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The Monogram Murders

The Monogram Murders

Sophie Hannah ,  Agatha Christie

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ABBEY'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2014 ----- The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. Since the publication of her first book in 1920, Agatha Christie wrote 33 novels, two plays and more than 50 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot.

Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation.

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at the fashionable Bloxham Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...

In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by the talented Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'.

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah & Agatha Christie at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Personal: Jack Reacher #19

Personal: Jack Reacher #19

Lee Child

$32.99

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Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heart stopping, nail biting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.

Personal: Jack Reacher #19 by Lee Child at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Dishonour

Dishonour

Gabrielle Lord

$29.99

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Detective-Inspector Debra Hawkins has domestic violence in her sights. But as head of a new police unit targeting violence against women, she has hit a wall of silence. How can she help Rana al-Sheikly, a young woman who yearns for the freedom to lead her own life while her brothers are planning to send her into a forced marriage in Iraq?

And what is the connection between these men and the crime gangs that are running rife in the suburbs? A series of anonymous emails has Deb following her personal secrets, too - back to her childhood and the murder of her police sergeant father. Who is digging up the past, threatening Debra's hard-won career, and even her life?

Dishonour by Gabrielle Lord at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Skeleton Road

The Skeleton Road

Val McDermid

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When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars.

Karen's search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge - but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined...

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermidat Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Bones Never Lie: Temperance Brennan #17

Bones Never Lie: Temperance Brennan #17

Kathy Reichs

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This is the gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs. Tempe is faced with the horrifying possibility that the killer who got away in Monday Mourning is back...

For a decade, Temperance Brennan has been haunted by the one who got away. The killer of young women. The monster. And the one who has now come back. Feeding on fear, grief and rage. Killing again. Killing girls. Getting closer. Coming for Tempe.

Bones Never Lie: Temperance Brennan #17 by Kathy Reichs at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Thin Air: Shetland Island #6

Thin Air: Shetland Island #6

Ann Cleeves

$29.99

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Thin Air is the next book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez.

A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland's most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears - apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists.

The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note, saying she'll never be found alive. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to Unst to investigate.

Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the ghost had seemed unhealthy - obsessive, even - to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth?  One so shocking that someone would kill - many years later - to protect?

Ann Cleeves' striking new Shetland novel explores the tensions between tradition and modernity that lie deep at the heart of a community, and how events from the past can have devastating effects on the present.

Also available in the Shetland series are Raven BlackWhite NightsRed BonesBlue Lightning and Dead Water. Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series series (ITV television drama VERA) contains six titles, of which Harbour Street is the most recent.
An Event in Autumn: Kurt Wallander #11

An Event in Autumn: Kurt Wallander #11

Henning Mankell

$27.99

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Some cases aren't as cold as you'd think. Kurt Wallander's life looks like it's taken a turn for the better when his offer on a new house is accepted, only for him to uncover something unexpected in the garden - the skeleton of a middle-aged woman.

As police officers comb the property, Wallander attempts to get his new life back on course by finding the woman's killer with the aid of his daughter, Linda. But when another discovery is made in the garden, Wallander is forced to delve further back into the area's past.

A treat for fans and new readers alike, this is a never-before-published Kurt Wallander novella.

An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Gone Girl (Film Tie-In)

Gone Girl (Film Tie-In)

Gillian Flynn

$19.99

Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
Already Dead

Already Dead

Jaye Ford

$32.99

ABBEY'S COMMENT: The new thriller from Australian author Jaye Ford (Winner of 2012 Davitt Award for a Debut Novel) starts out fast before developing into a gripping, intense mystery.

Miranda shrank away from him, arm pressed to the driver's door. 'What's your name?' 'I'm already dead. That's my name now. That's what they called me. I'm Already Dead.'

Journalist Miranda Jack is finally attempting to move on from the death of her husband by relocating up the coast with her young daughter, Zoe. Then a single event changes everything. On a Monday afternoon as she waits at traffic lights, a stranger jumps into her car and points a gun at her chest. Forced to drive at high speed up the motorway, Miranda listens to the frantic, paranoid rants of Brendan Walsh, a man who claims he's being chased and that they're both now running for their lives.

Two hours later her ordeal is over in the most shocking fashion. Miranda is safe but she can't simply walk away - not without knowing the truth about that terrifying drive. As a journalist Miranda has always asked questions. But this time the questions are dangerous - and the answers might get her killed...

Already Dead by Jaye Ford at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Raven's Eye: Brock & Kolla #12

The Raven's Eye: Brock & Kolla #12

Barry Maitland

$22.99

A woman dies in her sleep in a houseboat on the Thames; the apparent cause of death, an unflued gas heater. It all seems straightforward, but DI Kathy Kolla isn't convinced. Both Kathy and DCI Brock run up against opposition in their investigation. An aggressive new Commander is squeezing out old-fashioned coppers like Brock and Kolla.

To make matters worse, there's a new Task Force moving in on their patch, and a brutal killer, Butcher Jack Bragg, to be tracked down and caught. It's one of Brock and Kolla's bloodiest investigations yet.

A heart-thumping read, The Raven's Eye gives us Brock and Kolla under pressure; it's a clash between the menacing ever-present eye of computer surveillance versus the explosive threat of a man with a meat cleaver and a grudge.

The Raven's Eye: Brock & Kolla #12 by Barry Maitland at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Skirmish

The Skirmish

Daniel Springham

$19.99

Patriotism's for those who have never been to War. Susan Ulrich is a seasoned avionics engineer. Brian Ulrich, Jason Duhamel and Jedidiah Williams are US marines. But no amount of training can prepare them for the horror that confronts them after returning from a day's paintball skirmish: the smouldering ruins of their lodgings and the twenty bullet-ridden corpses of its other residents.

And on meeting the surly Gulf War veteran and owner of the paintball lodge, the four are soon thrust into a desperate struggle that will demand more than their own survival.

With ten billion dollars of munitions at stake and a ruthless militia vying to claim them, the race is on to expose the venal politics enshrouding the issue and thwart an initiative to arm every extremist in the East with the finest modern weapons available.

"An action packed tale of camaraderie and triumph against diversity. Never a dull moment. One for the good guys." - Ben Hyde, The Advertiser
Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why

Sandi Wallace

$27.00

Picturesque Daylesford has a darker side. Melbourne writer Georgie Harvey heads to the mineral springs region of central Victoria to look for a missing farmer. There she uncovers links between the woman's disappearance and her dangerous preoccupation with the unsolved mystery surrounding her husband. Maverick cop and solo dad John Franklin is working a case that's a step up from Daylesford's usual soft crime; a poison-pen writer whose targets are single mothers. Georgie's investigation stirs up long buried secrets and she attracts enemies. When she reports the missing person to the local cops, sparks fly between her and Franklin. Has he dismissed the writer too quickly? A country cop, city writer, retired farmer and poison-pen stalker all want answers. What will they risk to get them? What will be the ultimate cost?
Quick

Quick

Steve Worland

$29.99

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Strap in for a breathtaking, tyre-peeling, high-octane adventure ride by the rising star of action thrillers.
 
"One of the best action-adventure novels I've ever read" Steve Waugh 

Melbourne, Australia: Round one of the Formula One World Championship. Billy Hotchkiss no longer races a V8 Supercar, but that doesn't mean he's lost the need for speed. When the young cop uncovers a diamond heist in progress he leaps into action and almost captures the thieves single-handedly.

Lyon, France: Interpol are convinced the criminals are somehow connected to Formula One. And they think this Australian ex-race driver is just the guy to stop them.

Sent undercover with an unwilling French partner, Billy is thrust into the glamorous world of international motor racing. But as the duo closes in on the thieves they soon expose a far more sinister threat.

With the fate of a city and the lives of one hundred thousand people in the balance, Billy must drive like never before to stop the worst act of terror since 9/11.

