By Paul Cleave
WINNER OF NEW ZEALAND'S PRESTIGIOUS NGAIO MARSH AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2011'Riveting and all too realistic. Cleave is a writer to watch' Tess Gerritsen'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book ReviewEdward Hunter has it all - a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future... and a very dark past.Twenty years ago, a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in the country's most hellish of penitentiaries. That man was Edward's father. Edward has struggled his entire life to put the nightmares of his childhood behind him. But a week before Christmas, violence once again makes an unwelcome appearance into his world. Suddenly he's going to need the help of his father, a man he hasn't seen since he was a boy. Is Edward destined to be just like him, to become a man of blood?A true master of the genre that only comes along once in a generation, Cleave unveils a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind and of a city of fallen angels captured at the ends of the earth.
The Binding Song
By Elodie Harper
A chilling debut for fans of Mo Hayder and Sharon Bolton. Welcome to HMP Halvergate.If you're lucky, you'll get to leave. Dr Janet Palmer was glad to take a new job as lead psychologist at a remote Norfolk prison. She may live to regret it...The staff are hostile, violence can break out at any time, no one will tell her what happened to her predecessor, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, driving the prisoners to suicide. Janet is determined to find answers. But the deeper she digs, the more she realises: something is rotten in Halvergate. And it's nothing as simple as ghosts...
By Kate Rhodes
Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are abducted from Clapham Common early one morning. Hours later, the boy is found wandering disorientated. Soon after, a pack of Clare's blood is left on a doorstep in the heart of the City of London. Alice Quentin is brought in to help the traumatised child uncover his memories - which might lead them to his mother's captors. But she swiftly realises Clare is not the first victim... nor will she be the last. The killers are driven by a desire for revenge... and in the end, it will all come down to blood.
By Joe R. Lansdale
Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks.With his trademark knack for gut-busting laughter and head-splitting action, Joe R. Lansdale serves up a bubbling cauldron of murder and mayhem that only he could create.Hap Collins has just returned home from a gig working on an off shore oil rig. With a new perspective on life, Hap wants to change the way he's living, and shoot the straight and narrow. That is until the man who stole Leonard Pine's boyfriend turns up headless in a ditch and Leonard gets fingered for the murder. Hap vows to clear Leonard's name, but things only get more complicated when Leonard's ex shows up dead. To the police it is just a matter of gay-biker infighting, but to Hap and Leonard murder is always serious business, and these hit a little too close to home.
By Stephen Greenleaf
Tom Crandall - war hero, social crusader and P.I. John Marshall Tanner's close friend - is discovered dead in an alley in San Francisco's sleazy Tenderloin district. The police call it suicide.But a cryptic answerphone message leads Tanner to suspect that Clarissa Crandall's affair with millionaire Richard Sands may have sealed her husband's fate. As he investigates his friend's death, Tanner turns up suspicious clues that lead to the city's vulnerable blood supply and to Tom's homeless, schizophrenic brother, whose chilling conspiracy theories are closer to the truth than Tanner could ever have imagined.
By Stephen Greenleaf
Publisher Bryce Chatterton receives a manuscript that has all the makings of a bestseller; brimming with sex, money and scandal, it's his last hope of keeping Periwinkle Press afloat. But there's one small problem - nobody knows who wrote it.P.I. John Marshall Tanner is called in to discover the author of the mysterious manuscript, but it soon becomes clear that he is in possession of an exposé that will blow the lid off some of San Francisco's most sordid secrets. In a race against the clock, Tanner must dig up past crimes, scandals and cover-ups to expose the vengeful author before it's too late.
By Stephen Greenleaf
When psychologist Dianne Renzel is found brutally murdered in her own bed, suspicion immediately falls on her husband, law professor Lawrence Usser. An expert in temporary insanity defences, Usser isn't going to be easy to convict.Determined to bring their daughter's killer to justice, Dianne's grief-stricken parents hire lawyer-turned-private-detective John Marshall Tanner to discover the truth.But as Tanner digs deeper into Dianne's murder, assumptions give way to questions, dark family secrets begin to surface and it quickly becomes impossible to determine who is guilty and who is beyond blame...
A Bad Death
By David Mark
A gripping short story in the DS McAvoy series by David Mark, bestselling author of the Richard & Judy pick DARK WINTER. A Bad Death takes place between books 4 and 5 in the DS McAvoy series,Taking Pity and Dead Pretty. Will Blaylock died while on day release from prison. It was a bad death. But accidents will happen. Detective Sergeant McAvoy isn't convinced, though. And he owes a debt to Will's cellmate Owen Swainson: a debt formed in blood and fear when they came together to catch a killer. But their search for a murderer will rip open old wounds, and force old enemies out of hiding...
