Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Fall for These: Reading Out 2016



Just last week, I was lamenting to a close friend how overwhelmed I felt when contemplating this coming season’s abundance of new crime, mystery, and thriller fiction. And that was before I actually went through the exercise of putting together my lengthy “critic’s choice” selection of titles rolling out during the final four months of 2016. My most recent Kirkus Reviews column highlighted 10 books in this genre due out during September and October, and my forthcoming Kirkus piece will focus on a handful of other works scheduled for release in November and December. But those represent a mere drop in the bucket as far as crime-fiction publishing goes. Between what U.S. and British houses will be offering in the run-up to Christmas, I have culled out more than 320 books of interest to Rap Sheet readers.

This mix includes fresh fiction from familiar wordsmiths such as Linwood Barclay (The Twenty-Three), Sophie Hannah (Closed Casket), Ken Bruen (The Emerald Lie), Mark Mills (Where Dead Men Meet), Peter May (Coffin Road), Ann Cleeves (The Moth Catcher), Anthony Horowitz (Magpie Murders), Tana French (The Trespasser), Max Allan Collins (Quarry in the Black), Robert Littell (The Mayakovsky Tapes), Timothy Hallinan (Fields Where They Lay), Ian Rankin (Rather Be the Devil), and even the long-dead Erle Stanley Gardner (The Knife Slipped). On top of those, it features less-familiar but nonetheless estimable writers on the order of Thomas Mullen (Darktown), Sarah Ward (A Deadly Thaw), Amy Stewart (Lady Cop Makes Trouble), Chris Holm (Red Right Hand), Belinda Bauer (The Beautiful Dead), and Hans Olav Lahlum (Chameleon People). In addition, there are several worthy short-story collections (among them Jim Fusilli’s Crime Plus Music and a posthumous offering from P.D. James, The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories), the first two volumes in a seven-book compendium of Margaret Millar’s work, and non-fiction tomes addressing favorite storytellers such as John le Carré (The Pigeon Tunnel) and Shirley Jackson (Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life). Because the fall season includes Halloween, I have peppered in a few tales of a blood-curdling sort; and because Americans will vote in November for a new president, you’ll find mentioned here a variety of yarns that might appeal to the cozy-mystery fan who’s most likely to win that office.

This is not, by any means, an exhaustive list of what will become available in English between now and New Year’s Day, 2017. Instead, it reflects my idiosyncratic tastes and my experience with the genre. If you’re craving more reading suggestions, click over to The Bloodstained Bookshelf (for coming American titles) or Euro Crime (for British releases). And as usual, if you think I’ve failed to mention any must-read mystery or thriller novels scheduled to appear this colder season, please don’t hesitate to drop a note about them into the Comments section at the bottom of this post.

Non-fiction titles are identified below with asterisks (*).

