Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 46) by J. D. Robb, St. Martin’s Press, US $27.99, Pp 384, January 2018 ISBN 978-1250161536
The Undertaker’s Daughter by Sara Blaedel, Grand Central Publishing, US $26.00, Pp 336, February 2018, ISBN 978-1455541119
Agent in Place (Gray Man Novel) by Mark Greaney, Berkley, US $27.00, Pp 608, February 2018, ISBN 978-0451488909
The Take (A Simon Riske Novel) by Christopher Reich, Mulholland Books, US $28.00, Pp 394, January 2018, ISBN 978-0316342353
Dark in Death is set in New York in a cold winter. On a chilly February night, someone sinks an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck. The killer disappears into the crowd in the Time Square. The murder that seems personal throws a challenge to Eve Dallas who is unable to figure out the motive of the murderer. She receives a tip from an author of police thrillers who tells her that the killer had planned the murder and had stolen the idea of using an ice pick from one of her books. A recent murder of a sex worker by strangulating also resembles a scene from one of her books. The patterns of killer’s behavior show that the killer used similar weapons and methods in both cases. The killer — or killers — gets inspiration from the books of a police thriller. There is a reason to believe the killer will use similar weapons and methods in the future. How many people would be killed before Eve is able to stop the possible killing spree by a creative killer? Dark in Death is irresistible, astounding, and amazing. Nora Roberts’ writing is smooth and remarkable. Dark in Death is one of those really gasp-for-breath exciting thrillers. Nora Roberts continues to entertain her readers.
J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.
Ilka Nichols Jensen is a school portrait photographer. She lost her husband before she even turned forty. Now, she lives a modest and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Her peaceful life is shattered when she hears about the death of her father who had walked out of his family more than three decades ago. The message says he has left something for her in his will and his funeral is in Racine, Wisconsin. She immediately leaves for Wisconsin to take part in the last rites of her father whom she had not seen or heard from for more than three decades. As she goes through her father’s things in order to have an insight into his life in America, she stumbles on an unresolved murder. But the killer seems very much alive. But the question is whether the killer is aiming to target her now. The Undertaker’s Daughter is the first novel in a most exciting new series Ilka. It is a masterpiece of suspense enriched by compassion and full of mystery. You will breathlessly wait for the next novel in the series.
Sara Blaedel is one of Denmark’s most successful crime writers. She is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-seven countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award. She lives in New York City.
A group of Syrian expats hires Court Gentry to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intelligence that can help them destabilize Ahmed Azzam. Court has recently performed a successful mission with the CIA. It is a dangerous contract job. Court Gentry succeeds in delivering Bianca Medina to the rebels in Paris. She tells the rebels that she has recently given birth to Ahmed Azzam’s son who is the only heir to Azzam’s rule and a real threat to the Syrian president’s all-powerful wife. The rebels rehire Court Gentry to deliver her son to them so that they can blackmail and get Bianca’s cooperation. Court succeeds in his new mission as well but he does it at a great risk to his life. Agent in Place is a fast-paced novel you read breathlessly. Court Gentry is at his best. It absorbs you from the very beginning and you end up finishing it in one sitting.
Mark Greaney is the New York Times bestselling author of Gunmetal Gray, Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, The Gray Man, Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, and Tom Clancy Support and Defend. With Tom Clancy, he is a co-author of Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority.
Riske is a freelance industrial spy who prefers to perform the odd jobs for banks, insurance companies, and British secret services. Simon Riske loves to live a quiet life above his garage in central London. This is why he never accepted accepting messy, big jobs. This changes when he hears gangster Tino Coluzzi carries out the greatest street robbery in the history of Paris. Tino robs a Saudi prince of millions of dollars in cash. But the real issue is that there is a secret letter in the stolen briefcase that can shake the power of balance in the Western world. Russians are already after this letter when the CIA comes knocking on the doors of Simon Riske. Riske jumps in the game because Coluzzi is Riske’s former comrade-in-arms. They fell apart when Riske ended in prison. Once again, it is thief against the thief. Both are being shadowed not only by Parisian cops but also a murderous femme fatale and CIA. The Take is a seductive crime and spy thriller you read breathlessly. It is full of action that keeps you focused and awake until you finish it. It is a smooth and entertaining read.
Christopher Reich was born in 1961 in Tokyo, Japan. He moved to LA when he was four. He attended Harvard School – now Harvard-Westlake – and School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University. Reich is the author of many thrillers including New York Times bestseller Numbered Account, Rules of Deception, Rules of Vengeance, Rules of Betrayal, and The Devil’s Banker. His novel The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers award for best novel in 2006.