Fantastic Firsts Mystery & Suspense

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The Blind: A Chilling Psychological Suspense Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330875
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Published: Park Row Books - September 26th, 2017

October 2017 

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A razor-sharp debut about a woman who goes so far off the deep end, she might never make it back up... Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan's most challenging psychiatric institution. She believes if she can't save herself, she'll save someone else. It's this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil. When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. But she can't figure out why Richard appears to be so normal in a hospital filled with madness. As Sam gets pulled into Richard's twisted past, she can't help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved? In this unexpected and addictive psychological debut, A.F. Brady takes readers into the psyche of a deeply disturbed woman desperately trying to keep her head above water, showing that sometimes what's most terrifying is what exists in your mind.

 


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Gone to Dust Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765391285
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Published: Forge - August 15th, 2017

September 2017 

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Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.

“Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite.”―Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?

Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie’s cell phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family--but could she be guilty of murder?

After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far reaching, sinister implications?

“A perfect blend of light touch and dark story―I want more of Nils Shapiro.” ―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

 


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101986363
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Published: Dutton Books - August 8th, 2017

August 2017

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From the creator of the TV show Bones comes a "riveting, smart and funny" (Harlan Coben) debut thriller.

 

"Everything a great thriller should be--always smart, often funny, and relentlessly exciting. I loved every page."--Scott Turow

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past twenty-eight hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before--he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter--and he knows to listen carefully.

Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards--and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head.

 

"It is so hard to be unique in crime fiction and Hart Hanson has done it big time with The Driver. It's got all the ingredients: high risks, strong momentum, unseen turns and a set of gripping characters. You can't ask for more " --Michael Connelly

 

"The Driver has it all--crisp dialogue, complex characters, and a plot that zips at breathtaking speed."--Kathy Reichs

"The Driver is grim, funny, violent, and moving--all on the same page."--T. Jefferson Parker

 


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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501116841
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 13th, 2017

July 2017

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Lydia Smith works at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Denver. For those acquainted with this type of neighborhood, they know it means a population of homeless people are usually waiting at the door when the store opens. Lydia knows that some of the BookFrogs, as she calls them, like to hang around, feeling safe within Bright Ideas’ aisles. When Joey, one of the BookFrogs, commits suicide in the store and leaves his possessions to Lydia, she must unravel the clues left behind within the books, a hidden message that Joey left just for her. As Lydia follows the clues, she rediscovers a long-suppressed memory about her own unusual and violent childhood: a killer who was never caught, the obsessive cop assigned to the case, and her estranged father who may have information about her repressed memories.  Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is for readers who enjoy the idea of a mysterious death in a great location, their local bookstore, and clever clues left behind to unravel and keep the reader guessing until the end.

— From Linda's Latest List

 

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Goodreads Debut Author of the Month and an Indie Next Pick

 

"Sullivan's debut is a page-turner featuring a heroine bookseller who solves a cold case with clues from books--what is not to love?" --Nina George, author of The Little French Bistro, and the New York Times bestselling The Little Paris Bookshop

 

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

 

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves.

 

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

 

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.​

 


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Magpie Murders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

June 2017 

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I could not be more charmed by this mystery within a mystery by a master in this genre – Horowitz. From the start, you know you are in for a treat and a mystery far beyond the latest installment from fictional English sensation Alan Conway. When Editor Susan Ryeland sits down to edit Alan’s new Atticus Pünd mystery, we are right there with her, reading along. And by the end of manuscript for this delightful/playful/somewhat satirical romp through the English countryside, we are intrigued. It will be no surprise to any mystery reader that the manuscript is incomplete, the author is dead, and our illustrious editor turns into an amateur sleuth, but the enchantment continues as we learn more about all of the characters (suspects) known by Alan Conway. Magpie Murders is fun, creative, and simply a great read.

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights

 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pund investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

 


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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399179143
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 25th, 2017

May 2017

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A thrilling debut novel, a literary historical thriller based on the devastating witch hunts in 1640s England conducted by "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins--for readers of Sarah Waters and Katherine Howe. 
Before Salem, there was Manningtree. . . . 
"This summer, my brother Matthew set himself to killing women, but without ever once breaking the law." 
Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth--but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew's soul. 
There is a new darkness in the town, too--frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice's blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he's become, Alice is desperate to intervene--and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew's reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul. 
Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother's brutal mission--and is drawn into the Hopkins family's past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils--before more innocent women are forced to the gallows. 
Inspired by the real-life story of notorious "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdown's thrilling debut novel blends spellbinding history with harrowing storytelling for a truly haunting reading experience. 