Praise for Steve Worland's Books

'A brilliant rollercoaster ride of a novel. I couldn't put it down.' Hugh Jackman

'A cinematic blockbuster.' Men's Fitness

'A fresh voice for fans of Matthew Reilly.' Canberra Times

 Plenty of non-stop explosive excitement.' West Australian

Quick by Steve Worland at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Tottenham Outrage

The Tottenham Outrage

M. H. Baylis

$19.99

An entire family of Hasidic Jews dies suddenly while picnicking in Finsbury Park. Local reporter Rex Tracey, more used to writing about dog mess and library closures, hopes to solve the mystery and save his ailing newspaper in one move. Then his long-time colleague and friend Terry is accused of murder, and Rex is catapulted further into a disturbing world of religious bigotry, false prophets and long buried secrets.
Borderline

Borderline

Lawrence Block

$12.99

On the border between Texas and Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. MARTY - the gambler who rolls the dice on a night with...MEG - the divorcee who seeks excitement and finds...LILY - the beautiful hitchhiker lured into a live sex show by...CASSIE - the redhead with her own agenda...and WEAVER - the killer with a razor in his pocket...
After You With the Pistol: Mortdecai #2

After You With the Pistol: Mortdecai #2

Kyril Bonfiglioli

$19.99

Art dealer and assassin Charlie Mortdecai has got himself married - it wasn't his choice exactly, a little pressure was exerted by certain secret government organizations who wanted to keep the lady in check, but it's not an entirely unenjoyable experience: she brings a lot of assets with her. Until, that is, he discovers she has some surprising interests and she wants to get him involved. Which is why he's trying hard to get himself imprisoned, safely away from the pursuing Chinese gangs...
All the Tea in China: A Charlie Mortdecai Novel

All the Tea in China: A Charlie Mortdecai Novel

Kyril Bonfiglioli

$19.99

All the Tea in China - a Mortdecai novel by Kyril Bonfiglioli, soon to be a major film starring Johnny Depp. One of the funniest writers ever . (Uncut). After committing a crime anyone but a close relative might forgive, Karli Mortdecai Van Cleef leaves Holland double-quick with his uncle's buckshot lodged firmly in the seat of his breeches. Discretion being the least-idiotic part of valour he decides to hide far away in London, among the tea shops and opium dens. On savouring these Eastern delicacies and knowing an opportunity when he sups upon one, young Karli throws in his lot with an opium clipper bound for China's high seas. Life on the ocean waves, however, is full of perils for an officer and his sensitive digestive tract: mountainous waves, an encounter with a malodorous slave ship, the captain's wife's pulse-racingly brief wardrobe, several hordes of pirates, mutiny, the ship's cook's fondness for curry - to name but a few. All the Tea in China is a swaggering, rip-snorting, buckler-swashing tale about one of the men who - for a reasonable fee - made Britain great. For those who have learnt to relish his elegant, nasty thrillers, Bonfiglioli is a name hard to forget. This farrago represents a change from the thrillers - a good clean salt-water yarn for the decadent . (Irish Press). Shows his customary inventive comedy and zest for language . (Sunday Times). Bonfiglioli deserves better than cult status . (Independent). Kyril Bonfiglioli was born on the south coast of England in 1928 of an English mother and Italo-Slovene father. After studying at Oxford and five years in the army, he took up a career as an art dealer, like his eccentric creation Charlie Mortdecai. He lived in Oxford, Lancashire, Ireland and Jersey, where he died in 1985. He wrote four Charlie Mortdecai novels, and a fifth historical Mortdecai novel (about a distinguished ancestor).
The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery: Mortdecai #4

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery: Mortdecai #4

Kyril Bonfiglioli

$19.99

Kyril Bonfiglioli's final novel follows the Hon. Charlie Mortdecai from adventure to misadventure via Jersey and Moscow to a final showdown in a Buckinghamshire bungalow of unparalleled hideousness. Tackling en route an unhealthy sprinkling of well-seasoned academics, a cryptic monk, an aristocratic Chief Constable, and more spies than you could shoehorn into a black stretch limo, Mordecai finds himself embroiled in another mission of international insecurity after the death of a lady don in Oxford. Left unfinished at the time of the author's death, the celebrated satirist and parodist Craig Brown supplies the penultimate, plot-resolving chapter.
Something Nasty in the Woodshed: Mortdecai #3

Something Nasty in the Woodshed: Mortdecai #3

Kyril Bonfiglioli

$19.99

Art dealer and assassin Charlie Mortdecai has fled to Jersey, taking his thug Jock along with him, just in case. For now though he's had enough of secret government agencies, of stolen paintings, of terrifying Chinese gangs, and he's getting on surprisingly well with his nubile young wife. But there's no peace for the wicked - and Charlie can sometimes be very wicked indeed. When it seems there's a sexual pervert at loose on the island targeting nice middle-class ladies, Charlie takes it upon himself to find the deviant. Which is how he finds himself in the dead of night up against a tree, his ear nailed to the trunk...
Don't Point That Thing at Me: Mortdecai #1

Don't Point That Thing at Me: Mortdecai #1

Kyril Bonfiglioli

$19.99

Portly art dealer and seasoned epicurean Charlie Mortdecai comes into possesion of a stolen Goya, the disappearance of which is causing a diplomatic ruction between Spain and its allies. Not that that matters to Charlie... until compromising pictures of some British diplomats also come into his possession and start to muddy the waters. All he's trying to do is make a dishonest living, but various governments, secret organizations and an unbelievably nubile young German don't see it that way and pretty soon he's in great need of his thuggish manservant Jock to keep them all at bay... and the Goya safe.
High Rollers

High Rollers

Jack Bowman

$19.99

When the engine of a 737 tears itself apart at Los Angeles Airport, Tom Patrick is in the wrong place at the wrong time - playing poker at a nearby casino. He's been losing at cards and probing pipeline leaks ever since his big mouth led to his fall from grace as the National Transportation Safety Board's top air-crash investigator. Now he can't wait to come in from the cold. Sidelined by the official investigation, Tom starts to dig anyway. And when another 737 crashes for what looks like similar reasons, it's clear that something could be terribly wrong with the world's most popular passenger jet. Risking everything, Tom Patrick sets out on a global paperchase, racing against time and ruthless killers - before planes and people start falling out of the sky like bloody confetti. Brace yourself for high Octane, High Risk. High Rollers.
Shots Fired

Shots Fired

C. J. Box

$24.99

International bestseller C.J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and his extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths can be found in the ten riveting stories - three of them written especially for this book - that make up SHOTS FIRED. In 'One-Car Bridge,' one of four Joe Pickett stories, Pickett goes up against a 'plain mean' landowner, with disastrous consequences, and in 'Shots Fired,' his investigation into the radio call of the title nearly ends up being the last thing he ever does. In 'Pirates of Yellowstone,' two Eastern Europeans, strangers in a strange land, hear that American tough guys can be ruthless, but it's not till they try strong-arming one that they discover the real truth of the statement; and in 'Le Sauvage Noble,' a Lakota Indian takes a job in the Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris and finds its perks to be pleasant - good wages, decent food, and French women who find his 'noble savage' act to be pretty exotic - that is, until he meets Sophie. Then he finds out what 'savage' really means.
Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

Michael Brandman

$17.90  $15.75

A JESSE STONE NOVEL She was barely out of her teens, not exactly beautiful, but she'd tried to make the most of her looks. Now, defiled and alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. And Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn't even know her name. But when his investigation lures him into the crosshairs of two ruthless pimps, Jesse finds out more about the girl than he ever dreamed. Because in pursuit of justice, if anyone can see the truth in dark, dark places, it's Jesse Stone.
Flesh Wounds: Jasmine Sharp #3

Flesh Wounds: Jasmine Sharp #3

Christopher Brookmyre

$19.99

One crime brought them together... Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead. Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was born. Now he has been arrested for the murder of a local gangster, and Jasmine must finally enter his violent domain to seek answers...a second will break them apart Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is in fear for her life. When she discovers a symbol daubed on the head of Fallan's alleged victim, it unearths secrets that will threaten everything Catherine holds dear. One murder. Two women. A lifetime of lies revealed.
Mean Streak

Mean Streak

Sandra Brown

$29.99

Hayes Bannock is a Texas Ranger, a natural lawman who is tough, taciturn, perceptive, and guarded. Several years ago, his life was derailed by a tragic chain of events, including the death of his wife in a car accident. Now he's trying to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, who has been living with his in-laws for the past four years. Judge Emory Charbonneau is the presiding judge at Georgia Bannock's custody hearing. Smart and ambitious, she wants to keep the bench to which she was temporarily appointed, which means winning the upcoming election. But just as she is about to render her decision in Georgia's custody hearing, a man dressed in painter's coveralls and a mask barges into the court room and opens fire. A beloved baliff is fatally shot and Hayes rushes to Emory, shielding her with his own body and saving her life -- sparking a dangerous attraction between the two. A chase ensuses, and the shooter is eventually cornered and killed. But after seeing the dead body in the morgue, Hayes realizes that the man killed was not the same man who opened fire in the judge's courtroom. The actual shooter is still at large and Emory's life is still in danger. Who was the shooter's actual target and why? As Hayes and Emory attempt to track him down, they realize that everyone in the courthouse that day is a suspect, and that nobody is who they seem.
One Kick: Kick Lannigan #1

