Prey fans everywhere have embraced the return of John Sandford’s other charismatic hero, Kidd — artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal — and his sometime partner/sometime lover LuEllen.
“Crime fiction doesn’t have nearly enough droll master thieves like Kidd and his stunning partner in righteous crime,” said the Los Angeles Times. “Fast-paced action, high-intellect puzzle solving and dandy characters: Kidd and LuEllen have one helluva time,” raved the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “With its quick plotting and clever story, The Devil’s Code makes a strong case the Kidd and his pals deserve more chances to strut their stuff,” wrote the Chicago Tribune.
And now here they are. In The Hanged Man’s Song, a super-hacker friend of Kidd’s named Bobby suddenly disappears from cyberspace, and Kidd knows that isn’t a good sign. Going over to his house, he finds him dead on the floor, his head bashed in and his laptop missing — and Kidd knows that really isn’t a good sign. The secrets on that laptop are potent enough to hang Kidd and everybody else in Bobby’s circle — just to start with — so there’s no question that Kidd and LuEllen have to try to track it down, not to mention that Kidd would dearly love to get his hands on the man who killed Bobby. But before he can get very far, the secrets start coming out anyway . . . and they’re more staggering than even Kidd imagined. Because it’s not just about the lives of a circle of friends and colleagues now, oh no — it’s about something much, much bigger. And much, much scarier…
Filled with the atmosphere, characters, and exceptional drama that have made John Sandford one of America’s best-loved thriller writers, The Hanged Man’s Song is a masterpiece of suspense.
James Patterson - Mark Sullivan - Private Berlin
_Private Berlin_ has the extraordinary pace and international sophistication that has powered _The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo_ and Patterson's #1 bestseller _The Postcard Killers_. IN EUROPE'S MOST DANGEROUS CITY Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases-and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. AN INVESTIGATOR IS SEARCHING Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined-and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone-and one of them is evil enough to want him dead. AND SHE'S AFTER MORE THAN THE TRUTH Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris-in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos. James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with _Private Berlin_, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. _Private Berlin_ proves why Patterson is truly the world's #1 bestselling author.
James Patterson - 12th of Never
It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose. Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail. Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.
Peter James - Dead Man's Footsteps
Dead Man's Footsteps is the fourth Roy Grace thriller. As in the rest of this bestselling crime series, Brighton is the base, but this time the action moves around the world. When dodgy dealer Ronnie Wilson finds himself in New York on the day of 9/11, he used the ensuing chaos to disappear. Five years later a skeleton is found in Brighton, and a decomposing body discovered in a car in Melbourne. The link between these events, and the fate of a young woman trapped in a lift in Brighton, is expertly revealed by master plotter Peter James in this gripping tale." - Georgia O'Keefe, Amazon.co.uk --The Bookseller's Choices For June 2008
Karen Rose - No One Left to Tell
The addictive Karen Rose serves up her most relentless thriller yet. A woman is dead and her fiance is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit. Now PI Paige Holden holds the only piece of evidence that could see him freed, and she cannot take it to the police. With the help of disarming state attorney, Grayson Smith, Paige is determined to avenge the murdered woman and set an innocent man free. But Paige has only scratched the surface of a cover-up far deadlier than she could ever imagine. A string of mysterious deaths of women with a shared past sets Paige on the trail of a ruthless killer. The problem is, the killer's on her trail too ...
Karen Rose - Scream for Me
New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose delivers a heart-stopping suspense novel that picks up where DIE FOR ME left off, with a detective determined to track down a brutal murderer. Special Agent Daniel Vartanian has sworn to find the perpetrator of multiple killings that mimic a 13-year-old murder linked to a collection of photographs that belonged to his brother, Simon, the ruthless serial killer who met his demise in DIE FOR ME. Daniel is certain that someone even more depraved than his brother committed these crimes, and he's determined to bring the current murderer to justice and solve the mysterious crime from years ago. With only a handful of images as a lead, Daniel's search will lead him back through the dark past of his own family, and into the realm of a mind more sinister than he could ever imagine. But his quest will also draw him to Alex Fallon, a beautiful nurse whose troubled past reflects his own. As Daniel becomes attached to Alex, he discovers that she is also the object of the obsessed murderer. Soon, he will not only be racing to discover the identity of this macabre criminal, but also to save the life of the woman he has begun to love.
