hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
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China Bayles isn't happy when a Texas wind blows her husband's ex-wife, and the mother of China's stepson, into her herb shop. Sally is known to have a split personality and fall into constant trouble with the law, but she claims she has nowhere else to turn. Now it's up to China to weed out whatever it is Sally's running from before the truth catches up to them all.
China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it is arson homicide. An intern-reporter at the local paper is assigned to cover the story and disappears. China is determined to find her, before she becomes headlines herself.
In July 1933, the gangster known as George "Machine Gun" Kelly staged the kidnapping-for-ransom of an Oklahoma oilman. He would live to regret it. Kelly was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, and what started clean soon became messy, as two of his partners cut themselves into the action; a determined former Texas Ranger makes tracking Kelly his mission; and Kelly's wife, ever alert to her own self-interest, starts playing both ends against the middle.
Professional "cleaner" Jonathan Quinn has a new client and an odd job: find and remove the remains of a body hidden twenty years ago inside the walls of a London building, before the building is demolished. But Quinn and his team are being watched. Suddenly caught in the cross fire between two dangerous rivals, Quinn must unravel the identity of the body and why it still poses so great a threat even in death.
Quirke - the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist - is back, and he is determined to find his daughter's best friend, a well-connected young doctor. With his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, they follow the woman's trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts.
Jerusalem, 1974: Police detective Peter Meral, neurologist Dr. Moses Mayo and nurse Samia Maroon become enmeshed in a series of baffling events -- a patient dies without cause at Hadassah Hospital, a body is discovered in the Tomb of Christ, and a child is miraculously cured of cancer. Who is at the centre of these events? And how does the agent Dimiter, escaped from Albania, play into them?
It is Joe Pickett's last week as temporary game warden in the mountain town of Baggs, Wyoming, but his conscience won't let him leave without checking out the strange reports coming from the wilderness: camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. What awaits him is something out of an old campfire tale, except this story is all too real - and all too deadly.
A health crisis sends Harry reeling into the forbidding world of hospitals and doctors, treatments and procedures. Surviving this journey will be tough, but Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker will do their best to steer Harry in the right direction - as will her ever-helpful husband, Fair. Others will have worse luck: an especially promising nurse's lifeless body is discovered without a mark on her. Then another hospital employee, who had seemed in perfect health, is also found dead.
Tietsin is an exiled Tibetan lama who has become guru to Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. But Police Colonel Vikorn, in his ongoing battle with Army General Zinna for control of Bangkok's network of illegal enterprises, has made Sonchai his consigliere (he's been studying "The Godfather" on DVD). Tietsin has forty million dollars' worth of heroin for sale -- if Sonchai wants nirvana, he has to pull off a deal that will bring Vikorn and Zinna to the same side of the table.
On the first day of her new job, Anna discovers she'll be working with her ex, Jamie. She is also thrown into the violent underworld of Glasgow's haunt of working girls, drug dealers and sad, seedy men. Cath, Jamie's wife, watches jealously from the sidelines, having given up police work to raise their child. Anna's life could have been hers; hers could have been Anna's.
Librarian Tori Sinclair would do anything for her new circle of friends, including throw a birthday bash for a fellow sewer's daughter. While the party is a hit, self-important pageant mom Ashley Lawson leaves the ladies wanting to permanently shut her high maintenence mouth. But when Ashley turns up dead, Tori and the girls need to fugure out who really murdered the monster mom, before the finger-pointing causes their friendship to unravel.
A body is found in Eleanor Swift's small-town pizzeria, A Slice of Delight. Turns out the body belongs to the nasty brother of delivery driver Greg Hatcher. When Greg disappears in a panic, Eleanor and her sister Maddy start looking for a serial killer.
PI Regan Reilly and husband Jack decide to celebrate their first wedding anniversary at Jack's parents' beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod. As a storm hits they learn that Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, was presumably swept out to sea. The rest of their weekend is spent searching for clues to the missing woman's real identity.
When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a crime scene LA DA Rachel Knight must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family. But she can't stop herself from digging deeper into Jake's death.
Alexandra "Zan" Moreland, a gifted, beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, learns that someone has stolen her identity -- not only using her credit cards and financial accounts, but impersonating her. Her young son Matthew was kidnapped two years before, and now photos appear that seem to show her kidnapping her own child. Who is trying to destroy her?
82 year old Olivia Morrow is faced with a dilemma. She is in possession of a secret that would reveal that a woman being considered for beatification gave birth, at age 17, and gave up the child to adoption. The father of the child amassed a fortune. The current heirs are squandering the fortune. The only people aware of Olivia's impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent the real heir from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing - even murder.
Wendy is a reporter on a mission, exposing sexual predators on national television, and well on her way to journalistic superstardom when she learns that a group of local fathers have begun to take matters in their own hands. And she begins to wonder about the innocence of some of the men she had unmasked.
Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both Myron Bolitar's clients. But now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumours questioning the baby's paternity have driven away the man she swears is the child's father. For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn't hit closer to home, as his dad, Al, clings to life, and the brother who abandoned the family years ago resurfaces-with danger following close behind.
Mickey Haller, fallen on tough times, expands his business into foreclosure defense -- only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty.
Will Piper's uneasy retirement from the FBI is interrupted yet again when a long-missing book surfaces at an auction house in London. Pursued by deadly government operatives intent on stopping him, Will discovers that the ancient missing volume contains a series of clues--clues that point to a secret which humanity may not be prepared to accept.
Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott McFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.
A seedy true crime writer is dredging up the deadly confrontation that nearly destroyed FBI consultant Esme Stuart. But there is a link between Esme's old enemy and a new predator who uses the internet to coach would-be serial killers. Though her involvement could destroy her, she has no choice when the students are challenged to go on a killing spree.
Vena Burford works part-time for her estate agent brother, showing potential buyers around up-market Warwickshire country houses and begins to ask questions when couples who don't fit the usual client profile visit the properties. Then someone starts to tail her car, leaving some silent but deeply threatening messages.
Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, must help Sheriff Milo Dodge with a series of unsigned letters in which the writer asserts that Larry Petersen, a onetime Alpine resident who has recently died in prison, was wrongfully convicted. The real culprit, the letters declare, has made a deathbed confession of the crime. And if swift action isn't taken to right this alleged perversion of justice there will be another death - most likely Emma's or Milo's.
What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed to the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again - until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead, Pepper Martin, sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.
A chance encounter in a movie memorabilia shop launches Oakland PI Jeri Howard on an investigation into her grandmother's past in Hollywood. Before marrying Jeri's grandfather during World War II, Jerusha Layne worked as a bit player, an actress who spoke a few lines in movie backgrounds. Her dreams of stardom never came true. But did she play another role? Was she a suspect in the unsolved 1942 murder of an actor? And Jerri must also solve another mystery: are old movie posters so valuable that someone would kill for them?
The killer used high voltage electricity to reduce a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal. Fearing terrorism, officials tap quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme for the investigation. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer.
1802. American adventurer Ethan Gage is in a desperate race with the Barbary pirates--and with his Egyptian Rite nemesis Aurora Somerset--to rediscover and control the mirror of Archimedes: an ancient super-weapon that legend contends burned a Roman fleet.
Clare Mayers is almost killed on her way home by a man she describes as having a "dog's head". Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has been commissioned to examine the wealth of Egyptian artifacts amassed by the late Frederick Varley. As the Jackal Man continues to torment the women of Tradmouth, is it a case of history repeating itself? And can Wesley Peterson stop him before it is too late?
Detectives Mark Tartaglia and Sam Donovan investigate the murder of London art dealer Rachel Tenison during her morning jog through Holland Park. They find that as much mystery surrounds Rachel's life as her death, and when a tip from a journalist draws their attention to similarities between this murder and an unsolved crime committed the year before, the web becomes more tangled than ever.
Since he arrived in Florida, Eddie Perlmutter has survived a run-in with the Russian Mafia and tangled with Boca's own family of neo-Nazis. Helped by a reformed computer con man, he's busier now than he was in Boston. His new cases range from a mysteriously haunted elevator to a double kidnapping, with trails leading as far away as Russia and Israel. Good thing he didn't retire from matters of the heart...because the women won't let him.
Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned with meals untouched on dining room tables and cars still in garages. The town's vacationing medical examiner, Maura Isles, and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm. After one of their party is injured, Maura sets out to find help. But just as she leaves the village, she is attacked and dragged into the woods. Searching for her friend and colleague, police detective Jane Rizzoli's investigation leads her to the abandoned valley and a gruesome discovery. But Maura's not dead, she has been forced to place her life in the hands of an unlikely savior: a sixteen-year-old boy.
When Fezvi Pasha, admiral of the Ottoman fleet -- and Yashim's old mentor -- defects to the Egyptians, Yashim must unravel the man's curious history to learn what dark secret has led Pasha to betray the Empire. This draws Yashim ever deeper into the closed world of the sultan's seraglio, an intimate household populated by the young ruler's women, children, slaves, and eunuchs.
Obliged to leave New York City after his last mission, David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago -- the same office where, just weeks before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. His new mission: find the rogue agent and put an end to his treacherous scheme.
Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is fixing up an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine when true crime writer Carolyn Rathbone comes to town to investigate the infamous Dodd murders. Soon a string of deadly secrets is unearthed - secrets that a cunning killer is grimly determined to rebury right along with Carolyn herself. Suddenly Jake finds herself inescapably targeted by one of the most deranged criminal minds she's ever encountered.
Thorn's plans to preseve a ranch from developers suffer a blow when the owner is shot dead. His plans encounter another setback when a pair of contract killers kidnap him, drag him to a game preserve, surrounded by herds of dangerous exotic animals, and entrap him in a sinkhole - a geological dungeon from which there is no escape.
All Paula wants to do is get back to her simple, everyday life - keeping her small business afloat and hanging out at the Paradise Diner, owned by her friend and former rock and roller Babe Chinnery. But before she knows it, Paula is wrapped up in yet another case. And as she digs deeper into the investigation, she finds that no one is "really" who she says she is - including herself.
The island's peace is shattered when a trio of deaths are linked to the island youth recreation center. With the evidence mounting against her, the center's director seeks out Max to clear her name. When it comes to intrigue, where Max goes, Annie isn't far behind. To save an innocent woman, the pair scrambles to unravel three complex interlinked puzzles: the mystery of three guns, the pulled-put pant pockets of one victim, and the disappearance of a teenager whose stepfather always had the last laugh-until he died.
When the decomposing body of a young woman is found near the railway tracks just outside of Bristol one hot May morning, the wounds on her wrists suggest an open-and-shut case of suicide. But Jack Caffery is not so sure. Other apparent suicides are cropping up, and they all have some connection to Elf's Grotto, a nearly bottomless network of flooded quarries just outside the city. Caffery begins to suspect a shadowy predator, someone - or something - that can disappear into darkness and slip into houses unseen.
Joe Hunter's devil is Luke Rickard, a killer who has stolen his identity and committed a vicious double murder. His motive? Revenge. His method? A blade. His mission? Kill anyone Hunter holds dear. It is a deadly duel of wits that brings Hunter face to face with his past.
The annual Arizona Tohono O'odham Nation's celebration of the blooming of the Queen of the Night flower is shattered by gunfire, leaving a little girl the sole witness to the bloodshed that took the only family she's ever known. Dr. Lani Walker and Dan Pardee, an Iraq war veteran and member of an unorthodox border patrol unit called the Shadow Wolves are joined by Pima County homicide investigator Brian Fellows, as they try to keep the child safe while tracking down a ruthless killer.
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has never discovered what happened to her daughter Bonnie, taken from her years ago. But now CIA agent Catherine Ling challenges Eve with the name of a man from Eve's past, whose whereabouts are unknown but who could be the missing piece to the puzzle that has haunted Eve for years.
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan must use her skills with age progression to help reunite CIA agent Catherine Ling with her son. Nine years ago the two year old was stolen in the night as a brutal act of vengeance.
Crime writer Matt Wells can't trust anyone, not even himself. His thoughts are not his own--his subconscious has been infiltrated and a single word can trigger hidden orders buried deep within Matt's memory, turning him into a killing machine. The FBI aims him at the man responsible for his conditioning: an architect of Nazi revival and devotee of the Antichurch of Lucifer Triumphant. This man took Matt's life away and must pay.
1954: Bernie Gunther, tired of spying on the gangster Meyer Lansky for Cuban Intelligence, slips away to Florida. There he's arrested and sent back to Cuba, where he's imprisoned in the Isle of Pines, where he meets Castro and a French intelligence officer. After extensive questioning by the Frenchman, he is sent on to Berlin where he is to screen POWs returning from Germany, looking for a French war criminal. But Bernie's past as a German POW in Russia is about to catch up with him - in a way he could never have foreseen.
The arrival of the circus in Edinburgh is overshadowed by a curious set of crimes, involving the murder of a clerk during a bank robbery and within hours of each other, the identical suicides of two young women. Are they linked? Her new-found friend, Elma Rice, helps Rose McQuinn investigate -- but then there is a murderous attack on Elma's husband.
In the remote Swedish resort of Fjallbacka a little girl is found dead in a fisherman's net. It is the task of detective Patrik Hedstrom to discover who is behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner Erica knew well.
The police in Tanumshede begin to believe that what are apparently deadly car accidents are actually murders. Patrick Hedstrom is troubled by the case, but distracted with the arrangments for his wedding to Erica.
Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is sent undercover to investigate a group of policemen in the Territorial Support Group who have started to act as vigilantes, planting forensic evidence to frame known criminals and moving on to more drastic methods. Far from an ideal assignment, Spider must deceive his fellow policemen and uncover the truth about what is really going on.
Before Brunetti can get away on his summer vacation, a folder with court records has landed on his desk, brought by an old friend. It appears that cases at the local court - hardly known as a model of efficiency - are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it? And just when it looks like Brunetti will be able to get away, a shocking, violent crime forces him to stay in Venice.
Late one night, Brunetti is called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow. Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that she died of a heart attack. But Brunetti can't shake the feeling that something or someone may have triggered ther heart attack, that perhaps the woman was threatened. Conversations with family, friends, and acquaintances do little to satisfy Brunetti's nagging curiosity. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of justice.
Battle and burial are built into the history of Lansdown Hill, so it is not great shock when a skeleton is unearthed there. Peter Diamond, Bath's Head of CID, can not ignore the fresh corpse found close to the folly known as Beckford's Tower. The hill becomes the setting for one of the most puzzling cases he has investigated.
Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House - a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie - and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But now they must take a break from baking and find a killer, or else their reputation - and quite possibly their lives - will be battered for good.
Jakob Grimshaw finds himself at war with the owners of a select development of nine houses, who regard his old farm building an eyesore. When Grimshaw's body is discovered, his head crushed by one of the copestones, it is up to DI Joanna Piercy to unravel the events leading up to his death.
Journalist Jack Gannon's estranged sister comes to him when her 11 year old daughter Tilly is abducted. As he digs deeper into his anguished sister's past, the hours tick down on his niece's life and he faces losing a fragment of his rediscovered family forever.
When RCMP Sergeant Booker Kennison is dispatched to investigate the death of two archaeologists in remote Nunavut, he discovers that at least one of the victims was murdered. As the ice moves in and supplies grow scarce, Kennison's heart-stopping hunt for the killer begins.
Two women are found murdered in Oslo - both of them have drowned in their own blood. The puncture wounds in the victims' faces have been caused from the inside of their mouths. Kaja Solness from Homicide is sent to Hong Kong to track down Harry Hole, the Oslo Police Department's only specialist on serial killings. The severely addicted detective has tried to disappear in the vast, anonymous city. He is on the run and haunted by his last case, the woman he loves, and creditors alike.
The first time was easy. No one had ever suspected the victim had been murdered. The deed is long buried but the need for revenge cannot be denied. Only one person can stop the killing. Only one person can identify the killer and only one person knows the face of death is as close as the face in the mirror.