One Kick: Kick Lannigan #1

Chelsea Cain

$29.99

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past...
Last Judgement

Last Judgement

John Carter

$19.99

Last Judgement is a rip-roaring conspiracy thriller debut from John Carter. In a hidden chamber off the coast of Nova Scotia an ancient tablet has been unearthed. Under layers of dirt is a series of symbols that will lead to one of the greatest treasures the world has ever known. For over 650 years it had remained undiscovered. Angela Derby, the woman behind the discovery, enlists the help of ex-army Captain, Jack Shepherd and together they decipher the runes and begin a journey across the world. But they are not the only ones seeking the treasure and their quest soon becomes a race to stay alive. Last Judgement is a page-turning adventure thriller from debut novelist John Carter, which will take you on a breathless ride all over the globe to the very heart of an ancient mystery. This is the perfect read for fans of Dan Brown, Chris Kuzneski and Charles Brokaw. John Carter is a historian living in the US. This is his first novel.
Wild Storm: Derrick Storm

Wild Storm: Derrick Storm

Richard Castle

$24.99

Derrick Storm is returning from a rock climbing vacation in the Swiss Alps, when the plane spirals into a nose-dive. Storm heroically saves the plane and all the people on board. Sadly, Storm isn't available to come to the aid of the three other planes that have crashed under similar circumstances, killing everyone on board. The always elusive Jedidiah Jones calls on Storm to investigate.
The Pattern of Fear

The Pattern of Fear

Andrew Chapman

$19.99

The Pattern of Fear is the blistering debut thriller by Drew Chapman. The world is on the brink...Garrett Reilly has a rare gift for numbers. He sees patterns no one else can. It's made him a rising star on Wall Street, but Reilly's talent has also brought him to the attention of the shadowy intelligence agencies charged with keeping America safe. As a result he's a wanted man. The trouble is knowing who wants him alive and who wants him dead. And, inducted to a secret world of deception and misdirection, Reilly must trust his own abilities or risk global catastrophe. Because numbers don't lie, but governments do...The Pattern of Fear is the debut thriller from Drew Chapman, the stand-out newcomer for 2014. Fans of Robert Ludlam, Allan Folsom and Robert Harris will be glued to this book. Praise for The Pattern of Fear: Rollicking, globe-hopping, timely and prescient ...this first novel just blows the doors off . (C. J. Box). Smart, edgy, fast-paced storytelling at its best . (Alafair Burke). Fans of 'Homeland' and '24' will love The Pattern of Fear - a rocket of a thriller that's fresh and cool and totally real . (Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Buried Secrets). Drew Chapman has always been a writer of sorts. Firstly for newspapers and then for feature films, television, and now he has written his debut book, a thriller about a 26-year-old bond trader in New York City who discovers the invisible war going on all around him, and then is recruited to fight that war. Drew lives in Seattle, with his wife and two children.
The Third Gate

The Third Gate

Lincoln Child

$29.99

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of King Narmer, an ancient pharaoh unlike any other. And Stone is anticipating a further discovery, the first of its kind in history: Narmer's famed crown, supposedly possessed of mythical powers, is thought to be buried with him. The dig is located in the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan and one of the most forbidding places on earth. And amid the nightmarish tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and seemingly inexplicable occurrences has the team living in fear of a centuries-old curse. With a monumental discovery at stake, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought in to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions...and alarm.
Murder in Thrall

Murder in Thrall

Anne Cleeland

$14.95

First-year detective Kathleen Doyle and Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, are a most unlikely pair. An Irish redhead of humble beginnings and modest means, Doyle is the antithesis of Action, the British lord who has established himself as a brilliant but enigmatic figure with a knack for solving London's most high profile homicides. But Acton senses something exceptional beneath Doyle's awkward naivete and taps her to help him with his investigations. And her spot-on intuition is just what he needs to solve a chilling string of murders...When a horse trainer is found dead at a racetrack, Doyle and Acton begin interviewing witnesses and the victim's associates, but the killer continues to strike and they're left with more questions than answers. Their investigation is further muddled by their colleagues at CID Headquarters, whose career-driven jealousies and workplace blunders could jeopardize the case - and their nosing into the nature of Doyle and Acton's after hours relationship could lay bare the most classified information of all...Perhaps the trainer was the target of a jilted lover on a killing spree. Or maybe the victims were collateral damage in a political coup gone awry. As the murders pile up, Doyle and Acton uncover something far more sadistic than they could have imagined, and now that they know too much, they'll find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of a cold-blooded killer...
The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure #6

The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure #6

Clive Cussler ,  Russell Blake

$29.99

Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre - Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people. Soon the Fargos find themselves on the run through jungles, temples, and secret tombs, caught between treasure hunters, crime cartels, and those with a far more personal motivation for stopping them. At the end of the road will be the solution to a thousand-year-old mystery - or death.
The Few

The Few

Nadia Dalbuono

$29.99

Detective Leone Scamarcio, the son of a former leading Mafioso, has turned his back on the family business, and has joined the Rome police force. He may be one of the last honest men in Italy. But when Scamarcio is handed a file of extremely compromising photographs of a high-profile Italian politician, and told to 'deal with it', he knows he's in for trouble. And when a young man is found stabbed to death in Rome, and a young American girl disappears on a beach in Elba, Scamarcio's job gets a whole lot more complicated. Worst of all, every lead seems to implicate the prime minister - a multi-media baron, and the most powerful man in Italy. Unable to confide in his colleagues about the case, Scamarcio finds himself summoned to a meeting with Italy's most notorious serial killer, who has some shocking information to share. And when the international media pick up on the girl's disappearance, Scamarcio's inquiry takes a new and unwelcome turn. He finds himself at the centre of a political firestorm, with initial questions about his controversial appointment to the force returning with a vengeance. His position in the police has never been more at risk. As the case spins out of control, and his own past catches up with him, Scamarcio must navigate the darkest currents of Italian society - only to find that nothing is as it seems, and that the price of truth may be higher than he can pay.
Tiger Milk

Tiger Milk

Stefanie de Velasco ,  Tim Mohr

$27.99

Nini and Jameelah are fourteen. The summer has just begun and Berlin is their playground. Smelling of salt and suncream, sticky-lipped and heavy-eyed from drinking Tiger Milk all day, they head for the red light district. They've decided it's time to grow up - and practice makes perfect, doesn't it? Tender and funny, shocking and tragic this is an explosive literary debut about leaving childhood behind, ready or not.
Six Against the Yard

Six Against the Yard

The Detection Club ,  Agatha Christie ,  Margery Allingham ,  Dorothy L. Sayers

$14.99

A unique anthology for crime aficionados - six 'perfect murder' stories written by the most accomplished crime writers of the 1930s, designed to fox real-life Scotland Yard Superintendent Cornish, who comments on whether or not these crimes could have genuinely been solved. Is the 'perfect murder' possible? Can that crime be committed with such consummate care, with such exacting skill, that it is unsolvable - even to the most astute investigator? In this unique collection, legendary crime writers Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers and Russell Thorndike each attempt to create the unsolvable murder, which Superintendent Cornish of the CID then attempts to unravel...This clever literary battle of wits from the archives of the Detection Club follows The Floating Admiral and Ask a Policeman back into print after more than 75 years, and shows some of the experts from the Golden Age of detective fiction at their most ingenious.
You

You

Zoran Drvenkar

$29.99

Take a man who travels through Germany and shows no mercy. Wherever he goes, no one is left alive. Call him The traveller, make him a legend and fear him. Take five girlfriends, they open the door to chaos and then take the flight. Call them the sweet sluts and avoid them. Take a father who is haunted by his past and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. And now imagine his new goal is to stop the five friends. At any price. Call him The Logistic and shun him. They all move towards each other, they are full of vengeance and have no idea that they are watching one person. You.
Remember Me This Way

Remember Me This Way

Sabine Durrant

$29.99

Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way. A year after her husband |Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place. As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again. At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her. Lizzie loved Zach. She really did. But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him. Or what he was capable of ...
Bitter Remedy: Alec Blume #5