 


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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989885
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Published: Dial Press - March 28th, 2017

April 2017

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This literary thriller is a stunner … both for its unique format and plot and for the two unforgettable characters whose lives are both heartbreaking and violent. Samuel Hawley has a turbulent and disturbing past and is the sole parent to his daughter, Loo, following the death of his wife. The circumstances surrounding the twelve bullets lodged in Hawley’s body and the story of his life is one narrative. Alternating chapters follow Loo from the age of 11 to the present day. She is precocious, brilliant, and resilient, and has inherited some of her father’s violent tendencies. After moving erratically around the country throughout their lives together, they move back to Olympus, Massachusetts, the town where her mother was raised and where her grandmother still lives. Their integration into that town is a rocky path for both of them, but ultimately brings them together in unexpected ways.

The mystery of Hawley’s past (including the death of Loo’s mother) drives both narratives in this non-stop, beautifully paced, and elegantly written novel. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights

 

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A coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most.

-A father-daughter road trip you won't soon forget.---Richard Russo 
Samuel Hawley isn't like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo's a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife's hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school. 
Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents' lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history that's darker than she could have known, the demons of her father's past spill over into the present--and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come. 
Praise for The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley 
-A master class in literary suspense.---Ron Charles, The Washington Post 
-Hannah Tinti's beautifully constructed second novel . . . uses the scars on Hawley's body--all twelve bullet wounds, one by one--to show who he is, what he's done, and why the past chases and clings to him with such tenacity. Nearly nine years after The Good Thief, Tinti has fused a cowboy-noir action adventure and a coming-of-age tale into a father-daughter love story.---The Boston Globe 
-The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an adventure epic with the deeper resonance of myth. . . . Tinti exhibits an aptitude for shining a piercing light into the corners of her characters' hearts and minds. Her ability to lay bare their passions, portraying their vulnerabilities and violent urges with equal insight, leaves the reader at once shaken and moved.---O: The Oprah Magazine 
-The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a gripping father-daughter road trip where the bad guys are never far behind. . . . Tarantino-like in its plot twists, action, and violence, the novel sweeps across the country and back and forth in time. Its structure feels as meticulously crafted as a matchstick Taj Mahal.---Interview 
-The Twelves Lives of Samuel Hawley is a thrillingly told tale that touches on the mythological and the mundane with equally compelling results.---Buzzfeed 
-This is a surprising and celebratory father-daughter story told with astonishing language and scope.---BBC 
- A]n unforgettable novel that is one part coming-of-age, one part mystery, and all parts utter delight.---PopSugar 
-Tinti's storytelling is masterful--she weaves together dozens of beautifully drawn characters.---NYLON 
-Tinti knows how to blend emotional connections with engrossing plots.---The Huffington Post 
-The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation. Hannah Tinti proves herself to be an old-fashioned storyteller of the highest order.---Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

 


Dead Letters Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399588853
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Published: Random House - February 21st, 2017

March 2017

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A missing woman leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt in this clever debut novel that will keep you guessing until the end--for readers of Gone Girl and The Girl Before. 
"Ahoy, Ava Welcome home, my sweet jet-setting twin So glad you were able to wrest yourself away from your dazzling life in the City of Light; I hope my 'death' hasn't interrupted anything too crucial." 
Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava renounces her terribly practical undergraduate degree, acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. Two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead. 
Even in a family of alcoholics, Zelda Antipova was the wild one, notorious for her mind games and destructive behavior. Stuck tending the vineyard and the girls' increasingly unstable mother, Zelda was allegedly burned alive when she passed out in the barn with a lit cigarette. But Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. A little too Zelda. Then she receives a cryptic message--from her sister. 
Just as Ava suspected, Zelda's playing one of her games. In fact, she's outdone herself, leaving a series of clues about her disappearance. With the police stuck on a red herring, Ava follows the trail laid just for her, thinking like her sister, keeping her secrets, immersing herself in Zelda's drama and her outlandish circle of friends and lovers. Along the way, Zelda forces her twin to confront their twisted history and the boy who broke Ava's heart. But why? Is Zelda trying to punish Ava for leaving, or to teach her a lesson? Or is she simply trying to write her own ending? 
Featuring a colorful, raucous cast of characters, Caite Dolan-Leach's debut thriller takes readers on a literary scavenger hunt for clues concealed throughout the seemingly idyllic wine country, hidden in plain sight on social media, and buried at the heart of one tremendously dysfunctional, utterly unforgettable family. 
Praise for Dead Letters 
"In this, her startling debut novel, Dolan-Leach nimbly entwines the clever mystery of Agatha Christie, the wit of Dorothy Parker, and the inebriated Gothic of Eugene O'Neill. A sharp, wrenching tale of the true love only twins know."--Kirkus Reviews 
"An exceptionally smart debut, Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach is about estranged twin sisters playing a deadly cat-and-mouse game on their family's upstate New York vineyard, turning up long-buried family secrets, hidden terrors, and a tantalizing love triangle--a story that kept me guessing and compulsively turning pages to reach its surprising and very satisfying end."--Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye 
"Newcomer Caite Dolan-Leach shows us just how close twin sisters can be--and how shockingly far apart. With near-perfect plotting and an ear for the complicated lives of clever women, Dolan-Leach writes like Paula Hawkins by way of Curtis Sittenfeld."--Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone 
"A clever and compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end."--Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood 
"This absorbing debut is billed as literary suspense, which is exactly right; the language is smart and polished and the plot is one big, intriguing chase."--Library Journal


