Defense attorney David Nash has made a career out of setting monsters free and no one does it better. Now a case has come to “The Ice Man” that could help cleanse Nash of the guilt and doubts that torment him: that rarest of all defendants, an innocent man. A fellow lawyer has been accused of a heinous crime the brutal murder of an undercover vice cop. But the case that is supposed to be Nash’s redemption could prove to be his downfall, dragging him into a dark and sinister world where lies and the truth are interchangeable; where the manipulator becomes the manipulated; and where every answer spawns more complex and terrifying questions. And as the shadows close in around him, the final question that remains for David Nash concerns his own fate: life or death?
AUTHOR: PHILLIP MARGOLIN
TITLE: THE LAST INNOCENT MAN
GENRE: Crime, Suspense
Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including both his day job at the police department and his ‘night work’. He remembers to feed his fish twice a day and visit his mother at least once a week, although he occasionally peppers her coffee with rat poison. He is not bothered by the reports of The Christchurch Carver, who, they say, murdered seven women.
Joe knows the carver has only killed six women. He knows that for a fact. And Joe is going to find that copy-cat killer, punish him for the one and then frame him for the other six. It’s a perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he has to do now is take care of all the women who keep getting in his way his domineering mother for one. Then there is Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother, and the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture no longer have any place in Joe’s investigation.
AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE
TITLE: THE CLEANER
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. Ghost stories abound, but no one knows what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago when an Amish father and his four children perished and his young wife disappeared without a trace. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide,a man found hanging from the rafters in his barn, evidence quickly points to murder. She finds herself following an elusive trail that points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident.
Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with estate agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in a long time, she’s happy. Their newfound bliss is shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti family four years ago is found not guilty and walks away a free man. When a second man turns up dead, Kate discovers a link that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and uncovers a horrifying truth that reaches deep into the past and strikes at the very heart of Painters Mill. As Kate draws a bead on a stone cold killer, a murderer vows to right old wrongs and kill anyone who stands in the way.
AUTHOR: LINDA CASTILLO
TITLE: THE DEAD WILL TELL
MY OPINION: A Must Read
Fin is no longer a police officer, he’s now the head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill a local poacher, Fin’s teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.
AUTHOR: PETER MAY
TITLE: THE CHESSMEN
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
On a quiet afternoon in Eden Park ,October 6, 1927, Cincinnati, Imogene, a beautiful society lady, is shot and killed by her husband, the notorious bootlegger George Remus. After wandering off into the park, Remus hitches a ride to the police station, where he turns himself in. Shocked and fascinated by this horrible murder, the country gears up for a sensational trial pitting the man known as “the king of bootleggers” against Chief Prosecutor Charlie Taft, the youngest son of the former president. The trial raises many questions What happened to Remus’s fortune, which disappeared while he was imprisoned for bootlegging? Did Imogene, the blue-blooded beauty once known as the Jazz Bird, struggle to free him, or set him up? How did the federal agent who pursued Remus became desperately entangled with the Jazz Bird, embroiling himself and Remus in a complicated love triangle with deadly results?
AUTHOR: CRAIG HOLDEN
AUTHOR: THE JAZZ BIRD
GENRE: Legal Thriller, Mystery , Thriller
Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose. But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror. Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world.
AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES
TITLE: OPENING MOVES
GENRE: Crime, Thriller , Action
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers cutting-edge geospatial investigative techniques and impeccable logic have helped him track some of the country’s most grisly killers. But those skills are about to be pushed to the limit. A young woman is found brutally murdered in Washington DC as her killers conduct a spree of perfect crimes in the Northeast. With nothing to link the crimes to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.
AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES
TITLE: THE BISHOP
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
MY OPINION: A Must Read
Bowers has been called from his home to Chicago, to testify in a retrial of Richard Devin Basque, a serial killer caught by Bowers and convicted 13 years ago. New evidence has been uncovered, which may lead to Basque’s release. This comes at an awkward time for Bowers as he’s been asked by his friend, Lt. Kurt Mason of the Denver Police Department, to assist in the investigation of a crime that appears to be linked to a double homicide that took place the day before. What they discover shocks them: at the scene of the first murders, a tiny tape recording is found in the woman’s mouth which, when played, tells Bowers that the killer will see him in Chicago. How could he know that Bowers was scheduled to testify and be at this particular crime scene? Subsequent murders occur, and at each scene is evidence that indicates the killer knew Bowers would be there. There seemed to be only one conclusion here, he thinks: “Maybe you are not the one closing in on him; maybe he’s the one closing in on you.”
AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES
TITLE: THE KNIGHT
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery