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Many thrillers are fast-paced and filled with action, but one wonders if the authors really care about their characters. A book that gets its proverbial hooks in you in the first ten pages is usually good. Scott sits comfortably outside of the box with a unique noir style that sprinkles in horror touches here and there while safely keeping both feet in the realm of the real.
The dark brooding cover of this debut novel suggests the supernatural, the unknown — very fitting for a book where the theme is an ever changing thing and is like trying to catch smoke. This so far brilliant dual-world trilogy starts with an unconventional bang. If you enjoy a good fantasy adventure and want a bit of escapism this summer then this will not disappoint. After a lengthy setup, timid bank manager Steven Taylor, athletic history teacher Mark Jenkins and law student Hannah Sorenson fall through a magical tapestry into a politically complex world under the dominion of body-hopping demonic sorcerer Nerak.
Several independent subplots and an unwieldy supporting cast slowly draw together as Steven discovers his budding magical powers, Mark finds romance with a fierce resistance fighter and Hannah seeks a way home. Though somewhat unfocused in their plotting and often rehashing standard fantasy elements, Scott and Gordon keep the story moving entertainingly to the end, less a conclusion than a pause before the simultaneously released sequel. Villains abound, from soul-draining demons to twisted, soulless men, in a bold first novel that deserves a wide readership from fans of classic as well as cross-over fantasy.
Highly recommended for all fantasy collections. The world of Eldarn is thoughtfully realised and the enemy is terrifying! Catching a killer is dangerous—especially if he lives next door. From the hugely talented author of The Kind Worth Killing comes an exquisitely chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder. Hen and her husband Lloyd have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
Hen short for Henrietta is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby, and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. Could her neighbor, Matthew, be a killer? Or is this the beginning of another psychotic episode like the one she suffered back in college, when she became so consumed with proving a fellow student guilty that she ended up hurting a classmate?
Yet no one will believe her. And that this is the beginning of a horrifying nightmare she may not live to escape. I could not put it down. Wolf Pack by C. Release Date : March 12th. He begins to fear that a pack of four vicious killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel known as the Wolf Pack has arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone—including Joe, Nate, and others—who is associated with him. Following Joe, Marybeth, Nate Romanowski, and others is similar to catching up with old friends and always a blast.
The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.
Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction? Why you should be excited about it : Following the most jaw-dropping ending of his career in Without Warning , Rosenberg kicked off a new series in with The Kremlin Conspiracy.
I read this book back in October and was absolutely blown away. Trust me, you will be too. Rosenberg still sits among the very best writers the thriller genre has to offer.
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Mercy River by Glen Erik Hamilton. Helping a fellow veteran accused of murder, Van Shaw is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth involving smuggled opioids, ruthless mercenaries, and deadly family secrets that will challenge his notions of brotherhood and justice in this riveting thriller from Anthony, Macavity and Strand Critics Award-winning author Glen Erik Hamilton.
When his friend Leo Pak is arrested on suspicion of murder and armed robbery, Van Shaw journeys to a remote Oregon county to help his fellow Ranger. Arriving in the isolated town of Mercy River, Van learns that his troubled friend had planned to join a raucous three-day party that dominates the place for one weekend each year.
The murder victim—the owner of a local gun shop where Leo worked part time—was dealing in stolen heroin-grade opiates. Worse, the town has a dark history with a community of white supremacists, growing in strength and threatening to turn Mercy River into their private enclave. The cops have damning evidence linking Leo to the murder, and Van knows that backwaters like Mercy River are notorious for protecting their own.
Action-packed, riveting, and powerful, Mercy River is a novel that goes to the heart and soul of what it means to be a hero in a corrupt and punishing world. Why you should be excited about it : Hamilton has come on as one of the more solid crime thriller novelists occupying the genre in recent years, and Van Shaw is a great character. Think Jack Reacher, but with a more questionable past and plenty to actually be running from. The Last Act by Brad Parks. Tommy Jump is an out-of-work stage actor approached by the FBI with the role of a lifetime: Go undercover at a federal prison, impersonate a convicted felon, and befriend a fellow inmate, a disgraced banker named Mitchell Dupree who knows the location of documents that can be used to bring down a ruthless drug cartel.
