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The latest mysteries and thrillers that will keep the conversation going.

June 02, 2013
  • The covers of "Circle of Shadows," "Hour of the Rat" and "The Curiosity."
The covers of "Circle of Shadows," "Hour of the Rat"… (Pamela Dorman / Viking;…)

Holy Orders
A Quirke Novel

Benjamin Black

Henry Holt, $26

The latest book in the 1950s-set adventures of the Dublin morgue consultant pathologist finds Quirke investigating a conspiracy in the Catholic Church after one of his daughter's closet friends is murdered. (August)

The Rules of Wolfe

James Carlos Blake

Mysterious Press, $24

The follow-up to Blake's 2012 novel "Country of Bad Wolves" focuses on Eddie Gato Wolfe, a member of a family of Texas gunrunners who goes to work for a Mexican drug cartel. (July)

Hour of the Rat

Lisa Brackmann

Soho Crime, $25.95

Iraq War veteran Ellie McEnroe's life in Beijing is turned upside down when her mother comes to visit, and an old Army buddy asks her to help track down his missing brother. Soon, the three (plus her mother's new boyfriend) are caught in a web of conspiracy. (June)

If You Were Here

Alafair Burke

HarperCollins, $25.99

Reporter McKenna Jordan is investigating the story of a woman who saved a teenager from being killed on subway tracks; as McKenna examines grainy video, she discovers that the mysterious heroine resembles an old friend who vanished 10 years ago. (June)

Light of the World

James Lee Burke

Simon & Schuster, $27.99

When serial killer Asa Surrette escapes from a prison transport van, he launches a vendetta against a writer who sought to prove Surrette was guilty of other crimes. (July)

Blood of the Lamb

Sam Cabot

Blue Rider, $27.95

American Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly and Italian art historian Livia Pietro are on the hunt for a document stolen from the Vatican, but they're not the only ones looking for this ancient treasure. (August)

Bad Blood
A Crime Novel

Arne Dahl. Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Pantheon, $25.95

The sequel to Dahl's "Misterioso" finds the Intercrime team trying to stop an American serial killer running rampant in Sweden. (August)

The Kill Room
A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Jeffery Deaver

Grand Central, $28

In the 10th Lincoln Rhyme novel, quadriplegic forensics expert Rhyme and his team investigate the killing of a U.S. citizen by the U.S. government. (June)

The Shadow Tracer

Meg Gardiner

Dutton, $26.95

Sarah Keller is a single mother and a master at tracking those who have gone on the lam. After her daughter Zoe is involved in an accident, a medical test reveals a deep family secret and leads to Sarah being accused of murder, forcing her to go on the run. (July)

The Fame Thief

Timothy Hallinan

Soho Crime, $25

Los Angeles burglar turned private eye Junior Bender is hired by an elderly former Hollywood studio executive to investigate a crime he believes was committed more than 60 years ago — and then he finds the crime heating up again all around him. (June)

Bad Monkey

Carl Hiaasen

Knopf, $26.95

Why is there a frozen arm in ex-Miami cop Andrew Yancy's fridge? Yancy is convinced it's evidence of a murder, but to prove it, he will have to deal with a colorful cast of characters, from real estate developers to the local voodoo witch. (June)


Charlie Huston

Mulholland/Little, Brown, $26

Skinner is a peerless assassin that even his handlers have begun to fear. He's brought back from exile to guard an attractive, hypersensitive systems engineer needed to combat a cyber-terrorist attack, mysteriously tied to the slums of Mumbai. (July)

Hunting Eve

Iris Johansen

St. Martin's, $27.99

This thriller picks up where Johansen's last novel about forensic sculptor Eve Duncan left off: After being kidnapped, Eve must match wits with the man holding her captive. (July)

The Curiosity

Stephen Kiernan

William Morrow, $25.99

A team of scientists discovers a man frozen in Arctic ice, and the project's benefactor orders the team to attempt to bring the frozen man back to life. (July)

The Last Word

Lisa Lutz

Simon & Schuster, $25

After staging a hostile takeover of her family's business, private investigator Izzy Spellman is accused of embezzling funds from a wealthy former client, leaving Izzy fighting to save her name, license and the firm. (July)

Kiss Me First

Lottie Moggach

Doubleday, $25.95

The founder of a philosophy and ethics website lures a friendless young woman into a bizarre case of identity theft through social media in this eerie psychological thriller. (July)

Visitation Street

Ivy Pochoda

Ecco, $25.99

On a hot summer's day in Brooklyn, two 15-year-old girls take a raft out on a bay, but only one returns — an event that will have repercussions throughout the neighborhood.(July)

Circle of Shadows

Imogen Robertson

Pamela Dorman/Viking, $27.95

In Robertson's latest 18th-century mystery, widow Harriet Westerman travels to the Duchy of Maulberg in Germany to prove her brother is innocent of murder (June)

The Child Thief

Dan Smith

Pegasus Crime, $25.95

In the bleak winter of 1930, a wounded man pulls a sled into a small Ukrainian village. On the sled lie the bodies of two dead children with mutilations that point to an act of cannibalism. (June)

Out of Range

Hank Steinberg

William Morrow, $25.99

Journalist Charlie Davis nearly died while covering protests in Uzbekistan, but nothing can prepare him for the fear he feels when his wife disappears at Disneyland and he begins to dig through her past. (June)

A Thriller

Andrew Vachss

Pantheon, $26.95

In a small seaside village, the high school softball star guns down the most popular boy in school; a former Médecins Sans Frontières nurse and her ex-Legionnaire husband investigate and discover shocking secrets beneath the town's happy facade. (June)

Enigma of China
An Inspector Chen Novel

Qiu Xiaolong

Minotaur, $25.99

Shanghai Police Department Chief Inspector Chen Cao is up for a promotion when the Communist Party asks him to rule the death of a party member a suicide; Cao begins to suspect foul play and possible party interference. (June)

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