New Fiction

“Redemption,” by David Baldacci. Decker is visiting Ohio when he’s approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins, a convicted murderer. In fact, he’s the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. Suffering from terminal cancer, it’s his dying wish that Decker clear his name. “No way,” thinks Decker. But then Hawkins later turns up dead with a bullet in his head, and even Decker begins to have doubts about the investigation. Is it possible that he really did get it wrong, all those years ago? Decker’s determined to uncover the truth, no matter the personal cost. But solving a case this cold may be impossible, especially when it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the old case reopened.

“Someone Knows,” by Lisa Scottoline. Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she’s full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves. Now, she’s ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming.

“Neon Prey,” by John Sandford. Clayton Deese is muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don’t much care about a low-level guy, it’s his boss they want, but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation. Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese’s Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and as Davenport will come to find, full of surprises.

“The Department of Sensitive Crimes,” by Alexander McCall Smith. The detectives who work in Malmo Police’s Department of Sensitive Crimes take their job very seriously. The lead detective, Ulf Varg, prioritizes his cases above even his dog’s mental health. Then there are detectives Anna Bengsdotter, who keeps her relationship with Varg professional even as she realizes she’s developing feelings for him, or at least for his car, and Carl Holgersson, first to arrive in the morning and last to leave, who would never read his colleagues’ personal correspondence, unless it could help solve a crime, of course. Finally, there’s Erik Nykvist, who peppers conversations with anecdotes about fly fishing. Along with a local police officer named Blomquist, the Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases.



“Wild Justice,” by Loren D. Estleman. In the spring of 1896, after 30 years spent dispensing justice in the territory of Montana, Judge Harlan Blackthorne expires, leaving Deputy U.S. Marshal Page Murdock, his most steadfast officer, to escort his remains across the continent by rail. The journey, interrupted from time to time by station stops for the public to pay its respects, gives Murdock plenty of opportunity to reflect upon triumphs and tragedies he’s seen firsthand, always in the interest of bringing justice to a wilderness whose settlement he, his fellow deputies and the judge played so important a role in.

“Torture of the Mountain Man,” by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone. When Smoke Jensen is summoned to a small Texas town under siege by a scourge of kill-crazy bandits, volunteers line up to take out the Mountain Man. Being Smoke Jensen, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Heart of Mine,” by Caroline Fyffe. After learning twice that romance is a lie, Emily Brinkman is focused only on making the mine she and her sisters inherited in Eden, Colo., a booming success. To do that, she’ll need to put her trust in Beranger North, the illegitimate son of a duke and reputed playboy, and his mining expertise while ignoring his charms.


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