From Michael Koryta to Amanda Quick | Thriller Previews, May 2018

Bell, Ted. Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel. Morrow. May 2018. 544p. ISBN 9780062684516. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062684547. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
High in the Swiss Alps, Alex Hawke’s young son, Alexei, is swept from a burning cable car by mysterious assailants in a helicopter even as Vladimir Putin parachutes from the plane that carried him away from a bloodless coup. Who kidnapped Alexei, and what’s the relationship between these two events? With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Cussler, Clive & Robin Burcell. The Gray Ghost. Putnam. May 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780735218734. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780735218741. CD/downloadable. ACTION/ADVENTURE
In 1906, Cussler stalwart Isaac Bell prevents someone in Manchester, England, from driving off with a shiny new Rolls-Royce prototype called the Gray Ghost, but a man named Marcus Peyton is still wrongly accused of the attempted theft. More than a century later, Sam and Remi Fargo—also Cussler stalwarts—are asked by Peyton’s grandson to clear his grandfather’s name. Coincidentally (or not), the Gray Ghost has flitted off again. From the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, whose last outing with Burcell was The Romanov Ransom.

Gordon, David. The Bouncer. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic. May 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780802128003. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802165770. THRILLER
Edgar Award finalist Gordon launches a new series starring Joe Brody, expelled from Harvard and working as a bouncer at a strip club owned by head mafioso Gio Caprisi, his best buddy from Catholic school. When the feds crack down on the joint, sniffing out a terrorist lead, Joe meets up with FBI agent Donna Zamora—a crack shot itching to get beyond her stultifying desk job. Unexpected characters here—Caprisi is a cross-dressing sadomasochist—and a second Joe Brody book is under contract.

Graham, Heather. Fade to Black. Mira: HarperCollins. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780778312802; $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780778310747. $8.99. ebk. ISBN 9781488031458. CD. THRILLER
In this next “Krew of Hunters” thriller, Marnie Davante is delighted to be acting in a cult TV show until she witness the brutal murder of a costar, whose killer fades away like mist. PI Bryan McFadden is convinced that Marnie is in danger, but he doesn’t know whether he’s dealing with a deranged fan or something far worse. Great expectations: the mass market paperback has a 400,000-copy first printing, though there’s also a hardcover edition with a modest print run.

Hall, Araminta. Our Kind of Cruelty. MCD: Farrar. May 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780374228194. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374717995. CD. THRILLER
Having survived a difficult childhood, Mike Hayes learned everything he needs to know about love from Verity Metcalf, refashioning his life and even his body—all that weight lifting!—to please her. Too bad she’s ignoring his emails and is planning to marry Angus. As Mike anticipates rescuing Verity from the grave mistake she’s about to make, debut novelist Hall crafts a psychological chiller with yet another unreliable narrator, though in contrast to similar titles of late, this narrator happens to be male.

Hamilton, Steve. An Honorable Assassin. Putnam. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399574412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399574429. CD/downloadable. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
For Nick, first featured in Hamilton’s big breakout, The Second Life of Nick Mason, being sprung from prison early means kowtowing to a big-time criminal who’s turned him into a reluctant assassin. Now Nick is on a plane to Jakarta, ordered to kill a man known as the Crocodile who finances terrorist acts worldwide. Interpol agent Martin Sauvage is hunting the Crocodile as well, so expect a three-way collision. Another New York Times best seller for Hamilton?

Heaberlin, Julia. Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense. Ballantine. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780804178020. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804178037. Downloadable. THRILLER
Once acquitted of murder and still suspected of committing others, an elderly man suffering from dementia is pulled from his assisted-living facility by a woman who claims to be his long-lost daughter. But he doesn’t recognize her, and she’s taking him on a disturbing road trip that travels the path of all those women who vanished, supposedly by his hand. Heaberlin’s recent Black-Eyed Susans was an international best seller and a LibraryReads Top Ten.

Koryta, Michael. How It Happened. Little, Brown. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780316293938. $27. ebk. ISBN 9780316293921. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316269759. CD/downloadable. lrg prnt. THRILLER
Heroin addict, teen mom, and all-round bad girl, Kimberly Crepeaux confesses to the drunken hit-and-run murder of popular Jackie Pelletier and her boyfriend, Ian Kelly. FBI investigator Rob Barrett finally believes her (the locals in their Maine town regard her as wholly unreliable), only to have the victims’ bullet-shattered bodies turn up 200 miles away. Rob’s career is wrecked, and Jackie’s father wants the killer found, so Rob has work to do. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Laukkanen, Owen. Gale Force. Putnam. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780735212633. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735212657. Downloadable. THRILLER
Captain of the salvage boat Gale Force, McKenna Rhodes is disturbed enough about her father’s death in a maritime accident to shun the open waters, hewing instead to the Alaska coastline. A distress call from a freighter 200 miles out could bring in much-needed cash, but a storm is already blowing, and another salvage ship is rushing to the scene. What’s more, aboard the freighter a stowaway is carrying $50 million in stolen Yakuza bearer bonds. Vancouver-based, multi-award-nominated Laukkanen has the background to make this shift from crime fiction to action/adventure; he comes from a family of commercial fishers.