Mary Kersey has a high profile job giving strategic advice to banks. Then the Treasury asks her to take on a secret role investigating dirty dealings surrounding hedge funds. She knows that the company her firm is working with was acquired after manipulation of the share price and with the help of a dodgy hedge fund. When matters take a dark turn, she discovers how vulnerable she is -- standing between men and their money is a very dangerous position to be in.
The body of an amateur archaeologist, who had spent his life searching for the remains of Samuel de Champlain, is found in the dirt basement of Quebec City's Literary and Historical Society. Had he finally found the body? Was that why he was killed? What old secret lies buried with Champlain, so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
England, 1812: Lady Arianna Hadley acts the part of a French chef in one of London's aristocratic households to find her father's murderer. But when the Prince Regent falls ill after consuming Arianna's special chocolate dessert, she finds herself at the center of a scandal. It soon becomes clear that someone is looking to plunge England into chaos - and Arianna to the bottom of the Thames.
London, 1843. Pyke has been part of the Metropolitan Police's newly formed Detective Bureau for six months. Unsurprisingly, Pyke is confronted by faceless opponents within the Bureau and the New Police who don't like his unconventional methods, his criminal past, or his dubious law enforcement record.
The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drifter but a secret informant prepared to divulge details of a potentially devastating international plot against the British government. He was knifed by an assassin moments before Thomas Pitt arrives for a rendezvous, and those details go with him into death.
Miriam Gardiner has disappeared from a croquet party at the luxurious mansion of her future in-laws. On Hampstead Heath, private investigator William Monk finds the coach in which she fled and the body of the murdered coachman. There is no trace of Miriam. What strange compulsion drove her to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance?
The recession that grips the world has left it exhausted. Crime is rising in every major city. Financial institutions across the world have collapsed, and most governments are now in debt to The Bank, a company created by the world's wealthiest men. But DI Cass Jones has enough on his plate - worrying about his marriage, a high profile shooting, hunting a serial killer, and then his brother's suicide. Could all of these things be connected?
Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife, Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa twelve years ago. Today, he discovers she was murdered. Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets, leaving him to wonder: Who was the woman I married? Why was she murdered? And, above all . . . "Who murdered her?" Revenge is not sweet: It is essential.
First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort found stabbed through the heart with a bayonet. Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life-and death-are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry.
Psycologist Joseph O'Loughlin is summoned one night to search for his daughter's best friend, Sienna Hegarty. Joe finds the teenager curled up at the base of a tree. She is covered in blood and is too traumatized to speak. Meanwhile her father, a former detective, lies dead on her bedroom floor. Police charge Sienna with his murder, but Joe is not convinced.
Ambitious Fleet Street reporter Johnny Steadman gets a tipoff about a policeman's death. He follows his lead to the meat market at Smithfield when he encounters a web of corruption and violent death.
Summer, 1545. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen to repel a French invasion. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of "monstrous wrongs" committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death, Shardlake and his assistant, Barak, journey to Portsmouth.
In Moscow, ambitious Lieutenant Taras Petrenko stumbles across file N1247, a case opened by the Russian secret police more than two centuries ago. Three crucial documents are missing which, if found, could change the lives of millions. One country would come crashing down. A second country would never forgive the discovery, and a third would never forget. Taras is determined not to let this happen, but others believe it should.
John Ray Leenders, the brutal man who tried to rape Sherri Travis when she was 13, is back in Jacaranda, living with the single mother of a teenage daughter. She does not want to get involved and tries hard to ignore what she sees happening. Then her father Tully Jenkins also reappears in her life, dragging her deep into the swamp to exact revenge on the men who set fire to Uncle Ziggy's junk yard.
Precious Ramotswe dreams she is driving her dear old white van. Grace Makutsi dreams that her 97% on the Botswana Secretarial College exam was a mistake. When Mma Ramotswe discovers that her van is actually still in use (and, of course, sets out to retrieve it), Mma Makutsi wonders whether her dream will turn out to be prophetic as well.
At Miller's Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she is using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than migraines. Tally McNabb has brought home a secret--a fatal one. Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne just wants Clare to settle down and get married--to him. He rules Tally's death a suicide and Clare sides with the other vets against him. Clare's unorthodox investigation will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny Adirondack town to the upper ranks of the Army.
Mike Hammer - and his beautiful, deadly partner Velda - take on the narcotics racket in New York just as the streets have dried up and rumors run rampant of a massive heroin shipment due any day. In a New York of flashy discotheques, swanky bachelor pads, and the occasional dark alley, Hammer deals with doctors and drug addicts, hippie chicks and hit men, meeting changing times with his timeless brand of violent vengeance.
In Vienna for a secret meeting, CIA cleaner Micah Dalton notices he is being followed. When he turns the tables and captures one of his watchers, mysterious operative Veronika Miklas, he is targeted by both his enemies and his allies. He has inadvertently uncovered a secret that could shatter America's strategic global alliances. And Dalton will have to push himself to the very edge in a desperate attempt to save his honour and his life.
Cat quilter Jillian Hart finds a gorgeous stray cat belonging to the fabulously wealthy Ritaestelle Longworth, who believes she's being drugged. Before Jillian can get to those charges, a body turns up in the lake - and her cat Chablis finds Ritastelle nearby. Can Jillian's cats aid her in solving a mystery with decades old roots?
Penn seeks the help of her cousin Karen and her husband Drew Slocombe with the disappearance of Justine, another cousin. Justine's estranged mother claims to be unconcerned. Drew's interest in the case, at first unenthusiastic, grows stronger after encountering Detective Sergeant Den Cooper. The realisation that a small child is also missing further escalates the snese of urgency for all concerned.
Karen Slocombe leaves a supermarket moments before a bomb explodes, destroying the front of the store. A few days later, whilst manning her stall at Bradbourne Farmers' Market, a fellow stallholder, is murdered in front of her. When her friends from the Food Chain Group start warning Karen not to tell the police certain details, she begins to wonder if the two events are linked.
Drew Slocombe's gravedigger has just discovered that the body of an elderly woman has been occupying the field for months before Drew opened for business. The police aren't particularly concerned, but someone was obviously responsible for burying her. Then Genevieve Slater turns up, wanting to hire Drew to prove that the body is that of her missing mother.
Undertaker Drew Slocombe drives to the Cotswolds to carry out the late Greta Simmonds' final wishes. Unfortunately, when he gets there, a string of bureaucratic mistakes means that he's now the chief suspect of a murder inquiry. He's beginning to wish he had never heard of Greta Simmonds. Thea Osborne, currently house-sitting at Greta Simmonds' house while it is between owners, befriends Drew and together they work to clear his name.
As the new school year begins, the immediate task in hand for Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell and other senior staff members is the hiring of a new assistant head teacher, for which the school caterers have prepared a private buffet. But during the lunch meeting, disaster strikes, as guests and staff alike become seriously ill in a matter of minutes. After being reluctantly thrust into the role of acting headmaster, Maxwell works in conjunction with the police to try to unravel the mystery.
On the coast of Maine, in the summer of 1890, two young women posed for artist Winslow Homer. Now, 100 years later, one of their descendants has been murdered, bequeathing to antique print dealer Maggie Summer family papers that might reveal the secret of what happened that summer. Maggie's relaxing vacation in Maine turns into a murder investigation. Maggie must now discover which family myths are based on gruesome reality before there's a new victim.
Santa Fe attorney Ed Eagle has recovered from his encounters with Mexican organized crime and his ex-wife, Barbara - who is much more dangerous. Now a mysterious new client has come his way, one who may shed light into some dark corners of Ed's past, and put him in danger once more.
It is 1894 and Richard Throstle and his wife Georgina arrive in Wigan with Phantasmagoria, their ghoulish magic lantern show. Richard is murdered in his hotel room and police sergeant Slevin takes charge of the investigation. Meanwhile, at the Royal Court Theatre, the Morgan-Drew Players theatre troupe harbour many dark secrets. [Dundee International Book Prize Winner 2010].
When a body is found in a long abandoned winery, cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette trades in her fondue fork for a flashlight to clear a friend's niece of suspicion. But as Charlotte starts to turn up the truth, the killer starts turning up the heat.
