Blue Moon, Deserters, and a Book of Bones: Thriller Previews, Oct. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, Kellen Adams, Virgil Flowers, and the Women’s Murder Club are back, along with some surprising debuts and stand-alones. Christmas chills, too.

Child, Lee. Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel. Delacorte. Oct. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9780399593543. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399593550. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Jack Reacher is back, kindly helping an elderly couple, and as always no good deed goes unpunished. Some interesting stats: a Jack Reacher novel is cover of Lee Child's Blue Moonsold every nine seconds somewhere in the world, the last 12 Reacher hardcovers all debuted in the top spot on the New York Times best sellers list, and Forbes calls the series “the strongest brand in publishing.”

Connelly, Michael. The Night Fire. Little, Brown. Oct. 2019. 480p. ISBN 9780316426060. $31; ebk. ISBN 9780316457484. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316457491. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard are at it again, this time investigating a long-unsolved murder that followed Harry’s mentor J.J. Thompson to the grave. At the funeral, Thompson’s wife gave the detectives his murder book on the case, and soon they are wondering whether he brought it into retirement so that he could try to solve murder or suppress it. Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night started life at the top of the New York Times combined best sellers lists. With a 750,000-copy first printing.

Connolly, John. A Book of Bones: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Oct. 2019. 496p. ISBN 9781982127510. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781982127534. THRILLER/SUPERNATURAL
The young woman found dead on an English moor, the girl shoved deep below a Saxon mound, the skull in the priory near the English Channel—all are human sacrifices, and all are crying out for justice. And Charlie Parker answers, even if he must trek from Maine and Mexico to Amsterdam and London. More supernatural thrills from Connolly; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

DeMille, Nelson & Alex DeMille. The Deserter. S. & S. Oct. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9781501101755. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501101779. THRILLER
Capt. Kyle Mercer of Delta Force has vanished from his post in Afghanistan, and a video reveals that he’s been captured by the Taliban. But did he desert first? A second video suggests that he did, and when he is spotted in Venezuela a year later, Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor of the Criminal Investigation Division are tasked with winging their way south to bring him back, whether handcuffed or in a body bag. New York Times best-selling power; with a 300,000-copy first printing.

Dodd, Christina. Strangers She Knows. HQN. Oct. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781335016614. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781335468338. $16.99. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
In this wrap-up to Dodd’s New York Times best-selling “Cape Charade” trilogy, begun with Dead Girl Running and What Doesn’t Kill Her (both LJ-starred), the unbendably tough Kellen Adams is living on an off-the-grid island near California’s coast, trying to protect her family from the crazed killer she’s been sprinting from for some time. There will be a showdown. With a 150,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing

French, Nicci. The Lying Room. Morrow. Oct. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9780062676733. $26.99; pap. Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN 9780062676726. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676740. lrg. prnt. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
In this stand-alone from the author of the just-completed “Frieda Klein” series, Neve Connolly has worse problems than her husband’s finding out about the affair that’s supposed to relieve her midlife boredom. She has just found her lover murdered, and after wiping away all evidence of her connection to his life, she still gets the police at her door. With a 50,000-copy hardcover and 25,000-copy paperback first printing.

Harnetiaux, Trish. White Elephant. S. & S. Oct. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781501199905. $26. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
The competition doesn’t stop at the holiday party hosted by real estate gurus Henry Calhoun and his wife, Claudine, for their staff: wrapped, unmarked gifts are chosen by number, and everyone wants both to buy and to get the coolest gift. This year, the antique cowboy statue leaves everyone wondering except the hosts; it was the weapon Henry used to commit a murder years ago that helped him start the business. A playwright’s fiction debut; with a 60,000-copy first printing.

Innes, Kirstin. Fishnet. Gallery: Scout: S. & S. Oct. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781982116156. $27. ebk. ISBN 9781982116170. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
In this debut thriller, published in Scotland in 2015 and winner of the Not the Booker Prize, 20-year-old Rona disappears, yet sister Fiona doesn’t learn until six years later that Rona had been working as a prostitute. Burned out on her own life, Fiona begins investigating the sex industry that took her sister, learning something about women, sexuality, and power along the way. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Isaacs, Susan. Takes One To Know One. Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9780802147554. $26. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Happily married to a judge and adoptive mother to his 14-year-old daughter, Corrie Geller scouts Arabic fiction for literary agencies and assiduously hides her former career as an FBI agent from friends and neighbors. But she’s bothered by the furtive behavior of a colleague at her weekly freelancers’ lunches, so she’s ready to investigate—quietly. From the New York Times best-selling author who’s had a long and varied history since Compromising Positions was published in 1978.

