It should have been a cosy scene log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realises that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence . . . 'The characterizations are unfailingly sharp and subtle' New York Times 'A definite contender for fiction's new top cop' Independent on Sunday 'Watch for those twists they'll get you every time' IAN RANKIN
It’s February, and Carnival time in Venice. Bright blue skies and freezing temperatures welcome Teresa Lupo, forensic pathologist to the Rome Questura, to the city. She is greeted off the vaporetto by an anonymous masked man dressed as The Plague Doctor. Teresa has taken time out from her job to find her beloved bohemian aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared. There seem to be no clues as to her whereabouts, but a visit to Sofia’s very strange apartment in the Dorsoduro confirms Teresa’s suspicions that all is not well. The puzzle deepens when a letter reveals a piece of fiction in which both Sofia and Teresa appear. Even more strange, are the links to Venetian culture which gradually begin to surface. Are the messages being sent by Sofia herself? Her abductor? Or a third party seeking to help her unravel the mystery? The revelation when it comes is as surprising and shocking as Sofia’s fate. And Teresa herself comes to depend upon the unravelling of a mystery wrapped deep inside the art and culture of Venice itself. Praise for The Fallen Angel 'Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE FALLEN ANGEL weaves a spell that will entrap you until the final page. David Hewson's Rome is dark and tantalizing, seductive and dangerous, a place here present-day crimes ring with the echoes of history' Tess Gerritsen, author of The Killing Place
Don’t imagine for one moment that I’m not watching you. . . The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender . . . Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced? When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past - a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still apparently happy together - he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim . . .
He thinks he sees a flash of emotion in her eyes. Sympathy? Then it’s gone. ‘Whatever you think this is going to be like,’ she whispers, ‘it’s going to be worse.’ When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim – the man in charge of hunting her down – she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after ten days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan from the brink of death and hand herself in? Two years on, Archie now returns to lead the search for a new killer, whose recent attacks on teenage girls have left the city of Portland reeling. Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. But can Archie finally manage to confront the demons of his past without being consumed by them? ‘Dark, distressing and disturbing . . . Just pray you never meet Gretchen’ Val McDermid ‘What may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read!’ Tess Gerritsen ‘Move over Thomas Harris, there’s a new kid on the block . . . Compelling, highly believable and very sexy' Daily Mirror
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least, that’s the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful young Brighton socialite, Katie Bishop. Soon, Grace starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once. Has someone stolen his identity, or is he simply a very clever liar? As Grace digs deeper behind the facade of the Bishops’ outwardly respectable lives, it starts to become clear that all is not at all as it first seemed. And then he digs just a little too far, and suddenly the fragile stability of his own troubled, private world is facing destruction . . . Praise for Looking Good Dead: 'James is a master plotter . . . this follow-up to Dead Simple cannot fail to thrill' Daily Mail 'I couldn't put it down . . . even better than the first' Independent
Known by his alias, “Oliver Stone,” John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who hid the truth of Stone’s past and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But Stone’s freedom has come at a steep price; the assassinations he carried out have prompted the highest levels of the United States Government to unleash a massive manhunt. Joe Knox is leading the charge, but his superiors aren’t telling him everything there is to know about his quarry—and their hidden agendas are just as dangerous as the killer he’s trying to catch. Meanwhile, with their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club must fend for themselves, even as they try to protect him. As Knox closes in, Stone’s flight from the demons of his past will take him far from Washington, D.C., to the coal-mining town of Devine, Virginia—and headlong into a confrontation every bit as lethal as the one he is trying to escape.
David Wolfe is an ambitious former homicide prosecutor who is planning to run for Congress. A political dinner for the Israeli Prime Minister is hosted by his current girlfriend, Carole Shorr, a liberal supporter of both the Palestinian and Israeli causes. But when David receives a call from Hana Ashawi, a Palestinian woman who was David's classmate at Harvard Law School, he is rattled. Hana was more than a peer she was his lover. When, furthermore, the Israeli Prime Minister is assassinated, apparently by Hana's partner, David finds himself thrown into a situation with enormous global, political and emotional implications. 'An astonishing book, ahugely entertaining human drama that also offers remarkable insight into the lethal conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Richard North Patterson has outdone himself Exile is his best novel yet.' BILL CLINTON 'If you like political thrillers with a legal dimension this is a fine example of the genre: a strong story about a real dilemma with colourful characters' Daily Mail 'Every now and then but a lot more rarely than that implies you come across a thriller so important that it abolutely demands to be read. This is one...' The Times
David Trevellyan takes a lonely latenight walk between a restaurant and his New York City hotel. A familiar huddled shape in the mouth of an alley catches his eye. A homeless man has been shot dead. As David steps forward, a police car arrives. And a second too late he realizes he’s been set up. Trevellyan isn’t worried. He’s a survivor from the shadowy world of Royal Navy Intelligence. He’s been in and out of trouble a thousand times before. But when the police hand the case to the FBI, he’s sucked deeper into the system. With no idea who is friend and who is foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy, which spans from wartorn Iraq to the very heart of the USA. He knows that the price of failure will be death, but the reward for success will be redemption – for himself as well as for the huddled corpse from the alley. His motivation is his cherished lifelong belief: you don’t get mad – you get EVEN. 'Brilliantly plotted and smart, and delivers the bonejarring kick of a .45' Jeffery Deaver
After their thrilling exploits in Matthew Reilly’s bestseller Seven Ancient Wonders, supersoldier Jack West and his loyal team of adventurers are back, and now they face an allbut impossible challenge. For a mysterious ceremony in an unknown location has triggered a catastrophic countdown that will climax in the destruction of all life on Earth. But there is one last hope. If Jack’s team can find and rebuild a legendary ancient device known only as the “Machine”, they might be able to ward off this coming Armageddon. The only clues to its location, however, are held within the fabled Six Sacred Stones, long lost in the fog of history. And so the hunt begins . . . From Stonehenge in England, to the deserts of Egypt, to the spectacular Three Gorges region of China, The Six Sacred Stones will take you on a nonstop rollercoaster ride through ancient history, modern military hardware, and some of the fastest and most mindblowing action you will ever read.
