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Angelica's Smile: Inspector Montalbano Mysteries

Angelica's Smile: Inspector Montalbano Mysteries

Andrea Camilleri

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This is the irresistible new bestselling mystery featuring Inspector Montalbano.

After sitting in the car on the hill for about ten minutes, Montalbano realised this was a big mistake. Because he didn't think at all about the investigation, the burglars, or Mr. Z. He thought about Angelica...What had he done? When members of Vigata's elite are targeted in a series of perfectly executed burglaries, Inspector Montalbano reluctantly takes the case. It soon becomes clear however that more links these privileged few than simply their lost possessions...

It isn't long too before Montalbano finds himself taken with one of the victims, the captivatingly beautiful young Angelica. But as the detective's attraction grows - until he can think of little else - a series of strange, anonymous letters begin to arrive claiming responsibility for the thefts...

With the allure of Angelica beginning to consume him and his relationship with Livia under threat, Montalbano must focus his mind to solve this perplexing investigation before events spiral out of all control...

Angelica's Smile: Inspector Montalbano #17 by Andrea Camilleri at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

The Mandarin Code

The Mandarin Code

Steve Lewis ,  Chris Uhlmann

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Politics peeled bare. The second darkly satirical thriller from the authors of The Marmalade Files. POLITICS JUST GOT DEADLY.

A body pulled from the murky waters of Lake Burley Griffin links Canberra, Beijing and Washington in a titanic struggle where war is just a mouse click away. Veteran reporter Harry Dunkley is chasing the scoop of his career, hunting for his best friend's killer.

Navigating treacherous political waters where a desperate minority government edges ever closer to disaster, he delves into a cyber world where there are no secrets. Friendship and loyalty give way to betrayal and revenge as Dunkley stumbles into the sights of the mandarins who wield real power - and who'll stop at nothing to retain it.

Political insiders Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann bring biting wit and behind-the-headlines insights to this sharply observed sequel to the bestselling The Marmalade Files, once again lifting the veil on the lust and lies that stain the corridors of power.

Praise for THE MARMALADE FILES:

'A banquet of bastardry' Daily Telegraph

'[A] cynical, opinionated, lively gallop through the landscape of contemporary Australian politics' Sydney Morning Herald

'This jokey look at the goldfish bowl of Canberra politics takes the world we know, adds a spy story and feeds in some serious issues like our relations with China and the US' Jennifer Byrne, Australian Women's Weekly 

The Mandarin Code by Lewis & Uhlmann at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Heist: Gabriel Allon #14

The Heist: Gabriel Allon #14

Daniel Silva

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Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police.

The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one...The dead man is a fallen British spy with a secret: he's been trafficking in stolen paintings and selling them to a mysterious collector. Through a contact at the dirty end of the art trade, Gabriel learns that stolen masterpieces are being used as currency in the volatile world of international terror and financial warfare - and that among those paintings is the world's most iconic missing work of art: Caravaggio's glorious Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence.

Gabriel embarks on a daring gambit to recover the Caravaggio and learn the identity of the collector. His search will take him on an exhilarating hunt - from the shimmering boulevards of Paris and London, to the gritty criminal underworlds of Marseilles and Corsica, and finally, to a small private bank in Austria where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of one of the world's most brutal dictators.

At his side is a brave young woman who survived one of the worst massacres of the twentieth century. Now, with Gabriel's help, she will be given a chance to strike a blow against a dynasty that destroyed her family.

The Heist: Gabriel Allon #14 by Daniel Silva at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Life or Death

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

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Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life ...and not just his own.

Life or Death by Michael Robotham at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Watching You: Joseph O'Loughlin #7

Watching You: Joseph O'Loughlin #7

Michael Robotham

$19.99

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for Marnie's birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting...
Paths of the Dead: Rhona MacLeod #9

Paths of the Dead: Rhona MacLeod #9

Lin Anderson

$19.99

IT WAS NEVER JUST A GAME ...When Amy MacKenzie agrees to attend a meeting at a local spiritualist church, the last person she expects to hear calling to her from beyond the grave is her son. The son whom she'd only spoken to an hour before. Then the body of a young man is found inside a neolithic stone circle high above the city of Glasgow and forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is soon on the case. The hands have been severed and there is a stone in the victim's mouth with the number five scratched on it. DI Michael McNab is certain it's a gangland murder, but Rhona isn't convinced. When a second body is found in similar circumstances, a pattern begins to emerge, of a killer intent on masterminding a gruesome Druidic game that everyone will be forced to play ...Paths of the Dead is the next novel in Lin Anderson's esteemed Rhona Macleod crime series.
Bedford Park

Bedford Park

Bryan Appleyard

$19.99

Set in 1912, Bedford Park is not just a London suburb: it is a crucible for enlightenment and modernity inhabited by people who wish to better themselves - and those who should know better. It is a singular place, architecturally sidestepping the modern whilst encouraging those with new ideas to take up residence. Into this mix sails Cal Kidd from America. In a coffee-house he makes the acquaintance of Binks, a man whose occupation in the City is vague but he seems to know everybody. And so Cal meets real-life characters like Maud Gonne and Frank Harris, while Ford Madox Ford, W.B. Yeats and Joseph Conrad appear also. Then Binks is gruesomely murdered, and after never really having to deal with anything in his life, Cal the observer now has to act.
What Strange Creatures

What Strange Creatures

Emily Arsenault

$24.99

Scandal, love, family, and murder combine in this gripping mystery by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault, in which a young woman's life is turned upside down when her brother is arrested for murder and she must prove his innocenceThe Battle siblings are used to disappointment. Seven years after starting her PhD program - one marriage, one divorce, three cats and a dog later - Theresa Battle still hasn't finished her dissertation. Instead of a degree, she's got a houseful of adoring pets and a dead-end copywriting job for a local candle company. Jeff, her so-called genius older brother, doesn't have it together, either. Creative and loyal, he's also aimless, in both work and love. But his new girlfriend, Kim, a pretty waitress in her twenties, appears smitten. When Theresa agrees to dog-sit Kim's puggle for a weekend, she has no idea it will be the beginning of a terrifying nightmare that will shatter her quiet academic world. Soon Kim's body is found in the woods, and Jeff becomes the prime suspect.Though the evidence is overwhelming, Theresa knows that her brother is not a murderer. As she investigates Kim's past, she uncovers a treacherous secret involving politics, murder, and scandal - and becomes entangled in a potentially dangerous romance. But the deeper she falls into this troubling case, the more it becomes clear that, in trying to save her brother's life, she may be sacrificing her own.
No Safe House

No Safe House

Linwood Barclay

$29.99

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry's wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents' seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals. But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown. For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it. Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn't fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable...
Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes

$29.99

His wildest dreams are your worst nightmare... From Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author Lauren Beukes comes a terrifying yet compulsive new thriller.

