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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 3:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: beating about the bush, brewed awakening, Genesis, just watch me, , , , thriller, thrillers, , trace of evil and dangerous to know, under occupation   

    December New Releases in Mystery and Thrillers 

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    The holiday season is packed full of travel, social obligations, and time with family and friends—so there’s no better time to have a page-turning book to turn to during quiet moments, whether you’re stranded at the airport, or hiding out in the coat room. There are some fabulous holiday treats in store for mystery and thriller fans, including a compelling new antihero from the author who brought us Dexter and a perfect new British cozy starring Agatha Raisin.

    Under Occupation, by Alan Furst
    In occupied Paris in 1942, novelist Paul Ricard is handed a secret document by a stranger just before the man is killed by the Gestapo. When Ricard, realizing the document’s importance, goes out of his way to make sure it ends up in the hands of the resistance network, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn into a world of spying and subterfuge. As his involvements with anti-Nazi efforts increase, Ricard finds himself entangled with a beautiful spy and risking his life to undertake ever more dangerous assignments in this perfectly paced, edge-of-your seat historical espionage thriller.

    Genesis, by Robin Cook
    The death of twenty-eight year old social worker Kera Jacobsen seems like an open-and-shut case of a drug overdose…at first. But according to her family and friends, Kera never used drugs. And then there’s the fact that she’s ten weeks pregnant—and no one can name the father. As the mysteries and inconsistencies pile up, NYC Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery finds herself distracted from the investigation by a medical emergency, and her new pathology resident, the slightly unconventional Dr. Aria Nichols, takes the lead. Aria plans to search genealogical databases for a match of the fetus’s DNA in the hopes of discovering possible male relatives who might lead to an identification of the father. But when a close friend of the victim’s is murdered, Laurie and Aria realize their cutting-edge investigative methods might be getting them too close to the truth—and they could be next on the killer’s list.

    Just Watch Me, by Jeff Lindsay
    The author who brought us the darkly irresistible Dexter series has a new vigilante antihero for us to root for: brilliant thief and master of disguise Riley Wolfe, who never met a priceless jewel he couldn’t steal. Until now—just as Riley is getting bored of his usual stealing-from-and-occasionally-murdering-the-superrich routine, he learns that the Crown Jewels of Iran are about to be exhibited in a Manhattan museum. These gems are beyond valuable, but stealing them is completely and utterly impossible…or is it? will Don’t miss this pitch-perfect escapist crime caper.

    Beating About the Bush (Agatha Raisin Series #30), by M.C. Beaton
    When the body of Mrs. Dunwiddy, the elderly assistant to the chairman of a local manufacturing company, turns up by the side of the road, crabby and clever Agatha Raisin is brought in to investigate. Quite a number of suspects, from a beloved donkey to several dubious factory bosses, are implicated in the crime, which keeps Agatha busy. Most concerning, however, are Agatha’s feelings for her longtime friend and sometimes-lover, Sir Charles Fraith. Will she unravel either the mystery at hand, or the one of the human heart? This charming, offbeat series is a bullseye for fans of British cozies.

    Trace of Evil: A Natalie Lockhart Novel, by Alice Blanchard
    Burning Lake, NY is an isolated town with a history as unsetting as its name. In the last few years nine transients have disappeared, and rookie detective Natalie Lockhart has been charged with investigating. The murder of local school teacher Daisy Buckner ramps things up considerably—there’s an obvious suspect, but when that suspect is found in a coma soon after the murder, it complicates things. The more Natalie digs, the more buried secrets come to light. This intricate, atmospheric mystery introduces a smart, relatable detective readers will be excited to follow into a series.

