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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Cover Image
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




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


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ISBN: 9780399588853
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Published: Random House - February 21st, 2017

March 2017


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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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




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. 

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

January 2017 

Staff Reviews


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



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.


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

November 2016 



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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Fidelity Cover Image
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



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

September 2016 

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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




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.


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ISBN: 9781250121004
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 9th, 2016

August 2016 

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This debut novel is as chilling as it is addictive. Grace is thirty-three years old and still single due to her loving commitment to her 17-year-old sister, Millie, who was born with Down's Syndrome. Their parents, who are indifferent to Millie, are anxious to move from London to New Zealand, so Grace will take Millie in after her graduation from boarding school. Imagine Grace’s delight when she meets Jack in the park and he falls madly in love with her and seems to adore Millie. He promises to build a house of their dreams and to take care of them forever. Grace is convinced to quit her job, sell her house and marry Jack within a few short months. Perfect marriage? Not by a long shot. Flawless Jack is the most terrifying character ever imagined, and you will not put this book down until revenge is dispensed with equally sadistic brutality. An intense tale of amazing evil. 

— Bunny




The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

The debut psychological thriller you can t miss

A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night. Mary Kubica, "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author of "The Good Girl"

"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." Bella

"Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable." Lesley Pearse, bestselling author of "Without a Trace"

"This one is 2016's answer to Gone Girl. Nuff said." "W""omen's Health" UK

"You ll love this." "The Sun"

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You d like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

From author B. A. Paris comes a thriller and international phenomenon "Behind Closed Doors."

""Behind Closed Doors" gives us a glimpse into the realities of a "perfect marriage," with addictive and heart pounding moments guaranteed to have you looking at your friends and neighbours differently." Margaret Madden, Bleach House Library.


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ISBN: 9780399175176
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - July 12th, 2016

July 2016 

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Anna has just discovered her fiancé’s infidelity, as well as, the art world’s rejection of the book she recently published with her father that would have been the first definitive guide to the ancient masks of Mexico. Her father also has just informed her that the Metropolitan Museum has suspended efforts to purchase his extensive mask collection because of “worrisome inconsistences and inaccuracies in its documentation”. The imprecision of the book and the collection can be traced to two dealers in Mexico who apparently have deceived David Ramsey and he has just wired a deposit on another mask which he believes might be the funerary mask of King Montezuma. Anna leaves immediately for Oaxaca, Mexico, a city alive with artifact smuggling and drug dealing yet possessed of a beauty that Anna’s deceased and ever so missed mother loved. In this debut, Wright weaves art, archaeology, addiction, love and murder into a tapestry that is provocative and utterly beguiling from start to finish. A Marian Wood Book $27.00 July 12, 2016   - Bunny

— Bunny




When 30-year-old Anna Ramsey learns that a meth-addicted looter has dug up what might be the funerary mask of Montezuma, she books the next flight to Oaxaca. Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiance, a museum curator, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico's underground art world. But others are chasing the treasure as well: the shape-shifting drug lord no one can really describe; the enigmatic American expat, who keeps his art collection locked in a chapel; the former museum director who traffics stolen works, and his housekeeper deeply religious, a gay woman in a culture of machismo, dependent on a patron she loathes; the painter Salvador on his motorcycle, complex, sensual but with secrets of his own. 
Anna soon realizes that everyone is masked some literally, others metaphorically. Indeed, Dancing with the Tiger is a splendid reminder that throughout human history, cultures have revered masks: whether in the theater or in war, for religious purposes, or to conceal identity, masks are as universal as our desire to transform ourselves, to change. Anna, without an ounce of self-pity despite traumatic losses, stands out as a heroine for our times as, traveling alone, she finds the courage to show her true face.


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Before the Fall Cover Image
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




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.

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ISBN: 9780399184260
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 19th, 2016

May 2016 

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Maestra is the first in a trilogy featuring 24-year-old Judith Rashleigh, a character so bold and fearless you won’t know whether to slap or admire her. She was educated at Oxford as an art historian after being brought up in a lower class home with an abusive mother. Her ambitions and resourcefulness have taken her to some pretty risky places, while she simultaneously tries to make it in London’s Art World and make enough money to live on. When her plans unravel, she finds herself inside the world of the über-wealthy as the companion to a young businessman and begins to use her unique skills to maintain her lifestyle there. Maestra takes many unexpected turns and twists, and took me by surprise time and again. It is like nothing I have read before … and I look with anticipation to the sequel.

I am not the only Maestra fan. Prior to publication, it was optioned for a movie and sold in 43 countries. 

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights




Judith Rashleigh is an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet, she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End's less salubrious bars.

When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one of the bar's clients to accompany him to the French Riviera. But when Judith finds herself alone and in danger, she must rely on her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous.


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ISBN: 9781101903735
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 5th, 2016

April 2016 



Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys including East's hothead younger brother to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become.

Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.


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ISBN: 9781451686630
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2016

March 2016 

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I didn’t know what to expect when I started Lutz’s first standalone thriller. Everyone who knows my reading tastes knows that I am a big fan of Lisa’s, but this is new territory. Or is it? The Passenger combines Lutz’s signature humor and talent for pacing and dialog with a page turning adventure of a young woman we first get to know as Tanya Dubois. Very soon, we find out that she has at least one other identity, as she travels from her current life in Waterloo, Wisconsin, the recent widow of a bar owner (she says she didn’t do it!) to Austin, Texas, where she befriends a woman named Blue. They recognize in each other kindred spirits of women on the run … with many secrets to keep. The real mystery is what Nora Glass (Tanya Dubois’ real name) is running from, and why she has stayed away from her home town of Bilman, Washington, for the past 10 years. And that is just the beginning of this fast-paced adventure that I dare you to put down. Lutz has done it again.  - Terry

Meet Lisa Lutz along with Alison Gaylin in San Diego on March 10th!




Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband's body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It's not the first time.  She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognized the hunted look in a fugitive's eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts, and an uneasy and dangerous alliance is born...  


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ISBN: 9780385350037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 26th, 2016

February 2016



In today’s modern world everyone’s actions can be recorded with small devices in your pocket, even if you don’t want what you’ve done to be seen. Such is the case for assassin Roy Cooper. After performing his latest hit, he comes across an old man being murdered by some young gang members. Roy faces down the gangsters after they get the drop on him, and he manages to stay alive; and the entire thing is caught on a cell phone. The dead man was running for mayor in Los Angeles, and Roy becomes famous, which means death for an assassin. As Roy’s past and celebrity catch up with him, he is set on finding the young gangsters and distracted by his obsession, witnessing a baseball pitcher who’s about to break a record. This fast-paced, hardboiled thriller is quick, funny at times, and starts and ends with the most famous Los Angeles resident … earthquakes. - Emilio




Meet Roy Cooper, stoic, unassuming errand runner for various New York criminals. Roy arrives in Los Angeles to shoot a man named Martin Shine a week after a powerful earthquake has knocked out cell service, buckled the freeways, and thrown L.A. into chaos. Roy doesn't know who Shine is or why he has to die, but he does his job and does it well. Except for one thing: after the hit, Roy can't find where he parked his car.

Wandering the streets of North Hollywood, he stumbles upon a jogger getting mugged and beaten by four young gangbangers. Despite his attempt to simply put his head down and walk away, Roy winds up in the middle of another killing. Things get more complicated when the murdered jogger turns out to be a controversial mayoral candidate. Roy himself is shot twice, hospitalized in critical condition, and mistaken for a hero when a local resident leaks a video that goes viral.