Suspense In Print A To Z


May 4, 2023

Acquista, Victor. REVELATION: The Saga of Venom and Flame. BHC Press. August '22. $16.95. Book 2 of 2 in the series. The secret order of the Illuminati have been arranging catastrophic events around the world for eons in order to establish a 'New World Order' and take control of mankind. The only ones standing in their way is another secret organization with ties to Atlantis, led by trained warrior Serena Mendez. Serena must decipher seven mysterious messages in order to survive and reveal a secret that will change the world for the better. "Rich in history and mythology, The Saga of Venom and Flame is a gripping battle between the masters of mind control and the brave warriors who oppose them as they fight to prevent a mounting apocalypse of death and destruction."

Bailey, Anna. WHERE THE TRUTH LIES: A Novel. Atria Books. June '22. $17.00. The secrets of the small town of town of Whistling Ridge are aired after a teenaged girl disappears. Emma, Abigail's best friend disagrees with the police who think the girl just ran away. She was with Abigail at a party in the woods, but left before her friend. When the police find evidence in the woods the town's secrets begin to unravel with dire consequences. As Emma digs into her friend's disappearce, she learns that Abigail's family were hiding a lot of secrets and other people in the town could not be trusted. As Emma follows the clues she realizes she didn't really know her friend that well after all.

Baldacci, David. SIMPLY LIES: A Psychological Thriller. Grand Central Publishing. April '23. $30.00. "A twisting new psychological thriller in which two women - one a former detective, the other a dangerous con artist - go head-to-head in an electrifying game of cat and mouse. Mickey Gibson, single mother and former detective, leads a hectic life similar to that of many moms: juggling the demands of her two small children with the tasks of her job working remotely for ProEye, a global investigation company that hunts down wealthy tax and credit cheats. When Mickey gets a call from a colleague named Arlene Robinson, she thinks nothing of Arlene's unusual request for her to go inventory the vacant home of an arms dealer who cheated ProEye's clients and fled. That is, until she arrives at the mansion to discover a dead body in a secret room - and that nothing is as it seems. Not only does the arms dealer not exist but the murder victim turns out to be Harry Langhorne, a man with mob ties who used to be in Witness Protection. What's more, no one named Arlene Robinson works at ProEye. In the blink of an eye, Gibson has become a prime suspect in a murder investigation - and now her job is also on the line until she proves that she was set up. Before long, Gibson is locked in a battle of wits with a brilliant woman with no name, a hidden past, and unknown motives - whose end game is as mysterious as it is deadly."

Putnam, David. THE SCORNED. Oceanview Publishing. February '23. $27.95. A Bruno Johnson Thriller. Bruno Johnson, an ex-cop and and ex-con has been hiding out in Costa Rica along with his pregnant Marie, and ten children they rescued from South Central Los Angeles. His wife's delivery doesn't go smoothly and Bruno can't turn down a request from the doctor who helped Marie and their son survive. All Dr. Vargas asks is for Bruno to bring his daughter home from LA where she to college. The problem is that the doctor's daughter, Layla, is involved with the leader of a criminal enterprise who exploit women and children. Layla tells Bruno that has had a baby with the criminal and that he took the baby. Finding that nothing is as it appears, can Bruno find the baby and return him and Layla to Costa Rica - without getting caught in the U.S.?

Rubinstein, Mark. ASSASSIN'S LULLABY. Thunder Lake Press. June '22. $16.99. Eli Dagan, almost forty years old, became an assassin working for the Mossad due to past traumas. Now living in New York City, he has become a contract killer. He's hired by a mafia boss who want to permanently disappear and needs to remove any loose ends. Offering a million dollars, Eli can't turn the job down and hopes it will lead to a better life in this page-turner.

Starr, Jason. THE NEXT TIME I DIE. Hard Case Crime. July '22. $14.95. From the author: "A paranoid thriller in the mind-bending tradition of Philip K. Dick and The Twilight Zone, THE NEXT TIME I DIE will draw you into its claustrophobic web of suspense and leave you questioning everything you think you know. DYING WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING. Steven Blitz didn't think about his own safety when he saw the man trying to force a woman into his car. He stepped in to defend her, and got a knife to the gut for his troubles. But when he wakes up in the hospital from what should have been a fatal wound, he finds the whole world changed - a different president in the White House, a loving family when he'd been on the verge of divorce, more money in the bank than he's ever seen. There's a dark side, though: in this world, Steven Blitz is not a good man. And now he's got to get himself out of serious trouble without even knowing what it is he's done wrong."

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