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Amnesia Peter Carey
November 2014 Book of the Month.
A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a... Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
Closer Than You Think Karen Rose
November 2014 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes crime with romance and rattles along at a cracking pace. It is long... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
World of Trouble The Last Policeman Book III Ben H. Winters
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2014 Book of the Month.
The final volume in THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy reaches a melancholy and moving end. A subtle combination of police thriller and science fiction, this trilogy... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/07/2014
The Amber Fury Natalie Haynes
November 2014 Debut of the Month.
Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
A Last Act of Charity Frank Westworth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A fast-paced, high-powered thriller featuring a Jack Reacher with balls of added steel character who was once a contract killer for the army and rides a mighty motorcycle... Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
Confidentially Yours Charles Williams
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
By a long arm, the reprint of the month. Charles Williams was, alongside Jim Thompson and David Goodis, one of the savage poets of the noir heyday (DISCLAIMER:... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Brainquake Samuel Fuller
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
The legendary macho American film director of THE NAKED KISS, PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET and many other brutalist thrillers and war movies also enjoyed a career as... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2014
The Queen's Man Rory Clements
It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal servant Boltfoot on a mission to his home town, Stratford-on-Avon, to investigate a conspiracy to free Mary Queen of Scots. The conflict between... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
Vendetta Dreda Say Mitchell
A terrific murder mystery full of twists and turns. Undercover cop McDonagh wakes up in a London hotel with a gunshot wound in his head, a dead woman in the bathroom and no memory. Fantastic, now you’re hooked and here... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
The Green Door Christopher Bowden
An absorbing and stimulating read with a slightly supernatural chill. Barrister Clare needs to keep her well known level head and her mettle about her when a meeting with a clairvoyant leads her to research her own family history. Clare... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Betrayers David Bezmozgis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A fascinating departure for Bezmozgis who had quickly established itself as a superior chronicler of Jewish immigration to North America and now turns his talents to an ambiguous... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
The Axeman's Jazz Ray Celestin
Winner of the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014.
New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes ...New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014.
Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning... Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
The Art of Robert E. McGinnis Robert E McGinnis
Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's, James Bond films (seven of them), Barbarella (starring Jane Fonda), The Odd Couple, and Cotton Comes to Harlem.... Format: Hardback - Released: 05/12/2014
Of Cops & Robbers Mike Nicol
South African crime fiction is definitely on the up. Following the breakthrough of Deon Meyer, Lauren Beukes and Margie Orford, it's about time the superlative talent of Mike Nicol should also be recognised. His 'Revenge' trilogy, which... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
A Man Lies Dreaming Lavie Tidhar
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one of the most challenging and rewarding. It's 1939 in London and the Nazis never came... Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
Girl Seven Hanna Jameson
Jameson's London Underground series began explosively with her CWA Dagger shortlisted Something You Are which fizzled with energy and dark undertones. Her new novel is similarly turbo-charged, the tale of a young woman's bittersweet revenge for the death... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Hope to Die (Alex Cross 22) James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family - his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children - have been ripped... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
A Twist of the Knife Peter James
With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins ...From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Flesh and Blood Patricia Cornwell
No.1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta-a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic sleuth herself. It's Chief Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta's birthday,... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
For Valour Andy McNab
When a young trooper is shot in the head at the Regiment's renowned Killing House, Nick Stone is perfectly qualified to investigate the mysterious circumstances more deeply. He has just returned from Moscow - still trying to come to terms... Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
Don't Look Back Erica Spindler
Ten years ago, Kat McCall left her home town in Louisiana after being accused of murdering her sister. Now, despite the fact there are those in the town who are still convinced of her guilt, she has returned, determined to... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
The Kill Jane Casey
Their job is to investigate crime - not become the victims...A killer is terrorising London but this time the police are the targets. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of brutal attacks on fellow officers, Maeve Kerrigan and her boss... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
The Suicide Club Andrew Williams
For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells the dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
The Zig Zag Girl Elly Griffiths
Brighton, 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's.... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Tell Me You're Sorry Kevin O'Brien
First you'll say you're sorry...then you'll say goodbye. A family is wiped out after a burglary gone wrong. An executive accused of embezzling kills himself and his loved ones. A house fire claims the lives of all its inhabitants. Three... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Portrait of a Man Georges Perec
Gaspard Winckler, master forger, is trapped in a basement studio on the outskirts of Paris, with his paymaster's blood on his hands. The motive for this murder? A perversion of artistic ambition. After a lifetime lived in the shadows, he... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Nos4r2 Joe Hill
Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business. Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland...NOS4R2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Murder 101 Faye Kellerman
The gripping new crime novel in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman. Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus have moved from the chaos of L.A. to upstate New York,... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
