From Baldacci to Patterson | Thriller Previews, Nov. 2017

Baldacci, David. End Game. Grand Central. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781455586608. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455586592. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Will Robie is back, but his boss, codenamed Blue Man, is not, which brings Will to a distant Colorado town with violence creeping along its edge, ready to explode. He’s joined by Jessica Reel, who drops in occasionally throughout the series to work with him, and here they need all the luck they can get. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Cameron, Marc. Tom Clancy Power and Empire. Putnam. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780735215894. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780735215900. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Even as U.S. President Jack Ryan ponders the intentions of the Chinese government—is it responsible for recent attacks on an American destroyer and an oil platform in Africa?—hints about a Chinese spy carrying dangerously important information surface during a routine traffic stop deep in the heart of Texas. Now John Clark and his Campus colleagues are after that information. Author of the New York Times best-selling Jericho Quinn novels, which appear in paperback, Cameron is about to break out big as the new author of the Jack Ryan series.

Child, Lee. The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel. Delacorte. Nov. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780399593482. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399593499. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER
Spotting a woman’s West Point class ring in a Wisconsin pawn shop, Jack Reacher understandably wonders what happened to her. That leads him into the deep, empty spaces of Wyoming, conflict with a nasty biker gang, and more. Child’s recent Night School debuted at the top of the New York Times best sellers list.

Clark, Mary Higgins& Alafair Burke. Snow White, Deadly Night. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781501171642. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501171659. CD: S. & S. Audio. THRILLER
The collaborations between Queen of Suspense Higgins Clark and New York Times best-selling Burke have proved to be efficient thrill generators, and this next work should prove no different. At least it has a phenomenal setting: New York’s fabled Met Gala, where attendees dress in unprecedented finery and the scent of money is in the air. Featured at BookExpo.

Cussler, Clive & Boyd Morrison. Typhoon Fury. Putnam. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780399575570. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780399575587. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
As they hunt for a bunch of paintings worth a walloping half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew aboard the Oregon chance upon a much bigger problem. A Filipino rebel leader is not only using them to finance the insurgency but has discovered a drug developed yet never used by the Japanese during World War II that makes mega warriors of ordinary soldiers. Not so far-fetched given the revelations of Norman Ohler’s recent Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.

Dolan, Harry. The Man in the Crooked Hat. Putnam. Nov. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780399157974; ebk. ISBN 9780399185410. THRILLER
Up-and-comer Dolan, who achieved national best-seller status with his first three novels (e.g., The Last Dead Girl), creates a new hero with private investigator Jack Pellum, whose wife has been murdered. Jack is after a man in a crooked fedora who he believes committed the crime, which brings him together with Michael Underhill, a reasonably happy man hiding a dark past.

Evanovich, Janet. Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel. Bantam. Nov. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399179198. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399179204. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER
You’ve guessed it: it’s the 24th outing for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her friends and family, including rootin’-tootin’ Grandma Mazur, hooker–turned–bounty hunter Lula, hard-edged security specialist Ranger, and sometime love interest Joe Morelli. And you’ve noticed that the one thing missing here is plot. As usual, Evanovich is playing close to the vest.

Hallinan, Timothy. Fools’ River. Soho Crime. Nov. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781616957506. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957513. THRILLER
A middle-aged “sexpat” has vanished somewhere in Bangkok, and his son—the sort-of boyfriend of travel writer Poke Rafferty’s daughter—desperately appeals to series stalwart Poke for help. Similar victims have ended up as flotsam and jetsam on the city’s waters once their bank and credit card accounts are drained, and the wayward father’s money is disappearing fast. Next from an author with Edgar, Nero, Shamus, and Macavity nominations to his name.

Indridason, Arnaldur. The Shadow District: A Thriller. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250124029. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250124036. THRILLER
In this latest from Indridason, who arrives with a Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and two Glass Key Awards for Best Nordic Crime Novel tucked into his belt, retired detective Konrád is drawn back into the game (at least unofficially) when an elderly man is found smothered in his bed. On the desk nearby is a clipping about the strangling of a young woman near Reykjavík’s National Theatre during World War II, a crime Konrád remembers. Why was the victim so interested?

Niederhoffer, Galt. Poison. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250085290. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085306. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
An award-winning filmmaker and novelist (she directed the film version of her own work, The Romantics), Niederhoffer typically investigates families under stress. Here, Abigail and Benjamin Borden look to have the perfect marriage, but small lies and shifty denials create tension that escalates into veritable menace. The publicist describes this psychological thriller as “stay-up-all-night-to-finish good,” so be prepared.

Patterson, James. The People vs. Alex Cross. Little, Brown. Nov. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780316273909. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316508827. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316508834.  CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Suspended from the force and awaiting trial after a fatal shooting that’s cast him as a trigger-happy cop, Alex Cross makes himself useful by opening a counseling office in his basement. Former partner Sampson shows up, itching to investigate the disappearance of several young women, and Cross decides to get involved even if it costs him his career. The previous series title, Cross the Line, debuted on top of the New York Times hardcover, ebook, and combined fiction lists.


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.

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