Local radio jockey Lester Moorefield is urging citizens to boycott donut shop owner Suzanne Hart's "deadly dough" factory - until he's found dead himself, stuffed with one of Suzanne's eclairs. Suzanne is number-one suspect, despite her appeal to the donut defense - "donuts don't kill people, people kill people". If Suzanne can't figure out who killed the radio star, she'll soon be filling a prison cell instead of a pastry.
Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone foils an assassination attempt on the US President and finds himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. He must break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves - one squarely rooted within the United States Constitution and powerful enough to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.
Matthew Scudder, forced out of the NYPD, has given up the drink. He runs into a childhood friend who became a criminal, and an alcoholic, and who is now sober. Then Ellery is killed, shot once in the mouth and once between the eyes. Is it what he saw or what he said that got him killed? Scudder begins his investigation with his one lead - Ellery's AA list of people he wronged. The danger is that by immersing himself in Ellery's world, Scudder may be lead right back to the bar stool.
The quiet of a snow-covered Algonquin Bay is broken when the decapitated bodies of two people are found in a summer home. The two are Russians, come to attend the annual fur auction. John Cardinal must fit this horrific piece into its twisted puzzle.
A May Bank Holiday in the Peak District is ruined by the tragic drowning of an eight-year-old girl. For Detective Constable Ben Cooper, a helpless witness to the tragedy, the incident is not only traumatic, but leads him to become involved in the tangled lives of the dead girl's family. As he gets to know them, Cooper begins to suspect that one of them is harbouring a secret - a secret that the whole family might be willing to cover up and that will lead Cooper to a shocking discovery on the banks of another Peak District river.
Arlette Montrose Banfield angered many marriageable women when she snagged the handsome Lewis Banfield - but were they angry enough to poison her? Mrs. Jeffries doesn't mind getting her hands dirty to uncover the greed behind her murder.
A people traffiker bites the dust in Dubai and a gangland money launderer has a fatal car accident in San Francisco and both deaths bear the hallmarks of a Sam Carver accident. Carver is no longer supposed to be in the game and has sworn to leave that life behind. His old contacts at M16 want to know who is paying him and who is his next target. Someone is framing Sam Carver for crimes he did not commit--a copycat killer motivated by revenge. He wants to crush Carver and beat him at his own game by killing the new president of the United States. Now Sam Carver will have to use all of his cunning to track and stop this deadly opponent.
Kate Wescott is an American woman studying art history in Florence, writing her thesis on the lost works of Michelangelo. Kate befriends Marco, an art student who is a handsome Northern Italian. They are together when they discover the Midnight Angels--three long lost sculptures by Michelangelo. This is a dream come true for Kate but also a nightmare as they are chased by the operatives of a master art thief and the Rome Art Squad.
When she receives an exquisite copy of the Kama Sutra from her best friend, Robin, to appraise and restore, Brooklyn Wainwright anticipates both recreating a beautiful book and spicing up her love life. But then Robin's apartment is ransacked, and the great guy she recently met is murdered in her bed. Now Robin is the #1 suspect. Obviously, exploring the Kama Sutra's bliss will have to wait until after Brooklyn finds the killer.
NYPD detective Nikki Heat finds no shortage of high-profile suspects for the murder of one of New York City's most vicious gossip columnists. That investigation is complicated further by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook.
Jack Reacher falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire Nebraska county into submission. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it is not just past secrets they are trying to hide. They are awaiting a secret shipment that is already late - and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.
Flower shop owner Abby Knight does not believe rumors that Vlad Serban, friend and employee of Abby's fiance Marco, is a vampire. But how to explain that Vlad is from Romania, has prominent canines, likes bizarre plants such as bloodwort and Dracula orchid, and dresses entirely in black? When a local woman is found dead, her body drained of blood, the stakes become life and death. With Vlad the #1 suspect, Abby and Marco race to find the real killer, before Vlad's life really starts to suck.
Setting her qualms aside, Judith McConigle Flynn leaves her charming Hillside Manor B&B to join cousin Renie on a leisurely cross-country trip to Boston. Too bad that her recent and annoying guest, Wee Willie Weevil, famous daredevil and martial-arts movie icon, is also aboard. But the train comes to a sudden, jarring stop when it collides with a reckless trucker, stranding everybody on board in a small Montana town. Tedium turns to terror when Wee Willie is found dead in one of the sleeping car's baggage compartments. Judith and Renie will have to move full speed ahead if they want to blow the whistle on a killer who just might put them in body bags next.
Penny discover a packet of love letters from a promising young Liverpool artist named A. Jones, an artist herself. Penny learns that the mysterious painter met a tragic end in an accident in 1970. While at a retrospective art exhibition in Liverpool, Penny recognizes what she believes to be a watercolor painted by Jones -- attributed to another artist. She sets out to prove her suspicion that art theft is at the heart of the case, and that Jones's death was no accident.
Commissario Alec Blume investigates the death of Arturo Clemente after the animal rights activist is murdered in his Rome apartment. Clemente was also married to a prominent politician and sleeping with the daughter of a dangerous crime boss. Blume, a clever American expatriate with a disposition against authority, soon realizes that he is being watched from on high. Forced to negotiate with powerful, suspicious people on all sides of the law, Blume must rely on instinct, drive, and luck to find the killer.
Folk art museum curator, rancher and sometime sleuth Benni Harper is attending the San Celina Mid-State Fair -- a place for caramel apples and 4-H calves, colourful quilts and homemade jams -- and maybe just a little murder...
The Memory Festival is a celebration of recollections and loved ones through crafts. But when a local cop is wounded by a mysterious sharpshooter who seems to have a vendetta against the police, Benni fears for "her" loved ones, especially her police chief husband. Benni is determined to make her hometown safe-before their peaceful street fair becomes a day to remember in the worst way.
The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19: his girlfriend failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned, and Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years later while working as a cop, Frank receives a phone call about a found suitcase belonging to his ex-girlfriend. He embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.
Emma Caldridge is on mile 36 of an ultramarathon in South Africa when a roadside car bomb explodes. She regains consciousness to find that someone is injecting a medication into her. Her concerns about the medication become secondary when she is asked to infiltrate a cruise ship taken hostage by Somali pirates.
Adrian Monk is feeling strangely satisfied these days - and he'd like his agoraphobic brother to feel the same way. So he takes Ambrose, against his will, on the open road in a motorhome. Little crimes pop up along the way and Monk can't resist getting involved. Nor can he help sensing a pattern that reveals the hand of a serial killer at work on this highway to hell.
Nell Endicott and the other Seaside Knitters are helping their friend Gracie Santos open a seafood restaurant on Pelican Pier. But, under a full moon, a local scuba dive club witnesses a blood-red Ferrari flying off a cliff and onto the granite rocks below. Gracie's aunt was behind the wheel, and it was murder. Gossip builds, rumour circulate, and the Seaside Knitters try to figure out a killer's strange pattern.
Behind the charm and vibrant history of the English seaside town of Blackpool is a legacy of secrets. Secrets people have killed to keep hidden. Michael and Molly Graham's friend clings to life in the hospital after being shot to keep quiet. If they manage to find the truth and put the pieces together, will they only be digging their own graves?
American travel-writer Poke Rafferty's life in Bangkok with his wife Rose and their adopted daughter finally seems to have stabilized. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world. Poke must discover the whole truth of Rose's past--a journey into darkness that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia's most lurid red-light street, Patpong Road. And there are secrets back there he's not certain he can truly accept--or survive.
Coral Spring PD Special Agent Bobby Dees investigates the disappearance of a 13 year old girl. After a search of Lainey's computer and a frank talk with her best friend reveal the teen was involved in a secret Internet relationship, Bobby suspects Lainey may be the victim of an online predator. And when chilling evidence of other possible victims is sent to a local Miami television station, he fears she may not be the only one.
Neal Maven comes home from his tour in Iraq with no future -- until he meets Brad Royce, a fellow vet, charismatic and confident, with the lifestyle and the one woman Neal has always wanted: Danielle Vetti, Maven's high-school dream girl. Royce offers Maven a spot on his team of vets who highjack major drug deals, take the money, and destroy the product. Soon, however, with two psychotic hit men out for retaliation and a relentless DEA agent closing in, and more questions than answers about Royce, Maven suddenly finds he's in too deep.
