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  • 1979
    1979
    MCDERMID VAL
    ISBN: 9780751583083
    Title: 1979
    Author: MCDERMID VAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2021 New Release

    The shadows hide a deadly story . . .

    1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys' club to take her seriously.

    Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies - and Allie won't stop there.

    When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she's a woman in a man's world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.

    This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime Val McDermid.

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    Praise for Val McDermid:

    'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian

    'No one can plot or tell a story like she can' Daily Express

    'Compulsively readable' Irish Times

    'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review

    'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express

    'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ACCOMPLICE
    ACCOMPLICE
    KANON JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781471162688
    Title: ACCOMPLICE
    Author: KANON JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

    Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, Max Weill has never forgotten the atrocities he saw as a prisoner at Auschwitz-nor the face of Dr Otto Schramm, a camp doctor who worked with Mengele on appalling experiments and who sent Max's family to the gas chambers. As the war came to a close, Schramm was one of the many high-ranking former-Nazi officers who managed to escape Germany for new lives in South America. There, leaders like Argentina's Juan Peron gave them safe harbour and new identities.

    With his life nearing its end, Max asks his nephew Aaron Wiley-an American CIA desk analyst-to complete the task Max never could: to track down Otto in Argentina, capture him and bring him back to Germany to stand trial.

    Unable to deny Max, Aaron travels to Buenos Aires and discovers a city where Nazis thrive in plain sight, mingling with Argentine high society. He ingratiates himself with Otto's alluring but wounded daughter, whom he is convinced is hiding her father. Enlisting the help of a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent and the obliging CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, Aaron hunts for Otto-a complicated monster, unexpectedly human but still capable of murder if cornered.

    Unable to distinguish allies from enemies, Aaron will ultimately have to discover not only Otto, but the boundaries of his own personal morality, how far he is prepared to go to render justice.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241986547
    Title: AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

    Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age- the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL HUMAN WISDOM
    ALL HUMAN WISDOM
    LEMAITRE PIERRE
    ISBN: 9780857059000
    Title: ALL HUMAN WISDOM
    Author: LEMAITRE PIERRE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "A really excellent suspense novelist" Stephen King

    The second volume of Pierre Lemaitre's enthralling, award-winning between-the-wars trilogy

    February, 1927. The great and the good of Paris gather to attend the funeral of the powerful millionaire, Marcel Pericourt. His daughter, Madeleine, is poised to take charge of his financial empire, but it seems fate has other plans for her. Her young son, Paul, with one unexpected and tragic act, will place Madeleine on the path to ruin and degradation.

    Faced with the adversity of men, the greed of her time, the corruption and the ambition of her associates, Madeleine will have to deploy reserves of intelligence, determination and also a Machiavellian instinct to survive and rebuild her life. This task is made all the more difficult in a France that can only watch, helpless, as the first flames of the inferno that will soon ravage Europe begin to take hold.

    Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

    From the reviews for The Great Swindle

    "The most purely enjoyable book I've read this year" Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

    "The vast sweep of the novel and its array of extraordinary secondary characters have attracted comparisons with the works of Balzac. Moving, angry, intelligent - and compulsive" Marcel Berlins, The Times



    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ALL SHOT UP
    ALL SHOT UP
    HIMES CHESTER
    ISBN: 9780241521120
    Title: ALL SHOT UP
    Author: HIMES CHESTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gritty, hilarious detective novel from Harlem's master crime writer

    A golden Cadillac big enough to cross the ocean has been seen sailing along the streets of Harlem. A hit-and-run victim's been hit so hard she got embedded in the wall of a convent. A shootout with three heistmen dressed as cops has left an important politician in a coma - and a lot of money missing. And Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are the ones who have to piece it all together.

    All Shot Up is chaotic, bloody - and completely unforgettable. Chester Himes wrote detective fiction darker, dirtier and more extreme than anyone else dared.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE   #16
    ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE #16
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751579260
    Title: ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE #16
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes' THE TIMES

    'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA

    Louise Penny's much loved hero confronts a dark plot lurking beneath the elegant facades of Paris - lose yourself in the breathtaking new crime thriller by the #1 bestselling author

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    On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. But the evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on an elderly man's life.

