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.
Would-be novelist Ivy Seidel takes a job teaching creative writing at a maximum-security prison. One prisoner, Vance Harrow, is soft-spoken, charismatic and brilliantly talented. Ivy suspects that Harrow shouldn't be in prison at all, and yet he has deep reservoirs of rage and brutality that seem perfectly in line with the other prisoners. She begins to ask questions, but soon other people begin to ask questions - about Ivy Seidel.
Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles gets involved after her teenage son unearths some skeletal remains during a local cave dig - remains from a not so distant, not so accidental death.
After a known serial killer confesses to murdering her unstable sister Anna, scientist Daisy Hubbard attempts to understand the past ten months in Anna's life.
Two bodies are found in the hills of southern Austria. Inspector Felix Kimmel, an officer with the Austrian Gendarmerie, loses the case to the Kripo from Graz. The following day the family who reported the bodies perishes in a house fire. It's hinted that Felix might be next.
Healer Jude is called to Long Bamber Stables to meet a new equine client and stumbles over the dead body of Walter Fleet, viciously stabbed to death. Healing proves to have little effect: the corpse harbours, perhaps, too negative an attitude. Jude begins making discreet inquiries.
An ex-reporter enters the world of illegal gambling to investigate a murder.
Jane Bell, now 46, realizes her teenage dreams of James Bond espionage when her son, a researcher for a Swiss arms manufacturer, asks her for help. He is sought by two groups that want his secrets. But even he is taken aback at the lengths she goes to keep him safe.
An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.
An anthology on the art of craft and murder - with patterns and projects included - featuring Susan Wittig Albert, Judith Kelman, Monica Ferris, Margaret Maron and many more.
Joseph Antonelli must defend the brilliant young Julian Sinclair after the beautiful Daphne McMillan, a married District Attorney, is murdered. Daphne's husband believes he can sink both Sinclair and Antonelli with one fell swoop.
[Canadian author]. A small team must not only penetrate deep into Africa to locate a hidden cache of diamonds - they must also find a way to come back - alive.
Stephanie has been living life as her alias Petra to the full. Having completed an intelligence contract in St. Petersburg she returns home, but civilian life eludes her when she is lured to France by the call of a friend in need.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland by a telegram from Holmes' brother, Mycroft, a royal advisor after the brutal killings of two of the Queen's servants, a renowned architect and his foreman, both of whom had been working on the renovation of the famous and forbidding Royal Palace of Holyrood, in Edinburgh.
Sofie Metropolis, working as a junior PI in her Uncle Spyros's Queens detective agency, finds missing pets and takes photos of people's spouses doing things they shouldn't. But her life takes an unexpected turn when her latest cheating spouse case turns into attempted murder - of Sofie - and she's rescued by a dashing Australian bounty hunter. And there's a missing "vampire" to find, not to mention Sofie's mother's best friend's lost dog .
Knowing that women in the clergy are still looked down upon by some, Callie is prepared to face criticism in her new job as a curate, but the deep-seated hatred shown by Father Adimola takes her by surprise. When he is found strangled to death the next day and her mentor Frances is accused of the crime, Callie must call upon all her faith. With DI Stewart and DS Lombardi leading the investigation, it is not long before the ecclesiastical facade is chipped away.
Wayward Edwardian debutante Lady Rose Summer is distressed to find herself the prime suspect for a murder. She was found standing over the corpse of her fiance's seductively beautiful new client.
The shooter makes six shots and five are dead. Within hours the police have it solved. But the accused, a sniper from the Gulf War, says, "You've got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". Recommended.
When the parents return home, they find the babysitter unconscious on the floor and the 3 year old twins Kathy and Kelly gone. Only one twin is returned after the ransom was paid. Kathy keeps telling her mother, "Kelly is crying." The mother is guided by the telepathic communication between the twins to help her find the abducted missing twin.
The aftermath of the Trojan War, with Agamemnon to Mycenae and Odysseus to Ithaca.
As Detective Sarah Pribek probes into the tangled history behind a young man missing from a deeply troubled family, she begins to realize that the mystery of the Hennessys runs deeper than it appears. Then Sarah's lieutenant gives her a simpler assignment: track down a doctor rumoured to be practicing medicine without a license in a housing project.
22 never-before-published stories from the International Society of Crime Writers.
Librarian and reluctant psychic Ophelia Jennings - and her grandmother Abigail, a benevolent witch - are forced to look into two almost identical murders, five years apart, committed in their small Iowa town.
The members of a quilting society in Alpine, Washington, unwittingly harbour a crafty murderer, a poisoner, in their midst. It falls to Sheriff Milo Dodge and Alpine Advocate editor Emma Lord to uncover the culprit.
Mystery writer Sophie Katz is living the plot of her hit novel. Sophie suspects that two famous artists who have mysteriously died may have been murdered.
Florida serial killer Serge Storm hops a transcontinental flight to straighten out Hollywood once and for all. Meanwhile, in Burbank, production of what may become the most expensive flop in Tinseltown history is interrupted by the brazen abduction of the female lead. Meanwhile, a couple of midwestern dreamers head west for their shot at fame -- and find it at the center of a celebrity murder investigation. And even more meanwhile, infamous studio heads Ian and Mel Glick continue to produce juggernaut high-grossing dreck, casting-couch perversion, and cocaine hijinks. But there's more. Much more. How is the Japanese mafia involved? The Alabama mafia? Is the castrating cult throwing a membership party? Will Coleman survive his binge at the Belushi hotel? Who can defuse the nuclear bomb?
Life as a fugitive on the Overseas Highway has been fun for lovable serial killer Serge Storms. Now Serge wants a bride and nothing will come between him and his soul mate when he finally hunts her down in Florida Keys country.
Cliff Janeway agrees to do a favour for his bookstore partner, attorney Erin D'Angelo. Erin has never forgiven Laura Marshall for stealing her boyfriend. Laura has now confessed to killing him and wants Erin to defend her. But Erin needs to know if Laura's confession is legal, and if so, is it true?
The kidnapper who snatched the niece of the Governor of Louisiana has only one demand - time alone with a minor Washington DC functionary named Ray Hartmann. Hartmann doesn't understand why until he realizes that the kidnapper, an elderly Cuban, has been a hitman for the Mob since the 1950s.
1575: Susanna, Lady Appleton again confronts treason and murder: are there nude spies sporting in the ancient Roman communal baths and plotting the return of Mary, Queen of Scots?
Amos Walker took a bullet in the leg and is saved by his old cigarette smuggling friend, Jeff Starzek. A month later, Jeff is missing. The Fed's are also after Jeff whom they believe is working for a counterfeiting operation linked to terrorists. Though Amos doubts that Jeff is a terrorist, he finds blank treasury paper at an evangelical church belonging to Starzek's brother.
Danielle Leaf thinks she's helping out a friend - until she's abducted and imprisoned in remote rural India. She becomes caught in a secret war between anti-corporate activists and a transnational mining company that is poisoning thousands of Third World farmers.
Food writer/sleuth Carolyn Blue gets the perfect Mother's Day gift on a gourmet cruise to the Canary Islands: a murder.
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher attends a murder mystery party at a writers' conference held at a Berkshires mansion and - as so frequently at these events - a young actor's murder scene seems a bit too realistic.
Prosecutors feel confident with the case they're preparing against a man charged with the murder of a judge - but then someone else steps forward to confess to the crime. Could they be that mistaken? Or are there two killers, trying to beat the system?
An elderly woman is found dead inside her own apartment with lungs full of river water. London's Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to search for a solution. The city's oddest and oldest detectives-Arthur Bryant and John May- must pool their resources to track down the murderer. Recommended.
The sheriff wants Thumps DreadfulWater to trade in his photography gig for a temporary cop beat after a Red Power Native activist shows up in Chinook and then, shortly after, the body of a retired FBI agent turns up in the local Holiday Inn.
Rivals for the position of CEO of a construction company are incensed when the billionaire owner won't relinquish control. One plots the owner's death.
The arrest of a right-wing radio show host for illegal possession of prescription drugs puts a deadly series of events in motion that culminates in murder. Leading the investigation is Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent hired to stop a killer from striking again.
When a client is accused of murder, Lara's investigation leads her to the the Orkney Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland. There, she is pulled into a centuries-old Viking saga and a troubling quest that could end in danger--and rewrite history.
Toronto antiques dealer Lara McClintoch travels to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and finds a conference devoted to the Moai, the giant stone carvings, going on in her hotel. But among the attending experts is a killer.
