It is always a good idea to plan ahead when it comes to your summer mystery reading list. Especially when you look at what Mulholland Books has coming up this summer. Also on this list are a few titles from our friends at Hachette Book Group.
Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark Hardcover, 4/20/2011 review Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a fiercely intelligent prosecutor When her colleague is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family. But she can't stop herself from digging deeper into Jake's death, a decision that will have her risking her reputation-and her life-to find the truth.
The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell Trade Paperback, 04/28/2011
A hard-hitting, critically acclaimed trilogy of crime novels from an author about whom New York magazine has written, "What people say about Cormac McCarthy ... goes double for Woodrell. Possibly more." In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. Review
A Drop of the Hard Stuff, A Matthew Scudder Mystery by Lawrence Block
Block returns to his most popular character, Matthew Scudder as he takes on his most personal case. Exploring themes of loss, nostalgia, and redemption. A Drop of the Hard Stuff circles back to how it all began, reestablishing why the Matthew Scudder series is widely regarded as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction. review
The Wreckage by Michael Robotham Hardcover, 06/16/2011
An international thriller based on one of the biggest bank heists in history Billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will risk everything to discover where it is. In pursuit of the money, he meets UN representative Daniela Garner, who seems to know more about the heist than anyone else. Luca's investigation proves volatile as well, and as he gets closer to the missing money, his actions begin to reverberate around the world. It's all about the money: who has it, who's lost it, and who's ultimately going to pay, as clandestine agents emerge from the shadows and powerful nations seek to control information and bury secrets, whatever the cost.
Fun & Games A Charlie Hardie mystery by Duane Swierczynski Review
Trade Paperback, 06/20/2011 The first of three explosive, fast-paced pulp thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation and Marvel Comics scribe Duane Swierczynski. Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop languishing in self-imposed exile, has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men that specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Hardie finds himself defending the girl and fighting for his life in the process.
Bloodline by Mark Billingham a Detective Tom Thorne novel Hardcover, 07/14/2011 The past is coming back to haunt the people of London: a murderer is targeting the children of victims of Raymond Garvey, an infamous serial killer from London's past. When a mysterious sliver of bloodstained X-ray that was found clutched in a victim's fist is replicated at other crime scenes around the city, Detective Tom Thorne realizes that this is not a simple case. As the bits of X-ray begin to come together to form a picture, it becomes clear that the killer knows his prey all too well and is moving through a list that was started long ago.
Triple Crossing by Sebastian Rotella Hardcover, 08/10/2011
A gritty, fast-paced thriller about the criminal underworld at work along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and a young cop who goes undercover to bring it down. Valentine Pescatore, a volatile rookie Border Patrol agent, is trying to survive the trenches of The Line in San Diego. He gets in trouble and finds himself recruited as an informant by Isabel Puente, a beautiful U.S. agent investigating a powerful Mexican crime family. As he infiltrates the mafia, Pescatore falls in love with Puente. Politically charged violence escalates, plunging Pescatore into the lawless "triple border" region of South America and a showdown full of bloodshed and betrayal.
From Hachette Book Group:
The Ridge Michael Koryta Review
On an isolated ridge in the Kentucky woods stands a homemade lighthouse, hundreds of miles from any substantial body of water. Local reporter Roy Darmus has always found it an amusing oddity- until he is selected as the recipient of a suicide note from its builder. Roy enters the bizarre structure to find the walls covered in maps bearing the names of the dead--including his own parents, who were killed in a car accident when he was a boy. Roy soon has a storytelling assignment more daunting than anything he's seen before: convincing people that an age-old legend has in fact come to life.
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott Review
Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable best friends. Until, one afternoon, Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted driving past the two girls earlier in the day. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the Midwestern suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, prowling nights through backyards, peering through windows, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie's world.
The Taint of Midas a Detective Hermes Diaktoros book by Anne Zouroudi
When detective Hermes Diaktoros finds his beekeeper friend's battered body by a dusty roadside, the police quickly name Hermes the prime suspect. But with rapacious developers threatening Arcadia's most ancient sites, many stand to gain from Gabrilis's death. Hermes resolves to avenge his old friend and find the true culprit, but his methods are, as ever, unorthodox.
The Cut by George Pelecanos
Since Spero Lucas returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is forty percent. But after he is hired for his biggest job yet, the question becomes: is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?