The genius is John Rothstein,an iconic author who created a famous character,Jimmy Gold,but who hasn’t published a book for decades.Morris Bellamy is livid,not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books,but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising.Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash,yes,but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.Morris hides the money and the notebooks,and then he is locked away for another crime.Decades later,a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure,and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges,Holly Gibney,and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
AUTHOR: STEPHEN KING
TITLE: FINDERS KEEPERS
Frieda Klein is a solitary,incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London.She believes that the world is a messy,uncontrollable place,but what we can control is what is inside our heads.This attitude is reflected in her own life,which is an austere one of refuge,personal integrity,and order.The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt.And when his face is splashed over the newspapers,Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence:one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child.A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail,a child the spitting image of Matthew.She finds herself in the center of the investigation,serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.
AUTHOR: NICCI FRENCH
TITLE: BLUE MONDAY
Charlotte Wellington escaped her life as a carnival fortune-teller at age 16,after her sister’s murder. She also left behind her infant niece,Sooner. Now,18 years later,Charlotte has become an ice-veneered defense attorney in Alexandria,Va. Her secret background catches up with her when her stepfather pulls his carnival into Alexandria,and Sooner is the new Madame Divine.Meanwhile,Det. Daniel Rokov, Charlotte’s strictly sex-only-no-commitment lover,is working on the murder case of a woman staked in an abandoned building,“ witch” crudely tattooed on her forehead.When a second ritualistic murder occurs,Charlotte worries that Sooner could be next.
AUTHOR: MARY BURTON
TITLE: BEFORE SHE DIES
The Fear Is Terrifying But The Truth Is Even Worse
When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she’s been held captive for days,they tell her she’s a lucky girl.Compared to the rest of her family,it’s true.But even with their killer dead of an overdose,Jenna is still trying to find peace 25 years later.On leave from her forensic artist job,Jenna returns to Nashville,the city where she lost so much.Instead of closure she finds a new horror.Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna’s expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child.The case jogs hazy,half-buried memories and a nagging dread that Jenna’s ordeal hasn’t ended.Now other women are dying.And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna’s past becomes clear,she knows this time a madman will leave no survivors….
AUTHOR: MARY BURTON
TITLE: BE AFRAID
A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.But since Banks is away on holiday in San Francisco,his partner,Annie Cabbot,steps in.The woman tells Annie that she’s found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter,Erin,a punishable offense under English law.
When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon,the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.But trouble is only beginning for Annie,the Eastvale force,and Banks and this time,the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in.It turns out that Erin’s best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks,the DCI’s daughter,who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun,a very bad boy indeed.Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before,Annie and Banks a bit of a bad boy himself must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath.Both Annie and Banks understand that it’s not just his career hanging in the balance,it’s also his daughter’s life.
AUTHOR: PETER ROBINSON
TITLE: BAD BOY
Gazing out at the shadowy woods,Sandy has no idea that tonight her life will be forever changed.As a late autumn sky darkens over the Adirondack mountains,and the threat of a heavy snowfall looms,the mood in the Tremont house is already charged with tension.Upstairs in her bedroom,teenage Ivy listens to music and broods,while below in the kitchen,Sandy sips coffee and tries not to take her daughter’s latest snit personally.
But when her husband Ben,a wilderness guide,arrives home,the troubled atmosphere immediately lightens and Sandy can push all the discord to the back of her mind.Nearby,two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light,bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses.After nearly two decades as prison cellmates,they have become a deadly team: Harlan the muscle,Nick the mind and will.As they approach a secluded house,its spacious windows revealing a cozy scene within,Nick instinctively knows that here he will find what he’s looking for before disappearing north.When he opens the door to the Tremont home,Nick brings with him a long legacy of terror.Armed with only the truth,Sandy must fight to protect the family she loves,even as a terrible secret threatens to drag her into the darkness.
AUTHOR: JENNY MILCHMAN
TITLE: NIGHT FALLS
In the Bone there is a house.In the house there is a girl.In the girl there is a darkness.Margo is not like other girls.She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone,in a cursed house,with her cursed mother,who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years.She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor,Judah Grant,that things begin to change. When neighborhood girl,Neveah Anthony,goes missing,Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.What Margo finds changes her,and with a new perspective on life,she’s determined to find evil and punish it-targeting rapists and child molesters,one by one.But hunting evil is dangerous,and Margo risks losing everything,including her own soul.
AUTHOR: TARRYN FISHER
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin.She has no idea who she is,where she is,or how she got there.Fighting her way free brings little relief she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors.Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust,but no people… and no answers.
She knows only one thing about herself her name,M. Savage,which was engraved on the foot of her coffin yet she finds herself in charge.She is not the biggest among them,or the boldest but for some reason the others trust her.Now,if they’re to have any chance,she must get them to trust one another.Whatever the truth is,she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead,she will make sure they survive.Maybe there’s a way out,a rational explanation,and a fighting chance against the dangers to come.Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.
AUTHOR: SCOTT SIGLER
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor,a group of clever,eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries.But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever.They
AUTHOR: DONNA TARTT
TITLE: THE SECRET HISTORY
Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter,Missy,has been abducted during a family vacation,and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness,Mack receives a suspicious note,apparently from God,inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.
AUTHOR: WILLIAM P. YOUNG
TITLE: THE SHACK