Sequel to THE MOSAIC OF SHADOWS. 1098: the crusaders are besieging the Turks in Antioch. When the Norman knight Drogo is found murdered, the ruthlessly ambitious Lord Bohemond charges Demetrios Askiates to find the killer. As dissension threatens to destroy the crusade, Demetrios uncovers a viper's nest of jealousy, betrayal and fanaticism.
The owner of an astonishing collection of Greek antiquities is found dead in a secret room. Only a priceless Mycenaean death mask has been taken, along with the bones of a legendary hero thought to exist only in ancient myth. By the time museum curator Deborah Miller learns the truth behind the crime, it may be too late not only to save herself--but to reveal to the world the awesome secret she's uncovered.
Peeky Kane has problems. Her job - as a prop poker player in an Arizona casino owned by the Santa Cruz tribe - is placed in jeopardy. A band of clown robbers take the casino for millions, and Peeky suspects her boyfriend Buddy may involved. Then she learns her daughter is a crack addict and has been stealing from her for years. And now a member of the Santa Cruz tribal council wants her help in saving the troubled casino. Recommended.
Maxie McNabb and her dog Stretch take their mini-Winnibago to New Mexico. Maxie fancies she'd like to learn to weave, but lessons are put on hold while she does some sleuthing to help a local woman in trouble.
Claire Malloy and her teenage daughter Caron housesit a palatial home but it's far from relaxing. The owner of the house is not who she claims to be and a dead body keeps turning up.
As the Eternal City is paralyzed by a blizzard for the first time in decades a gruesome discovery is made in the Pantheon. But before Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni can begin a formal investigation, the US Embassy has brought in its own people, FBI agents.
Costa and Peroni can see the end approaching to their exile in Venice, and so are eager to quickly conclude an investigation into a fire in a glass foundry. There is pressure from above, too, to finish quickly so that a British millionaire can conclude a property deal. Unfortunately, as they dig deepr into the strange Arcangeli family, they find things are not adding up. Recommended.
Famous poet Kirsten Waller is found dead in her bath in a lonely Cornish cottage. Her daughter Sam refuses to accept the suicide verdict. She believes her mother's death is somehow related to the poem she had been working on, The Murder Bird.
After Judge Carey Moore rules that the criminal record of Karl Dahl, a brutal killer, is inadmissable, she becomes the target of community outrage. And when she is attacked by an unknown assailant in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis's top cops are given the task of protecting the judge and locating her attacker. But this becomes even more a challenge for Sam Novac and Nikki Liska after the killer escapes from jail and then - while her house is being watched - the judge is kidnapped.
Four ruthless Albanian gangsters have infiltrated Edinburgh's underworld. MI5 believe they are trying to take over the city's drug scene. But do they have a more audacious objective? And then a police officer's son is found dead, apparently a revenge murder. Meanwhile Scotland's ruthless First Minister plans to take over the police force. It's a triple threat for Skinner - is his troubled marriage clouding his judgment?
Victorian Toronto. Rev. Charles Howard, the man who decides which tramps are allowed to spend a cold night in the workhouse and not on the street, is found dead in his office, his watch and boots missing. Detective Murdoch's investigation inducts him into the world of the destitute. [Canadian].
Jane MacGuire, saved from a life on the street by forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, is making her first steps toward a bright future, when a childhood friend is shot in a kidnapping attempt gone wrong.
The victim has been ritually crucified, and a cryptic message related to the mystical practice of Kabbalah is found at the scene - but Kabbalists do not condone murder of any kind. Unlikely suspects, unlikely cases - and only the CSI New York team can follow the evidence to their inevitable conclusions.
Researching the life of the pseudonymous author Caroline Keene Cece Caruso meets a collector of early Nancy Drews. He offers her the use of his Palm Springs vacation home when Cece attends a fan convention to meet other Nancy-holics. But then Cece discovers her patron murdered.
The case had been a media circus: a young boy brutally murdered by two teenagers. Now, years later, one of the killers, now just released from prison, has something to tell Alex Delaware. But he doesn't get the chance - his body is found dumped in bushes near a highway ramp.
Two young lovers vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. They're found three days later in the Malibu mountains after a terrifying ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor. But their story is exposed as a hoax, and Alex Delaware is given the job of psychological assessment. But then the young woman is murdered - and the young man disappears.
Grace Hollister and antiques dealer Peter Fox discover, in papers found in an old Lake District farmhouse, reference to a lost Shelley sonnet. But then Peter's shady past raises its head in the form of a menacing Turk who's eager to see him dead. And then, suddenly both Peter and Grace are suspects in a murder investigation.
Canadian legal thriller. Ray, son of Africville's last schoolmaster, was a black activist leader in the 70's and is now a jaded lawyer specializing in real estate deals and plea bargains. Ward, son of a black-balled fisherman, was a promising young politician in the 70's, and is now a judge. Now, 25 years after they fell in love with the same woman, they face one another in the courtroom.
Max Freeman agrees to help onetime girlfriend, Detective Sherry Richard, nail an ex-cop she suspects of killing several young women in South Florida. But Sherry's suspect once saved Max's life, and Max's own aggressive investigation leads him to believe that Sherry's crusade to protect these women is about to roll over a possibly innocent man.
San Francisco, 1924: the closer she comes to the place she used to call home, the more troubled become Mary Russell's dreams. As she and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs there, a mysterious stranger appears who may hold the key to the locked rooms that have been haunting Mary's dreams. Recommended.
18th century apothecary John Rawlings is attending an illustrious theatre party at Gunnersbury House, hosted by Princess Amelia, when a guest is discovered murdered. John is forced to go into hiding after he is found crouched over the body, apparently the killer. He must do what he can to clear his name.
Gladdy and her eccentric neighbors are building their reputation between canasta games and pool exercises - hunting down everything from lost pocketbooks to missing octogenarians. But when the girls win tickets for a luxury bingo cruise, they hit the jackpot. Because this ship is carrying not only Florida's fiercest bingo competitors but also a killer-and it's up to Gladdy and her friends to stop him before one of them becomes his next victim.
London, 1959: When a series of increasingly sadistic murders occur on his old East End patch, and a wartime girlfriend who became a GI bride - since married to a Democratic Presidential candidate - reappears, Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy finds that his youth has come back to haunt him.
In the third thriller featuring professional courier Simon Leonidovich - for whom no job is too dangerous - a nuclear bomb sold on the black market is used as a ruse to bring down the President of the United States - and Simon is the Judas goat caught in the middle - right in the middle of Kim Jong-il's North Korea.
On the rooftop of a theater in an African port, ten-year Nelio, a leader of street kids, rumored to be a healer and a prophet, and possessed of a strangely ancient wisdom, is dying of gunshot wounds. One of the millions of poor people "forced to eat life raw," Nelio tells his unforgettable story over the course of nine nights. After bandits cruelly raze his village, he joins the legions of abandoned children living in the city's streets. An act of the imagination, an effort to prove to his comrades that life must be more than mere survival, cuts short Nelio's life.
Bebe's new job at a modeling agency quickly sours when Bradley, her adored boss, takes a personal interest in the company's top model. Then the scheming beauty is strangled with a Pucci scarf, a gift from Bradley. Bebe's determined to find the real killer, despite the distractions of a visit from her parents, a photo shoot in the Virgin Islands, and dates with the Burma Shave man.
Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham is in the Lake District looking for a manuscript. Wordworth is rumoured to have made a long narrative poem based on the Bounty mutiny. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels.
Lance Roman is everything Savannah has ever wanted in a man and so can't believe her luck when her friends surprise her with a special birthday treat: the opportunity to compete for Lance's affections on a reality TV show called "Man of My Dreams." But no sooner has Savannah started strutting her stuff than one of the show's producers, Tess Jarvis, turns up dead - tragically felled by a carton of Killer Fudge ice cream.
When antiquer Jeff Talbot asks his friend Lanny to find some antique majolica for a gift for his wife, trouble begins - and gentle Lanny is accused of murdering a dishonest dealer.
DI Charlie Priest is content with his work and home life with new girlfriend, La Gazelle. But then a mysterious death puts Charlie and his team under pressure to discover a killer's motive. Charlie himself is a suspect and then, even worse, La Gazelle is kidnapped.
Lorenzo returns to his old Washington DC neighbourhood after a stint in prison and with the help of Rachel, his parole officer, takes a job as a Humane Society Officer. Things seem to be getting better until a malevolent young killer, working for the powerful local drug boss, changes everything with one violent act. Recommended.
Thomas Pitt is summoned to Long Spoon Lane, where anarchists are plotting an attack. Bombs explode, destroying the homes of many poor people. After a chase, two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot - but by whom? As Pitt delves into the case, he finds that police are running a lucrative protection racket, and clues suggest that Inspector Wetron of Bow Street, the shadowy leader of the Inner Circle, is the mastermind. He is using his influence with the press to whip up fears of more attacks-and to rush a bill through Parliament that would severely curtail civil liberties. This would make him the most powerful man in the country.
