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You Will Know Me

Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)

The cutthroat world of girls' gymnastics provides the backdrop for this piercing look at what a family will sacrifice to ensure their daughter's rise to the top of this punishing sport. Abbott keenly examines the pressures exuded on girls' bodies and the fierce, sometimes misguided love parents have for their children.


Dark Matter

Blake Crouch (Crown)

This science fiction thriller from Crouch, best known for his Wayward Pines trilogy, may be his breakthrough novel. A brilliant physicist is abducted and drugged while walking home one night in Chicago; he later wakes up to find his world completely changed.


Redemption Road

John Hart (St. Martin's/Dunne)

A good cop faces criminal charges for a fatal shooting in this timely crime thriller from Hart, the only author to win the Edgar Award for best novel twice in a row. It's been five years since Hart's last book, Iron Horse, and his many fans won't be disappointed by this tale centered on a powerful, courageous but emotionally wounded woman.


End of Watch

Stephen King (Scribner)

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, the first two entries in Thriller Award–winner King's crime trilogy, now runs an investigative agency. Bill and his partner, Holly Gibney, get pulled into their most dangerous case yet in this stunning mix of detective fiction and supernatural suspense.


All the Missing Girls

Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster)

YA author Miranda (Soulprint) makes her adult debut with a fiendishly plotted thriller that uses reverse chronology. Family business brings prep school counselor Nicolette Farrell back to her hometown of Cooley, N.C., a place still fraught with the unsolved disappearance of her best friend right after high school graduation a decade earlier.


Charcoal Joe

Walter Mosley (Doubleday)

Recently named a grand master by the Mystery Writers of America, Mosley populates his excellent 14th mystery featuring his favor-dealing L.A. PI, Easy Rawlins, with a host of familiar series characters, including Easy's dangerous friend, Raymond "Mouse" Alexander, who introduces Easy to Rufus "Charcoal Joe" Tyler. Charcoal Joe needs Easy's help clearing a 22-year-old doctor of physics of a murder charge.


Marked for Life

Emelie Schepp (Mira)

Swedish author Schepp makes her U.S. debut with the stellar first in a crime trilogy. Prosecutor Jana Berzelius heads the investigation into the shooting murder of Hans Juhlén, the person in charge of asylum issues at the Swedish migration board.


Underground Airlines

Ben H. Winters (LB/Mulholland)

In Winters's spectacular speculative thriller, slavery is still legal in four American states in the present day. Victor, a former slave and bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshals Service, arrives in Indianapolis on the trail of a runaway knowing something isn't right—with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.



Gina Wohlsdorf (Algonquin)

State-of-the-art security can't prevent uninvited guests from turning the new Manderley Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif., into an abattoir in Wohlsdorf's arresting debut. Meanwhile, Tessa, Manderley's property manager, must deal with the reappearance, after 11 years of estrangement, of an old flame, one of the twin brothers she grew up loving in the home where all three were fostered.


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