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The Samaritan

By Mason Cross

* A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK SPRING 2016 *

When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen knows she's seen this MO before.

A sadistic serial killer has been operating undetected for a decade, preying on lone female drivers who have broken down. The press dub the killer 'the Samaritan', but with no leads, the police investigation quickly grinds to a halt.

That's when Carter Blake shows up to volunteer his services. He's a skilled manhunter who shares some uncomfortable similarities to the man Allen and her team are tracking. As the slaughter intensifies, Blake must find a way to stop it . . . even if it means bringing his own past crashing down on top of him.

From the author of THE KILLING SEASON comes the thrilling new Carter Blake novel.

'A sprawling American epic delivered with panache.''If you love Michael Connelly and Robert Crais thrillers that pack action and nerve-shredding suspense while moving to a cool Los Angeles vibe, you'll rave about this.'Even jaded genre readers will be absorbed by Cross's second thriller . . . Cross makes the most of perspectives . . . building up to a logical but surprising climaxFans of Jeffery Deaver - that other thrill-master who can't resist piling on the climactic twists even as the lights are coming up and you're looking for your umbrella - should be enthralledShrouded in compelling mysteryTension goes through the roof as [Carter Blake] helps LAPD's Jessica Allen hunt a ruthlessly cunning killer.A fabulous must-read for thriller lovers - and one of my top reads of 2015 - I can't recommend this book highly enough!For fans of Lee Child, Michael Connelly and James Patterson, THE SAMARITAN is the gripping new thriller from the author of THE KILLING SEASON.

Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. He has written a number of short stories, including 'A Living', which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads 'Get Britain Reading' Award. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children.

Find out more at www.masoncross.net or follow him on Twitter @MasonCrossBooks

With a faultless blend of compelling action, intelligent plotting and well-drawn characters, Mason Cross proves he can write a gripping, no-holds-barred follow-up to his brilliant debut thriller THE KILLING SEASON.THE SAMARITAN is the second book in the Carter Blake series.As of September 2015, THE KILLING SEASON has sold 18K copies through Bookscan and over 10K ebooks.THE KILLING SEASON was fantastically well received both in and out of house and anyone who enjoyed his debut will love this second novel.The series will appeal to a wide-ranging and increasingly female crime and thriller readership whose thirst for authors like Lee Child and James Patterson is never quenched.Carter Blake is a brilliant new series character who could give Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Jason Bourne a run for their money!
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The Plea

By Steve Cavanagh

'A gripping, twisty thriller' Ian Rankin

When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm.

Eddie's not a man to be coerced into representing a guilty client, but the FBI have incriminating files on Eddie's wife, and if Eddie won't play ball, she'll pay the price.

When Eddie meets Child he's convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the plea, Eddie must find a way to prove Child's innocence while keeping his wife out of danger - not just from the FBI, but from the firm itself.

A gripping, twisty thrillerLively, clever and enjoyable . . . Cavanagh writes vividly about American injustice . . . The constant action is interrupted only by absorbing courtroom scenesThe Plea reads like an idiosyncratic cross between Elmore Leonard and John Grisham, but bursts with its own individual flavour.'Fast-moving, low-punching, street-hustling adventure... Seriously superior airport read.'Legal thrillers are my blind spot, but I'll always make an exception for Steve Cavanagh. Quite simply, THE PLEA is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast'In the crowded field of legal thrillers, Steve Cavanagh stands head and shoulders above the competition, with his skilfully plotted, action-packed and big-hearted Eddie Flynn novels . . . highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable'A cleverly constructed legal thriller combined with a classic locked-room mystery. Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional heroes and Cavanagh one of my favourite thriller writersRaymond Chandler could have created Eddie Flynn. THE PLEA is Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller combined, with a bit of Jim Thompson's THE GRIFTERS thrown in. A superb read with a main character destined to be one of the most talked about in crime fictionOne of the most breathtakingly exciting crime novels I've read this year, a gripping combination of courtroom drama, locked-room mystery and conspiracy theory.The Plea is explosive, nail-bitingly tense and hilarious by turns; once I started, I just kept reading, and could hardly bear to put it down. Eddie Flynn has the potential to become one of the stars of courtroom drama, and I for one can't wait to see what he will get up to next.Every so often, a book comes along that makes me giddy! ...Deception, fraud, murder. THE PLEA has it all, and as usual, Steve Cavanagh has written an absolute ripper of a novel!If you don't normally read court room dramas, you must make an exception. These books are just full of intelligent wheeling and dealing. Top notch storytelling... Superb, in a 'I must not move a muscle til I have finished this book' way. Eddie Flynn, you beauty!The jacket blurb describes The Plea as this year's must-read thriller. Based on what's between the covers there's little reason to argue with this statement. This is a well-written and pacy page-turner... This is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller and it would be a surprise if, in a few years' time, Steve Cavanagh wasn't a huge name in the industry.Pretty perfect really, a story you can enjoy on many levels.Overall a WHOLE load of fun. Head clutching, breathless, edge of the seat fun. More please. Highly Recommended.So Hollywood, punchy and cool and pacy as hell.A must-read for fans of Lee Child, John Grisham and Michael Connelly. Combining gripping action and ingenious plotting, THE PLEA is the brilliant new legal thriller from the author of THE DEFENCE.

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). He is married with two young children.

Find out more at www.stevecavanaghbooks.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

The second novel in this brilliant and commercial legal thriller series.New York lawyer Eddie Flynn is a character readers will love. Once a con-artist, now a hot-shot suit, he's got the gift of the gab and nerves of steel - and he'll do whatever it takes to protect his family.THE DEFENCE has been longlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller 2015.Steve is a publicity dream - funny, engaging and great on a stage (or with a pint in the bar). He's been invited to the biggest crime and literary festivals in 2015 - Harrogate, Edinburgh and Bloody Scotland.THE DEFENCE has an average of 4.8/5 stars on Amazon.
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Dark Places

By Gillian Flynn

HOME IS WHERE THE LIES ARE . . .

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never fared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day . . . especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

'Wonderful . . . eerily macabre' Guardian

Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabreGillian Flynn's writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writerWith her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no flukeGutsy, atmospheric and suspense-loadedI don't think I'll read a better thriller this yearThis is only Flynn's second crime novel . . . and demonstrates even more forcibly her precocious writing ability and talent for the macabreGrippingDark Places, Flynn's second novel, confirms her exceptional talentDripping with ominous atmosphere, complex psychology and moral ambiguityThis is a dark and intelligent crime thriller suffused with dreadDark Places grips you from the first page and doesn't let goGutsy thriller of one woman pitted against her murderous brother.In a brilliantly interwoven plot, Gillian Flynn keeps the reader balanced on a knife-edgeGillian Flynn is a great writer, equally able to ratchet up the suspense as creaet memorable characters and pervasive moods. This is a great and original piece of rural noir.A gripping thriller from the bestselling author of GONE GIRL. Now a major motion picture starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks.Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and now writes full-time. Her first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER. Her latest novel, GONE GIRL, is a massive No.1 bestseller. The film adaptation of GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, won the Hollywood Film Award 2014.DARK PLACES is being reissued to tie in with the upcoming Hollywood film, boasting an impressive cast list headed by Charlize Theron.GONE GIRL is a huge, much-talked-about bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and has sold more than 4 million copies across all formats in the UK.The film adaptation of GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, was a massive box-office hit in 2014.Her acclaimed first novel SHARP OBJECTS is also being made into a TV mini-series.SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS (IAN FLEMING STEEL and NEW BLOOD) as well as being shortlisted for the CWA GOLD DAGGER and an EDGAR. DARK PLACES was shortlisted for the CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER.Our total sales of Gillian Flynn's books are over 4.8 million
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The Stranger

By Harlan Coben

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine's deception, and realizes that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them...

'With clever use of technology, convincing characters and a strong emotional heart, you're effortlessly swept along to a tense and dramatic conclusion. Smart stuff from a classy operator.''The master of the twisty psychological thriller is back with another awesomely gripping mystery.''The twists come satisfyingly thick and fast as the plots merge before the tangled web of evens unravels into an enjoyable and somewhat surprising conclusion.'A twist-filled novel of conspiracy, secrets and blackmail.The Sunday Times number one bestselling author delivers a shocking thriller that proves that a well-placed lie can help build a comfortable life - and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.

Harlan Coben is an international No.1 bestselling thriller author. He is the winner of the EDGAR, SHAMUS and ANTHONY AWARDs - the first to receive all three. His books are published in 40 languages, with over 47 million copies in print worldwide.

Both his standalone thrillers and series featuring the indomitable Myron Bolitar have been No.1 bestsellers in over a dozen countries, gracing the lists of the SUNDAY TIMES and the NEW YORK TIMES. His novel TELL NO ONE was turned into the smash hit French film of the same name, and received the highly coveted LUMIERE (French Golden Globe) for best picture as well as four CESARS (French Oscar). Harlan lives in New Jersey with his family.

Find out more at www.harlancoben.com or follow him on Twitter @HarlanCoben

Harlan's last two standalones, SIX YEARS and MISSING YOU, have been massive international hits.Harlan is acknowledged to be the master of the suspense thriller.No one else writes quite like him. He takes the domestic and makes it cinematic!Harlan is a consistent No.1 bestseller both in the UK and USA. He's also massive throughout Europe and Australasia. He is published in 41 languages and has sold over 47 million copies worldwide.Harlan is a multiple award-winner. He has won all the major US crime awards - EDGAR, ANTHONY and SHAMUS - as well as the BESTSELLER DAGGER in the UK.All his novels receive top-notch reviews:
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The Great Zoo Of China

By Matthew Reilly

The Chinese government has been keeping a secret for forty years: they have found a species of animal no one believed even existed that will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, a writer for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and an expert on reptiles.

The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will marvel at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, that nothing can go wrong . . .

Jurassic Park with dragons instead of dinosaurs... so compellingly written that you get caught up in the furiously dramatic story... THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA is a blockbuster of a book that tears along at a shrieking pace.I enjoyed The Great Zoo of China from start to finish and found it difficult to put down. It's fun, it's tense, action-packed and rewarding with a subtle humour that offsets all the action and bloodletting. A Hollywood Blockbuster in Book form.The science and the setting of "The Great Zoo of China" make the scenario completely believable. The action is overwhelming, making the reader feel giddy as the pages fly. You will believe that dragons are real.When it comes to thrillers from Matthew Reilly, phrases like 'high octane' and 'intense action' don't even come close to adequately convey how much insanity he manages to cram into every novel. I've come to expect twisty-turny plots that rattle along at a breakneck pace and that I'll be so caught up that I'll be frightened to even blink. The good news is that The Great Zoo of China is no exception to this rule.A very exciting book... I loved every page of The Great Zoo of China. It's undemanding, great fun to read, thrilling, exciting, gory and did I say thrilling?Brace yourself for non-stop action... Fast furious, this is a must read for fans of Matthew Reilly and the action genre.'If you liked Jurassic Park prepared to be totally blown away by this action-packed blockbuster.'A high-concept, action-packed thriller from the bestselling author of SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES.

Matthew Reilly is an internationally bestselling author. His novels include Contest, Temple, Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and the Sunday Times bestseller The Tournament.

Matthew's books are published in over twenty languages and have sold nearly seven-and-a-half million copies worldwide. In addition, Walt Disney Pictures have optioned the movie rights to his children's book, Hover Car Racer, and the Jack West Jr series was recently optioned by Fox.

Matthew lives in West Hollywood, California. To find out more visit www.matthewreilly.com or follow him on Twitter @matthew_reilly

JURASSIC PARK with dragons!No one does action like Reilly. His combination of pace, elaborate stunts and non-stop action give him a Hollywood appeal like no other author writing today.Matthew's books are published in over 20 languages and he has sold over 3.5 million books worldwide.Matthew is a SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author. SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES went straight to No.2 on the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller list on publication.Matthew's audience is exceptionally wide and he has a devoted fanbase.Get ready for action on a gigantic scale!
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Stealing People

By Robert Wilson

In the space of 32 hours, the children of six billionaires are taken off the streets of London in a well-planned kidnapping. The perpetrators demand £25 million per hostage. For 'expenses'. Not ransom.

