Baldacci, Deaver, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Apr. 2018

Baldacci, David. The Fallen. Grand Central. Apr. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781538761397. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538761373. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761359. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Famously the “memory man,” football player­–turned­–detective Amos Decker forgets nothing, certainly not the two dead men in the house across from journalist friend Alex Jamison’s in Barronville, PA. Small-town Barronville has sunk low economically, which may or may not explain why Amos encounters so much resistance as he tries to determine what happened. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Clark, Mary Higgins. I’ve Got My Eyes on You. S. & S. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781501171680. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501171697. CD: S. & S. Audio. THRILLER
That was some wild teen party, and the next morning 18-year-old Kerry Dowling is found at the bottom of the family pool. Was the killer her boyfriend, with whom she had a terrible fight? The neighbor offended that he wasn’t invited? Or someone else? Kerry’s older sister Aline wants to know, but curiosity can be dangerous. The Queen of Suspense strikes again.

Deaver, Jeffery. The Cutting Edge. Grand Central. Apr. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9781455536429. $28. ebk. ISBN 9781455536412. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
Back in New York after their honeymoon, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs go up against the Fiancé Killer, who murders newly engaged couples just as they’re buying that shiny new ring. Then the killer gets interested in their shiny new ring. Next in an ever-more-popular series; with a 500,000-copy first printing.

Dodd, Christina. Dead Girl Running. HQN: HarperCollins. Apr. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335144362. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488079030. PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
On the run from her husband, with a gunshot scar marring her forehead and no recall of a year of her life, Kellan Adams takes a job at a nicely secluded Pacific Coast resort. Then a former employee is murdered, and as she’s pulled into the investigation, Kellan must ask herself what really happened when her memory went dark. With an 80,000-copy first printing; from a RITA Award winner responsible for numerous New York Times mass market best sellers.

Downing, David. The Dark Clouds Shining. Soho Crime. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781616956066. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616956073. THRILLER/ESPIONAGE
Downing wraps up his Jack McColl series by sending war-embittered Jack to the Soviet Union, where the Bolsheviks have just triumphed but the country is staggering. His task, having been sprung from jail (he assaulted a policeman)? He must spy on other spies and try to figure out how MI5 figures in an assassination plot. Downing’s historical thrillers count among the publisher’s best sellers.

Grecian, Alex. The Saint of Wolves and Butchers. Putnam. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780399176111. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698407275. lrg. prnt. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
The author of the best-selling “Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad” series goes contemporary, as Travis Roan journeys far and wide with his Tibetan Mastiff, Bear, to bring bad guys to justice. Here, they’re tracking Nazi doctor Rudolph Bormann, who weaseled his way into 1950s America as Rudy Goodman and is now being protected by friends in high places. Continuing relevance: as a recent Time report shows, Nazi war criminals are still present in this country, as are some sympathizers.

Hartov, Steven. The Soul of a Thief. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781335144577. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488079443. THRILLER
Coauthor of the New York Times best-selling In the Company of Heroes and author of a nicely reviewed small-press espionage trilogy, Hartov gets big-press endorsement with this story of German soldier Shtefan Brandt, who’s hiding his Jewish heritage to survive while serving as adjutant to Colonel Himmel of the Waffen SS. With the war looking to end badly for the Germans (it’s 1944), Shtefan plans to escape with Himmel’s mistress—and money Himmel himself has stolen. With an 80,000-copy first printing.

Hooper, Kay. Hold Back the Dark. Berkley. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780425280959. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698194014. THRILLER
Folks in Prosperity, NC, have taken to killing their neighbors, then emerging from the bloodbath with no memory of what they’ve done. Time to call in the Special Crimes Unit, and even they’re flummoxed. Eighteenth in the New York Times best-selling series and wrap-up to a story arc begun with Fear the Dark and Wait for Dark, so expect edge-of-seat anticipation.

Howe, K.J. Skyjack: A Kidnap-and-Ransom Thriller. Quercus: Hachette. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781681443010. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781681442983. THRILLER
Top-notch hostage negotiator Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers from Africa to London when their plane is hijacked to Libya, where Thea faces a former nemesis from a secret post–World War II organization meant to battle communism. His problem: he’s fighting another organization for control of a genetically targeted bioweapon. From the executive director of ThrillerFest.

Johansen, Iris. Shattered Mirror. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250075864. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887244. THRILLER
Returning in the next title in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan reconstructs a skull sent to her by mail, discovering the face of a lovely young woman. Then she encounters someone with that very face—a twin whose life remains in danger. With a one-day national laydown.

Kardos, Michael. Bluff. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780802128041. $26. THRILLER
Card-trick wunderkind Natalie Webb won the World of Magic competition at 18 but by 27 is all washed up and trying to pay her bills by writing a feature on how to cheat at cards. Then she meets a brilliant poker cheat who talks her into helping pull off a magic trick that could earn them $1.5 million. The narrative reportedly unfolds like a magic trick; from the author of the multi-best-booked The Three-Day Affair.

Kerr, Philip. Greeks Bearing Gifts. Marian Wood: Putnam. Apr. 2018. 528p. ISBN 9780399177064. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698413146. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Working undercover as a claims adjuster in 1956 Greece, Bernie Gunther encounters former Wehrmacht soldier Siegfried Witzel, who’s putting in a huge claim for goods that may have been stolen from Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. Then Witzel himself ends up murdered. Shamus and Ellis Peters Award winner for his series starring Gunther, a private eye in World War II Berlin, Kerr was treated to a big New Yorker piece last July.

Kiernan, Olivia. Too Close To Breathe. Dutton. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781524742614. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524742621. THRILLER
Burned out after a previous case nearly got her killed, DCS Frankie Sheehan would love to declare Eleanor Costello’s death by hanging a suicide. But what about the badly healed bones revealed in autopsy and the nasty cut that’s been covered up with paint? There’s in-house excitement for this debut Irish thriller, so much so that it was bought in a two-book deal.

Miller, Derek B. American by Day. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781328876652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781328876737. THRILLER
Miller’s debut, Norwegian by Night, sold 75,000 copies across formats and won the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award; its follow-up, The Girl in Green, was short-listed for the Gold Dagger Award. This new work features Norwegian’s Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård, who thought she was going to the family farm for a rest but instead gets sent to America by her father to find her missing brother Marcus. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Palmer, Daniel & Michael Palmer. The First Family. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250107428. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107442. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
In this latest medical thriller from Daniel Palmer and his late father, the internationally best-selling Michael Palmer, the U.S. president’s chess-prodigy teenage son suffers a mysterious illness leading to a ruptured spleen. To determine the best treatment for what appears to be a heretofore unseen gene mutation, Dr. Lee Blackwood hunts for others with similar symptoms. But the two young people he finds, talented in their own right, are quickly murdered, and the doctors knows he’s up against something monstrous.

Patterson, James & Maxine Paetro. The 17th Suspect. Little, Brown. Apr. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780316274043. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316412261; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316412278. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
A serial killer with no obvious modus operandi is tilting San Francisco sideways, and members of the Women’s Murder Club warn Sgt. Lindsay Boxer that she’s taking the case too much to heart. But she’s come to realize that there’s something badly off with the police department itself, and she’s stepping outside her jurisdiction to deal with it. With a 400,000-copy first printing.

Sandford, John. Twisted Prey. Putnam. Apr. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780735217355. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780735217362. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Taryn Grant, the wealthy psychopath who disrupted Lucas Davenport’s life in Silken Prey, has been elected to the U.S. Senate, and Lucas is convinced that she’s using her position on the Senate intelligence committee to further her taste for murder. Last year, for the first time, titles in Sandford’s Prey and Virgil Flowers series were both No. 1 New York Times best sellers.

Scottoline, Lisa. After Anna. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250099655. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250099679. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER
Widower John Himmel is happily remarried to Ellen, and together they are building a home for his son. Bad news, though: Ellen’s teenage daughter, Anna, isn’t just stuck-on-herself gorgeous but a down-and-dirty sociopath determined to wreck everything. When she’s found dead, John is the chief suspect, and he’s got to hustle to save his new family. From the New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author; endless publicity.

Shepard, Sara. The Elizas. Atria. Apr. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501162770. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501162794. THRILLER
Debut novelist Eliza Fontaine’s big dunk in the hotel swimming pool is written off by her family as just another suicide attempt (wow, that’s casual), but Eliza insists she was pushed. She decides to investigate, but as folks start conflating events from her novel with events from her life, her grip on reality slowly but surely slips. Just what you would expect from the author of the New York Times best-selling Pretty Little Liars.

Swanson, Peter. All the Beautiful Lies. Morrow. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062427052. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062427076. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
Days before his college graduation, Harry learns that his father has died, reputedly a suicide. It gets worse when he goes home and meets an enigmatic young woman he senses knows more about his family than she admits, even as his luscious stepmother starts making overtures. Are these two women in collusion? From the author of The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, an Ian Fleming Steel Dagger finalist; and the recent, star-worthy Her Every Fear.

Thomas, August. Liar’s Candle. Scribner. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781501172847. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501172861. THRILLER
Penny Kessler, an intern at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, awakens in the hospital after a blast that killed hundreds of colleagues to find that everyone thinks she knows something important. She can’t remember much, but she firmly believes that the young diplomat she’s been crushing on all summer, who’s disappeared and is being held responsible for the blast, is in fact innocent. For this debut novel, Thomas draws on her understanding of Turkey from her Fulbright year there.

Woods, Stuart. Shoot First. Putnam. Apr. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780735217201. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735217225. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Stone Barrington is back in his 45th adventure, and as usual there are no plot details. Now that there are five Woods novels a year (nearly 1.4 million Stuart Woods novels were sold in 2016), fans will be busy.

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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