Suspense In Print K To Z
K TO Z
February 16, 2019
Mangan, John. INTO A DARK FRONTIER. Oceanview Publishing. October '18. $16.00. Part science fiction and part suspense, the book takes place "in the near future." After Africa becomes a lawless frontier where most of the population that remain are criminals and/or unhinged. Slade Crawford, an ex-Navy SEAL, falls apart after seeing too much action and the end of his marriage. The accidental death of his son puts him over the edge and if that's not enough, he's accused of being a terrorist! Fleeing to Africa where there is no law anymore, he becomes entangled with Gary Kraven, an American colonel. Slade is forced into going after a very dangerous blood cult. Learning the hard way that nothing is as it seems, Slade realizes he's in the midst of a struggle what could change history.
McGrath, Mel. GIVE ME THE CHILD. HQ. September '18. $12.99. What would you do if your doorbell rang in the middle of the night and you open it to find the police on your doorstep? If that isn't enough, how would you feel if the reason they are there is to bring you your husband's eleven-year-old illigimate child after her mother is found dead? Would you welcome this girl you never knew existed into your home? Twists and turns abound as the story reaches it's dark climax.
Nakamura, Fuminori. CULT X. Soho Crime. May '18. $27.95. 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. Available in trade paperback. April '19. $17.95.
Patterson, James & Clinton, Bill. THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING: A Novel. Little, Brown & Company and Knopf. June '18. $30.00. "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." Simultaneous release on Audio CD. Available in trade paperback. Grand Central. June '19. $17.99.
Robards, Karen. THE ULTIMATUM. MIRA Books. March '18. $9.99. The Guardian Book 1. Bianca St. Ives has a reputation for being the best thief and con artist in the business. As a child she was never interested in dolls or things most girls liked - she studied martial arts and explosives. Her father taught her well and took her into the family business. Now known as the Guardian, she helps her father run an international organization and makes money by swindling con men out of the money they steal. She had a bit of a problem with her last job though - she lost millions of dollars and some top secret government documents! She also lost her father who died during the job. Unfortunately, the US government doesn't believe her father Richard is dead. As one of the most wanted criminals for decades, they intend to use Bianca as bait to find him. Now Bianca must find the truth behind what really happened on that last job. Available on MP3 CD from Brilliance Audio.
Shah, Bina. BEFORE SHE SLEEPS. Delphinium Books. August '18. $25.00. 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. Available in trade paperback. Delphinium. August '19. $15.00.
Starr, Jason. FUGITIVE RED. Oceanview Publishing. November '18. $16.00. "Love on the Internet gone wrong... Reminiscent of Nick and Amy in GONE GIRL, Jack and Maria have a tortuous history. Currently, they live in a claustrophobic Manhattan apartment with their eight-year-old son, Jonah. Jack has quit booze, but his music career ended abruptly, and he isn't doing much better as a real estate agent. Maria's doing well at her corporate job, but she travels frequently. While they both love their son, they don't seem to have much else in common and their sex life is nonexistent. `When a former band member tells Jack about a new extramarital dating app called Discreet Hookups, Jack quickly meets Sophia, who goes by the online name Fugitive Red. Jack and Sophia hit it off and have a steamy online affair. When Jack agrees to rendezvous with Sophia at her townhouse, he discovers her dead - strangled by a red necktie. Immediately, Jack becomes a person of interest in the murder. Convinced that Sophia's husband is the killer, Jack sets out to prove his innocence and save his marriage. Instead, he leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake, and the police close in on him. Worse, he discovers that he has been the victim of a sinister scheme that may cost him his life."
Walters, Minette. THE LAST HOURS. MIRA. August '18. $26.99. 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. Soho Crime. February '19. $15.95.
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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