In the city that's become a symbol for the death of the American dream, a nightmare killer is unravelling reality. A terrifying new thriller from Lauren Beukes, award-winning author of The Shining Girls. Detective Gabi Versado no longer believes in justice. She's seen too much stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But never anything like this. And now it's bleeding into her life. 

He was a broken man. The dreams which once fueled his ambition have curdled inside him - dreams of recognition, love and family. But now he has new dreams - dreams of flesh and bone made monstrously beautiful.  Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city. Murder-city. Now a killer with the touch of an artist is turning it into the worst kind of nightmare...


"Reading Lauren Beukes is like watching a fireworks display. Her sentences pop, fizz and explode across the page; leaving you oohing and ahhing with your mouth open" Michael Robotham

"I unhesitatingly urge you to buy it and read it now!" James Ellroy

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
A Decent Interval: Charles Paris #18

A Decent Interval: Charles Paris #18

Simon Brett

$26.95

After a long period of 'resting, ' life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root. But when the company reaches the first staging post of their tour, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Heirs and Graces: Royal Spyness #7

Heirs and Graces: Royal Spyness #7

Rhys Bowen

$14.95

As thirty-fifth in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right--not in His Grace, the duke's back... I have been entrusted by Her Majesty with grooming Jack Altringham - the duke's newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia - for high society. The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England's most gorgeous stately homes. But upon my arrival, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants displeased with the discovery of my new ward. No sooner has the lad been retrieved than the duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. Then after quite the hubbub, Jack's hunting knife somehow finds its way into the duke's back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal weren't enough of a handful, now he's suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I'd bet the crown jewels it wasn't he who killed the duke...
All Day and a Night: Ellie Hatcher #5

All Day and a Night: Ellie Hatcher #5

Alafair Burke

$29.99

In her first series book for Faber, Alafair Burke returns to one of the most memorable characters in contemporary US crime writing, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher. When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband - until the District Attorney's Office receives an anonymous letter. The letter's author knows a detail that police have kept secret: the victim's bones were broken after she was killed, echoing a signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose. Ellie Hatcher and her partner JJ Rogan are tapped as the 'fresh look' team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro's conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defence lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, who has a personal connection to the case. As both the NYPD and Amaro's legal team search for certainty in years of conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown, and to deadly secrets left behind.
The Treasure Hunt: Inspector Montalbano #16

The Treasure Hunt: Inspector Montalbano #16

Andrea Camilleri

$19.99

When a crazed elderly man and his sister begin firing bullets from their balcony down onto the Vigata street below, Inspector Montalbano finds himself a reluctant television hero. A few days later, when a letter arrives containing a mysterious riddle, the Inspector becomes drawn into a perplexing treasure hunt set by an anonymous challenger. As the hunt intensifies, Montalbano is relieved to be offered the assistance of Arturo Pennisi, a young man eager to witness the detective's investigative skills first hand. Fending off meddling commissioners and his irate girlfriend, Livia, the inspector will follow the treasure hunt's clues and travel from Vigata's teeming streets to its deserted outskirts: where an abandoned house overlooks a seemingly bottomless lake. But when a horrifying crime is committed, the game must surely be laid aside. And it isn't long before Montalbano himself will be in terrible danger...
The Vanished Ones

The Vanished Ones

Donato Carrisi

$29.99

Their lives have become a series of terrible choices. Bad people and dark places. And then a phone call offers them the chance to start over. To take a pill and to vanish from life ...Hundreds of eyes stare out from the missing persons board - people who have been gone too long and are being forgotten, by everyone except Mila Vasquez. Fiery, loyal and with a tragic history of her own, Mila will never stop looking for them. But what if some of these people wanted to disappear, to hide in the shadows? This is the question Mila and her team must ask themselves as long-lost people begin to return, wreaking devastation in their wake. Clues are being left for Mila, clues she doesn't fully understand and about which her colleagues, terrified of an old case re-emerging, are strangely dismissive.
An Evil Mind: Robert Hunter #6

An Evil Mind: Robert Hunter #6

Chris Carter

$29.99

A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception - can he be believed? The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they're forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could've foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed ...until now.
The Dead Will Tell

The Dead Will Tell

Linda Castillo

$29.99

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time - and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave. On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide - an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past? When a second man is found dead - also seemingly by his own hand - Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished - and his young wife disappeared without a trace. And, as Kate knows - the past never truly dies...
Deadly Obsession

Deadly Obsession

Karen M. Davis

$29.99

A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands - and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket. Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home. The dead girl was a work colleague of Lexie’s ex-husband, who is now a paramedic - and she was also a friend of the woman who broke up Lexie’s marriage. Struggling as she is with her breakup with Josh Harrison, who pushed her away after the suicide of his sister, and the numbing flashbacks of the violent attacks she’s suffered in the past, Lexie throws herself into the case. When she’s handed the lead on the investigation, Lexie sets out to solve the murder and prove she’s up to the job.
The Gods of Guilt: Mickey Haller #5

The Gods of Guilt: Mickey Haller #5

Michael Connelly

$19.99

Mickey Haller gets the text, 'Call me ASAP - 187', and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.
The Bosch Deception

The Bosch Deception

Alex Connor

$19.99

Brabant, 1473. A clandestine brotherhood hides a secret that could bring down the Catholic Church. Their chosen hiding place - the art of Hieronymus Bosch. London, 2014. An excommunicated priest approaches both the Church and the art world, claiming to possess an artefact that will destroy their reputations. This man, Nicholas Laverne, is poised to end over 500 years of silence and injustice. Yet, unknown to Nicholas, he has just summoned a killer intent on silencing him.
Pirate Alley: Grafton & Carmellini #5

Pirate Alley: Grafton & Carmellini #5

Stephen Coonts

$19.99

Mogadishu, Somalia. A luxury cruise liner has been captured by Somali pirates, with 860 lives at the mercy of the ruthless hijackers. Jake Grafton, head of Middle Eastern covert Ops for the CIA, has contacted his uniquely talented operative Tommy Carmellini, requesting his presence. Grafton's veins of ice and nerves of steel make him Washington's go-to man in a crisis, while Carmellini has the skillset Grafton needs when he knows he won't be playing by the book. With the pirates holding firm to their demands, together they must launch an offensive explosive enough to blow their enemy firmly out of the water...
The Root of all Evil: Commissario Balistreri #2

