Six Big-Name Thriller Authors, from Lee Child to James Grippando | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 2

Brown, Sandra. Mean Streak. Grand Central. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781455581122. $26. THRILLER
With her husband slow to report her disappearance in the North Carolina wilderness (they’d been quarreling), pediatrician and marathon runner Emily Charbonneau wakes up the captive of a man who won’t reveal his name. But he could be her rescuer; there’s something suspicious about that husband.

Child, Lee. Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel. Delacorte. Sept. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780804178747. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780804178761. lrg. prnt. THRILLERchildlee
Child follows up nine straight No. 1 New York Times best sellers, giving him a total of more than 17 million books in print, with another thriller featuring everyone’s favorite vigilante hero, Jack Reacher. No plot details yet, but after the way Never Go Back twisted around readers, who knows what direction this will take.

Cussler, Clive & Russell Blake. The Eye of Heaven. Putnam. Sept. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780399167300. $28.95. ACTION & ADVENTURE
On a climate-control expedition to the Arctic, husband-and-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo uncover a Viking ship neatly preserved in ice—and carrying pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. Puzzling out this conundrum leads to their being chased through the jungles of Central America by crime cartels, other treasure hunters, and worse.

Coleman, Reed Farrel. Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot. Putnam. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780399169458. $26.95. MYSTERY
Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR and the noir poet laureate in the Huffington Post, Coleman takes the late Robert B. Parker’s Police Chief Jesse Stone for his 13th outing, this time for a reunion of the Triple-A team he left behind when an injury ended his baseball career. But the reunion goes bad when a young woman is found murdered, her boyfriend is presumed kidnapped, and Jesse sees a former teammate as the main suspect.

Coulter, Catherine & J.T. Ellison. The Lost Key. Putnam. Sept. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780399164767. $26.95. THRILLER
In this second in the “Brit in the FBI” series, rookie FBI Agent Nicholas Drummond and partner Mike Caine investigate the Wall Street stabbing death of John Pearce, who appears to have been much more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he had claimed to be. His adult children are missing, too, and his final words, “The key is in the lock,” aren’t yielding any obvious clues.

Grippando, James. Cane and Abe. Harper. Sept. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780062295392. $26.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
When a woman’s mutilated body is discovered in the Everglades, Abe Beckham, a top prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office, finds himself a top suspect. He had had an encounter with the woman after his wife Samantha’s untimely death, and his new wife, Angelina, has vanished, too. Angelina did think there was something a little twisted about Abe’s obsession with Samantha. With a 30,000-copy first printing.

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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.