Top-Dollar Thriller Authors, Jun. 2022, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

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Bentley, Don. Tom Clancy Zero Hour. (Jack Ryan Jr. Novel Book 9). Putnam. Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780593422724. $29.95. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Berry, Steve. The Omega Factor. Grand Central. Jun. 2022. ISBN 9781538720943. $29. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

DeMille, Nelson. The Maze. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781501101786. $28.99. lrg. prnt. CD. THRILLER

Dodd, Christina. Point Last Seen. HQN. Jun. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781335679918. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781335623973.  $17.99. THRILLER

Feehan, Christine. Red on the River. Berkley. Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780593439135. $28. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Johansen, Iris. A Face to Die For. Grand Central. (Eve Duncan, Bk. 28). Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781538713211. $28. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Knott, Robert. Robert B. Parker’s Opium Rose. Putnam. (Cole & Hitch, Bk. 11). Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593085554. $28. ACTION & ADVENTURE/WESTERN

Patterson, James & David Ellis. Escape. Little, Brown. (Bill Harney, Bk. 3). Jun. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780316499446. $29. CD/downloadable. THRILLER

Quirk, Matthew. Red Warning. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780063051638. $28.99. lrg. prnt.

In Bentley’s Tom Clancy Zero Hour, Jack Ryan Jr. is interviewing a Campus prospect in Seoul when North Korea’s leader is devastatingly injured, prompting a power struggle among sleeper agents in South Korea. In Berry’s The Omega Factor, UNESCO investigator Nicholas Lee is following a lead to the long-missing 12th panel of the relentlessly plundered Ghent Altarpiece when he stumbles upon a centuries-old conflict between some no-nonsense nuns called the Maidens of Saint-Michael and the Vatican, desperate to grab a secret the maidens guard (200,000-copy first printing). Having appeared in six best-selling DeMille novels, retired NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey is hanging out at his uncle’s waterfront estate on Long Island when he heeds a call to help find a serial killer who is dispatching sex workers and burying them along the beach in The Maze (originally scheduled for June 2021; 500,000-copy first printing). Pulled from the icy Pacific and presumed dead, a revived Elle can remember little except her name in Dodd’s stand-alone, Point Last Seen, but it surely looks to rescuer Adam like someone tried to kill her (75,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). What could be Red on the River in the next exemplar of romantic suspense from Feehan, which is set in the Sierra Nevada mountains? When tomb raiders kill archaeologist Riley Smith’s father after he discovers the burial site of Helen of Troy, Riley seeks revenge while asking Johansen stalwart Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, to reconstruct A Face To Die For (100,000-copy first printing). Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have their hands full in Knott’s Robert B. Parker's Opium Rose when the daughter of Virgil’s half-brother arrives in Appaloosa, having fled San Francisco following the death of her lawyer husband; apparently, he was involved in a big opium operation. In Escape, a follow-up to Patterson’s Black Book, a rich-as-Croesus crime lord breaks out of jail and leaves a taunting note for crack Chicago detective Billy Harney, who he knew would be called to the scene (300,000-copy first printing). In Quirk’s Red Warning, CIA officer Sam Hudson is nearly blown up in Geneva as he obsessively tracks Russian mole Konstanin, then dodges bombs back in Washington, DC, when Konstanin follows him home (125,000-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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