Call for the Saint
By Leslie Charteris
In these two novellas, crooked charity collectors and bent boxing promoters attract the Saint's attention... and will wish they hadn't.
By Duane Swierczynski
Every student needs a part-time job. Hers is hunting criminals. Sarie Holland is a good kid. An Honors student. She doesn't even drink.So when a narcotics cop busts her while she's doing a favour for a friend, she has a lot to lose. Desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie agrees to become a CI - a confidential informant. Armed only with a notebook, she turns out to be as good at catching criminals as she is at passing tests. But it's going to take more than one nineteen-year-old to clean up Philadelphia. Soon Sarie is caught in the middle of a power struggle between corrupt cops and warring gangs, with nothing on her side but stubbornness and smarts. Which is bad news for both the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #137 turns out to be a very fast learner...
A Case of Two Cities
By Qiu Xiaolong
Now a BBC Radio 4 Drama Series.Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau is summoned by an official of the Party to lead a highly charged corruption investigation. Tentacles have spread through the police force, the civil service, the vice trade and deep into the criminal underworld. The principal figure and his family have long since fled to the United States, beyond the reach of the Chinese government. But the network is still intact and it is only a matter of time before it becomes stronger than before. Chen is charged - and it is a job he cannot refuse - with uncovering those responsible, and destroying the organisation from the top down to its roots. In a twisting case that reunites him with his counterpart from the US Marshals service - Inspector Catherine Rohn - Chen must find a measure of justice in a corrupt, expedient world.
By Allan Prior
Ralph Ernest Gorse, the suave but utterly heartless anti-hero of Patrick Hamilton's classic The West Pier, is here revisited by Z-Cars creator Allan Prior in the novelisation of his acclaimed 1987 television serial of the same name. In the late 1930s, the womanising Gorse insinuates himself into the life of a widow who falls head-over-heels for him. Donald Stimpson, the widow's would-be suitor, vengefully pursues Gorse when the unrepentant conman relieves her of a considerable portion of her wealth, but Gorse will stop at nothing to evade his enemy.
Children of Tender Years
By Ted Allbeury
Jake Malik an SIS Officer is sent to West Germany to uncover - not infiltrate - KGB activity there. But he does not know that his bosses have sent him for a very different reason. His liaison is Heinz Fischer from the German Political Police. Fischer's sister Lisa falls in love with the lonely Englishman not realising that his mission could destroy the foundations of their lives.
A Choice of Enemies
By Ted Allbeury
Ted Bailey thought his days as an Intelligence Operative were long gone. He certainly wasn't expecting to be blackmailed back into action, especially not by his own side. But then Bailey is the only person left who ever encountered Berger, the KGB's most ruthless master-spy. Berger is running a major operation on US soil and both the CIA and SIS are desperate to track him down. So Bailey returns to the arena of international espionage and finds that little has changed. The spy game is just the same, even after twenty-five years. There's the same brutality. The same cold fear. The same violence and death. And the same choice of enemies.'The best cold war espionage novels never really lose their punch: Allbeury, like le Carré, is a master of the genre.' - Publishers Weekly
By Paul Cleave
'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review'Dark, bloody, and gripping ... classic noir fiction' John ConnollyAn international bestseller and one of the top-selling novels in New Zealand's history, Paul Cleave's dark thriller is a brilliant, bloody masterpiece.Joe is in control of everything in his simple life - both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his "night work." He isn't bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he's determined to find the copycat. He'll punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It's the perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his odd, overprotective mother and Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother. Then there's the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture don't have a place in Joe's investigation.
Close to Home
By Lisa Jackson
HOME IS WHERE THE FEAR IS...The house where Sarah McAdams grew up has always terrified her. But now she's moved back with her daughters, determined to put her childhood fears behind her. It's harder than she thought. Increasingly haunted by the past, Sarah soon realises that the present has its own threats. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing... Frantic for her daughters' safety, Sarah feels the house's walls closing in on her once more. Somewhere deep in her memory is the key to a very real danger. And only by confronting the terrifying truth can she protect her children from a nightmare that is roaring back to life...
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.Devereaux. Codename November. A brilliant, lethally cool operative, he was years ago regarded as one of America's most valuable security assets. Now courted by the KGB and under threat from the CIA, Devereaux must foil the planned assassination of England's richest man and it's prime minister in a treacherous war of shadows on the Irish Sea. Devereaux is both target and triggerman, pawn and master player. He is the spy who can never come in from the cold ...'America's best spy novelist' - Ed McBainLoved this? Read Schism next . . .
By Ted Allbeury
A brilliantly atmospheric thriller for fans of Len Deighton and Jack Higgins.Even at the height of Nazi Germany's power there was one invasion Hitler will not risk - the invasion of England by his crack stormtroopers. But the sworn followers of Max von Bayer are a desperate group of seven men and women who are prepared to defy the Führer's ultimate authority and face almost certain death. Driven by personal passions and inspired by their fervent loyalty to the Nazi creed, they land on the shores of England and take the war into their own hands.Their aim is to show that a German invasion is possible, that Britain could be attacked and forced to send out Codeword Cromwell.'Truly a classic writer of espionage fiction' - Len Deighton, author of SS-GB
By Lisa Jackson
SHE CAN SEE THE KILLER, BUT CAN SHE STOP HIM?A psychological thriller that will give chills to fans of Nora Roberts and Karin Slaughter.Olivia Bechet has a terrifying vision of a murder from her bed - a woman's slashed, incinerated corpse in a seedy New Orleans apartment. Weeks later, after another vision and even after the second body turns up, Detective Rick Bentz doesn't believe her. Soon her dreams are becoming more vivid and when she sees the murderer's face as well as the victim's, she realises the danger is even closer than she first imagined...
