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The Request

Bell nails the suburban niche in this absorbing work that fans of Harlan Coben will thoroughly enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]

Coauthors, Colleagues, and Librarians Remember Clive Cussler


Mother Knows Best

Peikoff alternates the story between Abby and the events from years earlier while maintaining the suspense. She also can make complex scientific procedures comprehensible for even the nonscientist. Medical thriller fans of Michael Palmer and Robin Cook will want to check this out.

The Whisper Man

Fans of Thomas Harris or Kevin O’Brien will enjoy this dive with a new voice in suspense. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

Missing Daughter

Well-developed characters and an intense pace add to this gripping novel. This latest from a gifted storyteller should not be missing from your reading pile.


Hamdy rethinks the standard serial killer thriller by exploring violence's shattering impact on victims and survivors, in this case his three flawed protagonists. The pace and writing have a cinematic flair, defining this as a true page-turner. Reading the previous title is not necessary, but it does help readers to understand the full scope of this trilogy.

Gale Force

Clive Cussler's early novels meet The Poseidon Adventure in this mix of maritime details with crime fiction elements. While a forced romance distracts from the intense narrative, the story's driving force, McKenna Rhodes, makes this a worthwhile entry in the world of nautical fiction. Future stories involving our protagonist will be more than welcome. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/17.]


Andrews ("Tier One" series") has written a baffling and intriguing science thriller that is part Tom Clancy with a dash of Michael Crichton. Readers will want to keep turning the pages not only for the wonderfully drawn characters but also to uncover the truth behind the object with the potential to destroy the family dynamic. The ending is both unexpected and perfect.

Q&A: Brad Parks, Winner of the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards

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