    When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand on a desperate search for the truth that will take him from the top of the Tour Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives.

    And as Armand begins to uncover the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - he holds dear.

    For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide . . .

    __________________

    Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:

    'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times

    'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post

    'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves

    'Supremely satisfying' Observer

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS
    AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS
    DOYLE PETER
    ISBN: 9781891241345
    Title: AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS
    Author: DOYLE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As 1959 dawns, Billy Glasheen is in deeper trouble than ever. The past has caught up with him in the form of Fred Slaney, Sydney's meanest, most corrupt cop, who's got Billy framed up for the murder of his crooked partner. Not that Slaney wants to arrest him - what he wants is ten grand. He gives Billy a choice - pay up within six months, or take early retirement, forever. Billy can't think of a legal way to come up with the money that fast, and anyway, earning an honest living has never been his strength.

    So what's the answer? Up the ante on Uncle Dick's mailorder scams? Rig a horse race or two? Rob a bank? Maybe all of the above? Surely something will work...and it does, though not in the way you might expect - and not before Billy's situation gets a whole lot worse.

    Imprint: VERSE CHORUS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMERICAN SPY
    AMERICAN SPY
    WILKINSON LAUREN
    ISBN: 9780349700984
    Title: AMERICAN SPY
    Author: WILKINSON LAUREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A BARACK OBAMA SUMMER READING PICK

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 CENTRE FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

    'A whole lot more than just a spy thriller, wrapping together the ties of family, of love and of country'
    BARACK OBAMA

    'There has never been anything like it' MARLON JAMES (GQ)

    'A compelling read' MAIL ON SUNDAY

    'Pacy and very exciting' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    __________________________________

    What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love?

    It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War. Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant and talented, but she's also a black woman working in an all-white boys' club, and her career has stalled with routine paperwork - until she's recruited to a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic, revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention.

    In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, seduce him, and ultimately, have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, and a good American.

    'A stunning book' PAUL BEATTY

    'Intelligent and propulsive' GUARDIAN

    'A spy thriller like you've never read before' TIME



    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AN IRON ROSE
    AN IRON ROSE
    TEMPLE PETER
    ISBN: 9781921922305
    Title: AN IRON ROSE
    Author: TEMPLE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduced by Les Carlyon

    I looked up. The rope was tied to a rolled steel joist about two metres above the truck cab. Ned had climbed up on to the cab roof, tied the rope to the joist, slid it along. Tied a slipknot around his neck. And stepped off the cab roof.

    Peter Temple is one of the world's great crime writers. In this enthralling novel, he tells the story of a man who has left a dangerous job to make a new life in the country. But the death of his father's best friend plunges him back into a world of violence and deceit.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD
    AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD
    LIPPMAN LAURA
    ISBN: 9780571354092
    Title: AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD
    Author: LIPPMAN LAURA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Heloise is a single mum, who runs her own business and keeps herself to herself.

    But Heloise's business is one that takes place in discreet hotel rooms. For the right money, she can be the woman of your dreams.

    But now her accountant is starting to ask questions, her long-time bodyguard is hinting at new dangers, and in the local news, a so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car.

    With nothing as it seems, how will Heloise secure the safety of herself and her son?

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN
    ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN
    BURKE JAMES LEE
    ISBN: 9781398704701
    Title: ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN
    Author: BURKE JAMES LEE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke brings readers a captivating tale of justice, love, brutality, and mysticism set in the turbulent 1960s.

    The American West in the early 1960s appears to be a pastoral paradise: golden wheat fields, mist-filled canyons, frolicking animals. Aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard has observed it from the open door of a boxcar, riding the rails for both inspiration and odd jobs.

    Jumping off in Denver, he finds work on a farm and meets Joanne McDuffy, an articulate and fierce college student and gifted painter. Their soul connection is immediate, but their romance is complicated by Joanne's involvement with a shady professor who is mixed up with a drug-addled cult. When a sinister businessman and his son who wield their influence through vicious cruelty set their sights on Aaron, drawing him into an investigation of grotesque murders, it is clear that this idyllic landscape harbors tremendous power-and evil. Followed by a mysterious shrouded figure who might not be human, Aaron will have to face down all these foes to save the life of the woman he loves and his own.