The cartel has quickly risen to become the largest supplier of crystal meth in America. Using a false name and backstory, Tommy enters the low-security prison and begins the process of befriending Dupree. Why you should be excited about it : Brad Parks reached new levels of success a couple of years ago with his hit, ironically-titled thriller, Say Nothing , the book everyone was talking about in Run Away by Harlan Coben.
Release Date : March 19th. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed.
Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on. Treason by Rick Campbell. In Russia, the military is anxious to assert its military strength and regain its role as a superpower. The Russian President refuses to greenlight a bold plan to disable American strategic nuclear capability and retake Ukraine and the Baltic States, fearing the potential consequences of involving nuclear weapons.
With the U. Without their primary weapons, the U. Rick Campbell, one of the finest young military thriller writers, returns with his biggest and boldest novel to date. Why you should be excited about it : Campbell took off, forcing readers to wait nearly two years between books. The Fifth Doctrine by Karen Robards. It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St.
And all she has to do is run one last mission—the kind she might never return from. Enter Bianca. It could mean torture or endless imprisonment—assuming she survives. But it might also ignite the kind of chaos that forces a revolution. It might just change the world. Ives back for her toughest mission yet. Release Date: March 19th. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the 1 New York Times -bestselling author. The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador. A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit. An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile.
Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago. During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows—most importantly, his own family.
Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind. A handful of Pitt books over the last decade have been so-so at best, though their last offering, Odessa Sea , was one of their better-received books so far, giving readers plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this one.
Crown Jewel by Christopher Reich. Release Date: March 26th. Who better to connect the crimes, and foil the brilliant plot, than Simon Riske, freelance industrial spy?
From the baccarat tables of the finest casinos to the yachts in the marina, to the private jet company that somehow ties these criminal enterprises together, Simon Riske will do what he does best: get in over his head, throw himself into danger, and find some way to out-think and out-maneuver villains of every stripe. One of the most enjoyable, clever, and entertaining new series to come along in years, this sequel to The Take gives readers what they desire most: a hero we can root for, locales we wish were in, and a plot that never lets up.
Simon Riske is a really unique character and giving him a second book to flesh him out a bit more was a great move by Reich, who seems to really understand what his fans are looking for. Release Date : March 26th. From the creators of Smallville comes an action-packed debut thriller about a war veteran and CIA officer in the s swept up into a global conspiracy that may prove Hitler is still alive. David Toland, a decorated Korean War veteran, has done all he can to leave a life of combat behind.
David reluctantly agrees to serve his country one last time and help recover the film for Lana and the CIA. But it seems not everyone is as eager as they are to dig up the past. In search of the truth, David and Lana find themselves pursued across the globe in a cat and mouse game with enormous, world-altering consequences. Think Robert Harris meets Brad Meltzer. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.
Nevaeh Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with an EMP. A former astronaut, Patel believes she is following the directions of the Numen, aliens who saved her life when she space-walked outside the International Space Station. The countdown has begun when Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are thrown into the pending disaster. They must stop the EMP that would wreak havoc on communication and electronic systems on Earth, resulting in chaos and anarchy.
Why you should be excited about it : Coulter and Ellison are one heck of a duo. Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways. Why you should be excited about it : Coop is back after a year off, which fits the story well since the last we saw her she was heading into a leave of absence.
This time around, Coop is ready to get back into her office, and her first case deals with a blast from the past. Apparently, a young woman who testified in huge federal case years back has now come forward as a victim of sexual assault, prompting rumors to swirl about a high-profile official, and Coop has to get to the bottom of it all. Fairstein is a really good writer and her series was missed in The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan.
Release Date : April 2nd. Ali Reynolds straddles the line between the past and the future in the fourteenth book in the New York Times bestselling series. But will revisiting the past jeopardize her future? Why you should be excited about it : Jance brings back Ali Reynolds for her 14th go-around in with another highly-anticipated thriller that forces Ali to deal with past skeletons that have freed themselves from her closet and come back to haunt her.
Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R. Release Date : April 9th. A thrillingly suspenseful debut novel, and a fierce howl of rage that questions the true meaning of justice. Rafael Zhettah relishes the simplicity and freedom of his life. He is the owner and head chef of a promising Houston restaurant. A pilot with open access to the boundless Texas horizon. A bachelor, content with having few personal or material attachments that ground him. Then, lightning strikes. When he finds Tieresse—billionaire, philanthropist, sophisticated, bombshell—sitting at one of his tables, he also finds his soul mate and his life starts again.
And just as fast, when she is brutally murdered in their home, when he is convicted of the crime, when he is sentenced to die, it is all ripped away. But for Rafael Zhettah, death row is not the end. It is only the beginning. Now, with his recaptured freedom, he will stop at nothing to deliver justice to those who stole everything from him.
This is a heart-stoppingly suspenseful, devastating, page-turning debut novel. A thriller with a relentless grip that wants you to read it in one sitting. David R. Dow has dedicated his life to the fight against capital punishment—to righting the horrific injustices of the death penalty regime in Texas.
He delivers the perfect modern parable for exploring our complex, uneasy relationships with punishment and reparation in a terribly unjust world. If you like darker plotlines set in the south, add this one to your reading list. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman. Legendary Navajo policeman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn takes center stage in this riveting atmospheric mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman that combines crime, superstition, and tradition and brings the desert Southwest vividly alive. Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact—a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history.
His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware—witchcraft is afoot. While the veteran detective is busy working to untangle his strange case, his former colleague Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries. Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complicated when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI.
As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni. A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series. Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy.
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Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations—the so-called eighth sister—she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse.
Pursued by a dogged Russian intelligence officer, Jenkins executes a daring escape across the Black Sea, only to find himself abandoned by the agency he serves. With his family and freedom at risk, Jenkins is in the fight of his life—against his own country. Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline. Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend.
Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.
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Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen.
But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse. Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming—and neither will the reader. After Anna and Feared were both major hits in , and readers have every reason to be ecstatic for Someone Knows , one of the first must-read suspense thrillers coming out in Metropolis by Philip Kerr.
As Bernie Gunther sets out to make sense of multiple murders with different MOs in a city that knows no limits, he must face the fact that his own police HQ is not immune. Why you should be excited about it : Sadly, the legendary Philip Kerr passed away in , may he rest in peace. Without giving anything away, the last book did seem to set some things up for Metropolis , so fans of the series will want to get this one pre-ordered ASAP.
The Last by Hanna Jameson. I feel bad about how we left it. Love you. Now, two months later, there are twenty survivors holed up at the hotel, a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders. Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilization. As supplies dwindle and tensions rise, Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity. Yet the real question remains: can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel, or should he take his chances in the outside world? With plenty of twists throughout, Hanna Jameson will leave readers genuinely surprised by the time they turn the final page here.
The Better Sister by Alafair Burke. Release Date : April 16th. Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky was always restless. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland. For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job.
The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough. Why you should be excited about it : Baldacci is returning to his Amos Decker franchise once again in However, after consecutive Robie and Puller books that fell just short of expectations and two Decker ones that, frankly, exceeded them, Amos is now the lead dog—along with Atlee Pine, who starred in her first book in Delta-V by Daniel Suarez.
Release Date : April 23rd. The bestselling author of Daemon returns with a near-future technological thriller, in which a charismatic billionaire recruits a team of adventurers to launch the first deep space mining operation—a mission that could alter the trajectory of human civilization. Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty-first century adventurers—ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers—must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space.
