Fiction Previews, Jun. 2013, Pt. 3: 22 Thrillers from Hiassen, Pearson, Stevens, and More

Beukes, Lauren. The Shining Girls. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jun. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780316216852. $25.99. lrg. prnt. PARANORMAL THRILLER
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, South African Beukes has a creepy premise here: Harper Curtis discovers a key to a house opening on other eras, but to keep it he must kill “the shining girls”—girls whose gifts set them apart. And so he stalks them through time, until one victim survives and comes after him. Atta girl.

Bolton, S.J. Lost. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9781250028563. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250028556. THRILLER
Traumatized by her last case, Lacey Flint is on leave from her job as detective constable on the London police force. Alas, she can’t rest; children in her neighborhood are disappearing, all of which seems oddly linked to Lacey’s next-door neighbor, Barney, a ten-year-old who’s been searching for his mother. Pay attention to Bolton, a two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger, and Barry Award nominee.

Burke, Alafair. If You Were Here: A Novel of Suspense. Harper: HarperCollins. Jun. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780062208354. $25.99; eISBN 9780062208378. THRILLER
When magazine journalist McKenna Wright sees the video of an unidentified woman who rescued a teenager from the subway tracks, she believes that the woman is Susan Hauptmann, a friend who vanished ten years ago. Why did Susan leave, and is she angling to be found? Burke’s been building.

Clark, Marcia. Killer Ambition. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jun. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780316220941. $25.99. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
When the daughter of a high-profile director is kidnapped and subsequently found dead, the prime suspect is a powerhouse talent manager. That puts Hollywood’s top players (and the fawning media) in defense mode, and it looks as if Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight’s case might also be dead. With the Rachel Knight novels in development for a TV series, former California prosecutor Clark is at least riding high. With a five-city tour to Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Francisco.

Cussler, Clive & Graham Brown. Zero Hour: A Novel from the NUMA Files. Putnam. Jun. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780399162503. $28.95. THRILLER
A big job for Kurt Austin and his amazing NUMA scientists: they must find two incredibly powerful Zero Point energy machines built by a renegade scientist and buried deep, one on land and one in the sea, or some nasty earthquakes will all but destroy civilization. Cussler, though, seems indestructible.

Deaver, Jeffery. The Kill Room. Grand Central. Jun. 2013. 448p. ISBN 9781455517060. $28.99. lrg prnt. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Robert Moreno, an American in the Bahamas who feels some antipathy toward his homeland, is evidently assassinated by the U.S. government, and New York assistant district attorney Nance Laurel is determined to prosecute. Lincoln Rhyme and partner Amelia Sachs are set to investigate, but a nasty someone will stop at nothing to stop them. This mega-best-selling author has just switched publishers; you’ll see lots of publicity.

Evanovich, Jane & Lee Goldberg. The Heist. Bantam. Jun. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780345543042. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780345543066. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Best-selling author Evanovich teams up with best-selling author Goldberg (also television writer for Monk) to launch a new series starring an FBI agent who nails a particularly charming con man and can’t resist partnering with him. Busy, busy Evanovich.

Hiaasen, Carl. Bad Monkey. Knopf. Jun. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780307272591. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385350075. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER
Former Miami police officer Andrew Yancy—now of the Key West Police, but for how long?—has a frozen arm in his refrigerator. He really doesn’t believe the shark-snack explanation he’s been fed about this particular situation and is out to prove murder. But first he must deal with the anxious widow, a voodoo witch, nasty real estate developers, and the Bad Monkey of the title. Classic Hiaasen: thrills, laughs, environmental concerns, and Florida.

Hoag, Tami. The 9th Girl. Dutton. Jun. 2013. 432p. ISBN 9780525952978. $26.95. THRILLER
Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska starred in Hoag’s two biggest hits, Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust, but haven’t been around for the past half-dozen years or so. Now they’re back, worrying about Jane Doe 9, the ninth unidentified body found in Minneapolis in 2012—which take some doing, as the body lacks all identifying characteristics. Originally scheduled for December 2012.

Holt, Jonathan. The Abomination. Harper: HarperCollins. Jun. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780062264336. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062267023. THRILLER
When, on the feast day of La Befana, a dead woman is pulled from a Venice canal (with the “abomination” not her having been killed but her wearing priest’s robes), Capt. Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri is assigned the case. She follows it to, a virtual Venice that leads her to the government, the Church, and eventually the CIA. Intriguing debut to watch; with a 30,000-copy first printing.

McCarry, Charles. The Shanghai Factor. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic. Jun. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780802121271. $26. THRILLER
An unidentified spy in Shanghai, who works for a mysterious U.S. agency called HQ, is asked to go undercover as the American spokesman for a Chinese multinational so that he can learn the secrets of its CEO, believed to be connected to Chinese intelligence. Do the Chinese know his identity, and is his hot new fling putting him in danger? Former CIA agent is noted for his Paul Christopher series; get for fans.

Patrick, Seth. Reviver. Thomas Dunne Bks: St. Martins. Jun. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781250021700. $24.99; ebk ISBN 9781250021694. THRILLER
Jonah Miller works in a forensics department created especially for revivers, who can temporarily waken the dead, giving them just enough time to say goodbye or finger a murderer. But at his latest revival, Jonah senses a menace watching him from beyond. Then the journalist who first wrote about revival is murdered. A debut positioned for Koontz and Cronin fans.

