Fiction Previews, Jul. 2014, Pt. 1: Top-Selling Thrillers & SF from Jeff Abbott to Stuart Woods

Abbott, Jeff. Inside Man. Grand Central. Jul. 2014. 480p. ISBN 9781455528455. $26. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Why would Sam Capra infiltrate one of the most dangerous families in Miami? To find out who killed his best friend. Lots of web marketing for this three-time nominee for the Edgar award.

Atkins, Ace. The Forsaken. Putnam. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780399161797. $26.95. CRIME
County sheriff Quinn Colson deals with the decades-old lynching of a homeless black man who came to town and was promptly accused of rape and murder. Edgar nominee Atkins gets a wayfaringnational tour.

Burke, James Lee. Wayfaring Stranger. S. & S. Jul. 2014. 544p. ISBN 9781476710792. $27.99. SUSPENSE
As a 16-year-old, Weldon Avery Holland managed to get a shot off at Bonnie and Clyde. Now he’s thinking back on the encounter as he considers how to protect his wife, a young woman he discovered when he entered a deserted extermination camp as a World War II soldier; it seems that a local anti-Semite is targeting the couple. From the two-time Edgar Award winner.

Cabot, Sam. Skin of the Wolf. Blue Rider. Jul. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780399162961. $26.95. THRILLER
Academic Carlos Dews and Edgar Award winner S.J. Rozan, who paired as Cabot to write the well-received Da Vinci Code–like Blood of the Lamb, return with this tale of a murder at classy Sotheby’s involving an Iroquois ritual mask—and end-of-the-world stakes.

Clark, Marcia. The Competition. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780316220972. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316220989. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316366090. CD: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
In a massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley, the two students identified as the killers might be victims themselves. Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight takes the case. Note that Clark’s Guilt by Association, featuring Rachel Knight, has been optioned by TNT for a one-hour drama series.

Coulter, Catherine. Power Play. Putnam. Jul. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780399157349. $26.95. SUSPENSE
Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, is being blamed for the death of her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby. And it looks as if someone is trying to kill her, too.

Johansen, Iris & Roy Johansen. Sight Unseen. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781250020529. $27.99. THRILLER
Kendra Michaels, whose skills for observation are often exploited by the CIA and the FBI, johansenarrives to check out a lethal pileup on San Diego’s Cabrillo bridge and immediately suspects more than an accident. With a one-day laydown on July 15.

Kellerman, Faye. Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel. Morrow. Jul. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780062270184. $26.99. CD: HarperAudio. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY
Having abandoned work at the LAPD for the slow lane at upstate New York’s Greenbury Police department, Peter Decker is finding things a little too quiet—until the Tiffany panels at the local cemetery’s mausoleum are replaced by forgeries. Then a coed at a high-end local college ends up dead. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Born of Fury. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. 496p. ISBN 9781250042965. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466840942. CD: Macmillan Audio. SF/ROMANCE
Sumi Antaxas, a top-notch assassin for the League, gets a new target: indomitable Andarion warrior Hauk, one of the five founding members of the Sentella, an organization dedicated to obliterating the League. With a one-day laydown on July 1.

Koontz, Dean. The City. Bantam. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780345545930. $28. SUSPENSE
Unfolding in a fictional city, the story of talented musician Jonah Kirk starts in 1967 when he is ten and moves through several decades, taking in events both intriguing and scary. Nicely set up by Koontz’s December 2013 stand-alone, Innocence, and nicely setting up December 2014’s Saint Odd, the final installment in Koontz’s acclaimed “Odd Thomas” series.

Lawson, Mike. House Reckoning: A Joe DeMarco Thriller. Atlantic Monthly. Jul. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780802122537. $25. THRILLER
In this ninth installment in Lawson’s Washington, DC, political thriller series, Joe DeMarco looks into the two-decades-old murder of his father, a hit man with the local Mafia. From the Barry Award finalist.

Moning, Karen Marie. Burned: A Fever Novel. Delacorte. Jul. 2014.
512p. ISBN 9780385344418. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780440339816. ROMANCE/PARANORMALmoning
This seventh book in Moning’s “Fever” series is also the second in a new urban paranormal trilogy that opened with Iced and stars intrepid teen sidhe seer Dani O’Malley, strong enough to challenge the Dark Fae gleefully overrunning the world. No word yet on plot, but expect to see favorite characters from the “Fever” novels .

