hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
When the village's prodigal son, Huw Hughes, returns and sets his cap at Annie Parker, village publican Tudor begs Annie's colleagues at the WISE Enquiries Agency to unearth the truth behind Huw having been widowed three times.
The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte - the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw - has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules's friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead.
Ivy Culpepper has begun to accept that she and restaurateur Miguel Baptista may never again rekindle their romance - despite the undeniable tension between them. But she's tied to Miguel again when his trusted produce supplier goes missing. Old Hank Riviera's financial troubles would make anyone consider running away forever. And with his relationship woes, there are plenty of people who might want to see Hank disappear.
TV crime reporter Eve Singer's career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders - each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there's a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder - possibly her own.
Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Wells will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.
The clandestine American organization, the Knights of the Golden Circle, has amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the country, a target for treasure hunters for over a century. But little of that immense wealth was ever found - until now. Two factions of what remains of the Knights rush to seize their fair share. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, who has his own ancestral connection to the Knights, one that is far more complicated than he ever could have imagined.
The Cleveland Herald is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A dead body found hanging above the newspaper's assembly line is a surefire way to stop the presses. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner rules out suicide. The evidence tells her a murderer is implementing a staff cut - and the killing is far from over.
When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous. Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she's just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss. But Ellie's foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger.
A young woman's body is found on the street with her throat slit, and the media is clamoring for the grisly details. Copenhagen Detective Louise Rick is investigating the gruesome murder when a distraught friend reveals that her ten year-old son found an abandoned baby on his way to school. As Louise digs deeper into the murder and the mysterious foundling, every clue uncovered points to organized human trafficking from Eastern Europe, run by ruthless gangsters who won't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way...
Copenhagen detective Louise Rick gets a call from her son, Jonas. A school party has ended in terrifying chaos after a group of violent teenagers forced their way into the building in search of alcohol and valuables. Arriving at the scene, Louise discovers that one of the girls, 12 year-old Signe, attempted to run for help, but was struck and killed by a car. Then a carefully planned act of arson renders the already deeply disturbing case a top priority. Louise finds the evidence pulling her in several different directions at once.
When the granddaughter of the wealthy Sachs-Smith family is kidnapped, Louise's skills as a trained negotiator are put to work. The kidnappers will only exchange the deathly ill little girl for an infamous glass figure-known as the Angel of Death - that has been in the family for generations. But there's a problem... the Angel, worth millions, was recently stolen from the family home.
Baker Winnie Johnson's latest order, a plate of motivational desserts for an artists' retreat, is just what she needs to keep her mind off her own relationship woes. But Winnie's problems seem like trifles when she discovers the body of retreat owner Sally Dearfield mere inches away from five oh-so-eccentric and viable suspects.
When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe. But it just so happens that Freda's nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet.
Welworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home-vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups. Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K. Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment, jealousy and dark secrets - which eventually lead to murder. The stage is set for one of Inspector Meredith's most bizarre and exacting cases.
During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.
A man called Giugiu Nicotra has been found dead in the skeletal workings of a construction site, a place now entombed by a sea of mud from recent days of rain and floods. Shot in the back, he had fled into a water supply system tunnel. Montalbano's investigation gets off to a slow start, but all the evidence points to the world of construction and public contracts, a world just as slimy and impenetrable as mud.
A new novella and 11 previously published stories.
Thinking her troubled teenage son Tyson is dealing drugs, single mother Devon Connor hires PI Elvis Cole. But in truth Tyson has been participating in a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of his group is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear. They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone.
Documentary maker Jeremiah Salinger moves with his wife and young daughter to the Alto Adige, in the Italian Dolomites. When Salinger decides to make a documentary about the mountain rescue group, the mission goes horribly awry, leaving him the only survivor. Then he learns of a 1985 murder, where three students were murdered, their bodies savaged, limbs severed and strewn by a killer who was never found. He becomes obsessed with solving this mystery.
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six year old son goes missing, the police arrest the woman's husband and await his confession. But the city's Chief of Major Crimes has his doubts and assigns two of Italy's top analytical minds to the case: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from a horrific mass killing she survived, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo.
A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine year old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential.
Serge A. Storms decides to shoot his own remake of episodes of Route 66. With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. But then the two get wind of someone trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery, with every shark in Florida starting to circle.
The twelve classic stories collected here strike a blow for the professional detective, with teasing mysteries to challenge a hard-working police officer's persistence and scrupulous attention to detail.
Having fled to New York following his involvement in a terrible crime, Irish-born Danny McCabe throws in his lot with Nicolas and Lucia Mariani, Italian siblings who have come to America to make their fortune. The three head to Hollywood, where, beneath the glitzy facade of 1940s Hollywood, lies a world of corruption and organised crime. It isn't long before Nicholas become entangled in it.
A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda Klein's house. The corpse is only months old, but the chief suspect appears to have died more than seven years ago. Except as Frieda knows all too well, he's alive and well and living in secret. And it seems he's inspired a copycat... As the days pass and the body count rises, Frieda finds herself caught in a fatal tug-of-war between two killers: one who won't let her go, and another who can't let her live.
The Prophet was a killer terrorizing the Bay Area in the 1990s. Mack Hendrix was lead detective on the case but was never able to identify the killer who left 11 seemingly unconnected victims each with the ancient sign of Mercury etched into the flesh. 20 years later, his daughter Caitlin has been a Narcotics detective for only six months when two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father's warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder.
Present day Marine archaeologist Jack Howard is on the most important - and perilous - dive of his career, hunting for Nazi gold. His voyage will take him from a Phoenician shipwreck off the coast of England to the ruins of ancient Carthage. Can he unearth the truth about one of the world's most dangerous secrets without getting himself killed...and will he rewrite history as we know it today?
