Big-Star Thriller Authors: Fiction Previews, May 2022, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

From Barclay to Toyne, thriller authors you know. 

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Barclay, Linwood. Take Your Breath Away. Morrow. May 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780063035133. $27.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER

Brown, Dale. Countdown to Midnight. Morrow. May 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780063015081. $28.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER/MILITARY

Burke, James Lee. Every Cloak Rolled in Blood. S. & S. May 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982196592. $27. CD. THRILLER/SUPERNATURAL

Carr, Jack. In the Blood. Emily Bestler: Atria. May 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781982181659. $28. CD. THRILLER/POLITICAL

Horowitz, Anthony. Untitled. Harper. May. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063078413. $26.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER/ESPIONAGE

Iles, Greg. Southern Man. Morrow. May 2022. 752p. ISBN 9780062824691. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

McKenzie, Catherine. Please Join Us. Atria. May 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982159245. $27. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

Meyer, Deon. The Dark Flood: A Benny Griessel Novel. Atlantic Monthly. May 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780802159601. $27. THRILLER

Pavone, Chris. Two Nights in Lisbon. MCD: Farrar. May 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780374604769. $28. CD. THRILLER/DOMESTIC

Rekulak, Jason. Hidden Pictures. Flatiron: Macmillan. May 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781250819345. $27.99. THRILLER/SUPERNATURAL

Toyne, Simon. Dark Objects. Morrow. May 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780062329790. $27.99. THRILLER

In Barclay’s Take Your Breath Away, Andrew Mason is suspected of murdering wife Brie after she disappears, and further complications arise when someone resembling her shows up at the couple’s old address before vanishing again (100,000-copy first printing). First seen in Brown's 2021 New York Times best seller, Arctic Storm Rising, former U.S. Air Force officer Nick Flynn now faces a Countdown to Midnight, with Midnight the code name for a secret project between Russia and Iran involving a lethal new weapon (125,000-copy first printing). In Burke’s Every Cloak Rolled in Blood, novelist Aaron Holland is guided by the ghost of his recently deceased daughter when his do-gooding efforts draw him into a shady crowd that includes a former Klansman, a not-so-saintly minister, some scary fake-evangelical bikers, and a murderer (100,000-copy first printing). In Carr’s In the Blood, a Mossad operative known to former Navy SEAL James Reece is killed in a plane explosion (she herself had just completed a targeted assassination), but searching for the culprit might mean walking into a trap (200,000-copy first printing). In Horowitz’s third James Bond outing, as yet Untitled, 007 is starting to question his role as the Cold War wears on but agrees to act as a double agent so that he can infiltrate a newly hatched Soviet intelligence organization (50,000-copy first printing). Unfolding 15 years after events in Iles’s “Natchez Burning” trilogy, Southern Man reintroduces Penn Cage, back in action as shots fired at a Bienville music festival nearly kill his daughter, a militant Black group takes responsibility for the torching of antebellum mansions, and a close friend is shot to death by a county deputy (200,000-copy first printing). Her career stumbling, lawyer Nicole Muller gladly complies when she’s asked by the exclusive women’s professional group Panthera Leo to Please Join Us, but as author McKenzie soon reveals, membership comes at a price (60,000-copy first printing). Demoted from the elite Hawks police unit for being too keen on uncovering state corruption, Meyer's stalwart detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido await transfer from Cape Town to dull duty in Stellenbosch when an anonymous warning and a missing-student assignment reveal that The Dark Flood of corruption they knew was there is worse than they imagined. On a business trip with her new, much younger husband, Pavone’s latest heroine, Ariel Price, can’t enjoy her Two Nights in Lisbon; she awakens one morning to find her spouse missing and begins to realize that she hardly knows him (200,000-copy first printing). Edgar-nominated for The Impossible Fortress and also the editor behindPride and Prejudice and Zombies, Rekulak returns with Hidden Pictures, featuring a nanny whose five-year-old charge draws increasingly creepy and sophisticated pictures (shown in the text) hinting at a long-ago murder (250,000-copy first printing). A woman lies murdered, surrounded by Dark Objects that include the book How To Process a Murder by forensics expert Laughton Rees, who’s of course immediately called to the scene; the latest from “Sanctus” author Toyne (50,000-copy first printing).

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