Why you should be excited about it : Daniel Suarez is one of the most entertaining sci-fi writers in the genre and his last book, Change Agent , received high marks from both readers and critics alike. This year, Suarez hits on a timely plotline involving deep-space exploration, which could end up altering human civilization forever. The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar has been found in the Pandora Room, the one containing blessings, or the one full of curses.
Whatever the jar contains, they want it, no matter who they have to kill…or what will emerge when they open it. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb. What more do you need to know? Neon Prey by John Sandford. Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by 1 NewYork Times -bestselling author John Sandford.
It was a relatively minor criminal matter, all things considered, but enough that the U. Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home.
Now Davenport is on the trail of a serial murderer, one who was able to operate for years without notice or suspicion. The bestselling author answered with a brilliant shakeup in , when he moved Davenport over to the U. Collusion by Newt Gingrich. Release Date : April 30th. Valerie Mayberry comes from the kind of wealthy family that would be royalty in any other country. A brusque, fiercely independent operative who refuses to play by the rules, the seasoned pro is now a gun for hire, working as a security contractor in Eastern Europe.
When a high ranking Kremlin official with knowledge of a plan to attack the US must be smuggled out under the nose of a kleptocratic Putin-like Russian president and a ruthless general, Mayberry and Garret are thrown together to exfiltrate him and preempt a deadly poisonous strike. As these unlikely partners work to protect their human asset, their mission is threatened by domestic politics: leftist protests, Congressional infighting, and a culture driven by hatred.
Collusion raises many of the most significant issues facing America in real life today. Is Russia our ally, or our enemy? Are American leftist activists susceptible to influence from aboard? How far will our enemies go to disrupt our politics and weaken the nation? Can we trust the media to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys? Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley have entertained and educated readers with three previous novels of Washington scandal and foreign interference.
From its explosive opening through several twists and turns to its heart-stopping end, Collusion is their most timely and powerful novel yet. Why you should be excited about it : Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, certainly has the political background to pull off such a daring and timely thriller, if he can execute the story.
Like Lions by Brian Panowich. A powerful follow up to multiple award-winning debut Bull Mountain. Brian Panowich burst onto the crime fiction scene in , winning awards and accolades from readers and critics alike for his smoldering debut, Bull Mountain. Now with Like Lions , he cements his place as one of the outstanding new voices in crime fiction. Yet after years of carefully toeing the line between his life in law enforcement and his family, he finally has to make a choice. When a rival organization makes a first foray into Burroughs territory, leaving a trail of bodies and a whiff of fear in its wake, Clayton is pulled back into the life he so desperately wants to leave behind.
With his wife and child in danger, and the way of life in Bull Mountain under siege for everyone, Clayton will need to find a way to bury the bloody legacy of his past once and for all. The moment Like Lions was announced, it instantly became one of the most anticipated crime thrillers of , as fans anxiously await the return of Clayton Burroughs. If you like C. Box, Craig Johnson, or J. The Kremlin Strike by Dale Brown. Release Date: May 7th. Brad and Patrick McLanahan and the formidable Iron Wolf Squadron—including the recently injured Nadia Roz, rested and back to fighting form thanks to a pair of state-of-the-art prosthetic legs—are ready and eager to join the battle.
But even with their combined forces, the Russian menace may prove too great for the Americans to overcome. Done with provocative skirmishes and playing for small stakes, the Russian president has set his sights on the ultimate prize: controlling the entire world. But is it already too late? If nothing else, the plot sounds timely with the recently announced Space Force, making Brown one of the first authors to release a book fitting that mold since President Trump made headlines for signing the new military branch into existence.
