Here Quercus Books picks the best crime and thriller authors to look out for in 2014:
The Deliverance of Evil
The Deliverance of Evil is the first in a trilogy featuring Commissario Balistreri. The novel has been described by authors Jeffery Deaver as ‘a nonstop thriller’ and by Peter May as ‘uttery compelling.’ Once you’ve enjoyed the first book, you won’t have to wait long to find out more about Balistreri’s colourful past as the second book in the series, The Root of All Evil, is published in August.
The latest crime thriller from Harrogate Festival’s Reader-in-Residence, David Mark, features gentle giant DS McAvoy. Sorrow Bound is a powerful police procedural thriller about how those with the biggest hearts make the easiest targets; and how the corrosive venom of evil can dissolve the bonds between good people, until all they are bound by is grief.
The Resistance Man
Children of War
In St Denis, Bruno, chef de police, can’t get a moment’s rest. In two extraordinary books he must deal with rare bank notes, burglaries, and multiple bodies as well as internal politics and his own complicated history.
A Song from Dead Lips
Out in July 2014
Set in London in 1968, A Song from Dead Lips and A House of Knives follow Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen as he tries to solves cases against a clashing backdrop of sixties idealism and a corrupted CID on the brink of exposure.
The Outcast Dead
In Sunday Times bestselling The Outcast Dead, Ruth Galloway, Head of Forensic Archaeology at the University of Norfolk, has just uncovered the skeleton of infamous child killer, Mother Hook. While Ruth takes part in a TV documentary about the discovery and tries to find out more about this vilified murderess, DCI Harry Nelson is working on a case of a child who has died mysteriously. Both cases take a turn for the worse, when two more children go missing and the links between the past and present become blurred.
Out August 2014
Published from May to November 2014
Following the international success of the bestselling Lewis trilogy, Peter May is back with his new standalone thriller, Entry Island. When the island’s wealthiest resident is murdered, all the evidence points to the victim’s wife. But Detective Sime Mackenzie isn’t convinced. As he investigates his sanity is challenged. What will break first: the case or Sime?
If that wasn’t enough, Peter May’s Enzo Files will be published in paperback for the very first time in the UK. The series follows Scottish forensics expert Enzo Macleod as he investigates cases in France.
Iréne is the brilliant yet brutal prequel to the bestselling Alex. A killer is recreating scenes from famous and infamous crime thrillers. Commandant Verhœven and his team are always one step behind the killer and the press are having a field day. In a nail-biting, heart-thumping race to solve the case the Commandant may just lose more than his professional reputation…
V. M. Giambanco
The Gift of Darkness
Homicide Detective Alice Madison spends her days chasing the very worst humanity has to offer. When a family are brutally murdered she finds the case is linked to a twenty-five year old kidnapping which involves a local lawyer and a violent criminal. Now Madison must go back into the woods and confront the unsolved mystery. To do this she must forget her training and follow her instincts to the terrifying end as enemies become allies…
In 2015… also look out for A KILLING WINTER. When the body of a young woman is found it seems a sadistic serial killer is on the lose but when more bodies turn up with connections to the government, Inspector Akyl Borubaev descends into the brutal underworld, a place where no-one and nothing is as it seems, where everyone is playing for the highest stakes, and where violence is the only solution.