Big-Name Thriller Writers: Fiction Previews, Jun. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

From Bentley/Clancy to J.A. Jance to Stuart Woods: chills for the summer. 

Bentley, Don. Tom Clancy Target Acquired. Putnam. Jun. 2021. 480p. ISBN 9780593188132. $29. CD. THRILLER

Ellroy, James. Widespread Panic. Knopf. Jun. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593319345. $26.95. cover of Lipmann's Dream GirlDownloadable. THRILLER/LITERARY

Jance, J.A. Unfinished Business. Gallery: S. & S. Jun. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781982131111. $27.99. CD. CRIME

Johansen, Iris. The Bullet. Grand Central. Jun. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781538713198. $28. CD/downloadable. SUSPENSE

Lippman, Laura. Dream Girl. Morrow. Jun. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780062390073. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. SUSPENSE

Patterson, James & Bill Clinton. The President’s Daughter: A Thriller. Little, Brown/Knopf. Jun. 2021. 528p. ISBN 9780316540711. $30. CD/downloadable. SUSPENSE

White, Karen. The Fiancée. Harper. Jun. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780063092723. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062945419. $16.95. lrg. prnt. DOMESTIC THRILLER

Woods, Stuart & Bryon Quertermous. Jackpot. Putnam. Jun. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780593188453. $28. CD/downloadable. ACTION AND ADVENTURE

In Bentley’s Tom Clancy Target Acquired, Jack Ryan Jr. is helping a friend on a seemingly simple stakeout in Israel when he intervenes to assist a woman and her young son and is soon targeted by trained killers. Ellroy delivers Widespread Panic in his latest, which features a former cop negotiating his way through dark-and-dirty Fifties Los Angeles as a private eye, a shakedown artist, and all-round enforcer for sleazy Confidential magazine. Broadcast journalist–turned–cybersecurity expert Ali Reynolds must deal with both a serial killer and a former employee of her husband just out of prison after murdering his girlfriend in Jance’s Unfinished Business (100,000-copy first printing). In Johansen’s The Bullet, it’s bad news for forensic sculptor Eve Duncan when the former wife of her beloved Joe Quinn returns with dangerous secrets (100,000-copy first printing). In Lippman’s tense fantasia, novelist Gerry Andersen is trapped in bed in his apartment after an accident and fears that he is losing his mind when he at least thinks that he is getting phone calls from the main character in his big-deal novel Dream Girl (200,000-copy first printing). From mega-best-selling Patterson and former President Clinton, The President’s Daughter features a new family in the White House—and a former White House family targeted by an international assassin (one-million-copy first printing). At her in-laws’ Pennsylvania estate, hardworking actress Summer recognizes The Fiancée of her brother-in-law as someone she’s performed with, though the woman denies it; later in White’s new thriller, someone ends up dead (75,000-copy paperback and 20,000-copy hardcover first printing). Joined by Quartermous, Woods hits the Jackpot with another Teddy Fay thriller, as Teddy investigates threats to a film festival in sumptuous Macau.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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