William Monk is on a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge when he notices a young couple standing at the bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion that ends with the pair plunging to their deaths. Was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? The two, Monk learns, had planned to marry. And the woman's father, an engineer for the Argyll company, had recently committed suicide - or had he? It is suggested that he may have been murdered for insistence that the Argyll's new sewer project could put the entire city in peril.
Fall 1921, the Emersons are enjoying a busy period of excavation in Egypt. Their digging turns to detecting when they learn of a man's lurid death that supposedly was caused by a curse. The dead man's wife implores them to retrieve the stolen statue that killed him in the tomb before it claims more lives.
Emerson thinks he knows where Tutankhamon's tomb is located and tries desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish their digging rights in the East Valley of the Kings. But his interest in the site makes his rivals all the more determined to keep the Emerson clan away. They return to Luxor to prepare to continue their dig in the less promising West Valley - and to watch from the sidelines as Carter and Carnarvon "discover" King Tut's tomb. But then Emerson and his son, Ramses, find themselves lured into a trap by a strange group of villains demanding "Where is he?" Who, they wonder, is "he", and why must "he" be found? Signed copies available.
17 years ago the brutalized body of a young woman was discovered in the snow outside Small Plains, Kansas. In the years, strange miracles have visited those who tend her grave, and slowly legend begins to spread. But now the reappearance of Mitch Newquist, who abandoned his girlfriend Abby on the night of the murder and fled town, reawakens Abby's curiosity.
In the QUICK READS series: big print, 128 pages. In her childhood Polly stole things from people who upset her. And now there is the man on the plane. Humiliated and scared by a total stranger, Polly steals something. But she never imagined her desire for revenge would have such terrifying results.
Ventura County probation officer Carolyn Sullivan must help her brother Neil after the body of his girlfriend is found floating in his swimming pool. His alibi is that he was in bed at the time with celebrity party girl Melody Asher. But Melody refuses to corroborate Neil's story.
Cate Fante wonders whether she can do justice to her new job as a federal judge, but keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, the dark double life that she hides from everyone, even her best friend - until a high-profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide and blasts her cover wide open. But Cate's troubles are only beginning.
Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Her search for truth takes her to Devil's Corner, a West Philly neighborhood teetering on the brink of ruin. But the deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murders weren't random and the killers were more ruthless than she thought.
1880s Cambridge. Schoolmistress Vanessa Duncan's efforts in clearing Arthur Weatherburn of a murder charge have not gone unnoticed. Now she must go on a perilous journey from the English countryside to the bright lights of Paris.
First publication. After 15 years a lawyer returns to a crime scene in order to determine whether or not he is guilty of murder.
A man is given 18 hours to transport a shipment of cocaine from Colombia to a location in the United States. If he fails, his wife and daughter will be killed.
The cards were so bad that Warren Ritter stopped Heather Wellington's Tarot reading at nine cards instead of ten. Then, later that day, he learns she's been kidnapped. Malice Domestic prize winner.
A cobra has been discovered in Precious Ramotswe's office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals that faulty blood pressure readings are being recorded there. And it appears as though Aunty Emang, the advice columnist in the local newspaper, is something other than she seems.
Dante Mancuso works for a nebulous security organization. His latest assignment takes him back to his old North Beach neighbourhood in San Francisco. His first stop is his estranged father's funeral in the dying heart of Little Italy. He picks up the strands of his old life and finds himself playing an elaborate game, a game that involves not just his duplicitous family but also his ex-fiance and his former colleagues in the SFPD.
19th century New York City: Bridget Heaney has escaped Ireland and the famine to become a cook in the household of Isaac Gold. But on her first day on the job she finds the body of the Golds' infant son hidden in the bread dough box. She goes from cook to crime-solver to try and solve the mystery of what happened to the child. Includes recipes.
Marjory Fleming is a sheep farmer's wife, a mother, and a police detective inspector whose home and family are her refuge from the violence of her job. It's 2001 and Dumfries and Galloway is one of the first places hit by the foot and mouth epidemic. When the bulls belonging to an eccentric local family are killed, and their field ploughed up for burial of carcasses, a body is discovered.
Ella Clah faces new challenges in her personal and professional life. Ella's mother Rose wants to remarry and Dawn's father announces he wants full custody . Jimmy Blacksheep is killed shortly after he returns from a tour of duty in Iraq. Ella turns up evidence of corruption in Blacksheep's National Guard unit.
The Monkeewrench gang are driving from Minneapolis to Green Bay when their car breaks down near the town of Four Corners. But there's no one there in Four Corners - and the phone lines have been severed. Something bad has happened - and it's still going on.
An Auschwitz survivor is murdered in a London hospital, apparently for his left arm. In Prague, an apparently worthless painting is stolen from a synagogue. In the US, an old Enigma machine is taken from the NSA's museum. Are the three thefts related?
Sugarmilk Falls, a close-knit community in the Canadian Shield conceals an old secret. Now, on a winter night, the town's inhabitants gather together, induced by a questioning stranger to talk openly for the first time about the sinister events of the past.
Newcastle journalist Joe Donovan, broken by the unsolved disappearance of his 6 year old son two years earlier, finds his destiny entwined with that of a teenage hustler on the run from a skinhead professional killer called the Hammer.
Journalist McLeod Delaney investigates when a new friend meets an uncommon demise in the rare books section of Princeton's library.
Imogen Quy, college nurse at St. Agatha's College, Cambridge, must look into the affairs of a financier after his sudden death. There's a large hole in his accounts that could have a disastrous impact on St. Agatha's.
In the Quick Reads series: big print, 117 pages. A body is found in a chicken run in 1924. Norman Thorne was found guilty of the murder, but even at the time of his execution, there were doubts about his guilt.
When Nina Quinn is hired to do a backyard makeover for her stepson's aunt and uncle, little does she know that she is being duped - and little does she know murder is around the corner.
A children's TV show becomes a blackmail target when obscene outtakes fall into the hands of some bad guys. PI Pete Ingalls is called in to investigate, only to become entangled in murder and discover the liberating potential of puppets.
Ex-Navy SEAL Dusky MacMorgan, now a fisherman trolling the Gulf stream in his thirty-foot clipper, loses his beloved family to a psychotic pack of drug runners. Armed with an arsenal so hot it could blow the Florida coast sky-high, he's tracking the goons responsible - right into the intimate circle of a corrupt U.S. senator living beyond the law in his own island fortress.
In 1987 Sheila Shand received a suspended sentence for the murder of her sadistic father Leslie. Years later investigative journalist Amy Vaughan discovers documents that suggest she is related to the Shands and that there is more to the murder of Leslie than the police ever unearthed, including two long-buried skeletons near the family's home.
Holly has resigned as Orchid Beach Chief of Police and now works for the CIA as part of an elite task force tracking Teddy Fay (CAPITAL CRIMES) in New York City. Teddy, an ex-CIA tech wizard who kills political targets for sport, seems privy to too many secrets. And he's killing off America's enemies one by one.
Stone enters the town of Dark Harbor off the coast of Maine, where the shocking deaths of three people have cast a shadow over this island haven. Stone Barrington's cousin Dick Stone, a CIA agent. has killed his wife and daughter and then himself. Stone must piece together the elusive facts of his cousin's life and death as a CIA operative and find the true killer.
Fiona is asked to appraise a possibly priceless manuscript by Grif, an attractive man who claims to be a mercenary hired to protect her and the manuscript. But is he really? Or is he using her as bait? If bait, it's working. She's on the run.
Advice columnist Molly Forrester accepts an invitation for a weekend in the Hamptons to celebrate the engagement of a friend's brother. Plans of sipping margaritas by the poolside and working on nothing more than her tan are sidetracked when the bride-to-be is murdered. Molly follows a trail of sex, lies, and streaming video back to Manhattan.
Tampa, 1955: the bludgeoning death of mob boss Charlie Wall sends shock waves through the communities. Cops, reporters and mobsters all contend to learn the truth behind the killing.
Insurance fraud PI Pauline Sokol must go undercover as a nurse, part of the medical team on a lavish luxury liner that's setting sail for Bermuda. But when a dead body turns up - in Pauline's cabin, no less - and another nurse goes missing, Pauline realizes she may be over her head in shark-infested waters.
[Canadian author]. To his family's relief, work at home science fiction writer Zack has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. While researching his first feature article, he stumbles upon a crime - what seems like an ordinary hit and run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that's been burglarizing Crandall's high end shops. Soon Zack is headed for a confrontation with crime boss Barbie Bullock - if he has time.
When respected novelist Graham Broadbent returns to his childhood home for a reunion the last thing he expects is a 19 year old girl who claims to be his daughter knocking at his hotel room door. Broadbent does not believe his affair with Peggy, the girl's mother, resulted in a child. When Peggy disappears and her body is found, Broadbent takes on the investigation.
PI Carlotta Carlyle tracks her missing Little Sister to Colombia. Did she run away - or is this a kidnapping?
Jessica Popper is given the challenge of catching a killer who's left nothing behind but a "hare"-a stuffed bunny rabbit. To clear a friend of suspicion, Jess must maneuver through a warren of bizarre twists and more suspects than a bunny has offspring - and she'll need her own lucky rabbit's foot to avoid becoming this killer's next victim.
Tracy Bateman, a freelance film editor, gets a call from his old partner that sends him off to Rome. There he will find some deadly surprises that will lead him on a chase across Europe, into the clutches of brutal drug smugglers, and then back to New York for the final betrayal.
Tom Thorne goes undercover and joins London's homeless. Someone is targeting them and Tom quickly learns that this is no random killer, but someone with a distinct purpose and a very specific list of victims. And then the fact that a policeman is working undercover becomes public knowledge. Recommended.
DI Tom Thorne is added to an investigation into the disappearance of the 16 year old son of a high-ranking police officer. Thorne discovers that the main suspect in a four year old unsolved murder case, a man that once threatened the family, has not been investigated. But why?
When she's asked to investigate the disappearance of a talented young rower from Oxford University, PI Sam Falconer begins to pick at the seams of a ruthlessly competitive world. Then a body surfaces in the water - and it's not the rower's.
Game warden Joe Pickett is picked to temporarily run the Teton district after his friend and fellow warden Will Jensen kills himself. He learns that Will had become violent and unpredicatable in the last few months. The closer Joe comes to the truth about Will's death, the more his own life spirals out of control.
Blind lawyer Hugh Freyl is found beaten to death. David Marion, the convicted killer that Freyl managed to get released from prison is the prime suspect. As David struggles to clear himself he learns that Freyl may not have been all that he appeared to be.
When a man is wrongly convicted of a woman's murder, Mrs. Jeffries and her belowstairs cohorts have their work cut out for them if they want to save an innocent man from the gallows.
A group of 9 primary school friends find themselves reunited twenty years later. One is dead, one in intensive care and another in custody charged with murder. And the others are all somewhere on the fringes of the investigation.
Violence and tension along the US-Mexican border is due to battles between rival drug lords and an increased flow of immigrants. The US has executed Operation Rampart directed by Major Jason Richter and Task Force TALON to combat the threat. Soon Richter and his force are assigned to the FBI to investigate the murders of several Border Patrol agents. This mission could become an all out guerilla war.
Cheating husband Max Fisher hires a psychotic hitman to murder his wife for him, but things don't go too smoothly.
Preservationists ask Miami's Cold Case Squad to solve a 45 year old double murder cold case on the Shadows property with new forensic techniques when a grisly discovery on the property makes the case hot again.
L.A.-based private detective Regan Reilly is in Hawaii, when the body of Dorinda Dawes, the gossipy PR woman for the Waikiki Playground and Resort, washes ashore in a valuable lei that once belonged to a Hawaiian princess. The lei had been stolen from a Honolulu museum thirty years ago. The resort manager asks Regan to look into the drowning, which seems a bit suspicious.
9 years ago Matt Hunter went to prison for manslaughter. Now things are looking up - his wife Olivia is pregnant and they're closing on a house in his hometown in New Jersey. Then one day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call. A mysterious man who begins tailing him then turns up dead. A beloved nun who is not what she appears to be is murdered, and the authorities focus on one suspect - Matt.
Entertainment agent Myron Bolitar, determined to help keep his friends' children safe, makes two neighborhood girls promise him: if they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him. The call comes several nights later, at 2:00 am. He picks up one of the girls in midtown Manhattan and drives her to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she says her friend lives. The next day, the girl's parents discover that their daughter is missing - and that Myron was the last person to see her. Now, he's going to have to resume an old, dangerous style of life in order to find the missing girl.
When someone orders a black rose for Abby's old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer, her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash. So she heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower--only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect.
Articles from Connelly's first career as a prize-winning crime reporter.
A Massachusetts state investigator is called home from a forensics course to lead a politically-motivated investigation into a 20-year-old murder using cutting-edge DNA technology. But the situation turns out to be a little more dicey than it seems.
It is 1947 and the long-retired Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse, where his memories and intellect begin to go adrift. He lives with a housekeeper and her young son, Roger, whose patient, respectful demeanor stirs paternal affection in Holmes. Holmes has settled into the routine of tending his apiary, writing in journals, and grappling with the diminishing powers of his razor-sharp mind, when Roger comes upon a case hitherto unknown. It is that of a Mrs. Keller, the long-ago object of Holmes's deep - and never acknowledged - infatuation.
The Hawthorne House, once known for its remarkable success rate with autistic children but closed for 15 years, now welcomes backs former residents for a re-union. Festivities are marred when the House's revered founder, Dr. Jay Schermerhorn, is found tortured to death in the mansion's basement.
Goldy Schulz has a new gig preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm. Goldy is enjoying it until she arrives to find the firm's paralegal dead. The poor young women happens to be Goldy's neighbor and friend. Goldy is knee-deep in suspects, one of whom is very liable to cook Goldy's goose.
The 7th in the Lincoln Rhyme series is a two day cat and mouse chase in uptown Manhattan. Quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme and his protege Amelia Sachs try to outguess Thompson Boyd. Boyd is attempting to kill Geneva Settle, a high school girl from Harlem, and it is up to Lincoln and Amelia to solve a 140 year old cold case in order to stop the killer.
In a small, heavily fortified room just north of the Sistine Chapel, a master thief is about to strike. All he needs is an instant-to steal the Vatican's most precious treasure: two antique keys - one gold, one silver - that protect the secret of salvation. But a surprise awaits Michael St. Pierre deep inside the Vatican, an ancient secret so explosive that it sends him on the run - to Israel - with two stolen keys and a terrible realization. The treasure he has uncovered is about to bring him face-to-face with an enemy more shocking, frightening, and insidious than anyone can guess.
Rare book dealer, ex-homicide cop, and private eye Cliff Janeway is tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing. Janeway goes to Idaho to look at some rare first-editon books owned by horse trainer J.R. Geiger. Mr. Gieger turns up dead and Janeway is off to the California races at Golden Gate Fields in search of Gieger's killer.
Disgraced deputy US marshal Wyatt Conway is pressed into duty to deal with the threat of a nuclear bomb, secreted somewhere in Washington DC by the KGB and now under the control of Chechen rebels.
Erik Winter is the youngest chief inspector in Sweden. He has a bloody double murder in an apartment, a crime scene that appears as a stage setting grotesquely symbolic in its composition. The trail of clues that the killer left leads them into the cult world of the gothic - and to a connection with the police.
When an African-American social club burns to the ground, community leaders want an independent investigation. Black firefighter Trey Brown and a local journalist uncover a history of fire code violations and cover-ups. Even worse, the conspiracies were furthered by the sitting mayor of Seattle, a man whose family betrayed Brown years before.
Rookie firefighter Jason Gum finds himself blackmailed into complicity when two of his colleagues steal more than twelve million dollars in bearer bonds. His predicament deepens when his battalion chief, after discovering the theft, dies in the department's smoke room before he can report the crime.
Jason Steadman, a thirty year old office executive in Boston working for an electronics giant, can see that his career has been sidelined. But after he gets Kurt Semko a job in corporate security, good things start to happen for Jason while bad things start to happen to his rivals. When his career starts taking off again he learns that Kurt has been paving a path for him by the most ruthless means possible.
Benni Harper must take over a children's play after the musical director of her church is called away. But the production, already in rehearsal, comes to a sudden halt after the badly beaten body of the church handyman is found right in front of the altar.
Ruby McGavin is shocked to learn, after her husband dies, that she's inherited part of a cattle ranch in California. More shocking still is the family - very much alive - that he told her had died years ago. She's going to have to look into this.
Nina Landry's 15 year old daughter Charlie hasn't come back from a night out, but she can't seem to get anyone to take the disappearance seriously. As the day goes on, a series of half-buried secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty - and into a race to save her daughter's life.