SEPTEMBER (U.S.):
Ambush, by Nick Oldham (Severn House)
The Apostle Killer, by Richard Beard (Melville House)
The Babe Ruth Deception, by David O. Stewart (Kensington)
Beloved Poison, by E.S. Thomson (Pegasus)
Black Water, by Louise Doughty (Sarah Crichton)
Blind Sight, by Carol O’Connell (Putnam)
Blood Crime, by Sebastiá Alzamora (Soho Crime)
Blood Wedding, by Pierre Lemaitre (MacLehose Press)
Blue Madonna, by James R. Benn (Soho Crime)
Boondoggle, by Mark Rapacz (280 Steps)
The Butcher’s Son, by Grant McKenzie (Polis)
Casting Bones, by Don Bruns (Severn House)
Catacombs of Terror! by Stanley Donwood (Tyrus)
Close Call, by Laura DiSilverio (Midnight Ink)
Closed Casket, by Sophie Hannah (Morrow)
Collected Millar: The Master at Her Zenith, by Margaret Millar
(Soho Syndicate)
Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
Darktown, by Thomas Mullen (Atria/37 INK)
The Dead Hand, by Michael A. Kahn (Poisoned Pen Press)
A Deadly Thaw, by Sarah Ward (Minotaur)
Dead Men’s Bones, by James Oswald (Crooked Lane)
Dead or Alive, by Ken McCoy (Severn House)
Dear Mr. M, by Herman Koch (Hogarth)
Death of an Avid Reader, by Frances Brody (Minotaur)
Devil Sent the Rain, by Lisa Turner (Morrow)
The Devil’s Work, by Mark Edwards (Thomas & Mercer)
A Dreadful Past, by Peter Turnbull (Severn House)
The Dread Line, by Bruce DeSilva (Forge)
The Emerald Lie, by Ken Bruen (Mysterious Press)
The Empress of Tempera, by Alex Dolan (Diversion)
End Game, by David Hagberg (Forge)
The Eskimo Solution, by Pascal Garnier (Gallic)
Fates and Traitors, by Jennifer Chiaverini (Dutton)
Fire in the Stars, by Barbara Fradkin (Dundurn)
Flash Point, by Colby Marshall (Severn House)
Foreign Bodies, by David Wishart (Crème de la Crime)
The Fourth Figure, by Pieter Aspe (Open Road)
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Murder at Sorrow’s Crown, by Steven Savile and Robert Greenberger (Titan)
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles (Viking)
Ghosts of Havana, by Todd Moss (Putnam)
Girl in Danger, by Leigh Russell (Thomas & Mercer)
Gunshine State, by Andrew Nette (280 Steps)
Home, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
The Homeplace, by Kevin Wolf (Minotaur)
The Hope That Kills, by Ed James (Thomas & Mercer)
Impala, by Andrew Diamond (Stolen Time Press)
Infamy, by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Gallery)
The Kept Woman, by Karin Slaughter (Morrow)
Lady Cop Makes Trouble, by Amy Stewart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Liar’s Key, by Carla Neggers (Mira)
A Long Time Dead, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
The Magician’s Duel, by Judith Janeway (Poisoned Pen Press)
Maigret’s Dead Man, by Georges
Simenon (Penguin)
Manitou Canyon, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
A March to Remember, by Anna Loan-Wilsey (Kensington)
Mercury, by Margot Livesey (Harper)
Mr. Campion’s Fault, by Mike Ripley (Severn House)
Murder at Rough Point, by Alyssa Maxwell (Kensington)
The Nix, by Nathan Hill (Knopf)
Nutshell, by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese)
An Obvious Fact, by Craig Johnson (Viking)
Only Daughter, by Anna Snoekstra (Mira)
Papercuts, by Colin Bateman (Head of Zeus)
The Perfect Girl, by by Gilly Macmillan (Morrow)
The Pigeon Tunnel, by John le Carré (Viking)*
Pirate, by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell (Putnam)
Presumption of Guilt, by Archer Mayor (Minotaur)
Pushing Up Daisies, by M.C. Beaton (Minotaur)
The Question of the Felonious Friend, by E.J. Copperman/
Jeff Cohen (Midnight Ink)
Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf )
Reckless Creed, by Alex Kava (Putnam)
The Reckoning on Cane Hill, by Steve Mosby (Pegasus)
Red Right Hand, by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Revenge in a Cold River, by Anne Perry (Ballantine)
The Risen, by Ron Rash (Ecco)
Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
Santorini Caesars, by Jeffrey Siger (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Secrets of Wishtide, by Kate Saunders (Bloomsbury USA)
The 7th Canon, by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin (Liveright)*
The Sinking Admiral, edited by Simon Brett (Collins Crime Club)
So Say the Fallen, by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)
Stalking Ground, by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane)
Sun, Sand, Murder, by John Keyse-Walker (Minotaur)
Sunshine Noir, edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley (White Sun, e-book edition only)
Surface to Air, by Gérard de Villiers (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
The Things We Wish Were True, by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
(Lake Union)
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press)
Tier One, by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson (Thomas & Mercer)
Tin Hollow, by J.B. Hogan (Shannon Press)
To the Last Drop, by Sandra Balzo (Severn House)
Under the Carib Sun, by Ro Cuzon (280 Steps)
Under the Dixie Moon, by Ro Cuzon (280 Steps)
The Vanished, by Lotte and Søren Hammer (Bloomsbury USA)
The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti (Atria)
We Eat Our Own, by Kea Wilson (Scribner)
What Gold Buys, by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)
The White Mirror, by Elsa Hart (Minotaur)
The Wicked Go to Hell, by Frédéric Dard (Pushkin Vertigo)
Winter’s Child, by Margaret Coel (Berkley)
The Woman on the Orient Express, by Lindsay Jayne Ashford (Lake Union)

