[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Thrillers and Suspense October 2009

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  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:02:58 -0400

New and Recently Released!

Evil at Heart - by Chelsea Cain
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 09/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312368487
ISBN-10: 0312368488
Thriller. In the 3rd book to feature stunning serial killer Gretchen Lowell and 
Archie Sheridan, the Portland detective she's got a sadistic grip on, Archie's
in a mental hospital convalescing after his last interaction with Gretchen. 
Meanwhile, spunky reporter Susan Hunt (there's no telling what color her hair
is this time around) is following the public's obsession with Gretchen, and it 
appears that there are copycat killers out there. Bodies--and body 
parts--continue
to appear around the city, and it's only a matter of time before Archie and 
Gretchen come face to face again. Susan's fans will appreciate her larger role
here, but as always, the gruesome manner in which Gretchen kills may be too 
much for the faint of heart.

The Hidden Man - by David Ellis
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Pub Date: 09/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155796
ISBN-10: 0399155791
Legal Thriller. Lost in grief and guilt after the death of his wife and 
daughter, attorney Jason Kolarich has been hired by the pseudonymous "Mr. Smith"
to defend his best friend from childhood, Sammy Cutler. Sammy's been charged 
with the murder of the man whom he believes kidnapped and killed his sister
26 years ago. But who's Mr. Smith? And why, when Jason starts to pull away from 
Mr. Smith's legal strategy, do things suddenly start to go wrong? With
believable characters, rising tension, and dialogue that's "smart and edgy" 
(Booklist), The Hidden Man is sure to appeal to fans of smartly written legal
thrillers. It's also reputedly the 1st in a new series by Edgar Award-winning 
David Ellis.

Red to Black - by Alex Dryden
Publisher: Ecco
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Pub Date: 09/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780061803864
ISBN-10: 0061803863
Spy Fiction. This complex thriller unfolds not rapid-fire over the course of a 
couple of days, but rather over a drawn-out period of years instead. When
they first meet, Anna is a KGB agent assigned to seduce her MI6 counterpart, 
Finn, who is fully aware of her goals. But surprisingly, they fall in love
and together seek to discover--and prevent--a Russian plan that threatens the 
rest of the world. Narrated by the beautiful Anna, Red to Black is an "absorbing
debut" (Publishers Weekly); fans of Le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl 
shouldn't miss it.

Dexter by Design: A Novel - by Jeffry P. Lindsay
Publisher: Doubleday
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Pub Date: 09/08/2009
ISBN-13: 9780385518369
ISBN-10: 0385518366
Thriller. In the 4th Dexter book, we find blood-spatter analyst (and 
serial-killer-with-a-manufactured-conscience) Dexter Morgan back from his 
honeymoon
and ready to get to work catching a killer who decorates his victims with 
suntan lotion, beach towels, and sunglasses. Of course, for Dexter, this 
literally
means catching--and not letting go. Dexter's mix of sociopathy and humor is 
irresistible--as proven by the popularity of the Showtime television show based
on him--and this entry is no different: Booklist refers to him as a "lightly 
comic version of Hannibal Lecter" and a "genuinely memorable, disturbingly
compelling antihero."

Top Producer: A Novel of Dark Money, Greed, and Friendship - by Norb Vonnegut
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Pub Date: 09/15/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312384616
ISBN-10: 0312384610
Financial Thriller. Hedge fund operator Charlie Keleman's gruesome murder took 
place in front of hundreds of shocked party-goers. The victim's best friend,
investment expert Grove O'Rourke, is trying to help Charlie's widow figure out 
Charlie's financial dealings. But the more Grove digs in, and the more he
uncovers, the more he realizes that Charlie had a lot of dark and dangerous 
secrets. And the consequences of those secrets are starting to taint Grove
himself, which is just the beginning of a desperate fight to save his name--and 
his life. Suspenseful and well-versed in financial-speak, Top Producer
is author Norb Vonnegut's debut; look for his second book to come out next year.
Good Books You Might Have Missed

The Deceived - by Brett Battles
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Pub Date: 06/24/2008
ISBN-13: 9780385341578
ISBN-10: 0385341571
Thriller. Jonathan Quinn is a professional "cleaner"--after a hit, he's the one 
who goes in to dispose of bodies and clean up loose ends. But his latest
task is to eliminate all traces of Steven Markoff, a former CIA agent and one 
of his best friends. Determined to do right by his friend, Quinn risks 
everything
to find out what happened to Markoff--and to find Markoff's girlfriend Jenny, 
an aide to a congressman, who has disappeared. With plenty of action worldwide,
lots of tradecraft, and nonstop pacing, The Deceived is every bit as good as 
the 1st in the series, The Cleaner. The 3rd, Shadow of Betrayal, came out
earlier this year.
First Chapter

Skin Deep - by Gary Braver
Publisher: Forge
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Pub Date: 07/08/2008
ISBN-13: 9780765309754
ISBN-10: 0765309750
Psychological Suspense. It's going to be difficult to talk about this book 
without giving too much away, but here's the basic setup: detective Lieutenant
Steve Markarian is in charge of finding the person who killed beautiful Terry 
Farina, despite the lack of clues conclusively pointing to murder. Steve's
marriage is falling apart, and he's got a bit of an alcohol problem, but as 
more beautiful women die in the same peculiar manner, Steve begins to realize
that not only may his own wife be a potential future victim, but that he 
himself may somehow be involved. Don't miss this latest from an author "who gets
better with each book" (Booklist).
First Chapter

