Chillers from Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, Charles Todd, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

Andrews, Donna. Die Like an Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250078551. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890879. MYSTERY Andrews launched her career with the Malice Domestic Contest–winning Murder with Peacocks, which grabbed Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times honors for best first andrewsdananovel, and has since gone on to New York Times best-selling success. Here, in her 19th mystery, she stays funny and avian-themed as heroine Meg Langslow battles the famously nasty Biff Brown, head of the league to which her twin sons' youth baseball team belongs. Meg investigates when Biff's remarkably similar-looking brother is found dead in the ball field’s porta-potty. Maybe Biff was the intended victim? Brown, Sandra. Sting. Grand Central. Aug. 2016. 300p. ISBN 9781455581207. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455581238. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455539734. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER When Shaw Kinnard encounters the incongruously elegant Jordie Bennet in a seen-better-days bayou bar, it’s not love at first sight. He’s there to kill her. Instead, he abducts her, eager to get hold of the $30 million her brother has pocketed from his badly bent boss. Now they are on the run from said boss—and the FBI. Brown’s last title, 2015’s Friction, debuted at the top of the New York Times best sellers list, which explains the 400,000-copy first printing. Crider, Bill. Survivors Will Be Shot Again. A Dan Rhodes Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 272p. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890824. MYSTERY You might expect Sheriff Dan Rhodes’s days to stretch out flat on the ground like the hot Texas sun of his backwater beat. But here he’s dealing with murder evidently connected to a string of burglaries, plus a marijuana crop guarded by an alligator. From an Anthony Award winner. Farnsworth, Christopher. Killfile. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780062416407. $25.99. THRILLER Capable of hearing other people’s thoughts, a burden the CIA exploited to the fullest when he worked as an operative, John Smith is now a private consultant trying to keep other people out of his head. Trouble comes when a wealthy software genius asks him to track down former employee Eli Preston and sift through his thoughts for some intellectual property he’s appropriated. When his mission is compromised, John runs for his life with Eli’s associate, Kelsey. Farnsworth clearly like thrills with a supernatural touch; he’s the author of the nicely admired “President’s Vampire” trilogy. With a 60,000-copy first printing. Fossum, Karin. Hell Fire. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780062416407. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544636460. THRILLER Not summertime fun: a woman named Bonnie and her five-year-old son lie murdered near their sad little camper, and without evidence of robbery or assault, Inspector Konrad Sejer can see no reason why they were killed. Meanwhile, Mass Malthe, who's dealing with a troubled son of her own, turns out to have much in common with Bonnie. In the dozen years since Houghton Harcourt began publishing Fossum’s works here, it has sold over 350,000 copies of the Inspector Sejer series across formats, with readers showing interest in the entire series. Griffin, W.E.B. Broken Trust. Putnam. Aug. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780544636460. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698164598. ACTION & ADVENTURE Griffin is back with another in the New York Times best-selling “Badge of Honor” series, again featuring Philadelphia Homicide Sgt. Matt Payne. Matt is deeply shaken by the suicide of socialite Camilla Rose Morgan, whom he knew as a smart, gorgeous teenager. Even when he learns that she’s always battled personal demons, something about this scenario doesn’t ring true. Gudenkauf, Heather. Missing Pieces. Mira: Harlequin. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780778319313. pap. $15.99. THRILLER Gudenkauf, who launched her career a few years back with the Edgar Award–nominated, New York Times best-selling The Weight of Silence, which sold over 400,000 copies in print and digital, now breaks out into hardcover. Her heroine is Sarah Quinlan, whose husband lost his mother under mysterious circumstances when he was just a teenager. He’s barely been home since, but he and Sarah return when Aunt Julia suffers a terrible accident, and Sarah begins to realize that there’s something shady going on with this family. Originally scheduled for February; with a 250,000-copy first printing. Horsley, Kate. The American Girl. Morrow. Jul. 2016. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062438539. THRILLER When 17-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins emerges dazed and bloody from the woods near St. Roch, France, unable to account for the disappearance of her host family, Boston journalist Molly Swift quickly boards a transatlantic flight. She's ready to support Quinn but is shaken by strong evidence suggesting that Quinn murdered her hosts. From the cofounder of the online magazine Crimeculture, which receives over five million hits a year; headline-worthy fiction with a 75,000-copy first printing. Keller, Julia. Sorrow Road. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781250089588. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250089601. MYSTERY Readers who have been following Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Keller’s mystery-writing career since she debuted with the well-received A Killing in the Hills should be pleased with this next outing. Here, series heroine Bell Elkins's confronts a shocking mystery: at a West Virginia nursing home, Alzheimer patients are dying at an unexpectedly quick clip. Something’s wrong, never mind that the cause of death always appears to be natural. Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Dragonmark. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781250089601. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092410. FANTASY/SUSPENSE Separated from his dragon brothers, then forced to become human and serve as a dragonmount in humankind’s ugly wars, Illarion now has a chance to win back everything he lost centuries ago. But it will cost him. A "Dark-Hunter" book that launches the "Dragons Rising" mini-series; with a one-day laydown on August 2. Koryta, Michael. Rise the Dark. Little, Brown. Aug. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780316293839. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316293822. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316269308. Downloadable: Hachette. THRILLER “Rise the dark” are the mysterious last words Lauren Novak wrote in her notebook before she korytawas shot to death beneath a Spanish moss–draped cypress tree in a remote Florida town. Her husband, investigator Markus Novak, wants a showdown with the man he thinks responsible for her death—the very man who has just abducted Sabrina Baldwin in far-off Montana, even as a terrible act of vandalism threatens the state’s electrical grid. From a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; with a 100,000-copy first printing. Krueger, William Kent. Manitou Canyon. Atria. Sep. 2016. 320 p. ISBN 9781476749266. $24.95. THRILLER Cork O’Connor should be happy that his daughter is getting married, but, inauspiciously, the date is set for November, the month Cork's father, wife, and best friend all died bloodily. Then, even as storm clouds surge, Cork himself goes missing while hunting for a camper lost in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Look for Krueger at PLA, where he will sit on an AAP/LibraryReads mystery panel. Lustbader, Eric Van. Any Minute Now. Forge. Aug. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780765385512. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765385529. THRILLER The man who brought you the iconic Jason Bourne now brings you Red Rover, a black ops team tasked with nabbing a Saudi terrorist. But the mission goes bloodily haywire, the team is disbanded, and surviving members Greg Whitman and Felix Orteño align themselves with intensely talented arms expert Charlize Daou, launching the Red Rover mission anew. Manzini, Antonio. Adam’s Rib: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery. Harper Paperbacks. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062354679. pap. $14.99. MYSTERY Sent far from Rome for disciplinary reasons, Rocco Schiavone has settled into a routine as deputy police chief of a remote and decidedly backwater town of Aosta when he’s called on by an hysterical maid to investigate a burglary. He soon finds the maid’s employer swinging from a noose in what looks to be a murder staged as suicide. Manzini’s debut, Black Run, was a best seller in Italy and an LJ editors’ 2015 spring pick; with a 30,000-copy first printing. Marwood, Alex. The Darkest Secret. Penguin. Aug. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780143110514. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781101992685. THRILLER After one of real estate mogul Sean Jackson’s three-year-old twins vanishes at the glittery 50th birthday party he throws himself, Jackson is not the only one whose name is permanently tarnished; party attendees, dubbed the Jackson Associates, are regarded skeptically as well. marwoodAccusations are traded when they gather 12 years later for Sean’s funeral, which ends with mayhem and a shocking discovery. Marwood’s career has so far been resplendent; her debut, The Wicked Girls, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, while the follow-up The Killer Next Door won a Macavity and has been optioned for film by James Franco. With a five-city tour to New Orleans, Houston, San Diego, Seattle, and Phoenix. Neggers, Carla. Liar’s Key. Mira: Harlequin. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780778319115. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460395875. THRILLER More romantic suspense from the New York Times best-selling Neggers, who gives top FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan their sixth case. And dicey it is. An art crimes investigator who had retired from the bureau is found murdered, and subsequent revelations of blackmail, greed, entitlement, and plain meanness could set Emma’s family of private art detectives against the FBI. Robinson, Peter. When the Music’s Over: An Inspector Banks Novel. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780062394781. $25.99. THRILLER In a case that hits close to home, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks investigates a poet’s claim that a nationally prominent individual once assaulted her, while Detective Inspector Annie Banks struggles with a mystery about a girl found battered and lifeless by a distant roadside. The Inspector Banks series has sold more than a million copies in this country alone, and with sales rising last year by a third over the previous year, it’s safe to say there will be demand. With a 75,000 copy first printing. Tanenbaum, Robert K. Infamy. Gallery: S. & S. 384p. ISBN 9781476793191. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476793207. POLICE PROCEDURAL With crime-fighting wife Marlene, New York District Attorney Roger “Butch” Karp has it tough in his 28th outing. Even as he prepares a case against an army veteran claiming that mind-control experiments compelled him to kill three people in New York, Butch puts himself and his family at risk as he investigates the suspicious murder of an FBI informant, with hints of national security–threatening corruption at the highest levels of government. And, yes, that shadowy informant might have been one of the vet’s victims. From a New York Times best-selling author. Todd, Charles. The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery. Morrow. Aug. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780062386274. $25.99. MYSTERY Tending a badly wounded French officer, World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford is taken aback when he shouts at her in German. Her superior explains that he is from the Alsace-Lorraine, where borders and loyalties constantly shifted (my own family left there in the mid-1800s so as not to fight their German brethren), but Bess wonders why he was found so close to enemy lines. And she pursues him when he vanishes in Paris. From the New York Times best-selling and Agatha Award–winning mother-and-son duo; with a 75,000-copy first printing Tracy P.J. The Sixth Idea. Putnam. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780399169359. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698155190. MYSTERY The Monkeewrench gang, computer geniuses who help the police with seemingly unsolvable crimes, find their resources stretched to the utmost when it looks as if the heat is being turned up on a long-simmering Armageddon plan. It starts when two social media–connected friends planning to meet for the first time are murdered several miles apart. From the Anthony, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book award–winning mother-daughter team of Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht. Woods, Stuart & Parnell Hall. Smooth Operator. Putnam. Aug. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780399185267. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399185281. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ACTION & ADVENTURE In his new series from blockbuster thriller author Woods, keystroked with multi-award finalist Hall, fan favorite Teddy Fay takes center stage. Urbane, colorful, and a master of disguise, former CIA agent Teddy is recommended by Woods stalwart Stone Barrington when U.S. President Kate Lee runs up against a dicey situation that even Stone feels he can’t handle.    
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