And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer. A man who will stop at nothing. The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than the police can, but that doesn't mean the law will leave it to him. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and into even darker corners.

But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want - and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?

Gripping'Wilson is a master at creating suspense, but it's his depiction of the evil that men do that is truly outstanding.''Tense, high-concept entertainment masterfully delivered.''Clever, complex and compelling. These hallmarks have shot Wilson's thrillers featuring kidnap negotiator Charlie Boxer onto my 'must read' list.''If you enjoy kidnap thrillers, you'll love this one. Not only is it exciting and unpredictable but it must contain more kidnaps per chapter than any book ever written.'Robert Wilson brings all his talent as a supreme thriller writer to bear in this tightly-plotted, fast paced, addictive page-turner.The action is fast, complex and at times very, very unexpected.One of my favourite thriller heroesA full-throttle, terrifying thriller from a truly masterful author.Robert Wilson has lived and worked around the world, including spells shipbroking, tourguiding, and exporting bathrooms to Nigeria. Eventually, Rob settled in Portugal, and turned to novels. Since then, he's written many acclaimed crime novels including the CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD-winning A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON and the Falcón series, recently adapted for television. His first novel featuring Charlie Boxer, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT was shortlisted for CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD. Find out more at www.robert-wilson.eu.Robert Wilson is a crimewriter known for his upmarket, intelligent crime (a former CWA Gold Dagger winner among many other prizes) - but his Charlie Boxer series is growing the potential to break him to a wider audiencePerfect for fans of big, gripping series like HOMELAND, Rob's novels have not only been made into a TV series for Sky Atlantic, but the Boxer novels have also been optioned to made by Channel 4Translated into 28 languages, and beloved by critics and readers in the knowAll his novels receive excellent reviews:
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The Promise

By Robert Crais

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by SUSPECT heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the No.1 bestselling author.

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed.

When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defence contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected. The fugitive is dead, the building is filled with explosives, and Scott and Maggie are assaulted by a hidden man who escapes in the chaos, all as a bloodied Joe Pike watches from the shadows.

Soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted by that man and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe's, join forces to follow the trail of the missing woman as well. From inner-city drug traffickers to a shadowy group of Afghan war veterans with ties to a terrorist cell, the people they encounter on that trail add up to ever-increasing odds, and soon the four of them are fighting to find the woman not only before she is killed ... but before the same fate happens to one of them.

'Once again Crais has created a breathless thriller with an undercurrent of powerful emotion - and somehow made it seem easy'Through the sheer plausibility of his plotting and the deft characterisation of even the most minor characters, Crais delivers as satisfying an addition to the Cole/Pike canon as could be desired'A Feat of good storytelling.'The gripping new novel from the master of the intelligent action thriller and author of SUSPECT, Robert Crais.

Robert Crais is the author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels. Crais began a successful career in television in the 1970s, writing scripts for such major series as CAGNEY AND LACEY, MIAMI VICE and HILL STREET BLUES. In addition to the Cole and Pike novels, he has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Crais lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family.

Find out more at www.robertcrais.com

Robert Crais is a big bestseller across the globe. He features regularly in the SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES lists.SUSPECT slightly repositioned Robert Crais. It was a more emotional novel with greater psychological depth. We feel that this will only help him connect with a wider cross-over audience. This new novel will continue that approach and bring him nearer authors such as Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay.SUSPECT also saw a big increase in Robert's US sales. This can only help his global performance.
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The Defence

By Steve Cavanagh

'Everything a great thriller should be and I can't wait to see more of Eddie Flynn.' Mark Billingham

'So Hollywood, punchy and cool and pacy as hell.' Eva Dolan

Eddie Flynn has 48 hours to save his daughter...

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different.

It's been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy. Eddie only has forty-eight hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial - and win - if he wants to save his daughter.

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his 'client' and ensure Amy's safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?


Praise for race-against-time legal thriller writer, Steve Cavanagh:

'A gripping, twisty thriller' Ian Rankin, number 1 bestselling author of Rather Be The Devil

'Legal thrillers are my blind spot, but I'll always make an exception for Steve Cavanagh. Quite simply, THE PLEA is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast.' John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker series

'In the crowded field of legal thrillers, Steve Cavanagh stands head and shoulders above the competition, with his skilfully plotted, action-packed and big-hearted Eddie Flynn novels . . . highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable' Eva Dolan, author of the critically acclaimed Tell No Tales

'A cleverly constructed legal thriller combined with a classic locked-room mystery. Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional heroes and Cavanagh one of my favourite thriller writers.' S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood

'Raymond Chandler could have created Eddie Flynn. THE PLEA is Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller combined, with a bit of Jim Thompson's THE GRIFTERS thrown in. A superb read with a main character destined to be one of the most talked about in crime fiction.' Howard Linskey, author of The Search

If you like John Grisham, Lee Child and Michael Connelly, you will LOVE the gripping and twisty Eddie Flynn series:

1. The Defence
2. The Plea
3. The Liar

* Each Eddie Flynn thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order *

THE DEFENCE is everything a great thriller should be and I can't wait to see more of Eddie FlynnPart classic courtroom drama in the John Grisham tradition and part Bruce Willis-like action hero fiction straight out of the Die Hard franchise, this is a rip-roaring action-packed and highly entertaining debut[It] reads a lot like a courtroom drama that Lee Child might write about Jack Reacher's younger, hotter-headed brother . . . This is afoot-to-the-floor thriller that pulls out with tyres smoking and takes no prisoners until it judders to a halt 400 pages later'Puts the "thrill" back in "legal thriller". Non-stop action, unexpected and totally cool plot twists, a sympathetic genius of a con-man/attorney, and a clock that never ever ever stops ticking -- this isn't narrative drive, it's rocket-like narrative propulsion! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride!''Imagine THE VERDICT's Frank Galvin crossed with THE FIRM's Mitch McDeere and you'd get something like Eddie Flynn, the quick thinking, troubled, kinetic lead of Steve Cavanagh's debut thriller . . . A deliriously fast and enjoyable ride from the next big Irish crime fiction star. Highly recommended'Get ready for a legal thriller that'll grab you by the throat . . . Eddie Flynn makes his explosive debutCavanagh's stellar debut provides everything a reader could ask for in a thriller - nail-biting suspense, a Russian nesting doll of a plot, and an original and compelling leadA full-on thrill-ride that hits the gas on page one and doesn't let up until the end. Steve blends a taut legal thriller with a ticking-clock suspense plot and throws in a great protagonist in the form of Eddie Flynn that readers will want to see again and again. A terrific debutLike Mickey Haller and Mitch McDeere before him, readers will love lawyer Eddie Flynn, the star of this high-octane, hugely entertaining legal thriller. On the evidence of this blistering debut, we'll be hearing much more of Steve CavanaghSteve Cavanagh manages to pull off not only a terrific courtroom drama, but also a bit of an edge of the seat thriller, some witty and darkly humorous moments and a character you will fall in love withThriller readers, Michael Connelly readers, book readers, pick up THE DEFENCE, I almost guarantee you won't regret it. An addictive read from start to finish and one that I have no hesitation in recommendingIt's a book you're not going to want to miss. I finished this last night and ended up dreaming of kidnapped children. That's how good this book isIt's sharp, clever and a brilliantly executed thriller. And it's not often I write those words. THE DEFENCE is a great debut, and here's hoping there's more of Eddie Flynn to comeI was entertained from the turn of the first page until its frenetic ending. It was never a case of will he or won't he succeed it was how. It's the strength of this how that makes the book so engaging and clever . . . a fast paced courtroom thriller that is so much more than a prosecutor, a defence lawyer and a ruthless defendant. This is one book I'd love to see made into a film'If anything the reviews were giving faint praise - this is a really really impressive debut novel.'A fantastic summer-read, hours lost as the pages turned freely. Steve Cavanagh and Eddie Flynn are names to keep an eye out for. I'll be around for the next one. Guaranteed.'From the first paragraph to the last, this is a legal thriller you will not want to put down.'

Eddie Flynn has 48 hours to save his daughter...
Nail-biting tension and exhilarating action in this brilliant legal thriller that fans of John Grisham and Lee Child will love.

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). He is married with two young children.

Find out more at www.stevecavanaghbooks.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

This is a gripping, page-turning debut thriller and the first in the Eddie Flynn series.Fans of Connelly's Mickey Haller series will love Cavanagh's blend of fast-paced action and smart, suspenseful courtroom drama.This will be a big thriller debut for 2015 followed by a book a year in the Eddie Flynn series.Translation rights have already sold in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Japan.
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Broken Promise

By Linwood Barclay

Broken Promise is the first book in the epic Promise Falls Trilogy from master of the thriller, Linwood Barclay.

When David Harwood is asked to look in on his cousin Marla, who is still traumatised after losing her baby, he thinks it will be some temporary relief from his dead-end life. But when he arrives, he's disturbed to find blood on Marla's front door. He's even more disturbed to find Marla looking after a baby, a baby she claims was delivered to her 'by an angel'.

Soon after, a woman's body is discovered, stabbed to death, with her own baby missing. It looks as if Marla has done something truly terrible.

But while the evidence seems overwhelming, David just can't believe that his cousin is a murderer. In which case, who did kill Rosemary Gaynor? Why did they then take her baby and give it to Marla? It's up to David to find out what really happened, but he soon discovers that the truth could be worse than he ever imagined . . .

Broken Promise is a treat, full of ingenuity and flair and, what's more, it's a book that does not accentuate its effects, but assumes that the reader will be paying the closest attention.If you like your crime more twisty than a bowl of fusilli pasta, then you will love Linwood Barclay and this tale of a small town newspaper reporter investigating a gruesome murder and a missing baby.a relentless white-knuckle ride of a thriller, set in the fictional small American town of Promise Falls... There is real storytelling craft on display here, and if ever a book deserved the description 'page turner' it's this one.Fast and smartly plotted.Like a less surreal Twin Peaks, this is a compellingly grotesque portrait of the American dream in meltdown.Like a less surreal Twin Peaks, this is a compellingly grotesque portrait of the American dream in meltdown. And don't expect all the answers in this first volume - Barclay is keeping plenty of secrets back for parts two and three.Broken Promise smoothly combines a page-turning Harlan Coben pace with a Jeffery Deaver-esque twist. There's even a hint of classic Stephen King in the presentation of an American small town with disturbing secrets. Barclay's evocation of middle-class America and the frustrations of a man forced to return to his roots form the heart of this cleverly constructed mystery that amply demonstrates why Barclay is one of the biggest-selling US writers of crime fiction. The first chapter may read simply "I hate this town", but readers will be seduced by the dark heart of Promise Falls.compulsiveBarclay's greatest strength is weaving menace into everyday situations and he delivers this in spades in Broken Promise.A pulse-pounding, exhilarating thriller from the acclaimed No. 1 bestseller, Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

www.linwoodbarclay.com.

The movie adaptation of TRUST YOUR EYES is in development with Todd Phillips directing.NO TIME FOR GOODBYE was the bestselling paperback novel of 2008, selling over 800,000 copies to date.Winner of the Richard & Judy Book Club Summer Reads, it was R&J's fastest-selling title ever.Linwood consistently hits the bestseller charts, thrilling readers with his pacy, suspenseful style.His previous novel NO SAFE HOUSE, was also a Richard and Judy Book Club selection
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A Little Gentle Sleuthing

By Betty Rowlands

'A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable' Financial Times

Crime novelist Melissa Craig flees London, her agent and her over-protective lover to take refuge in the Cotswolds and produce bestsellers in peace. But a series of bizarre phone calls leads her to a young journalist convinced a real crime has been committed.

When a corpse is discovered under the leaf-mould in woodlands, professional curiosity gets the better of judgement. And in the course of her investigations, Melissa finds that the truth is stranger than her own fiction.

