Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.
Soon to be Released
Jeffery Deaver – The Cutting Edge
Expected Release Date on 4/10/18
Vimal Lahori, a twenty-two-year-old apprentice diamond cutter, living with his family in Queens, returns to the jewelry shop where he works on 47th Street in Manhattan to find that his mentor has been tortured and killed in a robbery. Also dead are a young couple, present at the store to pick-up their engagement ring. The killer appears from the back room, sees the young man and shoots and wounds him. Vimal escapes.
Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs, Lon Sellitto and the other law enforcers they work with begin their pursuit of the murderer, who, they learn, has made off with five million dollars’ worth of unique “rough,” that is, uncut diamonds. They realize too that he’s trying to find and kill Vimal, the only witness to the horrific crime.
The motive for the murders soon surfaces when the self-proclaimed “Promisor”—the psychotic Vladimir Rostov—announces that he is targeting dealers and engaged couples for defiling diamonds by cutting them up into jewelry—to satisfy their vanity. In ancient religion these gems were thought to be the soul of the earth; it was a sin to cut and polish them. Rostov continues his search for Vimal and targets more victims, who have to pay for their iniquities. The madman also turns his attention, and his razor knife and gun, to the police who are pursuing him.
Rhyme and Sachs soon learn that the diamond world is a place that’s as mysterious and forbidding as it is glamorous, and is largely off-limits to outsiders, so they recruit a quirky, brilliant expert in the esoteric art of diamonds: Alan Ackroyd. He and Rhyme form a relationship that’s both professional and personal and, together with Sachs, they engage in a tense cat and mouse chase to find the man they have dubbed Unsub 47 . . . and to locate Vimal Lahori too, who, with reasons of his own for avoiding the police, has vanished.
As the case proceeds—and Rostov targets more victims—Rhyme also has to make a difficult decision: should he consult for the legal team defending the ruthless Mexican drug lord, El Halcon, who has been captured in the U.S. and charged with violent crimes. The man is unquestionably a cruel and dangerous criminal but his lawyers are positive he’s not guilty of the offenses he’s charged with; someone has manipulated the evidence in the name of justice to send him to prison. Please, they implore Rhyme, will he help them keep an innocent, if evil, man out of jail?
In their efforts to stop Unsub 47 before he kills again, Rhyme and Sachs and their team work relentlessly to find and make sense of clues throughout the New York area—from the Diamond District of Manhattan, to the Palisades in New Jersey, to Little India in Jackson Heights, to a geothermal site in Brooklyn, where drilling has not only resulted in the fiery deaths of local residents but makes Amelia Sachs’s effort to gather vital evidence a potentially lethal proposition.
Iris Johansen – Shattered Mirror
Expected Release Date 4/24/18
Eve Duncan is thrown once more into a deadly game of intrigue. It begins when Eve receives a package containing a skull—and instructions for Eve to do her work reconstructing it. When she does, a beautiful woman’s face emerges. But when Eve is introduced to the dead woman’s mirror image, a game is on where her twin’s life hangs in the balance.
Nathan M. Farrugia – Purity: Episode 7
Expected Release Date 7/1/18
Purity have almost won.
But Olesya has one last chance.
With Jay rescued from Purity territory, Olesya plots their final, daring mission.
To save them all, she will need to do something unimaginable:
Send Jay back into Purity territory.
Only this time, he’s going deep into Purity headquarters.
Alone. Unarmed. Uncover.
Danielle Girard – Expose
Expected Release Date 7/24/18
With her vindictive ex-husband out of prison, San Francisco medical examiner Annabelle Schwartzman is trying harder than ever to move on with her life—by focusing on her job to speak for the victims who can’t. Summoned to a homicide in Golden Gate Park, she realizes that she’d seen the victim just hours before, alive and well in a parked Jeep with a small boy. Now, the woman has been stabbed to death and stripped of her burka, and the child is nowhere to be found.
When an African American student is found dead, bearing knife wounds identical to those of the woman in the park, the press jumps on them as hate crimes. If only they were so easy to explain. There is a connection—but Schwartzman believes it’s something even worse. Her fears are confirmed with the discovery of the next victim.
Now, to stop a vicious killer whose work has only just begun, Schwartzman and Detective Hal Harris must untangle the twisted thread that links it all to the missing boy and a crime buried in the past.
Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones
Expected Release Date 8/21/18
Everyone has a breaking point. Could it be that Tempe has reached hers?
From worrying about her daughter serving in Afghanistan, to she and her fiancée’s complicated living arrangement, Temperance Brennan is feeling the pressure.
And things are bleak on the professional front too. Her beloved boss, Tim Larabee has died a heartbreaking death and his replacement, Margot Heavner, has not forgotten her long-standing feud with Tempe. Heavner might not be able to fire Tempe, but she can make it her mission to make her life a living hell.
