New Arrivals - Suspense
The author returns to England's fabled Lake District with a white-knuckle story of an ordinary family and the extraordinarily devious best friend who threatens to break them apart.
With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation agency quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House, Private throws open its doors. Craig Gisto and his newly-formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more. Within days, the agency's caseload is full: from a missing businessman whose latest scheme was a step too far; to a rock star terrified he's next in line for the infamous 'Club 27'. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn't the killer's first victim, and as the bodies mount up she's clearly not the last.
In a surreal portrait of contemporary society run amok, Isserley spends her life picking up hitchhikers, a diverse array of trailer trash, graduate students, thugs, and philosophers, whose only interest for Isserley is whether they have families and whether they have muscles.
"All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body-proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent. Forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Morck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups"-- Provided by publisher.
"Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved-and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl-and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven-begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people. Soon the Fargos find themselves on the run through jungles, temples, and secret tombs, caught between treasure hunters, crime cartels, and those with a far more personal motivation for stopping them. At the end of the road will be the solution to a thousand-year-old mystery-or death"--Provided by publisher.
Last week the vampiric virus invaded Manhattan. This week-- the world! Eph and his small team set out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters-- while his now blood-crazed ex-wife is stalking the city, looking for their young son.
"When Judd Ryker is appointed director of the new State Department Crisis Reaction Unit, he figures he has a mandate to help the United States respond more quickly to foreign crises, but he hasn?t reckoned with the intense State, Defense, Pentagon, White House, and CIA infighting and turf battles he would face. Then comes a coup in Mali. It is his chance to prove that his theory of the Golden Hour actually works. As Ryker races from Washington across Europe to the Sahara Desert, he finds that everything he thought he knew begins to shift and change beneath his feet, with friends and enemies coming in many forms"--From publisher description.
"Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. And a new form of hell began. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies -- meditation, Jungian, scream therapy. Nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. She learned the advantage of stillness when eluding an attacker; and to know every escape route. She learned to notice every detail. She learned four ways to kill someone with a jacket, and that every American car made after 2002 has a release lever in the trunk should you happen to find yourself trapped inside. Kick can keep the anxiety at bay most of the time. Her abductor, Mel, is dying of kidney disease in prison. She has enough money from the government to never want again. She has her brother James, and her dog, Monster, and her "hobbies" to keep her busy. But when a second Amber Alert in a month signals the disappearance of a child in the Portland area, Kick goes into a tailspin. That's when an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition. Bishop made a fortune as a weapons dealer and now wants to make good by using his resources to rescue abducted children. And he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be mined to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past"-- Provided by publisher.
Unable to recall the night of her sister Clea's mysterious disappearance 28 years earlier despite having a perfect memory, Brenna Spector finds her obsession with finding the truth hitting too close to home when her own teenage daughter goes missing.
"[A]n atmospheric and riveting novel of suspense that uncovers the horrifying secrets buried within a ramshackle house. . . Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren't impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon's wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories--of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow's walk, feverish and delirious. Ever since the original mistress of the house plunged to her death almost a century ago, there have been rumors that the place is haunted. As a girl, Sarah sensed a presence there, and soon Gracie claims to see a lady in white running up the stairs. Still, Sarah has little time to dwell on ghost stories, between overseeing construction and dealing with the return of a man from her past. But there's a new, more urgent menace in the small town. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing. Frantic for her daughters' safety, Sarah feels her veneer cracking and the house's walls closing in on her again. Somewhere deep in her memory is the key to a very real and terrifying danger. And only by confronting her worst fears can she stop the nightmare roaring back to life once more" -- from publisher's web site.
"Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of 'instant divorce,' Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer"-- Provided by publisher.
When a ghost leads Devin Lyle to a body in the woods where years earlier FBI paranormal investigator Craig Rockwell found his friend dead, they find themselves drawn deeper into the case and Salem's history.
A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence, before being removed or killed. Then Paul Wallinger, MI6's most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers that there's a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence, a traitor who has been systematically sabotaging scores of joint intelligence operations in the Middle East.
You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA when someone shots at the president of France, from sniper range, using an American bullet. Joining him is Casey Nice, a rookie analyst, making Reacher recall the woman he once failed to save. But he won't let that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
Issa, a half-starved young Russian man claiming to be a devout Muslim, Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, and Tommy Brue, a sixty-year-old scion of a failing British bank based in Hamburg form an unlikely alliance as the rival spies of Germany, England and America scent a sure kill in the "War on Terror," and converge upon the innocents.
"After a brush with death while chasing down a brutal murderer with the FBI, serial killer expert Dr. Charlotte Stone wants nothing more than to retire to her research on criminal psychology. But when a colleague, Special Agent Lena Kaminsky, suspects her missing sister has fallen prey to the vicious Cinderella Killer, Charlie rushes to her side. Along with Special Agents Tony Bartoli and Buzz Crane--and of course, Michael Garland, the ever-present, fatally sexy ghost who goes where she does--Charlie heads to Las Vegas to track down the predator before it's too late. The team doesn't realize that this killer targets single, beautiful women and courts them before brutally ending their lives. Now he's got his sights set on Charlie--and is closer than anyone suspects"-- Provided by publisher.
A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighbouring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles has been annihilated. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice.
Camille Preaker, a journalist just returned from a brief stay at a psych hospital, finds herself on an assignment that takes her back to the town she left twelve years earlier and the Victorian mansion haunted by the childhood tragedy that she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory. As she investigates and reports on the murders of two preteen girls, she finds herself also forced to confront her own demons if she wants to survive this homecoming.