'A gifted and knowledgeable writer . . . engaging and readable' Financial TimesBetty Rowlands won the Sunday Express/Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition in 1988, and her success continued with the publication of eleven acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries and her Sukey Reynolds series. She is an active member of the Crime Writers' Association and regularly gives talks and readings, runs workshops and serves on panels at crime writers' conventions. She lives in the heart of the Cotswolds, where her Melissa Craig mysteries are set, and has three grown-up children and four grandchildren.
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The Killing Season

By Mason Cross

The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake. That name no more belongs to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in.

When Caleb Wardell, the infamous 'Chicago Sniper', escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialised talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger.

Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random.

But Blake and Banner soon find themselves sidelined from the case. And as they try desperately to second guess a man who kills purely for the thrill of it, they uncover a hornets' nest of lies and corruption. Now Blake must break the rules and go head to head with the FBI if he is to stop Wardell and expose a deadly conspiracy that will rock the country.

Slick, fast-paced and assured, THE KILLING SEASON is the first novel in the gripping new Carter Blake series.

My kind of book"One of the most interesting 'loner' heroes to have arrived in recent years...Told with pace and vigour by a writer who seems to have a natural aptitude for thrillers, it is not to be missed."An American setting, universal themes, top-class writing, Scottish author - it's a recipe that makes a deadly impact in this impressively sharp debut. Action fans rejoice, there's a new names on the Scottish thriller squad. He plays fast, he plays dirty and, with this calibre of high-octane action, he'll definitely be taking prisonersPulse-pounding. Mason Cross launches into The Killing Season with no-holds barred, as he deftly combines an adrenaline rush plot with one of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher. Prepare to read all nightMason Cross has created an enigmatic character in Carter Blake . . . The writing is taut, intelligent, oozes suspense . . . a highly impressive debut novelAn impressively exciting debut, written with panache and a good ear for grim humourThe pace's relentless, the suspense nail-biting, and the pages fly by . . . the pulse-pounding thriller debut of 2014This really is a superb, read-in-one-go novelThe writing is assured and entertaining. The plotting is slick and pacey . . . in his debut novel, Mason Cross has really hit the ground running, there's no doubt about that. THE KILLING SEASON delivers time and again with smart big-screen thrillsA great mix of intrigue, strong characters and a thrilling plot which reels you in from the first page. This debut has the feel of an author who is destined to become well practiced in producing best-selling thrillers.A breathless race against time ensues with all the gilt-edge thrills and more. Relentless and no holds barred, a guilty pleasure of a read.I cannot sing this novel's praises highly enough - it's a joy to read, utterly engaging and kept me hooked right from the first page to the last. There's high stakes and high tension, and the chemistry between Blake and Banner sizzles off the page. If you love action thrillers, if you love crime fiction, go and read this book. I'm sure you won't regret it.A very fine debut penned with the smooth style and skill of a much more experienced writer, this adds a new name to the gamut of special operatives and high-tension characters and plots so loved by thriller readers. I know it's been said already, but I'll say it again: this is one to watch out for.For fans of Lee Child and James Patterson, THE KILLING SEASON is a fast-paced American thriller with a central character who could give Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Jason Bourne a run for their money.

Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. He has written a number of short stories, including 'A Living', which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads 'Get Britain Reading' Award. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children.

Find out more at www.masoncross.net or follow him on Twitter @MasonCrossBooks

With a virtually faultless blend of compelling action, intelligent plotting and well-drawn characters, this is a brilliant and incredibly polished debut thriller with a fantastic new series character.THE KILLING SEASON will appeal to a wide-ranging and increasingly female crime and thriller readership whose thirst for authors like Lee Child and James Patterson is never quenched.This will be a strong crime debut for 2014 followed by a book a year in the Carter Blake series.Mason Cross has great ideas for the next two books in the Carter Blake series, THE SAMARITAN and WINTERLONG, which will build Blake as a strong series character.
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After the Crash

By Michel Bussi

A dark, brilliantly conceived and deeply chilling novel that has sold over 700,000 copies in the author's native France. 'A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Steig Larsson for the very first time . . . Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year' - Joan Smith, Sunday Times

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone...

A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time. Bussi's novel brings with it the same thrill of discovering a truly original voice.

It is one of the most remarkable books I've read in a long time; Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year.

There's a great premise to this thriller, which is already a huge bestseller in the author's native France... You find yourself quite frantic to know the truth, before this cleverly constructed, smart mystery concludes by delivering a delicious sting in the tail.A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride.Thriller of the Month...an original voice... he [Bussi] borrows elements from old-fashioned clue-puzzle mysteries to provide a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller.Michel Bussi's AFTER THE CRASH will keep you solidly gripped for its total duration. [The] provocative premise - and its aftermath in the present set in motion a truly compelling tale by the talented Michel Bussi, a writer who well knows exactly how to keep the reader turning page after page even when it's past time to turn out that bedside lamp.'A compulsive page turner.'Riveting! Bussi spins psychological suspense at its finest with this consuming tale of one child, two families, and the dark secrets that define us all. Clear your schedule; this book is worth it!This is one of the most compulsively readable mystery novels of the year, a great premise thrillingly explored.Michel Bussi grabs your attention straight away, and keeps it, with great twists, in what is a very good translation by the English writer Sam Taylor.After the Crash is a jolt to the senses and a jolt to the heart - both rollicking and labyrinthine, both wildly propulsive and yet rich with grand drama, and with a cast of characters - particularly its sumptuously powerful women - you won't forgetBussi delivers an intriguing and multi-layered psychological thriller that gets its hooks in early and doesn't let goA dark, brilliantly conceived and deeply chilling novel that has sold over 700,000 copies in the author's native France. 'A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Steig Larsson for the very first time . . . Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year' - Joan Smith, Sunday TimesMichel Bussi has won 15 literary awards, making him one of France's most prestigious crime authors. When not writing fiction, he is a Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. AFTER THE CRASH is his first book to be published in the UK.AFTER THE CRASH was a runaway bestseller in France, with word of mouth sales propelling the novel on to the bestseller chart, where it has stayed for nearly two years. His books have sold 1.5 million copies in France alone, with AFTER THE CRASH selling a staggering 800,000 so far. Overall, Michel Bussi was the No.5 bestselling author in France in 2014.This is a classy psychological thriller but infused with the flavours of France - from the buzzing cafes of Paris's university quarter on the left bank, to a small Citroen van selling snacks by the coast in Dieppe.Michel has been called the French Linwood Barclay and this novel would clearly appeal to fans of S.J. Watson or Louise Doughty. However the book has a distinct French flavour and that is what makes it unique.Rights have sold in 24 countries.
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Woman of the Dead

By Bernhard Aichner, Anthea Bell

One of the Financial Times's top summer books for 2015

One of the Telegraph's Best Crime Fiction Books for 2015

'An ironclad guarantee of sleepless nights' INDEPENDENT

'One of the most arresting thrillers I've read for years' LISA GARDNER

'Fast, edgy and gripping...full of quirks, with a conflicted heroine as killer at its heart. Do not miss it.' GEOFFREY WANSELL, DAILY MAIL

'Aichner has a talent for keeping readers hooked - this is a gripping read and the character of Blum lives long in the mind' TELEGRAPH

'An inventive, forceful, engrossing revenge thriller' MARCEL BERLINS, TIMES

'Blum is a great character and when Aichner's ghost-train plot ends in the only place it can - a crematorium - you feel like cheering' GUARDIAN


How far would you go to avenge the one you love?

Blum has a secret buried deep in her past.

She thought she'd left the past behind.

But then Mark, the man she loves, dies.

His death looks like a hit-and-run. It isn't a hit-and-run. Mark has been killed by the men he was investigating.
And then, suddenly, Blum rediscovers what she's capable of...

KILL BILL meets DEXTER via THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, WOMAN OF THE DEAD is a wild ride of a thriller where the first stage of grief is revenge. And revenge is a dish best served bloody.

One of the most arresting thrillers I've read for years. Hypnotic! Aichner plumbs the darkest depths of the human psyche in this compelling tale of a female undertaker. As a mother, Blum is touching and relatable. But as a vengeful wife determined to hunt down her husband's killers... Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.An ironclad guarantee of sleepless nightsAichner has a talent for keeping readers hooked - this is a gripping read and the character of Blum lives long in the mind.Woman of the Dead is a horrifying thriller with strong links to Jeff Linday's Dexter . . . Aichner's character is so strongly realised that, like Dexter, the reader wills her on to succeed. Woman of the Dead will surprise as it horrifies.There is a wicked and thrilling high concept to the story, lots of action, and a sexy and dangerous female protagonist.A wonderful thriller about love and retribution - playful, dark and dangerous - I read it in one sittingBlum is a great character and when Aichner's ghost-train plot ends in the only place it can - a crematorium - you feel like cheeringAichner is one of the stars of Austrian crime fiction. This strongly written bestseller synthesises elements from Kill Bill and the Lisbeth Salander books to grimly mesmerising effect.An inventive, forceful, engrossing revenge thrillerFast, edgy and gripping . . . full of quirks, with a conflicted heroine as killer at its heart. Do not miss it.European crime fiction at its bestCompletely enthralling. A beautifully written novel that really gets into the psyche of the female vigilante . . . I certainly hope that we hear more from this promising young Austrian authoran inventive, forceful, engrossing revenge thrillerThe unstoppable German thriller which is sweeping the globe: KILL BILL meets DEXTER via THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO in this hugely compelling novel about a woman who seeks revenge and gets it.

Bernhard Aichner was born in 1972 and lives in Innsbruck, Austria, where he works as an author and photographer. As research for WOMAN OF THE DEAD, he worked as an undertaker's assistant for six months.
www.bernhard-aichner.at

Anthea Bell has won numerous awards for her translations, including the INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE for W. G. Sebald's AUSTERLITZ, the OXFORD-WEIDENFELD TRANSLATION PRIZE, and the SOCIETY OF AUTHORS' SCHLEGEL-TIECK PRIZE on several occasions. Best known for her translation of the Asterix series, Bell was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to literature. She lives and works in Cambridge.

WOMAN OF THE DEAD has already been flagged by the BOOKSELLER as a title to watch (with W&N leading the 'Deutschicrime' movement) and by the HERALD as a highly anticipated Euro Noir thriller.It's deliciously dark with a gothic, gory edge (the author spent six months working as an undertaker as research...)Rights sold in 10 territories and counting. It has been dominating the bestseller charts in Germany and Austria.To be translated by the acclaimed Anthea Bell, who says of the novel 'After the Scandi noir genre, what next? Very probably Aichner's murderous heroine, I think'.Producers of THE FALL Justin Thomson Glover and Patrick Irwin are set to work on WOMAN OF THE DEAD, turning it into a TV mini-series in English to be distributed worldwide.Winner of the Crime Cologne Award 2015.
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Carnival of Shadows

By R.J. Ellory

Kansas, 1959. When a travelling carnival appears overnight, the townsfolk of Seneca Falls are entranced. But the circus brings more than just magic and illusion to the small town: a dead man is discovered beneath the carousel.

For FBI Special Agent Michael Travis, the world is clear cut. But there are a lot of grey areas in this case. The carnival folk are unwilling to answer a straight question and they begin to challenge Travis's once unshakeable faith in solid facts and hard evidence...

As the investigation turns ever more disturbing, Travis is forced to question everything he believes in as a dark and horrifying conspiracy comes to light.

"At a time when crime fiction has become so formulaic, it's a relief to find a book as left-field as this latest offering from RJ Ellory... An intriguing, delightfully unpredictable novel.""He [Ellory} raises interesting questions about society and our fear to question.""An atmospheric thriller with a gallery of fascinating characters."Murder, conspiracy and a hint of the supernatural: the powerful new thriller from the bestselling author of A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS.

R.J. Ellory is a critically acclaimed author whose novels include the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and won the Nouvel Observateur Crime Fiction Prize.