SEPTEMBER (UK):
All the Devils, by Neil Broadfoot (Contraband)
The Authentic William James, by Stephen Gallagher (Subterranean Press)
Beneath the Surface, by Jo Spain (Quercus)
Between the Crosses, by Matthew Frank (Penguin)
The Bird Tribunal, by Agnes Ravatn (Orenda)
The Borrowed, by Ho-Kei Chan (Head of Zeus)
Chameleon People, by Hans Olav Lahlum (Mantle)
Deep Blue, by Alan Judd (Simon & Schuster)
Dodger of the Revolution, by James Benmore (Heron)
The Heretic’s Creed, by Fiona Buckley (Creme de la Crime)
Hide and Seek, by M.J. Arlidge (Michael Joseph)
An Incidental Death, by Alex Howard (Head of Zeus)
Learning Curve, by Catherine Aird (Allison & Busby)
Living Death, by Graham Masterton (Head of Zeus)
The Lost Girl, by Tania Carver (Sphere)
The Malice of Waves, by Mark Douglas-Home (Penguin)
Mistress of the Just Land, by David Ashton (Two Roads)
Modern Crimes, by Chris Nickson (History Press)
Murderabilia, by Craig Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
The Murder Book, by Jane A. Adams (Severn House)
Murder on the Serpentine, by Anne Perry (Headline)
Ordeal by Fire, by Sarah Hawkswood (Allison & Busby)
Quick off the Mark, by Susan Moody (Severn House)
Remission, by Ed Chatterton (Caffeine Nights)
A Rustle of Silk, by Alys Clare (Severn House)
The Secret Broker, by Simon Crane (Quartet)
The Sleepless Ones, by James Marrison (Penguin)
Stay Dead, by Jessie Keane (Macmillan)
Strangers, by Paul Finch (Avon)
Trouble Is Our Business: Stories by Irish Crime Writers, edited by Declan Burke (New Island)
Undertow, by Elizabeth Heathcote (Quercus)
Who Killed Piet Barol? by Richard Mason (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

OCTOBER (U.S.):
All the Little Liars, by Charlaine Harris (Minotaur)
Among the Living, by Jonathan Rabb (Other Press)
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, by Mario Giordano (Bitter
Lemon Press)
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016, edited by
Elizabeth George (Mariner)
The Big Book of Jack the Ripper,
edited by Otto Penzler (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Black Hills, by Franklin Schneider and Jennifer Schneider (Thomas & Mercer)
Blood on the Tracks, by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer)
Blood Trails, by Diane Capri
(Thomas & Mercer)
Bright Midnight, by Chris Formant (HighLine Editions)
By Gaslight, by Steven Price (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Coffin Road, by Peter May (Quercus)
Crepe Factor, by Laura Childs (Berkley)
Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir, edited by Jim Fusilli (Three Rooms Press)
Death Among Rubies, by R.J. Koreto (Crooked Lane)
Drone Threat, by Mike Maden (Putnam)
The Eastern Shore, by Ward Just (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus)
Eggnog Murder, by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross (Kensington)
Every Man a Menace, by Patrick Hoffman (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Exile on Bridge Street, by Eamon Loingsigh (Three Rooms Press)
The Fall Guy, by James Lasdun (Norton)
Fields Where They Lay, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
Ghost Times Two, by Carolyn Hart (Berkley)
The Girl from Venice, by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster)
Grizzly Season, by S.W. Lauden (Rare Bird)
The Heavens May Fall, by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street)
Hell Bay, by Will Thomas (Minotaur)
Hold a Scorpion, by Melodie Johnson-Howe (Pegasus)
How to Kill Friends and Implicate People, by Jay Stringer
(Thomas & Mercer)
Incensed, by Ed Lin (Soho Crime)
IQ, by Joe Ide (Mulholland)
Jimmy and Fay, by Michael Mayo (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
The Kid, by Ron Hansen (Scribner)
Little Boy Blue, by M.J. Arlidge (Berkley)
Livia Lone, by Barry Eisler (Thomas & Mercer)
The Madonna of Notre Dame, by Alexis Ragougneau
(New Vessel Press)
Mary Russell’s War, by Laurie R. King (Poisoned Pen Press)
Memories Lie, by C.J. Carpenter (Midnight Ink)
The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, by P.D. James (Knopf)
A Most Novel Revenge, by Ashley Weaver (Minotaur)
The Moth Catcher, by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
The Mystery of the Three Orchids, by Augusto De Angelis (Pushkin Vertigo)
The Next, by Stephanie Gangi
(St. Martin's Press)
Night Watch, by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen (St. Martin’s Press)
No Witness but the Moon, by Suzanne Chazin (Kensington)
The Oslo Conspiracy, by Asle Skredderberget (Thomas Dunne)
Permanent Sunset, by C. Michele Dorsey (Crooked Lane)
The Plague Road, by L.C. Tyler (Constable)
Precious and Grace, by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon)
Poisonfeather, by Matthew FitzSimmons (Thomas & Mercer)
Quarry in the Black, by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime)
The Queen’s Accomplice, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)
The Secret History of Twin Peaks, by Mark Frost (Flatiron Books)*
Seduced, by Randy Wayne White (Putnam)
Skin and Bone, by Robin Blake (Minotaur)
South Village, by Rob Hart (Polis)
Strong Cold Dead, by Jon Land (Forge)
A Study In Scarlet Women, by Sherry Thomas (Berkley)
Teetotaled, by Maia Chance (Minotaur)
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, by Melina Marchetta (Mulholland)
A Terrible Beauty, by Tasha Alexander (Minotaur)
The Trespasser, by Tana French (Viking)
Triple Crown, by Felix Francis (Putnam)
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur)
The Whistler, by John Grisham (Doubleday)
The White Devil, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
Without Mercy, by Jefferson Bass (Morrow)
With Six You Get Wally, by Al Lamanda (Five Star)