Black Mountain by Laird Barron. When a small-time criminal named Harold Lee turns up in the Ashokan reservoir—sans a heartbeat, head, or hands—the local Mafia capo hires Isaiah Coleridge to look into the matter. The Mob likes crime, but only the crime it controls…and as it turns out, Lee is the second independent contractor to meet a bad end on the business side of a serrated knife. One such death can be overlooked. Two makes a man wonder. But as Coleridge turns over more stones, he finds himself dragged into something deeper and more insidious than he could have imagined, in a labyrinthine case spanning decades.
At the center are an heiress moonlighting as a cabaret dancer, a powerful corporation with high-placed connections, and a serial killer who may have been honing his skills since the Vietnam War. Why you should be excited about it : Laird Barron switched genres last year, and fans loved it. Robert B. Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch pursue a vicious killer in the grittiest entry yet of the New York Times -bestselling series. No sooner are various campaigns under way when gold is discovered in the foothills just outside of town, sending Appaloosa buzzing with excitement.
With the strike, a slew of new problems develop for Cole and Hitch. Two shrewd mining factions and their hired gun hands square off over the claim. Why you should be excited about it : Originally, this book was set to come out in but was pushed back. Then came the announcement that Sunny Randall, another one of Robert B.
So, Blood Feud came out instead, and Buckskin was delayed until If absence makes the heart grow fonder as they say, then plenty of readers will welcome the return of Virgil and Cole this year. The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems — and that it involves her family.
Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony, perplexed that his police escort just departed, and frustrated that his cell service has cut out; Hunter has important calls to make, not all of them technically legal. He sets down his metal briefcase and removes his windbreaker. Everyone has big plans for the day. Dexter is going to make a small fortune, finally digging himself out of a deep financial hole, via an extremely risky investment. Why you should be excited about it : Keeping with his one book every two years pace, Pavone is finally set to follow up his thriller, The Expats , which introduced readers to American expat Kate Moore.
The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver. Release Date: May 14th. From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw. A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past— The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects.
Is a madman bringing the game to life? If She Wakes by Michael Koryta. Tara Beckley is a senior at idyllic Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to deliver a visiting professor to a conference, a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara in a vegetative state. At least, so her doctors think. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead—but why?
And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them? A former stunt driver, Abby returned home after a disaster in Hollywood left an actor dead and her own reputation—and nerves—shattered. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a mysterious young hitman named Dax Blackwell hard on her heels. Do you really need anything else to run out and buy this one? Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen.
Release Date: May 21st. For fans of C.
Box and Michael Koryta, a new thriller set in remote Washington State, where a widowed ex-Marine and a misanthropic ex-convict grudgingly team up to save the only thing they have in common—the rescue dog who changed both their lives. Widowed while deployed overseas, former US Marine Jess Winslow reenters civilian life with little more than a falling-down house, a medical discharge for PTSD, and a dog—specifically Lucy, a black and white pitbull mix trained to help Jess cope with the crippling memories of her time in Afghanistan.
A corrupt deputy sheriff comes looking for a mysterious package — and leaves with Lucy, threatening to have the dog destroyed unless Jess delivers the goods allegedly stolen by her husband before his untimely death. The next person to appear on her doorstep is a newly released ex-convict.
Forced into an uneasy alliance in order to save Lucy, Jess and Mason must learn to trust each other. Why you should be excited about it : Over the past few years , Laukkanen has expanded his resume to include several new genres. Louise Wykoff is arguably the most recognizable woman living in Minnesota, known for her presence in over one hundred paintings by the late and brilliant Randolph McInnis.
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Rushmore McKenzie, an occasional unlicensed private investigator, agrees to look into the theft. Hours away from St. Why you should be excited about it : Housewright is one of only a few writers to have two or more books on this list. While Holland Taylor returns in January, P. Mac McKenzie will be back in May to take on his 16th case. Of his two series currently still going strong, this one is my personal favorite—McKenzie is a more developed character than Taylor, and Housewright captures the Minnesota setting perfectly.
