Reichs, Patterson, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2018

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Washington Decree. Dutton. Aug. 2018. 592p. tr. from Danish by Steve Schein. ISBN 9781524742522. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524742546. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Top-of-the-heap crime fiction writer in Denmark, Adler-Olsen set this book in America, where 14-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers is among a group of dedicated campaign works who helped elect Democratic senator Bruce Jansen president. When Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night–by Doggie’s rabid Republican father, no less—Jansen cracks down hard on gun violence and civil rights generally. Written a decade ago and scarily relevant today.

Deutermann, P.T. The Iceman. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250181374. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250181381. THRILLER
Having served as senior staff officer in Washington with longtime service in the U.S. Navy, where he attained the rank of captain, Deutermann returns with a military thriller set during World War II. Karl Alexander Steiner is lieutenant commander of a U.S. submarine with an excellent record of knocking out German U-boats. When his tactics get riskier after a promotion, the crew start to undermine his command.

Gould, Howard Michael. Last Looks. Dutton. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781524742492. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524742515. Downloadable. THRILLER
Screenwriter/playwright Gould, who’s been executive producer and head writer on several TV comedies, offers a sharply funny debut thriller that has fun with Hollywood. Having withdrawn to the woods to atone for a terrible error on a murder case, former LAPD police detective Charlie Waldo is pulled back to investigate when it appears that actor Alastair Pinch, once Royal Shakespeare Company royalty and now a TV bit player and royal drunk, may have murdered his wife.

Greenwood, T. Rust & Stardust. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250164193. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250164216. CD. THRILLER
A San Diego Book Award winner whose titles have sold 250,000 copies, Greenwood is positioned to break out with a literary thriller based on the real-life kidnapping of Sally Horner, which inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Here, the man stalking 11-year-old Sally accosts her after she steals a notebook from Woolworth’s, explaining that he’s an FBI agent who will arrest her unless she does exactly what he says. Big promotion.

Jonasson, Ragnar. Blackout: A Thriller. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781250171054. THRILLER
Even as small-town policeman Ari Thór Arason struggles with a man’s terrible beating death on a sunlit summer night in northern Iceland, ash from a volcanic explosion clouds the sky and a young reporter leaves Reykjavík to investigate the murder on her own. Arason’s third outing, after the successful Snowblind and Nightblind.

Parker, T. Jefferson. Swift Vengeance. Putnam. Aug. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780735212695. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780735212718. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Three-time Edgar Award winner brings back private investigator Roland Ford, who’s working (if uncomfortably) with San Diego–based FBI agent Joan Taucher to track a killer beheading CIA drone operators. It’s personal (a friend of his is in danger), and it’s political; this is domestic terrorism, with notes left behind proclaiming, “Welcome to Caliphornia. This is not the last.”

Patterson, James. Texas Ranger. Little, Brown. Aug. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780316556668. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316556682. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316556699. THRILLER
Having made it from local highway patrolman to Texas Ranger, Rory Yates sees his chances for promotion temporarily stymied by a particularly difficult case and heads to home for some rest and recuperation. Instead, he finds himself a suspect in his ex-wife’s murder. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Rader-Day, Lori. Under a Dark Sky. Morrow. Aug. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062846143. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062560308. $15.99. ebk. ISBN 9780062560315. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
So distraught over the death of her husband that she’s given up both work and hobbies and is starting to alienate her own family, Eden Wallace discovers that he had booked a week at a dark sky park (where no artificial light intrudes) and decides to go herself. But her presumed private guest suite is crowded with rowdy post-college types, and a murder in the night means she must stick it out. A locked-room puzzler from Anthony Award winner Rader-Day; with a 30,000-copy hardcover and 75,000-copy paperback first printing.

Reichs, Kathy. A Conspiracy of Bones. Bantam. Aug. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780399181627. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399181634. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Having sold a ton of books since 1997 and inspired Fox’s longest-running series ever, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns with a host of unexpected upheavals. Her boyfriend has proposed marriage, her boss has died, and the new woman on top, unable to forget some criticism Temperance leveled at her years ago, is keeping Temperance out of the lab. She won’t even let her examine the faceless, handless, organ-less body recently discovered, but does that stop Temperance?

Scottoline, Lisa. Feared: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250099594. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250099617. CD. THRILLER
In this next in the mega-best-selling Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series, Mary DiNunzio is clobbered by her archenemy, lawyer Nick Machiavelli (with that name, how sneaky must he be?), who accuses her father and a family friend of embezzling from the South Philadelphia social club of which they are members. That’s when Mary decides to fight fire with fire. With a one-day laydown on August 14.

Steinhauer, Olen. The Middleman. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781250036179. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250036162. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Two-time Edgar Award finalist Steinhauer, creator of TV’s Berlin Station, offers a stand-alone about a domestic left-wing terrorist group. The story is told from the inside, unfolding from the perspectives of an undercover FBI agent and a writer on the periphery of the group.

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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