The Butcher's Boy
By Thomas Perry
By Andrea Maria Schenkel
It had been a normal day at work. Monika was locking up, ready to head home, when the man arrived. She didn't see his fist until it was far too late.Bundled into a car, tied up and taken in darkness to an old mill in the thick of a forest, she has been flung into a bunker. It is only now, as time passes and she sees her attacker in the light, that she notices the startling resemblance to someone from her very dark and buried past.Someone she never wanted to see again.
Bruno and le Père Noel
By Martin Walker
It's the last market day before Christmas and Bruno, Chief of Police is preparing for a traditional gastronomic feast. But, never off duty for long, Bruno is called to action when he receives information that a prisoner on parole has gone missing, last seen heading for St Denis, where his ex-wife and son live. The goose, the oysters, his English girlfriend's Christmas pudding and Bruno's famous mulled wine will just have to wait. And if Martin Walker's 'Bruno' novels have inspired you to visit this beautiful part of France yourself, keep reading for the author's own guide to 'A Perfect Week in Perigord'.
The Broken Shore
By Peter Temple
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING, CWA GOLD DAGGER-WINNING AND NED KELLY AWARD-RECEIVING CRIME POWERHOUSE: read The Broken Shore and become hooked on Peter Temple.'A masterpiece' John Lanchester'Read page one and I challenge you not to finish it' Independent on SundayHaunted by his last case, homicide detective Joe Cashin has fled Melbourne and returned to his hometown, running its one-man police station while his wounds heal and his nightmares fade.But when a local man is attacked and left for dead, Cashin's recovery is put on hold. And in a small town where everyone knows everyone, he finds himself standing alone fighting a battle against corruption and prejudice.Loved The Broken Shore? Then move straight to its award-winning sequel, Truth: 'The Broken Shore was good;Truth is better' Independent
The Bride Wore Black Leather
By Simon R. Green
It's supposed to be the happiest day of Private eye John Taylor's life - his wedding day. It's a shame he's on the run from his bride . . . Everything is finally falling into place for John Taylor - he has a new job as Voice of the Authorities in the Nightside and he's about to marry the love of his life, Suzie Shooter, the most formidable bounty hunter in the Nightside. This new life, and the responsibilities that go along with it, mean it's time for Taylor to retire from the private detective business. He just has time for one final case.But, as always, nothing in the Nightside is straightforward and his final investigation ends with a price on Taylor's head. Now the entire Nightside is against him, and his bride-to-be is after the bounty. Happily-ever-after is beginning to look like an unlikely ending for John Taylor.The Bride Wore Black Leather is the twelfth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Nightside series by Simon R. Green.
Breen & Tozer Investigation Omnibus: A Song from Dead Lips, A House of Knives, A Book of Scars
By William Shaw
In the first three novels of the Breen & Tozer Investigations, an outcast detective fights crime and corruption in sixties London.'An outstanding storyteller' Peter MayWilliam Shaw grips the reader by the throat from page one, and never lets go' Independent'Superb crime novels . . . combines nostalgic period detail with an emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction' Sunday TimesA SONG FROM DEAD LIPSThe Runaway: A nameless young woman is found naked and strangled in an alley on Abbey Road.The Reject: DS Cathal Breen, an outcast in the Marylebone CID, struggles to make sense of the case. The Rookie: Until new recruit WPC Helen Tozer - the first woman to join the team - makes a breakthrough.And as hippies slam doors in their face, and locals suspect the new African neighbours, Breen and Tozer tread down a perilous path, closing in on a cruel conspiracy that goes far beyond class, colour and creed.A HOUSE OF KNIVESThe Black Sheep: The wayward son of a rising MP is mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances.The Honest Detective: DS Cathal Breen dodges political embargo and death threats to pursue the case.The Rolling Stone: Notorious art dealer Robert Fraser may provide the only clue - if only he will talk.And as Breen slips deeper into London's underground of hippies and heroin, he edges nearer to the secrets of those at the very top. Banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, he will finally be forced to fight fire with fire.A BOOK OF SCARSNever forgotten: Teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family's farm. Five years later, her sister Helen will return. Never suspected: As soon as DS Breen tracks down the original investigating sergeant, the man goes missing. And so does Helen. Never revealed: The only connection between the suspects is the Kenya Emergency - a nightmare that Englishmen prefer to forget. But others remember. Every bloody detail. And when another woman is taken, Breen fears that history - in all its shame and horror - is coming back to haunt them.
