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James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux. (1/02/18)

Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux tangles with mighty mob boss Tony Nemo, celebrity author Levon Broussard, and New Orleans golden boy Jimmy Nightengale, whom Nemo wants to make a US senator.

FLAWED CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORYLINE/INTENSIFYING PACE/LITERARY-QUALITY WRITING/GRITTY&REALISTIC

A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. (1/02/18)

Hot psychological thriller debut being compared in intensity and twistedness to Gone Girl & Girl on the Train, also in film development. Finn’s heroine hides away in her NY apartment looking out her window at her neighbors across the way. Then she sees, or think she sees, something shocking.

GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER WITH TWISTY STORYLINE/MEZMERIZING CHARACTERS/SMOOTH WRITING

    • Gregg Hurwitz’s Hellbent. (1/30/18)

Evan Smoak is Orphan X trained to be an unacknowledged government assassin and now working to help the truly desperate. In this third in a hot new series, he’s tasked by his old boss with protecting the program’s final recruit, targeted when the new head plans to obliterate the remaining assets.

AUTHENTIC CHARACTER WITH A CODE/THRILLER W/HIGH TECH GADGETS AND NON-STOP ACTION/EXCELLENT STORY TELLING

Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You is back in and working for the wealthy Gopnicks in NY, swearing to maintain her relationship with Ambulance Sam back home, when the Gopnicks’ social whirl introduces her to a man reminding her of her past.

CHARACTER-DRIVEN RELATIONSHIP STORY/DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER MADE ACCESSIBLE WITH MEMORABLE UNIQUE, CHARACTERS/READ IN ORDER–ME BEFORE YOU FIRST!

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s City of Endless Night. (1/16/18)

With NYC overrun by a serial killer who decapitates his victims, Lt. CDS Vincent D’Agosta is especially happy when FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned to the case.

ACTION-PACKED TWISTING PLOTS/SYMPATHETIC PROTAGONISTS PITTED AGAINST HUMAN OR INHUMAN EVILS /ATMOSPHERIC REAL-WORLD SETTINGS

J.D. Robb’s Dark in Death. (1/30/18)

Eve Dallas puzzles over a series of homicides which may be taken from a popular mystery author’s books in Robb’s 46th In Death title.

ENDEARING MAIN CHARACTERS WITH COLORFUL SUPPORTING CAST/SUSPENSEFUL, SEXY AND SOLID PROCEDURAL SERIES/BELIEVABLE FUTURE SETTING

4046754 (284×432)Danielle Steel’s Fall From Grace. (1/23/18)

Newly widowed Sydney Wells is left out of her husband’s will. His sudden death means that everything goes to his conniving daughter and Sydney must start from scratch.

GLAMOROUS CHARACTERS AND EXTRAVAGANT SETTINGS/ENGROSSING RELATIONSHIP STORIES/DRAMATIC AND SENSUAL TONE

Stuart Woods’s Unbound. (1/02/18)

Stone Barrington is pulled along for the ride when a friend pursues a perilous course of vengeance.

CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER/COMPELLING PAGE-TURNER/STRONG CHARISMATIC LEAD CHARACTER & JET SETTING PLACES

Lisa Gardner’s Look for Me. (2/06/18)

Det. D.D. Warren is investigating a case where a family has been brutally murdered, and the 16-year-old daughter is missing. Is she killer, kidnap victim, or lucky escapee?

COMPELLING AND TWISTING STORYLINES/RELATABLE CHARACTERS/SUSPENSEFUL, WELL-DEVELOPED SERIES

4074997 (257×389)James Grippando’s A Death in Live Oak (2/06/18)

Jack Swytek finds uncomfortable parallels to a 1944 lynching as he defends someone of a racial murder and suspects a conspiracy.

FAST-PACED/COMPELLING CHARACTERS/GRIPPING ACTION-ORIENTED STORY

Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone (2/13/18)

In 1974, 13-year-old Leni Albright’s unsettled Vietnam vet dad moves her and her family to Alaska where summer is golden but trouble comes with the winter snows as Leni’s Father becomes increasingly unbalanced.

