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Homicide cop Vince Cardozo returns in another unstoppable thriller by the bestselling author of Privileged Lives
For alcoholic former actress Leigh Baker, the moment will always be suspended in time: seeing her daughter plunge to her death from the terrace of a sixth-floor apartment. Months later, the man responsible is convicted by a jury of his peers. Four years after that, he is out on parole. And one by one, those whose testimony helped put James Delancey away meet violent ends.
Manhattan doyenne Oona Aldridge is the first. She is found in the dressing room of a trendy Manhattan boutique, her throat slashed. As more grisly murders follow, NYPD cop Vince Cardozo assembles a task force to stop the serial killer dubbed the “Society Son of Sam.”
Is Delancey himself the culprit? With the city in a panic and Cardozo’s attraction to Leigh threatening to undermine the investigation, he follows a twisting trail that exposes the sins and excesses of the rich and infamous . . . and a vendetta more chilling than anyone can imagine.
A police detective investigates a death in Toronto’s Chinatown in “a clever procedural about a murdered man with an enigmatic past” (Booklist).
When Detective Barry Gilbert is called into Chinatown to look into the death of Edgar Lau, he must piece together Edgar’s labyrinthine history—from his days as a Vietnamese refugee who made a deadly trek to China by boat, to his affair with a prominent member of Toronto’s city government, to his dealings with a Chinese drug baron. Throughout the investigation, damaging and sensitive questions are raised—questions somebody in Toronto’s police department doesn’t want answered.
It soon becomes clear to Gilbert that in addition to hunting down Edgar’s killer, he must fight police corruption as well . . .
From the author of Cold Comfort, nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award, Fall Guy is both a riveting police procedural and a journey across continents and cultures, and deep into an immigrant family’s struggle to survive against harrowing odds.
Big City Heat
An action-packed Atlanta-set mystery by an author who “nails the voice of new Southern noir” (Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author of Trust Me).
Lowcountry bar owner and Marine veteran Brack Pelton heads to Atlanta in the wake of a panicked three a.m. phone call. A woman is missing, and Brack’s friend Mutt is in danger. Brack’s old flame, investigative news correspondent Darcy Wells, now lives there and is set to marry another man. If Brack was honest with himself—and he usually wasn’t—he’d realize that the missing woman isn’t the real reason for his visit. His Semper Fi buddy Mutt can handle himself just fine.
When Brack and Mutt team up to find the woman, the Atlanta underworld revolts, the two biggest players target them, and people start dying. Most people would size up the situation, call it impossible, and walk away. But most people are not Brack Pelton. Impossible situations are his specialty. He made it through Afghanistan—and when the military commanders mistook suicidal tendencies for leadership qualities, they promoted him. Can Brack succeed at finding the woman, protecting his friend, and winning the girl without destroying the Capital of the South? Not since Sherman’s march has the city of Atlanta been in this much danger . . .
Except for the Bones
A murder witness flees to California for protection, taking refuge in the theater
Diane Cutler is half drunk and half stoned when she sees her stepfather carrying the body out of the house. She and her boyfriend look on, horrified, as real estate tycoon Preston Daniels loads his dead mistress into the car. Unable to resist their curiosity, they follow him, and watch as he dumps the poor woman’s body in the rocks and sand of the Cape Cod landfill. Diane doesn’t know what to do with this dark knowledge, but her boyfriend sees it as an opportunity for blackmail—and is nearly beaten to death for it.
Terrified of her stepfather, Diane flees to the West Coast to ask theater director and sometimes private detective Alan Bernhardt for help. Alan is unavailable, but recommends his girlfriend and protégé, Paula, for the job. Paula may be an excellent actress, but playing PI will prove to be one of the most dangerous performances of her career.
Classic in the Barn
A ’38 Lagonda is driving someone to murder in this first book in a series “destined to be popular with car buffs and puzzlers” (Library Journal).
When Jack Colby, owner of Frogs Hill Classic Car Restorations, stumbles upon a 1938 coupé Lagonda V12 rusting away in a country barn in Kent, he longs to bring it back to its former glory. Jack also takes a shine to its owner, the fetching widow Polly Davis. Sadly, his romantic pursuits cut short. A few days later Polly is murdered just a few feet from the elegant machine. But Jack’s curiosity about the classic car is just revving up.
He knows that years ago Polly’s late husband was found dead in the driver’s seat. It’s clear she had no interest in selling it or restoring it—just hiding it. And now he’s hearing rumors about Polly’s dicey past. Convinced that the Lagonda is somehow involved, especially when it disappears, Jack is determined to uncover Polly’s secrets and bring her killer to justice, even at the risk of his own life.