Ellory's novels have been translated into twenty-six languages, and he has won the USA Excellence Award for Best Mystery, the Strand Magazine Best Thriller 2009, the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for A Simple Act of Violence, the St Maur Prize, the Avignon Readers' Prize, the Livre de Poche Award and the Quebec Laureat. He has been shortlisted for a further thirteen awards in numerous countries, including four Daggers from the UK Crime Writers' Association.

Despite the American setting of his novels, Ellory is British and currently lives in England with his wife and son.

To find out more visit www.rjellory.com or follow him on Twitter @rjellory

R.J. Ellory is one of the crime genre's most critically acclaimed stars.Ellory is also receiving international recognition. He is already a major bestseller in France and is now published throughout Europe.A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS has sold over 250,000 copies in mass market paperback and was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE won the prestigious THEAKSTON'S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2010.Perfect for reading groups - and all his novels received tremendous reviews:
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And Sometimes I Wonder About You

By Walter Mosley

IN NEW YORK, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM NO ONE ELSE CAN SOLVE, YOU CALL LEONID McGILL

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades in cash and favours, McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's got fancy all around him.

When McGill is approached by a small-time office manager, he declines the case. He has better things to do than track down the man's long lost cousin, who is about to inherit millions. But then McGill's office is broken into, and his potential client is found dead. Soon, McGill finds himself drawn into the underbelly of an establishment family, and a Pandora's box of secrets and lies.

Taking you from the moneyed haunts of Uptown to the shady corners of Downtown, Mosley is the Chandler of Obama's America, and one of the finest crime writers in the world.

Mosley's sharp ear for dialogue and talent for sketching memorable characters are much in evidence in this instalment, further deepening his complex leadThis is Mosley at his best, with not one word wasted, and a story which will leave you with much to think aboutWalter Mosley breaks every rule in the private-detective-story stylebook... McGill is one of the most humane (and likable) P.I.s in the businessIf you want a crime novel that captures your imagination, then this is for you. Mosley takes you on an adventurous journey which leaves you wondering, what could possibly happen next?On the 20th anniversary of Devil in a Blue Dress, an explosive new Leonid McGill novel from Walter Mosley, creator of the internationally bestselling Easy Rawlins series

Walter Mosley is one of America's best loved authors. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Easy Rawlins series, and his novels include Devil in a Blue Dress, which was made into the acclaimed film of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. His books have been translated into 23 languages and have sold more than 3.5 million copies to date. He lives in New York City.

www.waltermosley.com

Walter Mosley has an extremely dedicated fan base and is a favourite of the crime community.His profile has risen since his visit to the UK in 2013, with a recent hour-long Radio 4 profile presented by Mark Lawson.2015 is the 25th anniversary of Mosley's iconic book DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, which will provide a lot of attention and a fresh publicity angle.Mosley's Easy Rawlins novels are modern classics, and the Leonid McGill series looks set to have the same enduring appeal. The previous books in the series received rave reviews.
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The Distance

By Helen Giltrow

A blistering debut thriller that introduces the coolest heroine in contemporary suspense fiction.

They don't call her Karla anymore. She's Charlotte Alton: she doesn't trade in secrets, she doesn't erase dark pasts, and she doesn't break hit-men into prison.

Except that is exactly what she's been asked to do.

The job is impossible: get the assassin into an experimental new prison so that he can take out a target who isn't officially there.

It's a suicide mission, and quite probably a set-up.

So why can't she say no?

A truly unusual thriller set in the world of espionage, this is a terrific debut... Original and thought-provokingFast, hard and very, very goodAn effective writer of colourful prose and generates plenty of narrative tension.It's a dark, pacy, compelling and utterly uncompromising tale about people trying to outrun their respective demons.A gripping story skillfully told... Helen Giltrow writes so well that every word carries weightTHE DISTANCE is absolutely drenched in mystery and intrigue, and I was completely hooked. In a sort of 'Prison Break' meets 'Spooks' sort of storyline, the action just keeps on coming and as one secret is uncovered, several more take its place . . . an extremely clever plot and a proper edge-of-your-seat read.Dark, edgy and, at times, brutal, this is a stylish and highly original debut.It's an extremely well executed novel, weaving a complicated storyline involving a lot of moving parts, multiple characters and locations with utter ease. The ending will have you holding your breath and whipping those pages past at speed.The story reads like a Lee Child novel on speed - there's loads of action, loads of intrigue and the characters are extremely well-written. In short, this is simply a brilliant bookThis is a thriller that leads from the front with a cool heroine who never seems to break sweat.The Distance is a fine debut from Helen Giltrow. It is an extremely tense and menacing novel, rich in atmosphere and mood as well as confident and intelligent. It is full of shocks, surprises and twists. If you enjoy a clever spy novel then The Distance is most definitely the book for you.A blistering debut thriller that introduces the coolest heroine in contemporary suspense fiction.Helen Giltrow was born and brought up in Cheltenham and read Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. She has worked extensively in publishing, including ten years as a commissioning editor for Oxford University Press. Helen's writing has been shortlisted for the CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD and the TELEGRAPH 'NOVEL IN A YEAR' COMPETITION. She lives in Oxford.At last! A hard-edged thriller with a powerfully charismatic female lead character.As ingenious as le Carre and as taut as Lee Child, this is thriller-writing of the highest order.'Fast, hard and very, very good'- Lee Child
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No Safe House

By Linwood Barclay

What would you do to protect your daughter . . .?

From the million-copy bestselling author of NO TIME FOR GOODBYE

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal which nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry's wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents' seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals.

But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.

For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.

Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn't fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable . . .

Barclay takes the didn't-see-it-coming twist (of which he is master) to cosmic levels here and has the reader open-mouthed at his ingenuity throughout. His protagonists have depth and complexity and he is even prepared to tackle what is something of a rarity in the crime genre - forcing his readers to change their minds characters safely consigned to the moral outer darknessThe follow-up to the smash hit No Time For Goodbye revisits the Archer family, who are unwittingly drawn into a web of violent crime. Brilliantly plotted, with witty dialogue that crackles in the best hard-boiled tradition, you'll race through this fast-paced and brilliantly twisty thrillerThe surviving characters from No Time For Goodbye, Linwood Barclays besteller, are back and the past seven years haven't been kind to them. The Archer family are fractured and, in No Safe House, tihngs just get worse. Late one night, daughter Grace is coerced by her boyfriend to steal a Porsche for a joyride, but in darkened house someone gets shot ... Now read on. I did and couldn't stop. Barclay never misses!

What would you do to protect your daughter . . .?

From the million-copy bestselling author of NO TIME FOR GOODBYE

Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

www.linwoodbarclay.com.

NO TIME FOR GOODBYE was the bestselling paperback novel of 2008, selling over 800,000 copies to date.Winner of the Richard & Judy Book Club Summer Reads, it was R&J's fastest-selling title ever.The movie adaptation of TRUST YOUR EYES is in development with Todd Phillips directing.Linwood's latest paperback, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, hit the No.2 slot on the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller list and has reprinted ten times so far.Linwood consistently hits the bestseller charts, thrilling readers with his pacy, suspenseful style.
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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy

By Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader

Jason Bourne is back in the forthcoming major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander. Go back to where it all began for Bourne in his original adventures.

'Watch your back 007 - Bourne is out to get you' - Sunday Times

Jason Bourne is working as a 'blacksmith' - hired by high-level government ministers fearful of assassination attempts. He is paid to impersonate these men at meetings in places of uncertain security around the globe, but when armed gunmen storm one such meeting, they're target is not the minister he impersonates, but Bourne himself.

Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with a well-known terrorist who demands that Bourne carry out a special mission for him - one, that if completed, will have dire consequences for the entire world.

Jason Bourne is back in this new novel in Robert Ludlum's legendary series.Robert Ludlum (Author)
Robert Ludlum is one of the world's bestselling authors and there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print. He is published in 32 languages and 50 countries. As well as blending sophisticated plotting and extreme pace, Robert Ludlum's novels are meticulously researched. In addition to the popular titles in the Covert-One series, Robert Ludlum's best-known books include THE SCARLATTI INHERITANCE, THE CHANCELLOR MANUSCRIPT and the Jason Bourne series.

Eric Van Lustbader (Author)
Eric Van Lustbader is the author of numerous novels in a variety of styles, but is most widely known as the author of twenty international bestselling thrillers including The Ninja and Black Heart. Born in New York City, he currently lives in New York State.

During a career spanning 30 years, Ludlum sold 300 million copies in 40 countries and in 32 different languages.Eric Van Lustbader is a bestselling thriller and fantasy writer in his own right.The movie adaptations of THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM have been massive critical and popular successes, bringing a whole new generation to Bourne and to Robert Ludlum.The fifth Bourne in the movie franchise has been given the green light - word on the street is a release in mid 2015.
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Fear the Darkness

By Becky Masterman

It's hard to recognize the devil when his hand is on your shoulder...

Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she's quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She's swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you've walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light?

When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community thinks Brigid might be able to help comfort the family. But when she does so, something doesn't add up. And it's no easier at home: after a bereavement in the family, Brigid has reluctantly taken in her niece to give her a break before she starts college. Brigid's ever-patient husband Carlo tells her they must go easy on Gemma-Kate, the grieving youngster. Which is fine, until she starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife.

For Brigid, death still seems to be wherever she turns. But as she herself starts to feel unwell, it's her own mortality that is the most troubling. And as she tries to get to the bottom of a series of allegedly accidental deaths and increasingly gruesome occurrences at home, she slowly realises that maybe this time, she's let the darkness inside the only place she ever felt safe. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.

A highly engaging blend of psychological thriller and Miss Marple-like whodunit... Her [Masterman's] strength's are polished prose and her beguiling heroine, an usually complicated sleuth married to a philosopher.Ms. Masterman once again shows herself to be an expert manipulator of readers' expectations.Resourceful, direct, and determined - especially in the face of pure, murderous evil - in her second outing, Brigid Quinn remains a fun force to be reckoned with.Addictive, intriguing, terrifying: the stunning new thriller starring Brigid Quinn."With telling observations on the human condition, the nature of love and the corruption of greed, this is simply superb."It's hard to recognize the devil when his hand is on your shoulder...Becky Masterman created her heroine, Brigid Quinn, while working as an editor for a forensic science and law enforcement press. Her debut thriller, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, was a finalist for the Edgar Awards and the CWA Gold Dagger, as well as the Macavity, Barry, ITW and Anthony awards. Becky lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband.RAGE AGAINST THE DYING achieved an amazing feat - a finalist for almost every major American and UK crime award - picked for the Edgars, the Anthonys, the ITW awards, the Macavitys and the Barrys as well as the CWA nominations.Becky was a Richard and Judy pick and shortlisted for the CWA GOLD DAGGER and longlisted for the CWA JOHN CREASEY DAGGER 2013 for her debut novel.An incredibly stylish and chilling new voice, Becky's writing not only appeals to crime fans but has broad appeal to any readers looking for a new kind of protagonist.You have never met a heroine like Brigid Quinn. At 59, she's tougher, more complex and more thrilling than any female protagonist you've read before.

Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she's quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She's swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you've walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light?

When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community think Brigid might be able to help comfort the family. But when she does so, something doesn't add up. And it's no easier at home: after a bereavement in the family, Brigid has reluctantly taken in her niece to give her a break before she starts college. Brigid's ever-patient husband Carlo tells her they must go easy on Gemma-Kate, the grieving youngster. Which is fine, until she starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife.

For Brigid, death still seems to be wherever she turns. But as she herself starts to feel unwell, it's her own mortality that is the most troubling. And as she tries to get to the bottom of a series of allegedly accidental deaths and increasingly gruesome occurrences at home, she slowly realises that maybe this time, she's let the darkness inside the only place she ever felt safe. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.

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The Burning Room

By Michael Connelly

Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new legal thriller from the bestselling author of THE LINCOLN LAWYER and THE BLACK ECHO, Michael Connelly.

In the LA Police's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually non-existent.

Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random in this gripping police procedural.

