Start of the Summer Chills | Thriller Previews, June 2018

Belle, Kimberly. Three Days Missing. Park Row: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307716. pap. $15.99. THRILLER
Kat Jenkins’s son Ethan disappears on an overnight school trip, but another mother whose child is safe receives the ransom demand. Glamorous Stefanie Huntington, wife of Atlanta’s mayor, watches her carefully constructed life tumble as both mothers rush to save the endangered child. Following The Marriage Lie; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Billingham, Mark. The Killing Habit: A Tom Thorne Novel. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780802128249. $26. THRILLER
Award-winning, BBC-featured British crime writer Billingham gives us another spin with Tom Thorne, whose investigation of several troublesome animal killings leads to a serial killer even as DI Nicola Tanner tracks the emergence of a dangerous new drug.

Brown, Dale. The Moscow Offensive. Morrow. Jun. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780062442017. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062442024. lrg. prnt. CD. MILITARY THRILLER
Brad McLanahan and the Iron Wolf Squadron join forces with the freshly minted Alliance of Free Nations in Eastern Europe when rumor has it that Russia is planning to hit America right where it hurts—on American soil. From the New York Times best-selling author of Price of Duty.

Carey, Mike. The Naming of the Beasts. Orbit: Hachette. Jun. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780316478762. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN  978031647873. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316478748. THRILLER/SUPERNATURAL
Exorcist Felix Castor has a problem. The demon he’s facing down is doubled up with the soul of Felix’s best friend, who will die if Felix does his job. Tough choices in this fifth in Carey’s cool supernatural thrillers. (And remember the big bang made by The Girl with All the Gifts?).

Coes, Ben. Bloody Sunday. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781250140760. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250140784. CD. THRILLER/POLITICAL
Ready-to-retire agent Dewey Andreas has just been handed an assignment that the CIA believes only he can accomplish: in less than 24 hours, he must scotch an exchange between Iran and North Korea that would have made them both nuclear superpowers and facilitate North Korea’s attack on the United States. From the New York Times best-selling author of Trap the Devil.

Connolly, John. The Woman in the Woods: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jun. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9781501171925. $26.99. THRILLER
A young woman found dead in the forest’s depths gave birth shortly before dying, and private detective Charlie Parker is hired to eye the police investigating the baby’s whereabouts. Unfortunately, someone badly intentioned is after the baby, too. Take heed; Connolly is a Shamus, Barry, Anthony, Agatha, and Edgar Award winner.

Dyer, Ashley. Splinter in the Blood. Morrow. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062797674. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062797711. SUSPENSE
Why does Det. Greg Carver’s colleague Ruth Lake scrub away evidence when Greg is shot at home, presumably by a serial killer he’s been investigating? And what’s she hiding now that she’s leading the investigation? Debut suspense from the UK team of Margaret Murphy, a CWA Short Story Dagger winner, and Helen Pepper, a senior lecturer in policing.

Hawley, Noah. A Conspiracy of Tall Men. Grand Central. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781538746509. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538746547. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538746516. CD/downloadable. SUSPENSE
An Emmy Award winner, creator of the hit FX show Fargo, and Edgar Award winner for Before the Fall, Hawley is well positioned to have his 1998 debut reissued. Here, a professor who specializes in conspiracy theory gets wrapped up in the real thing when his wife dies in the crash of plane winging from New York to Rio when she’s supposed to be in Chicago.

Hillier, Jennifer. Jar of Hearts. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250154194. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250154217. CD. THRILLER
Five years ago, rising executive Georgina’s life blew up when her high school boyfriend was arrested for the way-back-when murder of her best friend and she was hauled in for helping to hide the body. Now she’s out of prison and seemingly targeted for revenge. The publisher is expecting a breakout for gorefester Hillier, so watch.

Kepnes, Caroline. Providence. Lenny: Random. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780399591433. $27; ebk. ISBN . CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Escaping from the mad-scientist substitute teacher who kidnapped him, Jon discovers that he now has astonishing powers that endanger those he cares for, including close friend Chloe. Meanwhile, Det. Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus puzzles over a string of inexplicable deaths. From the author of CWA New Blood short-listed You.

Maden, Mike. Tom Clancy Line of Sight. Putnam. Jun. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780735215924. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780735215931. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. SUSPENSE
Two decades ago, Jack Ryan Jr.’s doctor mom saved the eyesight of young Bosnian Aida, injured during the Balkans cataclysm. Now head of a refugee agency for children, Aida has been swept off the streets of Sarajevo, and Jack learns how deeply the war reverberates as he searches for her. Next in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series.