Mackay, Malcolm. For Those Who Know the Ending. Mulholland: Little, Brown. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780316556071. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316556057. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316518314. Downloadable. THRILLER
Tied up rather painfully in an empty warehouse, Martin Sivok figures that the best way to stay alive is to stay conscious long enough to confront his captors, which he manages by carefully reviewing the last year of his life. He had fled the Czech Republic for Glasgow, evading certain punishment, and reentered the crime life at the lowest level possible: joining forces with full-of-himself newbie Usman Kassar. From Edgar-shortlisted Mackay, winner of the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award; with a 40,000-copy first printing.

Milchman, Jenny. Wicked River. Sourcebooks Landmark. May 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781492658993. pap. $15.99. THRILLER
A book to keep you from walking in the woods: Natalie and Doug Larson are honeymooning in the Adirondacks when they sense that someone is watching. Indeed, their stalker has in mind for them a fate worse than death, though death will likely figure in the mix. From USA Today best-selling author Milchman (As Night Falls), a Mary Higgins Clark Award and a Silver Falchion award winner.

Molloy, Aimee. The Perfect Mother. Harper. May 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062696793. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062696816. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
To support one another, the self-styled May mothers (their babes were all born that month) gather regularly in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Now they have a bigger problem: reserved single mother Winnie’s son, Midas, has been abducted from his crib, and with the police making a mess of the case, several May moms do their own investigating. A big-news fiction debut; with a 200,000-copy first printing and soon to be a motion picture, from the author of the New York Times best seller However Long the Night.

Nakamura, Fuminori. Cult X. Soho Crime. May 2018. 528p. ISBN 9781616957865. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957872. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Desperate to find his vanished girlfriend, Ryoko, Toru Narazaki follows a meager path to her previous residence, the Tokyo base of a cult whose fiery leader preaches a new and disturbing form of Buddhism. He joins the cult, ignorant of its ultimately violent purposes. A major work by the Akutagawa Prize–winning Nakamura, inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and resonant today.

North, Claire. 84K. Orbit: Hachette. May 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780316316804. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316316804; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316316798. Downloadable. DYSTOPIAN THRILLER
A fun place to work, the Criminal Audit Office: anyone committing a crime simply forks over the requisite amount of cash, as the auditors indicate, and forgets about jail time. But when auditor Theo witnesses Dani Cumali’s murder (cost: £84,000), he just can’t let it go; someone’s got to pay in the retributive sense of the word. From the exceedingly well-reviewed author of The End of the Day.

Pettus, Charlton. Exit Strategy. Hanover Square: HarperCollins. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335016928. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488095382. THRILLER
From white-collar criminals to dictators on the way out, Exit Strategy clients have their deaths faked, their names refreshed, and their dirty money laundered. Jordan Parrish puts Exit Strategy to use when his marriage and his medical technology startup look to be going over a cliff. But then he starts wondering whether he was set up for a fall and wants to return to his old life to discover what happened. And that’s a no-no. A debut novel from songwriter/producer Pettus, a longtime member of the band Tears for Fears; with an 80,000-copy first printing.

Quick, Amanda. The Other Lady Vanishes. Berkley. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780399585326. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399585333. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
In the 1930s, people go to Burning Cove, CA, to rest up or start over—people like Jake Truett, a widowed businessman, and Adelaide Blake, who has escaped from a private sanitarium and now works at the teashop Jack frequents. Others there are criminals hiding out, which Adelaide and Jake discover when celebrity psychic Madame Zolanda successfully predicts her own murder. Readers first got to visit Burning Cove in this year’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much, predictably a New York Times best seller.

Tapper, Jake. The Hellfire Club. Little, Brown. May 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780316472319. $27; ebk. 9780316472333. lib. ebk. ISBN 780316412544. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times best-selling author of The Outpost, Tapper not surprisingly opted to write a political thriller when he turned to fiction. In 1950s Washington, DC, reluctant congressman Charlie Marder is trying to navigate a job he got via family ties after his predecessor died under suspicious circumstances when a car accident forces him and zoologist wife Margaret into smoky, deal-doing backrooms. Then Charlie discovers a conspiracy, which could cost him his life.

 

 

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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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  1. Katherine Johnson says:

    I notice you’ve labeled something “Dystopic Thriller.” Please use “Dystopian.” “Dystopic” is a medical term that is unrelated to “Dystopian.”

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