Summer Chillers from C.J. Box, Chelsea Cain, Kathy Reichs, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2014, Pt. 2

Adrian, Lara. Crave the Night: A Midnight Breed Novel. Delacorte. Aug. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780345532633. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780345532640. Downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
This latest “Midnight Breed” story depicts the doubtless doomed passion between Nathan, an elite warrior trained only to kill, and Jordana, privileged member of a prominent Breed family and promised to another man. Pushed back from February 2014.armstrongkelley

Armstrong, Kelley. Visions: A Cainsville Novel. Dutton. Aug. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780525953050. $26.95. FANTASY
In the first Cainsville novel, Olivia Taylor-Jones was on her way to redeeming her birth parents, accused of being serial killers. But she stumbles on some trouble in this second installment when a dead woman shows up in her car, dressed just like her. Most fans are buying into this departure from Armstrong’s “Otherworld” series.

Box, C.J. Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country. Putnam. Aug. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780399158582. $26.95. CRIME/STORIES
Ten short stories from the multi-award-winning Box, all Western-themed and several featuring Joe Pickett, Wyoming game warden and beloved Box character. Pickett must confront a nasty landowner and answer a radio call about “shots fired”; others stories include “The End of Jim and Ezra,” about two trappers fighting to survive in frigid 1835. With a national tour.

Cain, Chelsea. One Kick. S. & S. Aug. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9781476749785. $25.99. THRILLER
Cain forsakes (at least temporarily) her New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series for a new series starring Kick Lannigan, kidnapped at six, rescued at 11, and cainchelseatrained by her abductor in bomb making and other interesting skills she’s since augmented. Now she’s helping on a missing child case. With a national tour.

Downie, Ruth. Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire. Bloomsbury USA. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781608197088. $26. MYSTERY
In this latest in the New York Times best-selling series starring Roman medicus Gaius Petreius Ruso, Ruso and wife Tilla, a native of Roman-occupied Britain, are administering to those doing the dangerous work of building Hadrian’s Great Wall when Ruso’s new clerk vanishes.

Ewan, Chris. Dead Line. Minotaur. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781250047076. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466847446. $26.99. THRILLER
A specialist in hostage negotiation, Daniel Trent is ready to talk to whoever kidnapped his fiancée. Alas, his chief suspect has also disappeared. Ewan is a No. 1 best-selling author in the U.K. recently voted one of America’s favorite British authors in a Huffington Post poll.

Fossum, Karin. I Can See in the Dark. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9780544114425. $25. MYSTERY
Tough for Riktor: he’s been accused of a crime he didn’t commit, but he has committed another crime he’s now trying to hide. From the author of the Inspector Konrad Sejer crime series, which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, but crossing over into psychological suspense.

Griffin, W.E.B. with William E. Butterworth IV. Deadly Assets: A Badge of Honor Novel. Putnam. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780399171178. $27.95. ACTION & ADVENTURE
Even as 27-year-old Homicide Sgt. Matt Payne investigates the murder of a reporter, he’s accused of murdering the head of Philadelphia’s Citizens Oversight Committee, which had been investigating shootings by police—with Payne a particular target. Griffin knows his Philadelphia police stuff!

Hoag, Tami. Cold Cold Heart. Dutton. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780525954545. $27.95. hoagTHRILLER
Internationally best-selling thriller author Hoag offers a stand-alone featuring TV news reporter Dana Nolan, who escaped from a serial killer but still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and the consequences of a brain injury sustained during her abduction. Is that why everyone looks suspect when she reopens the investigation of her best friend’s disappearance after high school graduation?

Hurwitz, Gregg. Don’t Look Back. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780312626839. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848733. THRILLER
On a supposedly idyllic rafting and hiking tour in Oaxaca, Mexico, Eve Hardaway spots a dangerous-looking man flinging machetes at something indistinct, then discovers the camera and pill bottle of a woman who has disappeared. Looks as if she’s in for an unpleasant tête-à-tête. From a CWA Steel Dagger and two-time ITW Best Novel finalist.

Indridason, Arnaldur. Strange Shores: An Inspector Erlendur Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250000408. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466849549. MYSTERY
Near Iceland’s gelid fjords, Inspector Erlendur is hunting for traces of two people who vanished long ago: his brother, lost in a snowstorm, and a young woman who left a sense of betrayal in her wake. From a CWA Golden Dagger Award winner.

