Getting Away with Murder. Short Story Collection.: Crime Thriller.
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Legendary master storyteller Stephen King is at his best in this collection of short works delivering chilling stories on a multitude of themes including morality, the afterlife, guilt and, of course, death. What makes this collection so special is each story is prefaced with a note from King on when, why and how he came to write each one, giving a fascinating insight into his writing process. But now, in a wonderfully unique collection, eleven of these previously unseen investigations are uncovered in true anarchic style.
Fans of the Bryant and May series will also enjoy an exclusive look into the Peculiar Crimes Unit and more insider treats. Poe is a master of the grotesque and never fails to surprise with his short stories, which are a celebration of horror, madness, violence and the darkness of humanity. His uniqueness of imagination shines through every tale and his cracking characters and tumultuous twists and turns of the narrative will keep you on the edge of your seat. A collection to enjoy again and again. Offshore by Ann Cleeves.
Eight islands, all off the coast of the UK, are the settings for the eight strikingly different cases featured in this collection. Capturing the spirit of each island, an array of detectives unearth secrets, lies and hidden truths. Here, Resnick is reprieved in twelve bite-sized stories, including two which have never been published before. Stranded by Val McDermid. Val McDermid is a force of nature of crime writing and this volume is no different. Have we missed a criminally good collection of crime short stories? Let us know in the comments below….
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There is no need to resubmit your comment. Both cases tie into an America beset by new forms of old prejudices, for a work of fiction bound to be as thoughtful as it is thrilling.
Nava, one of the best and most prolific gay crime fiction writers we have, is back with a new Henry Rios novel. This one is set in , with Rios fresh out of rehab and trying to learn to live without his old habits. When he reluctantly takes a job as an insurance investigator, he finds himself with a case which paralells his own struggles in deep and unsettling ways.
This new collection of short fiction by acclaimed horror and suspense writer Joe Hill proves that Hill can do it all, with tales inspired by mythology, fairy tales, life on the road, and of course, the eeriest bodies of water—lakes. Did we mention that we find lakes creepy? What are they hiding?!?! Always getting roped into conflicts a little improbably big for a Monday morning.
If only justice were so easy, solvable or deliverable with vengeance in pages. When an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city of Boston as his legacy, puzzle-enthusiast and inveterate loner Tuesday Mooney is ready to put all her brainpower towards deciphering the cryptic clues.
Stephen Chbosky first found his way into our hearts with his seminal coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower , which I may or may not have read 20 times during high school during my Rocky Horror Picture Show phase, and his new novel, Imaginary Friend, promises to be just as heart-rending, although in an entirely different way. Channelling echoes of Stephen King, Chbosky takes a mother and son on the run from an abusive patriarch to a small town in Pennsylvania, where the son disappears into the forest and then reemerges with a mission—build a treehouse by Christmas, or face the end of the world.
His series character, Charlie Parker, returns, this time to investigate a murder that may be a sacrifice to an unspeakable horror —an investigation that will take him from Saxon mounds to Southwestern deserts, for one of the most wide-ranging installments in the series yet. In an ode to traditional mysteries with very modern elements of psychological suspense, Banner introduces us to Elise, an herbalist with a perfect husband and a happy home—or so she thinks, until her wedding anniversary, when everything starts to unravel… —MO.
WWI nurse Bess Crawford is asked to carry out a mission on behalf of the crown—to find a man, Lawrence Minton, a broken and angry former officer who has abandoned his responsibilities at the Peace conference. Nearly suicidal, Minton is haunted by something even worse than the war, itself—and it will take all of her energy, and faith, to uncover it. In the new iteration, Block has narrowed the painting selection to American artists.
Sandford has a legitimate claim for being the most purely and reliably entertaining writer in the crime world today, both with his Lucas Davenport series and the spinoff Virgil Flowers books, of which Bloody Genius is the latest barnburner. The new case takes manhunter Flowers to a local college campus where two departments are locked in a bloody, escalating feud. The cloistered, intense environment is rendered perfectly and Sandford displays his usual wit and razor-sharp prose.
Constable Twitten begins an investigation that leads him to a seedy nightclub, which his partner Seargent Brunswich must infiltrate in disguise much to his delight. The investigation, though, would be much easier if their other partner, Inspector Steine, were not so distracted with getting his own wax statue made. But the snags are part of the fun in this delightful, beachside caper. Gerritsen, creator of the beloved and perennially bestselling Rizzoli and Isles mysteries, takes her first crack at gothic suspense with The Shape of Night, a chilling story about a woman who travels to the Maine coast surely either the Mecca or Medina of gothic fiction and finds herself in a house with a troubled history.