By David Mark
It's the coldest winter in Hull for years. When McAvoy is told by a concerned stranger that an elderly woman hasn't been seen for a few days, he goes to check on her - only to find her in the bath, encased in ice: the heating off; the windows open; the whole house frozen over. It could be a macabre accident, but McAvoy senses murder. Someone watched her die. As he starts to uncover the victim's story and her connections to a lost fishing trawler, his boss Trish is half a world away, investigating a mysterious death in Iceland. Hull and Iceland have traditionally been united by fishing - in this case, they are linked by a secret concealed for half a century, and a series of brutal killings that have never been connected. Until now - when the secrets of the dead have returned to prey on the living. PRAISE FOR DAVID MARK'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' Daily Mail'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.' Peter James'Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull.' Financial Times
By Paul Cleave
From the international bestselling author comes yet another gripping novel that paints a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind. An edge-of-your-seat thriller, for fans of Lee Child and Peter May.'A pulse-pounding serial killer thriller' Publishers Weekly 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book ReviewPeople are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn't make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn't make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he's asked by Green's father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collector's item - an actual killer.Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer to keep their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills' dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive.For fans of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island, Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs, and Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, Collecting Cooper is another 'relentlessly gripping, deliciously twisted, and shot through with a vein of humor that's as dark as hell' (Mark Billingham) novel by this glimmering talent in the crime thriller genre.
By Marcia Clark
Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight is brought in to the aftermath of a high-school shooting in Marcia Clark's gripping legal thriller - perfect for fans of David Baldacci and James Patterson.It's every parent's nightmare.When a high-school shooting leaves dozens dead, including the killers, the grieving community can at least be sure it won't happen again. But as prosecutor Rachel Knight and detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realise that the worst isn't over. The clues at the crime scene don't add up. It seems that the real shooters are still out there... In the chaos that follows, Rachel and Bailey must scramble to identify the suspects and stop them before they can strike again. Because the killers have plans. They want to beat their competition. They want to be the best... at murder.
By Kanae Minato
When Yuko Moriguchi's four-year-old daughter died in the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident. It's the last day of term, and Yuko's last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened - but not for the reasons they think. Her daughter didn't die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two people in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach...But revenge has a way of spinning out of control, and Yuko's last lecture is only the start of the story. In this bestselling Japanese thriller of love, despair and murder, everyone has a confession to make, and no one will escape unharmed.
Consequence of Fear
By Ted Allbeury
Despite Hiroshima and Nagasaki nobody knows what present-day nuclear explosions will do. And if you know, then by god you've got a massive advantage.'In 1956 a major nuclear explosion shook the southern Urals, killing hundreds, possibly thousands of Russian citizens and devestating an enormous industrial area. It could have been an accident. But was it? One man holds the final piece to a jigsaw of terrifying proportions.
The Convert's Song
By Sebastian Rotella
After a hazardous stint in U.S. law enforcement, Valentine Pescatore is trying to start over in Buenos Aires. But everything changes when an old friend reappears - just before a terrorist attack. A call placed to Pescatore's phone makes him a suspect, and he knows there is only one possible connection. To clear his name, he must join agents from three countries to track the suspected terrorist who was once his closest confidant.From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris, from the mansions of the Spanish Riviera to the compounds of Baghdad, THE CONVERT'S SONG leads Pescatore on a high-speed chase to stop the deadly convert before he strikes again.
A Country of Old Men
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.After twenty-one years as an investigator, Dave is finally planning to retire. But first he is drawn into one final case: a tale of kidnapping and murder told by an abandoned boy. With the police unconvinced by the child's testimony, Dave must unravel a sordid story of drugs, jealousy and fraud before he can rest at last.
By Sarah Graves
When a bestselling true-crime author arrives in Eastport, Maine, to research the infamous Dodd murders for a new book, she finds herself about as welcome as a spoiled clam. But surely no one in the quaint seaside town would harm the crime writer - or would they? Suddenly the unsolved and not-quite-forgotten slayings of the wealthy Dodd women go from cold case to hot topic, while just as quickly, one time Wall Streeter Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree turns from probing the mysteries of old-house insulation to an investigation that's reopened old wounds and unearthed a string of deadly secrets. Jake would have preferred to insulate herself and her family from danger, but someone with a taste for terror has already crept closer than she dares to imagine.
By David Swinson
David Swinson returns with a thrillingly dark novel, featuring Frank Marr, 'a masterly piece of characterisation.' (Tana French, author of The Trespasser)Frank Marr was a good cop with a bad habit, until his addiction to cocaine forced him into retirement from the D.C. police. Now barely making a living as a private investigator, he agrees to take on a family case as a favour for his aunt. Frank's surveillance confirms that his cousin Jeffrey is involved with a drugs operation. It seems small, until Frank's own home is burgled, leaving a body on the kitchen floor: Jeffrey. Frank's .38 revolver - the murder weapon - is stolen, along with his cherished music collection.Clearly, his cousin was deeper in the underworld than anyone realised. With his reputation and his own life on the line, Frank searches for the real culprit: following the stolen goods through a tangled network of petty thieves, desperate addicts, deceiving fences, good cops and bad cops.Frank's as determined to uncover the truth as he is to feed his habit, and both pursuits could prove deadly. This time, it may just be a question of what gets him first.