Arthur Cathcart was living the good life,working as a freelance market researcher and sometime finder of missing people and adoring his gorgeous and successful insurance exec (the book is set in Connecticut) wife.Then one day,he comes home to horror: a gunman threatening to kill them both if Florencia doesn’t give written answers to some mysterious questions.She does; the thug kills her anyway and blasts Arthur,too.He goes into a coma and comes out damaged emotionally and physically,but vowing to find the SOB who has ruined everything.But first,he has to disappear off the grid as well,at least as far as anyone can tell.With the help of his physician sister who declares him dead at his request,a casino worker who becomes his close ally,a grumpy newspaper reporter, a retired cop and a bunch of hilariously drawn Bosnian criminals in Hartford,not to mention some really evil evildoers,Arthur finds out some inconvenient truths and enacts a most satisfying revenge.
AUTHOR: CHRIS KNOPF
TITLE: DEAD ANYWAY
NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat gets more mystery than she imagined when she arrives at her latest crime scene.The body of an unidentified woman has been found stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left sitting on a Manhattan street.A startling enough death,but an even bigger shock comes when this new homicide surprisingly connects to the unsolved murder of Detective Heat’s own mother.
The gruesome killing of this Jane Doe launches Heat on a dangerous and emotional investigation,rekindling the cold case that has haunted her since she was nineteen.Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner,top journalist Jameson Rook,Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she also digs into unexplored areas of her mother’s background-areas Nikki has been afraid to confront before,but now must.Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill,Heat’s search will unearth painful family truths,expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past.Heat’s passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris,trying to catch a ruthless killer.The question is,now that her mother’s cold case has unexpectedly thawed,will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years?
AUTHOR: RICHARD CASTLE
TITLE: FROZEN HEAT
MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends,a decent job,and a car that breaks down only every other week or so.In other words,she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.Or so she thinks until something extraordinary happens.When her sister is murdered,leaving a single clue to her death,a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone… Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.
The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems,where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask.She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man,into the dangerous realm of the Fae.As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death,her every move is shadowed by the dark,mysterious Jericho,a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth,the ruthless Vlane an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble,Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
AUTHOR: KAREN MARIE MONING
TITLE: DARK FEVER
Once a major reporter for a national newspaper,Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column.While out walking during an early spring thaw,Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house.From the corpse’s pink parka,Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer,a woman reported missing weeks before during a blizzard.When her neighbor,a forensic psychiatrist,is pulled into the investigation,Catherine begins to discover some unexpected connections to the serial murders.One is that the murders might be based on a rare unfinished Wilkie Collins novel that is missing from her personal library.The other is her much younger lover from her failed affair has unexpectedly resurfaced and is trying to maneuver his way back into her affections.
AUTHOR: JOSEPH OLSHAN