The Root of all Evil: Commissario Balistreri #2

Roberto Costantini

$29.99

Tripoli, 1960s. During the years in which post-colonial Libya fell prey to the sprawling greed of the West, Michele Balistreri suffered a succession of blows that would scar him for life. The death of his mother; the unspeakable horror that befell his best friend's family; his father's role in Gaddafi's ascent to power; and the innocent blood pact that would corrupt the course of his future. Rome, 1982. In the wake of a ruinous blunder, a ground-down Commissario Balistreri escapes his regrets through sex, alcohol and gambling. His sole responsibilities are now a stilted investigation into the death of a South American student, and a tiresome obligation - as a gratitude to the man who saved his career - to a rising television starlet needing protection from the pitfalls of fame. As the risks to this girl, Claudia Teodori, begin to rise along with her reputation, the sorrows of Balistreri's past also start to push back into his present. Both of their fates are inextricably linked - and this driven, obsessive young woman must help this damaged detective fight a foe that follows her and refuses to forget him.
The Long Fall

The Long Fall

Julia Crouch

$29.99

How far would you go to protect your secrets? Greece, 1980 Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander. She is only eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence. It will haunt her for the rest of her life. London, now Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family. But there are cracks. All is not what it seems. And now the two worlds are about to collide. Somebody's out for revenge. Someone who has been waiting thirty years...
Death in Elysium: Jodie Welsh #1

Death in Elysium: Jodie Welsh #1

Judith Cutler

$42.95

Introducing unconventional rector's wife and amateur sleuth Jodie Welsh in the first of a brand-new mystery series Highflying city career woman Jodie Welsh was prepared for a dramatic change in lifestyle when she met and married the Reverend Theo Welsh, settling down to an entirely new kind of life as the wife of a country vicar in the picturesque village of Lesser Hogben. But if she thought life as a city deal-maker was tough, nothing could have prepared her for the emotional rollercoaster of local church and village politics. As a newcomer, Jodie encounters hostility and disapproval from several of the villagers, particularly in her efforts to engage and assist Lesser Hogben's disaffected youth. When a local lad Jodie employed to help in her garden disappears, along with Jodie's expensive camera, everyone around her is inclined to assume the worst. Only Jodie and the missing boy's friend Mazza are convinced of his innocence. But Burble's disappearance marks the start of a series of disturbing incidents which escalate in intensity - until the body shows up, and Jodie must use her well-honed negotiating and networking skills to unmask a ruthless killer.
The Hunter's Oath: James Bishop #3

The Hunter's Oath: James Bishop #3

Jason Dean

$29.99

She was attacked and left for dead. Amy Philmore knows something is wrong as she walks home alone through Fort George Hill in Upper Manhattan. When a car pulls up and three men get out Amy runs, but is too late to escape. Now she is in hospital fighting for her life. But her attackers are about to find themselves in even graver danger. Because Amy's brother is former Marine James Bishop. And when you target those he loves, he will do anything to save them. With Amy's life hanging in the balance, Bishop takes matters into his own hands and soon uncovers a ruthless empire of criminals who will do anything to protect their secrets. Can Bishop find his way to the heart of the organisation before he is outnumbered? Or is the predator about to become the prey?
Masaryk Station: John Russell #6

Masaryk Station: John Russell #6

David Downing

$19.99

Berlin, 1948. Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins, the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War. The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties - a paradise for spies. As spring unfolds, a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely. Berlin's German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city, and whose legacy of violence has ripped apart many families. John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA, trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double-agency is discovered by either. As tensions between the great powers escalate, each passing day makes Russell's position more treacherous. He and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, seek out one final operation - one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other. It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on, but one way or the other, it will be his last.
The Frozen Shroud: Lake District #6

The Frozen Shroud: Lake District #6

Martin Edwards

$18.99

Death has already come twice to Ravenbank, a remote Lake District community. Before the First World War a young woman's corpse was found, a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Then five years ago, another woman was murdered in the same grisly manner.When a third death is visited on Ravenbank at Hallowe'en, Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder, becomes fascinated by the old cases. Surely this new incident is linked to the earlier killings? In a race against time, Daniel and the Cold Case Review Team, lead by DCI Hannah Scarlett, join forces to solve the puzzling mystery.
Suspicion

Suspicion

Joseph Finder

$29.99

Danny Goodman's nightmare began with a quick handshake and a friendly smile...Danny's teenage daughter Abby is the light of his life. Her mother died last year, and he is desperate to keep everything as normal as possible. But the situation is bad. Danny can't afford the private school Abby adores, and he can't bear to tell his daughter he has failed her. By a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter's best friend and one of the richest men in Boston. But when Danny accepts a loan from him, the authorities turn up at his door. Now he has a choice. Face prison, or become part of a sting operation to bring down his new best friend - and one of the most dangerous men in the country.
If I Should Die: Joseph Stark #1

If I Should Die: Joseph Stark #1

Matthew Frank

$29.99

It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one of the homeless victims dies from his wounds, it's murder...For the Met investigation team's newest member, Joseph Stark, death is already all too familiar. Injured in an attack that killed his fellow soldiers and tortured by nightmares since his return, Afghan veteran Stark has enough on his hands just trying to recover without enduring the scrutiny and sideways glances of his new colleagues. The drink and painkillers he's leaning on to keep going aren't helping. And there's only so long he can ignore the efforts of the Ministry of Defence to speak to him. When one of the victims of the attacks fights back it's soon clear that there's much more at stake than gangs preying randomly on society's weakest members. But as Stark hunts down the truth - and the rotten heart of the crimes - his own strength is fading. It seems that the ex-soldier's determination to see justice done may not, this time, be enough to carry him through. Outstanding characterisation, pitch perfect dialogue and precision plotting mark If I Should Die as the debut of a major new crimewriting talent. And, in Joseph Stark, it introduces a unique new detective with a very clear sense of right and wrong...
Lie Down with Lions

Lie Down with Lions

Ken Follett

$19.99

When Jane is caught in a deadly love triangle between rival spies Ellis and Jean-Pierre, she becomes entangled in a web of lust, hatred and deception, which sweeps all three of them from terrorist conspiracies in Paris to all-out guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan. Jean-Pierre and Jane marry, and go to work as doctors in the Valley of the Five Lions to help the rebels fighting for their freedom against the Russians. Confronted by extreme violence and danger, Jane desperately tries to get out of the line of fire. Then help comes, unexpectedly, in the form of her husband's greatest enemy ...
Eva's Eye

Eva's Eye

Karin Fossum

$25.95  $22.85

No one can thoroughly chill the blood the way Karin Fossum can. -- Los Angeles Times Eva Magnus and her daughter are out walking by the river when a man's body floats to the water's surface. Eva goes to call the police, but when she reaches the phone, she dials another number altogether. The police find the body anyway Inspector Sejer and his team quickly determine that the man, Egil, died in a violent attack. But Egil has been missing for months and the trail to his killer is cold. It's as puzzling as another unsolved case on Sejer's desk: the murder of a prostitute, found dead just before Egil went missing. Sejer sets to work piecing together these two impossible cases; it's not long before he realizes that they aren't as separate as they previously seemed. Fossum crafts remarkably incisive psychological suspense: novels that carry the headlong momentum of thrillers and the acuity and weight of literary fiction. -- Washington Post
The Ways of the World: James Maxted #1

