Parks continues to bring us hard-boiled fiction set in Glasgow in the s, a town and setting that should get the noir fan sitting up straight in anticipation of some of the most brutal and beautiful prose around. In in Belfast, Jean McConville was brutally abducted from her home and children in one of the most horrifying incidents of The Troubles; her remains would not be found for over thirty years.
In the meantime, though her attack was an open secret, nobody would come forward to authorities with information about the culprits. New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe frames this penetrating study of The Troubles and the aftermath with an in-depth look at the McConville case. Long overdue answers are unearthed in the dogged investigation, but a bigger perspective is also presented: through interviews and archival work, Radden Keefe brings readers to the very heart of the trauma, to the atrocities committed on both sides, and to the very human cost.
Early spring brings us a new Donna Leon novel once again, this one the twenty-eighth in the ever popular, ever enjoyable Commissario Guido Brunetti series. This time, the Commissario is being asked to take on an investigation of a more personal nature, when an elderly and aristocratic family friend states his intention to adopt a young man of mysterious origins and to make him his heir. Family and professional duties intersect as a murder investigation also unfolds; and of course Venice is always at its most beguiling and enchanting when seen through the lens of a Leon mystery.
Russell is always sharp with the procedural aspects of crime, but here he branches out into some memorably haunting atmospherics. With this follow-up to the debut, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions , Giordano looks to cement the series starring Auntie Poldi, retiree, wine aficionado, a woman of honor with a nose for mystery and an appreciation for the many delights of the Sicilian countryside.
The Auntie Pold mysteries offer up plenty of great armchair traveling and detection, bringing a strong note of the sensual back to the southern European mystery. Anna Smith is a longtime reporter turning to crime fiction in a big way, with this high-octane, finely observed thriller. Typical to Parks work, this one will keep readers gripped from the first page and promises plenty of heart-pounding action and a few bad guys taught the hard ways of justice. American Mystery Classics continues to turn up lost gems and authors for mystery lovers to re-discover.
Armstrong was herself an accomplished playwright and is an informed, witty guide to a fascinating subculture. In this extremely French take on gentrification, land fraud, and other capitalist schemes, a real estate developer is cast into the sea in a depressed northern town after his plans to revitalize the area with a gleaming new seaside resort fail to come to fruition. Kistler, a former Philadelphia litigator, makes a highly toured debut with House on Fire , a domestic suspense novel that looks at a very modern family experiencing a moment of tumult after a drunk-driving accident kills one child and puts the other on trial for manslaughter.
Kistler has a clear mastery of the legal drama but also a deft touch with complicated family dynamics and the tightening noose of a trauma that refuses all efforts at a cut-and-dry solution. Joe R. From the originator of splatter-gore and author of the East Texas-set Hap and Leonard series comes a new adventure for his odd couple of investigators and their no-nonsense boss who, after many years of a Sam-and-Diane situation, is now married to Hap. Hap and Leonard are trying to get home through one of the worst floods in memory and floods are no joke in pine country when the happen upon a fugitive woman with two goons in hot pursuit.
An English teacher with an expansive knowledge of gothic literature finds herself tangled in a web of murder and mystery that begins more and more to be a kind of twisted work of gothic storytelling in this impressive new mystery. Griffiths writes at the perfect intersection of procedural and psychological thriller, with her latest adding a strong dose of dark atmospherics to spin a truly unnerving story.
In this wicked historical thriller set in Stockholm, a mutilated body is the start to an investigation that brings in every class and every corner of the city, in what promises to be one of the most well-researched historicals of the year. But, for those who need a bit more enticement, know that this novel is also about nostalgia and cinephilia and Cold War spycraft and also maybe Hitler survived and needs to be caught.
D ouble Exposure is standout spy fiction sure to win over readers, hopefully heralding the launch of a new thriller series. An electrifying debut from Australian author J. Pomare has a firm grip on the psychological torment and striving that piece this complex, riveting story together. Fresh from his triumphant conclusion to the Natchez Burning trilogy, Greg Iles once again looks to entertain and educate in equal measure. In his latest, the murder of an archaologist prompts an investigation into local history by a hot-shot D.
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Blaedel knows suspense and dread, both of which infuse her pages with a special kind of momentum. Ratliff has been opening eyes with his penetrating journalism from far-flung corners of the tech and criminal underworld for years, putting him in a perfect position to tell the shocking story of Paul LeRoux, a crime kingpin for the new century. Box has been mastering the modern-day western with his series focused on Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden with a hardened set of principles and a tendency to come up against tough company on his parkland.
