Suspense In Print A To Z
A TO Z
January 17, 2020
Clark, Mary Higgins. I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU. Pocket Books. March '19. $8.99. "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."
Clark, Mary Higgins & Burke, Alafair. YOU DON'T OWN ME. Pocket Books. October '19. $8.99. "The 'Queen of Suspense' Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke are here with their fifth enthralling mystery in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series as television producer Laurie Moran must solve the murder of a celebrity doctor - before a mysterious stalker plots his next move. Television producer Laurie Moran recently became engaged to her investigative television show's former host, Alex Buckley, and since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding, preparing for Alex's confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, and searching for the perfect New York City home for their new life together. But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin's disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra's guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son's case on Under Suspicion, ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate. As Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn't the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I'm sure she's going to be missed...?"
Cole, Courtney. MINE: A Novel. Gallery Books. May '19. $16.00. "Tessa was prepared for the hurricane. Lindsey was the storm she didn't see coming." While getting the house ready for a hurricane about to hit, Tessa Taylor finds nude pictures of a young woman named Lindsey on her husband's iPad. With her husband out of town and the hurricane approaching, Tessa's life begins to unravel. Not knowing what to do, she eventually manages to lure her husband's mistress to their home. Both women love the same man - which one will keep him? Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio.
Collins, Max Allan. KILLING QUARRY. Hard Case Crime. November '19. $9.95. "The hitman hero of the acclaimed series Quarry on Cinemax returns with an all-new assignment. Quarry, star of 13 previous novels, a comic book and the acclaimed Cinemax TV series, returns in an all-new assignment that takes the hitman's hitman into uncharted territory, when he finds out that for the first time someone has taken out a hit on him. And is the mysterious killer assigned to hit the hitman someone from Quarry's past? Maybe even a past lover...?
Collins, Megan. THE WINTER SISTER. Atria Books. February '19. $26.00. A haunting debut about a woman who's past crashes into the present. When her estranged mother begins treatment for cancer, Sylvie returns home to help her and begins to unravel the murder of her sister, Persephone. Missing for three days before her body was found, Persephone's murderer was never caught. The situation becomes even more complicated when Sylvie learns that her sister's boyfriend, Ben, somebody she suspected killed her sister, is a nurse at the cancer center where her mother is receiving care. While trying to deal with her mother, Sylvie starts to investigate what really happened to Persephone the night she died. Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio. Trade paperback edition. November '19. $17.00.
Mason, Jamie. THE HIDDEN THINGS. Gallery Books. August '19. $26.00. Based on the actual theft of a 17th century painting that was never recovered, the book fast forwards to present day where the painting causes major problems. When a home security camera records a home invasion that shows a teen named Carly fighting for her life, it quickly goes viral online. She survives, but what can be barely seen in a corner of the room changes the lives of four people in ways they never expected and Carly's stepfather will do whatever is necessary to keep a dark secret hidden. There is no way he can explain how that stolen painting could be hanging in his house. When the art dealer that was brutally attacked when the painting was stolen learns about the video all she wants to get the painting back. The man that stole the painting has to retrieve it so he can bring it to the people who hired him to steal it - and he will kill to get it back. But it's Carly who works to discover the truth to make things right. Simultaneous release in trade paperback from Simon & Schuster. $13.00. Available on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio.
Millman, Jode. THE MIDNIGHT CALL. Immortal Works. June '19. $14.99. Attorney Jessie Martin, never imagined that her mentor and friend would betray her, let alone turn out to be a murderer! It all starts with a late night call from high school teacher Terrence Butterfield who tell her he killed somebody and begs for her help. Jessie immediately goes to his aid and after arriving at his house finds the body of a teenage boy in the basement. She never thought her good friend would try to implicate her in the murder and puts her life on the line for him. Now she must clear her name and figure out if Terrence is a monster in disguise.
