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Edgar Award winner: A Holocaust survivor fights a Nazi conspiracy in the jungles of Brazil
In 1939 Erick Von Roesler was spreading Hitler’s gospel in Brazil when duty to the Reich called him home. He distinguished himself during the war, organizing slave labor camps, overseeing executions, and manning the gas chambers of Buchenwald, but in 1945 he felt it necessary to leave the land of his birth. His enthusiasm for the German cause undimmed, he returned to South America to remake the continent in the image of the fallen Reich.
For help, he calls on Hans Busch, a master propagandist who comes south from New York with $2 million earmarked for the Nazi revival. But this squat, unkempt little man is not the Nazi he claims to be. Hans Busch is merely a nom de guerre for Holocaust survivor Ari Schoenberg, who has come to take his revenge. With the help of Interpol’s José Da Silva, he will dismantle the new Reich from the inside out.
Santa Barbara PI Jaymie Zarlin enters the dangerous world of human trafficking to help a trans woman find her daughter in this taut and timely mystery
In the dead of night, a panga boat lands on a Santa Barbara beach to offload drugs. But drugs are not all this boat carried. When Chucha Robledo arrives to collect her baby girl, she finds the boat empty save for a tiny silver medallion. She knows the police will be no help to her—as a Mexican immigrant, as a transgender woman, as a mother who attempted to smuggle her child into America. Fearing the worst, Chucha goes to the only person in town she can trust.
The unexplained loss of a loved one is a type of pain PI Jaymie Zarlin knows all too well. Promising to help Chucha, Jaymie dives into the abyss of human trafficking, and finds herself closer than ever to uncovering the truth about her own brother’s death. In this compelling mystery that “deals directly and effectively with important contemporary issues,” Jaymie must choose what can be jettisoned and what precious cargo must—at all costs—be saved (Booklist).
Keeper of the Mill
In search of hidden diamonds, Claire returns to the German countryside
At the height of World War II, Iris is a young Jewish girl living in Munich. One night, while on a double date, she lets herself get talked into staying out far past curfew. When she returns home, her family has disappeared. With her uncle Oswald, Iris races for the frontier, pausing at Saint Hildegard’s Mill to bury the family diamonds. She escapes to the United States, where she lives quietly for five decades. She will never return to look for her diamonds, but she has a friend who will.
Claire Breslinsky lived in Munich during her wild, carefree youth, but those days are long gone. When an old friend invites her to a wedding at Saint Hildegard’s Mill, Claire demurs—until Iris tells her about the hidden fortune that awaits her. Claire returns to Munich to attend the wedding, take some pictures, and do some light treasure hunting. But she will end up investigating a murder instead.
The Black Hearts Murder
A city seethes with racial tension, and a political fixer tries to keep the peace
In a forgotten neighborhood of downtown Banbury, Harlan James preaches the revolution, teaching young black men and women to stand up for their rights. According to the district attorney, he’s also been teaching them to make bombs. This is a lie, a political ploy designed to undermine the radical leader and maintain Banbury’s status quo. But no matter how tightly the authorities frame James, revolution is coming—and the streets will run with blood.
As the city verges on chaos, the governor asks his top troubleshooter, Mike McCall, to keep an eye on James’s trial. When James skips bail, the city’s most violent citizens—black and white—threaten to riot. To save the city from destroying itself, McCall must find James and unravel the chilling mystery of the Black Hearts.
The Ironclad Alibi
Raines goes behind enemy lines to investigate a Confederate ship in this “colorful and exciting” mystery “that entertains from start to finish” (Publishers Weekly).
It’s been years since Harrison Raines set foot in Richmond. Although a proud Virginian, he fled the South before the Civil War, unable to bear the evil of slavery. In 1862, battles rage on all sides of the Confederate capital, but Raines is not here as a soldier—he comes as a spy. Union intelligence, led by the formidable Allen Pinkerton, has sent him to steal the plans for a rumored Confederate superweapon: a seagoing ship clad entirely in iron that could break the Union blockade and turn the war around. Raines may be in home territory, but he is not at ease. In Richmond, they hang spies.
While investigating the ship known as “the Monster,” Raines’s closest friend—a freed slave named Caesar Augustus—is arrested for murder. Saving Augustus from the gallows will take quick wit, daring, and influence at the highest levels of the Confederacy.
Professional bodyguard John Locke is in no mood to babysit Greg Amadeo, a drug dealer turncoat who wants to visit his wife in Mexico, collect some cash, and settle debts before testifying in the States, but how can Locke pass up the warm climate, lovely ladies, and a quick buck? Amadeo has a trick up his sleeve that may cause Locke to come back in a body bag if he does not use all the skills he learned in the British army’s SAS elite corps. With an appreciation for the more civilized aspects of life, Locke finds the fishing village, Zihuatanejo, right up his alley with two of his favorite things, fine women and tasty food, but there are just too many bullets flying around for Locke’s peace of mind.
Murder Majorcan Style
An open-and-shut case becomes one of Inspector Alvarez’s knottiest investigations in a mystery that “will have you . . . longing for a Majorcan cookbook” (Kirkus Reviews)
Inspector Alvarez is just considering whether he can surreptitiously leave work early when a colleague calls to tell him that an Englishman has been found dead in his car in his garage, the engine on and the tank empty. Alvarez, chafing over the prospect of missing one of his cousin Dolores’s delicious meals, proceeds to the scene, but his hopes of a quick and easy case are dashed—for while Señor Sterne was found in a car full of fumes, the coroner insists that the cause of death could not have been carbon-monoxide poisoning.
But who could have wanted the wealthy philanderer dead? Lots of people, as Inspector Alvarez soon learns. The list includes Sterne’s ex-wife, his adult children, a former paramour who claims she was promised a painting worth thirty-five thousand euros, and many cuckolded husbands. With his boss, the irascible Superior Chief Salas, breathing down his neck, Alvarez must rule out suspects one-by-one until he discovers the real culprit. On the trail of a wily killer, the cognac-loving detective quickly realizes that he only knows one thing for sure: When everybody’s got something to hide, the truth is harder to catch than an afternoon nap.
My Honorable Brother
A gritty political thriller in which a race for governor is rocked by sex scandals, mob hits, and one candidate’s blind ambition . . .
To stop the legalization of big-time casino gambling in Rhode Island, mob boss Sal Tarantino calls in debts owed by some of the state’s most prominent politicians, clearing the way for reluctant gubernatorial candidate Doug Fiore.
But when Fiore’s primary opponent, who’s leading in the polls, is gunned down in a bar, the public presumption is that the Tarantino family had reasons to want him dead. Things get even stickier when the husband of one of Fiore’s mistresses wins the Democratic primary—a man who possesses secret recordings that implicate Fiore in two affairs.
As the race draws to a close, the candidates are in a dead heat. Fiore, who will now stop at nothing to win, moves to nail down his victory with an audacious scheme—involving both his mistresses . . .
No Darker Crime
From an Edgar Award–winning author: A suspenseful tale of murder and espionage in wartime England.
David Garth has been off in America, giving speeches on behalf of Britain’s Ministry of Propaganda. Upon his return, he’s surprised to receive an unsigned invitation to an address in Wimbledon . . . and even more surprised when he’s approached by two agents of Department Z.
Mark and Mike Errol, agents of British intelligence’s secret detective squad, request Garth’s assistance on a mission that has already taken the life of one of their friends. Desperate for vengeance, the Errols are out to catch the cold-blooded killer known as “Frankenstein.”
After finding his flat burgled and a body lying on the floor, Garth is willing to help the agents in hopes of clearing his own name. But this manhunt unearths a plot with international ramifications: to halt America’s assistance in World War II.
A narcotics agent comes between a dealer and the biggest heroin shipment in history
One thousand pounds of uncut heroin. Street value: a quarter of a billion dollars. New York’s baddest dealer is a preening hustler named St. James Livingston, and his latest scheme will make the French Connection smuggling operation look small-time. The shipment is coming in through a Cuban diplomatic mission, and when it arrives Livingston won’t just make a fortune. He’ll make history. Only John Bolt stands in his way.
The meanest narcotics agent in the country, Bolt arrests Livingston’s supplier during a South American raid. But cutting off the head won’t kill this snake. Too many junkies are hungry for smack, and too many crooks are desperate for profits. The biggest shipment in history will also be the bloodiest, and Bolt stands to make a killing.
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