As ever in Michael Connelly's work, Los Angeles - a city in which 'no matter how close it something looked, it was still far away' - is a character in its own right. And the jazz soundtrack - 'plaintive and sad but ... with an undeniable underlying hope' - makes The Burning Room a superb swansong.It's a good story, but crucially The Burning Room shows Bosch on top form, his age no impediment to his stubbornness nor his professional insightswhat Connelly delivers here - as ever - is a slice of classy, clever, page-turning stuff, as Bosch and his excellent new sidekick trace the shadows of years-old crimes whose tendrils stretch through the echelons of LA society and across the sprawl of its geography. The detective is described by his boss - 'the one that knows the most in the troop. Has all the experience.' Connelly, too, is a pair of eminently safe hands, and The Burning Room is a pleasure to read.Connelly weaves his story as deftly as always, never slackening the tensionConnelly has lost none of his fire, nor his desire to take his readers by the throat and never let them goa master of narrative tension, complex but believable plotting and three-dimensional characters ... his latest novel maintains the same high standard and relentless impetus that keeps one turning the pages.a taut and believable tale set in a grimly recognisable world where those at the top - be they career politicians or career criminals - share a disregard for the lives of those they exploit.A master at construction, Connelly finds a way to link the two cases, which burrow deep into Los Angeles's Latino community. As often happens in Connelly's police procedurals, Bosch's meticulously built case is undermined by political corruption in high places, leaving him 'suddenly sick to death of everything'.Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Michael Connelly.A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of the Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @Connellybooks.Michael Connelly is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, the US, Ireland, Australia, France and Italy.Connelly gets consistently brilliant reviews and is acknowledged as one of the leading, if not the leading, American crime writer of his generation.Michael Connelly has won or been shortlisted for every award in the book: his first novel THE BLACK ECHO won the EDGAR AWARD; CITY OF BONES won the ANTHONY AWARD; BLOOD WORK was nominated for an EDGAR; ANGELS FLIGHT and CITY OF BONES for the CWA GOLD DAGGER.In 2014 he was inaugurated into the CWA Hall of Fame at the ITV3 Crime Awards.BOSCH has been picked up by Amazon for a full season, coming February 2015.
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Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

THE ADDICTIVE No.1 BESTSELLER AND INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON
OVER 20 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

Flynn, an extraordinarily good writer, plays her readers with the finesse and delicacy of an expert angler. She wields her unreliable narrators to stunning effect, baffling, disturbing and delighting in turn, practically guaranteeing an immediate reread once her terrifying, wonderful conclusion is reached... an early contender for thriller of the year, and an absolute must-read.These voices are wonderfully authentic, to the point where the reader becomes a gawker at the full-spectrum of marital dysfunction. Excellent.Gone Girl is superbly constructed, ingeniously paced and absolutely terrifying... a Five-star suspense mystery.in this riveting noirish thriller and intense dissection of a marriage, nothing is as it seems.Flynn keeps the accelerator firmly to the floor, ratcheting up the tension with wildly unexpected plot twists, contradictory stories and the tantalising feeling that nothing is as it seems. Deviously good.Read it and stay single.funny, cunning thriller... the tale takes some stomach-churning turns, right to its chilling conclusionA chilling, stylish read about another unknowable womanFlynn has created a gripping tale and a page-turner.Immensely dark and deeply intelligent, Gone Girl is a book about how well one person can truly know anotherFlynn is a brilliantly accomplished psychological crime writer and this latest book is so dark, so twisted and so utterly compelling that it actually messes with your mindYou think you're reading a good, conventional thriller and then it grows into a fascinating portrait of one averagely mismatched relationship...Nothing's as it seems - Flynn is a fabulous plotter, and a very sharp observer of modern life in the aftermath of the credit crunchFlynn's portrait of a woman trying to please an impossible husband is subtly drawn, but there are hints that all is not as it seems. One version of events hides another in a novel that cleverly manipulates the readerdefinitely a contender for thriller of the year... Flynn is, without a doubt, at the front of the pack of American thriller writers.In what is so much more than a straightforward crime novel (with a mid-story twist so shocking you'll drop the book), Flynn unpicks the minutiae of the couple's personalities and relationshipA chilling tale of a hip, New York couple's failing marriage: smart, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Gone Girl is a class acta terrifically intelligent thriller with a gasp-inducing twistshe skillfully manages to sustain tension and uncertainty to the end, as well as presenting a beautiful portrait of marriage disintegrationThis is Flynn's third novel and she's more than found her voice, creating taut, thrilling, deeply intense narratives about characters very much on the edgea near-masterpiece. Flynn is an extraordinary writer who, with every sentence, makes words do things that other writers merely dream of"Ms Flynn's latest novel of psychological suspense will confound anyone trying to keep up with her quicksilver mind and diabolical rules of playJust about everyone I meet, and everyone on Twitter, is telling me it's brilliant, so I can't wait to see what the fuss is all about.Gripping thriller: Nick's wife, Amy, is missing and he's a suspect. The story is told by Nick, then Amy, but who's telling the truth?A brilliant switchback ride, you'll beg others to read it so you can discuss it with themGone Girl confirms that Gillian Flynn is the smartest new crime writer for years.Toxic marriage simmers in this thriller with a gasp-inducing twist.The set-up is simple: girl goes missing, husband looks increasingly suspect. But there's much more going on beneath the surface of this fiendishly clever thriller"Single-handedly defines a genre of Media GothicExhilarating and creepy, it has sent me rushing off to her other novels.a brilliant, darkly comic taleOne of the most popular thrillers of the year is also one of the smartest... Flynn's book cleverly outpaces its neo-noir trappings and consistently surprises the reader.A completely gripping account of a dysfunctional (is there any other sort?) marriage.Read Gone Girl: The Thriller of 2012... Flynn relentlessly plays with her reader, dangling hints and hushing up truths through two narrators who become more and more unreliable as the plot unravels.A stunning psychological thriller to send a chill through the heart of every married couple... Read it now, it is that good.An utterly gripping thrillerGone Girl should be the big poolside read this year. Fresh out om paperback, it's a page-turning abduction mystery with an awful lot of twists.A tautly written thriller about the unravelling of a marriage that is deservedly topping the bestseller charts.The story of a husband searching for his vanished wife has everything - psychological acuity, humour, an unflagging pace and more twists than you could hope for in your most serpentine dreams...a sumptuous, satisfying read.The story-telling is incredibly compelling, with the cunning opening mystery soon turning down unpredictable routes, while the characters are superbly believable. No wonder it's the book that everyone seems to be reading.If you haven't yet caught up with this word-of-mouth bestseller - about a woman's mysterious disappearance and the secrets she and her husband are keeping - get hold of it soon. It really does live up to the hype.I'm currently reading Gone Girl, a brilliant novel about how we never quite know the people we fall in love with. It's one of those novels that you discuss endlessly with your closest friends.This thriller is the must-read of the year.(GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtakingThere are two sides to every story... The international phenomenon and No.1 bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Includes Reading Group Notes.

Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and now writes full-time. Her first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER.

Her latest novel, GONE GIRL, is a massive No.1 bestseller. The film adaptation of GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, won the Hollywood Film Award 2014.

The Ddictive No. 1 US Bestseller that everyon eis talking about

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

'Gone Girl is a book you'll be begging other people to read, just so you can discuss it with them' Mail on Sunday

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GONE GIRL was the bestselling book of 2013 in the UK (print and ebook sales combined), and has now sold in excess of 1.7 million copies.GONE GIRL the movie has been produced by Reese Witherspoon and directed by the legendary David Fincher with a stellar cast, including Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy.DARK PLACES is also due for cinematic release, with OSCAR-winner Charlize Theron in the starring role.GONE GIRL won the BEST INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD at the 2013 SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS.Gillian Flynn's first novel, SHARP OBJECTS, won two CWA DAGGERS, as well as being shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER and an EDGAR.Our total sales of Gillian Flynn's books are over 4.7 million
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The Red Road

By Denise Mina

Power, abuse, love gone horribly wrong - and a crime that stretches back two decades...
From the two-time THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD-winning author.

A girl who has seen more darkness than most.

A Scottish lawyer waiting to be killed.

A fingerprint discovered at a murder scene, from a man who couldn't possibly have been there.

As DI Alex Morrow investigates the death of a young businessman, she uncovers a vicious network of power and corruption that reaches back to Glasgow on the night Princess Diana died. And to a fourteen-year-old girl sat in a car with a dead body, the murder weapon still in her hand.

"Mina paints an overwhelmingly powerful picture of child abuse and the legacy that blights the lives of its victims for ever. Rose is brilliantly drawn - she's vulnerable but not pathetic, bubbling with rage yet desperate for someone, anyone to love her."A brilliantly plotted tale that segues between past and present, The Red Road is a "tartan noir" police procedural to rival Ian Rankin's best work, as Mina blends the harsh realities facing Glasgow's underprivileged kids with the salubrious world inhabited by the city's legal and financial wizards. The chief appeal, however, is Alex Morrow herself, a meticulously crafted character of depth and substance who succeeds in a patriarchal environment by virtue of her intelligence, persistence and humanity.Mina is a dab hand at constructing complex reads in which corruption permeates all levels of society and no one is left untainted, and THE RED ROAD is no exception: unsentimental, unsettling, and very, very good.This hugely engrossing tale of murder, corruption and lies in Glasgow manages to successfully tackle the political as well as the personal and might be Mina's finest novel.Mina's crime novels are doing for Glasgow what Rebus did for Edinburgh: these fine mysteries also dig into the life of a city.The plot is as compelling as it is intricate. Denise Mina grows in assurance and becomes more accomplished with every book; and this one is a cracker, beautifully worked-out, every scene serving a purpose... I suggest you may want to go back to savour the details, for this is that rare thing, a crime novel that invites, and benefits from, a second reading.The Glasgow author's 11th novel and her fourth to feature DI Alex Morrow is one of my favourite current crime stories. It's a brilliant, morally complex look at child abuse, police cover-up and corruption. Uncompromising and written with real psychological depth.Old sins cast long shadows in this thriller that proves Mina deserving of the praise being heaped upon her.All Denise Mina's books combine good reading with interesting sociological insights... Mina has a social worker's understanding of life at the bottom of society and a fine writer's ability to bring her characters to life.Mina has created another slick and thoughtful crime thriller ... Mina invites us to see through the eyes of its criminals and victims while bringing together poignant themes about injustice and the vulnerable people in society"Denise Mina's atmospheric novel is strongly characterised and deftly paced."

Power, abuse, love gone horribly wrong - and a crime that stretches back two decades...
From the two-time THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD-winning author of THE LONG DROP.

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels includeThe End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Find out more at www.denisemina.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @DameDeniseMina

Denise Mina's critically acclaimed crime writing is stunning, complex and admired by readers both inside and outside of the genre.Terrific new cover style for Denise Mina - THE END OF THE WASP SEASON, STILL MIDNIGHT, FIELD OF BLOOD and EXILE are being reissued simultaneously, with the rest of the backlist to follow.THE END OF THE WASP SEASON won the prestigious THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD and she has won again in 2013 with GODS AND BEASTS.Mina won a CWA DAGGER for her debut GARNETHILL and THE END OF THE WASP SEASON was shortlisted for the CWA GOLD DAGGER.THE FIELD OF BLOOD was adapted for the BBC. Directed by David Kane, cast includes David Morrissey and Peter Capaldi. The second series was shown UK-wide on 29 & 30 July.
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Talking to the Dead

By Harry Bingham

A crime you'll always remember. A detective you'll never forget.

A young girl is found dead. A prostitute is murdered. And the strangest, youngest detective in the South Wales Major Crimes Unit is about to face the fiercest test of her short career.

A woman and her six-year-old daughter are killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor.

DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there's another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry - and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses.

Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found...