A twisted sociopath is turning a safe Chicago suburb into a brutal killing field, and every single one of his grisly clues leads directly to rookie homicide cop Emily Thompson. In 72 hours, on her birthday, he intends to make her his greatest trophy. If she doesn't stop him before then, Emily's first case will be her last.
Mike Foley is making wine in Oklahoma. He's been hiding out for forty years after tagging along with his brother on a job for the mob that ended in a hail of bullets. Now Mike's nephew Andrew shows up. He saw something he shouldn't have and now has an assassin on his tail. As kill teams descend on Foley's farm, one pissed-off ex--tough guy is about to take a final, all-or-nothing stand with shotguns blazing.
Chaz Perrone went into biology to make a killing, and now he's found a way to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness can continue to dump fertilizer into the Everglades. Thinking his wife suspects, he pushes her off a cruise liner into the Atlantic. She is rescued, clinging to a bale of Jamaican pot, and decides to get even. Recommended.
Mas Arai, L. A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor and inveterate gambler, hears about a man who won 500 grand from a novelty slot machine and ended up stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone else's business, but the unlucky winner was a friend of a friend, so he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crime.
When a pushy saleswoman at a rival boutique winds up dead, Persia Vanderbilt of the Venus Envy beauty emporium steps out from behind the counter to find the killer.
Artist Claude Monet and his wife Alice have escaped scandal and rumour in Paris so that Claude might capture the famous Venetian light.Yet even as they glide through the placid waters of the canals, undercurrents of intrigue are surfacing. He becomes fascinated with the ethereal Clara Casmiri and is drawn into a labyrinth of legend, sexual deviation and murder.
A partner at Kendra Ballantyne's law firm is found murdered - and the only witness is of the avian persuasion.
[VANCOUVER AUTHOR]. When Dr. Catalina Lopez of the Center for Disease Control first receives a report of a lethal new "superbug" immune to all known antibiotics, she realizes that she has a major health crisis on her hands. An ultra-resistant form of group A strep is spreading like wildfire throughout hospitals and emergency rooms in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Doctors, lacking any effective way to combat the infection, can do nothing but stand by and watch their patients die, one after another. Dr. Graham Kilburn, an infectious disease specialist in Vancouver, is one such doctor. Desperate to contain the spread of the new superbug, he joins forces with Lina Lopez as they try to find some way to halt the growing epidemic. What they don't realize is that shadowy forces are conspiring to spread the disease on purpose-and they will stop at nothing to avoid exposure.
2006 Hammett Prize nominee. 1946. Adam Miller has come to Venice to visit his widowed mother and try to forget the horrors he has witnessed as a U.S. Army war crimes investigator in Germany. But when Adam falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her experiences during the war, he is forced to confront a Venice still haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, he discovers, has been compromised by the Occupation. And when, finally, the troubled past erupts in violent murder, Adam finds himself at the center of a web of deception, intrigue, and unexpected moral dilemmas.
Lamaar's Familyland is a major attraction in Southern California and Rambunction Rabbit (Rambo to his friends) is one of its biggest draws. Eddie Elkins is the actor inside the Rambo costume. He scampers through the park picking up children in his arms, hugging them, cuddling them. Eddie hasn't told anyone that he's a convicted child molester. Then he's murdered, in Familyland, still in his rabbit costume. LAPD detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs investigate Elkins's sordid past, until a second Lamaar employee is murdered, and they realize this is a vendetta against Lamaar Studios.
To solve a 30-year conspiracy homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus follow a trail of exquisite but disturbing artwork into the shocking world of the Death Collectors, people who spend vast sums to collect serial-killer memorabilia.
Roy Milano's newest case involves Jerry Lewis's famous uncompleted film, THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED, shot in Sweden in 1972. Certain cinema buffs, it seems, are ready to kill to possess that elusive footage.
Bill Wile discovers a typewritten note left on his windshield. The note tells him that if he doesn't take the note to the police, the writer will kill a lovely blonde school teacher. If he does take the note to the police, the writer will kill an elderly woman active in charity work. The school teacher is murdered. And another note appears on Bill's windshield.
The husband of a beautiful young woman has been accused of her murder. To defend him, attorney Victor Carl confronts not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange dentist named Bob. Thanks to Bob, Victor is suddenly dressing better, dating a stunning woman, and both his economic prospects and his teeth are gleaming - until Victor finds a troubling connection between Bob and the murdered wife.
Everyone suspects Park Lamonte's wife killed him for the ten-million-dollar insurance policy. But Peggy, of The Potting Shed gardening shop, has a growing suspicion there's more to the story - and sets out to dig up the truth.
Ramey's uncles were busted years ago for a bank robbery. Now they're on her doorstep, just out of prison. She lets the geriatric felons stay with her and help out with her home decorating business. Until one of their old jail buddies turns up dead on her front lawn.
An African street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Venice. The only witnesses are a few tourists. Digging into the murder Commisario Brunetti learns that matters of great value are at stake in the immigrant community. He ignores warnings from his superior to penetrate further into the murky subculture of the Venetian underworld.
Commissario Brunetti investigates a cantankerous glass factory owner named Giovanni De Cal who has been heard in the bars of Murano making violent threats about his son-in-law Marco Ribetti. Then one morning the body of De Cal's bookish night watchman is found in front of the blazing furnace. Could the old man have killed him? The dead man's annotated copy of Dante's Inferno, found at the scene of the crime, may contain the clues Brunetti needs to solve the murder as well as uncover who is ruining the waters of Venice's lagoon.
Jaine Austen lands a new job when a fashion boutique gives her a chance to write their new magazine ads. But when Jaine arrives the next morning to pitch her ideas, she finds Frenchie, one of the boutique's gossipy employees, pitched over, stabbed in the neck by one of her own stilettos. Now all Jaine has to do is figure out who hated Frenchie the most, in a case of death by designer knock-off.
Martin Odum, CIA field agent turned private detective is struggling his way trough a labyrinth of past identities - "legends" in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum or one of many other personas. Is he suffering from multiple personality disorder? Martin is caught in a "wilderness of mirrors' where both remembering and forgetting his past are deadly options.
A prostitute is found stripped naked and beaten to death in Aberdeen's red light district. DS Logan MacRae hopes to crack the case quickly and redeem himself for a botched raid. But it won't be quick: on the other side of the city six people are burning to death in a squat that someone soaked with petrol and then screwed shut the doors and windows from the outside. And then another prostitute turns up dead.
Louisa is sceptical when her dear friend Sylvia Shattuck expresses a desire to contact her long-dead father through a medium. But she puts her doubts aside to accompany Sylvia to a seance at the home of Boston's most famous crystal gazer. On their second visit they find the medium murdered, and what began as an idle curiosity becomes a compelling investigation. It seems that to solve the mystery of the medium's death, Louisa must first uncover the surprising truth about her life.
From the author of the Silver Dagger-winning VIENNA BLOOD. When Ruth Braams, an archivist at Amsterdam's Rijks Museum, starts looking into the provenance of a piece of looted Nazi art, she attracts a series of sinister, anonymous threats.
Housewives and murder: 14 stories from Nevada Barr, Barbara Collins, Carole Nelson Douglas, Eileen Dreyer, Vicki Hendricks, Suzann Ledbetter, Elizabeth Massie, Christine Matthews, Denise Mina, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, Nancy Pickard, S. J. Rozan, and Julie Smith.
After Matthew runs afoul of a local gangster he sinks into a world of pain and drug addiction. Then he gets a call from a record company. An old friend, once the bright hope of British pop music, has disappeared half-way through recording a come-back album. The company wants Matthew to fetch him back.
South African mystery. A former Cape Town cop is given only seven days to find a solution to what seems an insoluble crime. If there is an answer, it lies locked in his own dark past.
A secret department of Homeland Security wants to recruit Salam Al Fayed, better known as Fade, to work undercover in the Middle East. A New Yorker, ex-Navy Seal and son of immigrants, he speaks perfect Arabic. However, he was shot in the back in the line of duty and the government refused to pay for risky surgery. The government tries to pressure him, and Fade fights back.
Glasgow, 1981: journalist Paddy Meehan discovers that one of two eleven year old boys charged with the murder of a four year old is her fiance's cousin Callum. When Callum's name ends up all over the news, Paddy is blamed by her fiance and her family and finds herself shunned and dangerously alone.
First, there is the bullet - fired from the rifle of one of the world's most elusive assassins. Second, there is the body - that of the vice president of the United States. Finally, there is the secret, a secret poised to wreak chaos so potent as to bring the highest powers of government to their knees.
Abigail Timberlake Washburn wins the bidding for the contents of an old locker that has been sealed up for years and discovers inside a collection of exquisite old walking sticks. Then she pulls out a decrepit gym bag containing a human skull.