Moriarty, Nicola. Those Other Women. Morrow. Jun. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062657176. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062657190. lrg. prnt. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Bummed out by office politics and betrayal by loved ones, Poppy creates an invitation-only Facebook group that makes her feel confident again until some of the group’s more unpleasant secrets get leaked. From the author of The Fifth Letter, appreciated by readers if not splendidly reviewed; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Nugent, Liz. Lying in Wait. Gallery: S. & S. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781501167775. $24.99. THRILLER
Nugent, who got good attention for her recent debut, Unraveling Oliver, returns with the story of Dublin matriarch Lydia Fitzsimons, whose life is picture-perfect—until son Laurence discovers that their home hides some dark and dirty secrets. Big promotion.

Oates, Joyce Carol. Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense. Mysterious Pr. Grove/Atlantic. Jun. 2018. 20p. ISBN 9780802128102. $26. SHORT STORIES/SUSPENSE
From H.P. Lovecraft in “Night-Gaunts” to a jealous wife’s remaking Russian roulette with Wedgewood teacups to a visualization of Edward Hopper’s Eleven A.M., 1926 as a tug-of war between a naked, high-heeled woman and her murderous married lover, here are six creepy stories from the incomparable Oates.

Paris, B.A. Bring Me Back. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250151339. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 978125015135. CD. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
A British couple motoring through France stop for gas, and when the husband returns his wife has vanished—forever. Ten years later, he’s engaged to his wife’s sister, and the questions start churning. From the buzzing-big, internationally best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors.

Pearl, Matthew. The Dante Chamber. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781594204937. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780525558958. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. THRILLER/LITERARY
Five years after the Boston-based, Inferno-inspired killings of Pearl’s The Dante Club, mayhem inspired by Purgatory rocks London, and poet Christina Rossetti so dreads that violence will be visited upon Dante-impassioned brother Gabriel that she asks Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to sort out the literary clues.

Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child. The Pharaoh Key. Grand Central. Jun. 2018. NAp. ISBN 9781455525829. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455525805. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538713938. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Terminally ill Gideon Crew is shocked when a former employer disappears. Then he learns that the final project of her now shuttered lab involved translating an ancient stone tablet, with repercussions that could save Gideon’s life—or end it with a bang. From the relentless New York Times best-selling authors.

Reardon, Bryan. The Real Michael Swann. Dutton. Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781524742324. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524742331. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Michael Swann is phoning wife Julia from New York’s Penn Station when a bomb wrecks the station, and suddenly Michael is nowhere to be found. After frantically posting missing-persons fliers, Julia learns that he’s been spotted, so why isn’t he answering her calls? Following the equally timely New York Times best-selling Finding Jake.

Robards, Karen. The Moscow Deception: An International Spy Thriller. Mira: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780778330745. $26.99. THRILLER/ESPIONAGE
Already targeted by a bunch of irate assassins, Bianca St. Ives gets a tough new assignment: steal back King Priam’s Treasure, invaluable artifacts stolen by the Soviets during World War II, and return it to Germany. Second in a new series launched by the New York Times best-selling Robards with The Ultimatum.

Sacks, Michelle. You Were Made for This. Little, Brown. Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316475402. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316475433. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316518284. Downloadable. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Cheerfully baking, gardening, and watching over young son Conor, Merry looks to be content with her marriage to aspiring filmmaker Sam. But on a visit, her best friend senses that something isn’t quite right. A big debut with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Tremblay, Paul. The Cabin at the End of the World. Morrow. Jun. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062679109. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062679123. THRILLER/PSYCHOLOGICAL
Seven-year-old Wen is vacationing with parents Eric and Andrew at an isolated New Hampshire cabin when strangers approach, carrying scary-looking objects and telling her, “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.” From a Bram Stoker Award winner.

Villareal. Raymond A. A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jun. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780316561686. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316561655. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316445146. Downloadable. THRILLER/SUPERNATURAL
Calling themselves gloamings, the vampire-like creatures stalking out of the morgues after a virus sweeps the country are so beautiful and capable and soon so socially prominent that folks are willing to risk death to be like them. Villareal starts his writing career with a 40,000-copy first printing.

Woods, Stuart. Untitled. Putnam. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780735219199. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735219212. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
No title, no plot details, but all Stone Barrington, as Woods’s behind-the-scenes guy handles touchy cases for the government and the elite. Note that he’s coming up on his 50th case.

Zhou Haohu. Death Notice. Doubleday. Jun. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780385543323. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 978038554333. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
In the Sichuan city of Chengdu, a manifesto appears asking inhabitants to recommend targets deserving of retributive killing by the self-styled Eumenides. The first victim is the presumably respectable police officer Sgt. Zheng Haoming. An English-language debut from one of China’s top suspense writers.

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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