‘Somebody!’ I half-sob and then,more quietly, ‘Please.’ The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat,lost amongst the trees.In their aftermath,the silence descends again.I know then that I’m not going anywhere…Sean is on the run.We don’t know why and we don’t know from whom,but we do know he’s abandoned his battered,blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated,lonely part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer.Desperate to avoid the police,he takes to the parched fields and country lanes only to be caught in the vicious jaws of a trap.Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood,he is freed and taken in by two women,daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn,blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it’s then that Sean’s problems really start…
AUTHOR: SIMON BECKETT
TITLE: STONE BRUISES
Edie Kiglatuk works as a summer school teacher in the Canadian arctic.When one of her female students is found dead in nearby Lake Turngaluk, Edie enlists the help of Sergeant Derek Palliser to pursue the case,promising the girl’s Inuit family that they will uncover the truth.Meanwhile,lawyer Sonia Gutierrez investigates the toxicity of the lake and suspects that there might be a larger conspiracy involved.As the three clamber over rocky terrain under twenty-four-hour daylight they start to unearth secrets long frozen over risking their own lives in the process.
AUTHOR: M.J. MCGRATH
TITLE: THE BONE SEEKER
After nine years in Bayshore mental institution,once called the lunatic asylum,Caroline Hill is finally being released.There will be no one to meet her.Her parents who brought her here are dead.They have found her a room in a rooming house,a job washing dishes in a restaurant.She will do fine,they said.But no one told her that women in St. Simeon are already dying at the hands of a vicious predator.One,an actress who lived previously in her building.And others. And now,as Caroline struggles to survive on the outside,she realizes
AUTHOR: JOAN HALL HOVEY
TITLE: NIGHT CORRIDOR
Richard Kepperman was on top of his game until blowing the whistle on his high powered Atlanta accounting firm.Black balled from the financial arena,on the verge of bankruptcy,he returns to his roots in coastal Georgia to be near his aging grandfather,Clayton.Frustrated and underemployed,he is an easy mark when approached by a stranger who offers to bet ten million dollars that he can capture Richard within a span of thirty days.In return,Richard will be required to risk all that he holds dear.Given a twenty four hour head start,Richard embarks on an odyssey that will forever change the way he views love,life,friendship and the power of money.On the run,he encounters forces that threaten to do irreparable damage to his sanity and rip his family to shreds.Fighting to stay alive, Richard uncovers the startling truth about the deaths of his parents and learns that the real power behind the stranger is a man who harbors a sixty year old grudge against Clayton and is willing to commit unspeakable atrocities to satisfy his desire for revenge.
AUTHOR: DAVID R. BROWN
TITLE: THE BET
Disgraced newsman Tyler West is desperate for a scoop that will save his career. When he investigates the baffling deaths of several of San Diego’s elite,he uncovers a common link: torture devices not used since the Dark Ages.Plunged into a mysterious world of medieval torture scholars, antiquities collectors and sadomasochists,he must break the brilliantly conceived series of slayings that has cast a dark shadow over a city better known for its sun,sand and surf.The elusive killer goes by the name Friar Tom, in tribute to his hero,Tomás de Torquemada,the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.As Ty scrambles to unmask the monstrous zealot,he is drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse that could cost him everything.
AUTHOR: MIKE MCINTYRE
TITLE: THE SCAVENGER’S DAUGHTER
Every year the best colleges reject thousands of the brightest young minds in the country. But what might happen if a large number of them refused to take no for an answer?
One morning,Shepherdson College receives 437 envelopes from twenty-eight states.Each contains the same two-word message:Still coming.That’s just the beginning.The college president’s house burns down; the water in the country club swimming pool turns red; the ghost of a local war hero appears.Another message is received: We’re Here.Nerves fray,and if the “comers” aren’t trouble enough,a Peeping Tom turns into a home invader,and shows signs of becoming a full-blown sexual predator.The town fragments and people take up arms after one last message is received…
Won’t Be Long Now.
AUTHOR: JOSEPH FLYNN
TITLE: STILL COMING
People say the youngest child has it easy,but nothing can be further from the truth.Unlike my two sisters,Violet and Lily,I’m never in the limelight.I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it.I’ve been pushed too far one too many times,and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.
Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes.The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin,they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy that totally gorgeous guy locks eyes with me,I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father,to outshine my sisters,to walk away from it all straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger.But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure,he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before,but there’s something else I can’t quite place something dangerous.Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random.Maybe he was looking for me for a reason.Whatever his motive,there’s no going back now.
And maybe I don’t want to.
AUTHOR: MONICA MURPHY
TITLE: STEALING ROSE
SIX FAMILIES. ONE DEMAND . NO NEGOTIATION
In the space of 32 hours,in a well-planned and highly organized operation,six billionaires’ children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps.
The gang demands £25 million per hostage for “expenses” not ransom. And when your child goes missing,you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose,who’ll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has.The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can but that doesn’t mean the law will leave it to him.Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved.Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations and to far darker corners.Even more worryingly for Boxer and his ex-wife,Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives,too.But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want,and if they have a cause, what the hell is it?
AUTHOR: ROBERT WILSON
TITLE: STEALING PEOPLE
Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side.Now she’s got two kids,a perfect husband,a picket fence,and a growing sense of dissatisfaction.Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer,but at age forty he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids.Jack is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago,and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time,the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.Three people living lives they never wanted,hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect,will find that the past doesn’t recede.Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives,they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream the boredom of a nice suburban life,the excitement of temptation,the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
AUTHOR: HARLAN COBEN
TITLE: STAY CLOSE
Old homicide cops never die; they just shuffle off to the cold case department. That’s where Michael Connelly’s maverick,Harry Bosch,found himself after his ill-considered resignation from the Los Angeles Police Department. The same spirit of insubordination periodically lands a career detective like Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Carl Morck in some dead-end division like Department Q.And in the honorable tradition of the watch commander known as the Oracle in Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station procedurals,every veteran seems to feel duty-bound to take one last crack at an unsolved murder before he retires.Come to think of it,every active homicide assignment involving a longtime serial killer seems to lead to the cold case files.
AUTHOR: IAN RANKIN
TITLE: STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE