Ghosts & Big Guns: Thriller Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

A brief list (thrillers are making their big showing earlier in the fall), no plot details for new works by David Baldacci and John Grisham, and both Grisham’s and Tess Gerritsen’s titles are just discovered October publications. But these nail biters are key for any thriller collection.

Baldacci, David. Untitled. Grand Central. Nov. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9781538761601. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781538761625; lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761588.CD/downloadable. THRILLER

The No. 1 best-selling author (New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly) returns with what will surely be another huge hit. The publisher reveals that going forward, Baldacci hardcovers will be around longer before paperback release (six to seven months vs. four months), so don’t wait for the paperbacks to fill the shelves.


Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Code of Honor. Putnam. Nov. 2019. 592p. ISBN 9780525541721. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525541745. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

President Jack Ryan can’t intervene directly when Father Pat West, S.J., an old friend from Loyola University working with the poor in Indonesia, is arrested for blasphemy against Islam. Now Ryan really needs the clandestine moves of the Campus team. Meanwhile, he discovers a message from Father Pat on his private cell phone warning about an attack on the United States.


Cussler, Clive & Boyd Morrison. Untitled. Putnam. Nov. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9780525541813. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780525541820. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. ACTION & ADVENTURE

Here’s the latest in the “Oregon Files” series starring Juan Cabrillo, chair of the Corporation, a special U.S. government–sponsored group whose base is the scientifically sleek, weapon-at-the-ready ship the Oregon, which is neatly disguised as a floating junk heap. Note that Cussler titles sold 1.5 million copies across all frontlist cover of Gerritsen's The Shape of Nightformats in 2018.


Gerritsen, Tess. The Shape of Night. Ballantine. Oct. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781984820952. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781984820969. PARANORMAL THRILLER

Fleeing a tragedy for which she feels responsible, Ava Collette leaves Boston for Maine, renting an old house on a coastal peninsula to finish writing her cookbook. She dismisses rumors that the house is haunted by a sea captain named Brodie until she starts hearing unsettling noises and awakens face to face with an apparition. Soon she’s investigating the unexplained disappearance of the previous renter and a string of accidental deaths in the area, discovering dark secrets the nearby town wants buried. From the author of page-and-screen champ “Rizzoli & Isles.”


Gragg, Walt. The Chosen. Berkley. Nov. 2019. 528p. ISBN 9781984806338. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781984806345. Downloadable. THRILLER

Gragg follows up The Red Line, an LJ-starred military thriller debut and finalist for the Best First Novel Thriller Award, by putting readers into the thick of battle in the Middle East, as allied forces comprising primarily U.S. troops face off against Muslim forces led by a new leader call the Mahdi, the Chosen One. Just outside of Cairo, Marine Lt. Sam Erickson confronts a crisis that calls for sacrifice for the greater good.


Grisham, John. Untitled. Doubleday. Oct. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780385544184. $29.95. ebk. ISBN 9780385544191. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

This just in: a new legal thriller is coming in October from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. No word on plot, but eminently purchasable.

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