After spending two weeks in Europe with boyfriend Ty Cameron, owner of Holt's Department Store, life would be perfect for Haley Randolph. Perfect, that is, if she could just get her hands on the new Sinful handbag - and if only she could discover how her nemesis Tiffany Markham ended up dead in her trunk.
Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble and then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Now, DVDs start being delivered to his house-DVDs which show that he and his wife are being stalked and recorded by hidden cameras. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime. But he couldn't be more wrong. With every step he falls deeper into a web of intrigue that threatens everything he values in this world. Before he knows it, he's in and in deep. And his only escape is to outwit and outplay his unseen opponents at their own game.
Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection - but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.
Xavier (Xavi) Aislado is a gentle giant, half Spanish, half Scot, brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother. His emergence into manhood is colourful, and eventful. He turns to journalism, and has a bloody introduction to the trade, as his first assignment ends in violent death. Inevitably, remorselessly, as his autobiography unfolds, Xavi's life and his love become entwined with his work, and he is immersed in tragedy, loss and betrayal, going halfway round the world in search of a truth that may destroy him.
[Vancouver author]. Crisis is besieging the Alfredson Medical Center. A decision by Dr. Tyler McGrath, a child cancer specialist, leaves a young patient's family shattered. Dr. Jill Laidlaw, Tyler's wife, is a researcher poised to offer fresh hope to multiple sclerosis victims - including a former presidential frontrunner - until rumours of research fraud endanger her career.
Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he sees death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He is never wrong. So when he awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of all his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill listens. The two abandon the train but are soon stranded at the Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - right in the path of a hurricane. There are much deadlier threats than the storm in this place, though, and Arlen's eerie gift warns that they'll never leave.
Eliza Benedict's tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from a man on Virginia's death row. In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter Bowman and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. She cautiously makes contact with Walter: she's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he will tell her--and share the truth about his other victims....
In Africa Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton, which triggers a recollection: the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring. His decision to find the ring's owner and purpose will lead him through layers of conspiracy to a vicious Russian mercenary, Leonid Arkadin -- who, like Bourne, was a graduate of the CIA training program Treadstone.
San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani, still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert, now finds he's been linked to the murder of a Washington, D.C., political staffer. Authorities believe the bloodthirsty assassin Liquida Muerte--aka "the Mexicutioner"-- responsible, and that Madriani is the ultimate target of the killer. Moreover, evidence is mounting that the elusive maniac and a domestic terrorist who calls himself the Old Weatherman have joined forces, intending to strike at the Supreme Court.
Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk. Either way, he has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters - mixed race, Xhosa and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Cape Town, panicked politicians know who to call: Benny has just thirteen hours to save the girl, save his career, and crack open a conspiracy, which threatens the whole country.
Troubled teen Luke, left orphaned and homeless, is sent by the court to a treatment program for juvenile delinquents in Humboldt County. When several members of the group turn up dead, former FBI agent E. L. Pender must track Luke down before anyone else gets hurt. But soon clues about another psycho-killer surface, turning the case into a mystery much more dangerous - and deranged - than anyone thought possible.
Molly Dennehy is trying to fit in to her new surroundings, though her neighbours are clearly loyal to her husband's ex-wife. But that's the least of Molly's worries. Her stepson's school has been rocked by a brutal slaying, and a psychopath known as the Cul-de-Sac Killer is murdering families in Seattle homes. Homes just like Molly's. With each passing day, Molly grows more convinced that someone is watching her family, someone consumed with rage and vengeance. On this quiet road, a nightmare has been unleashed, and the trail of terror will lead right to her door...
Bunco is Kate McCall's game, not gardening. But it starts to grow on her when she's invited to Serenity Cove Estate's gardening club banquet. When renowned botanist and gardening celeb Sheila falls ill and her husband dies, the Bunco Babes have a landscape of suspects to weed through.
On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. Investigating, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young, former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill and the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor for Sixkill. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead girl come to light, it's Spenser-with Sixkill at his side-who must put things right.
An al Qaeda operative directs the theft of a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani military, and then transports it toward its intended target, Israel. Deep inside Washington, Brooke Chandler, a CIA operative whose cover was blown by an incompetent colleague in Lebanon, thinks he knows how the bomb is being moved toward its target and how to find it. First he must overcome the skepticism of the CIA and the White House, and then he must find the bomb and disable or detonate it before it causes the Middle East to go up in flames.
A gangster strip club owner decides, wrongly, that LA newcomer Joe Carver, had robbed him. Carver evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish he'd chosen someone else. The police detective in charge of the case has his own troubles, including worries about keeping his two bigamous marriages isolated. Then there is a triple killing and Carver finds himself in the middle of a gang war, while the real robbers journey into an ever-more violent, ever-stranger territory.
The peaceful life of the hit man known as the Butcher Boy is threatened when, years after he retired, a vengeance-seeking Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. Realizing he will get no peace unless he takes the fight to their door, he approaches Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring, the only one who believes he ever existed. Knowing she keeps track of the Mafia, he asks her whom his attackers worked for, offering information that will help her crack an unsolved murder in return.
1910. Having brought Egypt firmly under her thumb, Amelia Peabody turns her attention to a harder challenge: Palestine, a province of the crumbling, corrupt Ottoman Empire and the Holy Land of three religions. Hearing that Morley, an English adventurer, has raised money to mount an expedition to search for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Emerson and Amelia are persuaded to go after him in order to prevent a catastrophically inept excavation and the possibility of armed protest by the infuriated members of all three religions.
Cantankerous spinster Ivy Beasley has quickly learned that spending her golden years in the quaint village of Barrington won't be as quiet as she thought. Ivy hasn't been in assisted living at Springfields for long, but she's already found new friends, formed a detective agency, and solved a murder. And as autumn falls, Ivy and her team are asked to investigate a mysterious death in the village of Measby - in between card games, of course.
Nate and Sara are leaving their past behind and are on the road to Reno. At a roadside diner a man approaches and offers $500 for a ride into Omaha. But in a few hours, that man is dead in their back seat -- and he's got a bag of money -- more than either know what to do with. Forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-down motel, Nate and Sara make a life-altering decision that unleashes a nightmare.
Things are going well for beekeeper Story Fischer, whose hands are full with a successful local market, her Queen Bee Honey business, and a new boyfriend. But when she finds the dead body of a local woman with a checkered past right near her hive, she's in a sticky situation indeed.
In 1980, a secret American B-52 crashes high in a remote mountain range on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Nearly thirty years later, the terrible truth is revealed. Jonathan Ransom is the resourceful doctor thrown into a shadowy world of double and triple agents where absolutely no one can be trusted. To stay alive, Ransom must unravel the mystery surrounding his wife,a lethal spy who plays by her own rules, and discover where her loyalties lie.
FBI agent Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work as a Special Agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team. A case takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation where, under hypnosis, he travels from ancient Greece to 19th century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie capital of the world -- and lands him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history: the theft of a 1,500 year old sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
On a visit to London, Charlotte goes on a tour of London's most famous hospital for the mad, Bedlam, and finds there a struggling Mr. Slade, her long-missing ex-lover, strapped to one of the stretchers. This leads her toward a secret that high-powered men would (and do) kill to protect -- it is up to her to find the truth and expose a plot of global proportion before the conspirators get to her first.
Tara Chace is ready for a desk job, but before her replacement can be chosen, there's one last job for Queen and country. Soon Chace is on the ground in Tehran leading an extraction team toward a high-profile defector. But obtaining him is one thing, getting him out of the country will be another.
A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. And Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long. In 1985, when he was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. It wasn't just the bodies that were buried, it was the truth.
A robbery of the hospital pharmacy goes bad and one of the pharmacy workers dies. For one second, on the way out, the robbers are face to face with Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport. Gnawing it over later, it seems to them there is only one thing they can do: Find out who she is, and eliminate the only possible witness.