Jance, J.A. Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense. Morrow. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780062134707. $26.99. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio.  THRILLER
A woman cleaning her dying mother’s house discovers a veritable hoard of hundred dollar bills, which she traces back to Cochise County, AZ, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is puzzling over the death of a family friend. What’s the connection? With a one-day laydown on July 22 and a 150,000-copy first printing.

Kallentoft, Mons. Autumn Killing. Atria. Aug. 2014. 464p. ISBN 9781451642674. $25.99. kallenTHRILLER
So far, Kallentoft has sold more than 1.5 million copies of his books in 26 languages—and this is only the third in the Malin Fors series. When the cold-blooded new owner of Skogså Castle is found floating in the moat, Swedish police superintendent Fors investigates.

Krueger, William Kent. Windigo Island. Atria. Aug. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781476749235. $24. MYSTERY
Residents of the Bad Bluff reservation blame a mythical beast called the Windigo when the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on an island in Lake Superior. But private eye Cork O’Connor thinks that rampant sex trafficking is the explanation. With a seven-city tour to Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, and Phoenix.

Maron, Margaret. Designated Daughters. Grand Central. Aug. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781455545285. $27. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MYSTERY
In her 19th mystery, Judge Deborah Knott investigates when her dying Aunt Rachel is smothered to death in hospice and eventually encounters the Designated Daughters, caregivers who are on a rampage when one of their members is cheated by a con artist. From the 2013 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master.

O’Dell, Tawni. One of Us. Gallery. Aug. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781476755878. $25. SUSPENSE
When Dr. Sheridan Doyle returns to his blue-collar mining-town roots, he finds a dead body near the Lost Creek gallows where resistant Irish miners had been executed years ago. Investigating with a famed local detective brings him close to perilous family truths. You know O’Dell as author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Back Roads.

Patterson, James & Michael White. Private Down Under. Grand Central. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781455529780. pap. $16. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Private, first in a series about an exclusive detective agency, has netted 1.2 million in sales across all formats; the trade paperback original Private London sold more than 250,000 copies in a year. In this new trade paperback original, the agency’s just-opened Sydney office prestonchildinvestigates the murder of someone close to the Deputy Commissioner of New South Wales Police. With a 400,000-copy first printing.

Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child. The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel. Grand Central. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781455525775. $27. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
In this third Gideon Crew thriller, our hero discovers a lost civilization—just as Preston helped do recently on an expedition to Honduras, which uncovered magnificent ruins of a city deep in the rain forest. Expect one Gideon Crew novel and one Pendergast novel each year from this enterprising team.

Quinn, Spencer. Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. Atria. Aug. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781476703398. $25. MYSTERY
When Bernie visits his reporter girlfriend in Washington, DC, he manages to get himself arrested, even as Chet cozies up to a Washington bigwig (as only a dog can do) and lands himself and Bernie in the midst of international conspiracy. Great narrator: Chet really thinks like a dog.

Reichs, Kathy. Bones Never Lie. Bantam. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780345544018. $27. CD:  Penguin Random Audio. SUSPENSE
In her 17th outing, forensic anthropologist Temperance “Tempe” Brennan moves in a new, undisclosed direction, though we do get to meet her much-referenced mother. Look for the splashy acetate cover over a preprinted case.

Robards, Karen. Her Last Whisper. Ballantine. Aug. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780804178266. $26. CD: Penguin Random Audio. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Enough with the fieldwork; serial killer expert Dr. Charlotte (“Charlie”) Stone just wants to return to her research. But an agent friend’s sister seems to have fallen prey to the not-fairytale-like toddcharlesCinderella Killer. From the hugely best-selling author; promotion at Romance Writers of America 2014.

Todd, Charles. An Unwilling Accomplice. Morrow. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780062237194. $25.99. CD: HarperAudio. lrg. prnt. MYSTERY
Home on leave, World War I Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford is asked to escort a wheelchair-bound soldier to Buckingham Palace. But first he vanishes, and then he’s accused of murder. Todd’s An Unmarked Grave won the Sue Feder Historical Macavity award in 2013 and was the first Crawford mystery to make the New York Times best sellers list.

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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.