The 7th Victim: A Novel - by Alan Jacobson
Publisher: Vanguard Press
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Pub Date: 09/23/2008
ISBN-13: 9781593154943
ISBN-10: 1593154941
Psychological Suspense. Lucky Special Agent Karen Vail: the first female 
profiler in the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, she's been assigned the 
case
of the incredibly creepy Dead Eyes Killer, who uses steak knives to forcibly 
remove his female victims' eyes. While the serial killer gets increasingly
confident, Karen struggles with a personal life that threatens her 
investigation and her career, especially after the seventh victim points to the 
possibility
that Karen herself might be the eighth... Look for this story to hit theaters 
eventually, as film rights have already been sold.

Six Seconds - by Rick Mofina
Publisher: Mira
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Pub Date: 01/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780778326120
ISBN-10: 0778326128
Thriller. A recently widowed Canadian Mountie retrieves a drowning girl from a 
river, but is unable to save her life--her dying words suggest that she and
her family were murdered. A mother in California discovers that her husband, an 
Iraq war contractor suffering from untreated PTSD, has disappeared with
their son. Then there's the Iraqi aid worker bent on revenge for the loss of 
her own husband and child. The three are seemingly unconnected, but they are
drawn together as a terrifying plan of destruction comes into being. 
Heart-pounding and heart-breaking, Six Seconds will have you on the edge of 
your seat;
readers who haven't yet discovered Canadian author Rick Mofina will be pleased 
to know that he is the author of several other books, the most recent of
which is Vengeance Road.
First Chapter

Nemesis - by Jo Nesbø; translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
Publisher: Harper
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Pub Date: 01/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780061655500
ISBN-10: 0061655503
Suspense Fiction. Recovering alcoholic Harry Hole, an Oslo detective, has woken 
up with a raging hangover and no clear memory of the previous evening, during
which he'd had dinner with ex-girlfriend Anna Bethsen. When he's called to a 
death scene, he finds Anna dead, apparently by suicide. But Harry's gut tells
him that there's foul play involved, and his investigation into her death seems 
to connect with a bank robbery and fatal shooting days earlier. As the
complexities of the two cases deepen, Harry's in danger of being blamed for 
murder, and must depend on an unlikely ally for help.

Old City Hall - by Robert Rotenberg
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Pub Date: 03/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780374225421
ISBN-10: 0374225427
Legal Thriller. Early one morning, popular Toronto radio show host Kevin Brace 
opens the door to his newspaper deliveryman with blood on his hands and the
confession, "I killed her." But what should have been a simple case (the 
suspect did confess, after all, and he's refusing to talk to his lawyer) becomes
more complicated when the police and lawyers involved start noticing that 
things don't quite add up. Readers who enjoy police procedurals or legal 
thrillers
will enjoy this book, and those of you who are familiar with Toronto will 
appreciate the standout role that the city's neighborhoods and multiculturalism
play. And fans are in luck--this debut is said to be the start of a series.

Toros & torsos - McDonald, Craig
Publisher: Bleak House Books
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Pub Date: 09/15/2008
ISBN-13: 9781606480014
ISBN-10: 1606480014
Publishers Weekly (07/07/2008):  Spanning the years from 1935 to 1959, 
Edgar-finalist McDonald's second novel to feature crime novelist Hector Lassiter
(after 2007's "Head Games") deftly mixes myth, history and a serial killer who 
arranges dead bodies to resemble surrealistic art. Lassiter, whose work
embodies the write what you live and live what you write ethos, loves hard, 
drinks hard and keeps an eye on avenging the loss of the beautiful blonde he
meets in a Key West bar on page one. As a popular author, Lassiter interacts 
with such notables as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, whom the author 
skillfully
animates. Other celebrities of the day make cameo appearances. Solidly grounded 
in such actual events as the Key West hurricane of 1935, the Spanish Civil
War and Cuba's last days before Castro, McDonald's imaginative tale takes an 
enjoyably different approach to art and murder. "(Sept.)" Copyright 2008 Reed
Business Information.Spanning the years from 1935 to 1959, Edgar-finalist 
McDonald's second novel to feature crime novelist Hector Lassiter (after 2007's
"Head Games") deftly mixes myth, history and a serial killer who arranges dead 
bodies to resemble surrealistic art. Lassiter, whose work embodies the write
what you live and live what you write ethos, loves hard, drinks hard and keeps 
an eye on avenging the loss of the beautiful blonde he meets in a Key West
bar on page one. As a popular author, Lassiter interacts with such notables as 
Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, whom the author skillfully animates.
Other celebrities of the day make cameo appearances. Solidly grounded in such 
actual events as the Key West hurricane of 1935, the Spanish Civil War and
Cuba's last days before Castro, McDonald's imaginative tale takes an enjoyably 
different approach to art and murder



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