The next book in the explosive new thriller series by former special operations sniper and New York Times bestselling author of The Reaper. Remnants of a firefight are in the background: sniper rifle, rocket launchers, and ammunition. Harwood arrives in Thurman to investigate the suicide and, with the help of his whip-smart and attractive neighbor, traces evidence left by Samuelson to a transnational terrorist group.
Meanwhile, the president wants retribution and will stop at nothing to get it. He is soon hunting the kidnappers of American and European youth who use the ransoms to fund war on western civilization. This shadowy group has big plans—an assignation and terror campaign leading to the conquest of Europe. Why you should be excited about it : A few years back, Coonts left his longtime publisher and signed a deal with conservative-leaning Regnery.
Coonts followed that up in with The Armageddon File , which featured a plot about possible Russian collusion in the U. Note: This title was originally slated for release in but was pushed back to Release Date: May 28th. In A. Years before, sacred scrolls had been stolen from a high priestess, who cast a curse on the kingdom unless they were returned. The Vandal kingdom falls before the scrolls are ever found—leaving their location a mystery—and their discovery is the perfect challenge for Sam and Remi Fargo. However, before they can hunt for the scrolls, the Fargos must tend to problems within their charitable foundation.
When they learn that a shipment of supplies intended for a school in Nigeria has been stolen, they travel into the heart of Africa to deliver new supplies themselves. However, their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when they run afoul of a rival bands of robbers. One of these groups later take Remi and a group of students hostage, and there are signs that the kidnapping is related to missing scrolls.
The Fargos will need all of their skills to uncover the hidden treasure and to protect everything they have worked for—and their lives. Why you should be excited about it : Clive Cussler works with a number of co-authors, but none are better than Robin Burcell, who has helped make the Fargo books required reading for thriller enthusiasts.
Dark Site by Patrick Lee. From the author of Runner , Sam Dryden comes under attack from unknown forces as an unremembered episode from his past threatens more than just his life. On an otherwise normal morning, former Special Forces operative Sam Dryden is the target of an unsuccessful attempted abduction.
Dryden arrives just in time to save Danica from the assault team sent after her. But neither of them recognize the other, or have any idea why they are being targeted. The only clue is a heavily redacted, official-looking document given to Danica by her stepfather before he was killed.
The redacted document refers to witnesses to a secret military site in Ashland, Iowa in Both Dryden and Danica Ellis lived in Ashland in , when they were both twelve years old, though neither of them has any memory of the other. Switching back and forth between the present day, when Dryden and Danica try to elude the forces that are after them, and the past in Ashland, Iowa, when both were twelve, making a discovery that forever changed their lives, this latest Sam Dryden novel proves yet again that Patrick Lee is one of the most original, compelling thriller writers today.
Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland. But when the FBI starts investigating the kid she thought she knew, will she jeopardize her own career at the Bureau to keep her child safe? Stephanie Maddox makes tough decisions every day. Has she been wrong about her near-perfect son? Is Zach embroiled in something criminal—something deadly? And, if so, what is her greater duty: To protect him? Or to betray him? After an intelligence failure at Op-Center results in a major terrorist attack, director Chase Williams radically transforms the agency into a ground-breaking new mobile strike force.
Suddenly, a horrible explosion rips across the flight deck, showering the body parts of innocent men, women, and children everywhere. The perpetrator is none other than Captain Ahmed Salehi, an Iranian mastermind whose last terrorism plot was foiled at the last minute by Op-Center. This time, seeking revenge, he slipped under their radar.
Whatever it takes. Shark Beach by Chris Jameson. A dream getaway is about to turn into a living nightmare. But this vacation is turning out to be a lot different than planned. The Scullys never expected the rowdy college spring-breakers renting the house next door, or a hurricane that would sweep through the Gulf Coast, or the century-old shipwreck that washed up on the shore. Why you should be excited about it : Could these be a better fit for Shark Week than this one? Rogue Strike by David Ricciardi.