In the pale grey light of a chilly February,Aberdeen is not at its best! There’s a rapist prowling the city’s cold granite streets,leaving a string of tortured women behind.But while DS Logan McRae’s girlfriend is out acting as bait,he’s dealing with the blood-drenched body of an unidentified male,dumped outside Accident and Emergency.When a stash of explicit films turn up,all featuring the victim,it looks as if someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death,and Logan gets dragged into the twilight world of pornographers,sex-shops and S&M.To make matters worse,when they finally arrest the Granite City Rapist,Grampian Police are forced by the courts to let him go: Aberdeen Football Club’s star striker has an alibi for every attack.Could they really have got it so badly wrong? Logan thinks so,but the trick will be getting anyone to listen before the real rapist strikes again.Especially as his girlfriend,PC Jackie ‘Ball Breaker’ Watson,is convinced the footballer is guilty and she’s hell-bent on a conviction at any cost…
AUTHOR: STUART MACBRIDE
TITLE: BROKEN SKIN
The mission seems simple enough: extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil,a volatile man who holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon.But nothing is as it appears to be.A desperate call from Painter Crowe,director of Sigma Force,thrusts Tucker and Kane into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins,a deadly team backed by a shadowy Russian general,a figure bent on revenge and power.
Hunted and betrayed at every turn,Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a biological threat,a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world.The journey of discovery will take the pair across the frozen steppes of Russia to the sun-blasted savannahs of South Africa,from the war-torn mountains of Namibia to the snowy Great Lakes of the United States.As time rapidly runs out,the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme. It will take all of their skill,talent,and,most of all,trust in each other to piece together a mystery going back to the origins of life on Earth,to discover the key to an ancient peril that can destroy the heartland of America,and,with it,the world.
AUTHOR: JAMES ROLLINS AND BRANT BLACKWOOD
TITLE: THE KILL SWITCH
A man with a deeply checkered past currently paying for his sins by helping Gus Biletnikov stay sober.Wise-ass Gus,son of a wealthy investment banker,drives Conway nuts.But he also reminds him of his own estranged son,and so Conway finds himself deeply invested in his wellbeing.
When a brutal triple-murder takes place in Gus’s halfway house,Conway suspects Gus was the intended victim,and resolves to find the killer in his usual full-tilt,no-holds-barred fashion.The list of suspects soon includes the longtime organized-crime warlord of Springfield,Massachusetts;Gus’s own father,who’s a bundle of insecurity despite his fortune; the father’s second wife,a stunning beauty webbed in ugly motives;and a Houston con man who’ll swipe your gold fillings but crack you up while he does so. But the case is no laughing matter to Conway when somebody close to him is murdered.To find the killer and prevent yet more senseless death,he needs help from both an ambitious Brazilian-American state cop, and an unlikely criminal source.Along the way,Conway’s personal responsibilities clash with his vow to help fellow alcoholics,forcing him to make his toughest decision yet in this unforgettable page-turner reminiscent of Robert B. Parker and Dennis Lehane.
AUTHOR: STEVE ULFELDER
TITLE: SHOTGUN LULLABY
As long as Newark Eagle-Examiner reporter Carter Ross turns in his stories on deadline,no one bats an eye if he doesn’t wander into the newsroom until 10 or 11 in the morning.So it’s an unpleasant surprise when he’s awakened at 8:38 a.m.by a phone call from his boss,telling him a local policeman was killed and to get the story.Shaking himself awake,Carter heads off to interview the cop’s widow. And then he gets another call: the story’s off,the cop committed suicide.
But Carter can’t understand why a man with a job he loved,a beautiful wife,and plans to take his adorable children to Disney World would suddenly kill himself.And when Carter’s attempts to learn more are repeatedly blocked, it’s clear someone knows more than he’s saying about the cop’s death.The question is,who? And what does he have to hide? Carter,with his usual single-minded devotion to a good story and to the memory of a Newark policeman will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth.
AUTHOR: BRAD PARKS
TITLE: THE GOOD COP
JESUS is like a computer:
He ENTERS your life,
SCANS your problems,
EDITS your tension,
DOWNLOADS your worries,
And SAVES you.
Logan finds himself on the storied coastline of Newport,Rhode Island,where he has been retained by Lux,one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America.Just days earlier,a series of frightening events took place in the sprawling seaside mansion that houses the organization.One of its most distinguished doctors began acting erratically violently attacking an assistant in the mansion’s opulent library and,moments later,killing himself in a truly shocking fashion.Terrified by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind,the group hires Logan to investigate discreetly what drove this erudite man to madness.His work leads him to an unexpected find.In a long-dormant wing of the estate,Logan uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room,concealed and apparently untouched for decades.The room is a time capsule,filled with eerie and obscure scientific equipment that points to a top secret project long thought destroyed,known only as “Project S.”Ultimately,the truth of what Project S was….and what has happened in that room…. will put Logan in the path of a completely unexpected danger.
AUTHOR: LINCOLN CHILD
TITLE: THE FORGOTTEN ROOM
Frank and Cindy Meyer had the American dream until the day a professional robbery crew invaded their home and murdered everyone inside.The only thing out of the ordinary about Frank was that before his family,business,and oh-so-normal life a younger Frank Meyer worked as a professional mercenary….with a man named Joe Pike.The robbery crew has done other home invasions,and all the targets have been criminals with large stashes of cash or drugs.The police believe the same is true of Frank,but Pike does not,and with the help of Elvis Cole,he sets out to clear his friend…and punish the people who murdered him.
They are about to learn the first rule.
AUTHOR: ROBERT CRAIS
TITLE: THE FIRST RULE
Some people love goodbyes...
23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in facebook and flirting,but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets.One of the residents at the home,82-year-old Rose,is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat.But Rose has dementia so what does she actually know,and who would believe her anyway? As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations,terrible revelations surface about everyone involved.Can Catherine find out what’s really going on?
AUTHOR: HELEN FITZGERALD
TITLE: THE EXIT
Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties,no home,a backroom job,hers is a life lived under the radar.She’s a nobody; she has no-one and that’s how she wants it.
But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme Grace,a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote and dilapidated house on the edge of a bleak estuary.A girl whose family,if not happy,exactly,was no unhappier than anyone else’s or so she thought.Then one night a terrible thing happened in the crooked house,a nightmare of violence out of which Alison emerged the only witness and sole survivor and from which she has been running ever since.Only when she meets academic Paul Bartlett does Alison realize that if she’s to have any chance of happiness,she has to return to her old life and confront the darkness that worked its way inside her family and has pursued her ever since.
AUTHOR: CHRISTOBEL KENT
TITLE: THE CROOKED HOUSE
Things aren’t going well for Joseph Geist.
He’s broke.His graduate school advisor won’t talk to him.His girlfriend has kicked him out of her apartment,leaving him homeless and alone.It’s a tough spot for a philosopher to be in,and he’s ready to give up when an ad in the local paper catches his eye.
SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY.
Which sounds perfect to Joseph.After all he’s never done anything in his life except play with words. And the elderly woman behind the ad turns out to be the ideal employer:brilliant,generous,and enchantingly old-world.Before long,Joseph has moved in with her,and has begun to feel quite comfortable in her big,beautiful house.How is he to know that what seems to be the best decision of his life is the one that seals his fate?
AUTHOR: THE EXECUTOR
TITLE: JESSE KELLERMAN