See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests
Crais, Robert. Suspect. Putnam. ISBN 9780399161483. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101609163.
LAPD cop Scott and Maggie, a former military dog now assigned to the K-9 unit, are both traumatized by violence. Their journey to redemption and healing as Scott seeks answers in his partner’s death becomes a beautiful and haunting love story. Crais’s novel resonates with emotion as well as thrills.
Coulter, Catherine & J.T. Ellison. The Final Cut. Putnam. ISBN 9780399164736. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101618493.
Rarely does a thriller raise in the reader a sense of giddiness, but this exciting cocktail of a romantic thriller involving a master thief; a historic, priceless diamond; and appealing protagonists will leave readers light-headed. (LJ 9/1/13)
Meltzer, Brad. The Fifth Assassin. Grand Central. ISBN 9780446553971. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780446554008.
Four U.S. presidents have died by an assassin’s bullet. What if those four killers throughout history were secretly working together? Meltzer’s mix of facts and Washington politics creates the ultimate page-turner.
Morrell, David. Murder as a Fine Art. Mulholland: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316216791. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316216777.
Morrell invokes 1850s London in this tense and gritty historical mystery. The gruesome crime in question follows an essay written years earlier by Thomas De Quincey, who is now the prime suspect. The author mixes the actual De Quincey writings with fiction to weave a phenomenal tale. (LJ 12/12)
Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child. White Fire. Grand Central. ISBN 9781455525836. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781455525850.
Grisly murders from the past, an arsonist running amok in a ritzy resort town, and a lost Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle all add up to these dynamic authors’ best thriller to date. (LJ 9/1/13)