Commandant Servaz,a top-notch investigator for the city of Toulouse, France,at the foot of the Pyrenees,relies more on his gut that on science.Servaz is annoyed when he is called away from an investigation to a new crime scene at the hydroelectric plant of Arruns,so high above sea level that the only way to reach it is by cable car.A beheaded body is hanged on the upper deck;it is not human body,however,but rather that of a thoroughbred horse.
This disturbing scene only gets more disturbing when DNA of an inmate at Institute Wargnier,the nearby psychiatric prison,is found on the horse.This case gets priority as the horse belonged to Eric Lombard,CEO of multinational company and member of a very influential family with strong political ties to the area. In a parallel story,Diane Berg,a new psychologist,has arrived at the institute and is not entirely welcome,especially after she uncovers flagrant mistreatment of the prisoners.
The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for a very compelling realind.
TITLE: THE FROZEN DEAD
AUTHOR: BERNARD MINIER
Leopold Blake,expert criminology consultant for the FBI,had his weekend all planned out and it didn’t involve dealing with a murdered senator,a high profile kidnapping,and at least three near death experiences.
Three politicians have been murdered in as many weeks,all expertly dispatched,and only Leopold can get to the bottom of it.Unfortunately,as all hell break loose,on the streets of New York City,he soon finds himself the next target of a powerful enemy who wants him silenced.Permanently. Against a backdrop of political corruption and murder,Leopold and his team must fight for their lives to uncover the truth before it’s too late.
AUTHOR: NICK STEPHENSON
Everything starts somewhere.For elite military cop Jack Reacher,that somewhere was canter crossing,Mississippi,way back in 1997.
A lonely railroad track.A crime scene.A cover up.A young woman was dead,and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base.But that has powerful friends in Washington.Reacher is ordered undercover to find out everything he can and then to vanish.But when he gets to canter crossing,Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux,who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets.Uncertain they can trust each other,they reluctantly join forces.Finding unexpected layers of the case,Reacher works to uncover the truth,while others try to bury it forever.The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission and turn him into a man to be feared.
TITLE: THE AFFAIR
AUTHOR: LEE CHILD
A female spymaster will face mortal danger to protect her husband and her Queen.London,1582: Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey,a talented and well educated woman of independent means,is recruited by Queen Elizabeth 1st spymaster,Sir Francis Walsingham,to be lady -in -waiting to Lady Mary,a cousin of the Queen.With her talent in languages and knowledge of ciphers and codes,she will be integral to the spymaster as an intelligence gatherer,being able to get close to Lady Mary just at the time when she is being courted by Russia’s Ivan the Terrible.
However,there are some nobles at court who will do anything they can to thwart such an alliance;and Rosamond soon,realizes the extent of the danger,when a prominent official is murdered and then an attempt is made on both her and Lady Mary’s lives.In her quest to protect her ward and her estranged husband-Rosamond must put herself in mortal peril.
TITLE: MURDER IN THE QUEENS WARDROBE
AUTHOR: KATHY LYNN EMERSON
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec has solve his previous cases in the fall,winter and spring in the idyllic.Three pines village of Quebec’s Eastern Townships.But now it is a scorching summer and he is on vacation at the nearby historic Manoir Bellechasse to celebrate Canada Day,July 1,and his thirty-fifth anniversary with his beloved Reine-Marie.Murder,however as everyone knows,never vacations,so he has no sooner settled into the inn and its amenities than he is called upon to solve the most puzzling ” How ” of all the murder cases in his career as a several ton statue topples from its marble pedestal to church its bloodied,mud covered victim,but leaves the pedestal unblemished?
TITLE: THE MURDER STONE
AUTHOR: LOUISE PENNY
Jack Reacher,Hero,Loner,Soldier’s son.An elite military cop,he was one of the army’s brightest stars.But in every cop’s life there’s one case that changes everything.For Jack Reacher,this is that case.
New year’s day,1990.In a North Carolina motel,a two star general is found dead.His brief case is missing.Nobody knows what was in it.Within minutes Reacher has his orders: control the situation.Within hours the general’s wife is murdered.Then the dominoes really start to fall.Somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army,Reacher is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.But Reacher won’t quit.He’s fighting a new kind of war against an enemy he didn’t know he had.And against a conspiracy more chilling,ingenious,and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.
TITLE: THE ENEMY
AUTHOR: LEE CHILD
Life is sweet again for Oz Blackstone,private investigator turned money magnet,successful television performer,lottery winner,on the edge of movie stardom,and reunited with his partner Primavera Philips,things couldn’t be better until a visit from his pal Mike Dylan resurrects his career as an investigator,on the trail of a poison pen.
Oz thinks it will be nothing much,until the threats start coming and his nearest and dearest become targets themselves.
TITLE: SCREEN SAVERS
AUTHOR: QUINTIN JARDINE
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE PERSON YOU’RE MARRIED TO?
Kate Forman has enviable life: a loving family and a perfect husband,Paul.But late one night Paul comes home drunk and covered in blood,mumbling about having killed something or someone.When an attractive young woman,who works for Paul,is found murdered,Kate’s suspicions about what he has really done send her on an increasingly desperate search for the truth that threatens to smash her carefully constructed life.
Doing the right thin should seem obvious,but as the lies multiply,the truth is not as straightforward as it seems.
TITLE: WINK MURDER
AUTHOR: ALI KNIGHT
For Dr. David Beck,the loss was shattering.And every day for the past eight years,he has relieved the horror of what happened.The gleaming lake.The pale moonlight.The piercing screams.The night his wife was taken.The last time he saw her alive.
Everyone tells him it’s time to move on,to forget the past once and for all.But for David Beck,there can be no closure.A message has appeared on his computer,a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible that somewhere,somehow,Elizabeth is alive. Beck has been warned to tell no one.And he doesn’t.Instead,he runs from the people he trusts the most,plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a being desperate hope.But already Beck is being hunted down.He’s headed straight into the heart of dark and deadly secret and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.
TITLE: TELL NO ONE
AUTHOR: HARLAN COBEN
Was she a sweet southern charmer? Or a cold – blloded killer?
For their wedding portrait,petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarllett. Both came from fine southern families,and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses,raise horses,and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta Society.Less than two months later,their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the Brutal Slaying of his mother and father.
Pat’s only brother had died in a puzzling suicide,her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic,and no one….from her wealthy employers to her own children… no one was safe when Pat Allanson didn’t get her way.It took Georgia lawmen more than two decades to stop her for good…. if indeed they have.
TITLE: EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED
AUTHOR: ANN RULE