Suzanne Trayle tracks down and reunites birth mothers with adopted children. However, she has never found her own son. But now a serial killer contacts her and claims to have located him. The killer begins to systematically murder Suzanne's clients. [BC author].
A German family living in Provence is wiped out by a shotgun fired repeatedly at close range. Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot learns that many of the villagers in the region remember all too well the atrocities committed during WWII, but some memories are less reliable than others. When a mysterious young woman shows up claiming a special insight, the trail takes ever darker turns.
A sacred relic possessing inexplicable power, it vanished in the flames and chaos of war. Now, six decades later, its secrets will inspire greed, conspiracy, devotion, deception, death - and change the world.
Soap-opera producer Morgan Tyler is enlisted to investigate when a TV hunk is plagued by death threats and a secret stalker.
Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's career doing the occasional real estate closing does not really prepare him for his new case. He has been hired to defend a local man accused of a triple murder. The entire nation's eyes are on him - as well as the sights of vindictive billionaires.
Decius is at an outdoor rally in Rome campaigning for election to the praetorship when a man named Fulvius arrives with a small army of hoodlums and begins to shout that Decius is a thief and worse. And then, the next morning Fulvius's body is found slashed to death on the steps of the basilica. Decius, with the help of his wife, Julia, and the ex-slave Hermes, must find the real killer.
DI Alan Banks investigates the murder of a freelance music journalist which appears to be linked to a murder that occured more than 30 years ago.
During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monks' robes ruthlessly guns down worshippers and clergy alike and carry off the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior. The Vatican is in turmoil, and Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri is assigned to lead the investigation. But no ordinary police organization alone can deal with the bizarre theft and massacre, and SIGMA Force - an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department - is called in under the command of Grayson Pierce.
Carolyn Sullivan is back, this time to deal with Carl Holden, a recently released from prison murderer and rapist whom she helped put away. Holden has a special visit of revenge to make...to Carolyn herself. Meanwhile, a brand new onslaught of murders sends Sullivan on a dangerous path of investigation involving her family and a mysterious new stranger named Marcus Knight.
The new Andy Carpenter legal mystery. When a star running back for the New York Giants is murdered, could rivalry have turned a player from the Jets into a cold-blooded killer?
New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter agrees to return to Wisconsin to investigate the case of a young man arrested for murder. He finds himself face to face with a mysterious religious group.
The killer leaves no clues and his victims seem completely random. Hamburg Hauptkommissar Jan Fabel and his Mordkommission team have a real and terrifying problem on their hands.
Jan Fabel, of the Hamburg murder squad, seeks a serial killer whose each new crime is a grisly reference to a fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm.
Jacob Winter is the White House chief of staff's chief investigator and must move swiftly. A former US Senator and his wife are missing. But when Winter finds the blackened body barbed-wired to a tree, he knows there is worse to come.
Lucas Davenport is concerned when someone starts mimicking the crimes of the Big Three, three vicious killers still locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital. But so, oddly, are the Big Three.
Second compilation of short pieces featuring Gordianus the Finder, filling in the gaps between the novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle.
Clare Fergusson has spent time as an army helicopter pilot, but now she is an Episcopal minister, newly arrived in the small upstate New York town of Miller Falls. When a newborn is abandoned and a young mother is murdered on a cold, snowy night, Clare must pick her way through the secrets that shadow the town. Recommended.
Stacy Killian thinks she has left behind horrors she confronted on the Dallas police force. But a quiet life in New Orleans is disrupted by a friend's murder. Stacy doesn't believe Spencer Malone, an overconfident, rookie homicide detective, is up to the task, and investigates herself. The two enter the world of White Rabbit, a fantasy roleplaying game that is as real as life and death.
Freelancer Ben Copperfield learns that the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup has been kidnapped. It could be the scoop of a lifetime if he can locate the missing racehorse.
Life in the Virgin Islands is good for semi-retired CIA operative W. Cooper until Tortola police ask him to discreetly dispose of a scarred and bullet-ridden body that a passing hurricane inconveniently dumped on the island's shore. Cooper is soon way over his head - awash in terrorism, voodoo, a massive clandestine military arms build up, slave-trading, and serial murder - and swimming frantically toward a beautiful junior analyst from Langley who's busy investigating her own terrifying conspiracy that may well be connected with Cooper's.
A body found floating in San Francisco bay turns out to be Angie Antonelli, a former lover of PI Dante Mancuso. His investigation leads to her boss and fellow employees at a dotcom startup in Dante's old neighbourhood of North Beach.
As his son Gerry tangles with the Vegas mob, Tony Valentine has the job of keeping the world's largest poker tournament honest. He enlists the help of an aging grifter to find out how the blind nephew of a mobster, favoured to win the tournament, is cheating.
Midwife Sarah Brandt visits Little Italy to check on a new mother - and finds the woman dead. Accusations of murder fly back and forth between the woman's mother, an Irishwoman, and the Italian in-laws.
Formerly an investigative reporter, Sister Agatha now serves as an intermediary for a cloistered order of nuns near a small New Mexican town and the outside world. It is discovered that an art collection owned by the order has been replaced by fakes. An art expert called in to assess the problem has also disappeared. Attempting to find what has happened, Sister Agatha must contend with a truly strange flock of suspects, a ghost, and a local sheriff with an eye more on politics than on crime.
Wreckers drive a merchant ship onto a rocky shore in Ireland. An abbess is slaughtered and six religieuse abducted. An ageing scholar is murdered. Sister Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, are asked to find out the identity of the shadowy 'master' spreading death and corruption across the land.
Tuscon trial consultant Calla Gentry notes similarities between the crimes of the accused in a trial in which she is participating and the brutal rape of her own sister Amaryllis. Her private invesigation of the accused, a wealthy landowner's son, leads her into a world of buried lies and revenge.
2006 Hammett Prize nominee. The story of five people - a DEA agent, a drug lord, a call girl, a hit man, and a priest - caught up in the War On Drugs. As they struggle to escape the sins of their pasts and create some kind of decent future, the characters take us through the rise of the Mexican drug Federacion, the demise of a Mafia family, the CIA's involvement in cocaine smuggling, and the vicious netherworld of the drug trade across the border between San Diego and Tijuana. On the way, the five men and women find love and lose it, find their souls and lose them, and find them again.
Architect West Crosse works under a shroud of secrecy, charges his clients a fortune, and then sometimes, in the most skillful and horrifying ways, he kills them. And why not, if the clients don't contribute to the total aesthetic? Forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger, however, is on his trail, seeking a serial killer whose victims only seem to have wealth in common. But Frank had better quickly shake the distractions of his own disintegrating life - West Crosse has been hired by the White House.
1932: Former Scotland Yard inspector John Madden is now a farmer in the Surrey countryside. Then he discovers the mutilated body of a small girl, hidden in a wood. Uneasy at the direction of police enquiries and convinced the killer has struck before, he quietly begins his own investigation. It will involve not only Scotland Yard but also the world of secret agents - and the German police. Recommended.
Thomas Dennehy, senior prosecutor in Davidson County, Tennessee, is prosecuting Moses Bol, a Sudanese refugee who faces the death penalty for killing a white woman in the Nations, a notorious, racially charged part of Nashville. Bol's conviction seems certain, until a university professor claims Thomas sent the wrong man to the death chamber in a previous case. Then a beautiful and brilliant anti-death penalty activist mysteriously surfaces as Bol's alibi, claiming she was with him at the time of the crime.
Karen, a new friend of Belle Graham, has had her husband kidnapped, and her daughter is receiving crosswords with a nursery rhyme theme. Belle's PI husband Roscoe investigates after Karen's husband is found dead only to discover that the dead man had a dark side.
Hannah Sampson and her partner are getting ready for underwater training in the British Virgin Islands when they see a plane nosedive into the water. They save eight people but lose four. Hannah suspects that one of the passengers was a target. Who would be desperate enough to kill a plane full of pasengers?
Getting customers into Custom Card Creations is hard enough. Now Jennifer is getting plenty of unwanted visitors--like a ghost in her new apartment, a pushy downstairs neighbor, her ex-fiance, and a drunken deputy. Then one of her most beloved card club members, Maggie, is killed in an accident--or was it? When Jennifer receives a card written by the victim before she died, referring to someone trying to murder her, she must investigate before she loses another good customer to more grim tidings.
Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid receives a homicide call out to the elite Hillside neighbourhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim, hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, has been bludgeoned to death in his carport. Within a matter of hours, police arrest two young men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of anti-police protests. One of the suspects confesses but then recants, claiming coercive police tactics, and Samantha finds herself following Crenshaw's steps into an elaborate maze of connections between the city's drug trade and officers in the bureau's north precinct.
