Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins is back on the force.Before she can get comfortable with her new partner,newly-promoted DS Katy Foster,the two are assigned a tragic murder case that looks like a robbery gone wrong.However,when another wealthy footballer’s family meets the same deadly fate within twenty-four hours,it is clear the crimes involve something far more sinister.Keeping her focus on unravelling the complex case isn’t easy for Lorne when she learns news that throws her personal life into a spin her fiancé,M16 agent Tony Warner,is involved in a dangerous covert operation in Afghanistan.But innocent people are dying on her patch,and someone must catch the killers.Lorne can’t allow this Foul Justice to prevail.
AUTHOR: M.A. COMELEY
TITLE: FOUL JUSTICE
In her eyes, he would always be the same…
Twenty-four-year-old Maggie Jacobs had lived a life of heartache and pain.After losing the one and only man she ever loved to incurable cancer,she went on to take a job working for PGI Corporation in hopes she could find a cure in honor of him one day.Little did she know her very working there could be the difference between life and death.
Killer was just that a killer.He lived for the moments when he could break bones and bring other’s nightmares to life.After all,isn’t that what they wanted from him? Genetically altered by the government,stripped of all his own memories,Killer heads down a dark and dangerous road. Memories evade his mind, but nothing sticks out quite like the girl in his dreams.With her dark brown hair and eyes,she’s a danger to his heart,but a victim to his rage.He knows she has the answers to his past.If he gets his hands on her,she will never be seen again.Secrets,lies,and the sweetest of betrayals encompass them.Can Killer find his way through the rage and back to Maggie or is it too late? Can someone who is hell bent on being broken truly be saved?
AUTHOR: J. L. BECK
TITLE: PROJECT KILLER
Lena Adams has spent her life struggling to escape her past.She has only unhappy memories of Reece,the small town which nearly destroyed her.She’s made a new life for herself as a police detective in Heartsdale,a hundred miles away but nothing could prepare her for the violence which explodes when she is forced to return.A vicious murder leaves a young woman incinerated beyond recognition. And Lena is the only suspect.
When Heartsdale police chief Jeffrey Tolliver,Lena’s boss,receives word that his detective has been arrested,he has no choice but to go to Lena’s aid taking with him his wife,medical examiner Sara Linton.But soon after their arrival,a second victim is found.The town closes ranks.And both Jeffrey and Sara find themselves entangled in a horrifying underground world of bigotry and rage a violent world which shocks even them.A world which puts their own lives in jeopardy.Only Jeffrey and Sara can free Lena from the web of lies,betrayal and brutality that has trapped her.But can they discover the truth before the killer strikes again?
AUTHOR: KARIN SLAUGHTER
TITLE: BEYOND REACH
In the pale grey light of a chilly February,Aberdeen is not at its best! There’s a rapist prowling the city’s cold granite streets,leaving a string of tortured women behind.But while DS Logan McRae’s girlfriend is out acting as bait,he’s dealing with the blood-drenched body of an unidentified male,dumped outside Accident and Emergency.When a stash of explicit films turn up,all featuring the victim,it looks as if someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death,and Logan gets dragged into the twilight world of pornographers,sex-shops and S&M.To make matters worse,when they finally arrest the Granite City Rapist,Grampian Police are forced by the courts to let him go: Aberdeen Football Club’s star striker has an alibi for every attack.Could they really have got it so badly wrong? Logan thinks so,but the trick will be getting anyone to listen before the real rapist strikes again.Especially as his girlfriend,PC Jackie ‘Ball Breaker’ Watson,is convinced the footballer is guilty and she’s hell-bent on a conviction at any cost…
AUTHOR: STUART MACBRIDE
TITLE: BROKEN SKIN
Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties,no home,a backroom job,hers is a life lived under the radar.She’s a nobody; she has no-one and that’s how she wants it.