By Richard Stark
Even Parker makes mistakes. Locked up in a prison from which no one has ever escaped, it's only a matter of time before the law uncovers his real name - and his extensive criminal past. To get out, Parker must take on the only accomplices he can find - yet his fellow convicts demand a price: help with another job. Their plan has too many weak links. And Parker isn't a man who likes complications. But with a big potential payoff and no other options, Parker is willing to chance it, just this once.
By Thomas H. Cook
'This is the darkest story that I ever heard and all my life I have laboured not to tell it...' There is no love like your first love, and Ben Wade's love for Kelli Troy should have lasted a lifetime. But then her battered body was found on Breakheart Hill. Three decades later, and the small town of Choctaw, Alabama is still living with the aftermath of that day's shattering violence. Ben, in particular, has never been able to move on. Because he is the only one who knows exactly what happened that summer long ago.
Breach of Trust
By David Ellis
Jason Kolarich does not believe he will be around to see this story told.A witness from a past case, whom Jason had persuaded to testify, has been murdered. Was it Jason's fault?As he wrestles with his own feelings of guilt, he becomes increasingly involved in an obscure agency which at first seems to hold the answers. But he is soon in the centre of a complex conspiracy. Forced to become a federal informant, he has no idea how deep the corruption goes, and can see no clear way out. Will Jason prove to be a help to the feds, or a dangerous live wire?
By Davide Longo
Once a year, Corso Bramard receives a message from the man who destroyed his life.He left the police after a serial killer he was tracking murdered his wife and daughter, but fifteen years later he is still taunted by his old adversary. Mocking letters arrive at his home outside Turin, always from a different country, always typed on the same 1972 Olivetti. But this time the killer may have gone too far. A hair left in the envelope of his latest letter provides a vital clue. Bramard is a teacher now - no gun, no badge, just a score to settle. Isa, an academy graduate whose talent just about outweighs her attitude is assigned to fight his corner.They're a mismatched team, but if they work together they have a chance to unmask the killer before he strikes again - and to uncover a devastating secret that will cut Corso Barmard to the bone.
The Boy in the Shadows
By Carl-Johan Vallgren
In an overcrowded Stockholm underground station a father and his two boys are late for their train. Joel, the youngest, is howling in his pushchair and his seven-year-old brother, Kristoffer, refuses to take the lift. A woman approaches and offers to lead Kristoffer up the stairs. Reluctantly his father agrees, but when he arrives on the platform Kristoffer and the woman have vanished without a trace. Many years later, Joel, now an adult, goes missing in suspicious circumstances. His wife turns to Danny Katz - an old friend - for help. But Katz isn't the only one trying to find Joel, and the deeper he digs the more secrets he uncovers about the wealthy and powerful family at the heart of the investigation. Then suddenly, the case takes a dramatic new turn.
By Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström
THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF THREE SECONDS AND CELL 8 INTRODUCE DCI EWERT GRENS TO THE CRUEL REALITY OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.'This is crime writing at its most ambitious and morally complex' Financial TimesLydia Grajauskas will never forget the face.The face of the trafficker who brought her to Stockholm: the man responsible for three unrelenting years of forced prostitution and slavery.DCI Ewert Grens will never forget the name.The name of the prisoner the day his life was destroyed: the man responsible for twenty-five years of torturous heartache.Sweden will never forget their revenge . . .Box 21 is a steely, airtight thriller containing both the harshest aspects of degradation and retaliation, and the toughest questions surrounding the morality of violent and obsessive reprisal.Looking for a companion to Box 21? Look no further than Roslund & Hellström's Pen 33 . . .