OCTOBER (UK):
Betrayal, by Martina Cole (Headline)
Beyond the Truth, by Anne Holt (Corvus)
The Black Friar, by S.G. MacLean (Quercus)
The Brother, by Joakim Zander (Head of Zeus)
Chain of Custody, by Anita Nair (Bitter Lemon Press)
Cold Earth, by Ann Cleeves (Macmillan)
Death at the Seaside, by Frances Brody (Piatkus)
Deep Water, by Christine Poulson (Lion)
The Enemy Within, by Edward Marston (Allison & Busby)
The Exiled, by Kati Hiekkapelto (Orenda)
Hidden Killers, by Lynda La Plante (Simon & Schuster)
The Ice Lands, by Steinar Bragi (Macmillan)
The Keeper, by Alastair Gunn (Penguin)
Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz (Orion)
Mercy Killing, by Lisa Cutts (Simon & Schuster)
The Mine, by Antti Tuomainen (Orenda)
My Husband’s Son, by Deborah O’Connor (Twenty7)
The Name of the Game Is Kidnapping, by Keigo Higashino (Vertical)
Never Alone, by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad Editions)
The Secret, by Katerina Diamond (Avon)
Sun and Shadows, by Dominique Sylvain (MacLehose Press)
Tell Me No Lies, by Lisa Hall (Carina)
Thin Air, by Michelle Paver (Orion)
The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories, by Susan Hill (Profile)