Wolf Pack involves drones, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the quest to bring killers—of wildlife and of people—to justice. Box has made a strong case to stand among the luminaries of modern crime fiction.
The couple at the center of My Lovely Wife may seem like an ordinary suburban family, but as we know from many, many, domestic suspense novels, appearances are bound to be deceiving. The catalyst for this erosion? An American academic in the throes of a personal crises attends a conference at a mountain resort in Switzerland…and then the world basically ends. Except, that is, for the attendees of the conference, survivors of a world cataclysm who attempt to keep their wits about them as they solve a very local mystery: the tragic death of a young girl, with all the hotel residents suspected of the crime.
In , two girls were kidnapped from a mall outside Washington D. The kidnappers left few viable clues and while the region was glued to the story, authorities were stymied. Bowden, now an acclaimed author of epic crime and war histories, knows the case inside and out—he was a young reporter just starting out in Baltimore when he was tasked with covering the story.
In The Last Stone, he dives back into the case alongside the detectives and tells with enormous skill and empathy the story of those missing girls and the effort to bring their assailants to justice. Scottoline is a suspense master, with all the usual thrills and insights on display.
Feeney is quickly establishing herself as a luminary of psychological thrillers, a reputation this novel is sure to bolster. This is suspense as it was meant to be written. The premise of Women Talking is simple but terrifying: there have been a series of rapes in a small Mennonite village, the men responsible have been charged but will soon be forgiven by the elders of their community, and the women of the village have gathered to determine the proper course of action: stay and do nothing, stay and fight, or leave.
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This is the first stand-alone from author of the Lou Norton series, Rachel Howzell Hall, who knows her genre just as well as she knows her city of Los Angeles. Hall is an expert at capturing a giant metropolis, and we can wait to see her talents on display in a more intimate, locked-room setting.
The final installment includes a clever twist on the English country manor mystery, with agents from the Golden Sentinels surveilling the glamorous guests at a weekend affair. It doesn't take long for the couple to realize Jonah is more monster than victim—and that he knows more about them than any normal stranger should.
Thayer keeps tensions high, as the Jensens try to win their visitor's messed-up, psychological games. But despite her personal problems, Karen's powers of intuition haven't been dulled, and she's convinced the answer lies within its seventh victim. Can she solve the case in time to stop the killer and save her career? Detective Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito have made a shocking discovery inside an abandoned house: A cage made of bones, which holds a feral child.
Now, they're in the middle of a grisly serial killer case that has stumped police for 30 years.
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In a terrifying marriage of horror and psychological suspense, Tania Carver's novel keeps the chills and surprises coming as the duo confronts a dark and elusive evil. Want more psychological thrillers? The basis for the movie adaptation starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche, Damage is a masterful psychological thriller that will make your blood run hot and cold.
Purely by luck, Steve Harris did not meet the same fate of his mother and brother, who were murdered by his father in Since then, Steve has tried to move on with his life, though a new true crime book threatens to open old wounds. Still, Steve cooperates with author Rebecca Soltero, as she digs deeper into the events of that fateful day. What ensues is an eye-opening investigation that reveals painful truths about the crime, Steve's father, and the family he loved and lost.
From the creator and showrunner of the BBC series Luther comes a gritty thriller about promises and second chances. Diagnosed with terminal cancer and approaching death, Kenny Drummond sets out to right all his past wrongs. But when he reaches the name of his former schoolmate Callie Barton, all his attempts to locate her come up empty.
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Kenny vows to find out what happened to Callie—but does he have enough time? Loosely based on the Parker-Hulme murder seen in the Kate Winslet film Heavenly Creatures , Harriet Said stars two bored teenage girls who go embark a disturbing mission: They're going to woo the much-older and married Peter Biggs. But how far will they go to achieve their goal? Well, it's up to whatever Harriet says—and what she says will surely incite life-shattering terror. Fans of the movie Single White Female will recognize a familiar trope in this thrilling novel by Gillian White: Martha and Jennie are neighbors and occasional frenemies, with Martha on top and Jennie struggling to fit in.
But when the tables are suddenly turned, this harmless friendship turns into a dark obsession that doesn't end well. Helen Stone's year-old protagonist is an anti-heroine straight out of the Amy Dunne handbook: To her insufferable boss, Stephen, Jane is just a normal Midwesterner—hard-working, reliable, and good-natured.
While she plays the role of his dutiful manager, she secretly plots his demise—and as far as she's concerned, the more brutal, the better. In fact, they're lurking in her own backyard Ever since their younger sister vanished more than 20 years ago, Claire and Lydia have lived separate lives. If the person you love was abducted, would you flee to safety or pursue their kidnappers?
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