Jewell, Lisa. The Family Upstairs. Atria. Oct. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781501190100. $27. ISBN 9781501190124. THRILLER
Orphaned as a baby, 25-year-old Libby Jones is astonished to learn that she has inherited a tumbling-down townhouse in one London’s classiest neighborhoods, a house to which street musician Clemency Thompson and her childhood friend Lucy also have connections. Now the two are heading toward Libby’s house, ready to protect secrets. Following the LJ-starred Watching You; with a 200,000-copy first printing.

McPherson, Catriona. Strangers at the Gate. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250070012. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466879911. THRILLER
Two-time Anthony and Agatha winner and an Edgar finalist, McPherson crafts a stand-alone featuring the couple Paddy and Finn, happy to move to small-town Simmerton. Paddy has made partner at the local law firm, Finn works full-time as a deacon, and they’re happily living in a gatehouse on the property of Paddy’s new boss. Then the bloodied bodies of the boss and his wife are discovered, and the entire setting turns eerie.

Olson, Neil. Before the Devil Fell. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Oct. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781335217554. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488051159. LITERARY THRILLER
Having returned home to care for his mother in a small village just north of Boston, Will Connor recalls the mysterious death that transpired during one of his mother’s spirit circles, which he thought was just a hippie thing. But he soon learns that they belonged to a long tradition of New England witchcraft that still engulfs the town. Following The Black Painting, a nicely tense art/psychological thriller that was one of Strand Magazine’s Best Books of the Year; with a 25,000-copy first printing.

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. The 19th Christmas. Little, Brown. Oct. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780316420273. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316494021; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316494038. CD/downloadable. CRIME
It’s Christmas in San Francisco, and all is calm, all is bright—until a nasty criminal known as Loman lets slip that he is planning something bloody awful for Christmas morning and getting criminal colleagues to mask his plans with some awfulness of their own. That’s when the Women’s Murder Club steps in. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Preisler, Jermone & others. Net Force: Dark Web. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Oct. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781335917843. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781335917829. $9.99. CRIME
Created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series “Net Force” returns with the help of Preisler, who coauthored Clancy’s “Power Plays” series. Here, the U.S. president plans to counter the online threat to national security by creating a hush-hush defense team called Net Force. But before these cyber-experts can be properly deployed, the country is rocked by a cyber-attack and a series of sky-high explosions, and the team must leap into action unproven but hopefully unstoppable. With a 200,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Sandford, John. Bloody Genius. Putnam. Oct. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780525536611. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780525536628. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. CRIME
Two departments at the local university have carried their heated culture-wars differences too far: someone has ended up dead. Virgil Flowers steps in to crack the case, but he’s never met such crazy people. Last year’s Holy Ghost came out the gate with sales soaring up, up, up.

Sallis, James. Sarah Jane. Soho Crime. Oct. 2019. 216p. ISBN 9781641290807. $23.95; ebk. ISBN 9781641290814. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Even as she’s made de facto sheriff of a rural town and tasked with finding out what happened to the preceding sheriff, Sarah Jane Pullman unfolds her story as a dedicated cop from a chicken-farming family who went from wild adolescence to court-ordered army service to hash slinging before finding her calling. Sallis’s honors have ranged from the Hammett Prize to Bouchercon’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shemilt, Jane. The Playground. Morrow. Oct. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780062952172. $26.99; pap. Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN 9780062939425. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062939432. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
Earthy, trust fund–blessed Evie and her blue-collar husband; successful interior designer Melissa, dangerously under the thumb of her spouse; and Zimbabwean immigrant Grace, married to a novelist rich in praise but not in profit: all are brought together because their children are in the same tutoring circle in London one summer, and their friendship turns toxic as the children run amok. Following the Edgar-nominated, 100,000-plus-copy-selling The Daughter, still not quitting after four years. With a 150,000-copy paperback and 25,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Woods, Stuart. Stealth. Putnam. Oct. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9780593083161. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780593083185. CD/downloadable. ACTION & ADVENTURE
Stone Barrington returns in his fourth outing of the year, and if we don’t know the plot yet, it hardly seems to matter. Woods always turns out New York Times best sellers.


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