Can you predict crime show endings? Lee Child and nine more of our favorite authors share their answers. Spoiler alert: It’s usually the guest star.
Lee Child; Andrew Child
As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. One morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee.
But there’s nothing pleasant about the place.
In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. “It was four against one” . . . so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution.
The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information . . . and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name.
Reacher is intrigued. There’s more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder—all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he’s up against.
Rule one: if you don’t know the trouble you’re in, keep Reacher by your side
Brad Thor fans will love debut author Jack Carr's thriller The Terminal List. In book one of this pulse-pounding series, a Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller.
Book two of the Terminal List series, True Believer, comes out on July 30th. So, you have plenty of time to get caught up!
In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another, from her car at a stoplight. A mother is ripped from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin's unit discovers the first victim's body in the woods, laid out in a bloodstained white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Around the bodies, Polaroid photos are stuck in the earth like headstones, picturing other women with their wrists slashed. The women in the woods are not the killer's first victims, nor are they likely to be his last.
Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America. November Road is a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.
Wendy Corsi Staub
From New York Times Bestselling Author Wendy Corsi Staub comes a gripping novel of psychological suspense, as a young foundling’s path to her biological parents leads to a killer with a chilling agenda.
Don’t marry into murder…
Catering her childhood friend’s beachfront wedding was a dream come true for Everly Swan–and, with hundreds of guests in attendance, great exposure for her new iced tea shop and café. But when the well-to-do groom is found floating facedown in the surf, the locals of Charm, North Carolina, turn their suspicions to his new bride. Could she have been so desperate to lay her hands on his fortune that she arranged for his murder before they even set off on their honeymoon?
The author of Final Girls is baaaaack! And he’s brought the cabin horror element again, but this time it’s three girls at camp who walk out of the cabin never to be seen again. The only girl left behind, now a woman, returns to the reopening of the camp as a painting instructor to find out what really happened all those years before. Riley Sager's previous novel had enough thrills, horror, and mystery to make this one a definite read for me.
In this absorbing tale of psychological suspense from Edgar-nominated and Shamus-winning author Wendy Corsi Staub, a seemingly open-and-shut police case with a clear-cut hero and villain turns out to be anything but simple.
Ten years ago, a man and his son were presumed dead after disappearing into Minnesota's hundreds of miles of untouched forests and glacial lakes. That is, until a decade later...when the son re-appeared, violent and uncommunicative, and requiring care in a psychiatric facility. There, assistant language therapist Maya Stark is charged with connecting with him. As Maya is drawn closer to this enigmatic stranger, she’ll risk everything to try to reunite him with his missing father.
Tommy Jump is an out-of-work stage actor approached by the FBI with the role of a lifetime: Go undercover at a federal prison, impersonate a convicted felon, and befriend a fellow inmate, a disgraced banker named Mitchell Dupree who has information that could bring down a ruthless drug cartel. But as Tommy befriends Dupree, he soon realizes he’s underestimated the enormity of his task—and the terrifying reach of the cartel. The FBI isn’t the only one looking for the documents, and if Tommy doesn’t play his role to perfection, it just may be his last act.