Up and coming artist Peter Usher has still to exhibit anywhere, still to make even the most modest mark on the London art scene. But as rumour turns to reality, Usher finds himself caught up in a race to uncover the shadowy figures behind a breathtaking scam. Will art genius ever be rewarded? Will the brush prove more deadly than the gun?
AUTHOR: KEN FOLLETT
TITLE: THE MODIGLIANI SCANDAL
GENRE: Suspense, Mystery, 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
Young,idealistic,and overworked,Jonah is living the lonely life of a medical student in New York City when he accidentally stumbles across a murder in progress: a woman,being stabbed to death in the middle of the sidewalk.Without thinking, he rushes in to protect her-inadvertently killing her attacker in the process.Thrust into the media spotlight,crushed by guilt,Jonah quickly learns that heroism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.He receives a shower of unwanted attention-and hostility-from his superiors.The district attorney wants to “interview” him.The family of the dead man wants revenge.Everything is further upended when the woman whose life he saved shows up at his apartment.What begins as a thank-you drink turns into a wildly passionate love affair.As their relationship deepens,however,Jonah realizes that she isn’t quite the woman she appears to be.His nightmare has only begun,and the price of kindness will turn out to be higher than he could have imagined.
AUTHOR: JESSE KELLERMAN
A murderous vendetta places not only lives at stake but also the fate of nations, in Jack Higgins’s powerful new thriller.
“I always return.” For centuries, that had been the Rashid family motto.Over the years,the family’s British and Arab ancestries had interwoven to produce a remarkable family of warriors,as at home under the pitiless desert sun as in the streets of London.But it is to neither of these places that the Rashids now direct their rage.It is to the United States,whose president they hold accountable for a series of attacks against their power and their honor.From opposite ends of the world, hints are picked up by Blake Johnson,head of the clandestine White House operation known as The Basement,and his Irish colleague,Sean Dillon,but hints to what? By whom?Frantically,they work to find the answer-and meanwhile the killers wait.And that is only the beginning….
AUTHOR: JACK HIGGINS
TITLE: EDGE OF DANGER
It knocks the wind out of you,reality does…
Brothel bouncer Leon shouldn’t be here.A week ago he stepped over the line, maiming a slap-happy VIP punter. But he can’t stay away.Not with his daughter Kelly being so young and vulnerable.If he can sort it out with Graven,take the kicking he knows he’ll get,maybe they can call it a debt paid.But when Kelly goes missing Leon realises what kind of debt is due.
AUTHOR: CHARLIE WILLIAMS
TITLE: GRAVEN IMAGE
Narcotics officer Cal Moore’s orders were to look into the city’s latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case,LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don’t look for the facts,but the glue that holds them together.Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.
AUTHOR: MICHAEL CONNELLY
TITLE: THE BLACK ICE
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
Zach Barrows is a cocky,ambitious White House employee until he’s abruptly transferred out and partnered with Nathaniel Cade,a secret agent sworn to protect the president.But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.Bound 140 years ago by a special blood oath,Nathaniel Cade is a vampire.On the orders of the president he defends the nation against enemies far stranger and even more dangerous than civilians like Zach could ever imagine.
TITLE: BLOOD OATH
AUTHOR: CHRISTOPHER FARNSWORTH
The first bomb cracked dive an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt.Three massive explosions,all at American hotels in the heart of the city, and all within a few horrifying seconds.Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured.Singapore is bleeding.Inspector Samuel Tay is Senior Inspector in the Special Investigation section of Singapore CID, but he is frozen out of this investigation from the beginning.He’s made serious enemies in Singapore’s Internal Security Department,and he has even more enemies at the American embassy,so Tay is assigned routine cases while his colleagues join with the CIA and the FBI in a feverish search for the bombers.
Three days after the explosions,the smell of death still sticky in the city’s air,Tay is sent to a run-down apartment near the Malaysian border where two children have found the body of a caucasian male with a broken neck.Tay immediately feels an unsettling connection with the dead man,although he’s certain he has never seen him before.As Tay searches the dead man’s past for clues to who he was and who his killer might have been,Tay’s own past begins to give up its secrets.
A long-dead father he can barely remember reaches out of the creve to point to the truth about both the murdered man and the bombings.And the horror of Singapore’s destruction becomes a personal horror for Samuel Tay.
TITLE: THE UMBRELLA MAN
AUTHOR: JAKE NEEDHAM
American-born and married to a British Lord,60-Ish Lady Helen Lary,the “nicest person you will ever meet” has taken upon herself to avenge the brutal death of her son,Peter at the hands of the Sons Of Erin,a fringe Irish-nationalist group led by a psychotic Vietnam vet and with operatives in Dublin,London and the U.S. other members include gangster Tim Pat Ryan,IRA terrorist Jack Barry,U.S. Senator Michael Cohan and a mysterious member known only as the connection,who is revealed to be a mole in the White House.With nothing more than an old government file,a modified computer and a 25 revolver,Lady Helen makes short work of most of these villains,managing at one point to knock some of them off.One by one,members of the secret IRA splinter group known as the Sons Of Erin are being murdered.The consequences are greater than anyone realises.For in these actions lies the destruction of two governments-and the Irish peace process.Former IRA terrorist Sean Dillon and U.S presidential aide Blake Johnson have been recruited to stop this unknown assassin whose motive-and identity-is unfathomable.Quickly,quietly,before all hell breaks loose.But they are already too late.For in the Manhattan night, a silver-haired woman is smiling.She pulls a gun from her purse,and steps into the darkness.Four down,she thinks.
TITLE: THE WHITE HOUSE CONNECTION
AUTHOR: JACK HIGGINS