It was a crime so brutal it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops.The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase,but convicting the alleged killer – Karl Dahl would be a start.Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way.Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible as evidence against him raises a public outcry and puts the judge in grave danger.When an unknown assailant attacks Carey in a parking garage, two of the city’s top cops are called in to investigate and keep the judge from further harm.Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come,and his wisecracking partner,Nikki Liska,isn’t far behind. Neither detective wants to be on this case,but when Karl Dahl escapes custody,everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.The stakes are raised when the judge is kidnapped from her home even as the police sit outside watching her house.Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that include the stepson of a murder victim,a husband with a secret life,and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed. With no time to spare,the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors,where no one is whom they seem,and everyone is guilty of something.
AUTHOR: TAMI HOAG
TITLE: DEAD SKY
In Tulsa,Ben Kincaid has built a national reputation as a stalwart defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for his clients.In Evanston,Illinois,Johnny Christensen has built a national reputation as a sadistic bigot who beat and stabbed a gay man and left him to die.When Johnny’s mother comes to Ben and begs him to defend her son,he has one secret reason for saying no.
But while Ben turns down the case,his younger,beautiful partner,Christina McCall,does not.Traveling to Chicago and facing an explosion of controversy and deadly violence surrounding the trial,Christina steps into a case that is already nearly lost.Her client’s only defense is his claim that he left his victim bludgeoned but aliveTo prove that someone else committed the actual murder, Christina needs a little bit of evidence and a good motive to go with it.When unforeseen circumstances force Ben Kincaid to enter the trial the defense attorney sees only one way to prove Johnny’s innocence.But Ben’s plan means luring a killer out of the woodwork even though he may kill again…
AUTHOR: WILLIAM BERNHARDT
TITLE: HATE CRIME
In a house under renovation,a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about,and makes a rather grisly discovery a decapitated chicken,animal bones,and cauldrons containing beads,feathers,and other relics of religious ceremonies.In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile,on a nearby lakeshore,the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.Led by a preacher turned politician,citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans and begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan “five-five,feisty,and forty-plus” is called in to investigate,and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this deadly mix of voodoo,Santería,and devil worship.
AUTHOR: KATHY REICHS
TITLE: DEVIL BONES
The murder of an ex-drug dealer ex-con gunned down on his mother’s doorstep seems just another turf war fatality.Why then has Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont been instructed to keep this assignment hush-hush? Meanwhile,Beau’s lover and fellow cop,Mel Soames,is involved in her own confidential investigation.Registered sex offenders from all over Washington State are dying at an alarming rate and not all due to natural causes.A metropolis the size of Seattle holds its fair share of brutal crime,corruption, and dirty little secrets.But when the separate trails they’re following begin to shockingly intertwine,Beau and Mel realize that they have stumbled onto something bigger and more frightening than they anticipated a deadly conspiracy that’s leading them to lofty places they should not enter… and may not be allowed to leave alive.
AUTHOR: J.A JANCE
TITLE: JUSTICE DENIED
Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
TITLE: BONES NEVER LIE
AUTHOR: KATHY REICHS
Fleeing to Alaska is the only option for Leah Marks after witnessing a murder. Afraid for her life, the legal investigator hopes a remote cabin will be a safe shelter. But the killer has tracked her to Mountain Cove. As he chases her into snow-packed Dead Falls Canyon, an avalanche buries them both. Saved by daring search and rescue specialist Cade Warren, Leah longs to tell him the truth. But how can she, without bringing even more danger into Cade’s life? Especially when they discover the killer is very much alive and waiting to take them both down.
Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide
AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GODDARD
Her wish for excitement is answered when intelligence agent Mr. Carter puts a proposal before the two. A London detective agency has been found to be involved in espionage and its owner has been picked up–but government authorities want to keep the agency open in hope of tracing its illegal activities. How would Tommy and Tuppence like to take on the task?
This set up provides the frame for a series of short stories in which Tommy and Tuppence handle various legitimate calls upon the detective agency even as they hope to make contacts that will break the spy ring. There is Lawrence St. Vincent, whose lady-love has agreed to marry him… but only if he can solve a unique riddle. There is a stolen pearl, the odd scam, and a few murders as well–and, of course, espionage constantly in the background.
TITLE: PARTNERS IN CRIME
AUTHOR: AGATHA CHRISTIE
POOR MAN. RICH MAN. DEAD MAN.
It sounded like a fairy tale: A homeless man named Abraham Shakespeare spent his last dollars on a Florida State lottery ticket and miraculously won $31million.
Unprepared for his newfound fortune,Abraham hired Dorice” Dee Dee” Moore to help manage his winnings and field the numerous request for loans and assistance that he received.
But somehow,Dee Dee was the only one benefitting.When Abraham quietly disappeared from his home in Florida,friends and family grew suspicious-though he could not read or write,his only form of contact was through odd letters and texts.But it wasn’t until investigators began to question Dee Dee about her role in Abraham’s finances that a complicated web of lies and the desperate lengths to which one woman would go to cover it up was exposed.
TITLE: UNLUCKY NUMBER
AUTHOR: DEBORAH MATHIS WITH GREGORY TODD SMITH
In Holt Douglas line of work,there’s nothing sweeter than a confession of guilt.Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County,Georgia.His job is always easy when defendants,instead of remaining silent,blame someone else or try to excuse their actions.When a confession in his hand,Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow.
But lurking in Holts past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina,his hoped for fiance.When Holt reopens a cold case involving a death of the town’s wealthiest businessman-allegedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest–Holt doesn’t believe it was suicide.Instead he suspects murder.
As he investigates,Holts own guilt threatens to destroy him and the cause of justice he’s sworn and to serve.While he knows his own confession could absolve him of his sin,it could cost him his future. Will he survive long enough to uncover the true crime that this small Southern town has been hiding?
TITLE: THE CONFESSION
AUTHOR: ROBERT WHITLOW
Erudite Kansas City professor Tom Murray seduced,then married his starry eyed student Carmin Ross.But when Carmen attempted to leave their violent marriage,Tom stabbed her in the throat thirteen times,but left behind no evidence.Convinced he did committed a perfect crime,Tom didn’t even solicit a lawyer.But he hadn’t counted on relentless small town deputy sheriff Doug Wood,who refused to be underestimated.What happened next would result in one of the most unforgettable,shocking,and unexpected trials in Kansas state history.
TITLE: LANGUAGE OF EVIL
AUTHOR: ROBERT BECATTIE