When a bomb explodes outside of the Royal Academy of Ballet in the heart of London, the police initially suspect a terrorist group. But the pieces don't fit and DCI Silver is struggling to find any suspects. Claudie, a physiotherapist attached to the Academy, also has a problem - keeping in touch with reality. Still suffering from black outs after a major trauma, Claudie is convinced she is in some way connected to the blast - if only she can remember. Can she and Silver discover what is real and what isn't before the same thing happens again?
Cassandra "Casey" Calhoun's passion for gardening has carried her to President's Park, on which sits the White House. But when she finds a dead body in a trash can, Casey has to root out a killer before she ends up planted herself.
New York DA Butch Karp is determined to bring down Sharif Jabbar, the demagogic founder of a Harlem mosque. But he faces formidable competition in the form of Attorney Megan O'Dowd, a radical activist enthralled with revolutionary rhetoric.
1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote has been sighted prowling the grounds by a disturbed commoner. When his anxious mother employs John Holdsworth, author of 'The Anatomy of Ghosts' to investigate the sighting, the uneasy status quo at Jerusalem is rapidly torn apart. Holdsworth grows to realise that the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs the privileged life at Jerusalem with a rigour far more effective than anything the Master, Dr. Carbury, could muster. And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted, not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife, his fate is sealed. He must unravel the circumstances surrounding Sylvia's death - or the hauntings will continue.
Accused of murdering the baby in her care, seemingly cold and measured nanny Lisa Stewart maintains her innocence. But when she changes her name and tries to run away, the terrifying threats always find her. Is she a victim of a miscarriage of justice? Or a calculating murderer on the run?.
The FBI asks the ingenious Monkeewrench crew to help them find the chilling link between a dead bride found floating in the Mississippi and a series of gruesome murder videos posted anonymously on the Web - before the killer claims his next victim.
When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell, fear spreads. His door was secured from the inside, with no other means of exit. What was the content of the manuscripts apparently stolen from the scholar's room? Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf set off to investigate the killing, but their lives are in danger before they even enter the abbey walls. As the mystery deepens, Fidelma and Eadulf must also wrestle with problems of their own, which threaten to separate them forever.
The sequel to PRESUMED INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.
Martin Harris has been in a coma for three days. When he wakes up, he is shocked to discover that no one knows who he is - he no longer exists. Worse still, another man is living Martin's life. His identity, his home, even his wife, have been stolen.
When his oldest friend is killed in broad daylight, Petroc of Auneford, former relic-hunter turned respectable Venetian banker, knows someone's trying to send him a deadly message. Petroc must guard his secrets closely if he wants to stay alive. A blood-soaked journey to the blistering heart of Egypt is the only way the reluctant crusader can keep his friends safe and return home to the woman he loves.
At the high-end designer consignment shop Snapdragon, Helen Hawthorne must cater to the whims of snobby-yet-frugal customers like Chrissy, who comes in to sell a purse and ends up causing a scene. But when Chrissy is found dead in a dressing room with a hand-painted scarf around her neck, Helen goes from being low on society's totem pole to high on the police suspect list.
When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants, including Aunt Pat's, Lulu Taylor and her customers are biting mad, especially when they learn that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn's cheating boyfriend. When "Eppie" gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is longer than the list of specials at the best BBQ place in Memphis.
Wisecracking Turkish PI Kemal Kayankaya cares more about sausage and beer than politics, but when he's hired to defend four eco-terrorists charged with murdering a chemical plant owner he finds himself stuck in the middle of Germany's culture wars. It doesn't take long for Kayankaya to realize that the whole situation stinks and that both the Left and the Right have blood on their hands. And is the fiery journalist Carla Reedermann dogging his steps because she smells a story, or is she after something more?
Love is never easy - especially when your girlfriend is an illegal Thai prostitute who has been kidnapped (again) by a gang of sex traffickers. Fortunately for the hapless fiancee, wisecracking gumshoe Kemal Kayankaya is on the case. The son of a Turkish garbage collector, he knows a thing or two about living in the ethnic fringes of the ugliest German city of them all: Frankfurt. Kayankaya plunges into the city's underbelly, where the police don't care if you live or die, and the powerful view an illegal alien as just another paycheck.
Confederate officer Jonathan Sinclair arrives in Edinburgh in 1860 to purchase a blockade-runner from Clydeside shipbuilders. He is betrayed and murdered by the Union's secret agents and his money vanishes. Inspector McLevy teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer.
With her new husband back at work, Anna decides to go and stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz NHP. She isn't in town long before she crosses paths with a tenant of Geneva's, a creepy guy named Jordan. She discovers what seems to be an attempt to place a curse on her - a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols; and begins to slowly find traces of very dark doings in the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans.
As owner of Stoneham, New Hampshire's mystery bookstore, Tricia Miles can figure out whodunit in the latest bestseller. When her friend is killed in a freak accident, she must solve the murder mystery that is more sinister than the books on her shelves.
After Jack Slidell's discovery of his law partner's death in an apparent drug/sex killing, he and the beautiful Caroline Wonder are suddenly hurled into a race for their lives, a hair-raising odyssey filled with outrageous characters and violent suspense. Hit men and sinister government agencies hunt them at every turn, but their quest for justice determines more than the guilt or innocence of a dead friend: the fate of the earth and humanity's survival hang in the balance.
Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch's take on how a leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited. Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily is determined to use magic of her own to find the murderers.
Willow Vanderling's quaint new embroidery shop is not a hit with the local zoning commissioner. When he's murdered, the evidence is stacked against Willow.
A Time to be Born: twelve year old Tom and his family have just moved to a small town perched on the crest of the moor. Troubles begin when Tom sees a mysterious child lurking around the nearby churchyard. A Time to Die: psychiatrist Evi is trying to treat a young woman haunted by the disappearance of her little girl. A devasting fire burned down their home,but even two years on she is convinced that her daughter survived. A Time to Kill: Harry is the town's new vicar and is quickly befriended by the locals. Unusual events around the church suggest he is not entirely welcome and this odd little town harbours a terrifying secret.
Cooper and Fry investigate a series of home invasions in the Peak District. After Cooper's brother shoots a burglar, Fry takes over the case. Cooper must watch his rival pursue the case from the sidelines, even as he unearths evidence linking the crimes to the nearby city of Sheffield.
When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a Web site specializing in campus gossip, she sees that someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her. Then Megan is murdered in a vicious attack and NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is led to phone records that reveal a link between Megan and a murdered real estate agent who was living a dangerous double life. Then Megan's roommate suddenly disappears.
Sequel to BONES. With the help of her husband, Frank, and a good therapist, Irene's recovered from the debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder that haunted her after her near-fatal encounter with notorious serial killer Nick Parrish. Then she learns that Parrish, once thought permanently paralyzed by the injuries he sustained fleeing recapture, is walking again. And the rumor among the Moths, Parrish's online fan club, is that he's coming after Irene. Then a young woman's body turns up in the trunk of a car near her home--naked, frozen solid, and decorated from head to toe in elaborately painted moths.
Denton is drawn into a complex web of murder and revenge when a Polish woman is found dead in his lover's house. While the police remain baffled, he begins to suspect she is the victim of a political conspiracy. But involving himself in her murder proves more dangerous than he could have imagined, as he discovers exactly what the price of freedom really is.
Retired Army Ranger Lt. Col. John Holliday is swept into an adventure as deadly as it is secretive when an archaeologist friend makes a bizarre find in Ethiopia. When Holliday follows a trail of clues through the lawless horn of Africa, he finds himself hunted as he comes closer to a priceless treasure that can only be found by those who can solve a riddle of the past.
One man wants to destroy the world. One man can save it. Isaac Bell is on the case.
Falco is asked to investigate a murder in the famous Library. When he learns that both his Uncle Fulvius and his own disreputable father are also in Alexandria, he begins to fear they might be connected to the events in the Library. If so, he stands no chance.
Are there lines in the world of national and international security that even James Bond should not cross?
Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist known as the Lion, has returned to America to make good on threats and take care of unfinished business. The Lion is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge, and John Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal--to find and kill Khalil.