But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme Grace,a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote and dilapidated house on the edge of a bleak estuary.A girl whose family,if not happy,exactly,was no unhappier than anyone else’s or so she thought.Then one night a terrible thing happened in the crooked house,a nightmare of violence out of which Alison emerged the only witness and sole survivor and from which she has been running ever since.Only when she meets academic Paul Bartlett does Alison realize that if she’s to have any chance of happiness,she has to return to her old life and confront the darkness that worked its way inside her family and has pursued her ever since.
AUTHOR: CHRISTOBEL KENT
TITLE: THE CROOKED HOUSE
Adam Gray is the ultimate spy…As the lead agent of the US government’s top-secret Persona project, he is its most valuable weapon in the War on Terror.Experimental technology enables him to take on the personality and memories of anyone; be it a Russian arms dealer,a high-stakes gambler or a nuclear scientist. Whatever secrets they know,he knows.But the most dangerous secrets of all… are his own.When Adam hunts a terrorist plotting to murder millions,he begins to realise that,although he can delve into the minds of others,his own memories are a mystery.Hidden in his past is the key to a deadly conspiracy and its masterminds will stop at nothing to conceal their crimes…
AUTHOR: ANDY MCDERMOTT
TITLE: THE PERSONAL PROTOCOL
Before Lucas Davenport and the brilliant Prey novels,there was Kidd-artist,computer whiz,and professional criminal-and his sometime partner/sometime lover,LuEllen.The Army had left Kidd with a dislike for bureaucratic organization and the skills to do something about it,but it hadn’t prepared him for the day a woman appeared at his door and told him that his colleague Jack Morrison had vanished,and that Kidd and his friends were the target of a national manhunt.It wasn’t the official agencies that worried Kidd so much as the very dangerous men with the very different agenda that he suspected were acting behind the scenes. And he knew that unless he and LuEllen found what had really happened to Jack,and quickly-the next people to vanish might very well be themselves.
AUTHOR: JOHN SANDFORD
TITLE: THE DEVIL’S CODE
On the bustling docks along the River Thames,Great Britain’s merchant ships unload the treasures of the world. And here,in dank and sinister alleys,sex merchants ply their lucrative trade.The dreaded kingpin of this dark realm is Jericho Phillips,who seems far beyond the reach of the law.But when thirteen-year-old Fig is found with his throat cut,Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination.Monk’s wife,Hester,draws a highly unusual guerrilla force to her husband’s cause a canny ratcatcher,a retired brothel keeper,a fearless street urchin,and a rebellious society lady.To one as criminally minded as Phillips,these folks are mere mosquitoes,to be sure But as he will soon discover,some mosquitoes can have a deadly sting.
AUTHOR: ANNE PERRY
TITLE: EXECUTION DOCK
Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled “The Coma Cops” by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape.Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad.The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn’t killed him, but almost as deadly it’s switched off his emotions.
When the body of a convicted rapist is found,obliterated by an oncoming train,Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide.The following night,two more rapists go missing.It’s hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer.There’s a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this,give me five minutes alone with him. And that’s exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone.But when innocent people start to die,Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives,and soon they’re battling something they never would’ve expected each other.
AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE
TITLE: FIVE MINUTES ALONE
Caren Gray is the general manager of Belle Vie,a sprawling antebellum plantation where the past and the present coexist uneasily.The estate’s owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction complete with full-dress reenactments and carefully restored slave quarters.Outside the gates,an ambitious corporation has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have grown sugar cane for generations, replacing local employees with illegal laborers.Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property,her throat cut clean. The list of suspects is long, but when the cops zero in on a person of interest,Caren has a feeling they’re chasing the wrong leads.Putting herself at risk,she unearths startling new facts about an old mystery—the long ago disappearance of a former slave that has unsettling ties to the modern-day crime.In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie’s history and her own,Caren discovers secrets about both cases that an increasingly desperate killer will do anything to keep hidden.
AUTHOR: ATTICA LOCKE
TITLE: THE CUTTING SEASON