Mulholland Books is one of my favourite publishers, releasing a whole range of excellent thrillers and fiction. Here are a few upcoming novels I’m looking forward to — I’m sure there are more, but these are the only ones I could find information about.
Featuring: Kathleen Kent, Richard Lange, Sarah Lotz, Stuart Prebble, Matthew Quirk, Scott Reardon, David Swinson, Felicia Yap
Kathleen Kent, THE DIME (February)
Brooklyn’s toughest female detective takes on Dallas — and neither is ready for the fight.
Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she’s from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf.
Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she’s deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit.
Combining the colorful pyrotechnics of Breaking Bad with the best of the gritty crime genre, The Dime is Kathleen Kent’s brilliant mystery debut and the launch of a sensational new series.
Richard Lange, THE SMACK (July)
Rowan Petty is a conman down on his luck. Tinafey is a hooker who’s tired of the streets. Their paths cross one snowy night in Reno, and they hit it off.
An old friend of Petty’s turns up with a rumor about a crew of American soldiers who smuggled two million dollars out of Afghanistan and have stashed the money in an apartment in Los Angeles. He thinks Petty’s just the guy to steal the cash. “You wouldn’t even have to grab all of it for it to be a great score,” the friend says. “Getting your hands on just some would make you a happy man.”
Petty decides to drive down to L.A. to investigate. Tinafey decides to go with him. Bad move, Petty. Bad move, Tinafey.
Sarah Lotz, THE WHITE ROAD (May)
A cutting-edge thriller about one man’s quest to discover horror lurking at the top of the world.
Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ‘Journey to the Dark Side’, ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he’s hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth.
After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth’s bowels goes viral. Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death — a trip to Everest.
But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he’ll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy — a truth that means he might not be coming back alive.
A truth that will change him — and anyone who views the footage he captures — forever.
Certainly one of my most-anticipated novels of the year. Lotz’s novels have all been great so far, so I have high hopes for this one, too. Published by Mulholland in North America, and Hodder in the UK.
Stuart Prebble, THE BRIDGE (March)
The woman of his dreams isn’t what she seems.
Michael Beaumont is head over heels with the woman of his dreams. The minute he and Alison saw each other across a crowded bar, there was a powerful, immediate connection. She’s everything he could ever want in a woman — charismatic, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and so much more.
But Alison is harboring a dangerous secret, one that threatens to break loose once Michael introduces her to his last remaining relative. Michael’s grandmother Rose, who raised him from childhood, isn’t quite the woman she used to be — her memory is failing her, and she’s prone to fits of wild emotion. But something about Rose’s outburst upon meeting Alison seems like more than just a simple delusion. And something about the string of murders terrorizing London, with incidents occurring just blocks from Michael, feels like more than just a coincidence.
What is Rose not telling Michael? What is Alison hiding? Every relationship in Michael’s life is a bridge, and he’ll discover that there are some he shouldn’t cross.
Matthew Quirk, DEAD MAN SWITCH (March)
Someone is killing members of America’s most elite kill/capture military team.
A deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast. A home invasion gone wrong in Virginia. These deaths seem unrelated, but the victims are living undercover, their true identities closely-held secrets. Now someone is assassinating them, one by one, taking family and innocent bystanders as well to make the killings seem like accidents.
Captain John Hayes, a Special Operations legend, has left the military to settle down quietly, for good, with his family. But when he pieces together the pattern behind the murders, discovering that his protégée, a brilliant assassin named Claire Rhodes, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to hunt down the attackers.
The killers strike ever more boldly as they conspire to draw Hayes and his fellow soldiers into Manhattan, where they can all be eliminated in a single devastating attack. To save his teammates and thousands of innocent lives, Hayes must find a way to stop a seemingly unstoppable weapon.
Scott Reardon, THE PROMETHEUS MAN (January)
A man with no identity… hunting a man without limits.
When a pile of bodies is found in Paris, CIA Agent Tom Blake hustles his way onto a major case: tracking a man with enhanced abilities, the test subject of a secret government program.
There’s just one problem: the man using Agent Blake’s identity is not Agent Blake. He’s Tom Reese, a man without a family or a home.
Reese is searching for his brother’s killer. He stole Agent Blake’s identity two months ago and has bluffed his way onto the team investigating his only lead. But his time as a CIA agent is accelerating toward its expiration date.
Soon the CIA will find out that Agent Blake is in two places at once. Soon the augmented man will come looking for him. And soon both will discover that Tom Reese carries a secret even he doesn’t know about.
He is the last test subject of Project Prometheus.
David Swinson, CRIME SONG (May)
Frank Marr is back.
Marr, a retired D.C. police detective working as a private eye for a defense attorney, has a serious problem. He is secretly a drug addict, and his long-time supply of cocaine is about to run out.
While staking out an upscale nightclub in an attempt to target the stash-houses of dealers from whom to steal for his fix, he settles on a target: a young college student. After a long night in pursuit of his quarry, Marr returns home to find he has been burglarized. Though his drugs are safe, several items are missing: his .38 revolver and his cherished music collection (with dozens of albums belonging to his deceased mother.) Marr immediately begins investigating the crime himself.
But when the dealer Marr had been following is stabbed to death in his own fortified home, Frank is certain that the burglary and murder are related. With good cops, bad cops, and exceptionally dangerous drug lords on his tail, Frank is determined to find out the truth, even if it kills him. This time, it just might.
The sequel to The Second Girl, I’m really looking forward to this (I’m planning on reading them both together, as I have shamefully allowed the first in the series to go unread for too long). Published by Mulholland in North America and the UK.
Felicia Yap, YESTERDAY (August)
High-concept meets hot-mess in this story of unreliable memory, betrayal, and murder.
Imagine a stratified society where classes are divided not by wealth, nor religion, nor property, but instead by memory. Imagine a world where upper class Duos have two days worth of memories and plebeian Monos only one day worth. Imagine, too, that the only way to understand your spouse or your child or your mother is to jog your brain with daily e-diaries. And then imagine someone is murdered. How do you find a killer when all who are involved have their memories constantly reset?
Claire and Mark are a surprising mixed-marriage that on the surface seems brilliant. Claire is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a novelist-turned-MP Duo on the political rise. But when a woman turns up dead, and she is then revealed to be Mark’s mistress, their perfectly constructed life begins to fall apart. Told from four different perspectives — Mark, Claire, the detective on the trail, and the victim — Felicia Yap’s staggeringly inventive debut leads us on a race against an ever resetting clock to find the killer.