CHOICE: New fiction this week
What lies behind
By: Ellison, J. T., author.
“Looking over a crime scene in her neighborhood, Samantha Owen discovers that the scene has been staged: what seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials leads to a threat of bioterrorism– and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.” (Library Catalogue)
Time of death
By: Billingham, Mark, author.
“The Missing Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. The Accused When it’s splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates’ wife – an old school friend of Helen’s – who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband’s innocence. The Dead As residents and media bay for Bates’ blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer in custody, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk – and a merciless killer. Tom Thorne returns in a chilling mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page. Time of Death is Mark Billingham’s most timely, atmospheric thriller to date.” (Library Catalogue)
A quiet end
By: DeMille, Nelson, author.
The slaughter man
By: Parsons, Tony, 1953-, author.
“Who would you like to see dead? Max Wolfe is back – the two-fisted homicide detective with a small daughter and dog waiting for him at home, and a crazed serial killer waiting for him out in the pitiless London city streets. On New Year’s Day a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon – a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered – leads Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a murderer who 30 years ago was known as The Slaughter Man. But The Slaughter Man has done his time and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the killing game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer – or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man? Max needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family – or finds his way to his own front door. A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. And a detective who must learn that even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for.” (Library Catalogue)
State of emergency
By: McNab, Andy, 1959-, author.
“3 AM on a frozen winter’s night, only hours after the results of the general election. A small craft skims the Thames closing in on London’s most exclusive new riverside hotel. On board is a lone assassin, his target – Britain’s most powerful new politician. In a nation threatened by extremist jihadis and torn apart by civil unrest, Vernon Rolt has just been catapulted into government on an extreme anti-terror platform. Rolt’s plans for a zero-tolerance crackdown on ethnic violence has touched a popular nerve. But his move into politics has made him some unlikely enemies – British ex-servicemen, once his most committed supporters who now want him dead. Ex-SAS trooper turned MI5 operative Tom Buckingham is undercover inside Rolt’s organisation. His mission: to neutralise the rogue assassins for whom he also has become a target, and to discover the deadly intentions of Rolt’s new financier, shadowy Crimean oligarch Oleg Umarov. But all too soon, Tom gets caught up in a far more devastating plot which will change the political landscape of Europe – for ever…” (Library Catalogue)