    A prequel to James Lee Burke's masterful Holland family trilogy, Another Kind of Eden is both riveting and one of Burke's most ambitious works to date. It dismantles the myths of both the twentieth-century American West and the peace-and-love decade, excavating the beauty and idealism of the era to show the menace and chaos that lay simmering just beneath the surface.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ARSENE LUPIN GENTLEMAN THIEF
    ARSENE LUPIN GENTLEMAN THIEF
    LEBLANC MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781398706248
    Title: ARSENE LUPIN GENTLEMAN THIEF
    Author: LEBLANC MAURICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE HIT NETFLIX SERIES, LUPIN.

    The year is 1905. Meet Arsene Lupin: a gentleman and a thief.

    An enemy to the rich and powerful; a friend to the poor - Arsene Lupin will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

    When Arsene Lupin is arrested, the police think it's all over. But the most dangerous place for Lupin is to be behind bars...

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ASH MOUNTAIN
    ASH MOUNTAIN
    FITZGERALD HELEN
    ISBN: 9781922400338
    Title: ASH MOUNTAIN
    Author: FITZGERALD HELEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fran thought she'd never return to Ash Mountain but her dad has become ill, her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city anyway. In a blistering summer, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem as old friendships and rivalries are renewed and new ones forged. But the tumult of her home life is the least of her worries, because a bushfire is roaring towards Ash Mountain and the town's long-held secrets will soon be exposed in the carnage.

    Ash Mountain is a uniquely Australian domestic noir - warm, blackly funny and a powder keg of accumulated tension. Vividly portraying small-town life, and a woman and a land in crisis, this is a disaster thriller you will never forget.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AUGUST HEAT : An Inspector Montalbano Novel 10
    AUGUST HEAT : An Inspector Montalbano Novel 10
    CAMILLERI ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781529043853
    Title: AUGUST HEAT : An Inspector Montalbano Novel 10
    Author: CAMILLERI ANDREA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2021 New Release

    <i>August Heat</i> by Andrea Camilleri is the tenth installment in the Inspector Montalbano series, now adapted as a major BBC4 television series.

    The lazy, slow month of August at the height of the Sicilian summer is, Inspector Montalbano assures his girlfriend Livia as they prepare for a relaxing holiday in a villa he has found for them, far too hot for any murders to be committed. But when Livia's friends' young son goes missing, a chain of events is sparked which will certainly ruin the Chief Inspector's pleasant interlude.

    A secret apartment and a grisly find in an old trunk are just the beginning, as Montalbano navigates his way through the case, as well as coping with the sweltering heat, the suspicious death of an Arab labourer and the tempting lure of a beautiful girl . . .

    <i>August Heat </i>is followed by the eleventh book in the series, <i>The Wings of the Sphinx.</i>

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $18.99
    Price: $18.99
  • AWKWARD BLACK MAN
    AWKWARD BLACK MAN
    MOSLEY WALTER
    ISBN: 9781398704572
    Title: AWKWARD BLACK MAN
    Author: MOSLEY WALTER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2021 New Release

    Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

    Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories?heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is," a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. "Pet Fly," previously published in the New Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company?a solitary job for which he is overqualified?and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

    Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BAD AXE COUNTY
    BAD AXE COUNTY
    GALLIGAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781982110710
    Title: BAD AXE COUNTY
    Author: GALLIGAN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dennis Lehane meets Megan Miranda in this "dark beauty of a novel" (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author) about the first female sheriff in rural Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, as she searches for a missing girl, battles local drug dealers, and seeks the truth about the death of her parents twenty years ago-all as a winter storm rages in her embattled community.

    Fifteen years ago, Heidi White's parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth-if only the investigators would listen.

    Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She's also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.

    As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard-where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.

    As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core-and finding out what really happened the night her parents died.

    With "striking prose, engaging characters, and a searing story of crimes rooted in the heartland," Bad Axe County is a "darkly irresistible thriller" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that you won't be able to put down.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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