A father's crimes and a son's need for justice pit the two against each other.
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a "lucky" bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. The first hint of which: Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but Stephanie believes that her name is on the killer's list. You'd think this would be item 1 on the priority list, but her family and friends have decided that now would be a good time to finally choose between her Trenton cop Joe Morelli and security expert Ranger.
Farmer's Holmes pastiches collected together.
During a 1955 riot in Montreal a legendary dagger is stolen from its protective glass case in Montreal's imposing Sun Life Building. On the night of the theft, a local hoodlum and police informant is found murdered in a nearby park, with a dagger wound to his heart. 13 years later, Trudeau is prime minister and the case is still unsolved. Young constable Emile Cinq-Mars is asked to continue the investigation.
For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked. The war is on-though who the ultimate winner will be, no one can tell.
Joanna, the youngest of King Henry's daughters is on her way to marry William II, King of Sicily. Henry sends Adelia Aquilar, the only doctor he trusts. Adelia is happy to visit her homeland except that Henry insists that she leave her daughter in England so that she will return. Rowley, the king's most loyal man is along for protection of the jewels, gold, and the legendary sword, Excalibur, a gift for William II. Can Rowley protect Adelia from the madman who is seeking revenge because he blames Adelia for his lover's death?
When a young woman is strangled on a Florida beach and there is an obvious culprit with no alibi, Detective Cab Bolton can't shake his suspicion that an innocent man was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It is 1940; Greece is at war with Mussolini's occupation forces in Albania, and senior police official Costa Zannis finds himself working with secret operatives in Budapest, Zagreb, Sofia, and Belgrade, and a resistance cell in Berlin to organize an escape route from Berlin through Greece to neutral Turkey.
As Heather Brodie kisses her lover goodnight, at home her disabled husband lies dead, his throat cut from ear to ear. He pleaded to be allowed to die due to an incurable illness. Who wanted Gavin Brodie dead? When Alice Rice is brought in to investigate, another terminally-ill man is found murdered. Is it a coincidence or is it a tale of betrayal and the value of life and love?
13 years ago surgeon Edward Hammond performed a life saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi, who now stands trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague. After his life was saved, Gazi's men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars. If Hammond would like this secret to be kept secret, then he will have to find -- for Gazi's family -- the Italian financier who holds the key to all the money Gazi squirreled away before he was locked up.
Sarah Booth's friend, Tinkie, convinces her to leave her worldly concerns behind and join her for a vacation at a posh spa and cooking school. There the posturing and backbiting of a corporate beauty pageant/cook-off that really takes her mind off of her woes. But soon the heated competition boils over and the top contender is poisoned. So much for that much-needed R&R.
Alex McKnight is asked to investigate a man found dead, having hanged himself by Lake Superior, on a lonely lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay. What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence and bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless killer.
22-year-old Cherry Pye, a pop star since she was 14 - is about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is her undercover stunt double, portraying Cherry whenever the singer is too "indisposed" - meaning wasted - to go out in public. So it is Ann who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (uber-stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and botoxed twin publicists; weed whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public - and from Cherry herself.
In LA there is a killer on the loose. He kills young and rootless girls and he always kills in threes. Back in Dublin, Ed Loy is reunited with Jack Donovan, a film director friend from LA with a turbulent personal history. When the third young female extra fails to show up for work on Jack's movie, Loy begins to suspect Jack. When previous victims of the "Three-in-One Killer" are discovered in LA at locations Jack used for his movies, Loy's suspicion hardens.
On the grounds of Marshfield Manor, Civil War re-enactors have set up camp. And what a dedicated troupe! One of them has really been killed.
The only clues, after FBI profiler Karen Vail's boyfriend disappears in Napa Valley, are a blood stain and a tenuous connections to a vicious serial killer operating in the area. This killer challenges Vail by boldly leaving his high-profile victims in public places. Is this offender somehow responsible for her boyfriend's disappearance?
In Durant, Wyoming, the owners of a multi-million dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent junkyard. When a severed thumb is discovered in the yard, conflicts erupt, and Walt Longmire, his trusty companion Dog, life-long friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Santiago Saizarbitoria and Victoria Moretti find themselves in a small town that feels more and more like a high plains pressure cooker.
Polly Pepper, musical comedy superstar of yesteryear, has hit a bit of a professional dry spell. So when the nefarious Laura Crawford, scene-stealing former cast mate and perpetual diva, proposes a Polly Pepper Playhouse reunion cruise, Polly is on board, full steam ahead. But soon she realizes that Hollywood on the high seas will be nothing short of a shipwreck.
On Pensacola Beach, the Coast Guard finds a fishing cooler with body parts wrapped in plastic. A Category 5 hurricane has entered the Gulf of Mexico and Special Agent Maggie O'Dell is putting herself in the projected path of the hurricane to investigate the murder. She traces the torso in the cooler back to a man who disappeared weeks earlier when the hurricane hit Port St. Lucie, on the Atlantic side of Florida. How did the body end up six hundred miles away in the Gulf of Mexico?
Jackie Swaitkowski investigates the death of a female pilot who had a family tree filled with ex-cons and a passenger list packed with Hamptons high society. Just before her plane took its nosedive, she tossed out a camera case that held an unusual set of photos. While defending Eugenie's husband during the accident investigation, Jackie realizes that the photos may be able to prove her client's innocence -- but it will mean uncovering a mystery from her own family's past as well.
A bizarre lighthouse on a insolated ridge in eastern Kentucky, adjacent to a big-cat rescue centre, is the scene of a murder. The death of the lighthouse builder and the strange occurrences at the cat shelter convince a local policeman that there is a secret connected to the ridge, and that a terrifying evil may be just on the other side of the divide between dark and light.
Trouble begins when Riley publicly clashes with newspaper gossip writer Sam Pierce, throwing a drink in his face after he implies in his popular column that she cheated on her husband. When Sam Pierce is murdered, Riley is charged with the crime. As she struggles to interest her boss in a story about rural wind farm bombings and dead bats, a new reporter spikes the station ratings with exclusive stories about the headless homicide of an unknown woman whose decapitated body is found in a city park. Maybe murder isn't such a bad idea after all? Riley must fight to stay out of jail, ahead in the ratings, and even alive in a killer showdown not fit for television audiences.
Cork O'Connor investigates a series of decades-old murders and their connection to his past. Hired as security consultant for an iron mine slated to become a nuclear waste storage site, he discovers a secret room with six corpses in it. Five date back to 1964. The sixth had been there less than half a week.
Fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is pursuing justice the Ranger way. She takes on a case of a Mexican girl that brings her face to face with a serial killer who has left a trail of bodies along the Texas-Mexico border. Her grandfather's past collides violently with Caitlin's present as she fights to save her world in the same sleepy Texas border town where he fought to save his. Caitlin will learn that only strong justice can save the day.
Two young lovers -- one an austere tutor at Oxford, the other a sparky London barrister -- treat themselves to a once-in-a-lifetime holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. There they meet a Russian millionaire called Dima who wants a game of tennis. But there is something else he wants.
Pop diva Clarion Calhoun has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But tainted stage makeup inflicts third degree burns on her face. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk far above the stage. As Diamond digs deeper, he uncovers rivalries among the cast and crew and is forced to confront his own mysterious and deep-seated theatre phobia to find the killer.
When Dr. Hank Lawson's conscience costs him his position in NYC's emergency room, he lost everything he thought he wanted. Now as a concierge doctor to the rich and fabulous of the Hamptons he is going to get everything he never knew he needed.
Trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon's big chance at Sweden's biggest tabloid newspaper turns out to be manning the tip-off phoneline. Then a caller tells her that the naked body of a young woman has been found in a nearby cemetery. Piecing together details, Annika stumbles across video footage that places the main suspect hundreds of miles from the crime scene, right at the time of the murder.
In the swell of a storm, a ship is wrecked in St. Andrews Harbour. A young Flemish sailor, the last man on board, collapses and dies at the inn. The cargo of the ship appears a welcome windfall but becomes a tragedy as rage and squabbling devastate the town. Hew traces the ship to its source in Ghent, where he uncovers a strange secret. Hew returns to his bitter role as advocate and finds his deepest principles tested to the core.