So when a mutilated corpse is found in a rural area, Dr. Temperance Brennan isn’t allowed anywhere near the site. The man’s identity is unknown, his cause of death is unclear. This is Dr. Brennan’s speciality, but despite the body lacking a face, hands and organs, Heavner refuses to ask Tempe for help with the investigation.
But in blocking Tempe, is Heavner allowing a killer to walk free?
Who was the faceless man? and why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?
Despite being exiled from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner facility, Tempe vows to uncover the truth. The more that Tempe discovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes.
Investigating alone, Tempe is already out of her depth, and the deeper she goes the less chance she has of coming out of it alive…
James Rollins – The Hammer of Witches
Expected Release Date 12/4/18
Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions.
What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?
Kevin Tinto – Ice Genesis
Released on 3/26/18
The Americans and Russians are racing toward nuclear confrontation over a mind-blowing find under the ice in Antarctica. The American Executive Branch is in meltdown over the President’s order to detonate a highly classified Iso-Hafnium nuclear device in Antarctica, killing a platoon of Navy SEALs and the same number of Russian Special Operation, Spetnaz.
Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson, having escaped the President’s plan to eliminate them have the upper hand, thanks to a nuclear device hidden in the New Mexico desert. This leverage will only last so long, and the key to unlocking the mystery lies with twenty-eight Native American, cliff dwellers, who survived more than eight-hundred years, under the ICE in stasis.
While Leah tries to untangle the mysteries of the ‘Ancients’, Jack Hobson is trying to protect Leah, and the Ancients, while finding himself drawn into another mystery; is there more of these high technology caches? If so, how will they secure them before other interested parties, including the Russians locate them?
The key to the mystery, as Leah learns, is one of the Ancients. A Lakota Shaman, named Appanoose. He has no interest in cooperating with Leah; just as she learns stunning new facts about the Ancients and what happened to them more than eight-hundred years ago.
Leah and Jack find themselves the targets of not only the US government, but foreign powers and even the Ancients themselves.
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – City of Endless Night
Released on 1/16/18
It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when the young woman’s body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found.
Lieutenant CDS Vincent D’Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D’Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene also assigned to the case. “I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch,” Pendergast tells D’Agota, “because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History.”
D’Agosta hopes the case will give Pendergast an opportunity to demonstrate his considerable abilities back in the city he has made home. But neither Pendergast nor D’Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. It quickly becomes clear that a diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered…and decapitated. Worse still, there’s something unique to the city itself that has attracted its evil eye of the killer–or killers.
As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D’Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It’ll take all of Pendergast’s skill to unmask this most dangerous foe–let alone survive to tell the tale.
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Gone Fishing
Released on 12/18/17
Originally published in THRILLER (2006),
edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.
New York City policeman Vincent D’Agosta, who becomes involved with the theft of an ancient Incan sacrificial knife. But before D’Agosta can apprehend the thieves, they meet an untimely death. The particularly gruesome nature of the murders will leave D’Agosta longing for his more conventional villains—heat-packing crackheads, Hummer-driving pimps, two-dollar murderers, subway turnstile jumpers and the assortment of other freaks and bad guys he knows so well from the streets of New York City. His instincts tell him two things for certain: the inexplicable violence of this case has nothing to do with the original heist, and there are going to be more murders.
James Rollins – The Demon Crown
Released on 12/5/17
Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing them all, save one, an entomologist, an expert on venomous creatures, Professor Ken Matsui from Cornell University.
Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber. The artifact was hidden away by a cabal of scientists—led by Alexander Graham Bell—to protect humankind. But they dared not destroy it, for the object also holds an astonishing promise for the future: the very secret of life after death.
Yet, nothing stays buried forever. An ancient horror—dormant in the marrow of those preserved bones—is free once more, nursed and developed into a weapon of incalculable strength and malignancy, ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.
To stop its spread, Commander Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force must survive a direct attack on the island of Maui. To be there first has always been the core mission of Sigma Force, a covert team forged to be America’s front line against emerging threats. But this time, even Sigma may not be able to decipher this deadly mystery, one that traces back to the founding of the Smithsonian Institution.
With each new discovery, the menace they hunt is changing, growing, spreading—adapting and surviving every attempt to stop it from reconquering a world it once ruled. And each transformation makes it stronger . . . and smarter.
Running out of time and options, Commander Grayson Pierce will be forced to make an impossible choice. To eradicate this extinction-level threat and expose those involved, he will have to join forces with Sigma’s greatest enemy—the newly resurrected Guild—even it if means sacrificing one of his own.
James Rollins – Kowalski’s In Love
Released on 12/4/17
Originally published in THRILLER (2006), edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.
In this Thriller Short from #1 New York Times bestselling writer, James Rollins, brings a story that’s no love story, at least not in the traditional sense. Fans of Rollins’s Sigma Force series know Joe Kowalski, a naval seaman with the heart of a hero, but lacking the brainpower to go with it. Kowalski stays in trouble and here readers will get to know a bit more about his backstory. One that illustrates something Kowalski seems to live by. Dumb luck is better than no luck at all.