The Ways of the World: James Maxted #1

Robert Goddard

$19.99

1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world's nations in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the Great War. A horde of journalists, spies and opportunists have also gathered in the city and the last thing the British diplomatic community needs at such a time is the mysterious death of a senior member of their delegation. So, when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress's apartment building in unexplained circumstances, their first instinct is to suppress all suspicious aspects of the event. But Sir Henry's son, ex Royal Flying Corps ace James 'Max' Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to find out how and why his father died - even if this means disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where countries are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and the stakes could hardly be higher, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who a foe. And Max will soon discover just how much he needs friends, as his search for the truth sucks him into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery.
You're a Big Girl Now: Company You Keep #2

You're a Big Girl Now: Company You Keep #2

Neil Gordon

$29.99

Isabel Montgomery had an unusual upbringing. It started conventionally enough: she was the daughter of an actress and a lawyer, living in small-town America. But this was all shattered when, as a seven-year-old, she was abandoned by her father in a New York hotel room and everything she knew fell apart. Her father, it turned out, wasn't the man he said he was, but was actually one of America's most wanted fugitives, owing to his involvement in a notorious bank robbery. You're A Big Girl Now picks up the story some years later. Isabel is now a 27 year-old tech-savvy, freelance investigative journalist, one of the USA's best, despite some self-medication problems. She decides to turn her skills on her own family in the hope of finally understanding the truth about her grandfather, her father and everything that's happened to her.
Hearts of Sand: Gregor Demarkian #28

Hearts of Sand: Gregor Demarkian #28

Jane Haddam

$14.95

Alwych, Connecticut, is the stereotypical old money Connecticut beach town. And Chapin Waring is the worst thing that ever happened to this town. She was a well turned-out debutante from one of the richest families in Alwych until thirty years ago when the young debutante, destined to have the right life, was revealed to a bank robber and a murderer. She disappeared, never to be heard from again. But Alwych has never forgotten her, or let her friends and family forget. So when Chapin turns up dead, its baffling. To learn why she died, Gregor Demarkian is brought in to finally solve the mysteries surrounding Chapin Waring. Not just how and why she died, but where shed been and what happened thirty years ago.
The Hunter and Other Stories

The Hunter and Other Stories

Dashiell Hammett

$19.99

A new collection of crime stories from the legendary hard-boiled writer Dashiell Hammett. The author of classic novels The Thin Man (1934) and The Maltese Falcon (1938), Hammett has been called 'a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer' (The Boston Globe). This new collection, The Hunter and Other Stories, includes several never-before-published short stories, and, like the screen stories from Return of the Thin Man, the pieces here read as novellas - rich in both story and character - that no Hammett fan should do without.
Morning Frost: DI Jack Frost Series 3

Morning Frost: DI Jack Frost Series 3

James Henry

$19.99

November 1982. It's been one of the worst days of DS Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clarke, who has been summoned to the discovery of a human foot in a farmer's field. And things get worse. Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club and a valuable painting goes missing. As the week goes on, a cyclist is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Frost is on the case, but another disaster - one he is entirely unprepared for - is about to strike.
Dead Lions

Dead Lions

Mick Herron

$19.99

London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The 'slow-horses', as they're called, have all disgraced themselves. Some messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Others got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug pulled from under their feet. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle. All have one thing in common: they all want to be back in the action and they'll do anything to get there, even if it means actually cooperating.
A Grave Matter

A Grave Matter

Anna Lee Huber

$27.95

Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her dear friend, Lady Kiera Darby is in need of a safe haven. Returning to her childhood home, Kiera hopes her beloved brother Trevor and the merriment of the Hogmanay Ball will distract her. But when a caretaker is murdered and a grave is disturbed at nearby Dryburgh Abbey, Kiera is once more thrust into the cold grasp of death. While Kiera knows that aiding in another inquiry will only further tarnish her reputation, her knowledge of anatomy could make the difference in solving the case. But agreeing to investigate means Kiera must deal with the complicated emotions aroused in her by inquiry agent Sebastian Gage. When Gage arrives, he reveals that the incident at the Abbey was not the first--some fiend is digging up old bones and holding them for ransom. Now Kiera and Gage must catch the grave robber and put the case to rest...before another victim winds up six feet under.
Deserves to Die

Deserves to Die

Lisa Jackson

$29.99

JUDGED As he watches, her body drifts below the water's surface, forever altered. Before he disposes of each victim, he takes a trophy. It's a sign of his power, and a warning - to the one destined to suffer most of all...

CONDEMNED In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up...

EXECUTED As the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli's unease grows. She senses there's more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfil a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath - or die trying...
Looking Good Dead: Roy Grace #2

Looking Good Dead: Roy Grace #2

Peter James

$17.99

One single act of kindess becomes an endless reign of terror...Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with. And from that moment the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality - and a grisly attraction. Notice of Kellie and Tom's deaths has already been posted on the internet. You can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead. 'Full of gripping twists and turns' Guardian
The Gentle Assassin

The Gentle Assassin

Ryan David Jahn

$29.99

In 1963 a couple are brutally killed in their own home. The only survivor is the baby taken that night. Twenty-six years later, in Louiseville, Kentucky, Andrew Combs confronts the man who cold-bloodedly murdered his mother. Consumed by his need for revenge, Andrew sets in motion a violent chain of events that can only end in someone's death. Andrew's father, Harry Combs, former assassin and man on the run, discovers his past has finally caught up with him. His son thinks he knows the truth, but the real story is far darker. As shadowy figures threaten Harry's new life, Harry and Andrew must work together to save themselves, and each other.
Want You Dead: Roy Grace #10

Want You Dead: Roy Grace #10

Peter James

$29.99

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction.

But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too...

