When it comes to mystery books, nothing beats a good police procedural or private investigator thriller. Most crimes are solved by the experts, after all, and they’re full of fascinating developments and interesting twists. Not only that, but police procedurals give readers an inside look at what it means to solve crimes like the professionals. Dive into these six new police procedurals and see if you can predict the killer before the experts.
In this brand-new Lincoln Lawyer novel, lawyer Mickey Haller is celebrating a big legal win one night when he's pulled over by a police officer and asked to pop his trunk. There, the police officer discovers the dead body of a former client—and Haller immediately charged with murder. Unable to post an outlandish bail sum set by an old enemy, Haller is stuck in jail and must rely on his own wits and call in the help of his half-brother, detective Harry Bosch, if he's to discover who the true killer is.
In Killer Instinct, Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Detective Elizabeth Needham are back together again, and this time their case will be far from textbook murder. A terror attack on New York City has everyone reeling, and Elizabeth is in the limelight for being an unexpected and reluctant hero. Meanwhile, Dylan has to rethink everything he knows about the psychology of murder in order to catch a mastermind killer who breaks all the rules.
In The Night Fire, the third novel featuring Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch, Bosch is saddened by the death of his mentor from his rookie years, a man who taught him to take every case very seriously and pursue every lead. When his mentor's widow gives him an old murder book, Bosch agrees to take a second look at it and consults with Renee Ballard, who works the night shift. As the two begin unraveling the cold case, they begin to wonder if Bosch's mentor really wanted it solved...or if he was covering something up.
A small resort town on Florida's Gulf Coast gets a horrifying shock when a bunch of normal shoes wash up on shore—each one filled with a severed human foot. Agent Pendergast is on vacation in Florida, so he's called in to inspect the crime scene, as it is, and weigh in on a disturbing case. When a coroner's report reveals an even larger mystery, Pendergast is drawn in completely, determined to solve the crime and figure out if the owners of the feet might still be alive.
Amos Decker is an FBI consultant with perfect memory, and he and FBI agent Alex Jamison are sent to North Dakota, where the town of London is booming thanks to a thriving fracking industry. But there are plenty of growing pains in this town, and with them comes the murder of a young woman who was autopsied and then left in the open. As Amos and Alex investigate her death, they find surprising connections between her day job and fracking, which lead them to suspect that corruption and greed have taken over the town.
Inspector John Rebus has had a long and outstanding career as a police inspector, but his newest case is the first one he might be too afraid to solve. His daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, distraught and panicked over her husband, who has been missing for two days. Rebus immediately agrees to help—it's the one thing he can finally do for his daughter to try and make up for his absent parenting over the years. But he also knows that Samantha will be the prime suspect and he isn't sure what he'll do if it turns out that she's involved in her own husband's disappearance.
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