A Death Divided
Young lawyer Joe McGrath faces a floodtide of memories when he investigates the mysterious disappearance of a childhood friend in this gripping thriller from international bestselling author Clare Francis
Jenna had always been Joe McGrath’s best friend and secret crush . . . until he introduced her to the enigmatic but charming Jamie Chetwood. After Jenna and Jamie married, Joe moved on and began a prominent legal career. But always in the back of his mind were the Chetwoods, who seemingly disappeared four years ago, and now Jenna’s parents want Joe to find their daughter. With the help of his rather complicated new girlfriend, Sarah, he starts to uncover things he wishes he’d left buried in the past.
A Death Divided tells the story of a missing woman who may have gone into hiding because some truths are too jarring to be brought to light.
An Italian police detective investigates a teacher’s murder in a novel by one of the “10 Best Modern European Crime Writers” (The Observer).
Commissario Trotti of Italy’s Polizia di Stato is called to the scene of the brutal murder of an old friend, schoolteacher Rosanna Belloni, who has been found bludgeoned in her apartment. Trotti’s superiors warn him off the case, but he is determined to hunt down the killer.
There are lots of loose ends. Rosanna’s sister, a notorious drug addict, is missing. Is a recent, unexplained suicide in the River Po connected to the murder? Where does the discovery of a car dredged up from the delta fit in? Faced with a seemingly unsolvable mystery, Trotti must also grapple with obstructive colleagues—and problems in his private life.
God in Concord
Walden Pond is not so tranquil when murder strikes, and it’s up to scholar/sleuth Homer Kelly to restore balance in an “unflaggingly entertaining” mystery (Kirkus Reviews).
Alice Snow is the first to die. In the morning, she and her friends at the Pond View Trailer Park watchsoap operas, worrying about the lives of TV’s rich and powerful. A few hours later, a hiking Homer Kelly finds Alice lying outside her trailer, head smashed and heart stopped. Though her fellow Pond View residents do not realize it, their lives are in danger too.
The state-owned park sits on Walden Pond, just north of the replica of Thoreau’s log cabin. Where the philosopher once retreated to find nature is now a hive of humanity—hemmed in by a highway, a landfill, and the planned site of a new mini-mall. The trailer park stands in the developers’ way, and when more Pond View residents die, Homer suspects murder. The developers have no qualms about killing Concord’s past—might they murder its present too?
First of State
Ex-Vietnam gunner C. J. Floyd discovers his knack for detection when he traces a Denver flea-market treasure back to the murder of a World War II veteran.
After leaving Vietnam as a decorated gunner, Calvin Jefferson “C. J” Floyd returned to the Victorian home on Denver’s famed Bail Bondsman’s Row where he’d been raised by his uncle. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he found a fast friend and kindred soul in Wiley Ames, a resilient World War II vet, former Skid Row derelict, and manager of a pawnshop in the city’s Five Points neighborhood.
But Wiley and C. J. shared more than the scars of war: They both had an appreciation for rare memorabilia, and Wiley came across a lot of it at his shop in downtown Denver. So when Wiley is gunned down in an alley, C. J.’s already fragile world threatens to collapse. But with no leads and the sad case gone cold, C. J. forges ahead in a new direction as a bail bondsman and bounty hunter in his uncle’s business.
Five years later, C. J. finds himself reopening his investigation of Wiley’s death when he comes across one of his old friend’s prized possessions at a flea market. It’s just one clue, but it’s enough to send C. J. off and running to make good on his promise to find the killer—and finally confront the ghosts of his own past.
When a family cruise ship vacation goes from overjoyed to overboard, amateur sleuth Hannah Ives dives in to solve a mystery.
Hannah, her sisters, and fourteen-year-old niece Julie set sail from Baltimore on a bonding cruise, and have a dramatic first night when Pia Fanucci, a bubbly bartender magician’s assistant whom Hannah befriends, narrowly escapes injury during an illusion. But while Pia may make light of the incident, it’s no laughing matter when Julie suddenly disappears. Has she gone overboard, or is she injured somewhere on the enormous ship?
To make matters worse, Hannah meets David Warren, a grieving father whose twenty-two-year-old daughter vanished without trace from an earlier cruise. With claims of a proper investigation proving to be an illusion, Hannah teams up with David and Pia to stop a seafaring predator from striking again.
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