By Chase Novak
They should never have been born...Adam and Alice Twisden are not ordinary children. Their parents used an experimental fertility treatment, and paid a horrific cost. The twins' aunt is determined to give them the love and stability that they have never known. But outside the refuge she is trying to create, dark forces are combining. Troops of other feral offspring roam the New York streets. And there are people out there who wish to destroy them... and others who see a way to profit from them.As the city becomes a battleground, Adam and Alice must decide where their loyalties lie. They are determined to remain human - and yet their own unnatural urges are growing ever stronger...
By Danielle Ramsay
A brutal killer is on the loose in this page-turning DI Jack Brady investigation. Fans of Peter James and Tania Carver will love this gripping serial killer thriller.'A powerful and intelligent thriller from a must-read writer' David Mark on BLIND ALLEYIn the 1970s, a terrifying serial killer stalked the streets of Tynemouth. The press called him the Joker. The crimes stopped - but the man was never caught. And now he's back. A body has been found in a sleazy motel room, murdered in exactly the same way as the Joker's first victims. Is it a copycat? A trick? Or is the Joker at work once more? It's only DI Jack Brady's first day back - and this will be his most twisted case yet. As Brady digs into both the old murders and the new, he must confront revenge, betrayal, love and lies...and a truly ruthless killer.
By John Trenhaile
When Islamic terrorists hijack a plane on route from London to Kuala Lumpur, passengers Colin Raleigh and his son Robbie are shocked to discover that one of the terrorists is Colin's estranged wife and Robbie's mother, Leila.Leila Hanif is daughter of a Beirut gangster and sister of an international terrorist, but above all a mother. She was forced to abandon her son and husband when she went into hiding two years ago. Now she is desperate to get her son back. But events on the plane have been orchestrated every step of the way. In the glare of the desert sun, everyone's secrets will come to light...Blood Rules is a complex and intelligent thriller told against the background of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict from John Trenhaile, author of The Mahjong Spies and Krysalis.
By Greg Rucka
She is undercover. She is pretending to be in love. She is ready to attack. She is undercover. She is pretending to be in love. She is ready to protect. In the aftermath of a failed plot against America, Jad Bell and his team are sent after those behind it. But they can only find the middle man, not the mastermind. Something far worse is coming. And at the heart of it all are two women: an American spy and a terrorist operative, both living lies so deep they cannot even trust themselves. The stakes are higher, the clock is ticking, and the enemies are hiding in plain sight...
Bat in the Belfry
By Sarah Graves
When it comes to home repair, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree is a fervent wielder of power drills and paint brushes. And when catching criminals, she's been known to really bring down the hammer. But when a shocking murder rocks the small town of Eastport, Maine, Jake may be the next victim for whom the bell tolls.It is nearly midnight when the enormous bell in the belfry of All Faith Chapel - silent for decades - booms forth, startling awake the entire town of Eastport. Upon inspection of the steeple, the police uncover the body of local teenager Karen Hansen, who had climbed the belfry's dark, rickety stairs for a midnight rendezvous. But instead of the promise of an exciting new life, Karen meets her death.Meanwhile, as an epic nor'easter bears down on the idyllic island town, Jake hurries to shore up her ramshackle old house against the big blow. An amateur detective, she has sworn off chasing criminals. But when the news of Karen's murder spreads and much of the evidence points to Jake's likable houseguest, she and her sleuthing partner, Ellie White, get to work.They discover an unexpected ally in newcomer Lizzie Snow, a woman from "away" who seemed to have blown into town with the nor'easter, and who also seems to know a lot about the mind of a killer. Can Jake and Ellie trust her? As a killer roams free and the townsfolk struggle against the pounding, screaming storm, the resulting tempest of gossip and suspicion rivals anything the Atlantic could brew up - and threatens to keep Jake and Ellie from putting the final nail in this cold-blooded case.
The Book of Old Houses
By Sarah Graves
Once upon a time, Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree was a hotshot money manager to Manhattan's rich and dreadful - until she left city life behind for a centuries-old fixer-upper in the quaint seaside town of Eastport, Maine. But even this tiny haven has its hazards - and they can be astonishingly deadly...What would you do if a long-buried book was unearthed from beneath your 1823 fixer-upper a book containing your name written in blood? That's the mystery Jake faces in the midst of her latest old-house renovations. But it's only the first in a town better known for its scenic views and historic homes than its body count. Now Jake is putting aside her hammer and fixing to find someone who's got the blueprint for a perfect murder.