    And Dangerous to Know (Rosalind Thorne Mystery Series #3), by Darcie Wilde
    The resourceful Rosalind Thorne’s services have been retained by Lady Melbourne with regard to a delicate matter: a stack of letters of a sensitive nature relating to the poet Lord Byron have disappeared. Rosalind takes up residence at Melbourne house, posing as Lady Melbourne’s secretary while investigating the disappearance of the letters—but when she learns that the body of an unidentified woman has turned up in the Melbourne House courtyard, matters become even more concerning—and even dangerous. The third novel in this delightful Austen-inspired Regency mystery series continues to immerse readers in historical detail while shocking them with twists they didn’t see coming.

    Brewed Awakening (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #18), by Cleo Coyle
    Clare Cosi finds herself on an NYC park bench with no idea how she got there—when she wanders to a local coffeeshop where she knows she’ll be safe, she discovers that she’s been missing for the past week, and even worse, that she can’t remember the last ten years of her life. She doesn’t recognize her fiance, and she thinks her adult daughter is still a child. But the real problem is that according to security camera footage, Clare witnessed a kidnapping at gunpoint right before she lost her memory—but she has no idea what happened after that…or does she? Evidence begins to mount that Clare may have had something to do with the crime—and if she can’t reclaim her memories, she’s at risk of ending up in jail as an accomplice to a kidnapping and murder. A twisty, thought-provoking installment in a caffeinated long-running series.

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  • BN Editors 11:00 am on 2019/11/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , , it takes one to know one, , , master selections, , rush ware, steph cha, , the nanny, thrillers, your house will pay   

    Masters of the Genre: Four Renowned Mystery and Thriller Authors Share Their Book Recommendations 

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    Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Louise Penny, and Ruth Ware: These mystery and thriller authors are household names whose bestselling books have captivated readers across the globe. And now, to help readers discover even more riveting, edge-of-your-seat mysteries and thrillers, Barnes & Noble has asked each of these masters of the genre to recommend a 2019 release from an emerging mystery or thriller writer they love.

    If you’re a thriller enthusiast hoping to diversify, or if you’re searching for a holiday gift for a mystery fan who might like to expand their tastes with new, off-the-beaten path novels with impeccable bona fides, you’ve come to the right place. It’s hard to go wrong with books that represent the best, as chosen by the best. Here are four new books to have on your radar.

    Michael Connelly, the bestselling author of over thirty novels and creator of the famous Harry Bosch series, chose:

    Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha
    The author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy’s latest novel, Your House Will Pay, is a taut and suspenseful read about racial tensions in Los Angeles that follows two families grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime.

    John Grisham, the master of the modern-day legal thriller who has penned a new novel every year since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, chose:

    Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke
    Heaven, My Home is a captivating crime novel following Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he hunts for a missing boy—but in truth has a different target in mind: the boy’s white supremacist family. Attica Locke is the author of Bluebird, Bluebird, which won the Edgard Award for best novel in 2018 as chosen by the Mystery Writers of America.

    Louise Penny, author of the internationally bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, chose:

    The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves
    From the bestselling author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series, The Long Call is the first of a new, gripping series that sees Detective Matthew Venn drawn back to his past by a mysterious death.

    Ruth Ware, whose In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 launched her to international fame as one of the world’s premier thriller writers, chose:

    The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan
    Gilly Macmillan, the bestselling author of What She Knew, returns with a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.

    Customers can find the Masters’ Selection titles in their local Barnes & Noble, alongside the latest books by the Masters themselves, or at BN.com.

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  • Jeff Somers 5:00 pm on 2019/11/01 Permalink
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    The Best Thrillers of November 2019 

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    As we crash headlong into the holiday season, it’s time to start proactively planning a little You Time. The end of the year can be stressful and crowded, so making sure you take a few hours to read some good books is essential, and this month’s best thrillers offer the ideal counter-programming. With new books from James Patterson, David Baldacci, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more, you’ll have plenty of books to get you through.

    Criss Cross, by James Patterson
    James Patterson’s 27th Alex Cross thriller sets the bar high, as Cross and partner John Sampson bear witness to the execution of a killer they helped put behind bars. But then they’re called to a crime scene that’s a clearly the work of as copy-cat killer—except there’s a note telling Alex Cross that he ‛messed up big time.’ A spree of killings seeded with subtle references to Cross’ career and family ensues, the work of someone who knows everything there is to know about him As Cross desperately tries to piece the clues together, he realizes that the perpetrator has a horrifying goal in his sights—one that might cost Cross his own life.

