Veteran Thrills: Apr. 2023, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Blockbuster authors providing much-anticipated thrills. 

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Baldacci, David. Simply Lies. Grand Central. Apr. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9781538750636. $30. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Clark, Mary Higgins & Alafair Burke. Where Are the Children Now? S. & S. Apr. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781982189419. $27.99. CD. THRILLER

Graham, Heather. Shadow of Death: A Suspense Novel. Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780778333494. $27.99. THRILLER

Hood, Joshua. Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Rendition. Putnam. (Treadstone Novel, Bk. 4). Apr. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780593419823. $28. CD. THRILLER

Lehane, Dennis. Small Mercies. Harper. Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780062129482. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Robinson, Peter. Standing in the Shadows. Morrow. (Inspector Banks Novel, Bk. 28). Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780062994981. $28.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER

Sandford, John. Dark Angel. Putnam. (Letty Davenport, Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593422410. $29.95. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Winslow, Don.  City of Dreams. Morrow. Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780062851239. $29.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER

Blockbuster Baldacci takes a break with Simply Lies, forsaking his various series for the moment to write a stand-alone (a million-copy first printing). In Where Are the Children Now? Burke springboards from the Higgins Clark classic Where Are the Children? as a grown-up Missy and Mike rely on what they learned during their own childhood abduction to rescue Missy’s snatched stepdaughter. In Graham’s Shadow of Death, Amy Larson of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI special agent Hunter Forrest head to Denver to find the lethal doomsday cult they tracked through Danger in Numbers and Crimson Summer. In Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Rendition, Hood brings back Adam Hayes, who rushes in to help former partner Abdul Nassir and his family, who are terrified of both the Taliban and the rogue CIA contractors gone violent as the United States withdraws from Afghanistan. Mary Pat Fennessey’s teenage daughter goes missing and a young Black man is struck and killed by a subway train on the same steamy night in 1974 Boston, and there are no Small Mercies as Mary Pat’s hunt for Jules riles the Irish mob; following Lehane’s multi-best-booked Since We Fell (150,000-copy first printing). Two cold cases are Standing in the Shadows in this latest from Edgar and CWA Dagger in the Library honoree Robinson; in 1980, Nick Hartley is suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and spends a lifetime seeking the killer, while in 2019 a modern-day skeleton found at an archaeological dig keeps Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his Yorkshire team busy. In Sandford’s Dark Angel, Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter Letty poses as a rogue programmer for hire to help the Department of Homeland Security forestall the takeover of Minneapolis’s power grid by some ominous hackers. While facing down angry competitors when he moves to the West Coast and its City of Dreams, young, widowed mob underboss Danny Ryan visits the set of a movie depicting his crew’s involvement in the New England crime war and encounters the actress playing his late wife; following Winslow’s New York Times best-selling series launcher, City on Fire (250,000-copy first printing).

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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.

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