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The Girl Before Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780425285046
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 24th, 2017

February 2017 

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One Folgate Street is an architectural masterpiece in London with sleek simplicity and sophisticated technology that would seem to demand a hefty rent; yet, instead it comes with a complicated and very personal application questionnaire and a stringent list of rules set forth by Edward Monkford, the property’s successful, aloof and affluent creator. Emma and her doting boyfriend Simon have their particular reasons for seeking the security of the property, and are amazed when they pass the scrutiny of the eccentric owner. The space, however, seems to transform the occupants and dark occurrences take place. Years later Jane has her own reasons for coveting One Folgate, and is also surprised to find that she has been approved to take occupancy. Delaney switches from one story to the other throughout the psychological thriller, weaving a masterpiece of duplicity, death, and deception with the correct amount of erotica injected to keep the pages turning and the reader mesmerized.

— From Bunny's Books

 

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In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman's seemingly good fortune, and another woman's mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception. 
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD 


Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life. 
The request seems odd, even intrusive--and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating. 
EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant--and it does. 
JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space--and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home's previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before. 


Advance praise for The Girl Before 
"Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning--a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense."--Lee Child 
"Riveting One of the most compelling page-turners I've read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed "--Lisa Gardner 
"The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Don't miss it."--Joseph Finder 
"Riveting . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed."--Publishers Weekly 
"Superior psychological suspense . . . a cleverly constructed thriller."--The Bookseller 
"A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish."--Booklist (starred review)

 


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Fidelity Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476733869
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

October 2016  

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Jan Fedarcyk, retired from the FBI as the only woman to lead as Assistant Director in Charge, has written a debut novel that captures the very essence of counterintelligence, double agents and secret investigations between the CIA, FBI, and SVR (formerly the KGB). The combination of these three incredibly powerful and ruthless organizations makes for a most stimulating read. Kay, orphaned at age eight by the murder of her parents, is a sharp FBI investigator, and equally driven when she switches to counterintelligence in the New York City unit. She has only one vulnerability – her intense love for her brother and adoptive aunt and uncle. When she receives the assignment of a lifetime and finds that the impossible choice might be country or family, the story heats up to a fever pitch with an incredible conclusion that might just have you a little breathless. 

— From Bunny's Books

 

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A gripping debut novel from the FBI's First Lady (Vanity Fair) Jan Fedarcyk, featuring a brilliant young Special Agent named Kay Malloy, whose assignment to the Counterintelligence Program in New York City has devastating consequences both personal and professional. 
Kay Malloy always knew hers would be a life of service. Following the tragic death of her humanitarian parents, Kay and her brother, Christopher, were raised in a world of wealth and culture by their godparents. With ambition and selflessness, Kay joins the FBI to honor her parent's legacy, even while Christopher's life grows increasingly aimless. 
Paramilitary and male-dominated, the FBI could be an intimidating employer to anyone less confident, devoted, and insightful than Kay. But after early success in the Violent Crime Program in Baltimore she struggles working counterintelligence in New York. When Kay is assigned to investigate the loss of Russian government double agents, she sees this as her chance to prove herself. As pressure mounts and conflicting leads cloud the investigation, Kay discovers she must make the impossible choice between those she loves and the country she's sworn to protect. 
Filled with vivid detail from retired FBI Special Agent Jan Fedarcyk, Fidelity is both a thrilling, authentic look into the workings of the FBI and the gripping story of one woman's fight to honor both love and duty.

