One man’s search for justice and redemption plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne’s underbelly. Defence lawyer Will Harris is reluctantly drawn into a bizarre murder trial. A terminally ill man claims to have witnessed the brutal crime in a vision. But the looming trial is more than just a media circus: it’s Will’s first big case since the tragic death of his fiancée. With the pressure mounting, Will’s loyalties are split when his fiancée’s sister is charged with drug trafficking. The strain of balancing both cases takes its toll and Will finds himself torn between following the law and seeking justice.
AUTHOR: ALEX HAMMOND
TITLE: BLOOD WITNESS
GENRE: Legal Thriller
Aiden Connelly is a young, successful Chicago based lawyer who has grown tired of the rat race of city life so he decides to relocate his family to the small, Southern town of Avalon. Once there he settles into his new job and tackles his first case, that of fallen beauty queen, Brandy White who is accused of murdering her husband, local football hero, Brandon, in cold blood.
As Aiden delves deeper into the case he soon realises that things are not as they seem and that Avalon is far from the idyllic town that it appears to be. Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. It is up to him to unravel the mystery surrounding Brandon’s death before it is too late.
AUTHOR: CARYS JONES
TITLE: FIRST TO FALL
GENRE: Murder Mystery, Thriller , Supense
Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7314534.Carys_ Jones
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart and initials inside reading E and D.
Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone, an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again. As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve .
AUTHOR: J.D. ROBB
TITLE: DEVOTED IN DEATH
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen’s tragic death, only to make a stunning-and dreadful-discovery.
Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead and why? With Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta’s assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife’s murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past, where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obsession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame. As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle-the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou-he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?
AUTHOR: PRESTON & CHILD
TITLE: FEVER DREAM
MY OPINION: A Must Read
You have cancer. And tomorrow you’re trying your last chance for survival you’ll be infused with your own treated bone marrow frozen, stored, and safe in one of California’s most prestigious hospitals. Then comes the note: “We have your marrow pay or die.
The missing marrow, a sudden change in patient demeanor, and an unusual death in the cancer ward raise suspicions, but protecting the hospital’s reputation becomes more important than launching an investigation. But one patient’s primary nurse defies the administration, the attending physician, and her abusive boyfriend to dig deeper and solve the mystery.
AUTHOR: J.J. LAMB
TITLE: BONE DRY
GENRE: Medical Thriller
A wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London and their youngest child stolen away on New Year’s Day. The murder weapon was a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered, leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man.
But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man? All Max knows is that he needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family or finds his way to his own front door.
TITLE: THE SLAUGHTER MAN
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery Crime
Recommendation: http://www.randomhouse.com.au > Books
The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect – except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into a tree. Poor child, people thought. And then they found the body in the tree.
For NYPD detective, Kathy Mallory, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, but she can tell a kindred spirit. And this one will lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes; murders stretching back fifteen years, blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory’s history could fully recognise. In the next few weeks, Kathy Mallory will deal with them all in her own way.
AUTHOR: CAROL O’CONNELL
TITLE: THE CHALK GIRL
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
Recommendation: http://www.amazom.com > … > Women Sleuths
Five years ago Elizabeth Piccioni’s husband was arrested for being a serial killer. Her life suddenly turned upside down, she did what she thought was best for her newborn baby: she took her son and ran away to start a new life. Now, living in a quiet part of the Midwest with a new identity, Elizabeth is ready to start over. But one day she receives a phone call from a person calling himself Cain. Cain somehow knows about her past life. He has abducted her son, and if Elizabeth wants to save him she must retrieve her husband’s trophies, the fingers
AUTHOR: ROBERT SWARTWOOD
TITLE: THE SERIAL KILLER’S WIFE
GENRE: Suspense Thriller
Megan Keeler died years ago or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape from her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife’s murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child’s safety, never came forward with the truth is more terrifying.
Since then, Megan has built a new life in Seattle for herself and her son, Josh. She’s never forgotten that she’s a fugitive, and Josh knows nothing about her past. But someone does. First, there are anonymous emails and threats, just as she learns that Glenn has been released from prison. Then the unthinkable happens: a masked man breaks into their home and abducts Josh. To save her son, Megan must put herself at the mercy of a maniac. Is Glenn a cold-blooded killer determined to destroy her world piece by piece, or is the truth even more twisted? Megan thought she knew fear, but her nightmare is only beginning.
AUTHOR: KEVIN O’BRIEN
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
All families have secrets, but none have lies like this.” Blake Salinger leads a normal life in London as a salesman. Every day is planned, organised safe. But that all changes when the police arrive at his workplace. His wrists are shackled as he is arrested, accused of murdering his estranged father. That’s when he is daringly freed by the silver-haired man, a shady ally with the goal of setting things straight and an unquenchable thirst for violence. Blake comes to learn that he is merely a puppet in a mysterious organisation’s plan. With the police hot on his trail, Blake along with his new companion must strive to uncover the secrets of his father’s murder, before it’s too late. Before The Agency catches up to them.
AUTHOR: ADAM NICHOLLS
TITLE: KEEPING WITH KILLERS
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
http://www.amazon.co.uk > … > Crime Fiction