Bestsellers and More
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Highlights this spring include major books from a number
of bestselling thriller authors as well as some exciting
Steve Berry, a founding member of the International Thriller Writers, has
moved to Minotaur, publisher of his 10th novel featuring former U.S.
Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, The Patriot Game. This entry
has an announced first printing of 400,000, and Berry will promote with a
14-city national author tour.
Joseph Finder, another veteran of the bestseller lists, follows 2014’s
Suspicion with another breakneck thriller stand-alone, The Fixer. Dutton is
planning a 100,000-copy first printing and a five-city author tour.
A bestselling mystery author is the hero of Joyce Carol Oates’s tale of sus-
pense, Jack of Spades. “This is Joyce Carol Oates at her most diabolical—
no small statement,” says Otto Penzler, the head of Mysterious Press.
Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt, delivers The Whites, about a
New York City cop seeking his equivalent of Captain Ahab’s white whale.
“The Whites is the crime novel of the year—impossible to put down,” says
One of the most anticipated spy thrillers of the year is Jason Matthews’s
where her ex-husband has just died (“a huge new talent,”
Palace of Treason, the sequel to 2013’s Red Sparrow, which won both Edgar
and Thriller awards for best first novel. Another highly anticipated second
novel is The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell, coauthor of The Rule of Four.
David Baldacci calls this religious thriller “erudite and a page-turner, liter-
ary but compulsively readable.”
According to Harlequin executive v-p Loriana Sacilotto, British author
Graeme Cameron’s debut serial-killer novel, Normal, is a “smart, witty and
uniquely gripping read that takes us into the mind of a killer and, against
all expectations and moral compasses, makes us root for him.”
Two first novels involve harrowing journeys: K. T. Medina’s White
Crocodile, in which a woman travels to the killing fields of Cambodia,
says Mo Hayder); and Jax Miller’s Freedom’s Child, in
which a woman convicted of killing her husband goes
looking for the daughter she gave up for adoption years
before (“a powerful new voice,” says Karin Slaughter).
Finally, from the late Heda Margolius Kovály, author of
the Holocaust memoir Under a Cruel Star, comes
Innocence: Or, Murder on Steep Street, a rediscovered gem of Czech lit-
erature that depicts early 1950s Prague under Communist rule.
SPRING 2015 ADULT