I WANT THEM TO SUFFER, AND I WANT THEM DEAD ... Carly Chase is traumatised ten days asfter being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. The student had deadly connections. Connections that stretch across the Atlantic. Someone has sworn revenge and won't rest until the final person involved in that fatal accident is dead. The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change identity. The terrified woman disagrees - she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere. If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready ...
Cooler than Bond. Deadlier than Bourne. The second spy thriller in the David Trevellyan series. Obliged to leave New York City in the aftermath of his previous mission, David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago. To the same office where, just a week before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. Assigned the task of finding the rogue agent, and putting an end to his treacherous scheme, Trevellyan soon finds that once again his only hope of saving countless innocence lives lies not within the system, but in his instinctive believe – you’re bound to do what’s right, whatever the personal cost may be.
4 NAMES YOU WON'T FORGET JENS LAPIDUS is an international phenomenon and EASY MONEY is his explosive first novel: a dark, urban tale of drugs, violence, greed, ambition and the twisted justice of Stockholm's underworld . . . JORGE is the drug-dealing Latino who refuses to stay behind bars. MRADO is the pill-popping Yugoslav hitman who cracks people's fingers with one hand and strokes his daughter's cheek with the other. JW is the wannabe wide-boy who works the night shift to fund his partying with his wealthy friends. Jorge, Mrado and JW have two things in common: a love of money and a belief that the city's coke scene is the way to get it. But soon they are united by another, more important goal: revenge. And things are about to get bloody.
Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Centers premier scientist. Their cutting edge research could revolutionize health care; creating replacement organs. Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will not only be given the chance to fulfil her professional ambitions but also maybe finally all push aside memories of her difficult, abusive childhood. However, tragedy strikes in the lab. Pia, with the help of infatuated classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospitals supposedly secure biosafety lab. Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they have found another lodestone in the nations multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control the data and make a killing. And as Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab, matters become increasingly suspicious . . .
New York, 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder. He stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Tom has little choice but to accept his assurance of a lighter sentence. After Tom is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence would be to reveal his true identity something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves. Meanwhile, the young woman in question travels to New York, leaving their son behind in England, having decided she'll do whatever it takes to find the man she was to marry unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter. A letter that has remained unopened on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year. In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan. Join the great storyteller on a journey where there are no stop signs, no cul-de-sacs and no dead ends.
Danny and Spencer were born on different sides of the track. Danny leaves Clement Attlee Comprehensive School at the age of 15 to take up a job at a local garage. Spencer a graduate of Cambridge University. After leaving university he becomes a criminal barrister and is soon tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation.
Bierce was a happily married cop. Then his wife and their young son were savagely beaten to death. Bierce was convicted of their murders. Languishing on Death Row twenty-three years later, inexplicably released, he teams up with the beautiful, half-Chinese Alice Loong, who guides him through the confusing new world of the twenty-first century.
"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading." -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her employer. Madden feels he owes it to Rosa to find her killer and pushes the investigation, uncovering her connection to a murdered Parisian furrier, a member of the Resistance, and a stolen cache of diamonds.
Delivering the atmospheric writing and compelling characters that have already established Rennie Airth as a master of suspense as well as style, this long-awaited third installment in the John Madden series is historical crime writing at its best.
I CAN ERADICATE ALL DISEASES . . . John and Naomi Klaesson are devastated after the death of their child from a rare genetic disorder. More than anything they want another, but the chances of their next child being born with the same defect are high. I CAN GIVE YOU THE CHILD YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED . . . Then they hear about Doctor Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease, and so begins their journey. I CAN MAKE PERFECT PEOPLE . . . They should have known something was wrong when they saw the list. Choose the eye colour, hair, great sporting ability. They can design their child. Now its too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant, and already something is wrong
When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa rapidly comes to realize that there is much more to the accident than he had first thought. It also becomes apparent that Malise's family mysterious and tragic daughter Mina, stoic wife Cecilia and troubled son Robert may be keeping vital information hidden. Nic becomes obsessed with the case, and is especially intrigued by Mina's story which seems to be linked with the sixteenth centurylegend of a young Italian noblewoman, Beatrice Cenci. As the investigation deepens, Rome's dark and seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. Costa realizes that the key to the truth lies with the Gabriels. Why are they so unwilling to cooperate, and who, or what, is the reason for their silence?
Annabelle is a beautiful stranger with a mysterious past. When, Jonathan DeHaven, the head of the Rare Books Division at a Library, is found dead by a member of the Camel Club, two conspiracies are destined to meet as the Club determines to track down the dead man's long-lost wife - and Annabelle decides to avenge the death of her ex-husband.
For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him . . . For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the citys greatest love story between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable. For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.
David Ash detective of the paranormal is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case: a man has been found crucified in a room that was locked. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted . . . Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods? And why are the castles inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen? . . . what Ash eventually discovers is truly shocking. Featuring one of Herberts best-loved characters, first encountered in The Ghosts of Sleath and Haunted, Ash is a ghost story like no other, that will chill you to the marrow . . .