Some people might say that April is the cruellest month, but April in 2018 is also a month for lots of new books by bestselling authors available at The Field Library, so if you’re looking for something hot to read as the weather (we hope!) turns to spring, take a look at our upcoming new fiction.
Mary Higgins Clark has been writing thrillers for decades, either in series or as standalone books. She’s skilled at taking ordinary people and putting them in extraordinary situations of danger, all the while keeping things plausible as well as thrilling. Her upcoming book, I’ve Got My Eyes on You, follows that pattern. An 18 year old girl, Kerry, is murdered, her body found fully clothed in the bottom of her family’s swimming pool after a party. Her older sister, Aline, who’s a guidance counselor, is determined to find the truth about who killed Kerry: Kerry’s boyfriend, who fought with her at the party? A neighbor angry at not being invited to the party? Someone else entirely? What Aline doesn’t realize is that her search for the truth might just end up destroying her as it destroyed Kerry.
Lisa Scottoline’s new book is also a stand alone, and also a work of twisty suspense. After Anna starts with a seemingly happy family, Dr. Noah Alderman, his wife Maggie, and his son by his first marriage. True, Maggie still feels regret for the loss of her daughter, Anna, from her first marriage, whom she hasn’t seen in years, but even that small pain is relieved when Anna returns to Maggie’s life and comes to live with the family. If anyone thought it would be easy to integrate this beautiful 17 year old girl into their happy lives, they’re quickly disabused of the idea by Anna’s willful disregard of the household rules. Maggie, desperate to have another chance with her daughter, overlooks all the warning signs that things aren’t right, and then tragedy strikes: Anna is killed, and Noah is accused of killing her. Maggie’s whole world is turned inside out as her husband goes on trial for the murder of her daughter. She investigates, afraid that what she finds out is going to destroy some part of her life, whatever she finds out.
Stone Barrington, the long time protagonist of Stuart Woods’ books, returns in Shoot First. He’s playing golf with, among other people, a brilliant (and, of course, beautiful) woman who’s behind a startup company that’s on the cutting edge of an exciting new technology, when the game is interrupted by a violent attack. It seems someone or more than one someone is trying to get the woman out of the way in order to get to the company’s secrets, but Stone Barrington is not about to let that happen. As Barrington travels from the Florida coast to the beautiful English countryside in search of the mastermind behind these attacks, he may be up against someone much more resourceful and dangerous than anyone else he’s had to deal with in his career to date.
Lucas Davenport, the protagonist of John Sandford’s long-running Prey series, is in a different position at the start of Twisted Prey than the protagonists of the other books here. He knows who he’s up against, because she’s someone he’s dealt with, unsuccessfully, before. Taryn Grant is a rich psychopath who also happens to be a U. S. Senator. Though he was never able to prove it in a court of law, Davenport is convinced she murdered three people and got away with it. Now a U.S. Marshal, he’s sure she hasn’t changed in any fundamental way despite her new power, and he’s hearing rumors she’s using classified information she’s been getting in her capacity on the Senate Intelligence Committee for nefarious purposes. He’s not about to let her get away with her crimes again, but by the same token, she’s not about to let him destroy her now any more than she was in the past. The chase is dangerous, the prey is especially clever and powerful, but one way or another, the two of them are going to have it out.
It wouldn’t be a regular month without a new James Patterson, and in April his new book is from the Women’s Murder Club series, The 17th Suspect (you might have been able to guess that from the title). Officer Lindsay Boxer is caught up in a series of shootings in the San Francisco area, and one woman decides to act as a confidential informant and give Lindsay a tip about the killer. To her deepening concern, Lindsay begins to wonder whether this killer might not have some ties within her own police department. The case is getting to her in more ways than one; she’s suffering disturbing medical symptoms that are obstructing her work, at the same time her investigation is exposing more and more problems within the department, and force her to question some of her most basic assumptions about her place in the world.
If you’re interested in any of these new titles, put them on hold, but while you’re waiting, come in and see if our Express copies are on the shelf, especially now that you can take out Express books for two weeks. Happy reading!