1924 Vancouver is in an uproar over the death by gunshot of a Scottish nanny, Janet Stewart. An almost deliberately ham-handed police investigation has Constable Hook suspecting a cover-up. The powerful United Council of Scottish Societies is demanding an inquiry. The killing has become a political issue with an election not far away and the city is buzzing with rumours. Miss Stewart's fellow nannies have accused the Chinese houseboy of murder, capitalizing on a wave of anti-Chinese racism.
DCI Antonia Hawkins is called in to view the three dead men found in an abandoned London flat. There's no damage to the bodies, no obvious cause of death. Is this a suicide pact? Or is that just how it's meant to look? But Hawkins soon discovers the link between the three men. They had all been fascinated by the supernatural and the occult. And they had recently met in a tiny village just outside London. A village named Cold Christmas.
Ava is asked by Chang Wang, the right hand to the billionaire Tommy Ordonez and one of Uncle's oldest friends, to fly to Manila to meet with his friend, Senator Miguel Ramirez. Ramirez asks Ava to investigate a college in Tawi-Tawi, an island province in the Philippines, which he suspects is training terrorists.
Crime reporter Julia Gooden's husband, Assistant DA Attorney David Tanner, is about to bring Detroit's most devious criminal, Nick Rossi, to trial for drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. Then a courthouse bomb claims several victims - including the prosecution's key witness - and critically injures David. Though Julia is certain Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power runs high and wide. Her only choice is to follow a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition.
After horse trainer and rancher Annie Carson visits a feedlot in eastern Washington, she is determined to save as many horses from slaughter as possible before hightailing it back home - until she discovers the sleazy owner seemingly trampled in his corral. With the fate of the feedlot herd in her hands, Annie must navigate unfamiliar territory while trying to track down a killer and solve an increasingly tangled mystery.
Celine's career of tracking down missing persons brings a young woman, Gabriela, to ask for her help. Gabriela's photographer father went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed - that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed.
In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash. Her sons swear revenge. Meanwhile, in London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues, fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: You may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger. In Washington, D.C., a special projects director with the CIA, frustrated at not getting permission from the President for his daring anti-terrorism plan, decides to put it in motion anyway. Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake.
Thea Paris is the best kidnap and ransom specialist in business. But now her own oil magnate father has been snatched off his yacht, days away from the biggest deal of his career. The brutal kidnappers left the entire crew slaughtered in their wake, but strangely, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests-just obscure and foreboding texts written in Latin sent from burner phones.
Unable to trust anyone around him - not even his own mother - Penn Cage joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father's murder trial. Together, Penn and Serenity - a former soldier - battle to crack the KKK splinter group known as the Double Eagles and to discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself.
The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College. Charlie's old nemesis from library school, Gavin Fong, is delivering the keynote address. Gavin's still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone's skin, and his speech argues that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset. But Charlie was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, and has jumped to the top of the suspect list.
Esa Khattak is traveling in Iran when he's approached by a Canadian government agent in Iran, asking him to look into the death of renowned Canadian-Iranian filmmaker Zahra Sobhani, murdered at Iran's notorious Evin prison. When the trail leads back to Zahra's family in Canada, Khattak calls on his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help.
An anthology of classic crime stories by the women whose careers preceded that of Agatha Christie.
Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected - before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved Louisiana B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Now Burl's ghost has popped up as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly's human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with.
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. Nevertheless, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home, despite her family's objections. As clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into an unrelenting web of lies and a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door. And now the police are watching them...
Content to be unmarried and plain-spoken, Kathryn "Kappy" King is an odd-woman-out in the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. But she's skilled at making the special kapps local women need to cover their hair. When Kappy's neighbor, Ruth Peachey, turns up dead in her yard, everyone in Blue Sky believes it's a tragic accident. Until the Englisch police find the gentle dog breeder was deliberately struck down and arrest her mentally-challenged son, Jimmy, for the crime.
Fall, 1976, and New York's Chinatown is in turmoil over news that Mao's daughter is seeking asylum in America. Vietnam vet Robert Chow is now a detective-in-training, and he is thrilled when his girlfriend, Lonnie, scores a once-in-a-lifetime interview with the Chinese representative of Mao's daughter. But hours after their meeting, the man is found dead. And Lonnie, the last person to see him alive, is the main suspect.
The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. The gang is ostensibly led by a man named Garcia, but the real leader is his girlfriend, Lola. As the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, Lola's skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.
Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. But Steel knows Wallace is guilty. And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?
Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has become one of the first female lawyers in India. She is executing the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange. All three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity.
After biotechnology tycoon Morgan Finney's wife dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr. Rita Wu, Finney vows to kill Rita just as he believes she killed Jenny. But first Finney will systematically destroy her life, using advanced medical technology to ruin Rita's reputation and bring her to the brink of madness.
After tragedy strikes the LAPD Bomb Squad, the fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's three-person team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb. And it quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with an unusual mastermind - one whose intended target seems to be the Bomb Squad itself.
60-year-old widower Dan Chase appears to be a harmless retiree in Vermont. But 35 years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong. And, as a result, someone still wants him dead. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape.
Combat veteran Peter Ash goes to Denver where his good friend Henry Nygaard's daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry's son-in-law and the company's operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace. Then, when Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he's guarding comes under attack from hijackers. What, Peter wonders, makes these attacks worth the risk?
It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found.
Only two other people know that Dominic, a charming Englishman, prosecutor, and musician in Austin, Texas, is also a psychopath. They also know that a year ago he got away with murder. One of those people is his "special lady", and the other is her brother, a teenager and fellow psychopath called Bobby. When a wily homicide detective starts digging up that past murder, little Bobby offers to take care of the problem - permanently. Dominic tries to dissuade him, but as he himself knows, psychopaths aren't good with following instructions. Or impulse control.
New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose: the lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge.
The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described "social information reporter," or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she'd find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone's done the same to her, literally - with a knife to the brachial artery.
It's June in Busman's Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. But then Julia's old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiance's decked-out yacht. Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two - and the yachtsman dead in his chair.
Mattie Winston's workload at the Medical Examiner's office is lightened by the new hire Hal Dawson. But before Hal can even cash his first paycheck, he's murdered on a fishing trip with his girlfriend, who has gone missing.