Sitting quietly, sipping coffee in New York City, Jack Reacher seems to be in the right place at the right time to stop a ransom request gone wrong and help a haunted man with a military past similar to his own. But while a powerful employer is turning Reacher loose with a vengeance, Reacher soon realizes that the only way to find the truth - and save an innocent life - is to do it the way he does it best - the hard way.
KEY News correspondent Diane Mayfield has to give up her vacation and bring her children and her sister to a New Jersey shore town to investigate a story. She lands an exclusive interview with a troubled young woman whose tale of being abducted and held against her will for three terrifying days and nights had been disbelieved by the authorities. But no sooner does Diane finish taping the interview than a second victim turns up: this time bound, gagged, and dead.
Eric Moore's teenage son Keith babysits Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighboring family. The next morning Amy is missing, and Eric isn't sure if his son is innocent. In his desperate attempt to hold his family together by proving his-and the community's-suspicions wrong, Eric finds himself in a vortex of doubt and broken trust. What should he make of Keith's strange behavior? Of his wife's furtive phone calls to a colleague? Of his brother's hints that he knows things he's afraid to say?
J. W. Jackson gets a visit from an old Vietnam buddy. He is one of two survivors of a bloody five man mission. The other three, he fears, are victims of a killer known as the Easter Bunny.
Dirk Pitt and his children seek two Second World War era Japanese submarines. They carry a dangerous virus that must be kept out of the hands of a madman.
Introducing Pepper Martin, a cemetery tour guide. The deceased denizens of the cemetery enlist him to help investigate the events that put them under the ground.
Two women, relatives of the victims of a terrorist bomb blast, get no satisfaction from the legal system even though the identities of the bombers are known. Aided by P. T. Marvel, a sympathtic private investigator, they pursue their own agenda for revenge.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs must stop a time-obsessed serial killer known as the Watchmaker.
Librarian Miss Zukas has finally returned to flirt with Police Chief Wayne Gallant, to greet a mid-life crisis and - not too incidentally - to solve another murder.
First in a new series featuring Mathilde of Westminster, set in the glorious, violent and decadent court of Edward II.
Egypt, reign of Tutankhamen. A scheming minister sends Mahu, Overseer of the House of Scribes and uncle to the Pharoah, to uncover the plans of the Hittites. But what Mahu discovers could have far more devastating effects than any barbarian army.
Ace freelance PR woman and amateur detective Temple Barr is 30-going-on-19 when she agrees to do homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina a big favour and go undercover as a contestant at Teen Idol, a TV reality show. The lieutenant is worried because someone is threatening the contestants - including her own 13 year old daughter - by leaving mutilated Barbie dolls all over Las Vegas.
Tokyo assassin John Rain is hired by the Mossad but botches an assignment and turns what should have been a surgical hit into a massacre. He find himself running from both the Mossad and the CIA. Can he trust the Israeli agent Delilah to save him? Recommended.
When assassin John Rain learns that his former lover Midori has been raising their child in New York, he senses a chance for reconciliation. But Midori is being watched by Rain's enemies, and his sudden appearance puts both mother and child in terrible danger.
Gideon Oliver accompanies his wife to the Isles of Scilly off the Cornwall Coast. With his wife stuck at a consortium at Star Castle, the home of a Russian expatriate millionaire, Gideon goes exploring and finds a very modern tibia among some Neolithic remains. And then another murder occurs at Star Castle.
New Jersey's premier troublemaker is struggling with her love life, her chaotic family, and her gift for destroying every car she drives. Stephanie Plum is now plagued by a mysterious female stalker who turns out to have a close connection to Ranger.
Paul Wood unwittingly stumbles upon a transfer of human cargo, a 5-year-old Tamil boy accidentally left behind by gun-toting Bosnian gangsters. This chance encounter, during a last-ditch holiday with his girlfriend, is going to turn him into an international dealer in human desperation.
Needlework shop owner Betsy Devonshire has a new roommate after her friend Godwin has an unexpectedly nasty quarrel with his significant other, John. But Godwin enjoys only a short stay before John is found murdered and the police move him to new quarters. It is up to Betsy to untangle the complex knot of lies, save Godwin, and find the real killer.
1938: A murder/suicide at a discreet lovers' hotel in Paris is the work of the OVRA, Mussolini's fascist secret police, and is meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine emigre newspaper. Carlo Weisz, who has fled from Trieste and secured a job as a foreign correspondent with the Reuters bureau, becomes the new editor. But as soon as he returns from the Spanish Civil War to Paris, he is pursued by the French Surete, agents of the OVRA, and by the British SIS.
Attorneys Zack Wilson and Terry Tallach - friends, partners, and complete opposites - have perfected the recipe for legal disaster. Begin with a fool for a client - a man who can't even testify convincingly to his own name, much less to an alibi. Add a couple of determined private investigators and a brave, beautiful police detective whose work only confirms that your client is impossible to defend. Then go to trial.
Jamie Vail, seasoned inspector in the Sex Crimes department, is on a terrifying case: female officers brutalized by a stranger who leaves no clues to his identity and whose sick game is turning into a deadly vendetta. As she hunts for a killer, Jamie's time is running out because she is the killer's ultimate prize.
Harvey Barnett returns from Vancouver to England when his mother dies, but while there two ex-RAF buddies track him down. He goes north to Scotland with them for a reunion. A group that spent three months in a castle in 1955 as part of a psychological experiment is having a reunion. When Harvey tries to find out what really happened 50 years back, he learns something that convinces him he will never leave the castle alive.
DCI Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman investigate the murder of the leader of the Glasgow orchestra. The victim had been involved in gay relationships with several orchestra members, playing his lovers off against one another. Was one of them a killer?
1355: serious riots explode in Oxford and scholars flee the city. Some go to Cambridge. But there, within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second. When Bartholomew investigates he finds evidence that the riot wasn't a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot.
Restauranteur Jane Lawless must help out her father, a prominent defense attorney, after a client is convicted and then kills himself. Someone blames her father and has plotted a meticulous revenge.
Frank Elder is asked by his ex-wife to look into the disappearance of a friend's sister. When the missing woman is found dead Elder finds similarities to a 1997 unsolved case. To solve this riddle, Elder will have to repartner with another person from his past, Detective Inspector Maureen Prior.
A young Englishwoman comes to Tokyo seeking a rare piece of film footage that has been lost for decades, showing a specific incident during the notorious 1937 Nanking Massacre. Only one man can help her - a survivor of the masscre and now a visiting professor at the University of Todai in Tokyo. In order to get his trust she accepts a job as a hostess in an upmarket nightspot catering to Japanese businessmen and wealthy yakuza, where a certain gangster may be the key - an old man in a wheelchair surrounded by a terrifying entourge, rumoured to rely on a mysterious elixir for his continued health.
Attorney Sean Finn is the prime suspect after the body of an ex-lover and co-worker is fished out of Boston Harbor. An ambitious female police detective is also digging for answers, both unaware of what may happen if the truth behind the murder is revealed.
A Reykjavik construction site exposes a shallow grave. Erelandur, while struggling to keep his own family together, begins to uncover many more tales of family pain. The light that falls into the open grave now falls first on one part, then on another, of the secret tale behind the murder.
Yellowstone National Park geologist Kyle Stone must mount an expedition into the backcountry after a new hot spring appears overnight in the park and a noted naturalist is scalded to death.
A harmless stag night prank goes bad. Four of his friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only 3 days to go before the wedding, Michael's distraught fiancee contacts DS Roy Grace. He discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael's whereabouts is saying nothing.
When San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli arrives at the murder scene she discovers that the murder victim, a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, may have been killed for a century old manuscript purportedly written by Holmes himself.
1890s Edinburgh. Rose McQuinn discovers a woman's body while walking on Arthur's Seat. Her description of the discovery is duly noted by a young constable near the scene, but when she returns she can find neither the body nor the policeman.
Philip of France sends Prince John an alchemist. But the ship that brings him is found wrecked off the Devon coast, its crew slaughtered. Then a Norman knight is found both crucified and beheaded, his head impaled on the cathedral rood screen. Coroner John de Wolf must find what connects the killings, and how his own unscrupulous brother-in-law is involved.
When Jack receives a report of an excess of body parts appearing at the Cook County Morgue, she hopes it's only a miscount. It's not. Even worse, these extra limbs seem to be accessorized with Jack's handcuffs. Someone has plans for Jack. Very bad plans.
Attorney Victor Carl's new case presents him with a missing girl, a stolen painting, and a mysterious tattoo.
