Adler-Olsen to Robb | 17 Thriller Previews, Sept. 2017

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Scarred Woman. Dutton. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780525954958. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698409781. CD: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
The body of an elderly woman is found in a Copenhagen park, and since this book featuresADLEROLSEN Det. Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division, you can bet the case bears resemblance to an unsolved murder dating back a decade. But what is the relationship between the two murders and seemingly random attacks on young women in another part of town? The race is on, and if Mørck doesn’t win this one, Department Q will be closed.

Archer, Jeffrey. Tell Tale: Short Stories. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781250066923. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466874794. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
The No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of a stack of thriller novels, Archer also has several successful story collections to his name, including two Collecteds. And it looks as if some of his favorite short story writers are classic authors like Fitzgerald and de Maupassant. So expect solid work here.

Brady, A.F. The Blind. Park Row: Harlequin. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780778330875. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488023651. THRILLER
In a debut that’s billed as One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Luckiest Girl Alive, psychologist Sam James is routinely assigned the toughest cases at an elite psychiatric institution in Manhattan. New patient Richard, whom other staff members refuse to treat, seems out of place precisely because he seems so normal, and working with him forces Sam down her own dark path. Who’s tending to whom? With a 60,000-copy first printing.

Coben, Harlan. Don’t Let Go. Dutton. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780525955115. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698411661. CD: Brilliance Audio. THRILLER
Since he’s the author of ten consecutive No. 1 New York Times best sellers and a winner of the cobenEdgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards to boot, it surely would be nice to know plot details about his next title. No such luck, but I can report that it’s a stand-alone.

Coleman, Reed Farrel. Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet. Putnam. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780399171444. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698166615. CD: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
In the latest in the New York Times best-selling series, a shattered Jesse Stone stumbles through his latest case after the murder of his fiancée. Celebrated folk singer Terry Jester has been in seclusion since the master recording tape of his great work, “The Hangman’s Sonnet,” went missing decades ago. Now, on the morning of his gala 75th birthday party, a local woman is killed when her house is ransacked, and Jesse must ask what this has to do with the tape. Parker fans will be delighted that Boston PI Spenser pitches in to help.

Cussler, Clive & Robin Burcell. The Romanov Ransom. Putnam. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399575549. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780399575556. CD: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Here, a huge and glittering ransom was reputedly paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, without success, and was then stolen by the Germans during World War II. Now, treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo have gotten wind of the ransom, held in trust by the descendants of a cusslerparticularly nasty Nazi faction called the Werewolves. Sounds like trouble. Cussler’s second outing (after Pirate) with former police detective Burcell, author of The Kill Order.

Ellison, J.T. Lie to Me. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780778330950. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488025143. THRILLER
Stepping away from police procedurals to focus more tightly on psychological suspense, the New York Times best-selling Ellison introduces us to seemingly happy couple Sutton and Ethan Montclair. In fact, they have big money worries and personal and professional grievances with each other, and when Sutton disappears—leaving behind a note saying not to look for her—Ethan is in big trouble. With a 100,000-copy first printing; Mira is invested in building this author.

Flynn, Vince & Kyle Mills. Untitled. Emily Bestler: Atria. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781476783512. $28.99. CD: S. & S. Audio. THRILLER
Talk about politically sensitive double dealing. It seems that after 9/11, the United States agreed to suppress evidence that leading Saudis facilitated the attack as long as Saudi Arabia punishes those responsible and keeps up a steady flow of oil. But now that King Faisal’s nephew is evidently funding ISIS, Saudi commitment to its promise looks doubtful, and Mitch Rapp is asked to deliver a forceful if unorthodox message that the U.S. president is not pleased. For appearances’ sake, he must quit the CIA and act on his own, which eventually puts him in the crosshairs. Intense promotion.

Fury, Dalton. Execute Authority: A Delta Force Novel. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250120489. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250120496. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
In this final novel from Fury, a New York Times best-selling author who passed away in 2016, Kolt “Racer” Raynor and his Delta Force squadron accompany the newly elected president in his travels to Greece to shore up the NATO alliance. As they arrive, the Greek prime minister is assassinated with a bullet through the left eye, the calling card of Kolt’s nemesis, Rasim Miric. Kolt once shot out Rasim’s eye, and he’s rightly suspicious when the wily Rasim apparently blows himself up.