Most Wanted Chris Ryan
The third book in the Chris Ryan Extreme series. Disavowed. No one can escape their past forever. Ex-SAS operator John Bald knows that better than most. So when the Firm corners Bald in Kazakhstan with a promise to wipe the... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
The Lion's Mouth Anne Holt
Less than six months after taking office, the Norwegian Prime Minister is found dead. She has been shot in the head. But was it a politically motivated assassination or personal revenge? The death shakes the country to its core. The... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Let Me Go Chelsea Cain
Detective Archie Sheridan just has to get through the next few days, then his birthday and Halloween will be over. But with escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, the investigation into the murder of a DEA agent demanding... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
Keep Quiet Lisa Scottoline
One decision. One family's future in ruins. When Jake Buckman decides to let Ryan, his sixteen-year-old son practice driving home along a deserted street, he has no idea of the deadly consequences. But in the darkness of night, a runner... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
I Let You Go Clare Mackintosh
A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Dying for Christmas Tis the Season to be Dead Tammy Cohen
I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there'll be no... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
Dead Man Walking Paul Finch
The fourth unputdownable book in the DS Mark Heckenburg series. A spine-tingling, suspenseful read for fans of Stuart MacBride and Luther, from the #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch. Beware the stranger in the night...Consigned to a remote valley in the... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
A Darkness Descending - A Mystery in Florence Christobel Kent
The secret world of a murder victim leads detective Sandro Cellini to uncover the hidden life of a woman consumed by a deadly obsessionWhen the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement collapses at a rally, his young party... Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
Cop Town Karin Slaughter
As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Written in the Blood Stephen Lloyd Jones
High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer. A promise. Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Home Run Gerald Seymour
Mattie Furniss has run British Intelligence agents in Iran from his desk in London for two decades. But when he is ordered to the country himself, it is clear that times are desperate. One of Furniss' key informants and close... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Glory Boys Gerald Seymour
THE TARGET: Israel's leading nuclear scientist, giving a lecture in London. THE ASSASSIN: A Palestinian terrorist, the lone survivor of a three-man hit squad ambushed by Israeli Intelligence in France while on their way to London. THE MERCENARY: Ciaran McCoy,... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Archangel Gerald Seymour
When British Intelligence asks Michael Holly, a mechanical engineer, to run an errand for them in the Soviet Union, the consequences of capture are never mentioned. But what seems a simple handover carries unimaginable risks, and now Holly is facing... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Missing You Harlan Coben
It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her.... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Untouchable Gerald Seymour
Albert Packer is the supreme baron of London crime, ruling his domain with a ruthless fist and thinking of himself as the Untouchable. As yet another criminal case against him collapses, Packer turns his attention to expanding his heroin empire... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Contract Gerald Seymour
When a young Russian fakes his own death and defects from East Germany, his interrogators discover that his father, Otto Guttman, is a leading scientist working on Soviet missile systems. The British authorities need to persuade Otto to join his... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Gray Mountain John Grisham
The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds, and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal belt tightening. Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at... Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
Hunt the Jackal Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
An action-packed military thriller for fans of Chris Ryan and Andy McNab. When a Senator's wife and teenage daughter are kidnapped, Crocker and SEAL Team Six are sent to the cities of Mexico and the jungles of South and Central... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
Friends to Die For Hilary Bonner
Friends: can you really trust them? The next thrilling novel from Hilary Bonner. A group of friends living in London's Covent Garden are subjected to the whims of a dangerous prankster. At first, whilst disturbing, the tricks are funny. But... Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Dead Can Wait Robert Ryan
Deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks...Dr John Watson is back home, fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields. The horrors of war weigh heavy on his mind, and now his task is to... Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Better off Dead Tom Wood
Victor is the face in the crowd you don't see, a perfect assassin with nothing to live for. But when an old friend turns to him for help, he finds he can't refuse. For once his objective isn't to kill,... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
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The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes
Winner of the Best Horror Novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2014.
Breathtakingly chilling, this is written so convincingly the fact that there is a time-travelling serial killer seems completely...
The Forbidden Tomb Chris Kuzneski
The Hunters are back for an exhilarating new adventure in their quest to recover the lost treasure of the modern world...What will they find this time?
Someone Else's Skin Sarah Hilary
A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS Noah Jake, a splendid duo. Their case is...
Fourth of July Creek Smith Henderson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A splendid and gripping slice of deep Americana, this extremely powerful first novel parachutes its author to the...
Midnight Crossroad Charlaine Harris
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then,...
Her Last Whisper Karen Robards
Now she's determined to stick to research - and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the 'Cinderella...
The Edge of the Water Elizabeth George
On Whidbey Island, secrets never stay buried. A mysterious girl who won't speak; a coal-black seal named Nera that returns to the same place every year; a bitter feud of...
Silencer (Nick Stone Book 15) Andy McNab
Nick Stone has always kept his job as ex-SAS trouble shooter at arms' length from his home life. But when his son falls dangerously ill and the doctor who saves...
Truth or Dare Tania Carver
Darren Richards opened his eyes to find himself duct-taped to a chair with a crossbow pointing at him. Behind the crossbow is a hooded figure wearing a black-faced, round-eyed gas...
