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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Assured classic British crime which feels like anything but a debut novel. In small town Derbyshire, two eight year old schoolgirls are kidnapped by a stranger in a car. One of them, Rachel, escapes albeit with no memories of the event but the other is never found. Thirty years later, following the suicide of the lost girl's mother on the anniversary of her disappearance, the case is revived and Rachel, now a genealogist and two police investigators reopen the case as another murder is uncovered, which appears linked to the events of way back. Atmospheric and wintery, and plotted with laser-like precision, a novel that never puts a foot wrong and, in sober fashion, offers all the thrills of a rigorous detection, together with psychological insights into loss and memory. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Now Australia-based award-winning Irish author McKinty, after a detour into historical crime, finally delivers a sparkling fourth volume featuring his fascinating Catholic cop Sean Duffy, at the time of the 'Troubles'. It's 1985 and Duffy is barely holding on to his job in the hostile atmosphere of the Royal UIster Constabulary. The murder of an old couple at first rings no particular alarms, but soon their troubled son commits suicide, leaving a note admitting to the crime. But something doesn't add up and the case is far from closed when further deaths occur. Duffy's doughty investigation soon uncovers a spider's web of intrigue, involving shadowy US intelligence forces and leads him straight to the heart of a major political scandal. Will he swim or sink? Impeccable plotting and a wonderful cast of often unconventional characters make this a perfect read. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans will not be disappointed. Felix was not involved directly in the racing world but the detail here seems convincingly authentic. It involves extortion as the British Horseracing Authority, a body that regulates the whole of the racing industry, is held to ransom by a cunning and ingenious villain. The hero, Jeff Hinkley, is an undercover investigator for the BHA and cleverly unravels the identity of the perpetrator in a thrilling chase. Jeff is, typically, a likeable, well-rounded character whom we instantly warm to. He is also given the task of clearing the name of his sister’s step son of peddling drugs and in this sub-plot we encounter jealousy and homophobia as well as an insight into cancer care as the sister, Faye, is a sufferer. I felt a little let down by the final few pages of the book but was gripped by the previous four hundred plus pages. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Ex-soldier Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim run a detective agency in London's ethnically diverse, crime-ridden East End. Mumtaz is approached by an Egyptian woman, Salwa, whose husband is in Belmarsh on terrorism charges. Salwa convinces Mumtaz of her husband's innocence and persuades her to go undercover to prove it. But Salwa is not what she seems. Trapped in an old tunnel that leads to the London docks, will Mumtaz escape with her life?
In Scarpetta’s twenty-second case it’s her birthday when she discovers shiny copper coins on her garden wall all bearing the date 1981. So begins a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer. There are a few red herrings filling out this densely plotted tale but the story mounts alarmingly to a tremendous conclusion in Florida which eventually ends with a snap! For there is more to come … It’s another in a terrific series where the storyline is highly improbable but the execution of it is truly thrilling. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption - but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. Pursued by those who would punish him for past crimes, Parlabane enters the world of Heike's band, Savage Earth Heart, a group at breaking point. Each of its members seems to be hiding something, not least its newest recruit Monica Halcrow, whose possible relationship with Heike has become a public obsession. Monica's own story, however, reveals a far darker truth. Fixated on Heike from day one, she has been engulfed by paranoia, jealousy and fear, as she discovers the hidden price of fame. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must find out what happened before it's too late, all while the walls are closing in on him...
Easter Quillby: Wade disappeared on us when I was six, and I never saw him again until I turned twelve, after Mom was buried. She always said he was a loser, even if he was our dad, but it turns out he was much more than that. He was also a thief. Like he was on the day he stole me and my little sister. Bobby Pruitt: Wade took everything. My career. My health. My freedom. He screwed me and then he put me in jail. But now I'm out and I've got a new reason to find him. Because Wade made a big mistake, and now someone wants him dead. And that's where I come in...
Rich in intrigue, intensity and atmosphere, Friday on my Mind is classic Nicci French - a dark, gripping and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems... Nicci French's sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition. (Sophie Hannah). When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F Klein...But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect. Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it's too late either for her or for those she loves. Friday on my Mind is the fifth addictive and intriguing novel in the Frieda Klein series by the bestselling author Nicci French. Praise for Nicci French: French leads the field. (Sunday Express). Brilliantly crafted...masterly control of suspense. (Daily Mirror). Tense, frightening, gripping. (Easy Living). Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive. (Daily Express). Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday was the first thrilling instalment in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday's Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, and Thursday's Child.
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one stormy evening in 1968, it does. The idyllic world of the four Alton children is shattered.
A discerning, penetrating novel with a difference; there is the double edged substantial plot of a murder investigation, sitting alongside a political thriller. Originally writing under the pseudonym of Sam Bourne, the author Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist. The first chapter simply and immediately sets the scene of a financially downtrodden USA answerable to the People’s Republic of China, while Madison, a brilliant, determined, insomniac of a journalist starts to investigate her own sister's murder...this clever concept works. The author has the ability to tightly tie the two strands together and add many more layers of intrigue and corruption, without ever losing a realistic and believable tone. ‘The 3rd Woman’ has a number of surprises in store, making an already steely and intelligent novel, an impressively stimulating read. ~ Liz Robinson
Grisham is the master of the courtroom thriller and fans would be the first to admit that this isn’t his best, though it’s still hugely enjoyable. Mostly focused on the tensions between what happens when a young aspirational New York lawyer finds herself doing legal aid in small town Kentucky and before long is mixed up with a local attorney and his brother who are picking a fight with the big local mining company, happily destroying land and lives for profit. Much focuses on our heroine’s ‘will she won’t she’ feelings about life in the sticks and helping people versus making money as much as it is about her feelings for the brothers. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Bestselling novelist Val McDermid is spot on in her quote for this cleverly crafted crime story - 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to reveal the darkness that can fester when everyone thinks they know each other's secrets'. This one is set in the Shetland islands. Ann is a rising talent in psychological crime writing who should not be missed. Winner of the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger. The Shetland series:1. Raven Black2. White Nights3. Red Bones4. Blue Lightning5. Dead Water6. Thin Air
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