Praise for the Fiona Griffiths mystery series:

'I have to say that in a lifetime of reading crime fiction I have never come across anyone quite like Fiona Griffiths . . . Read this book. Enjoy every syllable. Hold your breath, and tick off the weeks until the next one' Crime Fiction Lover

'Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure' Daily Mail

'Gritty, compelling...a procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year' USA Today

'With Detective Constable Fiona 'Fi' Griffiths, Harry Bingham...finds a sweet spot in crime fiction...think Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander...[or] Lee Child's Jack Reacher... The writing is terrific' The Boston Globe

'This cleverly plotted police procedural introduces a likeable, maverick detective destined for a bestseller following' Choice

Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Ann Cleeves will be gripped by the other titles in the Fiona Griffiths mystery series:
1. Talking to the Dead
2. Love Story, With Murders
3. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
4. This Thing of Darkness
5. The Dead House
6. The Deepest Grave (coming soon!)

If you're looking for a crime thriller series to keep you hooked, then go no further: you've just found it.

** Each Fiona Griffiths thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order **

Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:

Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year

Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona GriffithsIn a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a whileCompelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroinesOne of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettableFiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted worldGripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for moreThis is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the character of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone...She'll haunt you long after you finish this book, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written.Fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of anotherCompelling...a new crime talent to treasureThe first novel in the powerful Fiona Griffiths mystery series - a detective who will break every rule in the book to crack her case.

I'm Harry Bingham. I write crime novels and love it. When I'm not doing that, I run the Writers' Workshop, a literary consultancy. I live in Oxfordshire, England, but I spent a lot of my childhood in Wales, where my crime novels are set. Things I love apart from writing: wild swimming, rock-climbing, walking and dogs. I'm married, have four kids, and I love my life.

To stay in touch visit www.harrybingham.com or on Twitter @harryonthebrink

DC Fiona Griffiths is the most unusual and engaging detective to appear in UK crime fiction for years.Harry Bingham has had stellar reviews for his previous novels.Not only a brilliantly crafted mystery but also a powerful psychological thriller.Selected for the Waterstones Book ClubFor rookie detective constable Fiona Griffiths, her first major investigation promises to be a tough initiation into Cardiff's dark underbelly. A young woman and her six-year-old daughter have been found brutally murdered in a squalid flat, the single clue a platinum credit card belonging to a millionaire businessman who died in a plane crash six months before. For her fellow cops, it's just another case of a low-rent prostitute meeting the wrong kind of client and coming to a nasty end, but Fiona is convinced that the tragic lives and cruel deaths of this mother and daughter are part of a deeper, darker mystery. Fiona, however, has secrets of her own. She is still recovering from a crushing psychological breakdown, and the feelings which haunt her are constantly threatening to undermine the mask of normality she has learned to wear. As she begins to piece together a bizarre and terrifying conspiracy, Fiona finds that what makes her vulnerable also gives her a unique insight into the secrets of the dead, and in solving the murders of Janet and April Mancini she can begin to start solving the riddles of her own past.
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The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths

By Harry Bingham

A woman starved to death. A tech genius with his hands hacked off. The heist of the century.

When DC Fiona Griffiths and her colleagues piece together the clues to several grim crimes, they realise they're staring at one of the world's most daring robberies. Fiona is asked to take on her toughest case yet: will she go undercover to penetrate this criminal gang from within?

When Fiona says yes, she has to give up her old life entirely. She becomes Fiona Grey, a homeless woman struggling to get her life back together again. When the criminal gang adopt her as one of their own, she's totally alone, vulnerable - and dangerous as hell.

Praise for the Fiona Griffiths mystery series:

'With Detective Constable Fiona 'Fi' Griffiths, Harry Bingham...finds a sweet spot in crime fiction...think Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander...[or] Lee Child's Jack Reacher... The writing is terrific' The Boston Globe

'The easiest five stars I've ever awarded a book. Fiona Griffiths is by far the most original detective I've come across' Loretta Milan

'Gritty, compelling...a procedural unlike any other you are likely to read this year' USA Today

'Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure' Daily Mail

'Fiona Griffiths may be the most fascinating protagonist in fiction. She is similar to Lisbeth Salander, an intelligent but profoundly damaged young woman, but Fiona is less hostile and more curious, sort of a good guy sociopath. This is definitely one my favourite thriller series' Audrey, Top 500 Reviewer

Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Ann Cleeves will be gripped by the other titles in the Fiona Griffiths mystery series:
1. Talking to the Dead
2. Love Story, With Murders
3. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
4. This Thing of Darkness
5. The Dead House
6. The Deepest Grave (coming soon!)

If you're looking for a crime thriller series to keep you hooked, then go no further: you've just found it.

** Each Fiona Griffiths thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order **

Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:

Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year

Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona GriffithsIn a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a whileCompelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroinesOne of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettableFiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted worldGripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for moreExceptional ... Absorbing ... Fiona's narrative sears the pages.Fiona Griffiths may be the most fascinating protagonist in fiction. She is similar to Lisbeth Salander, an intelligent but profoundly damaged young woman, but Fiona is less hostile and more curious, sort of a good guy sociopath. I couldn't put it down. This is definitely one of my very favorite thriller series. I love this character and I hope I have the chance to read many more. Harry Bingham is a genius and one hell of a writer.Compelling ... a new crime talent to treasureVery exciting ... well informed and well written. Read this novel.The addictive third book in the Fiona Griffiths mystery series sees her take on her toughest case yet.

I'm Harry Bingham. I write crime novels and love it. When I'm not doing that, I run the Writers' Workshop, a literary consultancy. I live in Oxfordshire, England, but I spent a lot of my childhood in Wales, where my crime novels are set. Things I love apart from writing: wild swimming, rock-climbing, walking and dogs. I'm married, have four kids, and I love my life.

To stay in touch visit www.harrybingham.com or on Twitter @harryonthebrink

DC Fiona Griffiths is the most unusual and engaging detective to appear in UK crime fiction for years.Not only a brilliantly crafted mystery but also a powerful psychological thriller.TALKING TO THE DEAD, the first novel featuring Fiona Griffiths, was adapted for TV starring Sophie Rundle, Russell Tovey, Christine Tremarco and Michael Smiley.TALKING TO THE DEAD was selected for the Waterstones Book Club.Includes Reading Group Notes.Harry Bingham has had stellar reviews for his previous novels.
Orion

Light of the World

By James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke's legendary detective Dave Robicheaux returns to try to save his daughter from a sadistic killer.

When Detective Dave Robicheaux's daughter, Alafair, declares her intention to interview a convicted serial killer called Asa Surette in his Kansas prison cell, he does all he can to dissuade her. Dave has always encouraged her ambitions as a writer, but as a father he doesn't want her to be exposed to a man so nakedly evil. And his fears seem well founded when Alafair is visibly shocked by the encounter.

Two years later, the horror Surette evoked is all but forgotten, as Dave, his wife Molly and Alafair are vacationing amidst the natural beauty of Montana. But evil, it seems, has followed them into this wild paradise. Someone is stalking Alafair, and Dave begins to suspect that it's Surette - even though he officially died when the prison truck he was being transported in collided with an oil tanker. Is Alafair now the target of one of the most depraved serial killers ever to have been caught, or has she unwittingly crossed paths with a murderous psychopath closer to home?

James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed.A gorgeous prose stylist.Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced.The gentle giant of US crime writers, Burke always ensures that his Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux grapples with hot topics as much as with his own inner demons.There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society.The king of Southern noir.His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly.One of the finest American writers.When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers.Texas-born Burke, a recovering alcoholic, is 77 in a few weeks and richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced ... Spellbinding and dazzlingly observed - if you only buy one crime novel this Christmas make it this oneLight of the World is James Lee Burke's 20th Dave Robicheaux. I cannot think of another writer who has attained such a high standard throughoutJames Lee Burke's legendary detective Dave Robicheaux returns to try to save his daughter from a sadistic killer.

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

www.jamesleeburke.com

James Lee Burke's reputation as a crime fiction giant and an American classic continues to soar.He has won the CWA GOLD DAGGER once and the EDGAR AWARD twice.He always gets stunning reviews.Serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux's daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete's newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom readers met in Burke's most recent bestseller Creole Belle.
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The Double

By George Pelecanos

Every man has his dark side... Spero Lucas confronts his own in an explosive thriller from the writer of the award-winning THE WIRE.

Spero Lucas is a young Iraq war vet now working as a PI in Washington DC. He's hired by a young woman to find a painting she lost after being scammed by a super-smooth con-artist. Spero tracks the painting down, but the con-artist is part of a team of ruthless thugs, and the woman who hired Spero is brutally attacked as a warning to stay away.

The warning doesn't work. Spero is angry and he goes on the offensive, taking out the gang one by one. But where do Spero's remorseless killings sit on the morality scale? Is he defending an innocent woman? Or have his experiences of war turned him into a ruthless killer, no better than the crooks he's up against?

Every man has his dark side... Spero Lucas confronts his own in an explosive thriller from the writer of the award-winning THE WIRE.Few other writers are capable of delivering the same high level of sophistication in the crime-thriller genre and the critics echo this.As ever, the genius is in the characters that George creates, you see the world from their point of view, a world in which there are no simple answers.George Pelecanos is also a writer and producer on the hugely successful American TV shows, THE WIRE and TREME, and is the Executive Producer on BOARDWALK EMPIRE.
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Narrowing the Field

By A.P. McCoy

Everything seems to be going right for brilliant young jockey Duncan Claymore. A career on the up, a beautiful wife, and all the trappings of wealth. But Duncan is haunted by the death of one of his arch-rivals. He may not have pulled the trigger, but he still has blood on his hands.

As Duncan struggles to keep his focus on the job, Michelle O'Brien - a friend and talented fellow jockey - is killed and Duncan knows this was far from a tragic accident. He's never liked William Osborne, but now he will stop at nothing to avenge Michelle's death.

With Duncan's seemingly perfect world starting to come apart at the seams, can he balance his desire for victory on the field with his desire to see justice served?

Murder, rivalry and revenge - the thrilling new novel from record-breaking champion jockey A.P. McCoy.

A. P. McCoy is a record-breaking Northern Irish horse-racing jockey with a series of impressive wins to his name, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George VI Chase and the 2010 Grand National.

McCoy was named BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR in 2010, becoming the first jockey to win the award.

@AP_McCo

Set in the tense, high-stakes world of competitive racing, A. P. McCoy will bring his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world to this brilliant new thriller, featuring a series character that fans will love.A. P. McCoy has an incredible sporting reputation. He won the Grand National in 2010 and in the same year was the first jockey to be named BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR.This will be in the vein of the incredibly successful Dick Francis novels. The most recent Dick Francis and Felix Francis novel, CROSSFIRE, sold over 35,000 hardbacks and over 70,000 paperbacks.Has 252k followers on Twitter.
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Hit Me

By Lawrence Block

The explosive fifth book in the Keller series from the master of classic American crime.

Keller thought he was done killing people for money. He has a new name, a new wife, a new career, and a baby on the way. But old habits die hard.

Business is bad and a phone call is all it takes to draw him back into the old game. This time, his work takes him to Dallas, to settle a domestic dispute; to Florida, where he joins a government witness on a cruise; to Wyoming, where a house has burned down; and to New York, where he lived for so many years. And where people might remember him...

The explosive fifth book in the Keller series from the master of classic American crime.Lawrence Block was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2004. His novel A Walk Among the Tombstones has been adapted for Hollywood - starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens and Ruth Wilson. He is also a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He is the author of many novels and short stories and has won numerous awards for his mystery writing. He lives and works in New York City.Lawrence Block returns to his deadliest hitman in the fifth book in the Keller series.Block is an acknowledged master of the crime genre and recipient of numerous awards.The Keller series showcases his trademark mix of mordant humour and slick plotting.
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Western Approaches

By Graham Hurley

A body. A policeman. Over the edge...
The launch of a stunning crime series from the author of the acclaimed Faraday and Winter novels.

No one liked Jake Kinsey. A rich man, he turned up out of nowhere, acquired Exmouth's trophy penthouse flat, and then bought his way into the local rowing club. And now, after a long fall from his balcony, he's dead.

DS Jimmy Suttle, a newcomer to the Devon and Cornwall force, is the one detective who suspects that Kinsey has been killed - but there is very little evidence.

