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Under the Water

This twisted tale of infidelity and revenge demonstrates how fragile family life can be. An optional purchase best for fans of racy suspense novels.

The Never Game

This is a sure bet for fans of suspense and will find a home with those who like their protagonists to be a central part of the mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

They All Fall Down

Hall's ("Lou Norton" series) stand-alone homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None contains very little suspense or drama as each unlikable character is exposed as despicable and then killed off. And while unreliable narrators are definitely on trend, Miriam's voice is so muddled and flighty that it will leave readers exasperated rather than titillated. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]


This work is grittier and coarser than previous titles in the series. Gone is the amusing banter between Dodson and IQ; instead, readers are subjected to numerous and explicit torture scenes, ranging from Abu Ghraib to current-day California. Purchase only where the series has a strong following. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

The Disappearing

There is much to digest in this richly atmospheric tale told through the alternating perspectives of four main characters. Roy (Bent Road; Until She Comes Home) is a skilled and deft wordsmith, but the tortuous plot fails to form a cohesive story. An optional purchase. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]

The Long Silence: A 1920s Hollywood Noir Mystery

Based on the real-life (and still unsolved) 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor, O'Donovan's (Dublin Dead) historical series launch is sprinkled with cameos by iconic stars such as Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford, and filled with deliciously evil villains and glamorous backdrops. A winner with fans of Old Hollywood.

I Bring Sorrow: And Other Stories of Transgression

This collection of 26 distinct and penetrating tales belongs in all libraries. Just when the reader thinks they've found the best one, they'll turn the page and fall in love all over again. Strongly recommended for fans of suspense and enthusiasts of the short form.

Last Ferry Home

While sometimes bordering on the clich├ęd, this latest from Harrington (The Good Physician) nevertheless delivers quite a punch. The alternating time lines keep readers on their toes and do a stellar job of creating a sense of impending doom. The author also fleshes out several minor characters and story lines with depth and color that add greatly to this noir tale.

Righteous: An IQ Novel

A winning combination of skillful writing and flawless pacing, this second series outing is packed with adrenaline-inducing scenes along with a colorful cast of violent and treacherous villains. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17; "Editors' Fall Picks," p. 32.]

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