Hannah is a modern-day queen of suspense and just about anything she writes is sure to leave your spine tingling. In The Next to Die , a serial killer is marking his victims by presenting them with cryptic books, and a standup comedian finds herself with one of those very books, presumably next in line for the slaughter.
Hannah moves the action along but always knows just where to linger as the terror settles in and spreads across every facet of the story. In Last Night , her NYPD detective explores the world of Brighton Beach, an old Russian stronghold, but in this case, cross-cultural identity and privileges complicate matters. Ellis takes a balanced, penetrating look at trauma and the lasting impact of crime. This hipster mystery hipstery? What happened to Edie is connected with a secret one or more of her friends has been hiding.
This is a fever dream of a novel, a portrait of a hypocritical, oppressive society and the strained, uncanny lives of its citizens. Michele W. Parks continues to bring us hard-boiled fiction set in Glasgow in the s, a town and setting that should get the noir fan sitting up straight in anticipation of some of the most brutal and beautiful prose around.
In in Belfast, Jean McConville was brutally abducted from her home and children in one of the most horrifying incidents of The Troubles; her remains would not be found for over thirty years. In the meantime, though her attack was an open secret, nobody would come forward to authorities with information about the culprits. New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe frames this penetrating study of The Troubles and the aftermath with an in-depth look at the McConville case.
Long overdue answers are unearthed in the dogged investigation, but a bigger perspective is also presented: through interviews and archival work, Radden Keefe brings readers to the very heart of the trauma, to the atrocities committed on both sides, and to the very human cost. Early spring brings us a new Donna Leon novel once again, this one the twenty-eighth in the ever popular, ever enjoyable Commissario Guido Brunetti series.
This time, the Commissario is being asked to take on an investigation of a more personal nature, when an elderly and aristocratic family friend states his intention to adopt a young man of mysterious origins and to make him his heir. Family and professional duties intersect as a murder investigation also unfolds; and of course Venice is always at its most beguiling and enchanting when seen through the lens of a Leon mystery.
Russell is always sharp with the procedural aspects of crime, but here he branches out into some memorably haunting atmospherics. With this follow-up to the debut, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions , Giordano looks to cement the series starring Auntie Poldi, retiree, wine aficionado, a woman of honor with a nose for mystery and an appreciation for the many delights of the Sicilian countryside. The Auntie Pold mysteries offer up plenty of great armchair traveling and detection, bringing a strong note of the sensual back to the southern European mystery. Anna Smith is a longtime reporter turning to crime fiction in a big way, with this high-octane, finely observed thriller.
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Typical to Parks work, this one will keep readers gripped from the first page and promises plenty of heart-pounding action and a few bad guys taught the hard ways of justice. American Mystery Classics continues to turn up lost gems and authors for mystery lovers to re-discover. Armstrong was herself an accomplished playwright and is an informed, witty guide to a fascinating subculture. In this extremely French take on gentrification, land fraud, and other capitalist schemes, a real estate developer is cast into the sea in a depressed northern town after his plans to revitalize the area with a gleaming new seaside resort fail to come to fruition.
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Kistler, a former Philadelphia litigator, makes a highly toured debut with House on Fire , a domestic suspense novel that looks at a very modern family experiencing a moment of tumult after a drunk-driving accident kills one child and puts the other on trial for manslaughter. Kistler has a clear mastery of the legal drama but also a deft touch with complicated family dynamics and the tightening noose of a trauma that refuses all efforts at a cut-and-dry solution. Joe R. From the originator of splatter-gore and author of the East Texas-set Hap and Leonard series comes a new adventure for his odd couple of investigators and their no-nonsense boss who, after many years of a Sam-and-Diane situation, is now married to Hap.
Hap and Leonard are trying to get home through one of the worst floods in memory and floods are no joke in pine country when the happen upon a fugitive woman with two goons in hot pursuit. An English teacher with an expansive knowledge of gothic literature finds herself tangled in a web of murder and mystery that begins more and more to be a kind of twisted work of gothic storytelling in this impressive new mystery. Griffiths writes at the perfect intersection of procedural and psychological thriller, with her latest adding a strong dose of dark atmospherics to spin a truly unnerving story.
In this wicked historical thriller set in Stockholm, a mutilated body is the start to an investigation that brings in every class and every corner of the city, in what promises to be one of the most well-researched historicals of the year. But, for those who need a bit more enticement, know that this novel is also about nostalgia and cinephilia and Cold War spycraft and also maybe Hitler survived and needs to be caught.
