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All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
THE REDEMPTION opens in the world's most oppressive and isolated totalitarian state: Albania in the 1970s. A prisoner suspected of being an enemy agent is held by state security. An unsettling presence, he maintains an eerie silence though subjected to unimaginable torture. He escapes - and on the way to freedom, completes a mysterious mission. The prisoner is Dimiter, the American 'agent from hell'. The scene shifts to Jerusalem, focusing on Hadassah Hospital and a cast of unusual characters. All become enmeshed in a series of baffling, inexplicable deaths, until events explode in a surprising climax.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2011. Further explorations of the dark side of Swedish society with a particularly brutal and vivid touch. An undercover cop is sent to a high security prison to investigate a drug-related murder. But all is not what it seems and a gallery of grotesques soon joins the dance in a plot that circles many times on itself and always comes up with the unexpected. The authors are a duo of investigative journalist and actual ex-criminal, so familiar with the dark side. CWA Judges’ comments: ‘The Swedish duo’s usual maverick cop takes a back seat to a riveting exploration of a deniable operation involving an undercover agent deep inside a criminal organisation. Their new character, doomed to betrayal by political manoeuvring, fights for his life with great intelligence and courage.’ February 2011 Book of the Month. A "Piece of Passion" from the Publisher... "Roslund and Hellstrom's Three Seconds offers readers as tense and gripping, edge of seat experience as any novel I can remember reading. And a last twist that defies expectations and leaves the reader wrung out like an old dishcloth. It's what the very best thrillers can do.Like Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Three Seconds starts in a pretty leisurely way and you have to be patient and find your way into this dangerous and terrifying world. Once there you find that the authors don't complicate matters - you are with the hero each step; you will find out why he has a way with tulips and what purpose he has with library books which no-one else will ever borrow, once he gets into the vicious Aspas high security prison.I heard about these authors when their agent gave me a copy of their first novel to be translated into English and persuaded me to commission a translation of Three Seconds, which was just about to be published in Sweden. After some indecision we took the plunge and watched R&H become the true successors to Mankell and Larsson as their new novel dominated the bestseller lists and critical heights of the Scandinavian press. And when the wonderful translation from Kari Dickson came in we felt intoxicated - with the book, with the potential of the book, with the authors whom we had met and knew would be great advocates of Three Seconds and the knowledge that for Quercus, Swedish crime would not end with the incomparable Larsson." - Jon Riley, Editor at Quercus Books
Read the book before seeing the film. John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him. But you can't run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about - and who care about him. Never in John's short life has there been space for friendship, or even love. But it's just a matter of time before John's secret is revealed. He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next... Click here for details of the I am Number Four Facebook page.
Europe is still littered with the darkest secrets of the Cold War. And the most deadly revelation of them all is about to be made! Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for a book that could set his career back on track. He has staggering new information about an unknown sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring -- a man who has evaded detection for his entire life. But when his source suddenly dies, Gaddis is left with just shreds of his investigation, and no idea that he is already in too deep. He is threatened, betrayed, hunted -- and alone. To get his life back, he must scour a continent still laced with lies to find the truth behind the Trinity Six. Both Moscow and MI6 will use everything in their power to keep their fragile peace intact. But why murder people to hide secrets that should by now be history? Gaddis starts to understand -- far too late -- that he is closing in on a discovery that will shake Europe to its foundations!
Amid Iceland's wild, volcanic landscape, rumours swirl of an eight-hundred-year-old manuscript inscribed with a long-lost saga about a ring of terrible power. A rediscovered saga alone would be worth a fortune, but, if the rumours can be believed, there is something much more valuable about this one. Something worth killing for. Something that will cost Professor Agnar Haraldsson his life. Untangling murder from myth is Iceland-born, Boston-raised homicide detective Magnus Jonson. Seconded to the Icelandic Police Force for his own protection after he runs afoul of a drug cartel back in Boston, Magnus also has his own reasons for returning to the country of his birth for the first time in nearly two decades - the unsolved murder of his father. And as Magnus is about to discover, the past casts a long shadow in Iceland. Binding Iceland's landscape and history, secrets and superstitions in a strikingly original plot that will span several volumes,
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. SERGEANT GUNNHILDUR - The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik's police sergeant into deep waters. While the majority of Nordic cops are rather dour, this provincial female cop is a breath of fresh air as she dives headlong into a corrupt and very male world with a sassy drive to succeed. Hopefully the first of many cases for her. February 2011 Book of the Month. The Lovereading view... Murder, corruption and financial meltdown in Iceland from an author whose intimate knowledge of the recent upheavals there packs a real punch. Meticulously constructed its key protagonist female police sargeant Gunnhildur must leave a quiet safe backwater of her local community and into a hostile world where dealing, double dealing, shady deals and violence are the order of the day.
January 2011 Book of the Month. Incredibly suspenseful but much more than that Lisa Gardner has a superb way of slowly turning the screw as she reveals more of the powerful story as it thickens towards the eventual brilliant denouement. Characterisation in particular Danielle, the key protagonist is absolutely top notch. Existing fans may well be surprised as this thriller is a little different to previous ones but that's to say it's no less action packed and heart-stopping and for those new to Lisa Gardner's thrillers then go for it. D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell
February 2011 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 27 January 2011. The search to expose the ancient - and deadly - secrets of Christianity continues in this stunning follow-up to The Last Templar. An urgent, pulse-pounding manhunt will take Reilly and Tess from Jordan to Vatican City, Istanbul and the otherwordly landscapes and underground cave-cities of Cappadocia, Turkey, as they follow the bloodsoaked trail of their enemy in a bid to unlock long buried secrets.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011. January 2011 Book of the Month. Two young women are both found dead with inexplicable puncture wounds, drowned in their own blood. The Oslo police can make no headway in their investigations. It's time to call in Inspector Harry Hole... A heart-stopping thriller from the bestselling author of The Snowman, The Leopard is an international phenomenon that will grip you until the final page. 'Piece of Passion from Briony Everroad, Jo Nesbo's Editor at Harvill Secker' ‘After the fantastic climax of The Snowman, I wasn't sure where Jo Nesbo would take Inspector Harry Hole next. But he didn't disappoint: The Leopard is a thrilling read from start to finish. Harry goes from Hong Kong to the northern reaches of Norway and even to The Congo. I got the manuscript before a long weekend, and raced through it with the wind howling outside the door. Certainly spooky, given that much of the story centres on a ski cabin in the middle of nowhere! This is the sixth Harry Hole novel we have published, and they keep getting better and better. It's not just the pace, clever plots and the unpredictable Harry Hole that make these books so brilliant. The author's inventive spirit and sense of humour always shine through.’
Charlie Parker returns in the chilling new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE LOVERS
When a man discovers the darkest secret of Rembrandt's life, his days are numbered. And when his son discovers his body, he's on a mission to find justice - whatever the cost.
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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