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The Railway Viaduct (Sept., $25.95) by Edward Marston features Insp. Robert Colbeck in the third of the series set on the grand railways of the 19th century.


The Mephisto Club (Sept., $24.95) by Tess Gerritsen brings back medical examiner Maura Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli, whose investigations lead to a sinister club. Author publicity.

Capitol Crimes (Dec., $23.95) by Jonathan and Faye Kellerman presents two novellas featuring familiar characters in supporting roles—in his, Alex Delaware; in hers, Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.

The Alexandria Link (Feb., $25.95) by Steve Berry tracks a mystery surrounding the renowned library of Alexandria.


Hide (Feb., $25) by Lisa Gardner. When Annabelle Mary Granger opens the newspaper, she reads about her own death. 275,000 first printing. Author publicity.


Grave Surprise (Nov., $23.95) by Charlaine Harris is the second installment in the supernatural mystery series featuring Harper Connelly.

Wild Indigo (Jan., $23.95) by Sandi Ault launches a series set in northern New Mexico starring Bureau of Land Management agent Jamaica Wild.


Candy from Strangers (Oct., $23.95) by Mark Coggins marks the third installment in the August Riordan series, wherein an art school student disappears. Author tour.


Monkey Man (Oct., $24) by Steve Brewer. In installment seven of the Bubba Mabry series, Bubba is puzzled by animal behavior at the Albuquerque, N.Mex., zoo. Author tour.


Slay Ride (Nov; $25.95, paper $13.95) by Chris Grabenstein. When Scott Wilkinson complains to a limousine firm about an unsatisfactory pre-Christmas ride, he faces big trouble—from the oddly sinister limo driver himself.


Sliver of Truth (Jan., $23) by Lisa Unger begins with an innocent event—developing a roll of film—that soon turns ominous. 100,000 first printing.


Keeper of the Keys (Nov., $25) by Perri O’Shaughnessy. A childhood mystery holds the key to a present-day disappearance. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

The Strangler (Feb., $24) by William Landay. It’s 1963, and the Boston Strangler strikes close to home for the Daley brothers, whose family business is crime. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo.


The Perfect Fake (Jan., $25.95) by Barbara Parker blends the forgery of a 500-year-old map with international intrigue.


The Hidden Assassins (Nov., $25) by Robert Wilson. When Seville is rocked by an explosion, Insp. Jefe Javier Falcón isn’t convinced terrorists are to blame. Author tour.

Damnation Street (Sept., $24) by Andrew Klavan once again pairs moralistic SF detective agency owner Scott Weiss and his loose-cannon operative Jim Bishop.


What Came Before He Shot Her (Oct., $26.95) by Elizabeth George focuses on a shocking crime. 300,000 first printing.


Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Sept., $25) by Jacqueline Winspear. The British PI investigates the death of WWI vet Nicholas Bassington-Hope, twin brother of one of Maisie’s chums.


Electric Blue (Oct., $19.95) by Nancy Bush. Aspiring PI Jane Kelly gets involved with the town’s wealthiest and most eccentric family.

The Next Victim (Jan., $19.95) by Jonnie Jacobs. A lone witness is on the run as Kali O’Brien faces the most dangerous case of her career


The Mission Song (Sept., $26.99) by John le Carré. A naïve interpreter working for British intelligence stumbles onto an outrageous plot. Ad/promo.

EchoPark (Oct., $26.99) by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch reopens another unsolved case—one that he and his partner botched back in 1995. Ad/promo. 7-city author tour.

Cross (Nov., $27.99) by James Patterson. Psychologist Alex Cross pursues the psychopath who murdered his wife, Maria, years ago. Ad/promo.

HollywoodStation (Nov., $24.99) by Joseph Wambaugh. After a 20-year hiatus, the author returns to the LAPD in a case involving Russians, diamonds, grenades and more. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.

Step on a Crack (Feb., $27.99) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge introduces NYPD officer Michael Bennett as he pursues a diabolical villain who’s terrorizing the Big Apple. Ad/promo.


The Widow (Oct., $21.95) by Carla Neggers. After her husband is murdered during their Maine honeymoon, his widow quits law school to become a homicide detective.


The Second Mouse (Oct., $24.99) by Archer Mayor. In this 17th title in the Joe Gunther series, might an apparent suicide be connected to a lethal threesome on a crime spree? Author tour.

The Picasso Flop (Feb., $24.99) by Vince Van Patten and Robert J. Randisi starts the Texas Hold ’em Mystery series when a player gets bumped off during the World Poker Tour Championship in Vegas. Ad/promo.


Stalking Ivory: A Jade Del Cameron Mystery (Jan., $23.95) by Suzanne Arruda. Jade Del Cameron returns to Africa in this second historical mystery set in 1919 East Africa.


The Man Who Smiled (Sept., $24.95) by Henning Mankell is number four in the Kurt Wallander series. 50,000 first printing.


The Fourth Perspective (Oct., $24.95) by Robert Greer. An investigation by C.J. Floyd, a Denver, Colo., bail bondsman and Vietnam vet, leads back to the building of the transcontinental railroad. Author tour.


Vicious Circle: A Novel of Mutual Distrust (Sept., $24.95) by Robert Littell. A fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a Palestinian terrorist.

The Secret Lovers: A Paul Christopher Novel (Nov., $24.95) by Charles McCarry depicts duplicitous love in Cold War Europe.


The Right Attitude to Rain: The Sunday Philosophy Club (Sept., $21.95) by Alexander McCall Smith. When a Texan visits Scotland with his fiancée, Isabel Dalhousie ponders when to tell the truth and when to keep her mouth shut. Ad/promo. 11-city author tour.


The Dark Water (Sept., $25) by David Pirie follows Arthur Conan Doyle as he pursues his nemesis.


The Budapest Connection (Oct., $24) by Henry C. Lee and Jerry Labriola, M.D., begins an authorial partnership between the forensic scientist and the mystery-writing doctor.


Book of the Dead (Oct., $26.95) by Patricia Cornwell is the latest suspense yarn to star Virginia’s chief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta.


Lisey’s Story (Oct., $28) by Stephen King. A writer’s widow confronts his demons after his demise. 1.1 million first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Santa Cruise (Nov., $22) by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Mary’s continuing character Alvirah Meehan and Carol’s Regan Reilly join forces when a theft aboard a holiday cruise disrupts the seasonal cheer. 500,000 first printing.

True Evil (Dec., $25.95) by Greg Iles. FBI agent Karen Crowe suspects her brother-in-law of murdering her sister. 300,000 first printing.

Bad Blood (Jan., $26) by Linda Fairstein. New York City’s hidden past resurfaces in a contemporary case characterized by forensic breakthroughs. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.


Billy Boyle (Sept., $23) by James R. Benn observes a rookie detective who winds up spying on the expatriate Norwegian government during the London blitz. 25,000 first printing.

The Collaborator of Bethlehem (Feb., $22) by Matt Beynon Rees. Time magazine’s Jerusalem bureau chief launches a new series, as a schoolteacher questions why a Christian former student is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis.


A Stolen Season (Sept., $22.95) by Steve Hamilton. Matters go awry when Alex McKnight and his former partner, Leon, rescue three men from a boat wrecked at the edge of Lake Superior.

All Mortal Flesh (Oct., $22.95) by Julia Spencer-Fleming. A police chief becomes the primary suspect when his wife is murdered in an Adirondack town.

A Deeper Sleep (Jan., $24.95) by Dana Stabenow. PI Kate Shugak and state trooper Jim Chopin are convinced that a local bad guy acquitted of murder is in fact guilty.

The Grave Tattoo (Feb., $24.95) by Val McDermid. A present-day murder has its roots in the 18th century and the mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty.


The Collectors (Oct., $26.99) by David Baldacci. Felled by a hit man, the Speaker of the House is merely the first victim in an elaborate scheme. Ad/promo.

Wild Fire (Nov., $26.99) by Nelson DeMille. Det. John Corey and his FBI agent wife must stop a conspiracy to detonate nuclear bombs in two American cities. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.