Fiction Thrills, Including One-Day Laydowns from Barr, Rollins/Blackwood, & Scottoline | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 3

Alpert, Mark. The Furies. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250021359. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022776. THRILLER
A thriller with a fantasy twist from Scientific American contributing editor Alpert. Witches really do dwell among us, owing to a rare genetic flip-flop, something John Rogers learns too well when he’s yanked into the midst of war between the so-called Furies by the beautiful Ariel. From the author of Extinction.

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well. Viking. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780670026692. $25.95. MYSTERY
Lori happily volunteers to help handsome Australian Jack when he arrives in her cozy, dozy little English town to straighten out his late uncle’s affairs. Then she discovers that a coin tossed in the uncle’s garden well makes her wish come true. For this well, though, one person’s wish is another’s catastrophe. The 19th outing for paranormal sleuth Aunt Dimity.

Barr, Nevada. Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel. Minotaur. 368p. ISBN 9780312614584. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466841680. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY
Anna Pigeon, the U.S. Park Services ranger starring in Barr’s New York Times best-selling series, is off on a canoe trip with paraplegic friend Heath and his teenage daughter, plus Leah, who’s testing camping equipment designed for the disabled, and her daughter. All’s well until thugs armed to the teeth invade their campsite. With a one-day laydown on April 1.

Bell, Ted. Warriors: An Alex Hawke Novel. Morrow. Apr. 2014. 512p. ISBN 9780062279385. $27.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
In this eighth Alex Hawke novel (the rest were all New York Times best sellers), the murder of a Cambridge professor by ancient Chinese torture methods signals escalating tensions among China, North Korea, and the United States. Hawke’s job? Sneak into China and stop the trouble.

Brennan, Allison. Notorious. Minotaur. Apr. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781250035059. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035042. CD: Macmillan. THRILLER
Author of the New York Times best-selling Lucy Kincaid series, Brennan breaks into hardcover with a new series starring cold-case investigative reporter Maxine Revere. Max is attending the funeral of former friend Kevin, accused of strangling another friend back in high school and now an apparent suicide, when Kevin’s sister buttonholes her to insist that Kevin did not kill himself. It gets more complicated when Max is asked to investigate another murder at her old school.

Connolly, John. The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Apr. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781476703183. $26. THRILLER
After the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter, the insular folks of Prosperous, ME, are resentfully stuck with hard-charging Charlie Parker, who’s investigating the troubles while gawking at the ancient church their forebears transported stone by stone from England. From the Shamus and Barry Award winner.

Deaver, Jeffery & Raymond Benson (eds.). Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War. Grand Central. Apr. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781455520732. $25.  MYSTERY/COLLECTIONS
As fiction fodder, the Cold War has been heating up, and this collection of all-new mystery stories includes works by big-name authors from Joseph Finder and J.A. Jance to John Lescroart, Laura Lippman, and Sara Paretsky. It seems appropriate that the editors are the only American authors commissioned to write official James Bond novels.

Eriksson, Kjell. Black Lies, Red Blood. Minotaur. Apr. 2014. tr. from Swedish by Ebba Segerberg. 320p. ISBN 9780312605049. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466840676. POLICE PROCEDURAL
Police officer Ann Lindell is understandably worried; the phone number of her new love, journalist Anders Brant, has been found in the pocket of a deceased homeless man—and Anders has disappeared. Fifth in an internationally popular series that has earned Eriksson Best First Novel 1999 and Best Swedish Crime Novel 2002 from the Swedish Crime Academy.

French, Nicci. Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Mystery. Viking. Apr. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780670015771. $27.95.THRIILLER
After Blue Monday and Tuesday’s Gone, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is back using her skills of detection to help with the murder of model wife and mom Ruth Lennox. Turns out that Ruth was hiding dark secrets. Then a patient’s casual comment sends Frieda chasing off in a whole new direction. There are more than eight million copies of French’s books out there. Demand? Of course.

Hayes, Samantha. Until You’re Mine. Crown. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780804136891. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780804136907. Downloadable: Random Audio. SUSPENSE
Claudia Morgan-Brown couldn’t be happier as she anticipates the birth of her child. But she just doesn’t trust her highly recommended new nanny, Zoe, and her anxiety is compounded by a series of attacks on pregnant women in the vicinity. British author Hayes, who’s published four novels under the name Sam Hayes, launches a new, Birmingham-based series with this book, which has inspired real publisher love.