Gerritsen is a masterful plotter and her talents honed in decades of crime fiction translate perfectly to the new form, with a slow, satisfying drip of secrets and revelations. This murder mystery cum ghost story has a perfect set-up—in late , as WWI rages on, an armaments manufacturer arranges a seance to contact his sons, both dead at the front. Attending the seaside ceremony are several spiritualists who are not what they seem including a spy sent to hunt down fifth columnists , and when a storm hits the island and someone dies, this historically grounded gothic tale becomes a locked room mystery sure to please fans of traditional mystery and historical fiction alike.
This is vintage Grisham, with one conspiracy folding over another and all the outrages and moral compromises of the legal system exposed. Cassava Republic is one of the coolest indie international presses around, and I read all their releases religiously. Michael Crichton and Daniel H. Wilson, The Andromeda Evolution Harper. When she begins to delve into her past, however, she discovers the mansion once housed a cult-like group from whom she was rescued as a baby.
The Big Book series never fails to deliver on its promise. This latest weighs in at a whopping pages, chock full of stories of murder and intrigue in that most noir of locales: Hollywood. Collected by Otto Penzler and featuring work from crime fiction icons like Hammett and Christie, but also some unexpected gems from writers like Somerset Maugham, the Reel Murders book will provide you with days and days of good reading, as well as a tour through the history of mystery. Alan Furst started out writing perfectly plotted and darkly atmospheric espionage novels set during the lead up to World War II; his novels have taken us ever closer to, then into the midst, of war, and his latest, set during , melds his trademark research and behind-the-scenes settings for a tale of occupied Paris, where French resistance fighters work desperately against their Nazi occupiers, even as a far larger number of their compatriots are collaborating with their new masters.
Kanon specializes in the long after-effects of World War II and the darkest days of the Cold War, and in his latest, Kanon takes us on a revenge mission that will become far more complicated than either pursuer or pursued could have envisioned. The nephew goes on the trail, assisted by a German reporter and an Israeli agent, only to discover a society where Nazis thrive in the open, and where the CIA may have its own agenda when it comes to the pursuit of long-delayed justice.
In this chilling thriller, Arkady Renko, a Moscow-based investigator, is worried about the long absence of his girlfriend, Tatiana Petrovna, a journalist famous for deep-cover assignments that require her to seemingly-vanish. But when she does not return, Renko knows in his heart that something has gone wrong, and starts tracking her down.
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He discovers that she has been working on a piece about a young wealthy man named Mikhail Kuznetsov, a dissenter poised to take on Putin and end decades of political corruption. Now, barely has time to find Tatiana, and bring them both back in from the cold. The Corleones are the first family of the American mafia, and The Godfather details their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. Allegiance to the family as well as greed and power fuel every decision made. Harriet Vanger, a young woman from a wealthy Swedish family, disappears in mysterious circumstances. Forty years later, her uncle hires Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander to uncover the truth of what happened.
Blomkvist, a crusading journalist, and Salander, a year-old tattooed and pierced hacker genius, discover a line of iniquity running through the Vanger family and astonishing corruption in Swedish industrialism. It is there she realizes just how much a part his late wife still plays in life at the estate. The first in the Philip Marlowe series, The Big Sleep introduces Marlowe, a private eye and an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist that epitomizes the hard-boiled detective. Marlowe is hired by General Sternwood to deal with the blackmailer of his young daughter Carmen.
Highsmith introduces two passengers on the same train: Guy Haines, a successful architect amid a divorce, and Charles Anthony Bruno, a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. He says, "Some people are better off dead, like your wife and my father, for instance. Brother William is brought in to investigate the monks of a wealthy Italian abbey suspected of heresy.
Seven bizarre deaths occur, and Brother William turns his sights to a murder investigation. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and finds out "the most interesting things happen at night. The first in the Hannibal Lecter series, Red Dragon introduces Will Graham, the greatest FBI profiler, who still has physical and mental scars from capturing Hannibal Lecter, which threw him into early retirement. Twenty-five years after something terrible happened to one of three young friends, the boys are now men.
Sean is a homicide detective, Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store, and Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay.
Nick, who is husband-of-the-year material, is suddenly evasive. In fact, is someone really a killer? He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone.
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Not a chance in hell. Walter Hartright stumbles upon a mysterious woman dressed all in white on a moonlit London road and becomes embroiled in the sinister machinations of Sir Percival Glyde and his "charming" friend Count Fosco. The Woman in White asks questions of what is identity and insanity as it plays along the corridors of English country homes and the madhouse. How can you have a best crime book list without several from Agatha Christie?
Summoned to a private island off the coast of Devon, ten curious strangers gather at the request of an eccentric millionaire not one of them knows.