    A Minute to Midnight, by David Baldacci
    David Baldacci’s second Atlee Pine novel follows the FBI agent back to her rural Georgia hometown, where she’s retreated from a professional setback to finally investigate the decades-old disappearance of her twin sister, Mercy. But just as she begins to dig into the deeply-buried past, a woman is found dead—murdered ritualistically and dressed in a wedding veil. A second victim follows, and Atlee finds her search for her own truth complicated by the urgent need to stop a serial killer before they strike again. But as she spreads herself thin seeking answers to two mysteries, she finds that digging up the past is dangerous, and possibly deadly.

    The Andromeda Evolution, by Daniel H. Wilson
    Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson capably mimics the Crichton’s style and brings plenty of personal tech cred to this sequel, published fifty years after the classic The Andromeda Strain. Ever since that alien virus threatened humanity, Project Eternal Vigilance has monitored the world for any hint of a similar incident. When an anomaly is found in the Amazon, a team is quickly dispatched, including paraplegic astronaut Sophie Kline and roboticist James Stone, who has an intimate connection to the original encounter. They’re charged with containing the infection, but what they discover is terrifying: the Andromeda Strain has mutated and evolved, and is now something entirely different—and much deadlier.

    The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell
    Twenty-five years ago, a ghastly scene greeted police at a tony London address: Three dead adults, four missing children, and one crying baby. A quarter-century later, Libby Jones has spent her life wondering about her birth parents and the truth of her life. When she finally discovers the truth of her birth parents, she learns that she’s inherited the house, worth millions. As she contemplates how her life is about to change, she has no idea that she’s not the only person who’s been waiting for this day—and that she’s about to meet the other interested parties. This exclusive Barnes and Noble edition includes a discussion guide and an essay by the author.

    Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark
    Journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a woman named Ryan who wants to talk about the ‛terrible experience’ she had working at television news network REL, she smells a story. But her source goes dark, and she learns that Ryan has died in a freak jet ski accident. At REL, corporate counsel Michael Carter has received numerous complaints from women working at the network, alleging sexual harassment and worse. He begins a campaign to buy the women off, trading settlements for their silence. As more bodies turn up, Kane and Carter engage in a chess game as one tries to cover up the story and one tries to expose it—and someone else is willing to kill to stop it cold.

    Tom Clancy: Code of Honor, by Marc Cameron
    Marc Cameron returns to the world and characters created by Tom Clancy in a story where Jack Ryan resumes center stage as President of the United States. When a brilliant computer scientist creates a game-changing artificial intelligence, he’s murdered by agents of the Chinese government who want the technology for themselves. The killing is witnessed by an old friend of Ryan’s, Father Pat West, who manages to get in touch with the president with what he knows. Ryan is concerned, but when West is abducted, Ryan’s rage knows no limits—and he sets out to demonstrate to his enemies that the most powerful man in the world is the wrong person to make into a personal enemy.

    The Siberian Dilemma, by Martin Cruz Smith
    The ninth Arkady Renko book finds the investigator, who works for the Moscow Prosecutor’s office, worried about his girlfriend Tatiana Petrovna. The journalist left for an assignment in Siberia and failed to return. When Renko is ordered there himself—to supervise the prosecution of a terrorist named Aba Makhmud and ensure a long prison sentence, with a threat against his stepson if he fails—he sees an opportunity to look for Tatiana as well. When he arrives in Siberia he stumbles into a murder investigation, the victim a wealthy oligarch and a friend of the reclusive billionaire Tatiana was interviewing. Getting Tatiana—and himself—out alive while following his boss’s orders will take every ounce of Renko’s brains, but as always he’s up for the challenge.

