From Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman to Iris Johansen: Big-Name Thrillers: Fiction Previews, Sept. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Big-print, big names thrillers for September. 

Burcell, Robin. Clive Cussler's The Serpent's Eye. Putnam. (Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure). Sept. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780593419618. $29. THRILLER

Flynn, Vince & Kyle Mills. Enemy at the Gates: A Mitch Rapp Novel. Emily Bestler: Atria.cover of Flynn's Enemy at the Gates Sept. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781982164881. $28.99. THRILLER

Kellerman, Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman. The Burning. Ballantine. Sept. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780525620112 . $28.99. THRILLER

Lupica, Mike. Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw: A Jesse Stone Novel. Putnam. Sept. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780525542117. $28. THRILLER

Johansen, Iris. High Stakes. Grand Central. Sept. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781538713105. $28. CD. THRILLER

McCreight, Kimberly. Friends Like These. Harper. Sept. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780063061569. $34.99. THRILLER /PSYCHOLOGICAL

Having crafted two Sam and Remi Fargo adventures with the late Cussler (Pirate and The Romanov Ransom), former California law enforcement officer Burcell takes the daring duo on another far-flung adventure in Clive Cussler's The Serpent's Eye. Grabbing the tail end of 2020’s Total Power and marching right along to the next adventure, Flynn/Mills’s Enemy at the Gates finds Mitch Rapp protecting trillionaire Nicholas Ward, the object of a CIA mole’s surreptitious search, while simultaneously using him as bait to dig up the mole (500,000-copy first printing). In The Burning, Kellerman père et fils bring back Deputy Coroner Clay Edison, dealing with the murder of a wealthy man in the midst of wildfire and blackout while anxious that his ex-con brother may be connected. In Lupica’s Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw, Paradise police chief Jesse Stone finds uncomfortable links between Paradise’s acting mayor, whose death surely looked to be suicide, and the dangerous perpetrators of a suspect land deal. No plot details yet, but Johansen is clearly playing for High Stakes when she sets her latest in the gambling world. In Edgar/Anthony-nominated McCreight’s Friends Like These, friends with secrets gather in the Catskills ten years after graduation, and things get bloody.

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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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