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This Month's Featured Books

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
Crimson Lake
Candice Fox
May 2017 Debut of the Month. Sharp, clever Australian crime thriller constructed around the compelling set-up of Detective Ted Conkaffey being accused - but not convicted - of the abduction, rape and strangulation of a thirteen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Girlhood by Cat Clarke
Girlhood
Cat Clarke
In a Nutshell: School life, suspense, and stepping from the shadows of grief and guilt An emotionally-charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller in which a young woman experiences a rollercoaster ride of guilt, grief and complex friendships. Twin sisters Harper and Jenna had...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Reconciliation for the Dead by Paul E. Hardisty
Reconciliation for the Dead
Paul E. Hardisty
This third explosive political page-turner featuring Claymore Straker sees the justice-driven protagonist back in South Africa testifying before Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Gripping disclosures reveal why Clay was discharged as a paratrooper some fifteen years earlier, in 1980,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/05/2017
Burning Angels by Bear Grylls
Burning Angels
Bear Grylls
Fresh from fighting death in Ghost Flight, Will Jaeger - The Hunter - returns for his second high-octane adventure.1942, and SS Lieutenant Herman Wirth uncovers an ancient body in a Greenland glacier. But, considering its monstrous state,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey
Hunting the Hangman
Howard Linskey
A truly fascinating and totally engrossing read about the assassination plot against one of the most feared and hideous Nazi leaders of the Second World War. This may be classed as a work of fiction, yet this is seeped, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
A most unexpected, if gripping thriller from the author of the much-admired Last Policeman trilogy. The book takes place in an America where the Civil War came to a different conclusion and agreements were fudged to divide the country into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming
Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the third in the ‘Thomas Kell’ series, yet my first, and I found it could be read perfectly as a standalone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith
Pharaoh
Wilbur Smith
From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller, Wilbur Smith, is at the very peak of his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell
The Flame Bearer
Bernard Cornwell
The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai
This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt...

The Auction by Justin Scott

The Auction
Justin Scott
In this blockbuster thriller from No.1 New York Times bestseller Justin Scott, one agent confronts the Russians, kidnappers, and the CIA, to rescue the most influential man in history.

Deadly Game by Matt Johnson

Deadly Game
Matt Johnson
An enthralling and credible police thriller, this is the second in the ‘Robert Finlay’ series, and another humdinger of a read. Finlay is on a new team investigating the sex-slave...

The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

The Cutthroat
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
The latest action-packed historical blockbuster featuring Isaac Bell, from Sunday Times bestseller Clive Cussler. Women are being brutally murdered all over America ...it's going to take an extraordinary mind to...

War Cry by Wilbur Smith, David Churchill

War Cry
Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
A love story in the time of heroes, War Cry is the latest breathtaking episode in Wilbur Smith's epic account of one beloved family. In a triumphant return to his...

The Harrowing by James Aitcheson

The Harrowing
James Aitcheson
1066, The Norman Conquest: Five strangers. Five secrets. No refuge. No turning back. Priest, Lady, Servant, Warrior, Minstrel: each has their own story; each their own sin. As enemies past...

A Hero in France by Alan Furst

A Hero in France
Alan Furst
Still set against Furst's familiar background of the dark years of WW2, this new offering full of treachery and intrigue for once eschews the tropes of espionage and restricts itself...

The One Man by Andrew Gross

The One Man
Andrew Gross
Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944 and the American nuclear programme is stalling and the...

An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich

An Honorable Man
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An assured cold war thriller set in the 1950s in paranoiac Washington D.C. at the height of the McCarthy hearings. The...

Sand by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Sand
Wolfgang Herrndorf
This is a darkly sophisticated literary thriller from a master storyteller and star of the German literary scene. North Africa, 1972. While the world is reeling from the massacre of...

Conclave by Robert Harris

Conclave
Robert Harris
The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Man
Gregg Hurwitz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the initial, bestselling book of the series, ORPHAN X, Hurwitz introduced Evan Smoak, a cross between Jason Bourne and...

Spook Street by Mick Herron

Spook Street
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Herron's Slough House series just keeps on getting better and better, both on the sly humorous front and with the Machiavellian...

The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim

The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having now resigned and...

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George

The Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George
In part inspired by a desire to redress how Nero “has suffered badly at the hands of popular culture,” as the author notes in the novel’s afterword, this epic, expansive...

Agents of the State by Mike Nicol

Agents of the State
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his grittily realistic South African set cop procedurals, Mike Nicol relaunches himself as an outstanding purveyor of the...

SS-GB by Len Deighton

SS-GB
Len Deighton
A special edition of Deighton's classic thriller, the first and certainly greatest 'what-if?' novel about the Second World War, to tie in with the new major BBC series starring Sam...

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