Big-Name Thrillers: Fiction Previews, Apr. 2022, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Big authors from Baldacci to Pinborough to Sandford.

Click here for additional new Prepub Alert columns  

Baldacci, David. Dream Town. Grand Central. Apr. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781538719770. $29. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Burcell, Robin. Clive Cussler’s The Serpent's Eye. Putnam. Apr. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593419618. $29. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. ACTION & ADVENTURE

Fisher, Tarryn. An Honest Lie. Graydon House: Harlequin. Apr. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781525899898. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781525811579. $16.99. SUSPENSE

Graham, Heather. Crimson Summer. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780778311829. $27.99. THRILLER

Hepworth, Sally. The Younger Wife. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250229618. $28.99. CD. SUSPENSE

Pinborough, Sarah. Insomnia. Morrow. Apr. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780062856845. $27.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

Reich, Christopher. Once a Thief. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Apr. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780316456098. $28. Downloadable. THRILLER

Rollins, James. Kingdom of Bones: A Thriller. Morrow. Apr. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780062892980. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Sandford, John. The Investigator. Putnam. Apr. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593328682. $29. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Baldacci sends private investigator and ex–World War II veteran Aloysius Archer to Los Angeles—that is, Dream Town—for another dangerous case (one million copy first printing). 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 (originally scheduled for Sept. 2021). In the New York Times best-selling Fisher’s An Honest Lie, Rainy has been hiding out from her bad-news past atop a remote, fog-cloaked mountain but decides to risk a trip to Las Vegas with some friends, where one of them is trapped by a killer as bait to lure Rainy (10,000-copy hardcover and 200,000-copy paperback first printing). One Crimson Summer, thanks to mega-best-selling Graham, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Amy Larson is sent a toy red horse—a sign that she and FBI agent Hunter Forrest didn’t wipe out the Doomsday cult that’s about to fight a bloody turf war in northern Florida with several South American cartels (75,000-copy first printing). In best-selling Secrets of Midwives author Hepworth’s latest, Tully and Rachel have every reason to resent The Younger Wife who’s coming on the scene; their father is still married to their mother, now in a care facility for dementia, but plans to divorce her—which leads to the spilling of numerous toxic secrets (250,000-copy first printing). In the latest from the New York Times best-selling Pinborough, has-it-all heroine Emma Averell is beginning to suffer from Insomnia, which she fears may presage a descent into the insanity that destroyed her own mother’s life (75,000-copy first printing). In the best-selling, award-winning Reich’s Once a Thief, Simon Riske must prove that the Ferrari he’s restored and sold for nine figures is not a fake, which brings him in contact with Anna Bildt, whose Swiss banker father has been blown up by a car bomb (75,000-copy first printing). In Rollins’s Kingdom of Bones, postponed from March and September 2021, humans have become dullards while flora and fauna are suddenly ascendant; perhaps evolutionary forces have spun out of control, but it could be some fiendish plan (250,000-copy first printing). Letty Davenport, the smart, stubborn daughter of Sandford standby Lucas Davenport, becomes The Investigator, sent by her U.S. senator boss to figure out who’s profiting from the theft of Texas crude oil—and why.

Click here for additional new Prepub Alert columns  

Author Image
Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing