Beck Hardin returns to his Texas hometown and his estranged father after the death of his wife leaves him with two children to raise. The town is still reeling from the murder of sixteen-year-old Heidi, whose father Beck’s old college friend asks Beck to help him find Heidi’s killer before the statute of limitations runs out. Meanwhile, Beck is pushed into becoming town Judge, and he makes some powerful enemies amongst the rich white landowners when he refuses to condone their treatment of the Mexican workers of the town. As events escalate, the landowners carefully plot their revenge.
AUTHOR: ,ARK GIMENEZ
TITLE: THE PERK
GENRE: Action, Legal Thriller
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Private Detective Theodore Tate is overseeing an exhumation, a routine job for the weathered former cop. But when doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes a sinister turn. Tate knows he should walk away and let his former colleagues on the police force deal with it, but his strong sense of justice intervenes. Complicating matters are a few loose ends from Tate’s past. Even good guys have secrets, and Tate thought his were dead and buried for good. With time running out and a violent killer lurking, will he manage to stay one step ahead of the police, or will his truth be unearthed?
AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE
TITLE: CEMETERY LAKE
GENRE: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
DS Logan McRae gets a phone call from DI Steel ordering him to come to the island at once.One freezing night’s sleep in a hatchback and two storm-battered ferries later,Logan arrives but there’s no sign of Steel.She’s lumped him in the middle of a policing nightmare,with bodies,and bullets,and tiny wee boats.And a dangerous hard man who’s meant to be dead…
Why is DI Steel in an even worse mood than usual? Is it because it’s Christmas? Or maybe it’s because the missing persons case she’s just caught looks like a hoax from a mile off? Or is it because she’s just been left a huge amount of money…?One thing’s for certain: Steel’s having a bad day, and she’s hell bent on making sure Constable Guthrie has one too.
AUTHOR: STUART MACBRIDE
TITLE: PARTNERS IN CRIME
When a doctor is found brutally murdered,even the neighborhood’s most hardened residents are stunned.But three more bodies are found,killed the same inexpert way,and Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte race against time to find the killer,as a treacherous mystery unfolds.No one,not the lowest brand of ruffian or the most established aristocrat,will come out unscathed….
AUTHOR: ANNE PERRY
TITLE: DEATH IN THE DEVIL’S CARE
After rescuing the president from kidnappers in Brad Thor’s roaring national bestselling debut,Navy SEAL turned Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out,capturing,or killing all those responsible for the plot . As he prepares to close out his list,a bloody and twisted trail of clues points toward one man the world’s most ruthless terrorist.One problem remains: Harvath and his CIA-led team have no idea what the man looks like. With no alternative,they are forced to recruit a civilian a woman who has survived a brutal hijacking and is now the only person who can positively identify their quarry.From the burning deserts of North Africa to the winding streets of Rome,Harvath must brave a maelstrom of bloodshed and deception before a madman’s twisted vision engulfs the world in the fires of all-out war.
AUTHOR: BRAD THOR
TITLE: PATH OF THE ASSASSIN
Raymond Chandler’s incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career.
“It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving.The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it’s being watched.Traffic trickled by in the street below,and there were a few pedestrians,too,men in hats going nowhere.”So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde,a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe-yes,that Philip Marlowe.Channeling Raymond Chandler,Benjamin Black has brought Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City,California.It is the early 1950s,Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow.Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed,she wants Marlowe to find her former lover,a man named Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson’s disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events.Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.
AUTHOR: BENJAMIN BLACK
TITLE: THE BLACK EYED BLONDE
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 black sheep of a wealthy 1930s grazier dynasty,gentleman artist Rowland Sinclair often takes matters into his own hands.When the matter is murder, there are consequences.
For nearly fourteen years,Rowland has tried to forget,but now the past has returned.
A newly discovered gun casts light on a family secret long kept… a murder the Sinclairs would prefer stayed unsolved.
As old wounds tear open,the dogged loyalty of Rowland’s inappropriate companions is all that stands between him and the consequences of a brutal murder… one he simply failed to mention.
AUTHOR: SULARI GENTILL
TITLE: A MURDER UNMENTIONED
After four long years, peace is finally in sight.But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front,are more hard pressed than ever.Behind the lines,violence is increasing: soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered,and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war.Then Matthew,the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert,suddenly arrives at the front with startling news.The Peacemaker’s German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor.But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed,such a journey would be fraught with hazards,especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere,even on the battlefield.
TITLE: WE SHALL NOT SLEEP
AUTHOR: ANNE PERRY
Harmon Penitentiary in Dublin is Europe’s most dangerous high-security jail holding an explosive and terrifying mix of drug lords,terrorists,violent sex offenders,gunrunners,and gang leaders For Chief Medical Officer Dr. Frank Ryan, working amongst the felons is a great medical and personal challenge-the last doctor was murdered-that he rises to every day.One night,he receives a summons from the jail to attend to an inmate who has supposedly committed suicide in J wing,but as he steps out of his apartment,Ryan is badly beaten,kidnapped,drugged,interrogated,and held prisoner for six days.
Upon his release, Ryan is unable to make sense of who got to him and what might have caused the attack.His ordeal is denied by his superiors,and to make matters worse,his girlfriend Lisa has disappeared without a trace.Desperate to find Lisa,who he now realizes might not have been as straight with him as he thought,the doctor gets involved in a daring plan to spring a hard-boiled criminal from Harmon in exchange for the information he badly needs,and he soon realizes that his ordeal is more than just a personal issue.A wide net of criminals and several international governments seem to be involved, and Ryan must now uncover a far-reaching conspiracy that appears to have been hatched at Harmon, inside J wing,where a mysterious inmate is kept in single confinement . . .
AUTHOR: PAUL CARSON