12 Top Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017

Bailey, Sarah. The Dark Lake. Grand Central. 448p. ISBN 9781538759905. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538759912. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
In this big-news debut from Down Under, Det. Sgt. Gemma Woodstock is tasked with figuring out who murdered Rosalind Ryan, once the bright star of their high school and recently returned to town to teach drama. More mysteries: why Rosalind quit Sydney to rent a subpar flat in small-town Smithson despite her father’s wealth and what secrets Gemma herself wants to keep hidden. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Connelly, Michael. Two Kinds of Truth. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780316225908. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316225915. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316250474. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Harry Bosch is back after The Wrong Side of Goodbye, on the New York Times best sellers list for 12 weeks after debuting at No. 1. Harry has been volunteering to work cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when he’s asked to investigate the murder of a young pharmacist, constantinewhich not surprisingly involves pill mills and prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, a jailed bad guy is claiming that Harry framed him. With a 750,000-copy first printing.

Constantine, Liv. The Last Mrs. Parrish. Harper. Oct. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062667571. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062667595. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
Ragingly envious of golden couple Daphne and Jackson Parrish, Amber Patterson schemes to get the glamorous life she thinks she deserves by wending her way into Daphne’s good graces, eventually traveling to Europe with the Parrish family and getting cozy with Jackson. Alas, she’s got secrets (who doesn’t?), which could wreck everything. Another hotshot debut, with a 75,000-copy first printing and rights sold to 13 countries.

DeMille, Nelson. The Cuban Affair. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781501101724. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501101748. CD/S. & S. Audio. THRILLER
A veteran of the Afghan wars with a charter fishing boat and a big bank loan to his name, Daniel “Mac” MacCormick reluctantly agrees to hear why Miami lawyer Carlos, noted for his anti-Castro activism, really wants to rent his boat for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba. With good reason: stunning Cuban American Sara Ortega hopes to recover the $60 million her grandfather hid somewhere in Cuba, and there’s $2 million in it for Mac if he can stay alive. From indefatigable blockbuster author DeMille.

Dunn, Matthew. Act of Betrayal: A Will Cochrane Novel. Morrow. Oct. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062427229. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062427243. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
A few years back, intelligence officer Will Cochrane was directed to assassinate a terrorist dunnfinancier in Berlin by a Delta Force colonel who promptly disappeared. Will is still troubled by the case, especially when a CIA agent who was investigating it turns up poisoned. But when he pokes his nose out, the notorious Will (one of America’s Most Wanted) is immediately subject to an FBI manhunt. Former MI6 field officer Dunn’s seventh Will Cochrane title, after A Soldier’s Revenge; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Francis, Felix. Untitled. Putnam. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399574733. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399574757. THRILLER
An elegantly dressed man found unconscious at the local racecourse subsequently dies at the hospital, and doctor-in-charge Chris Reynolds is concerned enough about his identity to start asking questions. That nearly gets him killed. New York Times best-selling author Francis gallops back after Triple Crown.

Grisham, John. Untitled. Doubleday. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780385541176. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541183. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER
As usual, there is no word on the plot of Grisham’s latest, though I can affirm that it is a legal thriller. Big print advertising in the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, USA mindgameToday, and People, and national television advertising, too.

Johansen, Iris. Mind Game. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250075857. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887237. THRILLER
The adoptive daughter of Johansen stalwarts Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn, Jane MacGuire has returned to Scotland to continue the treasure hunt that’s taken her energies for years. But she’s waylaid by dreams of a young woman in danger and the reappearance of Seth Caleb, who really needs her help. With a national one-day laydown on October 24.

Lawton, John. Friends and Traitors. Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780802127068. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802189219. THRILLER
In 1958 Vienna, while touring the Continent to celebrate his brother’s birthday, Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard is approached by an old friend—of all people, Guy Burgess, infamous spy for the Soviets. Burgess wants to come home, but when the agent Troy persuades MI5 to send for a debriefing of Burgess is murdered, Troy becomes a suspect, and lots of ghosts stream out of the woodwork. Lawton has been building lately—he was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal–so in-the-know thriller readers should be interested.

Sandford, John. Deep Freeze. Putnam. Oct. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780399176067. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780698407114. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Having already investigated the corrupt and ultimately murderous school board of Trippton, MN, sandfordVirgil Flowers isn’t happy to be called back when a woman is found there encased in ice. Her murder seems to be connected to the midwinter reunion of the high school class of 20 years past, whose members obviously take old grudges to the extreme. Tenth in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling Virgil Flowers series, following Escape Clause.

Snoekstra, Anna. Little Secrets. Mira: Harlequin. Oct. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780778331094. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488027932. THRILLER
Snoekstra won huge praise (and sold film rights) for her debut novel, Only Daughter. Now she’s back with a really spooky-sounding work that features someone mysteriously leaving little girls porcelain dolls that look exactly like them. With the townsfolk terrified, a young woman with journalistic ambitions collects their stories and submits them to the local newspaper. Then the tension really explodes.

Woods, Stuart. Quick & Dirty: A Stone Barrington Novel. Putnam. Oct. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780735217140. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735217164. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
As usual, no word on plot when it comes to Woods’s next Stone Barrington novel. It is, however, his fourth Barrington novel in 2017, so your head is probably spinning.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

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.

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