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The Double

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October 2013 Hardcover

George Pelecanos, The Double

978-0-316-07839-9, $26.00

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The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting"The Double"Grace Kinkaid’s ex-boyfriend stole from her. It’s the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what’s missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated hera violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it’s a thief on the runor a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can’t last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he isand how far he’ll go to get what he wants.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Gods of Guilt

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December 2013 Hardcover

Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt

978-0-316-06951-9, $28.00

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Mickey Haller gets the text, “Call me ASAP - 187,” and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt. The Gods of Guilt shows once again why “Michael Connelly excels, easily surpassing John Grisham in the building of courtroom suspense” (Los Angeles Times).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-five previous novels including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Black Box, The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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The Red Road

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February 2014 Hardcover

Denise Mina, The Red Road

978-0-316-18851-7, $26.00

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Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Mark Lynch ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she’s known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Lynch’s trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells.

When the investigation leads to a privileged Scottish lawyer who’s expecting to be assassinated after a money laundering scheme goes bad, and a woman who’s spying on the people who put her in jail, Morrow has her hands full. And that’s before she even gets to her family issues.

THE RED ROAD is a thrilling new novel from a masterful writer, proving once again that “If you don’t love Denise Mina, you don’t love crime fiction.” (Val McDermid)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Mina is the author of Gods and BeastsThe End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She also writes for the popular graphic novel series Hellblazer. Mina lives in Glasgow.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Lady of Sorrows

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March 2014 Hardcover

Anne Zouroudi, The Lady of Sorrows

978-0-316-21784-2, $25.00

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A painter is found dead at sea off the coast of a remote Greek island. For our enigmatic detective Hermes Diaktoros, the plot can only thicken: the painter’s work, an icon of the Virgin long famed for its miraculous powers, has just been uncovered as a fake. But has the painter died of natural causes or by a wrathful hand? What secret is a dishonest gypsy keeping? And what haunts the ancient catacombs beneath the bishop’s house?

In the fourth of the Seven Deadly Sins mysteries, the inimitable Hermes faces forgery, betrayal, and superstition, and the consequences of all-consuming rage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi, theresa.giacopasi@hbgusa.com

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12th of Never

April 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, 12th of Never

978-0-316-21082-9, $27.99

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Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he’s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn’t believe him, but then a shooting is called inand it fits the professor’s description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn’t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels, two works of nonfiction, and the coauthor of twelve books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan, Sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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The Doctor of Thessaly

December 2012 Hardcover

Anne Zouroudi, The Doctor of Thessaly: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery

978-0-316-21787-3, $24.99

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A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach. A local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard. Trouble arrives at a bad time to the backwater village of Morfi, just as the community is making headlines with a visit from a high-ranking government minister. Fortunately, where there’s trouble, there’s Hermes Diaktoros, the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose investigative methods are always unorthodox.

Hermes must investigate a brutal crime, thwart the petty machinations of the town’s ex-mayor and his cronies, and try to settle the troubled waters of two sisters’ relationship. But how can he unravel a mystery that not even the victim wants solved?

Set against a sparkling Mediterranean backdrop, THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY is a spellbinding mystery about the dark consequences of envy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi, Theresa.giacopasi@hbgusa.com

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PRIVATE GAMES

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FEBRUARY 2012 HARDCOVER 

Private Games
James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
978-0316-20682-2, $27.99

Private, the world’s most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect over 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries.

The opening ceremony is still hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Nigel Steele, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder. A high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee and his mistress have been killed. It’s clear that it wasn’t a crime of passion, but one of precise calculation and execution.

Newspaper reporter Karen Pope receives a letter from a person who calls himself Cronus claiming responsibility for the murders. He also proclaims that he will restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and will destroy all who have corrupted the games with lies, cheating, and greed. Karen immediately hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Nigel uncover a criminal genius who won’t stop until he’s ended the games for good. “America’s #1 storyteller” (Forbes) delivers an exhilarating, action-packed thriller that brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a wildly powerful climax.
           
About the author: James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past 25 years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Mark Sullivan is the author of eight mystery and suspense novels, including Rogue, forthcoming in October 2012. He lives in Montana with his wife and sons.

Publicity contact: Sabrina Callahan, sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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THE END OF THE WASP SEASON

SEPTEMBER 2011 HARDCOVER

The End of the Wasp Season
Denise Mina
978-0-316-06933-5, $25.99

A gripping new thriller featuring Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, starting her own family while she investigates the deadly dissolution of another.

When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. The terrible legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread but most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family.

Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered, leaving the community stunned. When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow, heavily pregnant with twins, is called in to investigate, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder. It’s a web that will spiral through Alex’s own home, the local community, and ultimately right back to a swinging rope, hundreds of miles away.

The End of the Wasp Season is an accomplished and compelling novel about a family’s power for damage—and redemption.

About the Author: Denise Mina is the author of Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy. She lives in Glasgow.

Publicity Tour: New York, Phoenix, Seattle, Houston and San Fransisco

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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THE DROP

NOVEMBER 2011 HARDCOVER

The Drop
Michael Connelly
978-0-316- 06941-0, $27.99

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown to authorities for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.

About the Author: Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD

NOVEMBER 2011 HARDCOVER

The Impossible Dead
Ian Rankin
978-0-316-03977-2, $25.99

The Complaints: that’s the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who’ve made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel. A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist.

