Climer's magazine, Climax, or his all-hours strip club, or his planned video empire. And evangelists, feminists, and local watchdog groups all want him out of business. But someone wants more than that, and has hired a killer to end Max's career permanently. Only another hit man - the ruthless professional known as Quarry, star of the acclaimed series on Cinemax - can keep Climer from becoming a casualty in the Sexual Revolution."

Friis, Agnete. WHAT MY BODY REMEMBERS. Soho Crime. April '18. $15.95. Translated by Lindy Falk van Rooyen. The bestselling author strikes out on her own with a story about a mother trying to protect her son. As a young girl Ella Nygaard, now in the mid twenties, witnessed the murder of her mother by her father. Although she doesn't remember anything, her chronic panic attacks indicate some memories are buried deep inside her mind. When her son is taken by social services after one of her attacks, she vows to find him and get him back. She grabs her son from the foster home where he was placed and leaves town returning to the Denmark town where she was born. She hides in her grandmother's abandoned house while trying to figure out how to legally have her son returned to her. Returning to the seaside town brings back memories of her childhood that she has buried for so many years. She begins to wonder if her father really murdered her mother and what other secrets were hidden from her. Can her memories free her or will they put her and her son in danger?

Ginsberg, Matt. FACTOR MAN. Zowie Press. March '18. $13.99. A Book that certainly fits into this century! Somebody who calls them self the Factor Man claims to have developed the newest and most powerful technology since the debut of the atom bomb. They claim that they can easily shut down the internet. The newspapers are desperate to interview him, the FBI wants him under their protection, while he is a marked man by the Chinese government. Yet nobody knows who this 'Factor Man' is. Journalist William Burkett has no idea if the anonymous tip he received by email from the Factor Man is a hoax, or if the man or woman really has discovered what scientists are calling 'God's Algorithm.' Is Factor Man playing a game, or is he or she for real? Factor Man solves very complex mathematical problems online during a countdown to revealing their identity. But, will he be able to survive the Chinese assassin on his trail?

Hamalainen, Karo. CRUEL IS THE NIGHT. Soho Crime. April '18. $15.95. Translated by Owen Witesman. The first English translation by the prize-winning Finnish author takes the reader into Agatha Christie territory with a comedic locked-room murder mystery. It all begins with a reunion dinner attended by four friends who had a falling out 10 years prior. One of them, investigative journalist Mikko, is planning a murder and expects to get away with it. Each of the others is angry with somebody at the dinner table and there are several weapons laying around the room. Who will still be alive by the end of the meal?

James, GP. MELTDOWN. Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. May '18. $13.95. Straight from the headlines, the plot delves into climate change, nuclear power plants, and the energy crisis. It all begins at the Bear Mountain Nuclear Energy Center, which is close to the Ramapo fault line in New Jersey, close to New York City. When an earthquake hits Peekskill, NY, the power plant looses control of one of the reactors and the plant manager, Trace Crane, tries to regain control while his wife searches for their daughter. Things take a turn for the worse as radiation leaks from the plant and Trace must decide if he should try to save the plant, along with the entire East Coast, or take off to find his family.

Jewell, Lisax. I FOUND YOU: A Novel. Atria Books. March '18. $16.00. Intertwined tales make for a suspenseful novel! It begins in a seaside town in England where a single mother finds a man sitting near her house. He doesn't know who he is, what his name is, or where he comes from so she invites him into her home. In London, a young bride married for just three weeks, can't find her husband. Alone in a foreign country, she reports his disappearance to the police only to learn that no such person exists! Time shifts to twenty-three years ago when a teenage brother and sister are on holiday in a seaside town with their parents. A young man starts to pay the sister a lot of attention while the brother doesn't trust him. At the center of the novel that covers twenty years of secrets, a missing husband who never existed, and a man with no memory. What links them all together?

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