A Loyal Character Dancer
By Qiu Xiaolong
Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series.Former dancer and party loyalist Wen Liping vanishes in rural China just before she was to leave the country. Her husband, a key witness against a smuggling ring suspected of importing aliens to the US, refuses to testify until she is found and brought to join him in America. A few days later, a badly mutilated body turns up in Shanghai's Bund Park. It bears all the hallmarks of a triad killing. The US immigration agency, convinced that the Chinese government are hiding something, send US Marshal Catherine Rohn to Shanghai to join the investigation. Inspector Chen, an astute young policeman with twin passions for food and poetry, is under political pressure to find answers fast. When Catherine Rohn joins him he must decide what is more dangerous: to hide the truth, or to risk unleashing a scandal that could destroy his career.
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories
By Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games has partnered with Mulholland Books to publish a collection of short fiction expanding the world of the newest groundbreaking achievement in storytelling: the interactive crime thriller L.A. Noire. 1940s Hollywood, murder, deception and mystery take center stage as readers reintroduce themselves to characters seen in L.A. Noire. Explore the lives of actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight; heroes turned defeated men; and classic Noir villains. Readers will come across not only familiar faces, but familiar cases from the game that take on a new spin to tell the tales of emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and their ill-fated victims. With original short fiction by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, L.A. NOIRE: THE COLLECTED STORIES breathes new life into a time-honored American tradition, in an exciting anthology that will appeal to fans of suspense and gamers everywhere.
By Max Barry
Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened.Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love.Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run.As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word. Because the poets know that words can kill...
The Lonely Margins
By Ted Allbeury
To live in the shadowland of espionage, where the only certainties are death and deceit, is to live on the lonely margins. The French Resistance brought James Harmer and Jane Frazer together. The Gestapo broke them apart. But it was something else that shattered their love and left them haunted by a sense of betrayal and a thirst for revenge.
The Lantern Network
By Ted Allbeury
Routine surveillance, nothing special' - Commander Bailey's brief from Special Branch seems simple enough. But it leads to a sudden, bloody suicide. Piece-by-piece, Baily uncovers the history of a courageous special agent aiding the French Resistance during WWII. But the agent's loyalties are fatally divided. Thirty years on, in a quiet flat in south London, the final, tragic act of the drama takes place...THE LANTERN NETWORK is a gripping story of heroism and betrayal in Nazi-occupied France from a genuine craftsman of the thriller genre.'A grimly realistic story of patriotism, treachery and fierce courage of men and women who defy torture and death' - Daily Telegraph
A Love Like Blood
By Marcus Sedgwick
I've chased him for over twenty years, and across countless miles, and though often I was running, there have been many times when I could do nothing but sit and wait. Now I am only desperate for it to be finished.In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterwards that worse things happen in wars. Seven years later he returns to the city - and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow...A LOVE LIKE BLOOD is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man's life can change in a moment; about where the desire for truth - and for revenge - can lead; about love and fear and hatred. And it is also about the question of blood.
By Britta Bolt
A suicide. A drowned man. A sudden death. It's all in a day's work for Pieter Posthumus. In Amsterdam, the Lonely Funerals team exists to make sure that no one goes to the grave unmourned. Posthumus takes that responsibility seriously. A careful, humane man, he works hard to find out all he can about the anonymous or abandoned dead entrusted to his care. So when a young Moroccan immigrant is found in the Prinsengracht canal in suspicious circumstances, Posthumus cannot let it go. The police may call it accident or suicide; he is sure there's more to it. He takes up the case and starts digging... an investigation that leads to him getting caught up in a terror plot and in the way of an elite police unit. Discover an Amsterdam beyond the charms and the canals, where Pieter Posthumus aims to find justice for all - both the living and the dead.
By Ted Allbeury
Charlie Foster runs an SIS network into East Berlin. When Three of his couriers are arrested and London is ready to let them rot, Charlie, in anger, does his own deal. He trades his services to the East Germans and the Russians in exchange for his people's freedom. From his collaboration he builds up a complete picture of all those in Europe who were Stasi and KGB informers. When the Berlin Wall comes down Charlie Foster has something everybody wants. SIS, the West Germans, the Americans and all the collaborators. They are all determined to get Charlie Foster's list. Or Charlie himself.
The Long Run
By Ted Allbeury
In Washington, in London, in Berlin, very different men confront a future they distrust and despise. In the years since the end of the Cold War, true power seems to have shifted from their nations' natural leaders to a gaggle of irresponsible journalists and self-seeking politicians, cynically manipulating news and public opinion to their own ends. These men have not forgotten the lessons of five decades of clandestine struggle. And when a long-dead spy's secrets resurface, they see an opportunity. But can any man, no matter how well-meaning, seize the reigns of power without endangering the very way of life he seeks to protect?
The Little Dog Laughed
By Joseph Hansen
'After forty years, Hammett has a worthy successor' The TimesDave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlow, 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.When foreign correspondent Adam Streeter is found shot dead, the police and his daughter both say suicide; but his life insurance company sends Dave in to check all the same. He soon realises that Adam was on the trail of a big story - so big that, as Dave digs deeper, he swiftly finds himself targeted by the same powerful and pitiless enemy.
