DECLARED DEAD

Arthur Cathcart was living the good life,working as a freelance market researcher and sometime finder of missing people and adoring his gorgeous and successful insurance exec (the book is set in Connecticut) wife.Then one day,he comes home to horror: a gunman threatening to kill them both if Florencia doesn’t give written answers to some mysterious questions.She does; the thug kills her anyway and blasts Arthur,too.He goes into a coma and comes out damaged emotionally and physically,but vowing to find the SOB who has ruined everything.But first,he has to disappear off the grid as well,at least as far as anyone can tell.With the help of his physician sister who declares him dead at his request,a casino worker who becomes his close ally,a grumpy newspaper reporter, a retired cop and a bunch of hilariously drawn Bosnian criminals in Hartford,not to mention some really evil evildoers,Arthur finds out some inconvenient truths and enacts a most satisfying revenge.

AUTHOR: CHRIS KNOPF 

TITLE: DEAD ANYWAY 

THE FIVE MURDERED JUDGES

The Racketeer

Given the importance of what they do,and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment,is Malcolm Bannister.Job status? Former attorney.Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg,Maryland.On paper,Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days,but he’s got an ace up his sleeve.He knows who killed Judge Fawcett,and he knows why.The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin.There was no forced entry,no struggle,just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.And one large,state-of-the-art,extremely secure safe,opened and emptied.What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them.But everything has a price especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death.And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday.

AUTHOR: JOHN GRISHAM 

TITLE: THE RACKETEER 

STAB WOUNDS

I close my eyes and feel my heart began racing.Someone is coming.They’re going to find me.A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse,one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.Reluctantly,clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student,calling himself the ‘Mindhunter’ trading on Joe’s name has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray,Joe discover links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter ‘A’ is carved into their foreheads.As the case becomes ever more complex,nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe’s fate,and that of those closest to him,become intertwined with a merciless,unpredictable killer….

AUTHOR: MICHAEL ROBOTHAM 

TITLE: CLOSE YOUR EYES 

WRONGLY IMPRISONED

A request from a thirteen-year-old prospective client.Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago.It seemed like an open and shut case.The accused,Lonnie Stall,was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly,Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned.Taking on the case seems foolhardy to Mary DiNunzio,because the Gardner family is one of the richest and most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents do not believe in reopening this case.But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog. Was justice really served all those years ago? It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius,to find out.

AUTHOR: LISA SCOTTOLINE 

TITLE: ACCUSED 

PERFECT DETAIL

Frieda Klein is a solitary,incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London.She believes that the world is a messy,uncontrollable place,but what we can control is what is inside our heads.This attitude is reflected in her own life,which is an austere one of refuge,personal integrity,and order.The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt.And when his face is splashed over the newspapers,Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence:one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child.A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail,a child the spitting image of Matthew.She finds herself in the center of the investigation,serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.

AUTHOR: NICCI FRENCH 

TITLE: BLUE MONDAY 

A WARM NOVEMBER DAY

For sixteen years,Simon Connelly’s successful wife has gone to her law office each day,while he has stayed home to raise their children.Though Simon has loved taking care of Jake and Laney,it has cost him a part of himself,and has made him an anomaly in his pretty,suburban neighborhood the only stay-at-home dad among a tight circle of mothers.

Shepherding them through childhood,the angst-ridden father has tried to do the best for the kids, even if he often second-guesses his choices.For sunny,outgoing Laney,it’s been easy.But quiet Jake has always preferred the company of his books or his sister to playdates and organized sports. Now that they are in high school,Simon should feel more relaxed,but he doesn’t.He’s seen the statistics,read the headlines.Then,on a warm November day,he receives a text:There has been a shooting at the high school.Racing to the rendezvous point,Simon is forced to wait with scores of other anxious fathers and tearful mothers,overwhelmed by the disturbing questions running through his head.How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one,parents are reunited with their children.Their numbers dwindle,until Simon is alone.Laney has gone home with her mom. Jake is the only child missing.As his worst nightmare unfolds,Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers,for hope,for the memory of the boy he raised,for the mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought? Jake could not have done this or could he?As rumors begin to ricochet,amplified by an invasive media,Simon must find answers.But there is only one way to understand what has happened . . . he must find Jake.

AUTHOR: BRYAN REARDON 

TITLE: FINDING JAKE 

THE DEAD GIRLS

When a Cambridge university student dramatically attempts to take her own life,DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways.

Despite huge personal misgivings,Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge with a brief to work undercover,posing as a vulnerable,depression-prone student.Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is or so they both hope.But as the two women dig deeper into the darker side of university life,they discover a terrifying trend..And when Lacey starts experiencing the same disturbing nightmares reported by the dead girls,she knows that she is next.

AUTHOR: S. J. BOLTON 

TITLE: DEAD SCARED 

BECOMING THE TARGET

A cold case reopened. A murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before…

Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure.And,despite it all,she’s still a fighter.When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice,she’s determined to put the past to rights,even when she becomes a target.It’s former Marine Clay Maynard’s job to see the risk in every situation,but he doesn’t have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie.Since the minute he first saw her,Clay has wanted to protect the wounded officer,and he started loving her not long after that.So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath,Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive.That is, f he can stay ahead of a killer with everything to lose and something terrifying to hide…

AUTHOR: KAREN ROSE

TITLE: WATCH YOUR BACK

THE ABUSED

Working on the notorious Mitchell Estate,housing officer Josie Mellor faces challenges every day,but not nearly as many as those of her tenants.Kelly Winterton is scared and alone after her partner has been jailed.A victim of domestic abuse,Charlotte Hatfield has fled from her violent partner four times already.He’ll probably kill her if he finds her this time.Disowned by her family,someone is taking advantage of Amy Cartwright’s vulnerability.Who can she turn to for support? But Josie has her own problems to deal with too.As her home life deteriorates and she struggles to escape her controlling husband,she realises only a thin line separates her from the people she’s trying to help.When deadly violence erupts,will both Josie and her tenants become victims that no one will see?

AUTHOR: MEL SHERRATT 

TITLE: BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR 

THE WORSE AND JUST AS BAD

It’s been a difficult time for Inspector Walter Day.His wife has given birth to twins,his hostile in-laws have come to stay,and a leg injury has kept him at his desk. But when the Harvest Man begins killing,carving people’s faces off their skulls,the Yard knows they need Day in the field.Not so Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith.Rash actions have cost him his job, but that doesn’t stop his obsessive hunt for the Ripper.When the mutilated bodies of prostitutes start turning up again, Hammersmith enlists the help of a criminal network to stop Saucy Jack,his methods carrying him further and further from the ideals of the Yard,so far in fact that he may never be able to find his way back.Of course,the Ripper’s been playing a game with him,with Walter Day,as well.He is pushing both of them to their limits,and what happens when they get there.. no one can say.Jack the Ripper is back,sending the city and Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad into chaos.But now it is even worse.Not only is the Ripper still at large,but so is another killer just as bad.

AUTHOR: ALEX  GRECIAN 

TITLE: THE HARVEST MAN 

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