Karen Rose - Silent Scream
When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken. David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close—and is moving in for the kill.
Kelley Armstrong - Exit Strategy
From the author of the acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series comes an exciting new heroine whose most secret identity is both lucrative…and lethal. Regulars at Nadia's nature lodge don't ask what she does in the off-season. And that's a good thing. If she told them, she'd have to kill them. She's a hit woman for a Mafia family. Tough and self-sufficient, Nadia doesn't owe anyone any explanations. But that doesn't mean she always works alone. One of her contacts has recruited her in the hunt for a ruthlessly efficient serial killer cutting a swath of terror across the country. The assassin is far too skilled to be an amateur—and the precision of the killings is bringing the Feds much too close to the hit man community for comfort. To put an end to the murders, Nadia will have to turn herself from predator to prey as she employs every trick she knows to find the killer. Before the killer finds her…
Agatha Christie - Destination Unknown
Hilary Craven has lost the will to live, Mrs Betterton is already dead. Then Hilary is asked to impersonate the dead woman and to trace her husband - a missing nuclear scientist - and her will to live returns. A faked air disaster, a string of radio-active pearls, a leper colony floundering in the dry heat of the Moroccan desert. Hilary is lead towards a terrifying discovery and her new found enthusiasm for life turns into ice-cold fear... Christie based this book partly on the activities of two famous physicists of the early 1950s: Bruno Ponecorvo, who defected to Russia, and Emil Fuchs, who spied for the Russians. It is another of Christie’s light-hearted thriller novels featuring a daring and fearless heroine.
Agatha Christie - The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been babbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure, poisoned by a deadly cocktail. It seems likely that the cocktail was intended for the beautiful actress. But whilst the police fumble to find clues, Miss Marple begins to ask her own questions, because as she knows - even the most peaceful village can hide dark secrets.
Agatha Christie - The Man in the Brown Suit
Pretty, young Anne Beddingfield has come to London looking for adventure. But adventure finds her when a strange-smelling man falls off an Underground platform and is electrocuted on the rails. The police verdict is accidental death. But who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body before running away? Armed with only one cryptic clue, Anne is determined to track him down and bring the mysterious killer to justice.
Stephanie Barron - Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Visiting the estate of her friend Isobel, the newly married Countess of Scargrave, Jane Austen is drawn into a mystery when Isobel's husband dies suspiciously and the bereaved young bride is implicated in the murder.
Mickey Zucker Reichert - Isaac Asimov's I, Robot: To Protect
_First in an all-new trilogy inspired by Isaac Asimov's legendary science fiction collection I, Robot._ 2035: Susan Calvin is beginning her residency at a Manhattan teaching hospital, where a select group of patients is receiving the latest in diagnostic advancements: tiny nanobots, injected into the spinal fluid, that can unlock and map the human mind. Soon, Susan begins to notice an ominous chain of events surrounding the patients. When she tries to alert her superiors, she is ignored by those who want to keep the project far from any scrutiny for the sake of their own agenda. But what no one knows is that the very technology to which they have given life is now under the control of those who seek to spread only death...
Paul Ruditis - Mind Games
Agents Sydney Bristow and Marcus Dixon are hot on the trail of international drug lord David Lowell, creator of a mind-control drug called Sway - a substance so potent that in the wrong hands it could be one of the world's most dangerous bio weapons. Determined to find out the location of Lowell's lab and halt production of the drug, Sydney and Dixon go undercover as big-time drug dealers. Things don't go quite as planned, and Sydney is forced to ingest a dose of Sway and commanded to turn on her APO counterparts. Can she break free from the drug's powerful grip before Lowell carries out his sinister plan?
