Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch lands his first case: a Hollywood producer found in the trunk of his Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head. It looks like ‘trunk music,’ a Mafia hit. The LAPD’s organized crime unit is oddly uninterested, but Harry thinks they’re wrong. He follows the money trail from the producer’s office to Las Vegas, where he quickly finds evidence of Mafia involvement.
But something about the case doesn’t add up, and Harry follows a string of odd clues glitter in the producer’s cuffs, an over-the-counter medication in the Rolls’ glove box in a different direction entirely. Just when Harry thinks he’s on firm ground, the bottom falls out. Blind sided again and again, at odds with his superiors, and overwhelmed by a romance that has cropped up in the middle of the case, Harry is as off balance as he’s ever been. When the picture finally comes into focus, Harry discovers a scheme many magnitudes more deadly than he imagine, with himself now one of its targets. Running on instincts and nerves, with a short fuse and everything to lose, Harry must prove himself not just by breaking the case, but by surviving it.
AUTHOR: MICHAEL CONNELLY
TITLE: TRUNK MUSIC
GENRE: Detective, Crime
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Shig Sato’s life isn’t what it used to be. And he doesn’t like it one bit. No longer a cop and still in mourning his wife, Sato returns to Tokyo as a private investigator. When the Kobayashi twins are arrested for murder, they turn to Sato for help. What Sato finds is fraud, greed, murder, arson, and an autistic boy whose life is in danger. For Sato the case becomes a race against time to protect the child and stop a killer.
AUTHOR: JOSEPH MARK BREWER
TITLE: THE THIEF’S MISTAKE
GENRE: Crime, Mystery
Kansas City trial attorney Lou Mason is back and this time, it’s personal. Hired to defend the accused murderer of a local lawyer and political fixer, Jack Cullan, he finds himself working for none other than his friend and landlord, ex-cop Wilson “Blues” Bluestone Jr. With private files that rivalled those of J EdgarHoover, Cullan had the goods on any number of Kansas City hight-rollers, from Mayor Billy Sunshine on down. But the homicide detective on the case has itin for Blues, who faces the death penalty if he’s convicted. Digging deeper, Mason unearths the kind of secrets someone will do anything to keep. And as he closes in on a desperate killer who’s leaving a bloody trail through very high places, Mason may be setting himself up as the next target.
AUTHOR: JOEL GOLDMAN
TITLE: THE LAST WITNESS
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
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A young couple have been brutally murdered in their home in a quiet suburb of Dublin and the Murder Squad want to pass on it; they can see this case is a dog. Inspector Jack O’Neill thinks it’s a dog too but with his personal life in a mess and nothing to lose he takes it on anyway and soon wishes he hadn’t. A suspect is quickly found for the killings and Jack thinks that maybe this one will be easy after all; until he screws up and both the suspect and another young couple go missing. Jack’s career is on the line and he must follow a trail of
AUTHOR: DERICK PARSONS
TITLE: THE JOURNAL
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Detective
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When Dr James Dalcott is shot dead in his cottage it looks very much like an execution. And as DI Wesley Peterson begins piecing together the victim’s life, he finds that the well-liked country doctor had been harbouring strange and dramatic family secrets. Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has discovered a number of skeletons in nearby Tailors Court that bears marks of dissection and might be linked to tales of body-snatching by a rogue physician in the sixteenth century. But when Neil finds the bones of a child buried with a 1930’s coin, the investigation takes a sinister turn.
AUTHOR: KATE ELLIS
TITLE: THE FLESH TAILOR
GENRE: Detective, Mystery
Mark Heckle, a lawyer, is desperately concerned that his daughter Eva is in danger. When a peculiar accident happens near his daughter’s home, he meets John Freid, who reeks of evil. Heckle sets out to discover who Freid is and what his hold over his daughter is, in a stunning suspenseful adventure which will have you gripped until you find out the truth behind the mystery.
AUTHOR: CHRIS CHILD
Rebecca Heilshorn, lies stabbed to death in her bed in a remote, upstate New York farmhouse. Rookie detective Brendan Healy is called in to investigate. All hell breaks loose when her brother bursts onto the scene. Rebecca turns out to have many secrets and connections to a sordid network mixing power, wealth, and sex. Detective Brendan Healy, trying to put his demons behind him, pursues a dangerous investigation that will risk both his life and his sanity.
AUTHOR: T.J. BREARTON
GENRE: Crime, Mystery
Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods. When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.
AUTHOR: JEREMY BATES
TITLE: SUICIDE FOREST
GENRE: Horror, Thriller
Jake Walker has pressures coming at him from all sides. A long-time homicide detective for the city, he’s also a divorced father of three kids. With the kind of work he does, family life often takes a back seat. This is certainly the case when the bodies of the most outstanding players on the State University football team start being discovered brutally murdered. Why would anyone want to murder these guys? Detective Walker has to put family and everything else aside to solve these crimes before anybody else falls victim to this vicious killer who the press is now calling “The Card Counter”. As each victim turns up, the case becomes more traumatic and bizarre. The killer clearly has a point to make, and will continue to make people pay with their lives until Walker and the rest of the city gets it! Find out who is murdered next, and follow Detective Walker until he uncovers the truth behind these killings, and the twisted motive for this murderous rampage.
AUTHOR: JAMES KIPLING
TITLE: THE CARD COUNTER
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller