Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton and her partner,Colin Taggert,arrive at the scene of a tragic house fire.Juliet Chatman perished in the blaze,along with her two children.Left behind is grieving husband and father Christopher Chatman,hospitalized after trying to rescue his family.Chatman is devastated that he couldn’t save them.Unless,of course,he’s the one who killed them.Neighbors and family friends insist the Chatmans were living the dream.But Lou quickly discovers the reality was very different.The flames of adultery,jealousy,scandal,fraud,and disease had all but consumed the Chatmans’ marriage before it went up in smoke.Was the fire sparked by a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man? Or by the Chatmans’ son,who regularly burned his father’s property?Searching for justice through the ashes of a picture-perfect family,Lou doesn’t know if she will catch an arsonist or be burned in the process.
AUTHOR: RACHEL HOWEZELL HALL
TITLE: LAND OF SHADOWS
As an expert crime-scene cleaner,Tom Tanner charges big money to carve out bullets,mop up fluids, disinfect walls,and dispose of whatever’s left of whoever was unlucky enough to require his services.For a handsome young ex-con determined to stay out of trouble,it’s practically a dream job until he discovers a grisly pattern to his work: a string of gruesome murders at a cheap motel chain,always in Room 236.While prying into a serial killer’s nasty scheme,Tom finds himself with a sharp-witted strip-bar waitress plastered to his side and his conscience.Even more surprising,the killer starts prying into his life,luring Tom into a twisted friendship.As Tom struggles against his adversary’s wicked whims,risking the lives of the few people he holds dear,bodies pile up everywhere he turns.With a psychopath calling the shots,Tom has little choice but to clean house once and for all.
AUTHOR: L.A. ROTTEN
TITLE: JEFF KLIMA
Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay,California.This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP),a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight,cannot enter a normally-lit room,cannot sit at a computer.Chris’s natural element is the night,and his parents,both academics,chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris can make the nightscape his own roaming freely through the town on his bike,surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.
But Chris’s brilliant mother,a scientist,was killed in a car accident 2 years ago,and as the book opens his father,Steven Snow,is dying of cancer;Chris’s protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital.In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is “sorry” and that Chris should “fear nothing” cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.Steven Snow’s body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium,and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell,he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn’t recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow’s body which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople.His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it.His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beach house.And the first person to try to explain to Chris what’s going on and warn him about the special danger he himself is in will be hideously murdered.In the 24 hours this booken compasses,Christopher Snow will find out that,sheltered though he’s been,he has the soul of a fighter and an adventurer.By the end of the book he will have killed a man,will have discovered the role his own mother played in the birth of the conspiracy,will have come to recognize the extraordinary guardians that,unknown to him,have watched over him for years.He will realize that some people hate him,others revere him,and neither his own life nor those of anyone he knows will ever be the same.
AUTHOR: DEAN KOONTZ
TITLE: FEAR NOTHING
SOLDIER: Carl Dexter was a Vietnam tunnel rat recruited to ferret out the jungle lairs of the enemy.Today,he’s a small-time attorney in a sleepy New Jersey town.But Dexter’s life is anything but ordinary. VIGILANTE: The beast Dexter’s been hired to hunt is Zillic,a Serbian warlord cocooned in a South American compound with the best security blood money can buy. But one of the gangster’s victims is an innocent American aid worker and the grandson of a business tycoon who can afford the best revenge.AVENGER: And so the chase is on.Slowly Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer.But CIA agent Paul Devereaux must find a way to stop him before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos…..
AUTHOR: FREDERICK FORSYTH
Dublin,1922,as civil war sets brother against brother and Free State and Republican death squads stalk the streets of Dublin,demobbed RIC-man Sean O’Keefe is hired by one of Monto s most powerful brothel owners to search for her missing son.Hired to find the boy amid the tumult and terror of a country at war with itself,O’Keefe soon discovers that the story is not as simple as it first seemed,and that sometimes the truth can depend on whose side you are on.
AUTHOR: KEVIN MCCARTHY
A twelve-year-old girl is snatched from the street where she lives. And for two cops,Mack Steiner and Bank Arbaugh–partners,best friends,fathers themselves,the girl’s disappearance will hurtle them back through layers of friendship,memory,and loss.Because seven years before,Bank’s own daughter vanished without a trace. And now,as police descend on the small midwestern city,as witnesses are grilled and evidence mounts,one case begins to illuminate the other.And for two men,a harrowing journey has begun–one that will test their long,complicated friendship and uncover a chilling truth about two missing girls,two shattered families,and at least one heartbreaking lie.
AUTHOR: CRAIG HOLDEN
TITLE: FOUR CORNERS OF NIGHT
A man’s body is found on a canal towpath.In his pocket,a magnetic letter in the shape of an E. Days later,a second victim is found this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.As the body count rises,the eerie,childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.The race is on.Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next. The rules are simple but deadly to catch the killer,they must follow the leader.
AUTHOR: MEL SHERRATT
TITLE: FOLLOW THE LEADER
Only one person knows where Julia Sayre is: her killer.Four years ago,the young mother of two disappeared,a story that soon became a personal mission for Irene Kelly.But the search for Julia proved fruitless.Now on death row for unimaginable acts of torture and murder,inmate Nick Parrish is plea-bargaining for a life sentence,promising to lead investigators and Irene into the dark isolation of the Sierra Nevadas,where they will discover what really happened to Julia Sayre.But Parrish has other terrifying secrets and plans,and now his deadly focus is on a new potential victim Irene Kelly.
AUTHOR: JAN BURKE
Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle,the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough.The death has been ruled an accidental drowning,and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise.But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St.James,the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets,lies,and motives.Deborah’s investigation of the prime suspect Bernard’s prodigal son Nicholas,a recovering drug addict leads her to Nicholas’s wife,a woman with whom she feels a kinship,a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful.Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family,including the victim’s bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for,and Bernard himself.As the investigation escalates,the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks,with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim,the troubled son Ian left behind.
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE
TITLE: BELIEVING THE LIE
Red Adept Select”Monsters are real. Ghosts are real,too.They live inside us,and sometimes,they win.”Stephen King Officer Mack Larson is not everything he appears…When twelve-year-old Trey and his best friend Eddy play a prank on Officer Mack,the resulting chain of events rocks the small town of Bay’s End.Today,Trey Franklin is a man haunted by his past.Tormented b…
AUTHOR: BAYS END
TITLE: BAYS END