Bitter Remedy: Alec Blume #5

Conor Fitzgerald

$24.99

There's no cure for murder. Commissario Alec Blume, on health leave and fleeing his partner Caterina, has retreated from Rome to central Italy. At the Villa Romanelli he enrolls on a natural remedies course conducted by a young woman named Silvana. But far from recuperating or resolving his differences with Caterina, a feverish Blume becomes isolated and sluggish with sickness. Increasingly ill-at-ease in the stifling environment, the dark history of the crumbling villa and its once-magnificent gardens draws him in. And when a Romanian girl who works for Silvana's ambiguous fianc Niki asks for his help, Blume finds himself dragged into the shadowy case of a missing girl, and the secret horrors of the garden's malign beauty.
I Can See in the Dark

I Can See in the Dark

Karin Fossum ,  James Anderson

$19.99

Riktor doesn't like the way the policeman comes straight into the house without knocking. He doesn't like the arrogant way he observes his home. The policeman doesn't tell him why he's there, and Riktor doesn't ask. Because he knows he's guilty of a terrible crime. But it turns out that the policeman isn't looking for a missing person. He is accusing Riktor of something totally unexpected. Riktor doesn't have a clear conscience, but this is a crime he certainly didn't commit.
Refusal: A Dick Francis Novel

Refusal: A Dick Francis Novel

Felix Francis

$19.99

Sir Richard Stewart, the racing authority chairman, wants Sid Halley to investigate suspicious race results. But Halley gave up investigating eight years ago, swearing he'd never go back. But then Sir Richard is found dead and Halley receives a threatening call from a man insisting he investigates the alleged race-fixing. Halley refuses, but when his young daughter goes missing he realizes he may pay the ultimate price. With his family in mortal danger, Halley acts. Maybe he underestimated the evilness of his foe, but has his foe underestimated Sid Halley's determination? Extreme situations demand extreme solutions and Halley is desperate to get his daughter back, or die trying...
The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad #5

The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad #5

Tana French

$29.99

Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card. Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear. From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense.
W is for Wasted: Kinsey Millhone #23

W is for Wasted: Kinsey Millhone #23

Sue Grafton

$19.99

"Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue."

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange links begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey finds the key to his identity ...In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised...

W is for Wasted: Kinsey Millhone #23 by Sue Grafton at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Everything to Lose

Everything to Lose

Andrew Gross

$17.99

The heart-pounding new thriller from the co-author of five No. 1 James Patterson bestsellers including Judge and Jury and Lifeguard, and the Sunday Times bestsellers The Blue Zone and Reckless. WHEN YOU HAVE EVERYTHING TO LOSE YOU STOP PLAYING BY THE RULES Hilary Cantor's life is falling apart. She has lost her job, is about to lose her house, and is running out of money to care for her young son with Asperger's syndrome. But when Hilary is first on the scene of a fatal car accident, she finds a satchel full of cash on the backseat - enough to solve all of her problems. Her split-second decision has devastating consequences...Because the money she takes is at the heart of a conspiracy involving murder, blackmail and a powerful figure who'll do anything to keep the past buried. They don't just want their money back: they want Hilary's life - and that of her son...
Monument to Murder: Kate Daniels #4

Monument to Murder: Kate Daniels #4

Mari Hannah

$19.99

When skeletal remains are found beneath the fortified walls of an ancient castle on Northumberland's rugged coastline, DCI Kate Daniels calls on a forensic anthropologist to help identify the corpse. Meanwhile, newly widowed prison psychologist Emily McCann finds herself drawn into the fantasy of convicted sex offender, Walter Fearon. As his mind games become more and more intense, is it possible that Daniels' case has something to do with his murderous past? With his release imminent, what exactly does he have in mind for Emily? As Daniels encounters dead end after dead end and the body count rises, it soon becomes apparent that someone is hiding more than one deadly secret...The next gripping novel by Mari Hannah, featuring DCI Kate Daniels.
Someone Else's Skin

Someone Else's Skin

Sarah Hilary

$19.99

A Richard and Judy Book Club title. Devastating, brilliant and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN is the crime debut of the year. Called to a woman's refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder. Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons. Because she, of all people, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most ...
The Lawless Kind: Joe Hunter #9

The Lawless Kind: Joe Hunter #9

Matt Hilton

$19.99

Ex-counterterrorist soldier Joe Hunter has been called to Mexico to bring an end to a cartel that preys on the people they smuggle across the US border. Once the mission's ended, however, Joe's mission leader and mentor, CIA Black Ops director Walter Hayes Conrad, confesses that the bloody mission is not the real reason Joe has been summoned south of the border. For years, Walter has kept the details of his private life - especially his family - secret from everyone, even his closest friends. But disaster has struck: his great-grandson Benjamin has been abducted, kidnapped by Walter's sworn enemy, the leader of one of Mexico's largest drug cartels. Walter will do whatever it takes to get the boy back. And he know Hunter is the man for the job. But there's one complication - the drug boss just happens to be Benjamin's father.
Reykjavik Nights: Reykjavik Murder #10

Reykjavik Nights: Reykjavik Murder #10

Arnaldur Indridason

$32.99

The Living - Erlendur works nights. He's a young officer in Traffic, not yet a detective. And Reykjavik's nights are full of car crashes, robberies, drinkers and fighters. Sometimes an unexplained death. The Lost - A homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned. But few people care. Or when a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes. Both cases go cold. The Searcher - Two lost people from two different worlds. Erlendur is not an investigator, but his instincts tell him their fates are worth pursuing. How could they be linked? In The Heart Of The Night - Inexorably, he is drawn into the blackness of the city's underbelly, where everyone is in the dark or on the run.
Strange Shores: Reykjavik Murder #9

Strange Shores: Reykjavik Murder #9

Arnaldur Indridason

$19.99

A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time. A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime

The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime

Maxim Jakubowski

$14.99

This superb annual anthology of the year's most outstanding short crime fiction published in the UK is now well into its second decade. Jakubowski has succeeded, once again, in unearthing the best short crime stories of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish authors (along with a handful of US writers living in the UK, and some expatriate Brits).

With this collection he showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of British society, but, above all, there are over 40 wonderful, gripping stories to shock, delight and make you think twice, if not three times.

Full list of contributors: Lee Child; Kevin Wignall; Will Carver; Paul Charles; Val McDermid; Paul Johnston; Alison Bruce; Tim Willocks; Maxim Jakubowski; Rhys Hughes; Edward Marston; N. J. Cooper; Michael Z. Lewin; Peter Guttridge; Mary Hoffman; Peter Tremayne; Kate Rhodes; Paul D.  Brazill; Ros Asquith; Amy Myers; Alexander McCall Smith; Nina Allan; Peter Turnbull; Jay Stringer; Martin Edwards; Zob Sharp; Col Bury; David Stuart Davies; Howard Linskey; Susan Everett; Christopher Fowler; Dreda Say Mitchell; Roger Busby; Simon Kernick; Peter Lovesey; David Hewson; Gerard Brennan; Jane Casey; Christopher J. Simmons; Stephen Gallagher; and, John Lawton.

The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime by Maxim Jakubowski at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Murder Room

The Murder Room

P. D. James

$19.99

When Commander Dalgliesh is persuaded by an old friend to visit the Dupayne, a small private museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath, he can have no idea that he will return to it one week later under very different circumstances. One of the family trustees has been horribly murdered and Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a death which, from the first, is fraught with complications. Even before the murder, the museum was in tumult. A new lease is due to be signed and two of the trustees are determined to keep the museum open, the third passionately determined on its closure. The museum is dedicated to the years 1919-1939 and one of the galleries, the Murder Room, displays exhibits from the most notorious cases of those inter-war years. And now a modern killer is at work, the crimes uncannily echoing the cases on display. All the small group of people, the trustees, staff and volunteers, who work in the Dupayne, have the means and the opportunity for murder. One of them has the ruthlessness to kill and kill again. The investigation is complicated for Dalgliesh by his love for Emma Lavenham, but their relationship, at a sensitive stage for them both, is continually frustrated by the demands of his job. As step by step he moves closer to the murderer, is the investigation taking him further away from commitment to the woman he loves?
As Serious As Death

As Serious As Death

Quintin Jardine

$19.99

The fifth thrilling mystery in Quintin Jardine's Primavera Blackstone series. Primavera Blackstone has finally found contentment by the Spanish sea. A fiercely protective single mother, she doesn't appreciate an offer of marriage. Nor does she welcome a blast from her murky Scottish past, retired cop Ricky Ross. Ricky now works for millionaire airline owner Jack Weighley - a powerful man to whom you don't say 'no'. Together Primavera and Ricky must investigate a series of assaults on Jack's aircraft. Are they acts of vandalism, or the sinister work of Catalan extremists? As Primavera and Ricky are drawn into events, and the body count rises, Primavera begins to understand the true meaning of 'till death us do part'...
Summer of the Dead