The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning
By Joseph Hansen
'After forty years, Hammett has a worthy successor' The TimesDave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade and Lew Archer as one of the best fictional PIs in the business. Like them, he was tough, determined, and ruthless when the case demanded it. Unlike them, he was gay. Joseph Hansen's groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald.The 'Combat Zone' is for men playing at war, with paint rather than bullets. But when a millionaire's son is shot with a real gun, Dave is called in to find out if it's more than an accident. The case takes him to a town with its own neo-Nazi militia - not the safest place for a gay PI; but then Dave has never figured his own safety much when he's on the tracks of a killer.
Burning the Apostle
By Bill Granger
WARNING: ADDICTIVE READING. WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OF TIME, DRY EYES OR DISCONNECTION WITH REALITY FOLLOWING PROLONGED READING. 'Granger has combined Ian Fleming, John Le Carré and Trevanian in one heady mix' New York Times START READING THE NOVEMBER MAN SERIES NOW! Then go on to read the rest, you won't regret it. The Cold War is over - yet new, even more frightening wars have sprung up within our borders. Now, the field of battle for Devereaux, code name November, is to be found in Washington and Chicago itself.The conspirators are a rich, beautiful radical, a disenfranchised army officer and a playboy U.S. Senator. They're backed by a mysterious Lebanese bank known as the International Credit Clearinghouse. And their goal is a shocking one: destroy the entire civilian energy industry in one bold stroke.In less than twenty-four hours, the November Man will have to defuse the most potentially devastating act of sabotage in history - and avenge an agonizingly personal injustice.'America's best spy novelist' Ed McBain Loved this? Go back to teh beginning with Codename November . . .
The British Cross
By Bill Granger
WARNING: ADDICTIVE READING.WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OF TIME, DRY EYES OR DISCONNECTION WITH REALITY FOLLOWING PROLONGED READING.'Granger has combined Ian Fleming, John Le Carré and Trevanian in one heady mix' New York TimesSTART READING THE NOVEMBER MAN SERIES NOW! Then go on to read the rest, you won't regret it.There wasn't much that Tartakoff could offer Devereaux by way of paying for his passage to the West. There were a lot of risks in bringing over KGB defectors and the Russian was nothing special. Then he said he could get Thomas Crohan out as well. Devereaux passed the name onto Washington. The silence was deafening. Privately, the CIA was throwing a fit. Thomas Crohan has officially been dead for forty years, and the big boys from Intelligence on both sides of the Atlantic (and behind the Iron Curtain) are determined that he will stay that way. Even if it means wiping out anyone who could prove otherwise. And that, of course, includes Devereaux...'America's best spy novelist' - Ed McBainLoved this? Read The Zurich Numbers next . . .
Beyond The Silence
By Ted Allbeury
Lord Carling is one of the great and the good now, but once he was just George Carling, a privileged young idealist who wrote a letter to the Soviet Embassy to say how much he admired the way the Russians were resisting the Nazis. And later he was an intelligence officer for the SIS. A very good officer with very accurate information about the Soviet Union and a cordial relationship with the Americans.Now, the whisper has gone round that Carling's information was too good to be honest. That he was too close to Philby and the other legendary traitors of his era and that he might have been working for the wrong people.So SIS sends Tim Mathews to find out what Carling has to say about his past and his friends. Mathews is surprised when Carling talks candidly about how he found information, friendship and even love on the other side of the Berlin Wall in the days when the Cold War very nearly became World War III.Carling's real secrets are deeper and more astonishing. For he is the man who knows about Kim Philby's last great coup: the ultimate deception of the Cold War.
By Danielle Ramsay
The third Jack Brady case - a gritty murder mystery perfect for fans of Peter James and Tania Carver.'A powerful and intelligent thriller from a must-read writer' David MarkThree brutal attacks. One near-fatal beating. And a deadly score to settle. DI Jack Brady is riding high after the successful outcome of his previous case, but his world is about to come crashing down.There's a serial rapist plaguing the streets of Whitley Bay. Three young women have been horribly abused, and his boss and the press are screaming for answers. Everything seems to point to his old friend and foe, gangster Martin Madley, though Brady still struggles to believe he's capable of such acts. With time running out before the villain strikes again, Brady must follow every scrap of evidence. But there are forces at work he knows nothing about, and his persistence is leading both him and those close to him ever further into danger...
The Bodyguard Man
By Philip Evans
Harry Mann is a loner. He quit the Special Branch and turned freelance. Now he's rated one of the best in the uneasy brotherhood of international bodyguards, but even he has his work cut out for him keeping Gianni Corrente, young Sardinian superstar of Italian football, out of harm's way. A bodyguard expects trouble. But as the corpses pile up and the intrigue thickens around him, Mann realises he's taken on big trouble - and will be lucky to get out alive...By an author who has been compared to Dick Francis, THE BODYGUARD MAN is an explosive thriller full of non-stop action and devestating shock twists. It will plunge you headlong into a world of treachery and violence, of mystery and sudden death.