Haynes, Elizabeth. Under a Silent Moon. Harper. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780062276025. $25.99. POLICE PROCEDURAL
What connects the violent deaths of two women, one found in a blood-soaked English cottage and the other in a car at the bottom of a quarry? That’s what Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith and her colleagues are about to discover. Haynes’s Into the Darkest Corner was a 2012 LJ Best Thriller, so you can expect good things.

Kuhn, Shane. The Intern’s Handbook. S. & S. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781476733807. $25. THRILLER
Love the premise: the upscale placement agency HR, Inc., acts as a cover for a group of assassins-for-hire, including our antihero, John Lago, who works killing hours at a Manhattan law firm so that he can take out a high-level partner. Expect vivid: Kuhn helped found the Slamdance Film Festival and now cowrites features for Paramount and Fox.

LaPlante, Alice. A Circle of Wives. Atlantic Monthly. Apr. 2014. 325p. ISBN 9780802122346. $25. SUSPENSE
After the intellectual suspense of her debut, the Barnes & Noble Discover finalist Turn of Mind, LaPlante gets grittier with this story of a distinguished plastic surgeon and civic leader found dead in a hotel room. Turns out that he was a polygamist three times over, with separate wives—and separate lives—in three different cities. A big case for Det. Samantha Adams, and big questions about how well one knows one’s spouse.

Milchman, Jenny. Ruin Falls. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780345549075. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345549082. SUSPENSE
It’s bad enough when Liz discovers that her two children have been whisked away, even worse when she learns that her husband is responsible and then starts getting threats linked to his suddenly shady past. Milchman’s much-praised debut, Cover of Snow, went through five printings just a few months after publication.

Oates, Joyce Carol. High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic. Apr. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9780802122650. $23. SHORT STORIES
Less about the mystery of crime and detection than the mystery of frayed human relationships, these eight stories by the redoubtable Oates are exemplified by the title story. A white woman with professorial aspirations fears she’s being followed and whirls around, handgun at the ready, only to have a very different encounter with her black male follower than she had anticipated.

Perry, Anne. Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780345548382. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345548399. MYSTERY
Initially surprised to be investigating two incidents at the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston that hardly seem a threat to national security, Thomas Pitt starts seeing the light when a third, nastier incident suggests that some sort of conspiracy is afoot. Utterly dependable stuff.

Robinson, Peter. Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel. Morrow. Apr. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780345548399. $25.99. lrg. prnt. SUSPENSE
The body of a former college professor sent packing for sexual misconduct lies untended in an abandoned railway line, and Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks wants to know why he has 5,000 pounds in his pocket. Then he’s told to cease and desist. Robinson has won multiple awards and is a No. 1 best-selling author in Canada and the U.K. (he’s made the New York Times list here); the series DCI Banks is currently seen on PBS affiliates nationwide. A few folks didn’t love this year’s Watching the Dark, but he has fans.

Rollins, James & Grant Blackwood. The Kill Switch: A Tucker Wayne Novel. Morrow. Apr. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780062135254. $27.99. lrg. prnt. SUSPENSE
It’s not easy going when former army ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog, Kane, are asked by Sigma Force to bring back from Siberia a genius pharmaceuticals magnate who holds the key to a new weapons systems. That leads them from icy Russia to heat-swamped Africa—and a mystery going back to the beginning of time. Whoa! This is the first in a new series, but you’ve already met Tucker and Kane in the megahit Bloodline and in the e-original short story “Tracker.” With a one-day laydown on April 8 and a 350,000-copy first printing.

Rose, M.J. The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense. Atria. Apr. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781451621532. $25. THRILLER
Last seen in Seduction, mythologist Jac L’Etoile here hopes to rediscover the secret of immortality, first encountered by René le Florentine, perfumer to Catherine de Médici and occasionally the creator of poisons to do away with her rivals. The orphaned René has reason to find ways to bring back lost souls. From an internationally best-selling author.

Scottoline, Lisa. Keep Quiet. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781250010094. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466842045. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
Jake Whitmore is happily chatting with son Kurt, who looks to be all set for college and a bright future, when they are in a car accident that could spell real trouble for Kurt. Jake makes a decision that spares his son, but a mysterious (and tauntingly nasty) stranger seems to know their secret. With a one-day laydown on April 8, a national tour, a book club push, and lots of promotion.

Woods, Stuart. Carnal Curiosity. Putnam. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780399164163. $26.95. CRIME/THRILLER
It’s love at first sight when Stone Barrington meets gorgeous insurance adjuster Crane Hart (how poetic), so where’s the “crime/thriller” aspect? Her almost former husband is the violent type. New York Times best seller Woods keeps ’em coming.




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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.