14 Thrillers from Atkins to Toyne | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

Atkins, Ace. The Fallen. Putnam. Jul. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399576713. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399576737. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
A former army ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, County Sheriff Quinn Colson suspects that the robbers conducting precision raids on banks in and around his Mississippi base are themselves former rangers. Seventh in an Edgar-nominated series that sells better with every entry; with a blacksaulnational tour.

Black, Saul. LoveMurder. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250057419. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466861169. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
When San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart encounters a grisly scene recalling the work done by Katherine Glass, a murderer she managed to put away, she knows she must approach the evil Glass for help. From sharp and admirable British author Glen Duncan, whose first Saul Black thriller, The Killing Lessons, got rave reviews.

Brookmyre, Christopher. The Last Hack: A Jack Parlabane Thriller. Atlantic Monthly. Jul. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780802126948. $25. THRILLER
Just as reporter Jack Parlabane lands a job at a promising online news start-up, a valuable but shady source calls in a debt, which allies Jack with a young man whose learning disabled sister is being blackmailed online. More than a million copies of Parlabane thrillers have been sold in the UK, and 2016’s Black Widow won Scotland’s McIlvanney Prize for crime novel of the year (the CWA short-listing was nice, too). With a  big breakout effort.

Deutermann, P.T. Red Swan. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250114082. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250114099. THRILLER
China’s spy ring in Washington has been successfully compromised by a so-called black swan, deutermanan undercover female agent who targeted an important Chinese official. But the death of CIA operative Henry Wallace suggests that China has sent winging a red swan of its own. From the former U.S. naval officer last seen with The Commodore.

French, Nicci. Dark Saturday: A Frieda Klein Thriller. Morrow Paperbacks. Jul. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062676665. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676672. THRILLER
As a teenager, Hannah Docherty was convicted of murdering her entire family and is incarcerated in a secure psychiatric hospital. Evaluating her ten years later, psychotherapist Frieda Klein suspects that Hannah’s story is quite different from how it has been portrayed. Sixth in the series after Friday on My Mind, which got a starred LJ review; with an unexpectedly smallish 25,000-copy first printing.

Hamilton, Glen Erik. Every Day Above Ground: A Van Shaw Novel. Morrow. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780062567383. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062567406. THRILLER
Hamilton’s debut, Past Crimes, won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel and copped an Edgar nomination as well; the follow-up Hard Cold Winter got a starred LJ review. This third title opens with a dying ex-con telling Van Shaw about a pile of gold whose owner died in prison. It would help Shaw rebuild his ruined family home, but it’s hiltonactually a trap.

Hilton, L.S. Domina. Putnam. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399184826. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399184338. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Wily woman of the world Judith Rashleigh, who revealed a talent for reinvention in last year’s megahit debut Maestra, has become Elisabeth Teerlinc, art gallery owner amid Venice’s shimmering canals. But a dead body in Ibiza sends her all over Europe in a quest not to get killed herself. Maestra is already getting repackaged in paperback to give the prospective series a fresh, new look.

Johansen, Iris & Roy Johansen. Look Behind You. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250075987. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887343. THRILLER
A San Diego serial killer tauntingly leaves behind souvenirs of unsolved serial murder cases throughout the country, so the FBI again turns to freelance agent Kendra Michaels. She so distrusts its investigative team that she calls on her own out-of-bounds guys with guns. Next in the New York Times best-selling series after Night Watch.

Kamal, Sheena. The Lost Ones. Morrow. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780062565907. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062565761. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
When her daughter vanishes, Nora Watts immediately goes on the hunt, but it’s not what you kamalthink; she gave up her newborn for adoption 15 years previously and is being contacted by the adoptive parents as their last hope. Nora is homeless, burned by her foster-care past, and bitter about the birth, but she’s trying. A big debut with a 100,000-copy first printing and sales to a dozen countries.

Loehfelm, Bill. The Devil’s Muse: A Maureen Coughlin Novel. Sarah Crichton: Farrar. Jul. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780374279776. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715632. THRILLER
Cop Maureen Coughlin has landed in New Orleans, but we’ve never see her there during Mardi Gras. It’s no party for Maureen, whose night opens with a man in pink zebra tights leaping on a moving car and immediately gets worse when gunshots ring forth. Following Doing the Devil’s Work; with library marketing.

Phillips, Gin. Fierce Kingdom. Viking. Jul. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780735224278. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735224285. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER/LITERARY
Phillips opened her career with The Well and the Mine, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover phillipsAward, then followed with the atmospheric dream piece, Come In and Cover Me. Changing tack again, she offers a literary/thriller blend about a mother who’s hustling her young son out of the zoo at day’s end when she spots something that sends them both on the run.

Richmond, Michelle. The Marriage Pact. Bantam. Jul. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780385343299. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780804179867. THRILLER
As a wedding gift, Alice and Jake received membership in a mysterious organization called the Pact, which aims to promote secure, happy marriages. Advice like making sure to answer the phone when your spouse calls seems innocuous, but some of the rules and the means of enforcing them are downright scary. Rights sold to Twentieth Century Fox.

Robotham, Michael. The Secrets She Keeps. Scribner. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781501170317. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501170331. THRILLER
Pregnant Agatha, who barely connects with her child’s father, stocks grocery shelves part-time and worships ineffably chic customer Meghan. When she learns that Meghan’s third child is due the same month as her own child, Agatha gets up the nerve to speak to her—and all hell breaks loose, with a kidnapping plot part of the mix. Robotham has been an Edgar finalist, twice short-listed for the CWA UK Steel Dagger, and twice winner of Australia’s Ned Kelly Award.

Toyne, Simon. Untitled. Morrow. Jul. 2017. 496p. ISBN 9780062329752. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062329769. THRILLER
Introduced in LJ-starred The Searcher, Solomon Creed has no idea who he is, so he travels to southern France to find the tailor who made his suit. But he finds the man dead, with a Star of David sliced into his chest, and gets wound up in a conspiracy dating back to the end of World War II. From the author of the “Sanctus” trilogy.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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.