    What thrillers are giving you chills this month?

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  • Tara Sonin 2:00 pm on 2019/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: adrienne brodeur, after the flood kassandra montag, , , imaginary friend, , middlegame, , , , soren sveistrup, spooky books, stephen chbosky, , the chestnut man, , thrillers, , wild game   

    8 Suspenseful Stories to Tide You Over Until Halloween 

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    Scary-story season is finally upon us! Some books are magical, others are simply mind-boggling. Either way, if you’re a lover of all books dark and deceptive, look no further than this list of reads with twists and turns you won’t see coming.

    Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo
    In her first adult novel, Bardugo casts a vicious spell about the dangers of secret societies and trauma, unrestrained. Her (anti)heroine, Alex, arrives at Yale brimming with the possibility of a second chance after a horrific upbringing and adolescence, the pain of survivorship—including a recent homicide, still unsolved—all over her. There is, of course, a catch: the mysterious financiers of her new education expect Alex to spy on the multiple secret societies across campus. What will happen when Alex finds herself being drawn in past the point of no return—and when she discovers that those secret societies do more than just dabble in magic that can raise the dead? Full of shocking revelations and jaw-dropping descriptions, this is the perfect scary read for an adventurous reader.

    Toil and Trouble (A Memoir), Augusten Burroughs
    You may recall the memoir Running with Scissors, about Augusten Burroughs’ chaotic upbringing, in which he was abandoned by his mother to be raised by her psychiatrist. But Augusten had more twists up his sleeve to share, including the fact that he is a witch, descended from a long line of people with uncanny abilities. Written in his typical hilarious but poignant style, this story won’t give you nightmares (other than the kind you might discuss in a therapist’s office) but it will shock and surprise you with each passing page.

    Middlegame, by Seanan Maguire
    A thrilling, sharply-written sci-fi thriller about two people, Roger and Dodger, who meet as children—except, they don’t actually ‘meet’. They communicate through one another’s minds, part of some invisible inexplicable connection the two of them share that no one else can see. But that connection is not invisible, nor inexplicable—it’s scientific, deliberate, and quite diabolical. They aren’t really ‘children’ at all, but pawns in an experiment devised by an alchemist who believes that the secret to true power—and the key to a lost city—relies on Roger and Dodger being kept apart. As Roger and Dodger grow, become determined to meet, and then determine that being close could endanger the entire world, each page brings a new revelation written in perfect, almost alchemical prose.

    The Water Dancer, by Ta Nehisi-Coates
    Another paranormal story about powers beyond a character’s control. In this stunning fiction debut from celebrated nonfiction writer Coates, readers will meet Hiram, who is blessed—and cursed—with a power that has saved his life after almost drowning. He has no memory of his mother, who was sold and separated from him. All he knows is that he is going to escape his bondage, and that this power will help him. A sweeping saga that spans the US, describing its original sin of slavery as witnessed through Hiram’s eyes, The Water Dancer is full of shock and suspense, perhaps the most important of which is that we continue to be shocked by the atrocities of slavery, despite hearing them over and over again—making this novel even more essential reading.

    Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky
    Might I interest you in a bit of horror for your Halloween? When a single mom and her seven year-old son settle in a small town, the hope is that they can just blend in. Forget about the past: the abusive husband she escaped, and how long they’ve spent on the run. But when the child goes missing, his mother fears the worst. More than merely a shocking plot, Chbosky’s emotional prose threatens to reveal the worst truths about ourselves…but the plot itself is shocking, too, especially when the child returns unharmed—save the imaginary friend inside his head.

    Wild Game, by Adrienne Brodeur
    Some stories are so shocking, they have to be fictional, right? Not this memoir, about a girl who becomes her mother’s accomplice in keeping secret an affair with her father’s closet friend. The relationships daughters and mothers share can be magical and mysterious, as Adrienne learns through her experiences worshiping and fearing her own mother, Malabar, especially as the affair in which she is a participant reaches a calamitous, shocking crescendo.

