Vienna,1948.The war is over,and as the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down,the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amidst the rubble.
Anna Beer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her husband’s infidelity.She has come back to find him and,perhaps,to forgive him.Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is 18-year-old Robert Seidel,a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather’s sickbed and the secrets of his family’s past.As Anna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, they cross paths with a war-widowed American journalist,a hunchbacked young servant girl,and a former POW whose primary purpose is to survive by any means and to forget. Meanwhile,in the shells of burned-out houses and beneath the bombed-out ruins,a ghost of a man,his head wrapped in a red scarf,battles demons from his past and hides from a future deeply uncertain for all.
AUTHOR: DAN VYLETA
TITLE: THE CROOKED MAID
Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were once Naval Academy roommates. Today,Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States.One day,while the United States is embroiled in a bitter presidential election campaign,Marine One lands on Gabe’s Wyoming ranch,and President Stoddard announces that his personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and he desperately needs Gabe to take the man’s place.
Now ensconced in the White House medical office,Gabe comes to a disturbing realization:The President is not fit to run the country. Worse,Gabe uncovers evidence that his friend’s illness may not be due to natural causes.Who could have administered such a blow? And why? The President’s life is at stake,the safety of the world is in jeopardy,and it’s up to Gabe to find the answers while time is running out…
AUTHOR: MICHAEL PALMER
TITLE: THE PATIENT
A mother races to save her daughter before her darkest nightmare comes true.
Sacred Sisters Catholic girls’ school has hardly changed since Jen Archer was a student.Jen hoped her older daughter would thrive here.Instead,shy,studious Carley becomes the target of vicious bullies. But the real danger at Sacred Sisters goes much deeper.The only person Carley can talk to is “Angel,”a kindred spirit she met online.Carley tells Angel everything about her younger sister,about school,about the sudden death of her former best friend. Angel is her lifeline. And Angel is closer than she knows.When another schoolgirl is found dead,Jen’s unease grows.There are too many coincidences,too many links to her past.Every instinct tells her that Carley is the next target.For someone is intent on punishing the guilty, teaching the ultimate lesson in how to fear . . . and how to die.
AUTHOR: WENDY CORSI STAUB
TITLE: THE GOOD SISTER
Before Lucas Davenport and the brilliant Prey novels,there was Kidd-artist,computer whiz,and professional criminal-and his sometime partner/sometime lover,LuEllen.The Army had left Kidd with a dislike for bureaucratic organization and the skills to do something about it,but it hadn’t prepared him for the day a woman appeared at his door and told him that his colleague Jack Morrison had vanished,and that Kidd and his friends were the target of a national manhunt.It wasn’t the official agencies that worried Kidd so much as the very dangerous men with the very different agenda that he suspected were acting behind the scenes. And he knew that unless he and LuEllen found what had really happened to Jack,and quickly-the next people to vanish might very well be themselves.
AUTHOR: JOHN SANDFORD
TITLE: THE DEVIL’S CODE
In a derelict cottage in Los Angeles National Forest,a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked,strung from two wooden posts,the skin has been ripped from her face while she was alive. On the nape of her neck is carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer.
But that’s not possible.Because,two years ago,the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed.Could this be the work of a copycat killer? Someone who has somehow accessed intricate details of the earlier murders details that were never made public? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is the real Crucifix Killer still out there,ready to embark once again on a vicious killing spree,selecting his victims seemingly at random,taunting Hunter with his inability to catch him? Robert Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining,where there’s no such thing as a quick death.
AUTHOR: CHRIS CARTER
TITLE: THE CRUCIFIX KILLER
New York,1939: A city of hope. A city of opportunity.
A woman is brutally murdered and the only suspect has fled the country.Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to New York to bring a killer home to face justice but the man has already disappeared into Manhattan’s awesome vistas.
Stefan is beguiled,exhilarated and troubled by this city buzzing with confidence,pride and ruthless opportunism, from skyscraper penthouses,to grimy backstreets,to the pulse-thumping jazz clubs of Harlem.The 1939 World’s Fair only heightens the noisy enthusiasm for a bright new future and the stark tensions of a city that seethes with anti-Semitism and segregation,a city whose links to the struggle for Irish independence are unbreakable,yet holds hidden danger for Ireland in a world on the edge of war.Stefan’s mission in New York becomes part of an increasingly personal struggle when an encounter with an old friend catapults him into a complex world of murder,conspiracy and terror.In a time when people must stand up for what they believe in,the stakes for Stefan Gillespie,and his country,couldn’t be higher.
AUTHOR: MICHAEL RUSSELL
TITLE: THE CITY OF STRANGERS
The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired,blue-eyed,smiling, perfect-except for the blood on her shoulder.It fell from the sky,she said,while she was looking for her uncle,who turned into a tree. Poor child,people thought. And then they found the body in the tree.
For Mallory,newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months’ lost time,there is something about the girl that she understands.Mallory is damaged,they say,but she can tell a kindred spirit.And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes: murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory’s history could fully recognize.In the next few weeks,she will deal with them all . . . in her own way.
AUTHOR: CAROL O’CONNELL
TITLE: THE CHALK GIRL
Ethan Muller is struggling to establish his reputation as a dealer in the cutthroat world of contemporary art when he is alerted to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: in a decaying New York slum,an elderly tenant has disappeared,leaving behind a staggeringly large trove of original drawings and paintings. Nobody can tell Ethan much about the old man,except that he came and went in solitude for nearly forty years,his genius hidden and unacknowledged.Despite the fact that,strictly speaking,the artwork doesn’t belong to him,Ethan takes the challenge and makes a name for the old man – and himself.Soon Ethan has to congratulate himself on his own genius: for storytelling and salesmanship.But suddenly the police are interested in talking to him.It seems that the missing artist had a nasty past,and the drawings hanging in the Muller Gallery have begun to look a lot less like art and a lot more like evidence.Sucked into an investigation four decades cold,Ethan will uncover a secret legacy of shame and death,one that will touch horrifyingly close to home and leave him fearing for his own life.
AUTHOR: JESSE KELLERMAN
TITLE: THE BRUTAL ART
When quiet Ellen Lang enters Elvis’s office,she’s lost her husband and her son.
Their search down the seamy side of Hollywood’s studio lots and sculptured lawns soon leads them deep into a nasty netherworld of drugs and sex – and murder.
AUTHOR: ROBERT CRAIS
TITLE: THE MONKEY’S RAINCOAT
Ben isn’t like most people.Unable to control his racing thoughts,he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies,motorcycles,presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss,a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.When Diana is found dead outside her apartment,Ben’s infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life.And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs.
AUTHOR: JAMES PATTERSON