Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story.When he flees to Brighton after an explosive break-up,the perfect subject lands in his lap: reformed gangster Joss Grand.Now in his eighties,Grand once ruled the Brighton underworld with his sadistic sidekick Jacky Nye until Jacky washed up by the West Pier in 1968,strangled and thrown into the sea.Though Grand’s alibi seems cast-iron,Luke is sure there’s more to the story than meets the eye,and he convinces the criminal turned philanthropist to be interviewed for a book about his life.Luke is drawn deeper into the mystery of Jacky Nye’s murder.Was Grand there that night? Is he really as reformed a character as he claims?And who was the girl in the red coat seen fleeing the murder scene? Soon Luke realises that in stirring up secrets from the past,he may have placed himself in terrible danger.
AUTHOR: ERIN KELLY
TITLE: THE TIES THAT BIND
GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
Will,Jeffrey,Evan,and Nolan have been friends since their undergrad days at Princeton.After graduation,they took different paths.Will is a failed musician still reeling from the tragic death of a bandmate,Jeffrey got rich from the dot-com boom,Nolan is a state senator with national aspirations, and Evan is about to make partner at a major New York law firm.
Their friendships have bent without breaking for years,until one shocking moment changes everything.One night on a drive,they make a routine stop at a convenience store.Within moments,a manic Jeffrey emerges,dragging a young woman with him.He shoves her into Will’s car and shouts a single word: “Drive!”Shaken and confused,Will obeys.Suddenly four men find themselves completely out of their element,holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next or why she’s there to begin with.They’re already guilty of kidnapping and robbery: it’s only a matter of time before they find out the terrible depths of what else they might be capable of.For these men,three days will decide their fate between freedom and prison,innocence and guilt and life and death.
AUTHOR: MICHAEL KARDOS
TITLE: THE THREE DAY AFFAIR
GENRE: CRIME FICTION
Seven summers ago,Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey,a married father of two.But on the same night their romance abruptly ended,Cecil’s wife was found murdered and their lives changed forever.The case was never solved,and Cecil died soon after,an uncharged suspect.Now divorced and estranged from her only daughter,Marcella lives alone,mired in grief and guilt. Meanwhile,Cecil’s grown son,Jed,returns to the Cape with his sister for the first time in years.One day he finds a woman’s bathing suit buried in a closet a relic,unbeknownst to him,of his father’s affair and,on a hunch,confronts Marcella.When they fall into an affair of their own,their passion temporarily masks the pain of the past,but also leads to crises and revelations they never could have imagined.
AUTHOR: HOLLY LECRAW
TITLE: THE SWIMMING POOL
Two men. A brutal experiment. And only one shocking way out… A little-known laboratory of human suffering in the waning days of World War II.The Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene at University of Minnesota was headed by Dr. Ancel Keyes,the man behind the K-ration.Keyes studied the effects of wartime starvation by depriving two dozen young men,all volunteers,of adequate food.Two volunteers, Carl Yoder and Hank Phipps-both religious conscientious objectors-bond over their pacifist convictions and the rigors of surviving on scant calories.As the months pass and their starvation progresses,however,the two men take desperate measures to sustain themselves.Years after the study’s end,after both men have jobs and families,the choices they made come back to haunt them,with brutal results …
AUTHOR: RICK OCHRE
TITLE: THE STARVED: INCEPTION
Faith is a small town in New Mexico and currently it is plagued by a series of murders,which is very unusual for such a sleepy and slow moving community.Sheriff Cameron Dawson is at his wits end, trying to find who the killer is (or are).The murders are as grizzly as they come,and while initially some teens are suspected of being the killers,in his mind it just doesn’t fit.It needs a more wicked mind to carry out all that than some experimenting kids.Not only that,but the kids are as upstanding as they come.All with good grades,no previous troubles,with no mind for crime anytime before.And one of those kids is not even a teenager yet.Still everything points to them as the masterminds of these heinous crimes.
AUTHOR: ANDREW E. KAUFMAN
TITLE: WHILE THE SAVAGE SLEEPS
Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital,overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve,home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable.His newest patient,Donny Ray Smith,is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear.But during his first encounter with Donny,Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.Donny Ray knows things about Christopher things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland.As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case,Christopher’s life whirls out of control.The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape,and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster.Is he going mad,or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?
AUTHOR: ANDREW E. KAUFMAN
Twenty-three-year-old Elaine Kelly doesn’t earn much as a bank teller,and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother.When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck,Elaine a good Irish girl from Queens thinks she’s found the answer to her problems.She’ll just transfer $1 million from the dead man’s account into hers.Except that the lonely old man may not have been who he seemed.And when you take $1 million that isn’t yours,it can cost you…way more.
AUTHOR: JONATHAN STONE
TITLE: THE TELLERc
Evil is released onto the streets of San Diego.
A series of deadly fires rages across the cityscape,claiming the lives of entire families.Helpless to stop the fires,the SDPD assigns their most famous detective,Jon Stanton,to the case.The evidence points him to a single arsonist committing the horrendous acts.But with a troubled young girl as his only credible witness,Stanton is running out of time.The San Diego PD’s in-house arson investigator does not believe the fires correspond to the work of an arsonist and impedes the investigation into the murders.Stanton is left on his own to find the deadliest,and most powerful opponent he has ever faced….
AUTHOR: VICTOR METHOS