Suspense In Print K To Z
K TO Z
April 9, 2017
Konrath, J.A. DEAD ON MY FEET. Independently published. May '17. $10.99. First in the Phineas Troutt series. "His name is Phineas Troutt. He's a problem solver. If a woman is being stalked by her ex-husband, Phin can convince him to stop. If a union is being squeezed, Phin can squeeze the squeezer. He's not a mercenary. He's not a bodyguard. He's not a private dick. He's a guy who takes cash for solving problems with violence. When a doctor at a suburban women's health clinic is being harassed, she hires Phin to make it stop. But the situation proves to be larger, and more dangerous, than even he can handle on his own. So he calls in some friends to help out; a P.I. named Harry McGlade and a female cop named Jack Daniels... Phin has appeared in the bestselling novels WHISKEY SOUR, RUSTY NAIL, SHAKEN, RUM RUNNER, LAST CALL, and many others, but now he's finally the main character. Filled with the same action, humor, and intrigue as the Jack Daniels series, but with a grittier, hardboiled edge, DEAD ON MY FEET is the first in a Phin Troutt trilogy, which also includes DYING BREATH and EVERYBODY DIES."
Maine, Sarah. BEYOND THE WILD RIVER: A Novel. Atria Books. May '17. $16.00. This suspenseful and atmospheric historical mystery concerns a young woman's friend who disappeared after a double homicide. Evelyn Ballantyre joins her father on a trip from their Scotland home to North America in the late 1800s. She is excited to visit the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago after which they will go on a fishing expedition in Canada. After arriving in Canada, Evelyn is surprised when they met their guide who turns out to be none other than her old friend who vanished after a poacher and the gamekeeper were found dead. Although it was thought that James was the killer, Evelyn didn't believe that to be true. Will the truth about James and her father come to light after all these years? Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Dreamscape Media.
Mangan, John. INTO A DARK FRONTIER. Oceanview Publishing. September '17. $26.95. 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. Available in trade paperback. October '18. $16.00.
Mitzner, Adam. THE GIRL FROM HOME: A Thriller. Gallery Books. May '17. $16.00. The author is back with a gripping psychological suspense story about a millionaire who will do anything necessary to get anything he wants! The story revolves around Jonathan Caine, a millionaire who lives in a very expensive penthouse with a fantastic view, and a trophy wife. But it's not enough for him and then, he looses everything. He ends up back where he grew up taking care of his father, and decides to go to his high school reunion. At the reunion he hooks up with the high school prom queen, Jacqueline Williams. Their relationship is problematic due to her jealous and abusive husband. Can Jonathan put his life back together or will temptation be his ruin once again?
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.
Nakamura, Fuminori. THE KINGDOM. Soho Crime. April '17. $14.95. Translated by Kalau Almony. Yurika frquents the underworld of Tokyo, posing as a prostitute targeting wealthy, powerful men. She takes photographs of them in compromising positions and then blackmails them. She's doing fine on her own, but things start to become difficult when her past starts to catch up with her. Trying to keep a low profile, she crosses a notorious crime lord and must use every talent she possesses to escape.
Robards, Karen. THE ULTIMATUM. MIRA Books. June '17. $26.99. 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. Simultaneous release on MP3 CD from Brilliance Audio. Paperback edition. March '18. $9.99.
Thompson, Bonita. VULNERABLE: A Novel. Zane Presents/Strebor Books. June '16. $16.00. "In this tale of love and obsession set against a picturesque Seattle backdrop, the lives of four successful thirty-somethings collide in a life-altering moment that transforms loneliness into total destruction. When Rawn, a schoolteacher, and D'Becca, a supermodel, meet, their electric chemistry leads to a relationship of passion and intimacy that neither anticipates - until Rawn's seductive friend and colleague Sicily introduces him to emotionally fragile fashion designer Tamara. Sultry, beautiful, and dangerously unstable, Tamara develops a fixation with Rawn that leads to deception and an impulsive act of desperation that irrevocably intertwines four lives. Soon Rawn becomes a person of interest in a murder and the target of a media spectacle. Packed with sexy, page-turning drama, Vulnerable illustrates the complexity of desire and emotion, the weakness in human nature, and the fragility and spontaneity of fate."
Unger, Lisa. INK AND BONE: A Novel. Pocket Books. May '17. $7.99. The author's new psychological thriller follows Finley Montgomery, a twenty-five year old who sees the dead and and dreams of things in the future. When Finley can no longer deal with her 'gift,' she runs to the only person that can help her - her grandmother, Eloise, a well-known and respected psychic who lives in The Hollow, NY. But, instead of escaping her demons, Finley becomes involved in the investigation into the disappearance of a young girl when Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with Eloise, is hired to find her. Finley is forced to look into the towns' past and soon realizes that "The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what."
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?
Winkler, Mark. MY NAME IS NATHAN LUCIUS. Soho Crime. February '18. $25.95. 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? Simultaneous release in trade paperback. $17.64.
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