Muller, Marcia. The Night Searchers. Grand Central. Jul. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781455527939. $26. MYSTERY
Sharon McCone raises an eyebrow when Jay and Camilla Givens come to her about human sacrifices performed by devil worshippers in San Francisco. But what’s this? Jay belongs to a treasure-hunting group called the Night Searchers, and that really catches Sharon’s attentions. Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Muller gets a 30,000-copy first printing.

Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Wraith. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780312659073. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022578. THRILLER
Well, this is creepy. Someone out there has figured out how to use disembodied minds for lethal purposes, and now a squad of these “berzerkers”—ghosts, really, who are invincible—has been directed to the United States by a Russian general. From a New York Times best-selling team.

Rucka, Greg. Bravo. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jul. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780316182300. $26. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
A multiple Eisner award winner for his graphic novels, Rucka does thrillers, too, and here he’s back with his Jad Bell series. Jad’s got a big job: get the Uzbek, who organized the terrorist attack that nearly killed his ex-wife and daughter.

Silva, Daniel. Untitled Gabriel Allon No. 14. Harper. Jul. 2014. 464p. ISBN 9780062320056. $27.99. THRILLER
Art restorer, assassin, spy: that’s Gabriel Allon, showing up in another adventure that’s not yet disclosed. The 500,000-copy first printing makes sense, since Silva’s sales keep climbing.

Stevens, Taylor. The Catch. Crown. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780385348935. $24. SUSPENSE
Last seen in The Doll, African-based informationist/adventurer Vanessa Michael Munroe finds catchherself sent to sea by her boss—and learns that she’s part of a gun-running crew. Then the Somali pirates attack. The Informationist has been optioned for film; with a five-city tour to Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

Taylor, Brad. Days of Rage :A Pike Logan Thriller. Dutton. Jul. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780525953982. $26.95. THRILLER
Big task: Pike Logan goes up against an extreme Islamic sect in Nigeria called Boco Haram, which has been given weapons of mass destruction by a bunch of Russians stuck in the Cold War. From the New York Times best-selling author.

Verdon, John. Peter Pan Must Die. Crown. Jul. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780385348409. $25. THRILLER
At the urging of his former NYPD partner, Dave Gurney again slips out of retirement to investigate the murder of a real estate developer with political ambitions. His adulterous wife has been convicted of the crime, but was she framed?

Waters, P.D. Prototype. Dutton. Jul. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780525954248. $26.95. SF
In Waters’s smash debut, Archetype, a woman named Emma wakes up in the hospital with no memories, nightmares about a man named Noah, and growing doubts about what she has been told by her supposedly loving husband, Declan Burke. Here, she’s on the run, desperate to escape Declan, and equally desperate to find Noah, even if it means getting herself killed—or reborn.

Weaver, Tim. Never Coming Back. Viking. Jul. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780525426868. $27.95. CRIME
When Emily Kane arrives at sister Carrie’s doorstep, the meal’s on the table, but Carrie Kane and her family are nowhere to be seen. Emily’s former boyfriend, a missing-persons investigator, finds evidence of a longtime lethal cover-up. Weaver’s American debut was a big hit in the UK.

White, Kate. Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense. Harper. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780061576638. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062199201. lrg. prnt. THRILLERwhitek
Back on top after losing her job, television host Robin Trainer suddenly finds herself the target of increasingly nasty incidents—including makeup that’s obviously been doctored to burn her skin. Whoever wants to hurt her must be a colleague. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Williams, Amanda Kyle. Don’t Talk to Strangers. Bantam. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780553808094. $26. Downloadable: Random Audio. SUSPENSE
This next in the Keye Street series follows Stranger in the Room, a Shamus Award nominee. Here, former FBI profiler Keye Street, a recovering addict who now works freelance, is asked to investigate the murders of several young women in the woods 90 miles from Atlanta. Lots of foreign rights sales.

Woods, Stuart. Cut and Thrust. Putnam. Jul. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780399169113. $26.95. CD: Random Penguin Audio. ACTION & ADVENTURE
At a big political convention in Los Angeles, a close friend of Stone Barrington is emerging as a promising alternate choice. And something a little more dangerous is emerging as well. With a national tour.

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.