D ouble Exposure is standout spy fiction sure to win over readers, hopefully heralding the launch of a new thriller series. An electrifying debut from Australian author J. Pomare has a firm grip on the psychological torment and striving that piece this complex, riveting story together. Fresh from his triumphant conclusion to the Natchez Burning trilogy, Greg Iles once again looks to entertain and educate in equal measure.
In his latest, the murder of an archaologist prompts an investigation into local history by a hot-shot D. Blaedel knows suspense and dread, both of which infuse her pages with a special kind of momentum. Ratliff has been opening eyes with his penetrating journalism from far-flung corners of the tech and criminal underworld for years, putting him in a perfect position to tell the shocking story of Paul LeRoux, a crime kingpin for the new century.
Box has been mastering the modern-day western with his series focused on Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden with a hardened set of principles and a tendency to come up against tough company on his parkland. Wolf Pack involves drones, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the quest to bring killers—of wildlife and of people—to justice. Box has made a strong case to stand among the luminaries of modern crime fiction.
The couple at the center of My Lovely Wife may seem like an ordinary suburban family, but as we know from many, many, domestic suspense novels, appearances are bound to be deceiving. The catalyst for this erosion? An American academic in the throes of a personal crises attends a conference at a mountain resort in Switzerland…and then the world basically ends.
Except, that is, for the attendees of the conference, survivors of a world cataclysm who attempt to keep their wits about them as they solve a very local mystery: the tragic death of a young girl, with all the hotel residents suspected of the crime. In , two girls were kidnapped from a mall outside Washington D. The kidnappers left few viable clues and while the region was glued to the story, authorities were stymied. Bowden, now an acclaimed author of epic crime and war histories, knows the case inside and out—he was a young reporter just starting out in Baltimore when he was tasked with covering the story.
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In The Last Stone, he dives back into the case alongside the detectives and tells with enormous skill and empathy the story of those missing girls and the effort to bring their assailants to justice. Scottoline is a suspense master, with all the usual thrills and insights on display. Feeney is quickly establishing herself as a luminary of psychological thrillers, a reputation this novel is sure to bolster. This is suspense as it was meant to be written.
The premise of Women Talking is simple but terrifying: there have been a series of rapes in a small Mennonite village, the men responsible have been charged but will soon be forgiven by the elders of their community, and the women of the village have gathered to determine the proper course of action: stay and do nothing, stay and fight, or leave.
This is the first stand-alone from author of the Lou Norton series, Rachel Howzell Hall, who knows her genre just as well as she knows her city of Los Angeles. Hall is an expert at capturing a giant metropolis, and we can wait to see her talents on display in a more intimate, locked-room setting. The final installment includes a clever twist on the English country manor mystery, with agents from the Golden Sentinels surveilling the glamorous guests at a weekend affair.
The most charming man in crime fiction takes a vacation from 44 Scotland Street and Mme. Kim is expert at finding the humanity inside the other, the comedy inside the tragedy, and the twisted within the seemingly normal. Henry-level irony mixed with an Italo Calvino style of humanism.
Between centuries of slavery, and another century and a half of slavery by other names, was a glorious period known as Reconstruction, the memory of which the United States has tried to erase ever since, opting for a narrative of uninterrupted progress, instead of the realistic messiness of history, wherein millions of people can have their rights restored, then have those rights taken away 10 years later.
This is the story of the first Ku Klux Klan, formed during Reconstruction as the weapon for depriving freed slaves of their newly-won civil rights, and the government forces who attempted to fight the extreme violence of the KKK, only to yield to nearly all of its wishes within a decade. Collins is a crime fiction icon who never fails to produce and whose books never fail to grip. A triple murder spoils the festivities and requires a dogged investigation from the chief, who has her own complicated history with the town and the victims.
In Years , Elliott takes us to Scotland. Alisa Calder just inherited the Manse, a gothic house in the Highlands where she was born and raised. But Alisa has spent her life trying to escape her memories of the Manse and has no plans to return. Premantle is one of the most electric writers working in the historical space today. This time the story centers on two sisters, one working her way into publishing, the other married to a star attorney, with a few simmering secrets between them and an untimely death that brings the two women back together.
Burke brings readers into an enticing world and then shatters them with one startling revelation after another, always keeping a firm grip on the suspense and packing each sentence full with feeling. A new Ellroy novel is always cause for excitement amongst crime readers, but especially so with The Storm , which fills in some of the gaps of his epic and still evolving alternate history of L.
This one is set during WWII in Los Angeles, with a startling look at police profiteering, the rise of fascism in midcentury America, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and a generally mind-altering exploration of the ideological battles of good and evil fought contemporaneous to the famous battles of WWII. Murder Investigation Atlantic Monthly Press. This is true crime journalism at its most dynamic. Your email address will not be published. Photo courtesy of David Rosenfelt.
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