October 1937. Swanton Morley, the People's Professor, sets off to Essex to continue his history of England, The County Guides. He is an honorary guest at the Colchester Oyster Festival. But when the mayor dies suddenly at the civic reception suspicion falls on his fellow councillors. Is it a case of food poisoning? Or could it be - murder?
AD 55. As the reign of Emperor Claudius ends, turmoil in Rome spreads unease across the globe, giving heart to the enemy. The Roman army moves to deal with rebellion in its territories. Veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro are selected for the most dangerous missions, and given command of troops whose lives as well as the fate of the Empire depend on their military might and vision.
Delaney Nichols is asked by her boss at the Cracked Spine, a Scottish bookshop specializing in rare manuscripts and other valuable historical objects, to retrieve a hard to find edition of an Oor Wullie comic. While viewing the Highlands from the ramparts of Castle Doune, outside of Edinburgh, Delaney spots a sandal clad foot at the other end of the roof - one that belongs to the now-deceased man in charge of bringing her the Oor Wullie.
Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon's life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list. From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon's ready to get her revenge.
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective - so when her Aunt Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried - especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy's Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey's grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn't want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart - but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey's murder.
In 1986, Eddie and his friends leave each other messages coded in chalk men, little chalk stick figures. Then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same. In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out his other friends got the same messages, they think it could be a prank - until one of them turns up dead.
The last thing Casey Duncan, Rockton's homicide detective, expected was for the town council to drop a dangerous criminal into the off-grid community without a plan to keep him imprisoned. And she never thought that she'd have to be responsible for him. The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he's truly responsible for committing.
Anna Pigeon is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine. She will be joined by her friend Heath Jarrod and Heath's daughter Elizabeth, who is the target of a cyber-bully. But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.
Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat.He attended church in Lochdubh. He was not just tactless, he was brutally honest. "I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan. And then someone did.
One day Tom and Abby's 12 year old daughter Caitlin vanishes without a trace. Four years later, Caitlin is found alive - dirty and disheveled, yet preternaturally calm. She won't discuss where she was or what happened. And when the police arrest a suspect connected to the disappearance, Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice. Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands. And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.
Gaynor Charteris was an archaeologist excavating a nearby iron-age site. Genial, respected, well-liked, it was hard to see why anyone would want to kill her. But as Fiona starts to investigate, she finds evidence of a crime that seems to have its origins in King Arthur's greatest battle - a crime so bizarre that getting her superiors to take it seriously is going to be a hell of a job. Especially since the crime hasn't yet been committed...
Actress Dakota Craig is set to tie the knot with her famous musician boyfriend at Mallory's Pennsylvania B&B on the most romantic day of the year. Best of all, the whole thing will air on the reality TV show I Do. But the maid of honor has dropped out of the wedding party - by dropping dead.
The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered. Now Joe knows they're coming after him and his family. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare - and wait for them to make the first move.
12 year old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia's mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder.
Bella Caruso has dedicated her life to saving other young women from the hell that almost killed her. JT Caruso often worries about his sister, given her line of work. This time, when he learns that Bella is working undercover to find a missing girl involved in a dangerous prostitution ring, JT asks FBI Special Agent Lucy Kincaid for help.
On Easter Sunday morning, the city of Boston is struck by a widespread and coordinated series of terrorist attacks. Chelsea Goodman, one of the employees of robotics innovator Louis Massina, is among a number of hostages taken by the terrorists and facing certain death. As Chelsea fights from the inside, Massina leads his team of tech geniuses at Smart Metal to deploy every bot, drone, and cyber weapon at their disposal to defeat the fanatics and save his city and friend.
Lord Charles Cary's family is seemingly being threatened by ghosts in and around the family manor, Torre Abbey. Once a monastery, the abbey has a long history of hauntings. While skeptical of the supernatural, Sherlock Holmes does believe that the Carys are in danger, a belief that proves horrifyingly accurate when, shortly after Holmes and Watson arrive, a household member dies mysteriously, seemingly of fright.
For Angela, her marriage to Jason Powell, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel.
Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston's most prominent hostesses, to a "Rat Tea". As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston to promote better public health. But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen's entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned?
LAPD detective Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with, the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.
Former MI6 officer Thomas Kell is offered an unexpected chance to strike at the Kremlin. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy who is in possession of a terrifying secret. As Kell tracks his man from Moscow to London, he finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom.
As country store owner Robbie Jordan arranges a breakfast themed cook off at Pans 'n Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know it all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes - and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur's knife.
Serge A. Storms and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years. There Serge will delve into the secrets and legends of his distant past.
1913. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He begins to realize his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks.
Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. While hunting for silverware to steal, Ted stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies. Detective Inspector Kendall takes on the case with the help of passing yachtsman Thomas Hazeldean.
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible - engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it's too late. But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows?
After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah's eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother's neighbour is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town - and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play?
When Joanne's friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting. One of them is hiding a secret. And Joanne is planning to reveal it... A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun - until no one can hear your cries for help.
Carl Finch is a desperate man. Cut out of his stepfather's will, he is heavily in debt and unless he can persuade his stepsister Hattie to bail him out, he'll be in even more trouble. Hattie's husband Guy has never liked Carl and wants his wife's inheritance for his own use, so Hattie agrees to meet Carl in secret to discuss his predicament. Little does she realize that when she arrives at their meeting point in Crooked Man Wood she'll find Carl's dead body...
Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer - much to the chagrin of local law enforcement - when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim...
When a mysterious DVD is delivered to Northumbria Police Headquarters, DS Matthew Ryan and Detective Superintendent Eloise O'Neil are among the few to view its disturbing content. With little to go on the only lead comes from the anonymous and chilling woman's voice narrating the blood-soaked lock-up depicted on screen.