Gross, Andrew. The Saboteur. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781250079510. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466892170. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
In February 1943, Norwegian engineer and resistance fighter Kurt Nordstrum escapes to London grosswith information about the Germans’ progress toward building an atomic bomb. After training in the Highlands, he returns home with a team given the near-impossible task of attacking the mountaintop factory, then returns months later to finish the job. Now he’s facing not just Nazis but a nasty collaborator. From the James Patterson coauthor and, on his own, an internationally best-selling author whose books include 2016’s The One Man. With a national tour.

Hannah, Sophie. Keep Her Safe. Morrow. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062388322. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388346. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. THRILLER
As Lisa Gardner says, Hannah puts “the ‘psycho’ in ‘psychological suspense,’” and she’s authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie to continue Hercule Poirot’s adventures as well. Here’s her first novel set in America, specifically, sun-bleached Arizona, where a chipper British sort is enjoying a holiday until she starts suspecting that the guest in the room next door is the woman who made headlines when she disappeared years ago. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Jance, J.A. Proof of Life: A J.P. Beaumont Novel. Morrow. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062657541. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062657565. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. THRILLER
J.P. Beaumont is not enjoying retirement when he gets a request that provides maybe too much excitement. He’s asked to investigate the death of retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, with whom he regularly tangled, in what has been declared an accidental fire. It evidently comes from the deceased himself (to figure out how, read the book) and brings up old grudges, an unsolved case, one enduringly bad villain, and Beaumont’s thirst for justice. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

Krueger, William Kent. Sulfur Spring. Atria. Aug. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781501147340. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501147449. THRILLER
Originally scheduled for September but pushed up to August, this new novel by Edgar Award winner Krueger sends private investigator Cork O’Connor from his forest-shaded Minnesota home to brutally hot Arizona, where new wife Rainy’s son Peter has disappeared after calling to claim that he murdered someone named Rodriguez. Cork and Rainy don’t find him at his drug counselor’s job, from which he was fired six months ago, and no one in the town where he’s been receiving mail seems to know him. But everyone knows Rodriguez, head of a Mexican cartel.

Land, Ali. Good Me Bad Me. Flatiron: Macmillan. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250087645. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250087652. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
After letting the police in on a little secret—her mother is a serial killer and a child abuser, too—15-landyear-old Milly is given a new identity and placed with a posh foster family. Then her foster sister starts bullying her, a teacher apparently discovers her past, and a new friend seems way too enticingly vulnerable, and Milly’s intentions to be good—unlike her mother—start to buckle. Lots of buzz, and debut novelist Land has a background in adolescent mental health

Moretti, Kate. The Blackbird Season. Atria. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781501118456. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501118463. THRILLER
A thousand dead starlings inexplicably plummet from the sky to litter a Pennsylvania high school’s baseball field, which means trouble for Nate Winters, the coach and a beloved teacher at the school. One of the reporters now swarming the town sees Nate embracing troubled student Lucia Hamm, and soon she’s bragging that they’re having an affair. Then she disappears, leaving Nate the only suspect and the one chance of proving his innocence somewhere in the pages of her creative writing journal. From the New York Times best-selling author of, mostly recently, The Vanishing Year.

Patterson, James & James O. Born. Haunted: A Detective Michael Bennett Thriller. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780316273978. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316466479. lrg. prnt. CD: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Det. Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation (aren’t we all?). So he takes his family to a small town deep in the Maine woods that’s been recommended by a colleague. Alas, he steps directly into a terrible case demanding all his attention. Youngsters are disappearing alarmingly, bodies are finally discovered in the woods, and it appears that something deadly has taken over the town. With a 500,000-copy first printing (what, you’re surprised?).

Robb, J.D. Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250123152. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250123183. THRILLER
Gossip reporter Larinda Mars has been murdered at a way-too-cool Manhattan nightspot called Du Vin, and Lt. Eve Dallas is dismayed to learn that her dislikable victim kept her worse secrets from her column, instead using them for blackmail. Now Eve has a lot of dirty secrets to sort through, and she’ll discover things she’d really rather not know. The latest in Robb’s “In Death” series, optioned for TV; with a national laydown on September 5.

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Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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