 


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The Dry Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250105608
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 10th, 2017

January 2017 

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Debut author, Jane Harper, has written this story so perfectly, you can almost feel the heat of the severe drought and taste the dust of the small Australian town of Kiewarra. Federal Agent Aaron Falk has been summoned to return to this, his hometown, for the funeral of his boyhood friend, Luke Hadler. Luke’s father sent a note to him in Melbourne saying simply “Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” Twenty years ago, Falk was under suspicion of drowning sixteen-year-old Ellie Deacon, another childhood friend, but Luke produced an alibi for him. Now Luke has killed himself, along with his wife and son. However, the local detective has some questions, and along with Luke’s parents, convinces Aaron to stay in town for a while to investigate further. Falk’s dreaded eighteen-hour visit is extended to what seems like eternity as old memories and secrets resurface to reveal a brilliant tale of suspense. Characters, setting and plot construction are perfect in this enthralling debut novel.

— From Bunny's Books

 

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One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read Every word is near perfect. David Baldacci

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

 


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781455561780
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 31st, 2016

June 2016 

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Right from the start of Hawley’s page turner, you know you are reading something extraordinary. The characters are beautifully drawn, the story is tight and compelling, and you will have a hard time putting down this sure-to-be-a-hit thriller.

Scott Burroughs is a painter who is just starting to make a “splash” in the art world when he accepts a ride on a private plane from Martha’s Vineyard to Manhattan. Also on the plane are business man, media mogul, and millionaire David Bateman, his wife, and two children, Rachel, age nine, and JJ, age four. Completing the passenger list is Bill Cunningham, a stock broker who may be in trouble with the SEC, and his wife, Sarah. Fifteen minutes into the flight, the plane crashes into the ocean. Scott and JJ are the only survivors.

Scott manages to swim himself and the young boy to safety, only to find themselves (and the incident) under intense media scrutiny. Much of the novel is the back story of each passenger on the plane, building a link between the present and what actually happened in the minutes before the plane crash. Before the Fall combines the investigation into the accident and the relationship between Scott and JJ to create a compelling drama in the midst of a media circus. Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, and Peabody Award-winning author, screen writer, and producer and this debut thriller is sure to be another winner.

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights

 

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On a foggy summer night, eleven people, ten privileged and one down-on-his-luck painter, depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter, Scoot Burroughs, and a four-year-old boy, now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. 

As intrigue surrounding the lives of the passengers and crew unravels, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. As events threaten to spiral out of control amid an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.
 


Inherit the Bones: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250089397
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 1st, 2016

November 2016 

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Secrets and lies can t stay buried forever in Cedar Valley.

In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town's meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep.

Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe's investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley's future.

Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can t trust and colleagues who know more than they re saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.

Beautifully written with a riveting plot and a richly drawn cast of characters, Inherit the Bones is a mesmerizing debut from Emily Littlejohn.

 


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Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501124143
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 16th, 2016

September 2016 

Staff Reviews

 

Clyde Barr makes his way on to the page for an adrenaline-drenched first outing.  Within days of Clyde’s return to Colorado from a three year stay in a Mexican prison, his youngest sister, Jen, calls him for help. She knows that she will be murdered in just a few days, after she helps her captor get something he wants from her workplace. This is all the information that Clyde needs to step into the action and run to her rescue.
Clyde once lived with his three sisters, his drug-addicted mother, and an assortment of abusive men who came in and out of their lives. The backstory of this family forms the bonds and the conflicts which make Clyde who he is today. In fact, 16 years earlier, Clyde left his sisters behind and found action and adventure across multiple continents while he has worked as a handyman, hunter, soldier of fortune, and much more.
Back in the states, he believes he is equipped to handle some truly terrifying bad guys and reconnect with his past to help him accomplish his impossible task. It all happens at break-neck speed, including the pace at which you will be turning the pages. 
 

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights

 

Description


 

Hailed by bestselling writer William Kent Krueger as the year's best thriller debut, this furiously paced ride into harm's way features a drifter with lethal skills, whose mission to rescue his abducted sister pits him against a ruthless meth kingpin and his army of killers. 
Sixteen years. That's how long Clyde Barr has been away from Colorado's thick forests, alpine deserts, and craggy peaks, running from a past filled with haunting memories. But now he's back, having roamed across three continents as a hunter, adventurer, soldier of fortune, and most recently, unjustly imprisoned convict. And once again, his past is reaching out to claim him. 
By the light of a flickering campfire, Clyde receives a frantic phone call from his sister Jen. No sooner has she pleaded with him to come rescue her than the line goes dead. Clyde doesn t know how much time he has, or where Jen is located, or even who has her. All he knows is that nothing short of dying will stop him from saving her. 
Joining Clyde in his against-all-odds quest is a young woman named Allie whose motivations for running this gauntlet are fascinatingly complex. As the duo races against the clock, it is Allie who gets Clyde to see what he has become and what he can still be. 
Vivid with the hues and scents of Colorado's backcountry, and thought-provoking in its exploration of how past, present, and future collide to test resolve, Nothing Short of Dying is, above all, a propulsive, action-driven race against the clock.