CHARACTER-DRIVEN FOCUS ON FAMILY/MULTI-FACETED AND RELATABLE CHARACTERS/UNIVERSAL AND TOPICAL ISSUES

4074721 (284×432)Jonathan Kellerman’s Night Moves (2/13/18)

Alex Delaware and Det. Milo Sturgis’s case investigates a mutilated corpse of a stranger in someone’s home.

WELL-DEVELOPED,ENDEARING CHARACTERS/COMPELLING PACE/COMPLEX AND CREATIVE STORY

Sophie Kinsella’s Surprise Me (2/13/18)

Married couple Dan and Sylvie have been happy together for ten years and really want to keep their marriage exciting while dealing with a secret from the past. NOT SHOPAHOLIC SERIES

LIGHT-HEARTED CONTEMPORARY ROMP//TRENDY URBAN SETTINGS/VIBRANT RELIABLE CHARACTERS

4079237 (259×389)Laura Lippman’s Sunburn (2/20/18)

Taking her inspiration from James M. Cain, Lippman sets her latest suspense title in a Delaware tavern where a couple having an affair so tempestuous and grounded in secrets that when a suspicious death occurs, it’s hard to figure out how they can be implicated.

ENGAGING CHARACTERS/SUSPENSEFUL, WELL-DEVELOPED PLOT

James Patterson and Candice Fox’s Fifty Fifty (2/19/18)

In the series Never Never 2nd entry, Detective Harriet Blue is certain that her brother is incapable of having committed three horrific crimes. Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Harry attends Sam’s hearing. The outburst she unleashes earns her a reassignment–to the Outback.

WOMEN IN JEOPARDY & IN CHARGE/SHORT CHAPTERS AND DIALOGUE DRIVE PLOT-CENTERED STORYLINE/RELENTLESS PACE

Lisa Genova’s Every Note Played (3/20/18)

From the bestselling author of Still Alice, an exploration of what it means to find peace and forgiveness in an already tortured relationship, now faced with the ultimate challenge.

COMPELLING RELATIONSHIP FICTION/MEDICAL SUBJECT MATTER (ALS)/COMPLEX CHARACTERS

Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant (3/13/18)

Flight attendant Cassandra Bowden, an frequent binge drinker, wakes up in her hotel room in Dubai to find the man she slept with dead – murdered. Instead of telling the truth, she begins to lie, while desperately trying to figure out – could she have done it?

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER/ENGROSSING PLOT/INTERNATIONAL SETTINGS

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Anna Quindlen’s Alternate Side (3/20/18)

The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence. A provocative novel about money, class, and self-discovery.

FAMILY DRAMA/NEW YORK CITY LIFE/SLOW BURN WITH A TWIST

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Steve Berry’s The Bisohp’s Pawn (3/20/18)

Former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone uncovers a disturbing link between a case from his past and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. that risks innocent lives and threatens the legacy of the Civil Rights movement’s iconic martyr.

CONTEMPORARY EVENTS JUXTAPOSED WITH HISTORICAL/POLITICAL THRILLER/FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVE


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Lisa Scottoline’s After Anna (4/10/18)

How do you cope when your beloved daughter is dead and your new husband is accused of the murder? Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue.

PAGE-TURNER/SUBURBAN LIFE & HIGH SCHOOL SETTING/LEGAL THRILLER/

4088208 (286×432)Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth (4/10/18)

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.

POLICE DRAMA/ACTION & VIOLENCE/INTENSE/ MORALLY COMPLEX

4086298 (394×600)Iris Johansen’s Shattered Mirror (4/24/18)

Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor, is embroiled in a deadly game of intrigue after receiving a skull and instructions for its reconstruction, a project that reveals the story of a beautiful woman whose identical twin’s life is in danger.

FORENSIC THRILLER/FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS/ACTION-PACKED ENDING

4081171 (286×432)Curtis Sittenfeld’s You Think It, I’ll Say It (4/24/18)

Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. Rave reviews, even from those who don’t like short stories!

SHARPLY OBSERVED SOCIAL COMMENTARY/BITINGLY FUNNY/TIMELY SUBJECT MATTER