The Bosch Deception
By Alex Connor
A TRUTH CONCEALED. Brabant, 1473. A clandestine brotherhood hides a secret that could bring down the Catholic Church. Their chosen hiding place - the art of Hieronymus Bosch. A TERRIBLE CONSPIRACY. London, 2014. An excommunicated priest approaches both the Church and the art world, claiming to possess an artefact that will destroy their reputations. A TICKING CLOCK. This man, Nicholas Laverne, is poised to end over 500 years of silence and injustice. Yet, unknown to Nicholas, he has just summoned a killer intent on silencing him.
A Book of Scars
By William Shaw
PEACE IS OUT. REVENGE IS ON.'An emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year'Unfolds a fascinatingly dark tale' SpectatorNever forgotten Teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family's farm. Five years later, her sister Helen will return. Never suspected As soon as DS Breen tracks down the original investigating sergeant, the man goes missing. And so does Helen. Never revealed The only connection between the suspects is the Kenya Emergency - a nightmare that Englishmen prefer to forget. But others remember. Every bloody detail. And when another woman is taken, Breen fears that history - in all its shame and horror - is coming back to haunt them.
The Bones of Avignon
By Jefferson Bass
'If you like Kathy Reichs, you'll like Jefferson Bass' The Times.Miranda Lovelady, Dr Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with the case of the millennium, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are sceptical - after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages - but the evidence for authenticity soon grows. Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ and a laboratory test finds that the bones are 2,000 years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug of war between the anthropologists, the Vatican and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming . . . and trigger the end of time.
Bones of Betrayal
By Jefferson Bass
'If you like Kathy Reichs, you'll like Jefferson Bass' The Times.Things have taken a dangerous turn at the Body Farm. Dr Bill Brockton and his graduate assistant, Miranda, have been called to a death scene. A body has been found in a frozen swimming pool. The dead man is found to have been a renowned engineer, responsible for the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bombs of 1945. And he's been poisoned by a radiation source. Now Brockton, Miranda and the ME who carried out the autopsy are in grave danger. Suffering radiation sickness and worrying for his friends, Brockton delves into the town's gruesome past to discover the dark secrets and lies that have lead to this engineer's murder and to find out who else the killer has in their sights...
The Bone Yard
By Jefferson Bass
'If you like Kathy Reichs, you'll like Jefferson Bass' The Times.Early summer brings warm weather to the Body Farm in East Tennessee, but Dr Bill Brockton's about to get more heat than he's bargained for. A former student who's now an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement seeks his help in identifying a partial skull found in the woods in rural Florida. The victim appears to have been a young male who died from lethal blows to the head. While leading a search for the remaining bones, Brockton and his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady find a series of shallow graves on the overgrown grounds of a shuttered reform school for boys. According to local lore, the school's poor, troubled students understood that one wrong move could land them in their own plot in the de facto cemetery. As Brockton and his team close in on the truth, they find skeletons in some surprisingly prominent closets... and learn that the ghosts of the past are ever present.
The Bone Thief
By Jefferson Bass
'If you like Kathy Reichs, you'll like Jefferson Bass' The Times.Bill Brockton is exhuming a body to obtain a bone sample for a paternity test. A simple enough job until he discovers that the body's limbs have all been removed. Digging deeper, he soon finds himself embroiled in the massive and very illegal market for human body parts. He becomes drawn into the enterprise, selling donated corpses to the postmortem chop shop - in league with the FBI, hoping to bring the organization down. All the while, his friend and Medical Examiner, Eddie Garcia, is struggling with the aftermath of their last case. A massive dose of radiation has left him missing one hand and most of the fingers from the other. He's on the waiting list for a transplant, but with so many parts around, Brockton is sorely tempted to jeopardize the investigation - and his own principles - to help his friend. Will he be able to live with himself if he does? Will he be able to live with himself if he doesn't?
Body of Lies
By David Ignatius
Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission - to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as 'Suleiman'. Ferris's plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service - a man who just might be an Arab version of John le Carré's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him? And can he trust the CIA?
By Michael Connelly