Nineteen Killer Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Blaedel, Sara. The Midnight Witness. Grand Central. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781538759790. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538759783. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538760239. Downloadable. THRILLER An internationally best-selling author often called the “Queen of Crime” in her native Denmark (never mind that she now lives in New York), Blaedel sets Det. Louise Rick a new and challenging task: even as she’s investigating a young woman’s strangling, she gets caught up in the murder of a male journalist known to her best friend, journalist Camilla Lind. Note the user-friendly new paperback format; with a 30,000-copy first printing. Bolton, Sharon. The Craftsman. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781250300034. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250300041. CD. THRILLER Decades ago, Florence Lovelady put away horrific child murderer Larry Grassbrook, who buried his victims alive in coffins near a small village in Lancashire. Grassbrook has died, and now history is repeating itself. Is a copycat killer at work, or did Lovelady, now assistant commissioner, make a mistake when she put Grassbrook behind bars? From a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner. Connelly, Michael. Dark Sacred Night. Little, Brown. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780316484800. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316486675. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Working the night beat, Det. Renée Ballard wearily makes her way back to Hollywood Station, only to find a stranger going through old file cabinets. It’s retired detective Harry Bosch, obsessed with a cold case involving the murder of 15-year-old runaway Daisy Clayton. First, she throws him out, then she joins forces with him, as bothered as he is by the case. Connelly’s latest, Two Kinds of Truth, debuted at the top of the New York Times best-sellers list. Daly, Paula. Open Your Eyes. Grove. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780802128454. $26. THRILLER Jane Campbell leads an unassuming life, letting husband Leon, a thriller writer, deal with the family’s dramas and traumas. But when Leon is left in a coma after being attacked in their driveway, Jane is determined to discover who attacked him and why. LJ’s starred review of Daly’s last title, The Trophy Child, called the author a master of psychological thrillers. Forsyth, Frederick. The Fox. Putnam. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780525538424. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780525538448. Downloadable. THRILLER After a brilliant English teenager masterminds ferocious cyberattacks on the Pentagon, the National Security Agency, and the CIA just for fun, it’s decided not to punish him but to put him to use undermining America’s enemies. CWA Diamond Dagger Award winner Forsyth chatted with experts at both MI5 and the CIA to get details right. Francis, Felix. Crisis. Putnam. Oct. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780525536765. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780525536772. THRILLER When a fire sweeps through high-end Chadwick Stables, claiming the Derby favorite among its six victims, crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned. His Middle East client owned the favorite, but things get trickier when human remains are found among the ash and equine bones. The New York Times best-selling author continues in his father’s boot prints. French, Tana. The Witch Elm. Viking. Oct. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780735224629. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735224636. Downloadable. THRILLER In this stand-alone from the multi-award-winning French, easygoing Toby encounters two burglars when returning home from a celebratory night out and is left for dead after a severe beating. Recovering at his ancestral home sounds like a good idea, if it weren’t for the skull found in the garden’s elm. Grisham, John. Untitled. Doubleday. Oct. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780385544153. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385544160. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Grisham takes a trip back to Clanton, MS, where Pete Banning—a family patriarch, war hero, good neighbor, and good Methodist—walks in to the church one crisp October morning in 1946 and shoots the Rev. Dexter Bell to death. All he says is “I have nothing to say,” and thereby hangs a tale—and a momentous trial. Harvey, Michael. Pulse. Ecco. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062443038. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062443069. lrg. prnt. THRILLER In 1976 Boston, Detectives “Bark” Jones and Tommy Dillon are investigating the murder of Harvard football star Harry Fitzsimmons when his 16-year-old brother, Daniel, stumbles onto the scene and claims to have known the details of Harry’s death before it transpired. Harvey (Brighton) keeps digging at his Boston roots; optioned for film. Ide, Joe. Wrecked. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316509510. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316509497. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316419246. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Even as partner Dodson creates a Facebook page and pooh-poohs the idea of accepting Christmas sweaters in exchange for solving crime, Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ), the Sherlock Holmes of East Long Beach, stays down-to-earth by agreeing to help a young painter find her mother. Meanwhile, he’s looking for the Oxford-educated African gangster who killed his brother. With a 40,000-copy first printing; following the multi-award-winning IQ and Righteous. Johansen, Iris. Vendetta. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 416p. ISBN 978125007587. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887251. THRILLER Tasked by the dying Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism, with protecting his daughter Ruby from terrorist mastermind Max Huber, Jude Brandon gets busy. Huber has now attacked Ruby’s medical clinic in Guyana and is plotting a nuclear explosion that will devastate the West Coast. A one-day laydown on October 28. Jonasson, Ragnar. The Darkness: A Thriller. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250171030. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250171047. CD. THRILLER Having grabbed our attention in Snowblind and Nightblind, Jonasson launches a new series starring DI Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavík Police department. When a young Russian asylum seeker is found murdered on Iceland’s rocky coast, only Hermannsdottir seems interested in solving her death. McPherson, Catriona. Go to My Grave. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250070005. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466879904. THRILLER McPherson, who’s won dual Agathas for her Dandy Gilver historical mysteries, here offers a stand-alone gothic thriller set at the Breakers, a bed-and-breakfast that Donna Weaver and her mother have opened on a lonely stretch of beach. Guests come, but they get the distinct feeling that they’ve been there before, and the creepiness factor keeps growing. Patterson, James & James O. Born. Ambush. Little, Brown. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316273985. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316414692. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316414708. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Bad news for two cartels vying for New York City's multimillion-dollar opioid trade: Det. Michael Bennett intends to block them. Bad news for Bennett: now the cartels are gunning for him, with murders multiplying and threats to his family very real. With a 500,000-copy first printing. Porter, Henry. Firefly. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Oct. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9780802128959. $27. THRILLER Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Brandenburg Gate and a best-selling author in the UK, Porter turns in an up-to-the-minute thriller about a 13-year-old refugee making his way from Greece to Germany. Codenamed Firefly, he’s got critical information about a particularly nasty ISIS cell, and both the terrorists and MI6 want him. Sandford, John. Holy Ghost. Putnam. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780735217324. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780735217331. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. THRILLER In little Pinion, MN, the hapless mayor and his friend cook up a scheme to increase revenue by creating a shrine around a manufactured vision of the Virgin Mary. They expect swarming pilgrims but instead get a dead body—and the services of Sandford stalwart Virgil Flowers. With a national tour; even Sandford’s backlist sales are up. Snoekstra, Anna. The Spite Game. Mira: Harlequin. Oct. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778369967. pap. $15.99; ekb. ISBN 9781488082146. THRILLER A victim of high school bullying, Ava wants revenge, bringing down chic Saanvi at age 21 and then Cass, whose betrayal of her fiancé makes Ava’s job easy. But Ava realizes that ringleader Mel knows what’s happening, and they play a tense cat-and-mouse game to the end. Snoekstra debuted with Only Daughter, short-listed for an Australian CWA Ned Kelly award (2017) and now being developed for film. Unger, Lisa. Under My Skin. Park Row: Harlequin. Oct. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778308409. $26.99; pap ISBN 9780778369783. pap. $16.99. THRILLER After husband Jack was murdered while running in Manhattan's Riverside Park, a grief-stricken Poppy vanished for several days, turning up dazed in a red dress she doesn’t recognize. Now she’s trying to figure out what really happened to Jack—and to herself. From a New York Times best-selling author; with an 8,000-copy hardcover and a 120,000-copy paperback first printing. Woods, Stuart. Desperate Measures. Putnam. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780735219229. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735219243. Downloadable. THRILLER Stone Barrington is back, and as usual a plot summary hasn’t materialized with him, but Woods repeatedly turns out No. 1 New York Times best sellers.

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