Left to work alone, Jimmy is all too conscious that time, the pressure of the job, and the wreckage of his private life are lengthening the odds against any kind of result. And with a wife embittered by the move to a remote country cottage, Suttle must gamble his own integrity against the mounting chaos of the lives around him.

Hurley is a giant of British police procedural novels, and with Western Approaches we find an author on top of his game. As good as, if not better than Peter James and Ian Rankin.This is another cracker from Graham Hurley...This is a very good opportunity to climb aboard and savour this writer's very addictive series. Brilliant.Graham Hurley's determination to look the seamy reality full in the face is refreshing because so rare...Hurley's devastating account of Suttle's marriage is one of the best things he has done.Skillfully combining murder mystery and police procedural drama with a West Country travelogue, this is a satisfying read.

A body. A policeman. Over the edge...
The launch of a stunning crime series from the author of the acclaimed Faraday and Winter novels.

Graham Hurley is an award-winning TV documentary maker who now writes full time. He is married and has grown up children. He lived in Portsmouth for 20 years but now lives in Exmouth, Devon.www.grahamhurley.co.ukThe first in a brand new crime series from the author of the highly-acclaimed Faraday and Winter novels.There are 500,000 Faraday and Winter novels in print.The series has become a hit in France where it is being filmed for TV.Faraday TV series is also in development with Tiger Aspect.Graham Hurley has been praised as one of the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY's five best UK crime writers two years running.All his novels have received terrific reviews.
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Cold Cold Heart

By Tami Hoag

Surviving the nightmare is only the beginning...

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she survived the ordeal, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred, racked with bouts of post-traumatic stress disorder and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects: she struggles to recognise family and childhood friends and begins experiencing dark flashbacks. But she's not sure if they're truly memories or side effects of her brain injury.

Dana decides to use her investigative skills to piece together her past and learns of the event that made her become a reporter in the first place: the disappearance of her best friend, Casey Grant, the summer after high school graduation. Looking at her past and the unsolved mystery through the dark filter of her shattered psyche, old friends seem to be suspects, authority figures part of a cover-up. Dana begins to question everything she knows. What is real? What is imagined? Are we defined by what happens to us? And is the truth really something too terrible to be believed?

Deceptively simple, this exploration of memory combined with a clever whodunit makes for an extremely slick thrillerTami Hoag is a master of the suspense writing craftA top-notch psychological thrillerChilling and satisfyingThrilling right from the start! As usual, Tami Hoag writes a great story and you will not be disappointed.A great tale of suspense and danger Cold Cold Heart delivers the goods...this book elevates her to a new levelSurviving the nightmare is only the beginning...

Tami Hoag is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven psychological suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. She leads a double life in Palm Beach County, Florida where she is also known as a top competitive equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage.

Find out more at www.tamihoag.com or follow her on twitter @TamiHoag.

Over 35 million Tami Hoag books in print worldwide - she is a true queen of crime.Tami's novels are pacy, compulsive and utterly chilling.A regular at the top of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller lists, Tami gets rave reviews.
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Two Graves

By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors return with another page-turning adventure thriller.

'Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves' Confucius

In the 91 hours following the brutal kidnapping of his wife, FBI agent Pendergast does everything in his power to find her. But it's too late. And a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York home where he shuts the world out.

Then a string of bizarre murders erupt in Manhattan's hotels, and Pendergast realises they're a deadly message from the kidnappers. Filled anew with vengeful fury, he tracks them to the dark forests of South America, where he is faced with an old evil that threatens the world as we know it...

The authors push all the right buttons for exciting the reader, and know how to knock together a white-knuckle cliffhangerPreston and Child have crafted an electrifying, riveting thriller on which I could continue to heap praise, but instead I will just offer this: Read the book!Fast-paced and action-packed...a clever, high velocity readNEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors return with another page-turning adventure thriller.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the NY Times bestselling co-authors of a string of bestselling action adventure and thriller novels, including the Agent Pendergast and Gideon Crew adventures. Douglas Preston lives on the coast of Maine, while Lincoln Child lives in New Jersey.

Visit www.agentpendergast.com and www.prestonchild.com to find out more.

Preston & Child hit the NEW YORK TIMES No.1 spot for the first time with their last Agent Pendergast novel, COLD VENGEANCE!They are one of the most successful writing duos in the US with their Agent Pendergast series at the top of the charts and the new Gideon Crew series gaining momentum.The film rights for the first title in the Gideon Crew series, GIDEON'S SWORD, have already been sold to Paramount in a high-profile deal.This kind of witty, high-octane adventure thriller - a mixture of the best parts of Dan Brown and James Rollins - shows no sign of slowing in popularity.
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Mission Flats

By William Landay

A Chief of Police who is looking for a way out...a retired cop...and a murder which reaches back 20 years... The brilliant, award-winning novel from the author of DEFENDING JACOB

In a small town in Maine, nothing much happens. Even the Chief of Police, Ben Truman, is thinking about leaving. That is, until he discovers a body in a cabin up by the lake.

The dead man turns out to be a Boston prosecutor who had been investigating a series of gang-related murders. When Truman heads to the city to follow the few leads he has on the case, he is not welcomed by the local police - after all, big city crime is not something he has had any experience with.

But Truman refuses to let go of the case. With the help of a retired cop, he becomes embroiled in an investigation which reaches back to a killing 20 years ago...

A most assured debut, cleverly plotted with an unguessable endingCompelling...marks the blooding of a major new talent, with shades of Scott TurowLanday writes with eloquent intensity...about the no-win ethical choices that can corrupt or otherwise crush a good copAn impressive and constantly surprising debut...the main plot twist knocks you sideways and there's more to come. A marvellous, unexpected novelWhat a read! I was really drawn into the storyline and expected a very different conclusion to the one I got! Fabulous! So many twists and turns and lies it makes you dizzy trying to keep up.In all the best thrillers - and William Landay's, like this new book, are among the best - it is crucial that we worry about the insuperable problems loaded on the shoulders of the central characters. Landay always handles that aspect with authority

A Chief of Police who is looking for a way out...a retired cop...and a murder which reaches back 20 years...
The brilliant, award-winning novel from the author of DEFENDING JACOB

William Landay was an assistant district attorney before he turned to writing. He lives in Boston. Visit his website www.williamlanday.comMISSION FLATS was the winner of a CWA AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL.William Landay's most recent novel, DEFENDING JACOB, spent several weeks on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list.Film rights for DEFENDING JACOB have been optioned by Warner Brothers.His novels have been favourably compared to Scott Turow and John Grisham.MISSION FLATS received outstanding reviews on first publication.
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The Demonologist

By Andrew Pyper

Winner of the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.

The unsettling, unique and utterly compelling new novel from the bestselling author of LOST GIRLS.

Professor David Ullman is a world authority on demonic literature. So when offered a luxury trip to Venice to consult on a 'phenomenon' he accepts, taking his daughter, Tess, with him.

But in Venice, things take a sinister, terrifying turn when a man speaks in the voice of David's dead father, repeating the last words he ever spoke to his son. Then Tess disappears before his eyes.

Yet as she falls into the waters of the Grand Canal, she pleads with her father:

'Find me...'

A stunningly crafted, intelligent and moving horror story ... this is a subtle, revealing exposition of the power of the devil. There is an elegance to the storytelling, and a command of what evil may mean, that lingers with you long after the endEffective, literate, nightmarishGenuinely terrifying, don't-read-late-at-night stuff. Thrilling, compelling and beautifully writtenThe Demonologist is that rare thing - a novel that is both genuinely terrifying and erudite. The research is excellent and lightly worn, the pace and cleverness of the plot thrilling, one of the most exciting works of fiction I've read for some time'The Demonologist is a smart psychological thriller. Carefully crafted, claustrophobic and deeply, deeply creepy'Richly crafted, deliriously scary and compulsively page-turning from beginning to end. Imagine The Exorcist and The Da Vinci Code as penned by Daphne du Maurier. Don't miss this one!As compelling and smoothly chilling a tale as you'll find this year. The Demonologist shows an enormously gifted writer at the top of his game, producing a novel of eerie menace and unique depth. Those of us who write supernatural stories do not throw the names Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty, and Peter Straub around lightly. You'll be hearing all three associated with Mr Pyper soon, and all such comparisons are warranted, the highest praise I can offerA literary horror story that values smarts over scares . . . a book about a father and daughter, and how far a parent will go to protect a childA smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving novel. Pyper's gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writerMilton expert Prof David Ullman finds his paradise has turned into pandemonium and the light is turning into darkness. Pyper knows how to make you afraid, very afraid.The Demonologist is a scarily satisfying read

Winner of the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.

The unsettling, unique and utterly compelling new novel from the bestselling author of LOST GIRLS.

Deeply haunting and utterly compelling, THE DEMONOLOGIST is a powerfully moving tale of darkness and demons from the new master of modern horror, Andrew Pyper.THE DEMONOLOGIST won the coveted International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.From the award-winning author of LOST GIRLS and THE GUARDIANS.LOST GIRLS sold 60,000 copies in paperback alone.It also won the ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD for Best First Novel and is in development to be a film.Andrew Pyper always gets fantastic reviews.Includes Reading Group Notes and a Q&A with the author
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You Will Never Find Me

By Robert Wilson

A daughter gone. A father hunting. Two lives at stake. From the CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD-winning author of CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME. When Charlie Boxer reads this note from his daughter in her empty room, the words only reinforce what he already knows: he's always got his priorities wrong. His ex-wife, DCI Mercy Danquah, and their daughter, Amy, have learned to live without him.

Boxer's work in high-stakes kidnap and recovery has taken him to places from which no man returns unscathed. And Amy has been around enough police business to plan the perfect disappearing act. But what Amy doesn't realise - and Boxer knows only too well - is how quickly a life can fall apart when you're living under the radar.

Charlie follows Amy's tracks from London to Madrid - but will the trail last long enough for him to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the fathers?

"YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME delivers a serious adrenaline rush and a raft of memorable characters."A double plot is always a gamble, because the story lines inevitably become rivals for the reader's interest. Here, there's a clear winner. Although the London kidnapping is typically well researched and replete with strong characters, it can't compete with the more visceral allure of Boxer's search in Madrid for Amy and revenge."Written with Wilson's trademark lucidity and style this is as much a thrilling page-turner as a meditation on loss and what we would do for the ones we love."[A] gripping thriller.A very high-class thriller, as readers expect from Wilson, performed by characters who develop and change realistically in response to events."An absolutely outstanding second book of a new series by an very experienced writer... Strongly recommended."An exceptional page-turner... If you haven't read Robert Wilson before the Charlie Boxer series is a great place to start and I can guarantee you will be diving into his previous work straight after.Robert Wilson ratchets up the pace, ups the ante on the action and keeps you plugged into a story with hidden depths.The London kidnapping is typically well researched and replete with strong characters, it can't compete with the more visceral allure of Boxer's search in Madrid for Amy and revenge.Written with Wilson's trademark lucidity and style, this is as much a thrilling page-turner as a meditation on loss and what we would do for the ones we love.To call this a thriller is to cheapen Wilson's 'tour de force' about this small, dysfunctional group of people who keep each other at arm's length whilst drowning in their own isolation. I was totally consumed by 'You Will Never Find Me' and this level of writing can only be produced by a master of his craft. This is an astonishing and thought provoking novel of the highest order.Wilson is a master thriller writer and he proves it again with his new novel... If you haven't read Robert Wilson before the Charlie Boxer series is a great place to start.A story with hidden depths.A very high-class thriller, as readers expect from Wilson, performed by characters who develop and change realistically in response to events."This fantastic story is a roller coaster of sheer terror and is definitely not one to miss!"An absolute humdinger of a follow up to Capital Punishment... Superbly tense.""The broken family at the heart of this mystery breathes life into this intriguing tale."

