Thriller Previews, Dec. 2022, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Chills for December. 

Click here for additional new Prepub Alert columns  

Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Untitled. Putnam. Dec. (Jack Ryan, Bk. 22). 2022. 512p. ISBN 9780593422755. $29.95. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

As president of the United States, Jack Ryan is one powerful man. But even he cannot outrun his past in this latest Tom Clancy continuation from the author of the New York Times best-selling “Jericho Quinn” novels.

Cook, Robin. Night Shift. Putnam. Dec. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780593540183. $29. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER/MEDICAL

When a good friend and colleague is found dead in the hospital parking lot, newly appointed medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery asks doctor husband Jack Stapleton to investigate. He has to break a few rules, but he uncovers some ugly truths about the hospital where he works.

Cosby, S.A. My Darkest Prayer. Flatiron: Macmillan. Dec. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250867636. pap. $16.99. THRILLER/CRIME

Having blasted into the thriller stratosphere with Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, Cosby earns a reissue of his debut novel. Here, former marine and deputy sheriff Nathan Waymaker, now working at his cousin’s funeral home, is tasked with uncovering the truth about a local preacher’s untimely death. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Friedman, Elyse. The Opportunist. Mira: Harlequin. Dec. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780778386957. pap. $16.99. CD. SUSPENSE

Struggling single-mom Alana Shropshire assiduously avoids her family until her grasping brothers offer to pay her to prevent a 29-year-old from marrying their wealthy septuagenarian father. That should take just one little trick, but things spin rapidly out of control. From award-winning Canadian author Friedman; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Kane, Darby. The Last Invitation. Morrow. Dec. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9780063271845. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780063225565. $17.66. CD.THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL

What has Jessa gotten into when she grabs that invitation to join the Sophie Foundation? Once a month, its members meet over a civilized spread of wine and cheese, consider the outré behavior of a few men, and decide which one will die. Following the film-optioned Pretty Little Wife and The Replacement; with a 100,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing.

Lindsay, Jeff. Three-Edged Sword. Dutton. (Riley Wolfe, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9780593186220. $27. Downloadable. THRILLER

Wily if lovable Riley Wolfe returns for a third adventure, eager to emulate Robin Hood by stealing from the 0.1 percent. And this theft is his biggest yet despite rumblings from a growing list of enemies. From the author who gave us the durable Dexter.

Morrissey, Hannah. The Widowmaker. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250795977. $27.99. CD. THRILLER

Back home in crime-ridden, grime-ridden Black Harbor, WI, struggling photographer Morgan Mori is snapping shots at the glittery-rich Reynolds family’s holiday party when she witnesses a murder that could hold clues to the long-ago disappearance of family patriarch Clive Reynolds. And more clues could come from her own shadowy past. Following the LJ-starred Hello, Transcriber .

Morrison, Ewan. How To Survive Everything. Harper Perennial. Nov. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063247321. $17. SUSPENSE

From Morrison, a Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year honoree, this multi-award-nominated thriller features two children kidnapped by their divorced father, who’s determined to hide them away from what he believes will be the next ferocious wave of pandemic.

Woods, Stuart. Untitled. Putnam. (Stone Barrington, Bk. 64). Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593540060. $28. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable.

Another Stone Barrington adventure—and this one right on the heels of Distant Thunder, appearing in October. Woods and his readers never rest.

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