Monday, August 19, 2019

Best Books of the Week in Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense and True Crime | Publication Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Best Books of the Week in Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
Publication Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Here are my book recommendations for this coming week.
  • You still have time to pre-order these title.
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  • Click on the author, and the link will take you to each author's Twitter account (whenever possible--otherwise to their website).
This is a great week for debuts!

American Magic by Zach Fehst (Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books)

Zach Fehst has been called "a writer to watch" by Publishers Weekly, and his debut sounds amazing! This thriller is a blend of techno-thriller, fantasy and the supernatural which poses the question, "What if magic were real?"

The premise of this debut suspense thriller novel is chilling: 

"When a 911 dispatcher picks up an emergency call to hear her daughter on the line, her worst nightmare becomes reality."

The plot involves sexual assault, murder, and conspiracy. The book is based on actual events. Reviewers are hailing Herron's "superb writing" and the authenticity of the novel.

Vanishing in the Haight by Max Tomlinson (Oceanview Publishing)

Debut of new detective/mystery series described as "post-modern noir," set in San Francisco in 1978, featuring PI Colleen Hayes.

Assassin's Revenge by Ward Larsen (Forge/Macmillan USA)

This master of the action/adventure/spy thriller is back with Book 5!

"USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen's globe-trotting, hard-hitting assassin, David Slaton, returns for another breathless adventure in Assassin's Revenge."

The Second Biggest Nothing by Colin Cotterill (Soho Crime)

In the fourteenth of the acclaimed Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series (set in 1970s, Vientiane, Laos)the former national coroner of Laos has received a death threat which will be executed in two weeks. In order to figure out who wants him dead, Dr. Paiboun must comb through his past.

Cotterill adds a lot of dark humor and history to his books.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart (Crown Publishing)

This highly anticipated corporate espionage thriller has made all the "Best Books of Summer 2019" lists, and with good reason.  Hart is a seasoned novelist (his five-book Ash McKenna series is superb urban noir), and this is his first stand-alone novel. Film rights already have been optioned by Imagine Entertainment (Ron Howard & Brian Grazer), and foreign rights have been sold in twenty-one countries. See what everyone is talking about, buy and read The Warehouse.

The Murder List: A Novel of Suspense by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge /Macmillan USA)

Hank Phillippi Ryan is a thriller writer's thriller writer, and she gets better with each book! The Murder List is a standalone legal/psychological thriller.

Rachel is a law student who has been offered a prestigious internship in the office of Boston District Attorney Martha Gardiner. And Rachel is the wife of Jack North, one of the finest and toughest criminal defense attorneys. Soon the three will be involved in more than the pursuit of justice--they'll be fighting for their lives. 🔹 Chosen by CNN as an "utlimate beach read!"🔹

The Cold Way Home by Julia Keller (Minotaur Books)

Book 8 in the Bell Elkins mystery series. 

Bell Elkins is a prosecutor turned private investigator in Ackers Gap, West Virginia. While searching for a missing teenager, she a dead body near the ruins of Wellwood, a state psychiatric hospital for the poor which had been burned to the ground years ago. First-rate Appalachian noir.
🔹See Marilyn Stasio's Crime column in The New York Times Book Review🔹

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow)

Will Trent (investigator for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation) and Sara Linton (medical examiner) are back in this brilliant and timely thriller by NYT and international bestselling author Karin Slaughter!

A scientist is kidnapped from the CDC. A month later there are two bomb blasts in Druid Hills, the affluent Atlanta neighborhood where Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC are located. Will and Sara rush to the scene, and into a the heart of a deadly conspiracy. 
🔹White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter’s new novel (The Washington Post, August 14, 2019)

The Whisper Man by Alex North (Celadon Books/Macmillan US)

This psychological thriller begins quietly enough when Tom Kennedy, English widower and his young son Jake move to a Featherbank, quiet village, for a fresh start. But twenty years ago "The Whisper Man" abducted and murdered five boys. Then another boy goes missing...

"In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of suspense, as a father and son are caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town."
🔹 An Amazon Best Book of August 2019🔹
🔹AGBO, the Los Angeles-based artists collective founded by Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, has optioned film rights to the upcoming thriller novel The Whisper Man (Screen Daily, 25 June 2018)

The Dirty Dozen: A Jane Tennison thriller by Lynda La Plante (available via Simon & Schuster)

This is the fifth novel in La Plante's bestselling series covering the early years on the police force of her iconic character Jane Tennison. 

April 1980. Jane Tennison is the first female detective to be posted at the Met's "Flying Squad," commonly known as "The Sweeney," which investigates armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises. Jane believes the appointment is based on merit, yet her post is an experiment to see if she can calm the men on the squad known as "The Dirty Dozen"--and they don't that a woman is up to the job. Jane gets a tip on a gang is going to carry out an armed robbery involving millions of pounds. But she doesn't know who the robbers are, or where and when they will strike.


The next three titles will be released in the U.S. on August 22, 2019.

Black Ops: Danny Black Thriller 7 by Chris Ryan (Hodder & Stoughton)

Written by a former SAS (Special Air Service) corporal, this series is the ultimate for fans of intelligence/espionage/special ops/terrorism thrillers. In this outing, Danny investigates when three former Regiment guys are butchered in different corners of the globe. The prime suspect is a top MI6 agent, highly trained in the SAS's dark arts and deeply under cover. 
Will the hunter become the hunted?

The sixth in the Millenium series featuring THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - 100 million copies sold worldwide. 

"The next episode in David Lagercrantz's acclaimed continuation of Stieg Larsson's series is a thrilling ride that scales the heights of Everest and plunges the depths of Russia's criminal underworld. In a climax of shattering violence, Lisbeth Salander will face her enemies."

A Killing Fire by Faye Snowden (Flame Tree Press)

This crime thriller has a strong female lead, and Faye Snowden has a powerful, dynamic new voice.

Louisiana homicide detective Raven Burns has spent a lifetime running from the sins of her father, serial killer Floyd "Fire" Burns. But memories run deep in this small town. a local socialite is murdered in a ritualistic killing, and the locals--as well as members of the police department--want Raven gone. Raven must confront the demons of the past in order to find the killer.


Investigative reporter Urbina has written a thrilling book about true crime on a extensive scale: ocean crime, focusing illegal fishing, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing).

"A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas."
🔹Pirates, Slavers and Poachers: Violence on the High Seas - The New York Times Book Review, August 19, 2019

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