A daughter gone. A father hunting. Two lives at stake.
From the CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD-winning author of CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

Robert Wilson has lived and worked around the world, including spells shipbroking, tour-guiding and exporting bathrooms to Nigeria. Eventually, Rob settled in Portugal, and turned to novels. Since then, he's written many acclaimed crime novels including the CWA Gold Dagger award winning A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON and the Falcón series, recently adapted for television. His first novel featuring Charlie Boxer, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT was shortlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award. Find out more at www.robert-wilson.eu.CAPITAL PUNISHMENT introduced a fantastic new character in the shape of Charlie Boxer, kidnap consultant. Now he's back - and this time it's terrifyingly personal.Cowboy Films have optioned the Boxer novels for TV.Robert Wilson won the CWA GOLD DAGGER and CAPITAL PUNISHMENT was shortlisted for the CWA STEEL DAGGER FOR BEST THRILLER.Includes Reading Group Notes and a Q&A with the author.His novels have been translated into 28 languages, and he always receives top-notch reviews:
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A Place of Blood and Bone

By Mark Peterson

A second stunning Brighton-set crime novel featuring DS Minter, from one of the sharpest new voices in British crime writing.

On the surface, John Slade appeared quite normal. But when Martin, a young biochemist, ran a behavioural experiment, he discovered a boy without inhibitions or moral qualms: the perfect subject for a series of experiments Martin had never dared try...

Twenty years later, Brighton is facing a serial killer. DS Minter investigates the most bizarre and disturbing murder of his career; the dismembered body of a local woman dumped on a station platform. And when another body is found, Minter realises he is hunting a brutal killer with an IQ off the scale, the likes of which the city has never seen.

Brighton-based crime thriller that's grittier than sand between your teeth (...) Grips like a tourniquet.A second stunning Brighton-set crime novel featuring DS Minter, from one of the sharpest new voices in British crime writing.

Mark Peterson was born in London and studied Literature at the University of Essex. Mark then worked in PR before choosing to re-train as a teacher.

He returned to university in 2006 to begin an MA in Creative Writing. It was there that he started to write the novel that would become Flesh and Blood, the first in the Minter series.

He now lives in Brighton with his wife and two children.

Mark Peterson is a fresh and original new talent in British crime fiction.The second novel in a Brighton-set crime series.Gritty, compelling and utterly engrossing, this will keep you up all night - GLAMOUR
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Hell's Gate

By Richard Crompton

In a corrupt system, can one man make a difference?

How do you punish a detective who challenges the corrupt elite? Send him to Hell. Detective Mollel has been stationed in a beaten-up town on the edge of Hell's Gate National Park. He hasn't been there long before he senses his new colleagues might have something to hide. And when a body is found in the nearby lake, he realises the local police could be involved in more than just extortion and bribery. But in Hell, nothing is ever as it seems . . .

'A compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed' Ian Rankin on the first Detective Mollel novel, THE HONEY GUIDE

[Crompton] has done something near-miraculous and made the figure of the incorruptible loner-detective fresh again.Can Richard Crompton repeat the excellence of last year's The Honey Guide, his first novel? Few would have considered a Masai warrior turned Kenyan detective as a hugely attractive crime fiction hero. But in Hell's Gate Crompton does it again... Mollel tackles a variety of crimes, including corruption and murder, with a beguiling blend of moroseness, honesty, confusion and astute wisdomHell's Gate is the second of [Crompton's] novels set in Kenya, and is every bit as good as The Honey Guide... Crompton writes with ease about traditional customs and the impact on Kenya of globalisation, creating a vivid portrait of a country struggling to come to terms with modernityRichard Crompton's second novel is a clever and frequently thrilling read... If Nordic noir is joined by its African equivalent at the top of the bestseller charts it may well be due to the reading public discovering Richard Crompton to be one of the most gifted crime writers of his generation.Crompton very much delivers on the promise of his debut, The Honey Guide. This is an excellent police procedural which satisfies everything demanded of the genre... There are plenty of plot twists, and in Mollel we have a compelling protagonist... But what really elevates the book is Crompton's experience as a journalist. He is able to bring depth to the story by examining the difference between the law and justice, not just in everyday Kenyan life, but in international politics and in the way that globalism has not just brought wealth to the poorer countries but also suffering. In short, Hell's Gate is both entertaining and thought-provoking.The struggle between the two sides of [Mollel's] nature makes him an interesting and sympathetic protagonist... The underlying conflicts at work in Kenyan society also become explicit through Mollel's thinking. The tribal divide is still a powerful factor - the Maasai, a tribe whose economy and life is based around their cattle; the Kikuyu, who have adapted better to the influx of Western technology and lifestyle; and the wandering Samburu, amongst others. Add to this the influence of a much richer West, and now the Chinese too, and it is easy to see the temptations and pressures which undermine stability. The picture of Africa is not that of Alexander McCall Smith, and the lack of fairness and justice is a consistently appalling background. Mollel's humanity and touches of humour here and there do, however, lift the mood.'One of the most gifted crime writers of his generation' SHOTS. A woman has been murdered, but no-one knows her name . . .

Richard Crompton is an ex-BBC journalist who moved to East Africa several years ago with his wife, a human rights lawyer who worked on the Rwanda genocide trials. Richard won the DAILY TELEGRAPH SHORT STORY AWARD in 2010.

http://richardcrompton.com

@racrompton

Richard's first novel THE HONEY GUIDE received great reviews across the board and has been championed by Ian Rankin.THE HONEY GUIDE was a Waterstones Book Club choice.First there was tartan noir, then came the Scandinavian crime wave, now Richard Crompton's Nairobi-based Mollel offers crime fans the next must-read sleuth and location.Mollel is a truly unforgettable hero: a former Maasai turned detective, he is the only good man in a corrupt system.
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Duffy

By Dan Kavanagh

The first novel in a darkly humorous London-based crime series featuring bisexual private detective Duffy.

When Brian McKechnie finds his wife attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed by a man with a suspiciously erratic accent, he engages the services of London's most unusual private eye - Duffy.

A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of ticking watches and a love of Tupperware, Duffy is anything but orthodox. But he's street smart, savvy and takes no nonsense from anyone. Intrigued by McKechnie's case and the ineptitude of his ex-colleagues on the police force, Duffy heads to his old patch - the seedy underbelly of Soho - to begin inquiries of his own.

Helped by some shady characters from his past, Duffy discovers that while things have changed in his old stomping ground, the streets are still mean and the crooks walk arm in arm with the blues.

Full to bursting with sex, violence and dodgy dealings, DUFFY is a gripping and entertaining crime novel with a distinctly different and entirely lovable anti-hero.

"Duffy is a wonderfully appealing character who could never be anything but the creation of a top-flight imagination."Funny, sleazy, fast-paced and written with brio"Barnes takes Duffy into the dark underbelly of Soho, with his customary wit."It is bleak, but it is good. Really good.Duffy is not your typical detective - and this is not your typical detective novel. It's gripping, witty and sometimes horrible and hysterical at the same time...Julian Barnes's foray into the crime genre is an absolute riot - and the good news is there are three more reissues featuring Nick Duffy to look forward to over the next 12 months.There is plenty of goodwill for his witty books featuring his bisexual sleuth, even though the lashing of sex and violence are a world away from Barnes' customary endeavors.Exciting, funny and refreshingly nastyThe characterization is exact, the action gripping, and the writing pleasantly ironicDan Kavanagh effortlessly jumped to the top of the crime writer's leagueTreat yourself. One of the most colourful and entertaining English thrillersThe laughs are as many as the gaspsMarvellously aerated by bubbles of Mr Kavanagh's very dry, sly, wide-ranging and Eighties humourThe first novel in a darkly humorous London-based crime series featuring bisexual private detective Duffy.Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo in 1946. Having devoted his adolescence to truancy, venery and petty theft, he left home at 17 and signed on as a deckhand on a Liberian tanker. After jumping ship at Montevideo, he roamed across the Americas taking a variety of jobs: he was a steer-wrestler, a waiter-on-roller-skates at a drive-in eatery in Tucson, and a bouncer in a gay bar in San Francisco. He is currently working in London at jobs he declines to specify, and lives in north Islington.Full to bursting with sex, violence and dodgy dealings, Dan Kavanagh's tetralogy is a gripping and entertaining series with a distinctly different and entirely lovable anti-hero.Dan Kavanagh is the pseudonym of MAN BOOKER PRIZE-winning author, Julian Barnes.The Duffy books have now been optioned for a series by Channel 4.Dan Kavanagh's gripping crime series featuring wonderfully eccentric ex-cop Duffy was published in the 1980s to high acclaim.Orion will reissue this long-out of print series in beautifully packaged demy hardbacks that will appeal to crime lovers and fans of Julian Barnes alike.
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Cape Fear

By John D. MacDonald

'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King

A dark, psychological thriller, first published in 1957 as The Executioners and filmed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro.

Max Cady, a brutal rapist, has been in prison for years, nursing his hatred for the man who put him away, attorney Sam Bowden.

When Cady gets parole, he begins stalking Bowden's family.

As Cady's campaign of terror mounts, the police are powerless to protect the family who must use their wits to survive a psychopath bent on revenge.

My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any 'literature' writer - yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful taleTo diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of TutankhamenA master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King

One of the best-loved and most successful of all the masters of hard-boiled crime and suspense, John D. Macdonald was producing brilliant fiction long after many of his contemporaries had been forgotten, and is still highly regarded today. The Executioners, possibly the best known of his non-series novels, was filmed as Cape Fear in 1962 and 1991, but many of the crime thrillers he produced between 1953 and 1964 are considered masterpieces, and he drew praise from such literary greats as Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King, who declared him to be 'the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller'. His novels are often set in his adopted home of Florida, including those featuring his famous series character Travis McGee, which appeared between 1964 and 1985. He served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and in 1972 was elected a Grand Master, an honour granted only to the greatest crime writers of their generation, including Ross MacDonald, John Le Carré and P. D. James. He won many awards throughout his long career, and was the only mystery writer ever to win the National Book Award, for The Green Ripper.

John D. MacDonald is enjoying a real renaissance at the moment - Transworld are republishing the entire Travis McGee series.Brilliant new cover design to bring the story to a modern audience.Orion are publishing 30 additional John D. MacDonald titles on the Murder Room list.Cape Fear has been adapted twice for film - most recently in 1991 by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert de Niro.
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The Prophecy of Bees

By R.S. Pateman

Moving to Stagcote Manor was meant to be a fresh start for Lindy and her teenage daughter Izzy. A chance at a new life in the country after things went so wrong in London. But for Izzy it is a prison sentence.

There's something about the house that she can't quite put her finger on. Something strange and unnerving. As Izzy begins to explore the manor and the village beyond its walls, she discovers the locals have a lot of bizarre superstitions and beliefs. Many of them related to the manor . . . and those who live there.

When Izzy begins to investigate the history of the estate, her unease deepens to fear as the house's chilling past finally comes to light.

The Prophecy of Bees is a tense, gripping psychological suspense novel that explores the dark power of superstition and folklore.

A modern twist on an old-fashioned horror story, this sinister tale brims with superstitionGripping and atmospheric . . . a well-plotted and captivating page-turner'Horror meets psychological thriller in a book that could keep you wide-eyed all night'For fans of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and GONE GIRL, the gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of THE SECOND LIFE OF AMY ARCHER.

R.S. Pateman has been a copywriter working with some of the UK's largest ad agencies and companies. He lives in London.

Find out more at www.rspateman.com and follow R.S. Pateman on Twitter @rspateman

A gripping thriller that plays to exactly where the market is right now.R.S. Pateman is a talented writer and an exciting new voice in British psychological suspense.
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The Cold Dish

By Craig Johnson
The first book in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series, featuring Sheriff Walt LongmireSet in the contemporary West, the books and the show (filmed in New Mexico) delve into topical issues such as poverty, human trafficking, polygamy, fracking and, frequently, the still uneasy relationship between whites and Native Americans.Will delight readers of crime westerns, fans of CJ Box, and the popular TCM/5USA series Longmire, based on Craig Johnson's series.This TV tie-in edition accompanies Season 3 of Longmire, based on several of the Craig Johnson books, airing in May and June 2015 on 5USA.Author is hugely popular in the US; a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous awards.18,000 ebooks sold through The Murder Room.