Thursday, 6 January 2011

Books to look forward to from Pan MacMillian

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin is a crime novel set in the deep south where an unspoken secret hanging over the lives of two men has a rippling effect when a drug dealer is murdered, a young girl goes missing and an event that took place over twenty years ago comes back to haunt the men. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is due for publication in January 2011.

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves sees the return of Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope. The body of a young woman has been found in a sauna with marks around her throat. As they investigate her death they find a link to a shocking case involving social services and a young child. However, things are not that clear cut. Silent Voices is due to be published in February 2011.

David Hewson’s Detective Nic Costa returns in The Fallen Angel. In The Fallen Angel Detective Costa investigates the death of British academic Malise Gabriel who fell to his death. But with the family all refusing to co-operate he may not get to the truth of the death. The Fallen Angel is due for publication in February 2011.

Cure is the latest medical thriller by Robin Cook and it is due to be published in February 2011. Laurie Montgomery has returned to work in the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office after her son’s fatal illness is in remission. Her first case back involves organised crime and two start-up bio-tech companies. Against the advice of those around her she is determined to solve the mystery especially when a Kyoto University researcher dies on a crowed New York subway platform. However there are those who would like her to drop the investigation and will stop at nothing to ensure that she does including harming those close to her.

Two families with deep ties to the military and friendship find it all unravelling when some one is shot after a harrowing tour of Iraq. In The Name of Honour is by Richard North Patterson and is due for release in February 2011.

The debut historical fiction novel A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake is due to be published in March. Set in 1740 when George II is King, the wife of a squire has been found with her throat slashed. Coroner Titus Cragg with the help of his friend Doctor Luke Fidelis investigate the brutal murder but are hindered not only by the superstition of the witnesses and obstruction from local officers but also from the woman’s husband as well who does not appear to want his wife’s murder solved.

Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan series returns with The Night Season which sees Detective Archie Sheridan and his team investigating a child-killer who has links to his old foe Gretchen Lowell. Meanwhile Journalist Susan Ward begins an investigation when the skeleton of a young man who was murdered over fifty years ago is found. A link is found between the murdered boy, Sheridan’s case and a fifty year old conspiracy which gives it new urgency. The Night Season will be published in March 2011.

David Jackson’s Pariah was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. New York detective Callum Doyle is not having a good day. His partner has been found murdered and another cop that he works with is also brutally killed. It seems that no one that he works with is safe and that includes his family. But how far will he go to get his life back? Pariah is due to be published in March 2011.
Simon Brett’s Fethering series returns with Bones under the Beach Hut which sees his two sleuths investigate when human remains are found under the beach huts in the affluent seaside resort of Smalting. After the bones have been identified long-hidden secrets and ghosts of the past are resurrected with varying results. Bones under the Beach Hut is due to be published in March 2011.

Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith is a novel about a kidnapping and how far a parent will go to get their child back. When the nineteen year-old daughter of the heir of a major global oil producer is kidnapped, the parent calls on the formidable owner of the company contracted to handle all the oil company’s security to help get her back. Those in peril is due for publication in April 2011.

The second volume of Grant Sutherland’s Decipherer’s Chronicles - The Hawks of London is due to be published in April 2011. Alistair Douglas is on the hunt for two dangerous men and is using the Decipherers’ network to aid him but with few leads. However, he is sent to Paris on a new job and there he finds himself with the duty to persuade a radical writer and politician to return to London under his own volition. But there is serious rebellion afoot and what was to be a relatively easy task turns into a battle to flush out a traitor.

When Boston attorney agrees to help defend the son of a notorious mobster he is not only putting his reputation on the line but also hoping to clear up some corruption along the way. But when BPD Detective Long is called to a murder and the victim is identified, it is soon clear that for Finn to find the truth he will have to wade through a trail of murder, betrayal and revenge where someone does not want to forgive or forget. Next of Kin is by David Hosp and is due to be published in April 2011.

Little Girl Lost is the standalone novel by Brian McGilloway better known for his Inspector Devlin series. Amidst a winter blizzard a young girl is found wandering with blood on her hands. It is not her blood. Unwilling or unable to talk she only trusts the young Detective Sergeant who found her DS Lucy Vaughan. Transferred from a high profile case to deal with the young girl and find out who she is. Vaughan has her work cut out not in the least because of her own family problems that she is trying to grapple with which includes the fact that the churlish Assistant Chief Constable is her own mother, but also because it seems that the case of the young girl and the kidnapping are linked. Little Girl Lost is due to be released in May 2011.

The Thieves Labyrinth is the third novel in James McCreet’s Victorian crime series. Lives and reputations are at stake when an audacious theft is committed at the port. Inspector Newsome, Ex-police detective George Williamson and Noah Dyson all become involved in the matter. But who is Eldritch Batchem and how does he fit into what is happening? Soon all them find themselves following a grisly trail through the dark passages of Victorian London. The Thieves Labyrinth is to be published in May 2011.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace returns in Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James. When Carly Mallory is involved in an accident she is not the only one. Also involved is a long-distance lorry driver and another who does not hang around for the police to arrive. The casualty is a young boy who was knocked off his bike and killed. When someone starts to take revenge by killing the other two drivers involved it is up to DS Grace to ensure that more blood is not shed and that Mallory is not the final victim. Dead Man’s Grip is due to be published in June 2011.

Breaking Silence is the third book in Linda Castillo’s series to feature Kate Burkholder. In Breaking Silence Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to an Amish farm where a family has been found drowned in a hog pit leaving four children orphans. But was it an accident? As Burkholder once again joins forces with Agent John Tomasetti it seems as if someone has it in for the Amish community. As Burkholder gets closer to the family something does not feel right and soon what appeared to be a tragic incident turns into much more.
Manhunt by James Barrington finds ex-naval aviator Paul Ritcher being used to bait a trap to flush out a rouge senior intelligence officer. When new evidence points in another direction Ritcher battles to keep not only himself alive but also the Russian intelligence officer who revealed the new evidence and all this against Russian assassins and the British security establishment. Manhunt will be published in June 2011.

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