NOVEMBER (U.S.):
Ash Island, by Barry Maitland (Minotaur)
Bitter Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff
(Thomas & Mercer)
Black Widow, by Christopher Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
Bullet Gal, by Andrez Bergen (Roundfire)
The Champagne Conspiracy, by Ellen Crosby (Minotaur)
The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown)
City on Edge, by Stefanie Pintoff (Bantam)
Collected Millar: Legendary Novels of Suspense, by Margaret Millar (Soho Syndicate)
Conclave, by Robert Harris (Knopf)
Death Comes to the Fair, by Catherine Lloyd (Kensington)
Desolation Flats, by Andrew Hunt (Minotaur)
Glow of Death, by Jane K. Cleland (Minotaur)
The Hanging Club, by Tony Parsons (Minotaur)
Heart Attack and Vine, by Phoef Sutton (Prospect Park)
The Hermit, by Thomas Rydahl (Oneworld)
The Inheritance, by Charles Finch (Minotaur)
Inherit the Bones, by Emily Littlejohn (Minotaur)
The Jekyll Revelation, by Robert Masello (47North)
Maigret’s First Case, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
The Mayakovsky Tapes, by Robert Littell (Thomas Dunne)
Milicent Le Sueur, by Margaret Moseley (Brash)
Night School, by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
No Man’s Land, by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
Pacific Homicide, by Patricia Smiley (Midnight Ink)
Painted Skins, by Matt Hilton (Severn House)
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, by Anne Rice (Knopf)
Pull Me Under, by Kelly Luce (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Road to Perdition, by Max Allan Collins (Brash)
Ruler of the Night, by David Morrell (Mulholland)
Say No More, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
Secrets and Shamrocks, by Phyllis Gobbell (Five Star)
Sinner Man, by Lawrence Block (Hard Case Crime)
The Sleeping Beauty Killer, by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke (Simon & Schuster)
The Spy, by Paulo Coelho (Knopf)
Storm Cell, by Brendan DuBois (Pegasus)
Storm Rising, by Douglas Schofield (Minotaur)
Stone Coffin, by Kjell Eriksson (Minotaur)
Tales from the Darkside, by Joe Hill (IDW)
There Was a Crooked Man, by K.J. Larsen (Poisoned Pen Press)
Thus Bad Begins, by Javier Marías (Knopf)
Turbo Twenty-Three, by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)
The Twenty-Three, by Linwood Barclay (Berkley)
Under the Midnight Sun, by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur)
A Voice in the Night, by Andrea Camilleri (Penguin)
The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

NOVEMBER (UK):
The Beautiful Dead, by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press)
Before I Let You In, by Jenny Blackhurst (Headline)
The Blood Card, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central, by Anja de Jager (Constable)
Framed, by Ronnie O’Sullivan (Orion)
Gallows Drop, by Mari Hannah (Macmillan)
The Gravity of Love, by Sara Stridsberg (MacLehose Press)
The Harbour Master, by Daniel Pembrey (No Exit Press)
A High Mortality of Doves, by Kate Ellis (Piatkus)
Lovemurder, by Saul Black (Orion)
Motives for Murder, edited by Martin Edwards (Sphere)
No Place Like Home, by Kerry Wilkinson (Pan)
Pendulum, by Adam Hamdy (Headline)
A Pilgrimage of Murder, by Paul Doherty (Creme de la Crime)
Rather Be the Devil, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
The Taken, by Alice Clark-Platts (Penguin)
Trespass, by Anthony J. Quinn (Head of Zeus)
Truth Will Out, by A.D. Garrett (Corsair)
Where Dead Men Meet, by Mark Mills (Headline Review)
Zodiac, by Sam Wilson (Penguin)

DECEMBER (U.S.):
Bad Blood, by Hugh Dutton (Five Star)
Brazen, by Loren D. Estleman (Forge)
Bryant & May: Strange Tide, by Christopher Fowler (Bantam)
Buried in the Country, by Carola Dunn (Minotaur)
Death Going Down, by María Angélica Bosco (Pushkin Vertigo)
Death on the Patagonian Express, by Hy Conrad (Kensington)
Don’t Turn Out the Lights, by Bernard Minier (Minotaur)
East of the Sun, by Trey R. Barker (Five Star)
The Edit, by J. Sydney Jones (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
Expecting to Die, by Lisa Jackson (Kensington)
The Ice Beneath Her, by Camilla Grebe (Ballantine)
The Knife Slipped, by Erle Stanley Gardner (Hard Case Crime)
The Marriage Lie, by Kimberly Belle (Mira)
The Midnight Bell, by Jack Higgins (Putnam)
My Friend Maigret, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
The Reek of Red Herrings, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur)
Walk Into Silence, by Susan McBride (Thomas & Mercer)
Who Watcheth, by Helene Tursten (Soho Crime)
The Twilight Wife, by A.J. Banner (Touchstone)

DECEMBER (UK):
The Acid Test, by Élmer Mendoza (MacLehose Press)
Finisterre, by Graham Hurley (Head of Zeus)
Road Kill, by Hanna Jameson (Head of Zeus)
Then She Was Gone, by Luca Veste (Simon & Schuster)

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