Charlotte Wellington escaped her life as a carnival fortune-teller at age 16,after her sister’s murder. She also left behind her infant niece,Sooner. Now,18 years later,Charlotte has become an ice-veneered defense attorney in Alexandria,Va. Her secret background catches up with her when her stepfather pulls his carnival into Alexandria,and Sooner is the new Madame Divine.Meanwhile,Det. Daniel Rokov, Charlotte’s strictly sex-only-no-commitment lover,is working on the murder case of a woman staked in an abandoned building,“ witch” crudely tattooed on her forehead.When a second ritualistic murder occurs,Charlotte worries that Sooner could be next.
AUTHOR: MARY BURTON
TITLE: BEFORE SHE DIES
Once a suburban husband and father,now the man has lost all sense of time.He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table,an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine.These are memories of a man who no longer exists.Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief,with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments.An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer.The unspoken directive to kill.And every time he does,he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo.He has a lot of tattoos.But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions.How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life and the lives of everyone around him to find out.
AUTHOR: RICHARD THOMAS
The body of 92-year-old Jossi Goldberg,Holocaust survivor and American citizen,is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt.A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene.The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse’s arm a blood type marker once used by Hitler’s SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle.
Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he,really? Two more,similar murders happen one of a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home,and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident: All of them were lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee,baroness,well-respected philanthropist,and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail,which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia.No one is who they claim to be,and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for,and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward.
AUTHOR: NELE NEUHAUS
TITLE: THE ICE QUEEN
LAPD homicide detective and single mother Alex Delillo knows the risks of the job. But when a series of explosions is detonated by a serial bomber and Alex’s teenage daughter is kidnapped,she discovers the catastrophic stakes as well.The bomber’s next plan: to unleash his incendiary powers on live TV. No one can stop him because no one can find him.What he’s igniting in Alex is more than a contest of wills and a race against time.It’s white-hot rage and a mother’s revenge.
AUTHOR: SCOTT FROST
TITLE: RUN THE RISK
Her refuge invaded,her serenity shattered,her heart captured… When researcher,Grace Talbot,and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss,they become targets of a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry.Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch,and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy.With her colleagues dead, missing,and on the run,she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life,but can she trust him with her heart?
AUTHOR: KIM MCMAHILL
TITLE: A DOSE OF DANGER
One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London Apartment Complex Lacey Flint,a young detective constable,stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot.Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder a letter that calls out Lacey by name.If it’s real,and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past,history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game,not even Lacey,whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically.However,as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden.And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.
AUTHOR: S .J. BOLTON
TITLE: NOW YOU SEE ME
A cargo ship is apprehended by the authorities off the coast of Spain,loaded to the gunwales with enough arms and ammunition to start a war.Twenty years later,an unknown aggressor seems intent on eradicating those responsible for the treachery,one by one.The last victim was brutally tortured with a Black & Decker drill,then shot through the head.And Nick Stone ex-SAS,tough,resourceful, ruthless,highly trained is next on the killer’s list.. In his most daunting mission yet,Nick Stone must find a man who shared that past, and who may know more about the present threat than he is prepared to reveal.As the two find themselves pursued across sea and desert,they become ever more enmeshed in a deadly network of betrayal,to which Stone himself unwittingly holds the key.And in a final confrontation that echoes his worst nightmares,only he can stop the unthinkable and save the lives of those he holds most dear.
AUTHOR: ANDY MCNAB
TITLE: BRUTE FORCE
Welcome to the Pendleton. Built as a tycoon’s dream home in the 1880s and converted to luxury condominiums not quite a century later,the Gilded Age palace at the summit of Shadow Hill is a sanctuary for its fortunate residents.Scant traces remain of the episodes of madness,suicide,mass murder and whispers of things far worse that have scarred its grandeur almost from the beginning.
One night in 2011 sees the property’s terrifying past return as several tenants encounter bizarre phenomena. An elevator bearing a corrupt former U.S. senator descends 30 floors below the surface to levels that do not exist.A soldier turned money manager has his nocturnal laps around the pool interrupted by an attack from a menacing creature.A maid sees Satan in the pantry of an apartment she works in.But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls,security cameras relay impossible images,phantom voices mutter in strange tongues,not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement,elevators plunge into unknown depths.With each passing hour a terrifying certainty grows:Whatever drove the Pendleton’s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again.And as nightmare visions become real,as a deadly tide begins to engulf them,the people at 77 Shadow Street will find the key to humanity’s future . . . if they can survive to use it.
AUTHOR: DEAN KOONTZ
TITLE: 77 SHADOW STREET
Los Angeles homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton and her partner,Colin Taggert,arrive at the scene of a tragic house fire.Juliet Chatman perished in the blaze,along with her two children.Left behind is grieving husband and father Christopher Chatman,hospitalized after trying to rescue his family.Chatman is devastated that he couldn’t save them.Unless,of course,he’s the one who killed them.Neighbors and family friends insist the Chatmans were living the dream.But Lou quickly discovers the reality was very different.The flames of adultery,jealousy,scandal,fraud,and disease had all but consumed the Chatmans’ marriage before it went up in smoke.Was the fire sparked by a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man? Or by the Chatmans’ son,who regularly burned his father’s property?Searching for justice through the ashes of a picture-perfect family,Lou doesn’t know if she will catch an arsonist or be burned in the process.
AUTHOR: RACHEL HOWEZELL HALL
TITLE: LAND OF SHADOWS
Lacey Flint,Sharon Bolton’s enigmatic protagonist,has been living in a houseboat on the River Thames,and she’s becoming a part of London’s weird and wonderful riverboat community.Against her friends’ better judgment,she’s taken up swimming in the Thames,and she feels closer than ever to Detective Mark Joesbury,despite his involvement in a complicated undercover case.
For the first time in her life,as she recovers from the trauma of the last few months,Lacey begins to feel almost happy.Then,at dawn one hot summer morning while swimming down the river,Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the water.She assumes it was chance after all,she’s recently joined the marine policing unit,and she knows how many dead bodies are pulled out of the river every year,most the result of tragic accidents.But further investigation leads her policing team to suspect the woman’s body was deliberately left for Lacey to find.Lacey’s no longer a homicide detective,but as she begins to notice someone keeping a strangely close eye on her,she’s inexorably drawn into the investigation.
AUTHOR: SHARON BOLTON
TITLE: A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE