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There are quirky detectives and there are even quirkier sleuths, but Claire DeWitt is the most bizarre and endearing of them all. As a teenager she came across a bizarre detection manual by an apocryphal early 20th century French master detective and set herself up as a modern incarnation of Nancy Drew alongside a close friend, who later disappeared. Her whole life since has followed the enigmatic rules of the book. Following her introduction in CITY OF THE DEAD in which a case in New Orleans unfolded in the most surreal way, she is now back in San Francisco and more than ever struggling with her inner devils, drugs and the presence of the past. Colourful cohorts and a zen-like approach to investigative work characterise her progress through a devious plot with hidden treasures, thrills and surprises, but more than the actual meandering story, it is this most unique sleuthette who will stay in your mind for a long time. I can't wait for her next case and secretly hope against hope she will find some form of peace.
A great story, very hard to put down but just a bit too long for a one-sitting read which it deserves. It concerns a rich American family with parental and financial secrets. Our narrator, Mabel, is not of their world. She comes from a poor background and is a college chum of the daughter. She is invited to spend the summer with the extended family on their luxurious estate. It is the patriarch’s sister who approaches Mabel to expose her monstrous brother for she believes the Van Gogh in the main house to be hers. She gives Mabel an old diary where, she says, the truth lies. The diary goes back to the 1920s and there are a lot of ‘truths’ to expose! Great stuff.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. The first in a new series featuring attorney turned writer Penn Cage who Iles first introduced in The Quiet Game, though you don’t need to have read it or anything else by Iles to be completely engaged by Natchez Burning. A long but truly gripping thriller that pulls no punches as it delves back into Mississippi’s deep rooted racial divides as Cage must uncover dark secrets from the Sixties and face up to some troubling truths if he’s to clear his father of the murder he’s accused of. Iles was born and lives in Natchez and this is a brilliantly detailed and paced tour de force.
This is the chilling new Will Trent thriller from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Criminal. Special Agent Will Trent has something to hide. Something he doesn't want Dr Sara Linton - the woman he loves - to find out. He's gone undercover in Macon, Georgia and put his life at risk. And he knows Sara will never forgive him if she discovers the truth. But when a young patrolman is shot and left for dead Sara is forced to confront the past and a woman she hoped never to see again. And without even knowing it, she becomes involved in the same case Will is working on. Soon both of their lives are in danger.
'Please don't let anything bad have happened to her, please don't let anything have happened to my baby…' Marcus and Lena Fulford are the envy of their friends. Wealthy, attractive and successful, the couple, with their strikingly beautiful teenage daughter Amy, seem settled and content. But appearances mask a strained relationship almost at breaking point. Marcus's latest business venture has failed, draining Lena, the major breadwinner, dry. Putting Amy into weekly boarding school and striving to get her own career back on its feet, Lena remains alone in the luxurious family house as her marriage heads towards as amicable a divorce as she and Marcus can muster, and joint custody of their only child. So when Amy arranges a sleepover with a school friend one weekend, neither parent sees the need to be in touch with her. Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning pass before Lena - seething from her first, unexpectedly confrontational, meeting with Marcus's divorce lawyer - phones Amy. Straight to Amy's voicemail. She must be in lessons. Lena sends a text. She waits. No reply, no contact whatsoever. It is only when Amy is reported missing from school and her friend's mother reveals that, instead of staying with them, Amy was visiting her father - a fact vehemently denied by Marcus - that Lena contacts the police. Her daughter has not been seen since Saturday afternoon. As the police intensify their enquiries, their reassurances that Amy will be found safe and well begin to sound increasingly hollow. DI Victor Reid, in charge of the case, fears the worst - abduction or murder. A family under constant police and press scrutiny, a father who has seemingly lied about his alibi for the weekend, a mother whose perfect world is crumbling beneath her feet, a detective under pressure from his impatient superiors to deliver a result, the length of time that Amy has been missing gathering speed… all conspire to make Lynda La Plante's latest thriller her most tense and terrifying yet. Where is Amy? Is she alive or dead? Lies and betrayal mount as the hunt for a missing girl becomes a search for a body…
June 2014 Book of the Month. An old case of suicide is reopened in the light of new information, albeit from a dubious source. Anna Travis, La Plante’s popular series character, is joined by an overbearing, self-opinionated FBI agent, Jessie Dewar, and the case becomes complicated. Then they have to ditch it to go on a pre-planned FBI training course in America! Naturally Travis returns to do what she does best and uncovers a network of incest, theft and poisoning, duplicity and more in another thoroughly satisfying read. A superb book. Click here to view Lynda La Plante's new book, Twisted, out in hardback in June 2014.
