Winter Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2017

Crais, Robert. The Wanted. Putnam. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780399161506. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399573903. THRILLER
A No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Grand Master, Crais brings back investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike but mixes in Jon Stone, who’s made popular cameo appearances in previous books. Here, when single mother Devon asks Cole to investigate her son’s new-found wealth, he discovers that it stems from a series of high-end burglaries that turn deadly. Originally scheduled for June 2017.

Griffin, W.E.B. & William E. Butterworth IV. Death at Nuremberg. Putnam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780399176746. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780698410572. lrg. prnt. ADVENTURE
In this next in the authors’ “Clandestine Operations” series, set at the dawning of the Cold War, Jim Cronley is shoved out as Chief, DCI-Europe, in favor of a new assignment. He must keep the U.S. chief prosecutor at Nuremberg from being kidnapped by the Soviet NKVD while seeking out and destroying Odessa, which helps Nazi war criminals escape to South America. Is this why he’s nearly been killed twice?

Hoag, Tami. The Boy. Dutton. Dec. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781101985397. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101985403. THRILLER
Though it’s a stand-alone, this new novel stars detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard of Hoag’s A Thin Dark Line (1997). They’re investigating a break-in at the home of Genevieve Gauthier that has left her seven-year-old son dead but Genevieve inexplicably unharmed. Why would the murderer leave any witnesses? Why does the boy’s 13-year-old babysitter vanish the next day? Is Genevieve victim or perpetrator? Expect lots; Hoag’s last three hardcovers all debuted in the top ten of the New York Times best sellers list. Originally scheduled for July 2017.

McDermid, Val. Insidious Intent. Atlantic Monthly. Dec. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780802127167. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802189288. THRILLER
Time to kick back with another thriller featuring psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan, following Splinter the Silence, a Boston Globe and Guardian Best Book. Here, our protagonists after a serial killer who’ll crash a wedding, cozy up to a woman there alone, and lure her away to a nasty death in her own burned-to-cinders car. Unexpected moral complications abound, even as DS Paula McIntyre and partner Elinor confront a cyber-blackmailer after their teenage ward, Torin.

Rollins, James. The Demon Crown: A Sigma Force Novel. Putnam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780062381736. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062381750. THRILLER
Those bones encased in amber and buried in the nation’s capital by a group of concerned scientists, with Alexander Graham Bell in the lead? Sure, they contain the secret of life after death, but they are also linked to an unimaginable horror from the past that could wipe out humankind. And with their unearthing during a construction project, the horror is out, and Sigma Force must join forces with its very worst enemy—the newly resurrected Guild—to defeat it. With a 500,000-copy first printing and a ten-city author tour.


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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