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For the Mystery Lover
“[Ellroy’s] style—jumpy, feverish, and anarchic—mirrors the world we
enter. . . . The police are not knights, they’re occupiers, and in Perfidia,
Ellroy comes closer than ever to making the case that he writes
alt-histories not of the Los Angeles police but of the Los Angeles
police state. . . . [He] depicts with frightening authenticity how those
innocent of crimes are knowingly framed in the interest of the almighty
‘greater good’.” —Dennis Lehane, The New York Times Book Review
"Zinging with wit and pop culture savvy . . . Shafer's writing is hip,
wickedly hilarious, cutting edge, and ultimately concerned with
old-fashioned notions of morality and redemption. . . His inventive,
comic, dystopian semi-thriller restored my faith in fiction." --Mark Lindquist, Seattle Times
"With The Fever, Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern
portrait of teenage life today: Brutal crushes, competing allegiances
and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of
technology. The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable."—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
"I've been a fan of this guy since his debut, Dope Thief.
He's a criminally underrated author. THE POOR BOY'S GAME should be the
book that gets him noticed. It's down and dirty and still has a lot of
heart. Reminiscent of crime films from the 1970s." --Scott M.
"Ed Kurtz brings to life the seedy splendor of Times Square at the close of the 1970s like no writer I've seen before. The Forty-Two is
a crime novel, but underneath all the grit and blood beats the heart of
a hardboiled love story." --Hilary Davidson, author of Blood Always Tells
"I’ve said before that Hilary Davidson is somewhat of a Jekyll and Hyde
author. Her short fiction has a hard noir style, usually showing the
worst of humanity. Her series featuring travel writer Lily Moore
consists of edgy thrillers with a damaged-but-decent heroine confronting
her problems. With Blood Always Tells, a stand alone thriller, Davidson fuses both sides of her writing personalities... Davidson has a gift for taking you seamlessly through these different
point-of-views and sub-genres. By crafting many well placed reveals and
twists that become a part of the pace, she makes the reader accustomed
to the speed at which she likes to change it up. There’s also a theme of
the importance of family weaved throughout the book that binds it
together. All three of the characters come from broken homes and the
double edge sword of bother-sister relationships. Blood Always Tells is a fresh and engaging read." --Scott M.
“Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and
entertaining debut that also introduces a memorable and unusual
protagonist. It’s bound to delight fans of Tricia Fields, Lori G.
Armstrong, or James Lee Burke’s 'Hackberry Holland' books.”—Library Journal (starred review and Mystery Debut of the Month)
"An utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, D.C., in the late
1990s, just before the Internet and the rise of smartphones changed the
landscape of print journalism. . . . Meticulously plotted, fast-paced . .
. Every character is fully fleshed out and the dialogue is pitch
perfect. . . . For mystery and crime fiction lovers, particularly fans
of Elmore Leonard, to whom Tucker dedicates his book, this is a
must-read." —Associated Press
"This powerful novel follows a tree cutter who
works at disaster sites as he tries to clear the wreckage from his life
after the loss of his son. His journey takes him though a violent storm
of drugs, bikers, and a dark relationship between a father and son.
Whitmer looks at his characters with a non-judgemental eye, delivering
rich pathos from the margins of America." --Scott M.
“Matthew McBride’s new novel, A Swollen Red Sun, is rough and
ready suspense, encompassing a wide array of characters from the sour
side of life, and smashing them together with vigorous and blunt prose.”
—Daniel Woodrell, author of The Maid’s Version and Winter’s Bone
“Articulate characters [and] a densely layered stack of stories. Atkins
finds his natural-born storytellers everywhere. It’s all music to these
ears.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Literary agent Isabel Reed is the first to receive the manuscript of The Accident, which, unbeknownst to her, is a dangerous thing to have in one's possession. It reveals secrets that a powerful media mogul and his cronies, including a CIA agent, have spent a lifetime concealing. They will stop at nothing to see that The Accident is never published and that their reputations remain intact. Readers get an insider's glimpse into the gears of the publishing machine as the manuscript changes hands and endangers everyone who knows of its existence. A compelling thriller for book lovers! -- Hannah Johnson-Breimeier, Boswell Book Company
"Shames's sophomore series entry highlights her comfortable storytelling style. The lead's folksy tone belies astute detecting, and the plotting will dazzle readers.... For fans of Margaret Maron, Steven Havill, and Bill Crider - all "regional" writers with universal appeal."
—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
The next pulse-pounding thriller in John Connolly's internationally bestselling Charlie Parker series.
The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children's future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town...
But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.
"Stunning…A remarkable novel... It's almost hard to believe that it’s a debut…. It's a portrait of the West as a sometimes desolate and cold place, full of possibility, maybe, but also full of danger from every corner. It's a modern West, caught between the romance of the frontier and the mundane, harsh realities of living in the present day United States. And it’s absolutely beautiful, from its tragic opening scene to its tough, necessary end. Zupan is an unsparing writer, but also a generous, deeply compassionate one."
At a dive bar in San Francisco's edgy Tenderloin district, drug-hustling Emily Rosario is drinking whiskey and looking for an escape from her desperate lifestyle. When she is approached by a Russian businessman, she thinks she might have found her exit. A week later--drugged, disoriented and wanted for robbery--Emily finds herself on the run for her life.
Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award–winning “Old Indian Trick.” This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s bestselling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.
In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don't receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, "Rose Gold" will die—horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff. With twelve previous adventures since 1990, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. Rose Gold continues his ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/PI genre form with a rich social history of postwar Los Angeles—and not just the black parts of that sprawling city.
"If you're looking for a mystery with a fresh new hero then you'll want to run right out and get this book. It's just fabulous. If you have a plane to take, then this is the book to grab."
—NPR's Morning Edition
It's 1953 and life is good at Shady's, the Sweetwater brothers' fish camp, dancehall, and beer joint on Ransom Island.
The biggest event in the island's history is coming up--an integrated dance featuring Duke Ellington. It's a daring idea for fifties-era Texas, and not everyone is happy about it.
But soon interracial dancing becomes the least of the Sweetwaters' problems. Galveston mobsters track a runaway girl to Shady's and decide the offbeat island is the perfect place to diversify their illegal rackets . . .
And God help anyone who gets in their way.
Suddenly, life on sleepy little Ransom Island becomes crowded, complicated--and very, very dangerous.
Private military contractors. They re not just for foreign wars anymore. Jon Cantrell, a disgraced ex-cop, works for one such company. He s a DEA agent paid on a commission basis, patrolling one of the busiest drug-hubs in the country: Dallas, Texas. When Cantrell confiscates the wrong shipment of drugs, he finds himself in possession of a star witness in a cartel trial that could destroy the largest criminal organization in the hemisphere. To turn a profit, all he has to do is deliver the witness to the US Attorney in a tiny town called Marfa on the other side of the state. An easy trip, except a group of competing DEA contractors and a corrupt Dallas cop want everybody involved dead. This heart-stopping thriller takes listeners deep into a strange underworld where the lines between government officials and mercenaries blur. In this complex network of drug traffickers, cartels, politicians, and police, no one s hands are clean."
"In the context of a world still working on cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and where oil companies’ main hope of expansion comes from high-risk deep water drilling, Quartey’s message could not be more timely."
—Scott Montgomery, BookPeople
The sensational new novel from “one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post)
In her latest Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes delivers the newest addition to the bestselling series "The Washington Post" calls "literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre." The inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent returns, now with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo."
Welcome to Unknown Pleasures, a food stand in Taipei's night market named after a Joy Division album, and also the location for a big-hearted new mystery set in the often undocumented Taiwan.
“Vividly re-creates the excitement and growing gloom of the City of Light in 1938–39 . . . It doesn’t get more action-packed and grippingly atmospheric than this.”—The Boston Globe
Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David Downing’s complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters—the spy.
In Laidlaw, the first book of the series, we are introduced to Jack Laidlaw, a hard-drinking philosopher-detective whose tough exterior only partly hides a rich humanity and keen intelligence. Laidlaw’s investigation into the murder of a young woman brings him into conflict with Glasgow’s hard men, gangland villains, and the moneyed thugs who control the city.
In taut and gripping prose that often feels like the relentless text of a surveillance report, GB84 tells the story of the British coal miner’s strike of 1984—including the actual bombings, riots and protests that brought the country to the brink of civil war.
An American writer at the height of his creative powers, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated book yet, and his first in five years--Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.
“Unimpeachably terrific . . . A playful, page-turning whodunit . . . If Norman Mailer had been accused of murder and Truman Capote had collaborated with Dominick Dunne on a tell-all about it, the result might have turned out something like this. Though I suspect this version may be funnier. . . . It’s [Dicker’s] light touch and engaging voice that make the writing so infectious, and will probably make it a best seller here as well.” —Chelsea Cain, The New York Times Book Review
"Captivates from page one.... This reviewer was bowled over by the novel's alternating points of view, superb storytelling, and pitch-perfect take on academia."
DI Alex Morrow gets involved with a case involving gun-running tied to money laundering and two crimes that occurred on the same day of Princess Diana's death. Mina's deep characterizations and deft plotting make her one of the best authors who look at society's relationship to crime.
--Scott Montgomery, BookPeople
The Care and Management of Lies paints a poignant picture of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of battle. Ultimately, it raises profound questions about conflict, belief, and love that echo in our own time.
A new Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny is always something to anticipate, and How the Light Gets In does not disappoint, even as the nuanced and mercurial Gamache is getting older and perhaps, slightly weary of cleaning up the riffraff in Quebec. As the holidays approach and Gamache looks forward to a family trip to France, a long-term plot by those at the very top to get Gamache out of the way once and for all, the murder of the last living Ouellet quintet, and a mysterious suicide intertwine in a complex and satisfying plot that never gives itself away. -- Carol Spurling, Bookpeople Of Moscow
“The history is well researched and furnishes an excellent portrait of Portugal under the ever-looming shadow of the Inquisition. A compelling story of obsession and revenge, the novel is also ultimately a tale of redemption.”—Library Journal
Instantly reminiscent of the work of Osamu Dazai and Patricia Highsmith, Fuminori Nakamura’s latest novel is a dark and twisting house of mirrors that philosophically explores the violence of aesthetics and the horrors of identity.