CHOICE: New fiction this week
The melody lingers on
By: Clark, Mary Higgins.
“Lane Harmon, assistant to a renowned interior designer, is used to meeting the rich and famous in their opulent homes. But when she is called to the Bennett house, she knows this job will be different. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years – since just before the discovery that billions of dollars had vanished from a fund he managed. The scandal has not died and a cloud of suspicion remains around his name. Did he commit suicide or was his disappearance staged? His wife is convinced Parker is innocent – and alive. But there are people after him who are determined to learn the truth at any cost. And the more Lane gets drawn into the Bennett’s world of glamour and intrigue, the most she puts her life and those of her family in jeopardy¿ With the hair-raising skill that has made her a multi-million copy global phenomenon, Mary Higgins Clark combines a huge financial scandal and a breathtaking tale of deception and betrayal into one of her finest novels yet.” (Library Catalogue)
The breaking point
By: Bass, Jefferson, author.
“Past, present, and future collide to throw respected forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton’s successful, secure life into devastating turmoil in this, the most poignant novel yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm mystery series “Bad guys lie. Bugs always tell you the truth.” Dr. Bill Brockton–founder of the University of Tennessee’s macabre Body Farm–is riding high, enjoying professional acclaim and personal contentment. While celebrating his thirtieth wedding anniversary with his loving wife, Kathleen, Brockton recalls how close he once came to losing Kathleen and their son at the hands of a sadistic serial killer named Satterfield. But that was long ago, and in the years since Satterfield’s conviction, Brockton’s family has grown to include a lovely daughter-in-law and two lively grandsons. His career has flourished, too, as the Body Farm’s pioneering research–along with Brockton’s forensic expertise–have brought him respect, renown, and high-profile cases. Now the FBI needs Brockton’s help with his highest-profile case ever: identifying the remains of a pilot killed in a fiery plane crash outside San Diego. Are the charred bones indeed those of Richard Janus, a maverick humanitarian whose daring airlifts to international disaster sites made him a celebrity? And was the nighttime crash on a mountainside an accident, or was it suicide–or murder? But a storm is about to hit Brockton with cataclysmic force. First, he discovers he’s landed in the middle of a nasty political battle involving warring feds, secret agendas, a ruthless drug kingpin, and a celebrity whose life was a labyrinth of secrets. Then Brockton’s identification of the crash victim is called into question, as is the future of his research facility. Reeling from these shocking blows, he receives a gruesome threat from the killer who nearly murdered the Brocktons more than a decade before. But worse is to come: from his beloved Kathleen–his lodestone and his source of security–Brockton gets the most shocking news of all. Will the legendary Dr. Bill Brockton be able to weather the onslaught . . . or will it push him beyond his breaking point?” (Library Catalogue)
The chocolate promise
By: Moon, Josephine, author.
“From Tasmania to Paris and beyond, an enchanting story of the proprietor of a specialist chocolate shop who must learn that some rules are meant to be broken – this real-life fairy godmother must learn to find her own magic. The new novel for readers who love Cathy Kelly and Monica McInerney from the bestselling author of ‘The Tea Chest’.” (Library Catalogue)
By: Slaughter, Karin, 1971-, author.
“The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.” (Library Catalogue)
The English spy
By: Silva, Daniel, 1960- author.
“The target is royal. The game is revenge. Gabriel Allon returns in this summer’s hottest thriller, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva. She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family, beloved for her beauty and charitable works, resented by her former husband and his mother, the Queen of England. When a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, British intelligence turns to one man to track down her killer: legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon. Gabriel’s target is Eamon Quinn, a master bomb maker and mercenary of death who sells his services to the highest bidder. Fortunately Gabriel does not pursue him alone; at his side is Christopher Keller, a British commando turned professional assassin who knows Quinn’s murderous handiwork all too well. And though Gabriel does not realize it, he is stalking an old enemy – a cabal of evil that wants nothing more than to see him dead. Gabriel will find it necessary to oblige them, for when a man is out for vengeance, death has its distinct advantages … Praise for Daniel Silva: ‘Daniel Silva has few rivals in the realm of the big blockbuster spy story’ The Age ‘ In erudition, action and temperament, Silva has made Allon the modern-day covert warrior extraordinaire’ Kirkus Reviews ‘Forget James Bond – Gabriel Allon is the killer you’d want on your side’ Australian Women’s Weekly ‘A world-class practitioner of spy fiction’ Washington Post” (Library Catalogue)