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Cornucopia of crime
November brings back more big-name authors with some high-profile titles, including books from Martin Cruz Smith, Patricia Cornwell, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Robert Littell and more.
The month kicks off Nov. 4 with The Hunter and Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett (Mysterious Press, $25). This volume includes both new Hammett stories gleaned from his personal archives along with screen treatments long buried in film-industry files. The best of Dashiell Hammett’s unfamiliar treasures have been rescued from deep in these archives: screen stories, unpublished and rarely published fiction, and intriguing unfinished narratives. Hammett is regarded as both a pioneer and master of hard-boiled detective fiction, but these dozen and half stories that explore failed romance, courage in the face of conflict, hypocrisy, and crass opportunism, show him in a different light. The collection also includes two full-length screen treatments. “On the Make” is the basis for the rarely seen 1935 film Mr. Dynamite and “The Kiss-Off” is the basis for City Streets (1931), with Sylvia Sydney and Gary.
Nov. 5 features a handful of exciting new releases : There’s Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur, $25.99) On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they’ve never encountered. We expect to receive a limited number of signed copies of Through the Evil Days and will take reservations for it. Also on Nov. 5: Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel (Minatour, $25.99), in which an 11-year-old boy and his father’s K-9 partner go to a party where the dog’s police training kicks into overdrive, and soon the duo are on the run, navigating the streets of Chicago as they try to stay one step ahead of the bad guys; Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (Soho, $26.95), in which three women areunited by one terrifying secret and only one of them has killed to keep it; and No Man’s Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel by P.D. James (Scribner, $26), in which Wexfor investigates the death of a female vicar discovered strangled in her vicarage
Nov. 12 brings the return of Arkady Renko in Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster, $25.99). The fearless reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigo-renko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord. No one else makes the connection, but Arkady is transfixed by the tapes he discovers of Tatiana s voice describing horrific crimes in words that are at odds with the Kremlin s official versions.
Other Nov. 12 releases you’ll want to know: Raven’s Eye by Barry Maitland (Minotaur, $25.99) DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, find themselves pulled into a case of murder, a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London; White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central, $27) finds Special Agent Pendergast arriving at an exclusive Colorado ski resort just as the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside; and Dust by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $28.95) finds Scarpetta home in Cambridge, Mass. when she receives an unsettling call about the body of a young woman discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s rugby field, a case that linked to a series of uniquely weird homicides in Washington, D.C.
Arriving Nov. 19: Nasty Piece of Work by Robert Littell (Thomas Dunne, $24.99) finds former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn living in early retirement in the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator. Gunn agrees to help Ornella Neppi track down a fugitive who owes her money and things quickly go awry.
Also on Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (Bantam, $28), in which Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out; King and Maxwell by David Baldacci (Grand Central, $28), Tyler Wingo hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father’s death only to stumble on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined..
Then on Nov. 26 comes Our Picnics in the Sun by Morag Joss (Delacorte, $25) in which a small bed-and-breakfast on the English moors becomes the site of a chain of events that uncovers the relics of old tragedies, and causes new wounds, betrayals and cruelties.
Some great titles to choose from, including: Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayor, The Séance Society by Michael Nethercott, The Quest by Nelson DeMille, Shadows in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope, Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths, Evil in All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson, Light of the World by James Lee Burke, Jacqueline Winspear’s Leaving Everything Most Loved and Stephen Hunter’s The Third Bullet .
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