Fiction Previews, July 2012, Pt. 2: Six Big Thrillers

Abbott, Jeff. The Last Minute. Grand Central. Jul. 2012. 448p. ISBN 9780446575201. $24.95. lrg. prnt. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Ex-CIA agent Sam Capra owns bars worldwide for a desperate reason; even as he works for a mysterious network, he uses the bars as a cover to hunt for his kidnapped son. Now the kidnappers will return the child if Sam agrees to murder the one man they see as a threat. Some bargain. The author of Adrenaline is big but could be even bigger; keep on tap for thriller fans.

Gross, Andrew. 15 Seconds. Morrow. Jul. 2012. 336p. ISBN 9780061655975. $25.99; eISBN 9780062196354. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
So what can happen in 15 seconds? Leading surgeon Henry Steadman can get pulled over by a cop for a minor traffic violation, the cop can get shot by someone speeding by in a blue sedan, and Henry can get blamed, as he’s suddenly the target of a huge manhunt. With a one-day laydown on July 7 and a 200,000-copy first printing; Grossman is a Patterson coauthor but obviously does pretty well on his own.

Haynes, Elizabeth. Into the Darkest Corner. Harper: HarperCollins. Jun. 2012. 426p. ISBN 9780062197252. $25.99. THRILLER
Gorgeous Lee Brightman seems like a dream come true to Catherine Bailey‚ until he shows himself to be violent and controlling, something her friends just don’t believe. Four years later, he’s in jail, and she’s staring life over, traumatized enough to check every lock twice and vary her routine daily. Sure, the guy next door looks appealing, but then there’s that phone call‚Ķ. A surprise hit in the UK, where it was named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this book has been sold to 12 foreign markets and Revolution Films as well; the first printing is hovering around 100,000 copies. Big and scary; you might need multiples.

John, David. Flight from Berlin. Harper: HarperCollins. Jul. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780062091567. $24.99; eISBN 9780062091604. THRILLER
British journalist Richard Denham is attending the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and despite Hitler’s white-washing efforts, he doesn’t like what he sees. American swimmer Eleanor Emerson was bounced from the team at the last moment because of her brashness, but she’s covering the event for a newspaper back home. Chance and shared opinions throw them together, and then they’re after a missing dossier that could destroy the Third Reich’s leadership. Unfortunately, both the Gestapo and British intelligence are after them. Billed as a blend of Alan Furst and Daniel Silva, and featuring many real-life characters, including those we met recently in Erik Larson’s In the Garden of the Beasts, this book should do the trick for anyone who likes historical thrillers. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Rollins, James. Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel. Morrow. Jul. 2012. 448p. ISBN 9780061784798. $27.99; lrg. prnt. CD: Harper Audio. THRILLER
Another Sigma Force novel, so freshly minted that I can’t even tell you about the plot. But Rollins’s most recent title, The Devil’s Colony, debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times best sellers list, all his titles have hit the list instantly since 2004, and the one-day laydown on July 26 and 350,000-copy first printing say the rest.

Silva, Daniel. The Fallen Angel. Harper: HarperCollins. Jul. 2012. 432p. ISBN 9780062073129. $27.99; eISBN 9780062073174. lrg. prnt. CD: Harper Audio. THRILLER
Art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon is glad to be back in Rome, cleaning up a Caravaggio. Then he gets a call from erstwhile friend Monsignor Luigi Donati, the pope’s private secretary, who’s found the body of a beautiful woman lying shattered beneath the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. No, Allon does not see this as a suicide. Digging deeper, he uncovers a ring of antiquities smugglers with revenge on their minds. And that’s just the beginning. The one-day laydown on July 7 and 500,000-copy first printing make this pretty much essential.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @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.


  1. Looking sooooo forward to Andrew Gross’s 15 Seconds! Can’t wait for this new thriller to come out! Eyes Wide Open was awesome!

  2. Will says:

    I just finished an advanced copy of 15 Seconds and really enjoyed it! I now look forward to reading more book by Andrew Gross.