There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.

In his newest pulse-pounding thriller, Ian Rankin holds up a mirror to an age of fear and paranoia, and shows us something of our own lives reflected there.

About the Author: Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner,  marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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PRIVATE #1 SUSPECT

January 2012 HARDCOVER

Private: #1 Suspect
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
978-0-316-09740-6, $27.99

Private’s Director Jack Morgan is accused of a brutal murder—and not even Private’s world class investigators may be able to save him.

Since former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan started Private, it has become one of the world’s most powerful investigation firms, sought out by the rich and famous to discretely handle their most sensitive problems. Private’s investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world—and they always uncover the truth. When a former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While the police are investigating Jack, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a spree of murders occurring on their properties. Fighting for his life on both sides of the law, Jack realizes that he may not be able to save himself this time. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, Private: #1 Suspect is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

About the Author: Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels and two works of nonfiction. Including the bestselling Women’s Murder Club series, she has co-authored nine books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband.

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THE FIFTH WITNESS

APRIL 2011 HARDCOVER

The Fifth Witness
Michael Connelly
978-0-316-06935-9; $27.99

The Lincoln Lawyer is back in the explosive new legal thriller from #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too—and he’s certain he’s on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in. Connelly proves again why he “has the nerve and timing of a whole SWAT team” (New York Times Book Review).

About the author: Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.

Publicity contact: Sabrina Callahan, sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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THE TAINT OF MIDAS

JULY 2011 HARDCOVER

The Taint of Midas: A Novel
Anne Zouroudi
978-0-316-07629-6; $23.99

Old loyalties, new intrigues, and fatal greed collide on a seemingly idyllic Greek island.

Gabrilis Kaloyeros is the caretaker for the ruined Temple of Apollo on the beautiful Greek island of Arcadia, and for decades has worked hard to protect it. But when crooked developers take over the island, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interest. Hours later he meets a violent, lonely death. Hermes Diaktoros finds his friend’s battered body by a dusty roadside and quickly becomes the prime suspect. But soaring property values mean that many stand to gain from Gabrilis’s death, and Hermes resolves to find the true culprit. He will avenge his old friend through methods that are, as ever, unorthodox. Anne Zouroudi tells a spellbinding mystery set in an enchanted place, where the myths of the ancient past intersect with the realities of contemporary life, with deadly results.

About the author: Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Publicity contact: Marlena.Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com and Amanda Lang, amanda.lang@hbgusa.com

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THE CUT

AUGUST 2011 HARDCOVER

The Cut: A Novel
George Pelecanos
ISBN: 978-0-316-078429; $25.99

Meet Spero Lucas—the newest literary hero from George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author and writer for The Wire.

Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He’s good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is forty percent. A high-profile crime boss who has heard of Lucas’s specialty hires him to find out who has been stealing from his operation. It’s the biggest job Lucas has ever been offered, and he quickly gets a sense of what’s going on. But before he can close in on what’s been taken, he tangles with a world of men whose amorality and violence leave him reeling. Is any cut worth  your family, your lover, your life? Spero Lucas is George Pelecanos’s greatest creation, a young man making his place in the world one battle and one mission at a time. The first in a new series of thrillers featuring Spero Lucas, THE CUT is new confirmation of why George Pelecanos is “perhaps America’s greatest living crime writer.” (Stephen King).

About the author: George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, an essayist, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, and the author of a bestselling series of novels set in and around Washington, DC.

Tour: New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com and Amanda Lang, amanda.lang@hbgusa.com

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JANUARY 2011 HARDCOVERNow You See HerJames Patterson and Michael LedwidgeISBN:978-0-316-03621-4; $27.99To save her own life, Nina Bloom vanished. James Patterson’s most compulsively readable thriller ever.Twenty-two year-old Jeanine Fournier has looks to die for, a handsome police-officer husband, and a carefree life in Key West. When she learns that she’s pregnant with their first child, her happiness feels almost overwhelming. Jeanine’s whole life is shattered when she unearths a terrible secret that causes her to run for her life and change her identity. Now, years later, an even greaterhorror leads her to risk everything she’s earned—a secure life in New York City, a prosperous career as a lawyer, even the daughter she loves—to return to Florida and confront the murderous evil she fled. In a story of wrenching suspense, James Patterson gives us his most head-spinning, action filled story yet—a Hitchcockian blend of unquenchable drama and pleasure.
About the author: James Patterson is one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

JANUARY 2011 HARDCOVER

Now You See Her
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
ISBN:978-0-316-03621-4; $27.99

To save her own life, Nina Bloom vanished. James Patterson’s most compulsively readable thriller ever.

Twenty-two year-old Jeanine Fournier has looks to die for, a handsome police-officer husband, and a carefree life in Key West. When she learns that she’s pregnant with their first child, her happiness feels almost overwhelming. Jeanine’s whole life is shattered when she unearths a terrible secret that causes her to run for her life and change her identity. Now, years later, an even greater
horror leads her to risk everything she’s earned—a secure life in New York City, a prosperous career as a lawyer, even the daughter she loves—to return to Florida and confront the murderous evil she fled. In a story of wrenching suspense, James Patterson gives us his most head-spinning, action filled story yet—a Hitchcockian blend of unquenchable drama and pleasure.

About the author: James Patterson is one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

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