Nakamura, Fuminori. CULT X. Soho Crime. April '19. $17.95. Translated by Kalau Almony. "The magnum opus by Japanese literary sensation Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X is a story that dives into the psychology of fringe religion, obsession, and social disaffection." The story was inspired by the sarin gas attack by a group of terrorists in 1995, and delves into what attracts people to become extremists. When Ryoko Tachibana disappears her boyfriend, Toru Narazaki, sets out to find her. He hires a private detective who warns him that looking for her would be very dangerous. The only clue Toru has is an old address in Tokyo that turns out to be the headquarters of a cult. Toru joins the cult trying to find out where Ryoko is. He has no idea of what he got himself into and ends up inside a very violent group.
Patterson, James & Clinton, Bill. THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING: A Novel. Grand Central. June '19. $17.99. "THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view ... Set over the course of three days, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years."
Peikoff, Kira. MOTHER KNOWS BEST. Crooked Lane Books. September '19. $26.99. A genetic experiment disrupts the lives of everybody involved in this psychological thriller. Claire Abrams wants nothing more than a family and is besides herself when he son dies from a genetic mutation that she passed on to him. So, when she hears about a doctor that can work miracles with genetic manipulation, she jumps at the chance. Working with the doctor and his assistant, Jillian, Claire is delighted when she becomes pregnant, assured the baby did not have any mutations. But when news leaks about the experiment Claire runs off with the doctor leaving his assistant to take the fall. Problems begin ten years later when Claire's daughter, Abigail, begins to ask questions. Things get worse when Jillian gets out of prison comes looking for the doctor and the girl she thinks should be her daughter.
Shah, Bina. BEFORE SHE SLEEPS. Delphinium Books. August '19. $15.00. If you liked "The Handmaid's Tale," this is the book for you! Following along the lines of the film, the story takes place in South West Asia where war has decimated the number of men. The government, in an attempt to correct the situation, is forcing woman to marry several men in order to bear children as fast as possible. Yet, living underground are woman who refuse to be manipulated. They are protected by powerful men who crave their company for non-sexual purposes. But these men aren't powerful enough to protect them forever. Written to illustrate the plight of women in repressive Muslim countries, this book depicts a dark and frightening future. Trade paperback edition.
Walker, Caroline Louise. MAN OF THE YEAR. Gallery Books. June '19. $26.00. Sag Harbor's Man of the Year, Dr. Robert Hart, seems to have it all: a beautiful new wife, a new house, a yacht, and medical practice that is doing quite well. But it all starts to fall apart after allowing his son's college roommate to stay in their guest house for the summer. Robert becomes concerned when he begins to notice that their guest seems to be paying way too much attention to his wife. It's all down hill from there as Robert becomes more and more paranoid and begins to destroy everybody around him. Simultaneous release on Audio CD. Available in trade paperback. August '20. $16.00.
Walters, Minette. THE LAST HOURS. Soho Crime. February '19. $15.95. A fascinating historical look at medieval times and the Black Death as seen through the eyes of an feisty, educated woman who has learned to think for herself. In June of 1348, when the Black Death began to ravage England, fear spread and people started to believe they were being punished by God. Having been educated by nuns, Lady Anne of Develish doesn't buy into the hysteria and while her brute of a husband is away from the manor, she decides to protect her people. She moves all of the serfs into the manor which is surrounded by a moat. She then locks the gates and refuses to allow anybody in, including her husband. Problems mount as food begins to run low and people become more and more afraid of the unknown. How long can they hold out? How long will they be safe? Simultaneous release on Audion CD from Blackstone Audio. Trade paperback edition.
Winkler, Mark. MY NAME IS NATHAN LUCIUS. Soho Crime. February '19. $15.95. This taunt psychological thriller asks the question 'would you be able to help a dying friend end their life?' Nathan Lucius is asked this question by his one and only friend, Madge, who is dying slowly of cancer. If he helps her to end her life, is he commiting murder and should he be condemned for it? And exactly what are the implications for Nathan himself?
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