Thriller Series: Feb. 2024, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Revisiting old thriller friends. 

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Berry, Steve. The Atlas Maneuver. Grand Central. Feb. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781538721032. $30. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Box, C.J. Three-Inch Teeth. Putnam. (Joe Pickett Bk. 24). Feb. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593331347. $30. lrg. prnt. THRILLER

Downing, David. Union Station. Soho Crime. Feb. 2024. 408p. ISBN 9781641293570. $27.95. THRILLER

Greaney, Mark. The Chaos Agent. Berkley. (Gray Man, Bk. 13). 528p. ISBN 9780593548141. $30. THRILLER

Grippando, James. Goodbye Girl. HarperCollins. (Jack Swyteck, Bk. 18). Jan. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063223844. $30. lrg. prnt. THRILLER

Hurwitz, Gregg. Lone Wolf. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Orphan X, Bk. 9). Feb. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781250871732. $29. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Kellerman, Jonathan. The Ghost Orchid: An Alex Delaware Novel. Ballantine. (Alex Delaware Novel). 304p. ISBN 9780593497678. $30. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Lawson, Mike. Kingpin. Atlantic Monthly. Feb. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780802160881. $27.

Patterson, James & Brian Sitts. Holmes, Miss Marple & Poe Investigations. Little, Brown. Jan. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780316405195. $30. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Petrie, Nick. The Price You Pay. Putnam. (A Peter Ash Novel, Bk. 8). Feb. 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780593540558. $28. THRILLER

Young, Erin. Original Sins. Flatiron: Macmillan. Feb. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250799425. $28.99. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

In Berry’s The Atlas Maneuver, retired Justice Department operative Cotton Malone is caught between the CIA and the world’s oldest bank in a battle involving the Black Eagle Trust, which holds treasure buried in the Philippines by Japanese soldiers at the end of World War II and recovered shortly thereafter by the U.S. government (250,000-copy first printing). A man released from prison with revenge on his mind goes after Joe Pickett (among others), using a raging grizzly bear’s multiple attacks as a cover (hence those Three-Inch Teeth in Box’s title). In Union Station, a sequel to Downing’s “Station” books (one of the publisher’s best-selling series), British journalist and former spy John Russell, now in 1950s Los Angeles, suspects he’s being followed—but is it because of something in his past or his current research on U.S. businesses that dealt with the Nazis? In Greaney’s The Chaos Agent, robotics and AI experts are being systematically dispatched—perhaps to eliminate competition, perhaps to commandeer AI military prowess—and the so-called Gray Man’s refusal to investigate doesn’t matter; he and a lover seeking to live quietly under assumed identities are still targeted by assassins. In Grippando’s Goodbye Girl, Jack Swyteck’s latest client is Grammy-winning popstar Imani Nichols, who urges fans to pirate her music because her royalties go mostly to ex-husband Shaky Nichols; the result is blazing litigation and the indictment of both for the long-ago murder of Imani’s extramarital lover (50,000-copy first printing). A former black-ops government assassin known as Orphan X, Evan Smoak fled the program and now works underground to help those truly in need—in Hurwitz's Lone Wolf, a girl searching for her dog, though this sweet little case blows up into his biggest yet (200,000-copy first printing). When the bodies of Italian playboy Gio Aggiunta and rich-as-Croesus married neighbor Meagin March are found floating in a pool on the grounds of a Bel Air estate, LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis calls on psychologist Alex Delaware for insight in Kellerman's The Ghost Orchid. In Kingpin, the latest from Edgar and Barry Award finalist Lawson, Washington, DC, troubleshooter Joe DeMarco investigates the suspicious death of an intern for former Speaker of the House John Mahoney, who’s found dead of an apparent overdose just before releasing a report condemning a group of politicians for taking bribes. With previous coauthor Sitts, Patterson launches a new series featuring Holmes, Miss Marple & Poe Investigations, a New York detective agency boasting brainy Brendan Holmes, sly if charming Margaret Maple, and weapons expert Auguste Poe, whose headlines-grabbing endeavors also grab the attention of NYPD Detective Helene Grey. In Petrie’s The Price You Pay, veteran Peter Ash is helping loyal friend Lewis get beyond the criminal life by tracking down an associate, but all they find is a burnt-down cabin—with notebooks that could incriminate Lewis, who is  now unaccounted for (originally scheduled for June 2023 as The Heavy Lift). Following Young’s The Fields , a Glamour Best Book and Amazon Editor’s Pick, Original Sins finds FBI rookie Riley Fisher intuiting a connection between death threats against the newly elected Iowa female state governor and a serial attacker called the Sin Eater who’s rampaging about Des Moines.

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