Immigration lawyer Paul Reeves collects maps of New York City. One day, he abandons work to attend an auction with his neighbor, Jennifer Mehraz, the beautiful young wife of an ambitious Iranian financier, hoping to acquire an unusual map. Midway through the auction, though, a handsome man in fatigues turns up, and Jennifer abandons Paul without a word. The man's appearance triggers increasingly unfortunate incidents, as the people surrounding Jennifer - including her jealous husband, who is eyeing a career in politics - attempt to figure out who the mysterious stranger is.
The body of a smartly-dressed businessman turns up in the yard of Eli Simpson's car workshop. But there's no ID in the pockets and Eli swears he's never seen the man before. Then a girlfriend turns up with a name, and claims the victim told her he was someone's "right hand man". But old fractures and scars, discovered at the autopsy, suggest a more colourful past.
Halia Watkins has her hands full cooking, hosting, and keeping her boisterous young cousin, Wavonne, from getting too sassy with customers in her soul food restaurant. Having fast-talking entrepreneur Marcus Rand turn up in her kitchen is annoying enough when he's alive - but finding his dead body face-down on her ceramic tile after hours is much worse.
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.
Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud's wife is found brutally decapitated in front of the fireplace in the family living room. Her husband, who claims he witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he insists his wife's killer was Stole Salvesen, a businessman he'd prosecuted years before for insider dealing. The only problem Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen has with his story is that a witness says he saw Stole Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place.
August Snow grew up in Detroit's Mexicantown and joined the police force only to be drummed out by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and politicians. He collected a $12 million wrongful dismissal settlement that left him low on friends. Now business magnate Eleanore Paget wants August to investigate the increasingly unusual happenings at her private wealth management bank. He declines, but a day later, Paget is dead of an apparent suicide - which August isn't buying for a minute.
In 1949, the CIA's Frank Weeks, was exposed as a Communist spy and vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Now, 12 years later, his KGB-approved memoirs are certain to be an international bestseller. Frank's brother Simon, a publisher, comes to Moscow to edit the manuscript. At first Frank is still Frank - the same charm, the same jokes, the same bond of affection that transcends ideology. Then Simon begins to glimpse another Frank, still capable of treachery, still actively working for "the service." He finds himself dragged into the middle of Frank's new scheme, caught between the KGB and the CIA in a fatal cat and mouse game that only one of the brothers is likely to survive.
For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread - its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal's cipher. It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn't keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. As Mary's tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take...to find the road that will lead her safely home.
An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalized corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests Alex and Milo to their intellectual and emotional limits.
For Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty, the Syrian refugee crisis is about to become personal. Esa's childhood friend, Nathan Clare, calls him in distress: his sister, Audrey, has vanished from a Greek island where the siblings run an NGO. Audrey had been working to fast-track refugees to Canada, but now, she is implicated in the double-murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who had fled the devastation in Syria.
Though newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, and despite receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school, Poppy will be attending her 25 year class reunion. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy's old locker.
It's 1929 and Berlin is the vibrating metropolis of post-war Germany - full of bars and brothels and dissatisfied workers at the point of revolt. Gereon Rath is new in town and new to the police department. When a dead man without an identity, bearing traces of atrocious torture, is discovered, Rath unearths a connection to a circle of exiled Russians who try to purchase arms with smuggled gold in order to prepare a coup d'etat.
A four-year-old girl disappears in the woods just outside Fjallbacka, in the exact spot where 30 years ago, a young girl went missing. The victim then was later discovered, murdered, and two teenage girls were found guilty of the killing. Could it really be a coincidence that one of the girls - now a world-famous actress - has just returned to Fjallbacka? Detective Patrik Hedstrom investigates.
Louise Elton comes into Hap and Leonard's PI office to tell them that the police have killed her son, Jamar. The official story is that Jamar got in a fight and was killed in the projects by local hoods. But it doesn't add up. He was a straight A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force.
Grant Carver, the vigorous patriarch of the Carver family and its four-generations owned family business, has been murdered. His bookkeeper Abby Jarvis, whom Dismas Hardy had defended on a DUI charge 11 years prior, is the prime suspect after police discover she's been embezzling funds from the company - but she insists she did not kill her boss. As he prepares to defend her, Dismas investigates the Carver clan and discovers the dark, twisted secrets within the family.
Change is afoot at Sunset Grove retirement home, and its residents aren't impressed.Under threat from falling masonry, best friends Irma and Siiri are forced out of their home to negotiate 21st century living in the centre of Helsinki. The pair are joined by growing numbers of friends in their flat-share, and their new close-quarters living raises some unexpected questions.
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan?
Lima, 1990s. One day Enrique, a high-profile businessman, receives a visit from Rolando Garro, the editor of a notorious magazine that specializes in salacious exposes. Garro presents Enrique with lewd pictures from an old business trip and demands that he invest in the magazine. Enrique refuses, and the next day the pictures are on the front page. Meanwhile, Enrique's wife is in the midst of a passionate and secret affair with the wife of Enrique's lawyer and best friend. When Garro shows up murdered, the two couples are thrown into a whirlwind of navigating Peru's unspoken laws and customs, while the staff of the magazine embark on their greatest expose yet.
Officially, Thomas Laker is an employee of the NSA. His real employer, known as the Gray Outfit, is not listed - anywhere. When a Washington, D.C., insider is killed in a bomb explosion, Laker teams up with cryptographer Ava North on a desperate search for clues. The only thing certain is that another act of terrorism is imminent.
Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of, but wants to - the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.
Rachel Jenner's eight year old son races ahead in a Bristol park -- and disappears. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.
When medical researcher Michael Givens is charged with the murder of a colleague he turns to Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds to defend him. The murder victim, a noted chemist and genetic specialist, was on the cusp of one of the great medical discoveries of history, a cure for cancer - a genetic silver bullet. Prosecutors are convinced that Givens coldly planned and carried out the murder, and that the motive was professional jealousy. Madriani doesn't buy it.
Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler Nate Nash for over seven years. But now Dominika hears a whisper that one of three candidates for a high US intelligence position is a Russian mole. If the Kremlin's candidate for the position is confirmed, the Russians will have access to all the names of assets spying for CIA in Moscow, including Dominika's. But which of the three is the mole?
Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise, when he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago.
A friend from the past asks for private investigator Lee Arnold's help in tracing his son. Fayyad al'Barri was last thought to be in Syria, having embraced radical Islam. But a cryptic message has prompted his family to believe Fayyad has had a change of heart and is searching for a way back home. With fellow investigator Mumtaz Hakim's help, they might be able to establish contact.
Harry Hole is drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.
Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane - even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. Siobhan O'Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. But when the best man is found murdered in the woods, his replacement, Siobhan's own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, is suddenly the best suspect.
When forty-year-old skeletal remains of a child are unearthed at an isolated farm, Hjalti Hentze is charged with investigating the death. But as Hentze's investigation turns to the commune that occupied the farm in the 1970s, Jan Reyna discovers a connection to his mother's death and long-repressed childhood memories. As Reyna pursues a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades, Hentze realises that Reyna may be about to go down a path from which there can be no return.
Ballet dancer Allie Larkin is back home in Mystic Bay to heal a broken ankle while also helping her dear Aunt Gully get her Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack off the ground. Nothing would help Gully more than winning the local food festival's Best Lobster Roll contest. The competition is sure to be killer - especially after one of the contest judges dies after eating a roll from one of Gully's biggest rivals.
John Rebus, as incapable of settling into his retirement as he is of playing by the rules, investigates a cold case from the 1970s involving a gorgeous and wealthy female socialite who was found dead in a bedroom at one of Edinburgh's most luxurious hotels. No one was ever found guilty, but the scandalous circumstances of the murder have kept the town talking for over forty years.
Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct... Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie's help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found?
It begins in the fog, with a bleak village funeral. In the early hours of the following morning, Merrily Watkins and her daughter Jane are made aware that Aidan Lloyd, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. A rural tradition is displaying its sinister side as an old feud re-ignites.
It was a stab in the dark. On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. As Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime - from the pages of her own book.
Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn't run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac - or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis. Mac's life before North Harbor has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah - and Elvis - know he can't be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.
It's Rome, 44 AD, and the Ides of March are approaching. Cicero and Caesar have asked Gordianus to keep his ear to the ground and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar's life. Also, Gordianus's adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar's closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar is going to make his father Gordianus a Senator when he attends the next session on the 15th of March.
Corrie Rankin, already an MI6 legend, is sent to take down a high value player in the war against Al Qaeda. Once he, the sniper and his spotter are in Yemen, they must rely on intelligence brought to them by a young British Jihadi - on the ground and close to the target - and now turned. And, close to him, is an archaeologist digging in the ruins of the Queen of Sheba' civilisation who will be their cut-out contact point.
On the same day that Russell Gaines is released from Parchman penitentiary, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate under the punishing summer sun. They spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben running through the darkness holding a pistol, and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle of the road in the glow of his own headlights. With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save - his own or those of the woman and child.
On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories.
Thea Osborne hopes to spend a quiet Christmas house-sitting in the picturesque village of Stanton. Walks in the local countryside with the dogs are all the excitement she wants. But her arrival at the village coincides with the funeral of Douglas Callender and the murder of his girlfriend the following day.
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems perfect. But her stepson Jamie begins to make disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the specter of his late mother - David's previous wife. As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie's outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife's untimely death, less than two years ago?
What do you think? The strange message, inked on a homicide victim, makes Detective Ellie MacIntosh's blood run cold. What do you think now? Worse, it is soon followed by a message on a second victim in the same location. MacIntosh realizes this is personal - a challenge directed at her and her volatile partner, Jason Santiago.
It isn't easy going to jail for being a practical joker. Of course, this particular joke left 20 cars wrecked on the highway and two politicians' careers in tatters - so jail is where Harold Kunt landed. Now he's just trying to keep a low profile in the Big House. He wants no part of his fellow inmates' plan to use an escape tunnel to rob two banks. But it's too late. He's in it up to his neck. And that neck may just wind up in a noose.
Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland returns, hot on the trail of a missing college student who may or may not have stolen half a million dollars. What starts as a straightforward runaway case soon gives way to a tangled mess of dirty money, betrayal, and murder, pitting the resourceful but over-his-head detective against suburban gangsters, a corrupt cop, and a contract killer with a fondness for blades - one of which seems destined for Wakeland's throat.
Seventeen years ago, Damian Walker abducted five women because the voices in his head told him to. Now he has been declared sane and is about to be released back onto Manchester's streets with a new identity. But within hours, there is another attack similar to his previous ones. Walker has proof it's not him - but is he reliable, and, if so, who is trying to frame him?
Nathan Lucius, 31, is an ad salesman at a Cape Town newspaper. Disaffected, hard-drinking and plagued by blackouts, Nathan lives alone and has only one true friend, a woman named Madge. But Madge is dying slowly of cancer, and when she asks Nathan to end her pain, she sets off a shocking string of events.
In 1976 a teenage girl named Annalise Wood disappeared in the idyllic English village of Lilling, and though her body was later discovered, the culprit was never found. When DNA linked to the Annalise murder unexpectedly surfaces, cold case detective Morris Keene and his former partner, Chloe Frohmann, hope to finally bring closure to this traumatized community. But the new evidence instead undoes the case's only certainty. The buried body that had long ago been confidently identified as Annalise may be someone else entirely, and instead of answers, the investigators face only new puzzles.
A killer McQuaid put away years ago has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. China wants to stay by her husband's side and keep him from harm, but McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she's agreed to teach a workshop on herbs. The owner, Maddie Haskell, inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza's nephew is contesting the will.
After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead?
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher. Then the DIA warns Decker off the case.
Will Robie returns home from a mission overseas to discover that his boss - codenamed Blue Man - has vanished. His last known location was in remote Colorado, and there have been no other sightings or communications since. But there is violence brewing in this small town, and Robie and his sometime-partner Jessica Reel will be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man...
