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CRIME BUZZ IN BRIEF
John Purcell - The Booktopia Book Guru
The Crime Buzz is back. And it's about time. Because in June we have a great variety of new crime, mystery and thriller titles being released. (And I have snuck in one action/thriller because I loved it.)

If you love Lynda La Plante, we have a great 'buy one get one free' offer! Bargain! (We have limited stock of the freebie so get in quick.) Running down the right hand column are some of your favourites which are now available in cheaper formats. And we have great NEW titles from James Patterson, John Grisham, Jeffery Deaver, John Sandford and more. Plus some new Scandinavian crime, historical crime and a couple of crime novels for young adults, which people in the industry believe will be the big new genre for teens.

These books will be hitting shelves in late May or early June so it is a great time to organise your winter reading by pre-ordering a great selection of crime titles.

How excited will you be when a great big box of books arrives on your doorstep!

Kind Regards

John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru
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BACKLASH + FREE copy of ABOVE SUSPICION
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by Lynda La Plante

BACKLASH

Late night on a notorious high-rise estate in Hackney and a white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A woman on the street after a long evening's drinking...She never makes it home.

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ABOVE SUSPICION

Young Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case - a series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. They started eight years ago - now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls identical - all drug-users and prostitutes. Then a seventh body is more...

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PERSONAL PICK: ALPHA by Greg Rucka
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by Greg Rucka

This was sold into me thus: Think - Die Hard in Disneyland! How could I resist? I took the proof copy home and started it that very night. A few nights later I was done. Very well written and well observed, ALPHA starts slowly (methodically) but the tension builds and builds until I was turning the pages faster than I could read them. I HAD to know how it ended. Fun stuff.

With bad guys who think themselves above all moral codes, who will stop at nothing to attain their ends, and a good guy who is so good at being awesome it hurts, ALPHA is the perfect read for fans of LEE CHILD, DIE HARD and BOURNE.

Jonathan 'Jad' Bell has spent a lifetime in the US army. He can be relied on to get the job done, whatever happens, whatever the cost.

So when someone needs to go undercover at the nation's biggest amusement park, Jad is the obvious choice. Aside from dealing with fights and missing children, his main responsibility is to prevent the nightmare scenario from coming to pass.

This is the nightmare scenario:
A group of well-trained, highly motivated terrorists infiltrate the park. They cut off all escape routes. They take hostages. They ensure every camera in the world is trained on Wilsonville...and then they turn it into a bloodbath.

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STOLEN PREY by John Sandford

BLACKWATTLE CREEK by Geoffrey McGeachin   
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Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs.
There's something about the scene that pokes at Lucas's cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he's seen in drug killings more...

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It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, former bomber pilot and ex-POW, finally has some time off. But there's no rest for Charlie, a decent but damaged man still troubled by his wartime experiences. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something a hell of a lot bigger than he bargained for when he discovers a Melbourne funeral more...

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XO by Jeffery Deaver
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by Jeffery Deaver

Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with 'XO', Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song 'Your Shadow' was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuade him otherwise.

Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it's the first verse of 'Your Shadow' playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh's more...

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NICEVILLE by Carsten Stroud

DEAD SCARED by S. J. Bolton
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Welcome to Niceville, a sleepy, old-fashioned hamlet in America's Deep South.
But don't be fooled by its pleasant exterior.
When ten-year-old Rainey Teague disappears on his way home from school, Detective Nick Kavanaugh and his team are baffled. CCTV shows Rainey staring into the window of a pawn shop - he's there one minute and simply more...

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When Cambridge medical student, Bryony Carter, sets fire to herself in an attempt to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. DC Lacey Flint is sent in to investigate, working under cover as depression-prone, vulnerable student, Laura Farrow, and reporting to psychiatrist more...