    After the Flood, by Kassandra Montag
    The world is flooding. That’s not just what the science says, that’s what has already happened in this speculative debut thriller in which a woman is reeling from the abduction of her daughter by her own father while their home flooded in Nebraska. It’s seven years later and Myra is still searching for Row, the daughter she lost, all while trying to care for Pearl, the daughter she has left…in a world of water, where society has crumbled beneath the waves. Desperate for hope, Myra will do anything to reunite her family, but will it be worth the violence and betrayal? Seriously, this story has shocker after shocker, and just when you think you know how it will end, the tide turns.

    The Chestnut Man, by Soren Sveistrup
    Scandinavian thriller fans, meet: the Chestnut Man. In Copenhagen, he is killing seemingly at whim, leaving behind tokens of his villainy in the form of dolls made of matchsticks and chestnuts. When fingerprints are found on one of the dolls, a team of detectives with an axe to grind must team up and find the killer. What you think is a straight procedural murder mystery is full of layers and depth—with a female detective at the helm, and an ending that will almost shock the life out of you.

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2019/10/07 Permalink
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    The Best Thrillers of October 2019 

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    It’s fall, which means we’re heading into prime stay-in-and-read weather. Thankfully, October boasts plenty of great thrillers to keep you busy, from John Grisham’s latest to new entries in the Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch series.

    The Guardians, by John Grisham
    John Grisham returns with a taut thriller that opens with the murder of a small town lawyer in Seabrook, Florida, more than 20 years in the past. The shocking killing offers few clues, but the police eventually arrest Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once the lawyer’s client. There is little doubt that Quincy has been framed, but for decades he languishes in prison without hope—until one day he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, an innocence group run by attorney and minister Cullen Post, who is also the firm’s only investigator. Post takes on Miller’s case, and soon finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous game as the powerful forces that framed Miller in the first place intend to prevent justice from finally being served—even if it requires another dead lawyer turning up dead.

    Blue Moon, by Lee Child
    Jack Reacher is once again restlessly moving around the country in Child’s 24th novel following the oversized, highly intelligent former army cop. When he happens upon a mugging, he steps in in classic Reacher fashion, saving an elderly man named Aaron Shevick from losing an envelope full of cash being stolen. Reacher helps the old man home and learns the Shevicks are in deep with a loan shark due to their unmanageable medical bills. While in the background a turf war breaks out between the Ukrainian and Albanian gangs, Reacher takes up for the Shevicks, and as the stakes get higher he recruits a few allies and brings the fight to the criminals the way only Jack Reacher can—with surprising wit and bareknuckle action.

    The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly
    Michael Connelly reunites the winning team of Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard, as Bosch attends the funeral of his one-time mentor, John Jack Thompson, and receives a surprising gift from Thompson’s widow: a murder casefile Thompson took with him when he retired from the LAPD two decades before. The cold case inside involves a young man killed in an alley known to be used by drug dealers. Bosch decides to honor his mentor’s legacy and brings the case to Ballard for help—but as they dig into the evidence, Bosch begins to wonder if Thompson made off with case file because he wanted to solve a crime—or cover one up.

    The Deserter, by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille
    DeMille, a master of the thriller format, and his son, a screenwriter, combine forces in this smart, explosive thriller. Delta Force Captain Kyle Mercer abandoned his post in Afghanistan and fled, turning up in Venezuela. Scott Brodie, a former soldier who doesn’t like following rules, is teamed with the much more by-the-book Army cop Maggie Taylor. Taylor and Brodie are a mercurial team, but they track Mercer to a compound outside Caracas where he’s training mercenaries, apparently with the full support and knowledge of President Maduro. Brodie may be hot-tempered, but he’s no fool, and he begins to suspect there’s a lot more to Mercer’s story than simple desertion—but he also isn’t certain he can trust Taylor, who he suspects might be reporting back to the CIA.

