1: Supreme Justice(ARC) – Max Allan Collins: Could an individual or group be trying to tip the balance of the Supreme Court by killing justices? As soon as I heard the setup of Supreme Justice, I knew I wanted to publish it. Inspired by the same modern-day polarized political environment that makes House of Cards so captivating, it’s the kind of scary, thought-provoking concept from which great thrillers are made.
But Supreme Justice is more than just a good concept. It’s a deftly constructed, fast-paced story by one of the most decorated and esteemed American mystery writers. Best known for Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins is the author of more than 100(!) books and the winner of too many awards to list here.
One of the things I love about Supreme Justice is the pair of compelling sleuths working the case: Joseph Reeder is a former Secret Service officer and an expert in kinesics—the science of facial expressions and body language—which gives him a Sherlock Holmes–like ability to notice what other people don’t. A hero for taking a bullet for a president, he is also ostracized from the government after sharing his dislike for the very leader he saved.
Then there’s Patti Rogers, a driven FBI agent who gets paired with Reeder for the first time on this high-profile case. She faces the most interesting, challenging, and emotionally wracking decision in the book: should she put her job and her life on the line out of loyalty to a partner she’s known for only a matter of days?
As they wade into the case of the murdered justice, their journey is a breathtaking inside-the-Beltway page-turner from a master of mystery.
2: World of Trouble(ARC) – Ben H. Winters: Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series. With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank’s safety is only relative, and his only relative—his sister Nico—isn’t safe. Soon, it’s clear that there’s more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it’s up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone.
3: The Book of Souls(ARC) – James Oswald: Each year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean’s fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake, and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree.
It’s now twelve years later. A fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut.
Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more frightening explanation?
McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again . . .
4: The Ways of The Dead(ARC) – Neely Tucker: Sarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C. judge, is dead, her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the Capitol. Though the police promptly arrest three local black kids, newspaper reporter Sully Carter suspects there’s more to the case. Reese’s slaying might be related to a string of cold cases the police barely investigated, among them the recent disappearance of a gorgeous university student.
A journalist brought home from war-torn Bosnia and hobbled by loss, rage, and alcohol, Sully encounters a city rife with its own brand of treachery and intrigue. Weaving through D.C.’s broad avenues and shady backstreets on his Ducati 916 motorcycle, Sully comes to know not just the city’s pristine monuments of power but the blighted neighborhoods beyond the reach of the Metro. With the city clamoring for a conviction, Sully pursues the truth about the murders—all against pressure from government officials, police brass, suspicious locals, and even his own bosses at the paper.
A wry, street-smart hero with a serious authority problem, Sully delves into a deeply layered mystery, revealing vivid portraits of the nation’s capital from the highest corridors of power to D.C.’s seedy underbelly, where violence and corruption reign supreme—and where Sully must confront the back-breaking line between what you think and what you know, and what you know and what you can print. Inspired by the real-life 1990s Princeton Place murders and set in the last glory days of the American newspaper, The Ways of the Dead is a wickedly entertaining story of race, crime, the law, and the power of the media. Neely Tucker delivers a flawless rendering of a fast-paced, scoop-driven newsroom—investigative journalism at its grittiest.