Newly pregnant Lizzy arrives to revisit old haunts in the bleak Scottish town that she escaped years ago as a teenage runaway. Along with a yearning to rediscover her roots, she wants to confront her harrowing past and learn what happened to her mother, whose disappearance has remained unsolved. Instead, she comes face to face with her estranged father, whose violent side soon emerges with devastating consequences.
When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost: a dead body propped against the wall. Waiting for help to arrive, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle just for a moment--to eat bacon baps--but when they return, the body is nowhere to be seen.
Forensics expert Dr David Hunter is called by the Essex police. A badly decomposed body has been found in a desolate area of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh called the Backwaters. Under pressure to close the case, the police want Hunter to help with the recovery and identification. It's thought the remains are those of Leo Villiers, the son of a prominent businessman who vanished weeks ago, but Hunter has his doubts.
It's the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore - with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard - but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation - whether he wants her to or not...
Nathaniel Dresden rebelled against his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer, by joining the U.S. Army and serving in Iraq. But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship. He also has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, a brash Latina cop with something to prove, who thinks Natty might bear some responsibility for his father's death. Though truth be told, the list of people - cops and criminals - who wanted David Dresden out of the way is long.
Amy was seven years old when her father was arrested for murder. His subsequent trial and conviction scarred her childhood and cast a shadow over her life until, twenty-two years later, new evidence suggests he was innocent and Amy sets out to clear his name. But Amy is not the only person troubled by the past.
Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm team up for the first time to save Nikki's mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources - and ruthlessness - to stop them.
Chinatown gang leader "Lucky" Louie was shot outside of a Chinatown off-track betting establishment on the thirteenth of January, and lay in a coma for 88 days, waking on Easter Sunday. The number 88 is a double-helix, double-lucky Chinese number; religion and superstition all lean Lucky's way. But Detective Jack Yu, Lucky's boyhood blood brother, fears his friend's luck is about to run out. When Lucky embarks on a complex and daring series of crimes against the Chinatown criminal underground, Jack races to stop him before his enemies do so - permanently.
Pastor Tommy Bosco runs a Winnipeg skid row mission that caters to ex-criminals and ex-addicts trying to make a better life. A former smuggler, Bosco can make anyone disappear, faking deaths and extracting people across the Canada-U.S. border. But then his ex shows up, fresh from the murder of a biker-gang boss. She's got plenty of baggage, including the biker's cryptic ledger that everyone in Winnipeg's underworld wants to get their hands on.
Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks - and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. Now, 15 years later, Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer.
A grim-faced attorney interrupts Clare and Mike's engagement party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the world-famous jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret.
Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is the first to recognize the connection between the disappearance of a young girl and a cold case that almost cost her the career she's sacrificed so much for. A faceless psychopath is walking the streets of London, tantalizing the authorities with clues, taunting them with his ability to spirit his victims out from under their very noses.
Florrie Fox's new Georgetown apartment is a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, her boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition - she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it. Then Florrie makes a tragic discovery at her workplace, the Color Me Read bookstore. There's a trapdoor in the third floor landing and the Professor's nephew Delbert is dead inside.
1311: Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds himself back in Scotland and is revisited by the horrors he witnessed there fifteen years ago during Edward I's campaign there. An anonymous letter delivered to the new king promised information about a fatal incident that could allow England to finally bow out of the war with the Scots. Tasked with finding out the truth about the murder, Corbett is forced to take risks he would rather avoid and put his faith in the words of strangers.
Winter 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in Central Asia, where German influence is strong. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, Irish-American suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley, is in Bolshevik Russia, thrilled to have the chance to cover the Revolution.
Foreign Bodies is the first ever collection of classic crime in translation from the golden age of the genre in the 20th century. Many of these stories are exceptionally rare, and several have been translated for the first time to appear in this volume.
A collection of 15 Sherlock Holmes pastiches from Lyndsay Faye.
Harvest, Ohio. While caring for her recently widowed grandmother, Bailey King plans to honor her grandfather's memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload - the fatal kind.
Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered.
Auntie Poldi can think of no finer place to wait for death than Sicily. All she asks is a sea view, fine wine (and plenty of it), and her family close around. When death instead takes her handsome young friend Valentino - and under mysterious circumstances at that - Poldi will not take it lying down.
PI Sarah Booth knew Frangelica "Sister" McFee in college, before Sister became a bestselling author and moved to New York. Sister's latest book is a memoir about the death of her mother and brother many years ago. And now a crew has descended upon Zinnia, Mississippi, to do a film based on the book. The crew soon realizes there may be more to the story than meets the eye - or is told in Sister's memoir - and they hire Sarah Booth to discover the absolute truth about those deaths so many years ago.
Ruby lives with Barbara and Mick, not her real parents, but they tell her what to do, and what to say. She's supposed to say that the bruises on her arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But she doesn't say that she's hunting for her real parents, and not a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady she saw on the way to bed. She did tell Mick that she saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of the house, and that she saw death crawl out of her.
It sounds like a thief's dream to Van Shaw. A terminally ill ex-con tells him of an easy fortune in gold, abandoned and nearly forgotten after its original owner died in prison. For the dying man, the money is a legacy to ensure his preteen daughter's future. For Van, the gold is cash he desperately needs to rebuild his destroyed family home. The grandson of a career criminal who taught him all the tricks of his trade, Van suspects that nothing is ever that easy. Sure enough, the safe holding the fortune is a trap - set by a mysterious player armed with tremendous resources and a lifetime of hatred.
London, 1813. The body of a 15 year old boy has been dumped into a makeshift grave on the grounds of an abandoned factory. One of London's many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted and tortured before his murder - and his younger sister is still missing. Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian St. Cyr is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world.
When Sarah Winston agrees to manage an athletic equipment swap, she doesn't bargain on an uncharitable killer. The day of the event, the school superintendent is found dead in the gymnasium. Suddenly the murder suspects are the school board members - including the husband of a very difficult client who has hired Sarah to run a high-end sale and demands she do her bidding.