    Bloody Genius, by John Sandford
    The twelfth Virgil Flowers novel opens with the murder of a flamboyant and famous college researcher, Barthelemy Quill, killed in the school library while engaged in an extramarital encounter; his head is bashed in with his own high-end laptop, which the killer takes. When local cops, led by Sergeant Margaret Trane, don’t move quickly enough, Quill’s wealthy and connected sister gets Flowers assigned to the case, and Trane’s initial annoyance shifts quickly to excitement when Flowers immediately produces results. Soon, however, the pair find themselves with too many possible suspects—was it the killer the (third) wife, in a fit of jealousy? The family of a man who committed suicide after a procedure created by Quill? A rival professor engaged in a public and nasty war of words over the ‛anti-vaxx’ movement with him? A shady business troll who shakes down businesses by claiming ownership of intellectual property? Flowers, of course, will get to the bottom of it all—and in highly entertaining fashion.

    Agent Running in the Field, by John le Carré
    No one writes cerebral, simmering spy thrillers like le Carré. His latest opens with aging SIS agent Nat afraid that at the ripe old age of 47 he’s done running spies across Europe. Instead of being put out to pasture, however, he’s given a surprising and disappointing assignment to run Haven, a slipshod London substation where fifth-rate informers and other low-value assets are managed. He accepts, knowing that he’ll either get the place in shape or wind up closing it—and his career—down. When his second in command quits in anger and an operation seems to fail due to a leak, however, Nat slowly finds himself doing the sort of meticulous spycraft that le Carré describes so well, uncovering a plot jucier than anything Nat has encountered before.

    Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky
    Stephen Chbosky’s surprising second novel, arriving twenty years after The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is a terrifying nightmare of a tome that will keep your pulse elevated across all 700 of its pages. Single mom Kate moves to a small town in Pennsylvania with her son Christopher to hide from her abusive boyfriend. Christopher, who has a learning disability, begins making some friends at school—and then disappears in the nearby woods for a week. When he returns, he’s physically unharmed, but seems to have changed in other ways—for one thing, he’s no longer suffering from his learning challenges. Soon, Christopher begins to hear a voice telling him to build a treehouse in the woods, while all around him the town descends into chaos as a mysterious illness moves through the population and a host of disturbing entities begin to haunt it. As Christopher’s hold on reality begins to slip, his loss of control infects the writing itself, giving the reader the unsettling feeling that the evil depicted in the story is somehow reaching through the page.

    The Butterfly Girl, by Rene Denfeld
    The second book to feature Naomu Cottle finds the private detective still searching for the sister she lost when she escaped from captivity as a little girl—an effort hindered by her almost complete lack of memories of the experience, including her sister’s name. Cottle begins looking into a rash of murdered street kids, and meets Celia, a young girl living on her own ever since her stepfather was acquitted on charges of molesting her. Celia is terrified that he will now prey on her little sister, which naturally hooks Naomi—as does Celia’s beautiful mind, which sees gorgeous butterflies everywhere. Naomi’s deep dive into the hard truths of child homelessness is bleak, but when she begins to think Celia may be the key to catching a terrifying predator, there’s reason to see some hope amidst all the horror.

    Stealth, by Stuart Woods
    Stuart Woods shakes things up in the 51st Stone Barrington novel, which transports Barrington to Station Two, a training camp for MI6 operatives in the Scottish highlands. Barrington spends time with Dame Felicity Devonshire, head of MI6, and borrows her sports car—which he promptly crashes, driving off a bridge into a river. Barrington is treated by Lieutenant Rose McGill, M.D., and the two begin a romantic affair as Stone is criticized for his recklessness. MI6 is soon apologizing, however, when they determine that someone infiltrated Station Two and shot out the tires of the car. As Barrington juggles two lovers and a personal beef with the number two officer at the camp, things get sticky when Stone and Rose expose a blackmail scheme that leads to a tense confrontation with Russian agents who wouldn’t mind seeing both of them—and Felicity, too—dead.

    What thrillers are chilling you this October?

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