Patterson, James & Howard Roughan. Second Honeymoon. Little, Brown. Jun. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780316211222. $27.99. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio.THRILLER
Having given us Honeymoon in 2005, Patterson and coauthor Roughan return for a second round of wedding mayhem. When honeymooners worldwide start perishing, FBI Agent John O’Hara is on the case—and will soon link up with Special Agent Sarah Brubaker, after her own nasty brand of killer. Publishing on June 24, as is Patterson’s Middle School: Summer of the Booger-Eater, aimed at decidedly pre-honeymoon readers.

Pearson, Ridley. Choke Point. Putnam. Jun. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780399158841. $26.95. THRILLER
Asked by a wealthy philanthropist to close down a nefarious Amsterdam sweatshop employing children, Rutherford Risk’s David “Sarge” Dulwich turns to old buddy John Knox. Of course, Knox turns to Grace Chu for help with the tech details, and together they find a lot of trouble on Amsterdam’s streets. Knox was introduced in The Risk Agent, recently bought by Wild West Picture Show Productions as a vehicle for Vince Vaughan, so thriller fans will want this, too.

Reich, Christopher. The Prince of Risk. Doubleday. Jun. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780385535069. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385535076. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER
A top author of financial thrillers—his “Rules” novels have sold 835,000 copies—Reich puts hero Robert (“Bobby”) Astor in a highly untenable situation. Bobby’s father, chair of the New York Stock Exchange, has been murdered while attempting to communicate a crucial secret to the President, and Bobby’s hedge-fund business is now in free fall. At stake: the U.S. financial system itself, which makes this book scarier than murder. Originally scheduled for March 2013.

Roy, Lori. Until She Comes Home. Dutton. Jun. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780525953968. $26.95. THRILLER
Winner of an Edgar Award for Best First Novel for Bent Road (which got a lot of best book nods, including from Library Journal), Roy returns with a story set in a Detroit neighborhood beset by troubles. A woman has disappeared, the men hunt frantically, and only pregnant Grace has a sense of what really happened—but it takes a lot of courage for her to tell. Fingers crossed for this second novel.

Shaffer, Anthony & William H. Keith. The Last Line. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781250007759. $25.99. THRILLER
A Bronze Star Medal recipient and CIA-trained senior intelligence operations officer, Shaffer drew a big crowd of readers with his memoir, Operation Dark Heart. In this debut novel, Mexico’s drug cartels have joined with Hezbollah and the Iranian secret service in a plot to destroy American and create a new nation from the sun-baked Southwest. But DIA case officer Chris Teller discovers that the worst enemies are those within. Authentic espionage thrills.

Steele, Jon. Angel City. Blue Rider: Penguin Group (USA). Jun. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780399158759. $26.95. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
The Watchers, Steele’s nicely received debut and the first in the “Angelus” trilogy, brought together American expatriate Katherine Taylor and private eye Jay Harper for some scary doings around the Lausanne Cathedral. Now, 16 years later, Katharine and her son are in carefully guarded circumstances in Washington State, while Jay is in Paris, adjusting to the realization that he’s been on Earth for a few million years. A defrocked priest named Astruc starts the action by uncovering hints that something apocalyptic will shortly unfold. Lovers of metaphysical thrills, unite.

Steinberg, Hank. Out of Range. Morrow. Jun. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780062080530. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062080547. lrg prnt. THRILLER
Nearly killed while covering protests in Uzbekistan, journalist Charlie Davis has opted for the safety of suburbia with wife Julie. But then Julie disappears on a trip to Disneyland with the kids, and Charlie uncovers something spooky in her past. From the creator of the Emmy Award–winning television series Without a Trace, and, yes, Paramount has bought the film rights. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Stevens, Chevy. Always Watching. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780312595692. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250031891. THRILLER
Raised by a wildly unstable manic depressive mother and herself the mother of a runaway daughter, psychiatrist Nadine Lavoie works hard to help her patients even as she acknowledges the big black holes in her memory. Then she’s assigned a new patient whose life eerily parallels her own. Real psychological thrills from the author of the best-selling Still Missing and lots of publicity.

Thoft, Ingrid. Loyalty. Putnam. Jun. 2013. 416p. ISBN 978039916212. $25.95. THRILLER
Boston-based Fina Ludlow’s lawyerly family did not expect her to become a private investigator, but she loves her job. Then her sister-in-law vanishes, and with her brother a prime suspect in what looks to be murder, Fina is weighing duty against loyalty. First novelist Thoft entered the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington so that she could get her details just right.

Toyne, Simon. The Tower. Morrow. Jun. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780062225900. $25.99; ebk ISBN 9780062225924. THRILLER
Toyne here wraps up the “Sanctus” trilogy, which opened with an assault on the fortress-like city-state called the Citadel. Here, an explosion at the Citadel has spread a deadly virus, and other signs of the world’s imminent end are surfacing, including the disappearance of NASA Control Center director Dr. Kinderman. Displayed on his computer screen are the words “MAN MUST LOOK NO FURTHER.” Fans will want.

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.