Britt Ickles doesn't believe her aunts when they tell her that her memories of playing with her cousin Timmy are false, that Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. Britt can't shake the feeling that Timmy did exist...and that something horrible has happened to him. Britt hires Jane Lawless, hoping the PI can figure out what really happened to her cousin.
In the ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, his only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear.
Thirty years after Connor Laird lands in the Longacre Children's Home, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre, one by one. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake. One by one the mysteries of the past are revealed as Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him. Who is killing to hide their secret?
Inside an idyllic white, two-storey, beautiful house in Sweden a family has been brutally murdered - mother, father and two young children all shot in broad daylight. And the killer has got away. Sebastian Bergman has been brought in to solve the crime, but with no credible suspects, he is at a dead end. Until he discovers that there was a witness to the crime. A young girl who saw it all happen, and she has fled, in fear for her life.
July 1831. An urgent letter from his grandfather reaches Sebstain Gage and Lady Darby in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. Then Alfred's brother Rory also goes missing.
Dublin, 1816. A young nursemaid in a pious household conceals a pregnancy and then murders her newborn. Rumours swirl about the identity of the child's father, but before an inquest can be held, the maid is found dead. When Abigail Lawless, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Dublin's coroner, by chance discovers a message from the maid's seducer, she is drawn into a world of hidden meanings and deceit.
When eight-year-old Daisy Mason vanishes from her family's Oxford home during a costume party, Detective Inspector Adam Fawley knows that nine times out of ten, the offender is someone close to home. And Daisy's family is certainly strange - her mother is obsessed with keeping up appearances, while her father is cold and defensive under questioning. And then there's Daisy's little brother, so withdrawn and uncommunicative.
Edwin Stith, a failed novelist and college writing instructor in upstate New York, is returning home for the weekend to Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate his mother's wedding - to a much younger man. Edwin has a peculiar relationship with the truth. He is a liar who is brutally honest. He may or may not be sleeping with his students, he may or may not be getting fired, and he may or may not have killed his ex-wife, a lover, and his brand-new stepsister.
After taking down the man responsible for his best friend's death, Stuart Ramey finds himself left with a multimillion dollar fortune in Bitcoin in a desperate bid by Frigg, a rogue A.I. program created by the killer, to keep itself from being fully deactivated. He enlists the help of Ali Reynolds and the rest of his cyber security colleagues at High Noon Enterprises. But Graciella Miramar, an unassuming accountant to all appearances, is actually the right-hand woman to El Pescado, the leader of a dangerous drug cartel. She'll do anything to get her hands on that program.
When J. P. Beaumont's longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what is officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over.
Lucy Berberian has come back to her Jesery Shore hometown, waitressing at her parent's Kebab Kitchen. Her old high-school nemesis, Heather Banks, the Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader, is still as nasty as she was back in high school. And unfortunately, she's just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen - where she's tallied up a whole list of bogus violations - she falls down dead in the street.
The French Riviera, 1956. Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, wants Bernie Gunther to go to London with a vial of Thalium and poison a female agent they both have had dealings with. Bernie bolts for the German border and pours through his memories of a 1939 murder of a low-level bureaucrat at Hitler's mountaintop retreat in Obersalzberg.
A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria. She helps an elderly couple into a taxi - and accidentally ends up with one of their bags - and an urn filled with human ashes. As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return the urn, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by political oppression - and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.
Eva's ex-boyfriend, Dudley Dexter Codman the Third, along with a bunch of his corporate cronies from Boston, arrive at Eva's family's guest inn and olive farm, claiming they're on a bird-watching holiday. Only, Eva knows that her ex doesn't know or care the first thing about birds. Then Dudley's body is found in the pond, poisoned by one of Eva's family's olive oils.
Dr Watson has been invited to Crain Manor, where his old friend James Crain is to hold a spiritualist gathering. During a seance a ghostly figure is seen, supposedly the spirit of Sybille, the first Lady Crain, who murdered her husband in the tower room, and whose appearance is said to be a sign of disaster. In an attempt to debunk the seance, James's sister Esther declares that she will sleep in the tower room - but at midnight there is a bloodcurdling scream and Esther is found dead, a look of horror on her face, and the room locked from the inside.
Brunetti takes a recuperative leave on Sant'Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny's Natural History. But then Davide Casati, the caretaker of the property on Sant'Erasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend.
Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more by the appearance of a friend of his wife's, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a Venice bridge at midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behavior.
When a marine geologist is thrown overboard from a cargo ship off the Honduran coast, scientist Dan Clifford teams up with Rachel Sullivan, a brilliant marine biologist and submersible pilot, to unravel the mysterious clues the dead man left behind. They discover a global conspiracy involving illegal, undersea activity. A primordial secret, disturbed by these dangerous acts, is wreaking havoc on aquatic life and the local human population, endangering not just Honduras, but the United States.
Max Tudor, now vicar at the church of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip, has fled a harrowing past serving in MI5. But this serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.
A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon - tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one - two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead. The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive and the owner, Alex Mason - a prominent local attorney - is arrested. Although he loudly insists upon his innocence, his wife's statements about his sexual sadism and the physical evidence found at the scene, his summer home, is damning. Regina Barrister, a legendary criminal defense attorney, has agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason.
Niamh and Ruairidh are owners of a small Hebridean company, Ranish Tweed, that weaves its own very special version of Harris Tweed. Although it's a small company, their fabrics have become internationally sought-after as a niche brand in the world of fashion and haute couture. In Paris for a fabric fair, Niamh accuses Ruairidh of having an affair with Irina, a Russian fashion designer they work with - a fight that ends with Ruairidh storming off and getting into Irina's car. Moments later, Niamh watches in horror as the car containing her life partner explodes in a ball of flame.