The Last Good German
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.They met before. Their encounter nearly cost Devereaux - code name November - his life. Now, amid a perilously uncertain global that, they meet again: America's November Man, an agent without faith, and a defunct East Germany's Double Eagle, an agent without a country.For Double Eagle, the confrontation is the means to a totalitarian countercoup inside a reunified Germany. For November, it is the only way to halt the devastating blackmail of Rita Macklin, his one love.Once more, the two long-standing adversaries - and the powers behind them - will try to use each other. And this time, the spy called Double Eagle is determined that the November Man won't survive.'America's best spy novelist' Ed McBain Loved this? Read Burning the Apostle next . . .
League of Terror
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 armistice has been all but signed. As one master operative puts it, "The Cold War has lost its Freon." And as people all over the world rejoice, America's intelligence profession prepares to cut back operations. With the old East-West rivalry gone, the planet has no further need for spies. So it would seem. Fortunately, Devereaux - the spy they call November - knows better. Even now, he finds himself and his implacable nemesis locked in a deadly battle. The backdrop is a secret war of terrorism waged by an insidious mastermind combining the bloodiest back-alley tactics of Irish republicanism with the sleek financial machinations of Wall Street. And exploits them both.For Devereaux, this mission becomes more than another assignment reluctantly undertaken for his long-standing employer, R Section. It's deeply personal: an assassin has struck at Rita Macklin, the journalist whose love he has at last begun to accept and reciprocate. Behind the attacks is a man who has proven to have many identities and many lives, a killer without conscience or country, now seeking his final revenge against the November Man. Now Devereaux has but a single goal: kill Henry McGee, before he can strike again.'America's best spy novelist' Ed McBain Loved this? Read The Last Good German next . . .
By Britta Bolt
A minute can make all the difference...Pieter Posthumus is enjoying a quiet drink in his favourite bar when the screaming starts. A minute later, the owner of the guesthouse next door rushes in: one of her tenants has been murdered. Marloes, the guesthouse owner, is an odd but kind soul. Posthumus cannot believe it when she is arrested - for both her tenant Zig's murder and another death years before. He knows there are questions unanswered: what is the link between the two cases? Why are people so keen to think Marloes is guilty? And why did Zig paint just one picture every year - a copy of a Dutch master, but with one peculiar twist? As his investigation progresses, he comes to see that a few minutes can mean all the difference in the world: between saving a life and taking one; between innocence and guilt. And that sometimes asking questions leads to a truth that's hard to bear.
Lie With Me
By Sabine Durrant
The truth is, we all tell lies... take a deep breath and dive into the book everyone's raving about. 'If you've had a hole in your literary life since finishing Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this is the book to fill it' GraziaIt starts with a lie. The kind we've all told - to a former acquaintance we can't quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.And the next thing you know, you're having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday - swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of...Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you're trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you - by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it's the lies that cause the real damage...... well, by then, it could just be too late.
The Last Cut
By Danielle Ramsay
Harri Jacobs knows she's being stalked. But it might be her only chance to get revenge... A gritty thriller for fans of Rachel Abbott and Angela Marsons.'A really cracking read!' Martina ColeHe's taking women. He's stripping them of their identity.It's all for her... DS Harri Jacobs transferred to Newcastle from the Met in the hope of leaving her past behind: the moment where her stalker turned violent. He left her alive, saying that one day he would be back. And she ran. But a year later, she realises he has followed her from home. He'll prove his devotion. With blood...Bloggers love The Last Cut! Find out what they're saying:'I love Harri...Just as with all of Danielle's writing, I want more.' The Booky Place 'An exciting new series with a new detective that will thrill crime fans' Hooked from Page One'Claustrophobic, suffocating, dark even. In essence, all the things I love about a gritty serial killer story which this book most definitely is.' Jen Med's Book Reviews
By Paul Cleave
'A modern equivalent of James Ellroy's Los Angeles of the 1950s, a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness' Publishers Weekly'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book ReviewFast-paced, dark, and intensely clever, this exciting thriller represents a brilliant new chapter in the career of world-class crime writer Paul Cleave.Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene - ten-year-old Jessica found dead in "the Laughterhouse," an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the S painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it? Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica's murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the city's suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first.
By Karen Ellis
How can you get lost in a city that never sleeps?Nineteen-year-old Titus 'Crisp' Crespo is a smart kid on his way to a bright future. But on the eve of his high school graduation, a chance encounter with a cop who can't see beyond the colour of his skin puts everything in jeopardy. When he doesn't return home two nights later his mother knows something is wrong. Seeking answers, she turns to Detective Lex Cole, who starts to follow his traces: a bad decision, a trip into a dangerous part of the city; blood...As Crisp heads into trouble and discovers the New York he's lived alongside for years but never really seen, Lex, a day later, must find out what happened last night - before it's too late.