Want You Dead: Roy Grace #10 by Peter James at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs: Tara Holloway #7

Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs: Tara Holloway #7

Diane Kelly

$14.95

IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has just been given her best assignment ever - to collect taxes owed by her celebrity crush, country-western superstar Brazos Rivers. While the sexy Brazos has made millions through CD sales and endorsements, he's never filed a tax return or paid a penny to Uncle Sam. But surely his failure to pay is a mere oversight, right? After all, how can he think about taxes when he's been busy touring, writing songs, and starring in Tara's dreams?
Broadchurch

Broadchurch

Chris Chibnall ,  Erin Kelly

$19.99

Inspired by the first season of the BAFTA award-winning ITV series, this is the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel. Incredibly moving and containing never-before-seen material, it takes you inside the minds and motivations of the unforgettable cast of characters. It's a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy. When Danny's body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny's death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight. As the town's secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it's impossible to know who to trust...
The Killing Room: Cellini #5

The Killing Room: Cellini #5

Christobel Kent

$29.99

When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking into. Behind the ancient and luxurious facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a series of terrible secrets; an old torture chamber, hidden for centuries in the bowels of the building, and a much more recent malevolence. The former head of security for this elite development has just died under suspicious circumstances and Sandro finds himself - quite literally - stepping into dead man's shoes. He soon discovers that other unsavoury incidents have tainted the prestigious opening. When one of the residents is found murdered in her room, events begin to spiral out of control. Sandro must work to untangle the complex web of relationships that exists between residents and staff to unmask a deadly killer.
Stay Alive

Stay Alive

Simon Kernick

$19.99

The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds, Siege and Ultimatum. One Witness - You're on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out - and your whole life changes in an instant. One Secret - A woman is racing towards you, chased by three gunmen. Although you don't know it, she harbours a deadly secret. She's in terrible danger. And now you are too. No Escape - You're running, terrified, desperate to find safety. You know that the men hunting you have killed before. And if they catch you, you'll be next.
Research

Research

Philip Kerr

$29.99

A former advertising copywriter, Sam Houston, is a leading British thriller writer whose books sell in their millions. He lives in luxury in Monaco. Houston estimates that he earns royalties on one out of every 25 hardcover books published in the world. In fact, Houston publishes so many best sellers, in so many different genres, that he can't possibly write them all. So he farms many of his books out to a factory: a team of co-authors who work from Houston-supplied outlines and stick closely to the no-frills formula: short chapters, short paragraphs, short sentences, short words. But Sam has had enough of being a book factory. He wants to get back to his roots, and write something himself again - a novel that will win prizes and praise from the critics. But if the book-writing machine stops, many people stand to lose out, and Sam's extensive research has left him with some powerful secrets to keep...
Royal Flush

Royal Flush

Lynda La Plante

$19.99

'The Colonel' was rumoured to have masterminded the most successful robberies of the past decade. Now he's back playing his old game. The immensely wealthy owner of a successful racing yard, Edward de Jersey, has set high hopes on a Derby win from his magnificent colt, Royal Flush. But de Jersey's luck runs out when his adviser invests his fortune in a fledgling Internet company that crashes, leaving him with mounting debts. Afraid he will loose everything, de Jersey resurrects his criminal past and attempts to pull off the most audacious heist in history - the target, the Koh-i-noor diamond, Mountain of Light. Weighing over a hundred carats, the jewel has an estimated value of more than a billion pounds...
The Professionals: Stevens & Windermere #1

The Professionals: Stevens & Windermere #1

Owen Laukkanen

$19.99

Four friends, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise works like a charm - until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized crime outfit looking for payback. As they crisscross the country in a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: the real professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice everything.
To Die Fur

To Die Fur

Dixie Lyle

$14.95

Deirdre Foxtrot Lancaster is up to her neck in paranormal maintenance. Holding down the fort for the zany billionaire Zelda Zorannsky, she's got responsibilities up the wazoo. Such as hosting a party for the world's richest animal collectors. And talking non-stop telepathically with loyal furry friends Whiskey and Tango. Oh, and figuring out who killed the half-tin albino Liger she was supposed to keep an eye on. With a mansion-full of wacky suspects and a few clues on a cold trail, Foxtrot is going to need all the help she can get from Whiskey and Tango. True, these suspects have enough money and connections to cover their tracks - but if anyone can figure out how a thousand-pound, one-of-a-kind cat ended up belly-up, Foxtrot and her pair of extrasensory pets can...
A Song for the Dying: Ash Henderson #2

A Song for the Dying: Ash Henderson #2

Stuart B. MacBride

$19.99

He's back... Eight years ago, 'The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just... disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle's most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison. Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom. At revenge.
The Night the Rich Men Burned

The Night the Rich Men Burned

Malcolm Mackay

$29.99

There's nothing so terrifying as money. . . Two friends, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, look for work and for escape from their lives spent growing up in Glasgow's most desperate fringes. Soon they will become involved in one of the city's darkest and most dangerous trades. But while one rises quickly up the ranks, the other will fall prey to the industry's addictive lifestyle and ever-spiralling debts.

Meanwhile, the three most powerful rivals in the business - Marty Jones, ruthless pimp; Potty Cruickshank, member of the old guard; and Billy Patterson, brutal newcomer - vie for prominence. And now Peterkinney, young and darkly ambitious, is beginning to make himself known . . . 

Before long, violence will spill out onto the streets, as those at the top make deadly attempts to out-manoeuvre one another for a bigger share of the spoils. Peterkinney and Glass will find themselves at the very centre of this war; and as the pressure builds, each will find their actions - and inactions - coming back to haunt them. But it is those they love who will suffer most . . .

From the award-winning author of the Glasgow Trilogy, The Night the Rich Men Burned is a thriller for our times, and Malcolm Mackay's most ambitious work to date.
Extraordinary People: Enzo Files #1

Extraordinary People: Enzo Files #1

Peter May

$19.99

Paris. An old mystery. As midnight strikes, a man desperately seeking sanctuary flees into a church. The next day, his sudden disappearance will make him famous throughout France. A new science. Forensic expert Enzo Macleod takes a wager to solve the seven most notorious French murders using modern technology - and a total disregard for the justice system. A fresh trail. Deep in the catacombs below the city, he unearths dark clues deliberately set - and as he draws closer to the killer, discovers that he is to be the next victim.
The Valhalla Prophecy: Wilde & Chase #9

The Valhalla Prophecy: Wilde & Chase #9

Andy McDermott

$19.99

The ultimate duo - Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase - return in their ninth action-packed adventure. Secrets from the past emerge to threaten archaeologist Nina Wilde and her husband, former SAS soldier Eddie Chase, when a Viking runestone is stolen by a murderous gang of raiders. The stone holds the key to an ancient evil concealed in one of Norse mythology's holiest places: Valhalla. Travelling to Sweden, Eddie and Nina find themselves in a race against time to locate the legendary hall of the Viking warriors - before rival powers claim its deadly contents for themselves. It is a quest that will force Eddie to revisit a dark chapter from his mercenary days that he has kept hidden from everyone...including his wife. Only Nina and Eddie can prevent the unleashing of a primordial terror from the depths of the earth. But even if they succeed, will the cost be greater than either of them could have ever imagined...
Silencer: Nick Stone #15

Silencer: Nick Stone #15

Andy McNab

$19.99

Nick Stone has always kept his job as ex-SAS trouble shooter at arms' length from his home life. But when his son falls dangerously ill and the doctor who saves him comes under threat from an old adversary, it is no longer possible. Life just got very personal. To stop his cover being terminally blown, he must follow a trail that begins in Triad-controlled Hong Kong. He is propelled back into the brutal world he thought he'd left behind. The forces ranged against him have guns, helicopters, private armies and a terrified population in their vice-like grip. Nick Stone has two decades of operational skills - but this time, that may not be enough...
The Doll Maker: Balzano & Byrne #8

