A riveting exploration of the human relationships entangled in a cold case and set against a frozen backdrop.

CATCH YOUR DEATH

Two cold-case homicide detectives take on an investigation that strains their partnership to the limit.

Now that they’ve both saved each other’s lives, detectives Lauren Riley and Shane Reese of the Buffalo Police Department live together in Lauren’s house in a delicately balanced relationship that teeters on the romantic. While they’re out gathering information, they run into Reese’s high school classmate Chris Sloane, who’s opening a luxury spa just south of Ellicottville in New York’s Southern Tier snow belt. Soon after Chris invites Reese and Lauren to join a small group of friends at a reunion at his spa, Lauren realizes that a cold-case file she reviewed before Reese joined the squad concerned the murder of one of his high school classmates; the fact that he'd never mentioned his connection to the case shakes her faith in his objectivity. At the spa, Lauren meets the group, which includes Reese’s high school sweetheart, Amanda, and her jealous husband; Tyler Owstrowski, slimy former football star; podcaster Erica Diaz and her husband; and wealthy computer genius Seth Creehan. Erica, who specializes in true-crime stories, claims that she’s about to blow open the case of their murdered classmate. That night Erica’s throat is cut and a blizzard blows in, cutting off the area and leaving Lauren to manage the case with only a phone connection to the state police, who are busy evacuating stranded motorists. Now that Reese is a possible suspect, Lauren risks her life to get the evidence to prove him innocent.

A riveting exploration of the human relationships entangled in a cold case and set against a frozen backdrop.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-7278-9132-7

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Severn House

Review Posted Online: June 8, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2022

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A smart summer escape.

PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

Silva’s latest Gabriel Allon novel is a bit of a throwback—in the best possible way.

One-time assassin and legendary spymaster Gabriel Allon has finally retired. After saying farewell to his friends and colleagues in Israel, he moves with his wife, Chiara, and their two young children to a piano nobile overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal. His plan is to return to the workshop where he learned to restore paintings as an employee—but only after he spends several weeks recovering from the bullet wound that left him dead for several minutes in The Cellist (2021). Of course, no one expects Gabriel to entirely withdraw from the field, and, sure enough, a call from his friend and occasional asset Julian Isherwood sends him racing around the globe on the trail of art forgers who are willing to kill to protect their extremely lucrative enterprise. Silva provides plenty of thrills and, as usual, offers a glimpse into the lifestyles of the outrageously wealthy. In the early books in this series, it was Gabriel’s work as an art restorer that set him apart from other action heroes, and his return to that world is the most rewarding part of this installment. It is true that, at this point in his storied career, Gabriel has become a nearly mythic figure. And Silva is counting on a lot of love—and willing suspension of disbelief—when Gabriel whips up four old master canvases that fool the world’s leading art experts as a lure for the syndicate selling fake paintings. That said, as Silva explains in an author’s note, the art market is rife with secrecy, subterfuge, and wishful thinking, in no small part because it is almost entirely unregulated. And, if anyone can crank out a Titian, a Tintoretto, a Gentileschi, and a Veronese in a matter of days, it’s Gabriel Allon. The author’s longtime fans may breathe a sigh of relief that this entry is relatively free of politics and the pandemic is nowhere in sight.

A smart summer escape.

Pub Date: July 19, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-06-283485-0

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Harper

Review Posted Online: July 19, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2022

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Terrifying, primal, and very, very tense. Read it with your heart in your throat—but read it.

ONE STEP TOO FAR

Frankie Elkin, a miraculous finder of missing persons, seeks a man who wandered into the wilderness and was never seen again.

Last seen rescuing a missing teenager from the gritty streets of Boston, Frankie embarks from a bus in Ramsey, Wyoming, drawn in by the story of hiker Timothy O’Day, who's been missing for five years, and the last-gasp efforts of his father, Martin, to search for his remains. Frankie has some regrets about leaving Boston, but she's called to find those others have given up on. She manages to finagle her way on to the search party, which in addition to Martin includes a local guide; a search-and-rescue dog and her handler; a Bigfoot expert; and Tim’s friends, who were in the woods with him when he went missing. In the years since, they’ve moved on with their lives, but they are carrying guilt and secrets about the night Tim disappeared. As they all head into the unforgiving wilderness, it quickly becomes apparent that someone is deeply threatened by this effort to find Tim’s body. As she endeavors to draw the truth from each member of the search party, Frankie can tell that she's in over her head, and not only because she’s an inexperienced outdoorswoman. Could Tim still be alive and looking for revenge, or is there a more dangerous secret that someone would kill to protect? Gardner is incredibly skilled at developing tension and suspense; she’s equally skilled at slowly revealing complex characters and their secrets. Both gifts reinforce each other in this novel. If Frankie is out of her element, so are we: It’s not often that a thriller so deeply casts us into the darkness of both nature and the human heart.

Terrifying, primal, and very, very tense. Read it with your heart in your throat—but read it.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-18541-4

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: Nov. 30, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2021

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