Summer of the Dead

Julia Keller

$29.99

The first death came unexpectedly. An old man attacked outside his home, his murder a shock to the town. Then the second death came and, with it, fear. For Raythune County's prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins, the inexplicable killings in Acker's Gap are all she can think about. Everything - the oppressive summer heat, her absent daughter, her troublesome sister - fades into the background as she tries to work out who could be responsible. As the tension escalates, and suspects begin to emerge, Bell will have to face demons from her own past as she comes head-to-head with a killer bent on destroying all those who stand in their way...
A Darkness Descending: Sandro Cellini #4

A Darkness Descending: Sandro Cellini #4

Christobel Kent

$19.99

When Niccolo Rosselli, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal - and Sandro Cellini is drafted in to investigate. The trail leads to a tired sea-side town and a modest hotel, where Flavia chose to end her life. But Cellini isn't satisfied - why would one so young and with so much to live for, walk away from all she loves? As he digs into Flavia's secret world, however, Sandro uncovers the hidden life of a woman consumed with private passions and a deadly, dark obsession. And as the private and public realms intersect, he cannot forget that life in modern Italy has a perilous edge - fuelled as much by rage as desire.
The Sandman: DI Joona Linna #4

The Sandman: DI Joona Linna #4

Lars Kepler

$29.99

The No 1 Swedish thriller by the author of The Hypnotist and The Fire Witness He's Sweden's most prolific serial killer. Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff. He'll lull you into a sense of calm. Mikael knows him as the sandman . Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead. He has one target left. When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hunt begins for his sister. To get to the truth, Detective Inspector Joona Linna will need to get closer than ever to the man who stripped him of a family; the man who wants Linna dead.
Sleeping Cruelty

Sleeping Cruelty

Lynda La Plante

$19.99

Sir William Benedict has always desired acceptance from society's elite. Coming from a working-class background, the now very wealthy entrepreneur owns millions, alongside a small slice of paradise by way of an island in the Caribbean. William gets what he wishes for when the fast-rising Tory MP, Andrew Maynard enters his life. After pouring money in to Maynard's political campaign, William suddenly finds that he has the social status he has always craved. But his joy is premature...After a political scandal erupts, William is shunned by the socialites that he believed were his friends. With his reputation in tatters, the entrepreneur turns to Justin Chalmers, and his sister, Laura, for help. William's island will no longer be a tranquil paradise, but the backdrop for his revenge.
Cold in July (Film Tie-in)

Cold in July (Film Tie-in)

Joe R. Lansdale

$19.99

Night. You wake suddenly. Someone's in your house. Is your family safe? You stumble from bed. You must investigate. If you had a gun, would you take it? If your life was threatened, would you use it? Richard Dane, face-to-face with an armed intruder, does. With one shot he takes a man's life and changes his own forever. The police say it is a clear-cut case of self-defence - the deceased is a no-account ex-con wanted by the law. No one blames Richard...except the dead man's father who, hell-bent on revenge, sets his sights on Richard's own four-year-old son. As father is pitted against father, both men are inexorably drawn into dangerous territory as small-town secrets peal away to reveal a vile conspiracy that will threaten to devour them both.
Life Deluxe

Life Deluxe

Jens Lapidus

$29.99

Dirty money, no matter where it comes from, will be clean cash after it has been laundered by the right person. JW hasn't wasted his time in prison and he's planning a grand comeback. Jorge is tired of his new, square existence selling lattes and cappuccinos. Life deluxe looms on the horizon as he plans his last heist. This time it will be very big money. But the police are closing in and an undercover officer has got deep into Stockholm's criminal inner circle. Close to Jorge, close to JW. At the same time, someone is out to get the Godfather himself - Radovan Kranjic. People are starting to think about what life will be like once he's gone. Who will be Stockholm's new king - or queen? The methods vary but the hunt for money, power and a carefree life somewhere warm and sunny goes on. The goal is easy money - and life deluxe.
Then We Take Berlin: Joe Wilderness #1

Then We Take Berlin: Joe Wilderness #1

John Lawton

$19.99

John Holderness, known to the women in his life as 'Wilderness', comes of age during World War II in Stepney, East London, breaking in to houses with his grandfather. After the war, Wilderness is recruited as MI5's resident 'cat burglar' and finds himself in Berlin, involved with schemes in the booming black market that put both him and his relationships in danger. In 1963 it is a most unusual and lucrative request that persuades Wilderness to return - to smuggle someone under the Berlin Wall and out of East Germany. But this final scheme may prove to be one challenge too far...Then We Take Berlin is a gripping, meticulously researched and richly detailed historical thriller - a moving story of espionage and war, and people caught up in the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century.
A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

John Le Carre

$19.99

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. A triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents. Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A MOST WANTED MAN is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.
Speak of the Devil: Anna Curtis #3

Speak of the Devil: Anna Curtis #3

Allison Leotta

$19.99

Prosecutor Anna Curtis must stop a vicious street gang before it destroys more lives - and her own family. On the very night she gets engaged to the man she loves, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis's professional life takes a shocking turn that threatens everything she holds dear. A few miles away from where she's enjoying her romantic dinner, two separate groups are gearing up to raid a brothel. A vicious killer known as Diablo - the Devil - leads one group. A few minutes later, Anna's own investigative team heads in to search the brothel, as part of an ongoing fight against human trafficking in DC. Both groups are caught off guard, with deadly results. As Anna investigates the bloody face-off, the boundaries between her work and home life begin to blur when she discovers a web of long-buried secrets and official lies that lead straight to her doorstep. And everything Anna counted on - the happiness she seemed so close to securing - comes into question as Diablo moves in for yet another kill. Allison Leotta draws on her experience as a DC sex-crimes prosecutor to take you into the back rooms of the US Attorney's Office, the hidden world of the Witness Protection Program, and the secret rituals of one of America's most dangerous gangs.
Dexter's Final Cut: Dexter #7

Dexter's Final Cut: Dexter #7

Jeff Lindsay

$19.99

Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest stars descend on the Miami Police Department for 'research'. Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters and he becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role as a forensics guy, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter's every move. There is just one tiny problem... Dexter's favourite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime. It's a secret best kept out of the spotlight if Dexter wants to stay out of the electric chair. The last things he needs are the bright lights and the paparazzi - but even Dexter isn't immune to the call of fame.
Murder on the Ile Sordou: Verlaque & Bonnet #4

Murder on the Ile Sordou: Verlaque & Bonnet #4

M L Longworth

$25.95

In Murder on the Ile Sordou, Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are hoping to enjoy a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, an opulent hotel that is reopening after decades, but someone has other plans. Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have spent their life savings restoring the Locanda, which lies on an archipelago just off the coast of Marseille. The murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone's vacation, and Verlaque and Bonnet are once again called to investigate. But things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?
Singapore Noir

Singapore Noir

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

$19.99

Say 'Singapore' to anyone and you'll likely hear one of a few words: Caning. Fines. Chewing gum. For much of the West, the narrative of Singapore has been marked largely by its government's strict laws and unwavering enforcement of them. Yet there are many quirky and dark complexities of Singapore that rarely seem to make it past its borders. Beneath its sparkling veneer is a country teeming with shadows. Rich stories can be found sprinkled throughout the city's many neighbourhoods, hiding in dark corners or abandoned fisheries. They are waiting to be discovered by noir-hungry readers.
The Sudden Arrival of Violence: The Glasgow Trilogy Book 3

The Sudden Arrival of Violence: The Glasgow Trilogy Book 3

Malcolm Mackay

$19.99

It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing. Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest - and bloodiest - manoeuvres are yet to come ...The stunning conclusion to Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence will return readers to the city's underworld: a place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence ...
Escape

Escape

Dominique Manotti ,  Ros Schwartz ,  Amanda Hopkinson

$23.99

It's 1987. Two prisoners, both Italian, break out of prison in a rubbish lorry. One heads for Paris, the other to Milan. The first Carlo, is killed in a shoot-out during a bank robbery - under suspicious circumstances. Frightened by the manhunt launched by Interpol, the second prisoner, Filippo, returns to Paris where he becomes a security guard. He spends his nights writing the story of a Red Brigadier, as recounted to him in prison by Carlo.
Kingdom of Darkness: Wilde & Chase #10

Kingdom of Darkness: Wilde & Chase #10

Andy McDermott

$29.99

1943 - Occupied Greece The SS unit's mission was simple: round up Jews for the concentration camps. But beneath an isolated farmhouse, they find a far greater bounty - a hidden shrine to Alexander the Great and an urn filled with water possessing mysterious qualities. The Nazis take the treasure in the name of Hitler and disappear... Present Day - Los Angeles Archaeologist Nina Wilde and her husband Eddie Chase are sought out by a young man, desperate to warn her about a planned raid on Alexander's newly-discovered tomb in Egypt. But before he can explain more, he is assassinated by a wanted Nazi war criminal - who has barely aged in seventy years. As Nina and Eddie search for answers, they discover that the most evil regime in history is threatening to rise again. But the Nazis seek more than power. They are also hunting for the greatest prize of all - immortality...
The Dead Ground

The Dead Ground

Claire McGowan

$19.99

Stolen. Missing. Dead...Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, already wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, is forced to put her own problems on hold when she's asked to help find a baby taken from a local hospital. Then the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman found lying on a remote stone circle indicates a connection to the kidnapping and Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible. When another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...
In the Morning I'll be Gone: Sean Duffy #3

In the Morning I'll be Gone: Sean Duffy #3

Adrian McKinty

$19.99

NED KELLY AWARD WINNER 2014 BEST FICTION

Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing left to lose, you have everything to gain, but only if you want it. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. 

Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. And there's no coming back from this kind of losing.

From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall too far behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?
White Crocodile

White Crocodile

K. T. Medina

$29.99

The White Crocodile is fate. Tess Hardy thought she had put Luke, her violent husband, firmly in her past. Until he calls from Cambodia, where he is working as a mine-clearer, and there's something in his voice she hasn't heard before. Fear. Two weeks later, he's dead. Was it really an accident, or was Luke murdered? Against her better judgment, Tess is drawn to Cambodia, taking a job at the same humanitarian mine clearance charity Luke had been working for. The White Crocodile is judgement. What greets her is a country full of strange beliefs, where danger is all around. Teenage mothers are disappearing from villages around the minefields, while others are being found mutilated and murdered, their babies abandoned. The White Crocodile is death. Tess hears whispers of the White Crocodile, a mythical beast that brings death to all who meet it. Caught in a web of secrets and lies that stretches all the way from Cambodia to another murder in England, and a violent secret twenty years old, Tess must find out the truth, and quickly - because the crocodile is watching...
Cobra: Benny Griessel #4

Cobra: Benny Griessel #4

Deon Meyer

$29.99

Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications. It seems it is not just the terrorists and criminals of Britain and South Africa who may fear the Professor's work, but the politicians too. As the body count begins to spiral viciously, Benny must put his new-found love life aside and focus on finding the one person who could give him a break in the case: a teenage pickpocket on the run in the city. But Benny is not the only person hunting for Tyrone Kleinbooi...
The Last Witness: A D.C.I. Daley Thriller

The Last Witness: A D.C.I. Daley Thriller

Denzil Meyrick

$19.99

James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie's conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie's way ...
Confessions

Confessions

Kanae Minato

$19.99

When Yuko Moriguchi's four-year-old daughter died in the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident. It's the last day of term, and Yuko's last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened - but not for the reasons they think. Her daughter didn't die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two people in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach...But revenge has a way of spinning out of control, and Yuko's last lecture is only the start of the story. In this bestselling Japanese thriller of love, despair and murder, everyone has a confession to make, and no one will escape unharmed.
This is the Water

This is the Water

Yannick Murphy

$19.99

This is a novel about a woman. About a mother. About a marriage. About a murder. In the brightly lit public pool the killer swims and watches. Amongst the mothers cheering on their swim team daughters is Annie. Watching her two girls race, she's thinking of other things. Her husband's emotional distance. Her lost brother. The man she's drawn to. Then she learns a terrible secret. Now her everyday cares and concerns seem meaningless. Annie knows she has to act. Above all, she must protect her children. Compulsively readable, it takes readers on a journey where none could guess the final outcome.
Evil and the Mask

Evil and the Mask

Fuminori Nakamura

$27.99

When Fumihiro Kuki is 11 years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. 'I created you to be a cancer on the world,' his father tells him. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family's resources, Fumihiro's life is one without repercussions. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father's mandate and starts to resist.
Crime School

Crime School

Carol O'Connell

$19.99

Mallory Book 6: the sixth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. A street kid turned cop. Fifteen years have passed since a junkie whore and a police informer, known simply as Sparrow, cared for a feral child when she was lost and alone. Why did she let the hangman in? Now, on a hot August afternoon, in an East Side apartment, a woman is found hanged. Carefully placed red candles and an enormous quantity of dead flies suggest a bizarre ritual. NYPD detective Kathy Mallory does not recognise her immediately. But soon finds that she is staring her bitter past in the face, as she pursues a case which also has its origin in an unsolved murder committed years ago.
Shell Game

Shell Game

Carol O'Connell

$19.99

Mallory Book 5: the fifth NYPD detective Kathy Mallory novel from New York Times bestseller Carol O'Connell, master of knife-edge suspense and intricate plotting. Detective Kathy Mallory. New York's darkest. You only underestimate her once. A cop who knows there is no magic in the world At a sell-out festival of magicians in Manhattan, in front of a live audience and eight million television viewers, a death-defying trick goes tragically wrong. NYPD detective Kathy Mallory has learned the hard way that things are rarely what they seem. But she is the only cop who believes the death is not an accident. Welcome to the darker side of NYPD. Hiding behind the smoke and mirrors is a ruthless killer who will soon strike again.
Chain of Events: William Sandberg #1

Chain of Events: William Sandberg #1

Fredrik T. Olsson

$29.99

Nothing would make me keep a diary. Except for one thing. The realisation that soon there won't be anyone around to read it. William Sandberg. A broken genius, snatched from his home. Christina Sandberg, his ex-wife. She does not believe their lies. Our future hangs on their survival. If they fail, we are all lost.
Dead Men's Bones: Inspector Mclean #4

Dead Men's Bones: Inspector Mclean #4

James Oswald

$19.99

The body of a prominent Scottish MP is discovered outside his home, a remote house in North East Fife. In a horrifying attack, Andrew Weatherly has killed his wife and two young daughters, before turning his gun on himself. The question on everyone's lips is why would this successful and wealthy man commit such a gruesome crime? Inspector Tony McLean is surprised to find himself at the centre of this high profile investigation. The deeper he digs, the more McLean realizes he is being used in a game between shadowy factions from the world of power and privilege. Pressure is on to wrap up the case. That would go against everything McLean believes in... but to carry on will threaten the lives of his closest friends and colleagues.
Burn: Michael Bennett #7

Burn: Michael Bennett #7

James Patterson

$32.99

Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City - and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the caller seriously - and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.
The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache #10

The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache #10

Louise Penny

$29.99

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help, he can't bring himself to refuse her, despite the old wounds it threatens to re-open. Clara's husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised.

As Gamache journeys further into Quebec, he is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Peter Morrow, a man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist that he would sell his soul. As Gamache gets closer to the truth, he uncovers a deadly trail of jealousy and deceit.

Can Gamache bring Peter, and himself, home safely? Or in searching for answers, has he placed himself, and those closest to him, in terrible danger...

The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache #10 by Louise Penny at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Saints of the Shadow Bible: Inspector Rebus #19

Saints of the Shadow Bible: Inspector Rebus #19

Ian Rankin

$19.99

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide?

