Suspense In Print A To Z






A TO Z



October 8, 2020

Block, Lawrence. THE BURGLAR IN SHORT ORDER. Subterranean. Deluxe Hardcover edition. March '20. $30.00. "Four decades ago, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block introduced the world to one of his most beloved and enduring creations: Bernie Rhodenbarr, the clever, nimble-fingered star of novels such as Burglars Can't Be Choosers, The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling, and The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons.... Bernie has stolen not only antiques, stamp collections, and priceless works of art but also millions of readers' hearts. Now, for all those craving more adventures of their favorite bookseller-by-day and burglar-by-night, HE BURGLAR IN SHORT ORDER for the first time ever collects all of Bernie's short-form appearances in one complete volume. From the story in which a prototype of Bernie first appeared ('A Bad Night For Burglars') to his appearances in Playboy and (maybe? It's kinda complicated) Cosmopolitan...from an essay discussing Bernie's misadventures in Hollywood (how in the world did Whoopi Goldberg ever get cast?) to a piece commissioned by a European publisher for a tourist guide to New York...you'll find every published story, article, and standalone excerpt Bernie has ever appeared in - plus two new, unpublished pieces: an introduction discussing the character's colorful origins and an afterword in which the author, contemplating retirement, comes face to face with his own creation. In all of mystery fiction, there has never been a character like Bernie - and in this, his dozenth book, he demonstrates all the charm and wit and kleptophilic ingenuity that has made two generations of readers welcome their favorite burglar into their homes."



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...?"



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. November '19. $17.00. 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.



Mason, Jamie. THE HIDDEN THINGS. Gallery Books. March '20. $16.99. 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. Available on Audio CD from Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio.



Patterson, James & Clinton, Bill. THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING: A Novel. Grand Central. October '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. October '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.



Walker, Caroline Louise. MAN OF THE YEAR. Gallery Books. August '20. $16.00. 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. Available on Audio CD.



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