Richard Knox has served his time,so why shouldn’t he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes,in the past he was a violent rapist,but he’s seen the error of his ways. Found God.Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start. Or so he says.
Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home.He’s even less thrilled to be stuck with DSI Danby from Northumbria Police the man who put Knox behind bars for ten years supposedly here to ‘keep an eye on things’.Only things are about to go very,very wrong.Edinburgh gangster Malk the Knife wants a slice of the development boom Donald Trump’s golf course is bringing to the Granite City,whether local crime lord Wee Hamish Mowat likes it or not.Three heavies from Newcastle want a ‘quiet word’ with DSI Danby about a missing mob accountant. And Richard Knox’s dark past isn’t done with him yet…
AUTHOR: STUART MACBRIDE
TITLE: DARK BLOOD
Every year the best colleges reject thousands of the brightest young minds in the country. But what might happen if a large number of them refused to take no for an answer?
One morning,Shepherdson College receives 437 envelopes from twenty-eight states.Each contains the same two-word message:Still coming.That’s just the beginning.The college president’s house burns down; the water in the country club swimming pool turns red; the ghost of a local war hero appears.Another message is received: We’re Here.Nerves fray,and if the “comers” aren’t trouble enough,a Peeping Tom turns into a home invader,and shows signs of becoming a full-blown sexual predator.The town fragments and people take up arms after one last message is received…
Won’t Be Long Now.
AUTHOR: JOSEPH FLYNN
TITLE: STILL COMING
After dispatching the Torture House Killer, actually a demon disguised as an FBI Agent,16-year-old John Wayne Cleaver,who keeps his sociopathic tendencies in check with a strict list of rules,contacted another demon known only as “Nobody” to let her know she was next on his list. John doesn’t know what powers Nobody might have; the two creatures he’s already killed had radically different abilities, so he suspects nearly everyone.He’s surprised at the plethora of secrets he uncovers in his tiny town as he begins his hunt…and then the killings start. They seem to mimic the “Handyman” killings in Georgia.With the help of his new girlfriend Marci,whose father is a policeman,John begins to work up a profile for the creature that’s killing “sinners” in Clayton.John’s also confused that Marci is so into him; he still struggles to understand “normal” emotions.A sudden rash of suicides prompts John to suspect that Nobody might have brought some backup.Can John keep his own monsters at bay and save the people of Clayton?
AUTHOR: DAN WELLS
TITLE: I DON’T WANT TO KILL YOU
Nick Mason is out of prison. After five years inside,he has just been given the one thing a man facing 25-to-life never gets,a second chance.But it comes at a terrible price.Nick Mason is out of prison,but he’s not free.Whenever his cell phone rings,day or night,he must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.It’s the deal he made with Darius Cole,a criminal kingpin serving a double-life term who still runs an empire from his prison cell.Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes,hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars,and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything,his family,his sanity,and even his life to finally break free.
AUTHOR: STEVE HAMILTON
TITLE: THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON
Everyone has secrets. But some are more dangerous than others.
Children who don’t die before their parents. When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She’d come to know Rosie well,and thought she understood her perhaps better even than Rosie’s own mother.Rosie was beautiful,kind and gentle.She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why? Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She’s certain that someone in the village knows more than they’re letting on. As the investigation deepens,so does Kate’s obsession with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.
AUTHOR: DEBBIE HOWELLS
TITLE: THE BONES OF YOU
The first body is chained to a stake: strangled,stabbed,and a burning tyre around its neck.But is this a gangland execution or something much darker? Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house,but he’s got more pressing things to worry about.Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory;two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant,a mountain of paperwork,and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.When another body turns up,it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence.And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look…
AUTHOR: STUART MACBRIDE
TITLE: CLOSE TO THE BONE
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
John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they’ve killed his neighbors,his family,and the girl he loves,but in the end he’s always won.Now he works for a secret government kill team,using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can but the monsters have noticed,and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.John doesn’t want the life he’s stuck with.He doesn’t want the FBI bossing him around,he doesn’t want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward,and he doesn’t want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn’t want to kill people.But as the song says,you can’t always get what you want.John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.
When John again faces evil,he’ll know what he has to do.
AUTHOR: DAN WELLS
TITLE: THE DEVIL’S ONLY FRIEND
Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war.This time it’s in his own backyard and even more deadly.A small band of fugitives escapes from a secret upstate New York military facility,leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.Each fugitive has a target an innocent civilian and will not stop until that target has been eliminated.Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind a desk rather than out in the field,but medical technology has finally caught up with his ambitions.Coupled with his unstoppable determination,it will take him back to where he thrives: the thick of the action.Drafted into a new war,this time in our homeland,Chapel is tasked with hunting a group of escapees from a top secret military compound all extremely deadly,genetically modified killers and unraveling the mystery behind their existence.Aided by an enigmatic woman named Angel and a courageous,beautiful veterinarian,Chapel begins a cross-country hunt to stop the murders.But are the killers really rogues,or are they part of a sinister conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels?
AUTHOR: DAVID WELLINGTON
Anne Murphy is the redheaded rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates,and one morning she wakes up to front-page headlines proclaiming lawyer murdered above her own picture.If she wants to stay alive,she’s got to play dead.She’ll have to trust people she barely knows colleagues who hate her,homicide cops who want her out of the crime-fighting business,and a new love who inconveniently happens to be opposing counsel.But her knack for courting trouble makes it almost impossible for Anne to play well with others,and an unexpected event places her in lethal jeopardy and leaves her with everything to lose.
AUTHOR: LISA SCOTTOLINE
TITLE: COURTING TROUBLE