His old colleagues called themselves 'the Saints', and swore a bond on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner. Who are the saints and who are the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

Saints of the Shadow Bible: Inspector Rebus #19 by Ian Rankin at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
See You Tomorrow

See You Tomorrow

Tore Renberg

$24.99

Pal has a shameful secret that has dragged him into huge debt, and he is desperate that his teenage daughters and ex-wife don't find out. Sixteen-year-old Sandra also has a secret. She's in love with the delinquent Daniel William, a love so strong and pure that nothing can get in its way. Cecilie has the biggest secret of them all, a baby growing inside her. But she's trapped in her small-time, criminal existence, and dreams of an escape from it all. Over three fateful September days, these lives cross in a whirlwind of brutality, laughter, tragedy, and love that will change them forever. A fast-paced, moving, and darkly funny page-turner.
The Winter Foundlings: Alice Quentin #3

The Winter Foundlings: Alice Quentin #3

Kate Rhodes

$29.99

The girl was lying on the steps of the Foundling Museum, dressed all in white. Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood high-security hospital for over a decade. Now more innocents are being slaughtered, and they all have a connection to his earlier crimes. Psychologist Alice Quentin is doing research at Northwood. She was hoping for a break from her hectic London life, but she'll do anything to help save a child - even if it means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive...
Her Last Whisper

Her Last Whisper

Karen Robards

$29.99

The last time criminal psychology expert Dr Charlotte 'Charlie' Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. Now she's determined to stick to research - and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the 'Cinderella Killer', a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie's unique skills before it's too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane - and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland - Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena's sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate. But it's Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal lothario decides she's just his type ...
Festive in Death: In Death #39

Festive in Death: In Death #39

J. D. Robb

$29.99

The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: Santa Says You've Been Bad!!! Ho, Ho, Ho! It's Christmas, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband Roarke plans a huge, glittering party, Eve has murder on her mind. The victim - personal trainer Trey Ziegler - was trouble in life and is causing even more problems in death. Vain, unfaithful and vindictive, Trey had cultivated a lot of enemies. Which means Eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and Detective Peabody uncover Trey's sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn. Christmas may be a festival of light, but Eve and Roarke will be forced once more down a very dark path in their hunt for the truth.
Indigo

Indigo

Clemens J. Setz ,  Ross Benjamin

$29.99

It is 2007 and Austria is in the grip of a sinister epidemic: Indigo Syndrome. Children are the carriers, and anyone who comes near them is afflicted with severe headaches, nausea, and vertigo. These Indigo children are sent away to the Helianau Institute in Styria, in the mountainous heart of the country, a protected zone where they cannot affect the wider population. There, one of the teachers, Clemens Setz, witnesses students being taken away in strange masks. They never come back. When Setz tries to find out what is going on, he swiftly loses his job, but he doesn't give up trying to uncover Helianau's dark secrets. Fourteen years later, in 2021, former Indigo child Robert Tatzel notices an article in the newspaper about his old teacher: Clemens Setz has just been acquitted in a brutal murder trial. But Tatzel harbours resentments against Setz from his days at Helianau, and decides to investigate. Set in a world uncannily familiar and yet entirely strange, Indigo is part thrilling detective story, part post-modern puzzle. Clemens J. Setz has written a novel that will change the way we read novels, and change the way we look at the world.
A Man's Head

A Man's Head

Georges Simenon

$16.99

This is a new translation of Georges Simenon's atmospheric novel set in the bustling streets of Paris, book nine in the new Penguin Maigret series.

Slowly the Czech was becoming animated, but in a muted way, so typical of the man. Maigret now noticed his hands, which were long, surprisingly white and dotted with freckles. They seemed to reach out and take part in the conversation.

'Let's be clear that it's not your professionalism which I question. If you understand nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, it's because from the very start you've been working with facts which had been falsified.'

Maigret sets out to prove the innocence of a man condemned to death for a brutal murder. As his audacious plan to uncover the truth unfolds, he encounters rich American expatriates, some truly dangerous characters and their hidden motives. 

A Man's Head by Georges Simenon at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Unforgiven

The Unforgiven

Sean Slater

$29.99

It is late at night when Detective Jacob Striker receives a call to investigate a disturbance at a bus depot in downtown Vancouver. On arrival, he discovers a bus in flames and the fire department battling to control the blaze. When they finally put the fire out, Striker makes a terrifying discovery. Inside is the body of a woman he once worked with, a police officer from the force. It looks as though she has been lured in and ambushed. Striker vows to avenge the death of his friend and colleague by bringing her murderer to justice, and to start, he'll have to take over the file she was investigating that brought her to this part of the city. But the more Striker tries to look into the case, the more he finds doors closed in his face - both among the police and outside. It soon becomes apparent that Jazz's investigations were upsetting some influential people, and Striker is putting himself in grave danger as he battles through the layers of intrigue and lies surrounding the case.
Complex 90

Complex 90

Mickey Spillane ,  Max Allan Collins

$12.99

Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge; he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him? Why does Russia want him back, and why was he singled out to accompany the senator to Russia in the first place?
Acts of Omission

Acts of Omission

Terry Stiastny

$29.99

1998: a new era. A young government. Minister Mark Lucas is set a conundrum. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has fallen into government hands. The files were spirited out of Germany by the British before the Wall came down in '89. Ten years into reunification, the Germans want them back in order to complete their opening of the Stasi archive. Lucas is personally sympathetic - but forces within the government are determined not to let this happen. And there's a further complication: it transpires the intelligence services have managed to lose the disk. When it is delivered to the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works, she finds herself unravelling not just a mystery, but many people's lives - including her own. Someone from her past links her to the biggest political story of the moment.
An Unwilling Accomplice: Bess Crawford #6

An Unwilling Accomplice: Bess Crawford #6

Charles Todd

$29.99

Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry. Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he's killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened - that a patient in her charge has committed murder - become more important to Bess than her own future. She's going to solve this mysterious puzzle, but righting an injustice and saving her honor may just cost Bess her life.
The Ambleside Alibi: Lake District Mystery #2

The Ambleside Alibi: Lake District Mystery #2

Rebecca Tope

$18.99

After an eventful previous year, Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown is adjusting to life in Windermere, running her florist shop and trying to put her tragic past behind her. But just when Simmy thinks her life is quietly coming together at last, it begins to unravel at the seams. With the delivery of a bouquet of flowers to an elderly lady - complete with mysterious message attached - old and sinister secrets come creeping into the light. When another old woman is found dead in her own home, Simmy is drawn into the centre of a murder investigation. With the prime suspect naming Simmy as his alibi, the unfortunate florist knows her peaceful existence in the Lake District is about to be shaken once again. While trying to rebuild her own life, Simmy must untangle the murky lives of others and uncover the motive behind a mysterious killing...
The Coniston Case

The Coniston Case

Rebecca Tope

$42.95

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown's flower shop near Lake Windermere is doing good business. But when Simmy receives a string of anonymous delivery orders, each one causing their recipient great distress, she begins to suspect that the messages they contain mask a sinister intent. When one of the recipients disappears, it would seem that her worst fears have been confirmed.As if that isn't enough, Simmy's friend Kathy turns up, on the trail of her wayward daughter Joanna, who she fears has grown unhealthily close to one of her university tutors. When Kathy attempts to reason with her daughter she finds that Joanna's older lover may be even more menacing than she had imagined. With both Kathy and Joanna in peril, Simmy and her friends find themselves caught up in a web of deception, blackmail and murder. It seems that Simmy Brown faces her most puzzling, and perhaps her most dangerous, case yet.
The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman

Richard Zimler

$19.99

Chief Inspector Henrique Monroe of the Lisbon Police Department is not your usual cop. Eccentric, elliptical - and stunningly observant - his peculiar behavior at crime scenes is legendary. But his colleagues put up with it because, in the end, Monroe's the best of the best. But he has a double-sided secret. And when he's called to investigate the brutal slaying of well-connected Portuguese businessman Pedro Coutinho, it's not just the murder case that will unravel - but his own identity, too. As Monroe's investigations lead him deep into a torrid world of shady political corruption and sexual violence, the details of the case trigger memories from his childhood in rural Colorado - memories he has travelled far, and worked hard, to hide. His behavior becomes even more upsetting and inappropriate than usual, and even his family - his wife, his brother and his two young boys - start to fear for the man they thought they knew. Henrique struggles to move his investigation forward whilst keeping the walls of his identity from crumbling. And then, another violent crime changes his life forever, destroying any chance he has of continuing to keep his secret ...A chilling psychological mystery, The Night Watchman is a uniquely moving portrait of a troubled police detective and his family when a single crime reveals the damaging impact of abuse and the tragic truth about an entire nation.
Blood Sport

Blood Sport

Dick Francis

$19.99

Gene Hawkins is a fixer for his boss Mr Keeble: if Keeble has a problem Gene fixes it. It's that simple. Sometimes that requires the Luger he carries - mostly it doesn't.

Now Keeble has summoned Gene back from a long-overdue holiday. It seems a very expensive stallion has been taken in Kentucky. It's the third high-value kidnapping in a few years.