The Doll Maker: Balzano & Byrne #8

Richard Montanari

$29.99

Mr Marseille is polite, elegant, and erudite. He would do anything for his genteel true love Anabelle. And he is a psychopath. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. And there she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Strangled. Beside her is a formal invite to a tea dance in a week's time. Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in a disused house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invite. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. A delicate porcelain doll. It's a message. And a threat. With Marseille and Anabelle stalking the city, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from its streets.
Body Count: Ikmen #16

Body Count: Ikmen #16

Barbara Nadel

$19.99

Any bloody death will lead Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman out onto the dark streets of Istanbul. On 21 January, a half-decapitated corpse in the poor multicultural district of Tarlabasi poses a particularly frustrating and gruesome mystery. But as the months pass and the violence increases, it turns into a hunt for that rare phenomenon in the golden city on the Bosphorus: a serial killer. Desperate to uncover the killer's twisted logic as the body count rises, Ikmen and Suleyman find only more questions. How are the victims connected? What is the significance of the number 21? And how many Istanbullus must die before they find the answers?
The Final Silence: Jack Lennon Investigation #4

The Final Silence: Jack Lennon Investigation #4

Stuart Neville

$32.99

Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book. Inside its pages are locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but when her family intervene, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: DI Jack Lennon. But Lennon is facing his own problems. Suspended from the force and hounded by DCI Serena Flanagan, the toughest cop he's ever faced, Lennon must unlock the secrets of a dead man's terrifying journal.
Flight of the Stone Angel

Flight of the Stone Angel

Carol O'Connell

$19.99

Mallory Book 4: the fourth 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. Where angels fear to tread...Seventeen years ago, a six-year-old girl disappeared from the small town of Dayborn, Louisiana. She vanished the day of her mother's murder, and all assumed that she, too, was dead. Now, Kathy Mallory has returned home. She has left her badge and her police issue revolver behind in New York City. She is no longer a cop. Just a daughter in search of a very personal revenge. This book was published in the US under the title STONE ANGEL.
Killing Critics

Killing Critics

Carol O'Connell

$19.99

Mallory Book 3: the third 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 deadly familiar crime. An artist is murdered, in a stylish, surprising and deadly act of performance art. The murder almost goes unnoticed, but it reminds NYPD detective Kathy Mallory of an older, more brutal crime investigated years before by Mallory's now dead adoptive father. A maverick cop with attitude. As soon as Mallory starts to work on the new crime, old ghosts rise up, and the word comes down from on high to close her down, to shut her out the case. What if her father had been right? What if the butcher was still out there? But for Mallory, rules exist only to be shattered ...
Private India: Private #8

Private India: Private #8

James Patterson

$32.99

When Santosh Wagh isn't struggling out of a bottle of whisky he's head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women - seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India - a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.
Second Honeymoon: Honeymoon #2

Second Honeymoon: Honeymoon #2

James Patterson

$19.99

FBI agent John O'Hara receives a call from a man desperate for his help. His son and daughter-in-law have been found murdered on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. The grieving father wants justice, and will pay O'Hara handsomely to hunt down the killer. Federal agents aren't allowed to moonlight, but O'Hara is on suspension and battling some serious demons. He takes on the case, but as O'Hara delves deeper, a past he thought was dead and buried soon comes back to haunt him.
Private LA: Private #7

Private LA: Private #7

James Patterson

$19.99

Jack Morgan is having a bad week. His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack's clients has just called to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach. But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse - a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there's more bad news: Hollywood's golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children. It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are.
The Double: Spero Lucas #2

The Double: Spero Lucas #2

George Pelecanos

$19.99

Spero Lucas is a young Iraq war vet now working as a PI in Washington DC. He's hired by a young woman to find a painting she lost after being scammed by a super-smooth con-artist. Spero tracks the painting down, but the con-artist is part of a team of ruthless thugs, and the woman who hired Spero is brutally attacked as a warning to stay away. The warning doesn't work. Spero is angry and he goes on the offensive, taking out the gang one by one. But where do Spero's remorseless killings sit on the morality scale? Is he defending an innocent woman? Or have his experiences of war turned him into a ruthless killer, no better than the crooks he's up against?
The King is Dead

The King is Dead

Ellery Queen

$19.99

King Bendigo is the wealthiest man alive. He has an enormous security detail on his private island, quite capable of dealing with international aggression. But not threats from within his own family. Fearing for his life, he hires brilliant detective Ellery Queen. The King's brother Judah makes no secret of wanting him dead. He even gives a date and a time on which he will commit the crime. So when the day comes, the King is kept in a hermetically sealed room while his brother is guarded by Ellery himself. But the King is still shot...This is the ultimate in locked-door mysteries from a classic master of the genre.
The Origin of Evil

The Origin of Evil

Ellery Queen

$19.99

A dead dog, a green alligator wallet, a burned book and a series of cryptic notes send Ellery Queen on the trail of a murderer. Laurel Hill, daughter of Hollywood jeweller Leander Hill, believes that her father was frightened to death, and asks Ellery Queen to investigate. Someone is still out to get Hill's business partner, Roger Priam, but he's not talking. And it appears that a mysterious and violent incident in the men's past may be at the heart of the matter. When Priam begins to receive a series of less than pleasant 'gifts', master detective Ellery Queen must discern the pattern that connects the clues and the notes, and entrap the criminal.
The Player on the Other Side

The Player on the Other Side

Ellery Queen

$19.99

A playing card inscribed with the letter 'J' appears in Robert York's mail, and a day later he is dead. When another playing card shows up, this one for Emily York, all the police protection in New York can't save her. Ellery Queen knows he is up against a brilliant, twisted killer, one who makes a game of death. But with no clue to his identity, Ellery is in a race against time to stop this remorseless vendetta. A brilliant detective story from a classic master of the genre.
Bones of the Lost: Temperance Brennan #16

Bones of the Lost: Temperance Brennan #16

Kathy Reichs

$19.99

This is the gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs. The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse is the ID card of a local businessman who died in a fire months earlier. Who was the girl? And was she murdered? Dr Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist, must find the answers. She soon learns that a Gulf War veteran stands accused of smuggling artefacts into the country. Could there be a connection between the two cases? Convinced that the girl's death was no accident, Tempe soon finds herself at the centre of a conspiracy that extends from South America to Afghanistan. But to find justice for the dead, she must be more courageous - and take more extreme action - than ever before.
The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

Ruth Rendell

$32.99

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When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past.

'For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn't stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita's narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man's brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.'