Richard Castle - Storm Front
From Tokyo, to Bonn, to London, high-level bankers are being tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Knowing only one man can match Volkov's strength and cunning, the CIA calls on Storm to track him down, figure out who he's working for and why. With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent, Storm discovers a plot that could destroy the global economy bringing with it untold chaos and the time he has to stop it is running short.
Christina F. York - A Touch of Death
A man wearing a hazmat suit walks into a police station in Siberia claiming he is responsible for the deaths of his wife and three children. Before he can be questioned, he is kidnapped by Gai Dong Jing, his former employer and an ex-Alliance officer who is now head of a secret terrorist cell conducting bioweapon research of deadly proportions. Agents Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn are sent to a small town on the Siberian-Korean border to look for Jing's lab. They discover an underground bunker, the place where the mysterious man in the hazmat suit-a brilliant Alliance geneticist who disappeared years ago-was quarantined. With the threat of a worldwide epidemic looming, Sydney and the APO team must locate Jing and decode the scientist's medical diary, which holds the answers to the virus and the fate of his family. In the meantime, the highly contagious geneticist plans to rid himself of his illness in the most unimaginable way...
John Sandford - Shock Wave
The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands. The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage-and they do. Who's behind the bombs, and how far will they go? It's Virgil Flowers's job to find out . . . before more people get killed.
John Sandford - Rough Country
It's a joy to announce that John Sandford is still doing everything right," wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the second adventure of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers. "Virgil acts like the best series protagonists-becoming someone we just enjoy spending time with." Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today. Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. The more he digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. Then he finds that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth . . . well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens. Because it could be his own. Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are his hallmarks, Rough Country is another immensely satisfying tale by one of our very best suspense writers.
Brian Studler - The Ghost
The Ghost, a legendary figure who has gone by so many aliases that his real identity is a mystery, has his eye on super-agent Sydney Bristow. The mysterious man is the creator of a hallucinogen that is both a blessing to psychiatry and a powerful weapon that can ignite mass hysteria. When the mad scientist is double-crossed by one of his own minions, Sydney must accompany him to his clinic in Switzerland to help him learn which of his proteges stole the drug and sold it to a chemical-weapons dealer in Mexico City. This plan does not sit well with Sydney's father. Jack Bristow shares a past with The Ghost...In fact, he thought he killed the man in a Vietnamese jungle years ago. Now Jack must discover if his mind is playing tricks on him or if their wartime encounter was just another one of The Ghost's experiments...
Steven Hanna - Old Friends
A terrorist cell based in China called Dark Cloud has devised a plan to release a deadly poison on entire nations using rocket technology. In true six degrees-of-separation style, Agent Sydney Bristow's friend from graduate school, Keiko Terajima, happens to be the daughter of a prominent Japanese physicist, and Dark Cloud needs his top-secret knowledge to carry out its devious plan. What's more, Keiko's married to Franklin, the son of an old colleague Jack Bristow killed years ago to protect Sydney. When APO learns that Franklin is part of an elite group of agents who marry women to gain access to information, Sydney begins to question his true intentions with Keiko. Tracing the connections leads deeper and deeper into the terrorists' plot - with Keiko's father and husband at the centre. Suddenly, Sydney finds herself on a mission not only to prevent the poisonous rain from devastating a country, but to save her loved ones as well.
Greg Cox - Namesakes
In NAMESAKES, a killer targets women in the Los Angeles area who all share a name with one of Agent Sydney Bristow's former SD-6 aliases. Sydney wants the case, but she's already hot on the heels of a German terrorist armed with a secret formula for a super-explosive. While Sydney and Dixon head for the Canary Islands to prevent the terrorist from creating a manmade tsunami, Jack and Vaughn suspect that the Alias Killer may be a disgruntled ex-coworker resentful of Sydney for shutting down the shadow organization SD-6 years ago. As Sydney struggles to stay focused and stop a ruthless man with mass destruction on his mind, she can't help but wonder...will APO find the Alias Killer before another one of her unsuspecting namesakes pays the price?