1927. Dandy Gilver is summoned to Dunfermline in the matter of a missing heiress. Suspecting elopement, Dandy is loath to scour guesthouses to find the little madam and her paramour. Then there was a murder -- or was it a suicide? Before she can even decide which, there was another one of them. And then she was sacked.
19th century Russia. Portiry Petrovich investigates a wave of terrorism and arson that is sweeping St.Petersburg. Junior magistrate Virginsky plays a dangerous game: following a chance meeting with a man he suspects of being an arsonist, he volunteers to infiltrate a terrorist cell. But the young man's loyalties appear divided, his motives conflicted. When five children are killed in an arsonist's fire, Virginsky must decide which side he is on.
The cause of death is "undetermined," but the cops peg Chicago television producer Kate Conway as the main suspect when her soon-to-be ex-husband, Frank, is found dead. To make matters worse-and weirder - Frank's new girlfriend suddenly wants to be friends.
Dee Carmichael, lead singer of the pop group, The Flamingos, has been one of Brett Kavanaugh's most dedicated customers at her tattoo shop. When Dee is found dead surrounded by ink pots and needles, Brett is branded the suspect. It seems that someone is impersonating Brett and if she does not act quickly, the killer is sure to put the dye into dying once again.
After a stray dog named Hobo leads former police sketch artist-turned-paranormal PI Rory McCain back to his owner's corpse, she finds herself involved in another homicide case-not to mention the new owner of a lovable pooch, which makes Rory's ghostly partner, Zeke, more than a little spooked.
During the year of the Great Conjunction, when Jupiter and Saturn align, the streets of Elizabethan London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth. When several of the Queen's maids are found dead, Elizabeth calls upon her astrologer John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. Bruno must play a dangerous game by allowing the plot to progress to give the Queen the proof she needs to convict the killer without putting her and himself in danger.
A kidnapper has taken the son of one of New York's wealthiest families. Detective Michael Bennett heads the investigation. When another student from a powerful family disappears, the FBI sends in its top abduction specialist: Agent Emily Parker. Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the killer mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet-one that could bring cataclysmic ruin to every inch of New York City.
Brian McCarran, son of one of the army's most distinguished generals, returns from Iraq. He shoots and kills his volatile and shell-shocked commanding officer D'Abruzzo on their army post in Virginia after a bitter confrontation. Now, in a high-profile court-martial, Brian must face old demons and new enemies as he fights to prove his innocence with the help of the best army lawyers.
When Marisa Angelo was a little girl, her mother left her and her father to return to her Amish roots. Now, years later, the police call when her mother's bloodstained suitcase is found hidden inside the walls of an Amish farmhouse. She heads to Lancaster County but can get no answers or help -- except from the handsome ex-military loner who found the suitcase. Somehow their families are implicated in the decades-old disappearance.
On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan sharking bar owner, wants him dead. Alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap, it ends after a smoking spasm of violence, with his would be killers mostly dead and him mostly alive. Taking with him a woman named Rocky and her sister, Roy hides out in the battered seascape of Galveston's country western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and cashed out hopes.
Nameless is hired by the dislikeable David Virden to deliver some paper to his ex-wife. But she refuses the papers, sends a message to Virden to never contact her again, and slams the door. His colleague, Tamara, tells Nameless that Virden threatens to sue, stops payment on his checks, and claims that the woman they located isn't his wife. Then he disappears and his fiancee hires Nameless to find out why.
What exactly happened during Sherlock Holmes's great hiatus after his supposed death and triumphant return three years later? Riccardi imagines his travels in Europe and Asia during those years in nine original short stories set in places as far flung as Sumatra and Tibet.
Journalist Nat Idle is nearly gunned down in Golden Gate Park. He quickly learns it was no random attack. Suddenly, in pursuit of the truth, he's running for his life through the shadows of Silicon Valley, a human lab animal caught in a deadly maze of neurotechnology and institutional paranoia. And his survival rests entirely in the hands of his eighty-five-year-old grandmother, Lane, who is suffering from dementia and can't remember the secret at the heart of the world-changing conspiracy.
Cumbria, 1783. The tomb of the first Earl of Greta should have lain undisturbed on its island of bones for 300 years. When idle curiosity opens the stone lid, however, inside is one body too many. Travelling with forthright Mrs. Harriet Westerman, who is escaping her own tragedy, Crowther finds a little town caught between new horrors and old, where ancient ways challenge modern justice. And against the wild and beautiful backdrop of fells and water, Crowther discovers that his past will not stay buried.
Someone is bombing the banks of Baghdad. On the streets of London, an ex-cop, Vincent Ruiz, is robbed of his briefcase. And Richard North, a top tier VP at an international finance powerhouse, vanishes. North holds the key that connects these three seemingly unrelated events - or did, until he disappeared without a trace.
Baltimore city Homicide Detective J. D. Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of violence, but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies that are turning up throughout the city. And now he's starting to suspect that his medical examiner, Dr. Lucy Trask, may be shielding a dark secret that could connect her to these vicious killings - and put her next on the killer's hit list.
A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with. Andy will have to call upon the unique abilities of this ex-police dog to help solve the crime and prevent a catastrophic event from taking place.
Four friends take on a risky opportunity to steal a fortune in dirty money. But in this game, any misstep carries lethal consequences - and these four rank amateurs are playing against the most dangerous professionals imaginable.
Fall has come to Fort Connor, Colorado, and the cool air has inspired the knitters at the House of Lambspun to start on their hats and mittens. But Kelly Flynn takes a hands on approach when a distraught young woman she tried to help is found dead on the river trail near Kelly's house. Knowing the killer could be close, Kelly must work fast to unravel the skein of this crime.
Georgia Bureau of Investigations officer Faith Mitchell must deal with the abduction of her own mother.To find her mother, she'll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they'll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn't just a cop anymore - she's a witness. She's also a suspect. The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light - or bury it forever.
Ex-cop Charlie Hardie reels from the revenge killing of his former partner's entire family. Fearing the same thing will happen to him, he becomes a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men that specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Soon Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world.
When Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to investigate the murder of an influential man in the deaf community-presumably because his own son is hearing impaired-midwife Sarah Brandt lends a hand, only to find herself searching for a killer in an unfamiliar world where those who "can" hear refuse to listen to those who cannot.
With the help of a charitable lady of means, midwife Sarah Brandt rescues a young woman and her newborn from the brothel where the mother was forced to prostitute herself. But their success comes at a high price when their benefactor is found murdered. Though the brothel's madam is immediately considered a suspect, Sarah and Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate, uncovering some unpleasant truths about the victim and her charity-and the woman and child Sarah risked her own life to save.
Dangerous Ways serves up three of the master's richest, most diverse mystery offerings from the fertile middle period of his long and impressive career: the Edgar Award-winning The Man in the Cage, the unforgettable hider-in-the-house thriller Bad Ronald, and the exotic South Seas murderfest The Deadly Isles.
Adamsberg travels to London, where a routine conference draws him into a disturbing investigation. Just outside the baroque and romantic old Highgate cemetery a pile of shoes is found. Not so strange in itself, but the shoes contain severed feet. Adamsberg and Danglard are drawn in to a trail of vampires and vampire-hunters that leads them all the way to Serbia, a place where the old certainties no longer apply.
When Tally's cousin Bree spots her deadbeat ex-husband strolling the Lantana County Fair with a fat wallet and a vixen on his arm, she immediately files for back child support. When his lawyer is found dead, things get a bit sticky. Did Bree serve up a dish of cold, sweet revenge or is she just another hapless victim of a parfait crime?
A transport plane carrying an important Taliban detainee for interrogation is shot down in a blizzard over Afghanistan. For two people-navigator Michael Parson and a woman Army interpreter, Sergeant Gold-a battle for survival begins across some of the most forbidding terrain on earth against not only the hazards of nature but the treacheries of man: the Taliban stalking them; the villagers, whose loyalty is unknown; and a prisoner who would very much like the three of them to be caught.