The gripping sequel to the million-downloaded The One You Love. Emma Holden and her friends are trying to move on from the horrific events surrounding Dan's kidnap, when a shocking revelation drags them back into the nightmare and forces them to question everything they once believed to be true. More secrets will be revealed, more lies will be told, and more lives under threat. An extended version of the self-published novella, with more secrets, more tension and more drama
Harry is on a special mission Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It's clear that the Ambassador's family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk. He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated. The man who gave him the tape goes missing, and Harry realises that failing to solve a murder case is by no means the only danger that faces the unwary. But in an unfamiliar city, who can you trust?
Ghost Ship is the latest action-packed novel in the No 1 New York Times-bestselling Numa Files series from the grand master of adventure, Clive Cussler. When Kurt Austin is injured while rescuing the passengers and crew of a sinking yacht, he wakes up with conflicting memories of what he saw. Did he witness an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain - yet - Kurt doesn't trust either version of his recollection. Determined to seek out the truth, his hunt for answers soon descends him into a shadowy world of state-sponsored cybercrime, where he uncovers a pattern of suspicious accidents, vanishing scientists and a web of human trafficking. Now, he must take on the sinister organization behind this conspiracy, facing off against them from Morocco to North Korea to the rugged coasts of Madagascar. But where this highly dangerous quest will ultimately take him, even he could not begin to guess...Clive Cussler, author of recent New York Times bestsellers The Tombs, Poseidon's Arrow, and The Striker brings us the knuckle-whitening doomsday materpiece, Ghost Ship. Praise for Clive Cussler: Clive Cussler is hard to beat . (Daily Mail). The guy I read . (Tom Clancy). The adventure king . (Daily Express). Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt[registered] adventures, such as Crescent Dawn; the Numa[registered] Files adventures, the Oregon Files, such as The Jungle; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the Fargo Adventures series, most recently The Mayan Secrets. He lives in Arizona.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendid and gripping slice of deep Americana, this extremely powerful first novel parachutes its author to the forefront of of the literary scene. When a social worker with problems of his own comes upon an almost feral boy in the Montana emptiness, he is also faced with his survivalist father and a profound shaking up of his convictions and his own view of the world. Confrontation ensues and once the FBI get involved and a massive manhunt is set in motion, all hell breaks loose and no one will emerge untaited. A disturbing portrait of the bleak underside of the American dream, this is a panoramic headlong plunge into muddy waters and a world next door many of us would rather ignore. Sarah Broadhurst's view... Rural Montana in the 80s. Pete Smith is a young social worker with huge problems of his own. In attempting to return a near-feral lad to his family he becomes obsessed with the reclusive mountain people fearing the end of the world. All the way through this impressive book Pete is rescuing children from dysfunctional homes. The tale is told in a gentle rural vernacular that sings. Beside it is an interview or confession questioning his daughter’s reaction to we know not what. These sections build the mystery. It is an amazing book, multi-layered, hypnotic, compulsive and beautifully written. A big American novel not to be missed.
Original Swedish crime stories from the masters of Nordic noir including a never before published story by Stieg Larsson. Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his bestselling Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, readers have devoured this dark and compelling genre. Now the nation's best crimewriters have been brought together to form the first ever anthology of Swedish crime. Contributors include: - Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. - Henning Mankell, creator of Wallander. - Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall, creators of Martin Beck. - Eva Gabrielsson, writer and thirty-year partner to Stieg Larsson.
The cops aren't getting anywhere so Jack Nightingale's nemesis, Superintendent Chalmers, asks him for help. Nightingale discovers that the murdered Goths had one thing in common: a tattoo connected to the secretive Satanic child-sacrificing cult called the Order of Nine Angles. As Nightingale closes in on the killers, the tables are turned and he finds himself in the firing line, along with his friends and family. The Order will stop at nothing to protect their secrets and Nightingale realises that there is nothing he can do to protect himself. Nor can he run, for the Order has connections across the world. It leaves him with only one way to stop the carnage - and that's to take his own life ...
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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