Keeble wants his horse back. Gene is asked to go out there and find it. But what Gene doesn't know is that he's about to get involved with blackmailers and murderers. Looks like that Luger will see some use.
Banker

Banker

Dick Francis

$19.99

It is difficult to say where disaster begins, to point towards one particular happening as the first definite step towards distant cataclysm. Looking back, Tim Ekaterin sees the beginning as the day his boss stepped into a fountain. Onwards from there, he comes across people and events as yet unconnected but which, when woven together by time and chance, leads towards violent explosive action and the threat of death. Set in the worlds of thoroughbred racing and merchant banking, the story covers a span of three years, growing from quiet harmless-seeming seeds to a wholly horrific harvest.
Rat Race

Rat Race

Dick Francis

$19.99

Pilot Matt Shore now spends his days ferrying high-class passengers between English race courses. One eventful trip ends with his plane exploding in a ball of fire, Matt knows he's not that unlucky. When the police confirm it was a bomb, Matt realises he has a problem. One of his passengers must have been the target - the question is who? Matt to find out fast - because he's scheduled to ferry the same people over the coming weeks. Can Matt stay alive long enough to stop the bomber?
Bolt

Bolt

Dick Francis

$19.99

Jockey Kit Fielding's patron, Princess Casilia, is in trouble. Her invalid husband is being threatened by a ruthless business partner who wants to use the firm to manufacture arms. At the same time, some of the Princess' best horses are being killed - shot by a bolt. The only person the Princess can turn to is Kit - but he has problems of his own. His fiance Danielle has taken a shine to another man. And his old feud with Maynard Allardeck, racing steward and hereditary enemy of the Fieldings, might lose him his license to race. Between riding winners (and trying to save his impending marriage) Kit has somehow to find out and stop who is slaughtering the horses. But, as he's about to discover, the killer has more than horses in his sights...
High Stakes

High Stakes

Dick Francis

$19.99

When inventor Stephen Scott abruptly fires his winning trainer Jody Leeds, the racing world is shocked and disgusted - though not quite as angry as Leeds, who swears revenge on his former friend. But Steven is convinced that Leeds has been stealing from him - and worse - and felt he had no choice. And when Leeds decides to enact his vengance, Steven finds out just what a nasty piece of work he really is. Because now Steven is not only in fear of losing everything - but also his life. Somehow, he must prove to the world that Leeds is a vicious crook - or die trying...
Longshot

Longshot

Dick Francis

$19.99

Life as a writer is colder, hungrier work than John Kendall bargained for. Not even the survival guides he's written can help him. So when notorious racehorse trainer Tremayne Vickers approaches Kendall to write his biography, it's an offer he can't turn down. Kendall becomes immersed in his host's lifestyle: riding racehorses and getting to know the family. But then a local stable girl is found dead - and the party's over. A killer is lurking in the shadows. And Kendall's survival tips are about to become more useful - and more deadly - than he could ever have imagined.
Slay Ride

Slay Ride

Dick Francis

$19.99

David Cleveland - an investigator for the Jockey Club - is sitting in a dinghy in a pleasant little fjord in Norway. He's here to help the Norwegians find out why Bob Sherman, a visiting English rider, has done a runner with the racehorse takings. He thinks it'll be a straightforward job, and he'll get to spend some time with old friends. But when the dinghy is hit by a speedboat and Cleveland almost drowns, he realises that there is more to this case than some missing money - especially when a dead body turns up. Now Cleveland knows the stakes are dangerously high. A sensible man would leave it to the police and go back home to England. Except, it turns out, that England isn't safe either...
Trial Run

Trial Run

Dick Francis

$19.99

Ex-steeplechaser Randall Drew is reluctantly off to pre-Olympic games Moscow, as a favour to royalty. One of the blue bloods is destined to compete in the games and there are concerns - both of safety and of scandal - that only Drew, with his racing connections, can clear up. On arriving - speaking no Russian and wishing he were back home - Drew is supposed to identify and contact one Alyosha to clear up the scandal. Instead, he finds himself tailed by the KGB and embroiled in foiling a terrorist plot - or die trying. Home seems an awful long way away - and if he's not careful, he'll be going back in a box...
Twice Shy

Twice Shy

Dick Francis

$19.99

This is a classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. Physics teacher (and crack shot) Jonathan Derry is given some tapes to look after by a friend. They're not your usual tapes: they hold a computer programme which functions as a bookie-breaking betting system. When Jonathan's friend is then killed in a suspicious explosion and two thugs turn up at his house waving guns and demanding the tapes, Jonathan realises that he's been handed a whole lot more trouble. Jonathan knows he won't be left alone unless he gives them what they want. However, he decides to play his own game. After all, he's a crack shot. He can look after himself - can't he? Praise for Dick Francis: As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing . (Daily Mirror). Dick Francis' fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end . (Sunday Telegraph). The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care ...the entire story is a pleasure to relish . (Scotsman). Francis writing at his best . (Evening Standard). A regular winner ...as smooth, swift and lean as ever . (Sunday Express). A super chiller and killer . (New York Times Book Review).
Dead Gorgeous

Dead Gorgeous

Peter Lovesey

$19.99

Rose and Antonia had a good war. As WAAF plotters, they had all the excitement and independence of a difficult and dangerous job, and all the fun of being two women on an RAF base. Peacetime is a disappointment. There is rationing, shortages, and nothing to do. Rosie's war-hero husband has turned into a brutal lout: Antonia, bored with her rich manufacturer, wants to move to America with her lover. Neither can afford a divorce. But what are plotters for, if not to plot? And Antonia's ruthless scheme would give them both what they want. If Rose doesn't lose her nerve, they could get away with murder ...
The False Inspector Dew

The False Inspector Dew

Peter Lovesey

$19.99

It is 1921, and Alma Webster, a reader of romances, is passionately in love with her dentist, Walter Baranov. There is only one foreseeable outcome: the murder of his wife. Inspired by the real-life Dr Crippen case, they plot a way to achieve it perfectly aboard the ocean liner, Mauretania. With a fine sense of irony, Baranov takes the identity of Inspector Dew, Crippen's nemesis. But when a murder is reported aboard the ship and 'Inspector Dew' is invited to investigate, the complications begin. Listed in The Times' 100 Best Crime Novels of the Twentieth Century.
Keystone

Keystone

Peter Lovesey

$19.99

Warwick Easton is a cop - a movie cop, that is. Landing in the crazy world of Keystone Film Studios, California, in 1916, a chance meeting with a silent comedy star lands him a job as Keystone the cop. Little does he realise some very real danger is on its way. Terrible events begin to occur: a horrific death on a rollercoaster, a body in a bungalow, a shooting on a beach, and the disappearance of Amber Honeybee - the adorable and much-abused young actress. Keystone takes his cop duties seriously and gets on the trail, before it is far too late. Mayhem and mystery abound in this offbeat, charming caper set in the world of silent movies.
Rough Cider

Rough Cider

Peter Lovesey

$19.99

It is World War II and American soldiers stationed in rural England have made friends, especially with the local girls. After a dance to celebrate the pressing of the apples into cider, the resentment of the local men leads to violence and a murder. Later, a baby girl is born. Years later, Theo, a university lecturer, is approached by an American girl called Alice. She wants to be told about her father, a GI hanged for murder in Somerset during World War II. As a boy, Theo had been a principal witness for the prosecution. Alice persuades him to revisit the farm where Theo was evacuated, staunchly determined to discover the facts. The horrors of the past take on a frightening immediacy when long-forgotten jealousies come to the surface and another murder is committed.
Killing Adonis

Killing Adonis

J M Donellan

$29.99

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- With a whole lot of mystery and some grisly business, this quirky, brisk and very enjoyable novel also riffs on a lot of modern life along the way. At one point the mood even verges on horror. Yet all of these mysterious happenings are carried along over a comic undertone.

This comic aspect comes through with the characters being drawn large and in high relief and the rapid-fire, pithy banter which sets the pace. Donellan's style is very self-aware and knowing, mugging to the camera and sashaying confidently towards the reader.

The mystery even taunted me from the cover. What was that ill-defined black image on the cover? And why is this very modern story styled in this rustic 'olde worlde' faux-leatherbound look? (beautifully done by the way) All is revealed...

More importantly, it was a book I found myself ravenously seeking out in any free moment, eager to chase the mystery. It's been some time since I've felt the addiction of such a 'page-turner'. Craig

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Freya is a fiesty, flame-headed nurse who has finished her studies and who has had a Florence Nightingale influenced dream from childhood of heading to East Timor to continue her work. But for now, she needs a break - a 'cakewalk' job.

After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose adult son of the eccentric Vincetti family, billionaire owners of the Halcyon Corporation. She very quickly discovers that the labyrinthine Vincetti mansion hides a wealth of secrets, their corporate rivals have a nasty habit of being extravagantly executed, and Elijah is not the saint they portray him to be. And there’s something very strange about the story that Elijah’s brother Jack is writing …

A tragicomic tale about love, delusion and corporate greed.

Killing Adonis by J M Donellan at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
           
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