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I, MICHAEL BENNETT by James Patterson
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by James Patterson

A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. Police shot in the street. Judges murdered in the courtroom. Mayhem is unleashed - and the mayor demands that Detective Michael Bennett find a way to stop it.Bennett takes his ten kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, out of the chaos on a much-needed vacation to upstate New York. But instead of escaping the violence, it follows them more...


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THE 500 by Mathew Quirk

THEODORE BOONE: THE ACCUSED ADULT
by John Grisham
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Mike Ford was following his father into a life of crime, when he chose to go straight and instead worked his way through Harvard Law School. Now he's landed the ultimate job with the Davies Group, a powerful political consulting firm run by the charismatic Henry Davies. Rubbing shoulders with Washington heavyweights and with more money and privileges than he's ever imagined, Mike believes more...

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Theodore Boone is the thirteen year old who knows more about the law than most adult lawyers. He certainly never expected to be the victim of crime himself. But then his bike is vandalised, he's attacked while doing his homework and, worst of all, framed for a robbery.
When stolen computer equipment turns up in Theo's school locker, the police start leaning on him hard. And he is the only suspect. What if he more...

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KINGDOM OF STRANGERS
by Zoe Ferraris
  GONE GIRL
by Gillian Flynn
  THE DARK WINTER by David Mark
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HOUR OF THE WOLF
by Hakan Nesser

LAST WILL by Liza Marklund
A young boy is killed in a hit and run. Under the cover of rain and darkness, the driver escapes the scene. But the incident will change his life forever as he becomes the victim of blackmail...
Meanwhile Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police, faces his greatest challenge yet when a family member becomes more...

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It is a frosty December night in Stockholm. Inside the City Hall, over a thousand guests attend the prestigious Nobel Prizewinners' dinner. With a lavish meal laid on to the backdrop of a full orchestra, this is one of the city's most glamorous events of the year. But things are different tonight. Two shots are fired on the dance more...

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MISSION TO PARIS
by Alan Furst

ISTANBUL PASSAGE
by Joseph Kanon
Frederic Stahl, born of Viennese intelligentsia, ran away to sea at the age of seventeen. Embarking in America, his matinee idol looks and Old-World charm took him to Hollywood and a life of movies and women.
But by autumn 1939, the unease in Europe has spread even to Stahl's glamorous enclave. War has been declared and though bullets and bombs are yet to fly, his decision to more...

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How do you do the right thing when there are only bad choices to be made?
A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul survived the Second World War as a magnet for refugees and spies, trafficking in secrets and lies rather than soldiers. Expatriate American businessman Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs in support of the Allied war effort. Now as more...

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THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR
by Steve Berry

THE YARD by Alex Grecian
What if Christopher Columbus set out for the New World carrying the most valuable treasure known to history - the lost treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem?
That is the astounding theory that a struggling young journalist stumbles across in Steve Berry's brilliant new thriller.
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A year after Jack the Ripper claimed his last victim, Victorian London is in the grip of a wave of crime and murder, with its citizens no longer able to trust the police to protect them. The newly formed Murder Squad of Scotland Yard, made up of just twelve detectives, battles in vain against the tide of violence and cruelty. When the body of a Yard detective is found in a suitcase, his lips sewn together and his eyes sewn shut, it becomes more...

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CRIME TITLES FOR YOUNG ADULTS
THEODORE BOONE: THE ACCUSED by John Grisham

BODY BLOW by Peter Cocks
Theodore Boone is the thirteen year old who knows more about the law than most adult lawyers. He certainly never expected to be the victim of crime himself. But then his bike is vandalised, he's attacked while doing his homework and, worst of all, framed for a robbery.
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Eddie Savage is hiding out in the West Midlands after his near-fatal shooting during the Kelly affair. But while the physical wounds are fading, the emotional scars are taking longer to heal. And when Eddie finds himself heading for the south of Spain with an unlikely travelling companion, it is as if, by some magnetic force, he is being drawn back into the criminal underworld. Tommy Kelly may be more...

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