Fierce Kingdom: A Novel by Gin PhillipsSuspense Fiction. After a pleasant afternoon at the zoo, Joan realizes that the loud noises she'd heard were actually gunshots -- human bodies litter the park's entrance, and at least one armed man stands between her and freedom. She grabs her four-year-old and finds cover, but with an antsy, hungry preschooler, even the best hiding place won't last forever, and Joan must soon make a move. Their harrowing ordeal moves lightning-fast, taking place over only three hours. Like Rosamund Lipton's Afterwards, Fierce Kingdom considers what a mother will do to protect her children.
Final Girls: A Novel by Riley SagerPsychological Suspense. The lone survivor of a serial killer's massacre a decade earlier, Quincy Carpenter has finally built a relatively normal life when she hears that another lone survivor (a "final girl" in horror movie parlance) has died. A third has emerged from hiding to land on Quincy's doorstep. Quincy -- who remembers little of her ordeal and gets through the day with the help of her baking blog and Xanax -- finds that a new nightmare is just beginning. Written by an established author under a pseudonym, this "debut" is a nerve-wracking, unsettling read.
by Don Winslow
Suspense Fiction. All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.
He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.
What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.
Lola: A Novel by Melissa Scrivner LoveCrime Fiction. Though she plays the role of submissive girlfriend to a South Central LA gang leader, Lola Vasquez is actually the gang's true boss. When their shot at making it big goes very, very wrong, she'll have to put all her resources towards keeping her people safe from a Mexican drug cartel out for blood. Gritty and fast-paced, this gangland-set novel touches on issues of class, race, and gender and offers "one of crime fiction's most captivating protagonists yet" (Library Journal).
Razor Girl: A Novel by Carl HiaasenCrime Caper. Although this is the 2nd novel to feature former cop Andrew Yancy (now on the payroll as a member of the roach patrol), you needn't have read the prior one (Bad Monkey) to enjoy the antics he gets reluctantly involved in. Opening with a scam artist's very...unique...way of snaring marks, this offbeat crime caper involves a case of mistaken identity, a bigoted reality TV star, stolen sand, a very large engagement ring, property issues, an addictive male-enhancement potion (with unfortunate side-effects), and too many sub-plots to count.
Midnight Sun: A Novel by Jo NesbøScandinavian Crime Fiction. Calling himself Ulf, failed hitman Jon is hiding from his vindictive former employer in a tiny village in Norway's Arctic Circle. Seeking shelter in the church that houses a religious sect, he meets a grieving widow and her young son, who offer not just friendship but shelter and protection as well. But though he's found something to live for, Ulf is very aware that he's still being hunted. Less violent than author Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole series (not to mention a shorter read), this is a follow-up of sorts to Blood on Snow.
The Cartel: A Novel by Don WinslowSuspense Fiction. This long-anticipated sequel to 2005's The Power of the Dog catches us up on DEA agent Art Keller's life: he's become a beekeeper for a New Mexico monastery. But when his nemesis, cartel leader Adán Barrera, escapes from a Mexican prison, Keller is drawn back into the world to stop the escalating violence between cartels. At nearly 600 pages, this is an epic tale, not only taking on personal vendettas but incorporating the very real damage done to bystanders in Mexican drug wars. (Don't miss Don Winslow's latest, The Force, which published in June).
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