Before the advent of the Second World War, beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their secret place. Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered the rural landscape. Friends from a half-remembered world have married, died, grown sick, moved on or disappeared. Work on a new house called Warlock uncovers a grisly secret, buried a lifetime ago, and a weary detective, more preoccupied with current crimes, must investigate a possible case of murder.
Concealed in Death: In Death #38

Concealed in Death: In Death #38

J. D. Robb

$19.99

There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property - but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall to be knocked down, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another - in fact, twelve dead girls concealed behind a false wall. Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police lieutenant in town. Eve Dallas is determined to find the killer - especially when she discovers that the building used to be a sanctuary for deliquent teenagers and the parallel with her past as a young runaway hits hard. As the girls' identities are slowly unravelled by the department's crack forensic team, Eve and her staunch sidekick Peabody get closer to the shocking truth...
Abbatoir Blues: Inspector Banks #22

Abbatoir Blues: Inspector Banks #22

Peter Robinson

$32.99

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When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease.

Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear - in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey...
A Fatal Tide

A Fatal Tide

Steve Sailah

$32.99

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A powerful novel set in Gallipoli, that's part war-story and part mystery.

'Amid Gallipoli's slaughter he hunted a murderer ...' It is 1915 and Thomas Clare rues the day he and his best friend Snow went to war to solve the murder of his father. The only clues - a hidden wartime document and the imprint of an army boot on the victim's face - have led the pair from the safety of Queensland to the blood-soaked hills of Gallipoli.

Now not only are Thomas's enemies on every side - from the Turkish troops bearing down on the Anzac lines, to the cold-blooded killer in his own trench - but as far away as London and Berlin. For, unbeknown to Thomas, the path to murder began thirteen years earlier in Africa with the execution of Breaker Morant - and a secret that could change the course of history ...

A Fatal Tide by Steve Sailah at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
A Presumption of Death

A Presumption of Death

Dorothy L. Sayers ,  Jill Paton Walsh

$19.99

In A Presumption of Death, Jill Paton Walsh tells how World War II changed the lives of Peter, Harriet and their growing family. The story opens in 1940. Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country. But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers; the blackout makes the night-time lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Then the village's first air raid practise ends with a very real body on the ground - not a war casualty but a case of plain, old-fashioned murder. And even before the second body is found, Lord Peter Wimsey and his brilliant wife are on their way to finding the killer.
Thrones, Dominations

Thrones, Dominations

Dorothy L. Sayers ,  Jill Paton Walsh

$19.99

It is 1936 and Lord Peter Wimsey has returned from his honeymoon to set up home with his cherished new wife, the novelist Harriet Vane. As they become part of fashionable London society they encounter the glamorous socialite Rosamund Harwell and her wealthy impressario husband Laurence. Unlike the Wimseys, they are not in love - and all too soon, one of them is dead. A murder case that only Lord Peter Wimsey can solve.
The Dark Meadow

The Dark Meadow

Andrea Maria Schenkel

$24.99

Bavaria, Germany, 1947. At the end of the war, Afra Zauner returns to her parents' cottage on the edge of Mauther Forest. Unmarried, and pregnant. As she struggles to raise her child, her father's shame, her mother's fury and the loud whispers of the neighbours begin to weigh upon her. She doesn't believe in her sin. But everyone else does. And someone brings judgement down upon her. Many years later, Hermann Muller is throwing a drunk out of his tavern. A traveller, who won't stop ranting about a murder left unsolved, about police who never investigated. Out of curiousity, the file is reopened. And in the cold light of hindsight, a chilling realisation creeps upon the community. No-one ever atoned for Afra's death. But her story is waiting to be told. Andrea Maria Schenkel returns to the form of her groundbreaking The Murder Farm, narrating through suspects, victims and investigators to lead the reader to their own awful understanding.
Vagabond

Vagabond

Gerald Seymour

$29.99

It was a dirty job in a dirty war. Danny Curnow, known in the army family by his call sign, Vagabond, ran agents, informers. Played God with their lives and their deaths, and was the best at his job - and he quit when the stress overwhelmed him. Now he lives in quiet isolation and works as a guide to tourists visiting the monuments and cemeteries of an earlier, simpler, conflict on Normandy's D-Day beaches. Until the call comes from an old boss, Bentinick. Violence in Northern Ireland is on the rise again. Weapons are needed for a new campaign. Gaby Davies of MI5, sparky and ambitious, runs the double agent Ralph Exton, who will be the supposed middle man in brokering an arms deal with a Russian contact, Timofey. The covert world of deception and betrayal was close to destroying Danny across the Irish Sea. Fifteen years later the stakes are higher, the risks greater, and there is an added agenda on the table. If he wants to survive, Danny will have to prove, to himself, that he has not softened, that he is as hard and ruthless as before.
The Grand Banks Cafe

The Grand Banks Cafe

Georges Simenon

$19.99

A new translation of Georges Simenon's gripping novel set in an insular fishing community, book eight in the new Penguin Maigret series. It was indeed a photograph, a picture of a woman. But the face was completely hidden, scribbled all over in red ink. Someone had tried to obliterate the head, someone very angry. The pen had bitten into the paper. There were so many criss-crossed lines that not a single square millimetre had been left visible. On the other hand, below the head, the torso had not been touched. A pair of large breasts. A light-coloured silk dress, very tight and very low cut. Sailors don't talk much to other men, especially not to policemen. But after Captain Fallut's body is found floating near his trawler, they all mention the Evil Eye when they speak of the Ocean's voyage. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels. Compelling, remorseless, brilliant . (John Gray). One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century ...Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories . (Guardian). A supreme writer ...unforgettable vividness . (Independent). Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations, releasing one new title each month.
Blood Whispers

Blood Whispers

John Gordon Sinclair

$29.99

Kaltrina Dervishi is a prostitute on the run from Serbian gang leader Fisnik Abazi. The police want her to give evidence against him: Abazi wants her dead. Only her lawyer, Keira Lynch, can keep that from happening. What Keira doesn't realise is that this is a case with global repercussions and it's not long before the CIA come calling. If Kaltrina talks and Abazi is imprisoned, then certain information will come to light - information that men will go to any lengths to keep buried. What they don't realise though is that Keira Lynch isn't your typical Glasgow lawyer. When she was eight years old she killed a man, and as they're about to find out, she's at her most dangerous when threatened.
The Darkest Heart

The Darkest Heart

Dan Smith

$29.99

'There were times I felt I would always be death's passenger. It moved one step ahead of me wherever I went, letting its shadow fall across me. It carried me on; shaded me from the world other people lived in.' Leaving behind his life of violence in Brazil's darkest shadows, Zico is determined to become a better man. But it seems his old life isn't quite done with him yet when he's tasked with making one last kill. It's one that could get him everything he has ever wanted; a house, some land, cash in his pocket, a future for him and his girlfriend, Daniella. But this one isn't like all the others. This one comes at a much higher price. The Darkest Heart is a journey through the shadowy heart of Brazil and the even darker mind of a killer, where fear is a death sentence and the only chance of survival might mean abandoning the only good thing you've ever known.
Red Winter