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this...
No Safe House Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month.
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It...
The October List Jeffery Deaver
You wait, desperately, for news of your daughter. At last, the door opens. But it is not the negotiators, or the FBI. It is her kidnapper. And he has a...
Don't Look Back Gregg Hurwitz
October 2014 Book of the Month.
Fantastic from start to finish. Real edge-of-your-seat stuff. In the prologue Theresa is spying on a man...
You Caroline Kepnes
Gone Girl meets Fatal Attraction in Caroline Kepnes' You, a chilling account of the twisted psychology behind unrelenting passion. When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe...
The Beast in the Jungle Louis Bayard
April 1914. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit have embarked on a dangerous expedition down an uncharted river in the Brazilian Amazon. Threatened as they are by...
Bellman & Black Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC)....
The Burning Mind M. G. Gardiner
The Burning Mind is the new thriller from the acclaimed Edgar Award-winning writer, M. G. Gardiner. Harper Flynn nearly died when gunmen attacked the L.A. club where she worked. A...
Cross My Heart (Alex Cross 21) James Patterson
Alex Cross' whole world is crashing down around him. He has been hunted, stalked like prey, his predator priming himself for the kill. Cross has devoted his life to protecting...
Dead Lions Mick Herron
London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The 'slow horses,' as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in...
Deadline John Sandford
Special Investigator Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension uncovers his most complex case to date.
Fear Nothing Lisa Gardner
Heart-racing suspense and irresistable characters from the bestselling author of TOUCH & GO, CATCH ME, LOVE YOU MORE and many others. If your family are killers, what are you? They...
The Gray Man Mark Greaney
To those who lurk in the shadows, he's known as the Gray Man. He is a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible...
I'll be Watching You Beverly Barton
With the suspense of Karen Rose, and the sensual thrills of Sylvia Day, this is an addictive story of forbidden love and cold-blooded revenge. Not for the faint-hearted' CLOSER Ella,...
The Moon Pool Sophie Littlefield
North Dakota is like nowhere Colleen has ever seen. Vast rolling plains of silvery snow, studded with shimmering black pools, lit by occasional flares of orange light. It is a...
The New Collected Short Stories Jeffrey Archer
This edition brings together three of Jeffrey Archer's classic collections of short stories: To Cut a Long Story Short, Cat O' Nine Tales and And Thereby Hangs a Tale, showcasing...
Consumed David Cronenberg
The debut novel by the iconic film director. Stylish and tech-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic...
Dark Tides Chris Ewan
This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of...
The Good Life Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month.
Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never...
Night After Night Phil Rickman
Contains scenes some viewers may find disturbing...Leo Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. But, as the head of an independent production company, he does believe in high-impact TV. Defford hires journalist...
The Red Eagles David Downing
World War II is nearly over. For the Russians, the enemy is no longer Nazi Germany, but the American behemoth that threatens to topple the Communist revolution.Deep within the...
The Sandman Lars Kepler
This is a powerhouse of a read, it will tempt and cajole you into reading faster and faster, the last page will whisper seductively to you but hold...
Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson
A stylish, gripping and surprising thriller, which is now a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Christine suffers from a strange amnesia which means that each day starts afresh...
Beloved Enemy Eric Van Lustbader
The Secretary of Homeland Security has been shot dead at his home in Washington. The last man to see him alive? Special Agent Jack McClure. Secretary Denis Paull had information...
The Hunter's Oath Jason Dean
She was attacked and left for dead. Amy Philmore knows something is wrong as she walks home alone through Fort George Hill in Upper Manhattan. When a car pulls up...
The Long Fall Julia Crouch
How far would you go to protect your secrets? Greece, 1980 Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander....
Red Rising Pierce Brown
Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in this, the first in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice. Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women...
The Skeleton Road Val McDermid
When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the...
Storm Front John Sandford
In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an...
The Taxidermist's Daughter Kate Mosse
Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the...
The Tower Alessandro Gallenzi
In the near present day a British and an Italian researcher are offered more money than they can refuse to travel to Jordan and investigate some manuscripts that have gone...
Trust in Me Sophie Mckenzie
The bestselling author of Close My Eyes returns with a chilling psychological thriller. Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years...
Buried Angels Camilla Lackberg
This is a huge, complex, dark Swedish psychological thriller which you need to pay attention to in order to sort out the names if nothing else! It gives you a...
The Madness of July James Naughtie
A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to be announced. There are several candidates who must be whistle clean. A mid-ranking...
Damage Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month.
The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010....
A Trick of the Mind Penny Hancock
Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she's newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. The life she's always dreamed of...
Dark Road Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Ian Rankin might have taken a year off from writing novels, but this second offering (following his collection...
Monument to Murder Mari Hannah
HE SELECTS. THEY DIE ...When skeletal remains are found beneath the fortified walls of an ancient castle on Northumberland's rugged coastline, DCI Kate Daniels calls on a forensic anthropologist to...