A QUICK READ: big print, 128 pages. Her Majesty's Government sends a team into Iraq to retrieve a stolen Van Gogh and eliminate the terrorists who took it.
A school-yard bully picks a fight with Phil and Nina's daughter Kit that ends badly for the bully and puts the Broker household in the crosshairs of a vengeful local clan notorious for its violence and criminal behavior. Glacier Falls' tiny police force can't help, already stretched too thin battling the scourge of methamphetamine that has extended even to this rural outpost. And then an ex-con named Gator Bodine discovers Broker's role, long ago, in an undercover drug sting that resulted in the death of a mobster's son. Seeking advantage in his own criminal endeavors, he gives Broker up to the mobster, who dispatches a hit man to confirm that Gator's info is accurate -- and, if it is, to exact vengeance on Broker and his family.
Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is the sole female deputy in Fort St. Antoine, Wisconsin, a quiet Mississippi River town an hour and a half from the Twin Cities. The official population in Fort St. Antoine is now 142, but it's a figure about to be reduced dramatically as several suspicious deaths are reported. Claire's investigations focus on a local woman with a suspicious history of serial widowhood.
1930s rival pulp writers H. P. Lovecraft, L. Ron Hubbard, Lester Dent and Walter Gibson must thwart a madman intent on creating a new global empire.
Portland, Oregon attorney Ami Vergano witnesses shocking violence from friend and tenant Dan Morelli at her son's Little League game. Ex-mental patient and now tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler learns about the massacre and links it to her theory of a government conspiracy to conceal a secret military unit headed by a presidential candidate. Kohler hires Vergano to represent Morelli against charges of attempted murder, and puts her into the position of sorting truth from paranoia.
Since her husband's boating accident, 34 year old Alice Glendenning has struggled to maintain a normal life for her two children. To make ends meet, she takes up a job as a real estate agent. Things are tough for Alice, but they quickly become a nightmare when her children are not on the school bus one day. The kidnapper asks for a ransom identical to the amount due from the insurance claim. She wonders whether she can trust anyone in her fight for everything that is dear.
Once Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best - until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Now she must confront a new monster, a killer who videotaped his latest crime - an act of horror that left a child motherless - then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett.
Librarian Megan Clark keeps finding corpses. To clear her name she'll need to find the killer who's obviously been boning up on Agatha Christie. Could the killer be a member of her own book club?
Julian Ross claims that, while she slept peacefully beside him, her second husband was stabbed repeatedly in their bed. There was no evidence of a break-in, but what really made police suspicious was how she'd lost her first husband in exactly the same way. Can crime writer/PI Lydia Strong get her off a second time?
After his ex-girlfriend is found dead, Harrison Black, owner of the candlemaking shop "At Wick's End", finds out just how hot old flames - and a ruthless killer - can burn.
Artie Cohen takes time off from his wedding day to do a favour for his friend Sid in Red Hook, in Brooklyn. Arriving at Red Hook he finds a dead man, a vagrant, spreadeagled in the water off the old docks. When Sid shows up, he's scared, edgy, evasive.
Retired FBI Special Agent E. L. Pender jumps at the chance to help solve a gruesome series of murders in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The corpses of the victims are all missing the right hand. Are these killings connected to religious fanaticism or is this the work of a psychotic madman?
Caterer Faith Fairchild and her family are off for a week-long stay at the Pine Slopes resort to celebrate a birthday. All is going smoothly until Faith stumbles upon the body of a local lawyer. Then the resort's star chef vanishes. Even the hardiest vacationers flee when they discover the slopes covered in red snow, the result of a body falling - or pushed - into the water supply for the snow-making machine. Faith must dig through an avalanche of clues that could bury her as well.
Sunny Randall is hired to protect the girlfriend and rising star of a C-list movie moghul. When the woman's sister is murdered - in the jurisdiction of Paradise, Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone - Randall and Stone collaborate on searching for the killer.
Lt. Lindsay Boxer, while awaiting trial on a charge of police brutality, escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay. But the community is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. She and the Women's Murder Club make a link between these killings and one of her own unsolved cases. Her own trial and this investigation both come to a head on the big 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.
Sequel to DANCE OF DEATH. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole the New York Museum of Natural History's gem collection, returns them - ground to dust. He is throwing down the gauntlet to his FBI brother, Agent Pendergast. The Museum, run perhaps by the mildly deranged, decides to respond by reopening the Tomb of Senef, a popular 1930s exhibit.
Lucy Trent looks into the death of her grandmother, a glamorous actress who died in a bizarre double murder and suicide at the Ashwood film studios in 1952. Now another body has turned up at Ashwood, with links to the earlier deaths.
A man is found shot to death in Montreal. As Temperance Brennan tries to make sense of the victim's wounds, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton, telling her it is the key to the victim's death. Was the murder victim, an orthodox Jew involved in the Israeli import business, actually a trader in black market antiquities?
Miss Sarah Tolerance is an Agent of Inquiry in 1810 London. Her newest case involves the murder of Chevalier d'Aubigny. The French emigre was beaten to death in his own bed in a locked room. Her search for the killer takes her from the lowest brothels of London to the Royal family.
Vincent Ruiz is pulled out of the River Thames in a coma. He has no recollection of what happened and nobody believes him. A boat covered in blood was also recovered, some belonging to Ruiz and that of three others. Forensics says at least one of them must be dead. The only clue is a photograph in his pocket of a young girl who disappeared three years ago.
A woman on the run from assassins who want to kill her and take her father's red-hot tell-all political memoir, seeks the help of a former detective.
The poisoning of a Napa Valley bride has oenophile Nikki Sands researching what may have been a killer bottle of wine.
San Diego PI Noah Braddock has a six-pack in the fridge, an ocean view, and a killer past that has come knocking. Kate, his high school sweetheart has gone missing and Kate's mom thinks Noah can find her. What Noah discovers about Kate is hardly the stuff of bittersweet reunions. In fact, it's murder.
Episcopalian Priest Clare Fergusson is asked by Search and Rescue to help find a woman lost in the Adirondacks. But the missing persons case soon becomes a homicide investigation and Clare finds herself working once again with Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne.
When Kate Ivory returns from holiday, she finds her normally vibrant and energetic mother, Roz, a shadow of her former self and very ill.
Living on Alabama's warm, windswept Gulf Coast, Tom McInnes attracts troubling cases and troubled clients. With the help of Dr. Kai-Li Cantil, a gorgeous psychologist with a knack for unraveling other people's secrets, McInnes pries into a woman's sudden death and learns that it was no accident. In a world of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, the woman had signed her own death warrant when she did her civic duty and served on a jury. Because someone out there has grabbed justice by the throat and won't let go-until all the right people die.
Sequel to the previous month's DEADMAN'S POKER, once again featuring professional con-artist catcher Tony Valentine and his tangle with hard-boiled high rollers in Vegas. Tips for catching cheats at poker are included, along with a glossary of card hustler terminology.
Midwife Sarah Brandt is summoned to the wealthy Linton home to find that the teenage daughter is with child. It is a mystery since the young girl has never been left alone. Sarah seeks the help of her friend, Detective Sergeant Malloy, to crack the case. Suspicion falls on those closest to the Lintons.
1959: Altonville, once a devastated mill town, is now a centre of vice tourism controlled by boss Royal Beaumont. But now his control is threatened by an invading crime syndicate, race conflict and juvenile gangs. Beaumont ups the ante by importing a hired killer, but this game will prove to have a number of wild cards.
Maggie Summer, an American History professor at the local college in Somerset County, New Jersey, is planning an antiques show to benefit a local adoption agency. But someone doesn't want the show to go on.
When Alain Darnay suddenly reappears on Hilton Head, Bay Tanner hopes for reconciliation with her former lover. But then Cart Anderson, a recently orphaned teenager burning with resentment, wants to know how and why his father, Geoffrey, died, and he's convinced Bay has the answers. After a confrontation with her Cart disappears, leaving behind his empty car, splattered with blood. Suddenly Bay and her lover find themselves the chief suspects.
Former CIA case officer Tom Stafford must uncover, target, and neutralize a deadly al-Qa'ida bombmaker before he can launch simultaneous multiple attacks against America and the West. His task is made doubly difficult by the fact that, for some mysterious reason the people at the very top of the CIA want him to fail.
New York journalist Bailey Weggins gets a new job at the gossip magazine Buzz. It starts inauspiciously, however, when she finds her boss bludgeoned with a blunt object.
Repairman Jack takes on two cases at once. The first is a nun who is being blackmailed by someone with photographs she doesn't want made public. The second is an old woman whose son, a recent convert to a secretive cult, is missing.