Red Winter

Dan Smith

$19.99

Russia, 1920. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and empty. The men have been massacred in the forest. The women and children have disappeared. In this remote, rural community the folk tales mothers tell their children by candlelight take on powerful significance and the terrifying legend of The Deathless One begins to feel very real. Kolya sets out on a journey through dense, haunting forests and across vast plains as bitter winter sets in, in the desperate hope he will find his family. But there are very dark things in his past - and there's someone, or something, on his trail...
Through The Evil Days

Through The Evil Days

Julia Spencer-Fleming

$19.99

'Thrilling, chilling and the suspense is killing' Val McDermid New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns with the eighth novel in her much-loved series: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS. Clare Fergusson and her new husband, Police Chief Russ van Alstyne, are awoken in the night by an urgent call: a farmhouse has erupted into flames, killing the couple sleeping inside. But the couple had not been alone - their eight-year-old foster child, Mikayla, has vanished. Still recovering from a life-saving operation, Mikayla will sicken and die if she doesn't receive medication, and now the police force of Millers Kill has just eight days to find her. As snow drives down, they face a near-impossible task. And Clare and Russ discover that the icy storm isn't the only threat being posed...Can anyone unpick the trail before it's too late?
The Asylum

The Asylum

Johan Theorin

$19.99

An underground passage leads from the Dell nursery to Saint Patricia's asylum. Only the children enter, leaving their minders behind. On the other side are their parents - some of the most dangerous psychopaths in the country. Jan has just started working at the nursery. He is a loner with many secrets and one goal. He must get inside the asylum... What is his connection with one of the inmates, a famous singer? What really happened when a boy in his care went missing nine years ago? Who can we trust when everyone has something to hide?
Ostland

Ostland

David Thomas

$19.99

Surrounded by evil, how long can one man's good intentions last? February 1941, Berlin: A murderer is on a killing spree. The Murder Squad is in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. Georg Heuser is the idealistic, brilliant young detective set to crack the case. July 1959, West Germany: Lawyers Max Kraus and Paula Siebert are investigating war crimes of unimaginable magnitude committed near the Russian Front, the empire the Nazis called Ostland. The man accused is called Georg Heuser. Assured of his guilt, Paula and Max have only one question left: What has happened to make this good man become a monster?
Act of War

Act of War

Brad Thor

$29.99

A CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, and his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There's just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. The clock begins ticking when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political asylum seeker sets in motion a deadly chain of events. The United States faces a devastating attack, and America's new president must turn to covert counter-terrorism operative Scot Harvath to help plan and carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country's history. Code-named 'Gold Dust' and 'Blackbird,' they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.
A Question of Honor: Bess Crawford #5

A Question of Honor: Bess Crawford #5

Charles Todd

$19.99

Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time. In 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment discovered it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people in India and England yet was never brought to trial. In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men defined by honor and duty, the crime was a stain on the regiment's reputation, and on the good name of Bess's father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.
The Girl in 6E

The Girl in 6E

A. R. Torre

$29.99

Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn't touched another person in three years. She hasn't left her apartment. She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time. She's doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She's the number 3 model on cams.com. And she hasn't killed anyone for years. But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It's uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She's convinced he's responsible for the girl's abduction - but no one will listen to her. So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment. And this is what happens...
The Bridges

The Bridges

Tarjei Vessas

$19.99

Tarjei Vessas’s The Bridges describes the changing relationships between three adolescents – an unmarried mother who has drowned her newborn child and the girl and boy who befriend her. Their individual reactions to the tragedy and their efforts to communicate with each other form the central theme of the narrative. As strange, unsettling - and memorable – as The Ice Palace, this remarkable novel carries with all the compassion, human insight and lyrical power of a great Vessas novel.
The Seed

The Seed

Tarjei Vessas

$19.99

From the author of The Ice Palace, a new addition to the Peter Owen Modern Classics series. The themes of The Seed are violence and guilt. A maniac visiting an island murders a girl. He is pursued by the islanders and killed by the victim’s brother. Too late, the avengers become aware of their own guilt, with its attendant mutual mistrust, and they attempt to expiate their crime. Vessas’s graphic evocation of nature and his parallel between the violence of savage animals and humanity make this a book of unusual literary distinction.
Before I Go to Sleep (Film Tie-In)

Before I Go to Sleep (Film Tie-In)

S. J. Watson

$19.99

Christine wakes in a strange bed beside a man she does not recognise. In the bathroom she finds a photograph of him taped to the mirror, and beneath it the words 'Your husband'. Each day, Christine wakes knowing nothing of her life. Each night, her mind erases the day. But before she goes to sleep, she will recover fragments from her past, flashbacks to the accident that damaged her, and then-mercifully-she will forget. Chilling, exquisitely crafted and compulsively readable, S. J. Watson's debut novel Before I Go to Sleep is a psychological thriller of the highest order. It asks primary questions. Are there things best not remembered? Who are we if we do not know our own history? How do we love without memory? S. J. Watson's brilliant novel is now a major motion film directed by Rowan Joffe (Brighton Rock), starring Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.
Before We Met

Before We Met

Lucie Whitehouse

$19.99

Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean. Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her fantastically successful husband, she knows she was right to let down her guard. But when Mark does not return from a business trip to the U.S. and when the hours of waiting for him stretch into days, the foundations of Hannah's certainty begin to crack. Why do Mark's colleagues believe he has gone to Paris not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks? Hannah begins to dig into her husband's life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him. As her investigation leads her away from their fairytale romance into a place of violence and fear she must decide whether the secrets Mark has been keeping are designed to protect him or protect her...
Combustion: Purchase & Bell #2

Combustion: Purchase & Bell #2

Steve Worland

$19.99

Los Angeles. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the city. And Zac Bunsen is going to burn it all down. On a ruthless quest to save the planet, Bunsen releases the Swarm, an airborne nanotech virus that targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. It is spectacularly, appallingly successful. Terror and chaos reign as the City of Angels explodes. Every vehicle is now a deadly bomb and every freeway a war zone littered with bodies and twisted wrecks. NASA astronaut Judd Bell and his best mate, Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase, must navigate the burning city in a desperate mission to stop Bunsen before he can execute the last phase of his horrific plan and send mankind back to the Stone Age.
The Never List

The Never List

Koethi Zan

$19.95

As gripping as Gone Girl . (Elle). Never Go Out Alone After Dark - For years, Sarah and Jennifer kept the Never List: a list of things to be avoided at all costs. Never Get In The Car - But one night, they broke their own rules - with horrifying consequences. Never Take Risks - Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But it seems the killer has not forgotten her. Never trust anyone.
           
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