Sherlock Holmes, now in his seventies, retired from investigations and peaceably disguised as a professor at Cambridge, is shaken when an author named Conan Doyle calls upon him at the university. Somehow Doyle knows his real identity - and needs help. Someone is trying to kill him. Who? Why? Good questions, but what intrigues Holmes most is how the "middling scribbler" ascertained Holmes's identity in the first place, despite the detective's perfect disguise.
Cal Hudson and his devoted wife, Faith, have created a tranquil haven in suburban River Ridge to protect their son - until the unthinkable happens, and nine year old Gage vanishes. In a split second at a local carnival, the Hudsons' storybook world begins unraveling. A frantic search starts to uncover splinters in their carefully crafted facade, revealing buried secrets that cast just as much suspicion on Cal and Faith as any ill-meaning stranger.
Captain Paul Darac of the Nice Brigade Criminelle is called to a highly sensitive crime scene. A man has been found murdered in the midst of a Muslim prayer group, but no one saw how it was done. Then the organisers of the Nice leg of the Tour de France receive an unlikely terrorist threat.
William Sandberg, once a well-respected military cryptologist, is a ruined man. His career is in shambles, his marriage is over, and he's succumbed to a deep depression. Then a nameless, top-secret organization abducts him and tasks him with a daunting mission: decode a message that will reveal the disastrous prophecies hidden in our DNA before it is too late.
When Lee Barrett joins a former student's bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee's scrying talents could ever predict. There's a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There's also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree - one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community...
A conman always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what's left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives. When one such case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent.
Winston Churchill is dismayed to receive unauthorized information on the perilous state of Britain's rearmament programme in the year 1937. The Foreign Office brings in Lord Edward Corinth to investigate the leaks. Falling rapidly under Churchill's spell, he is sidetracked from the investigation to concentrate instead on finding the murderer of a Foreign Office official, who could have been one of Churchill's sources.
17 year old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff's deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee's darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb's father and Chris's boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford "Judge" Ross.
Jared Kane is a West Coast commercial fisherman whose life has been plagued by bad luck and blackout drinking. When he inherits Arrow, an old 46-foot wooden sailboat, he sees a chance for redemption. With his friend from prison, Danny MacLean, Jared plans an offshore voyage, sailing from Vancouver down the Pacific Coast to California and out into the South Pacific. But that bad luck rears its ugly head. Danny is attacked and left for dead, and when the unknown assailants attempt to finish the job, Jared is forced to flee aboard Arrow with Danny lying helpless in his berth.
On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?
Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London's glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson.
Physicist Paul Haber was banished from Germany and came to America to help with the war effort and to avenge the loss of his wife and child to a Nazi concentration camp. Then a German spy approaches him and presents proof that his family is alive. And to keep them so he must become a spy for the Nazis and betray the country that has given him asylum and purpose. The race for the nuclear bomb is heating up, and Paul has to decide between the family he loves and the country who has saved his life.
Two short standalone crime novels from early in Spillane's career -- never before published. A tarnished former cop goes on a crusade to find a politician's killer and avoid the .45-caliber slug with his name on it. A pilot forced to make an emergency landing in the desert finds himself at the center of a struggle between FBI agents, unsavory fortune hunters, and members of the local Indian tribe to control a mysterious find that could mean wealth and power - or death.
Taking a midnight stroll along the Hudson River, Mike Hammer gets more than he bargained for: a partial corpse on an ice floe. The body is that of a butler to a millionaire - also now deceased. Were both master and servant murdered? Captain Pat Chambers thinks so. But to prove it Hammer must travel to upstate New York to investigate the dead man's family, all of whom have a motive for murder.
BC author. Lindsey Nash has left an abusive relationship and her ex-husband was sent to jail. She has started over with a new life, her own business, and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is stalking her.
Kate Priddy, a London art student, does a temporary apartment swap with Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston. When she arrives in Beacon Hill she learns that her next door neighbour there, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. Evidence mounts that her cousin may have been involved, but when she reaches out to Corbin he proclaims his innocence. Then she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment - and accidently learns that Corbin is not where he says he is.
Solomon Creed has no recollection of who he is, or where he comes from. The only solid clue to his identity is a label stitched in his jacket that reads: "This suit was made to treasure for Mr. Solomon Creed." Solomon heads to France in search of the tailor. But instead of answers he finds a bloody corpse, the Star of David carved into his chest and the words "Finishing what was begun" daubed in blood on the wall.
Former Kindle County prosecutor Bill ten Boom is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now a witness has stepped forward with a story of mass murder. Boom's task is to examine the claims and determinine who might have massacred the Roma.
Leonora (Lee to some, Nora to others) is a reclusive writer, but when an old friend unexpectedly invites her to a weekend away in an eerie glass house, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But a haunting realization creeps in to the party: they are not alone in the woods. Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed with the knowledge that someone is dead.
A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.
A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to Doc Ford, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925, in which his family had a shameful part.
The Culinary Capers Dinner Club is planning a fall picnic for their next meeting. What could be better than sharing delicious food with friends under a beautiful autumn sky? But when club member Alison Malkovich opens the back of her SUV to load in the picnic supplies, she finds a dead body. To make things worse, it's the body of her ex-husband, and now she's the prime suspect.
Agatha Christie's remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison. Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Aboard the cruise ship to her destination, she witnesses a woman fling herself over the side of the ship to her death.
What only a few know is that Denny Malone, the highly regarded NYPD cop, is dirty. He and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city's history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
1939. As soon as Britain enters the war Dr. Francesca Thomas of the Secret Service comes to Maisie with an urgent assignment: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some 23 years earlier during the Great War. Within days of taking the assignment Maisie learns that another Belgian refugee has been murdered.
When eligible bachelor Stone Barrington is unwittingly thrust into the limelight, he finds himself scrambling to take cover and making personal arrangements so surreptitiously it would take a covert operative to unearth them. Unfortunately, Stone soon discovers that these efforts only increase the persistence of the most troublesome pests...and when he runs afoul of a particularly tenacious lady, he'll be struggling to protect not just his reputation, but his life.