Monday, 9 November 2015

Books to look forward to from Transworld Publishing

The Sword of Justice is by Leif G W Persson and is due to be published in January 2016. When gangster lawyer Thomas Eriksson, renowned defender of the guilty, is found brutally murdered in his own home the police face a rare problem. Finding a suspect isn't difficult, but narrowing down the long list of people who wanted Eriksson dead might be...High on the list is the celebrated Detective Superintendent Evert Backstrom, in charge of the investigation. Unfortunately for him a high profile case really gets in the way of his routine, namely avoiding the office, keeping work to a minimum and steering well clear of his inept colleagues - aside from the attractive ones, of course. Luckily, by virtue of his questionable contacts, Backstrom has an unequalled skill for having the guilty handed to him on a plate. All he has to do is break every rule in the book - and receive a healthy wad of cash for his trouble. But this time he's in for a surprise because even Backstrom couldn't have predicted where this trail would lead, or how far from comfortable he might be at its end.

Annika Bengtzon has spent her career telling stories that need to be heard. As a journalist, she's always been at the front line of criminal reporting, side by side with the investigating officers. And now a court case that she's been reporting on - the savage murder of a homeless man - has begun to attract a lot of attention. With the stakes rising by the day, Annika is once again flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging at the back of her mind is her sister's mysterious absence. After a series of anxious text messages, she's not heard another word. In the midst of a tense public situation, Annika's own complicated past looks set to rear its head. Some voices refuse to be silenced.  The Final Word is by Liza Marklund and is due to be published in June 2016.

The river Thames is London's most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no-one can understand how she came to be drowned there. At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place. Soon they discover that the river is giving up other victims, but as the investigation extends from the coast of Libya to the nightclubs of North London, it proves as murkily sinister as the Thames itself. That's only part of the problem; Bryant's rapidly deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case, and he is confined to home. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgement that knocks him out of action and places everyone at risk. With the PCU staff baffled as much by their own detectives as the case, the only people who can help now are the battery of eccentrics Bryant keeps listed in his diary, but will their arcane knowledge save the day or make matters even worse? Soon there's a clear suspect in everyone's sights - the only thing that's missing is any scrap of evidence. As the detectives' disastrous investigation comes unstuck, the whole team gets involved in some serious messing about on the river. In an adventure that's as twisting as the river upon which it's set, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it's over?  Strange Tide is by Christopher Fowler and is due to be published in March 2016.

The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding.  It always is.  But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found.  And it’s not just any body.  Detective Henry Virdee should be home with his wife.  Impending fatherhood should be all that he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk.  He can’t keep himself away.  Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight.  But as the racist motivations of the murder  threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on his head as he discovers what it is like to be on the other side of the law.  Streets of Rage is the debut novel by Amit A Dhand.  It is due to be published in June 2016.

Jean Taylor is the wife of a man labelled a monster. Glen Taylor was accused of heinous crimes, implicated in the disappearance of two-year-old Bella Elliot, snatched from her front garden four years ago. But now he's dead and Jean Taylor is finally ready to tell her story. For the reporter who has secured the exclusive interview, this is the scoop of a lifetime. For the detective who has lived a half-life since he failed to get justice for the lost little girl, it is a chance to uncover the truth that has eluded him for so long. It's time. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.  The Widow is by Fiona Barton and is due to be published in January 2016.

Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the sinuous coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious. Luke is soon fighting against the clock to stave off disaster while being hunted down himself by the sadistic head of one of South America's most powerful and brutal drugs cartels. Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters, Crisis is Frank Gardner's debut novel and it is due to be published in June 2016.

An Obsessed killer carves an audience for his crimes – even advertising them before hand.  As London is gripped by the fear that there is no safety in numbers, ambitious TV reporter Eve Singer is keen to be first with the news from every gory scene – until she starts to suspect that the killer has two obsessions.  One is public murder.  And the other one is her…..  The Beautiful Dead is by Belinda Bauer and is due to be published in May 2016.

He loves her. He loves her not. He's a serial killer. A murderer of young women, all killed in brutal attacks. But despite his conviction, he's always stuck to his story - he's innocent and he's been wrongly imprisoned. And now he wants someone to investigate, and more importantly, to write his story. At first Maggie, a barrister and true-crime writer, is reluctant to even acknowledge his requests, ignoring his letters. But this is a very charismatic and persuasive man, good-looking and intelligent. Eventually even she can't resist his lure...  Daisy in Chains is by Sharon Bolton and is due to be published in June 2016.

Kitty Sweet is in prison, charged with double murder. She's as damaged as she is charismatic, as dangerous as she is charming. And now she's been invited to tell her story, to explain how on earth it came to this. Hers is a story of heartbreak and desperation, of adulation and glamour. Of ruin. She's descended to an underworld that most people can only imagine and she's lived to tell the tale...Meet Kitty.  Exposure is by Ava Marsh and is due to be published in June 2016.
Accidental Gods is by Manda Scott and is due to be published in July 2016.  Capitaine Ines Picaut has only just begun working again. Physically, she has recovered but the fire left invisible scars that are still healing. When a woman is assassinated in the middle of Orleans, Picaut's team are called in. But something isn't adding up. The woman is carrying a fake identity and even Picaut's tech expert Patrice is struggling to unearth the truth. As the mystery deepens, Picaut begins to suspect that her Jane Doe may have links to her team. To one member in particular. But she can't be right, perhaps she has come back to work too early.

The Dying Detective is by Leif G W Persson and is due to be published in June 2016. Retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service Lars Martin Johansson has just suffered a stroke. He is paying the price for a life of excess - stress, good food and fine wine. With his dangerously high blood pressure, his heart could fail at the slightest excitement. In the hospital, a chance encounter with a neurologist provides an important piece of information about a 25-year-old murder investigation and alerts Lars Martin Johansson's irrepressible police instincts. The period for prosecution expired just weeks earlier and that isn't the only limitation. Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime - from his deathbed. 

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