2010 Crime Fiction Highlights

Category: News

To whet your appetite HC editors Rachel Rayner and Sammia Rafique have put together a list of top titles you can expect from HarperCollins in 2010 whilst Mike Gerrard has put together a round-up of everything else you can expect and this will be going live in the new year…

January

Snow Hill by Mark Sanderson (HarperCollins)

Mark Sanderson does for the 30s what Jake Arnott did for 60s London – vividly revealing its hidden underworld in an unforgettably gripping crime novel. Inspired by a true scandal that centred around Snow Hill police station in 1936.

Read an extract here

February

Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman (HarperCollins)

We’ve been excited about the latest offering from Jilliane Hoffman for a while now and there isn’t long until publication. For an exclusive extract click here.

City of Lies by Alafair Burke (Avon)

The new fast-paced thriller from rising star Alafair Burke, where no-one in Manhattan is safe. And no-one is innocent. When New York University student Megan Gunther is murdered in a vicious attack after receiving threats posted on a campus website, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced there is a link.

March

Heresy by SJ Parris (HarperCollins)

Introducing the monk Giodarno Bruno, magician, scientist, and heretic in a new series of historical thrillers for fans of C.J.Sansom and ‘The Name of the Rose’

For more information take a look at the book page.

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Dead Spy Running

Category: Books

 Daniel Marchant, a suspended MI6 officer, is running the London Marathon. He is also running out of time. A competitor is strapped with explosives. If he drops his pace, everyone around him will be killed, including the US ambassador to London. Marchant tries to thwart the attack, but is he secretly working for the terrorists? There are those in America who already suspect Marchant of treachery. Just like they suspected his late father, the former head of MI6, who was removed from his job by the CIA. Marchant is treated like an enemy combatant – rendition, waterboarding – but he has friends who are disillusioned with America’s war on terror. Friends like Leila, his beautiful MI6 colleague and lover, and Sir Marcus Fielding, the new Chief who resents the White House’s growing influence in Whitehall. On the run from the CIA, Marchant is determined to prove his father’s innocence in a personal journey that takes him from Wiltshire, via Poland, to India.

It was here that the former MI6 chief once met with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, and where the new President of America is shortly to visit. But was that meeting proof of a mole within MI6 or the best penetration of Al Qaeda the West has ever had? And was Marchant’s father the keeper of another, darker secret? In a compelling thriller that updates the spy novel for the 21st century — think John Le Carre meets Jason Bourne – Marchant discovers the shocking realities of personal betrayal and national loyalty, and that love can be the biggest risk of all.

Read an extract from Dead Spy Running

Buy Dead Spy Running from Amazon

Desmond Bagley

Category: Author Post

Desmond Bagley was one of a group of writers including Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins who contributed greatly to the modern concept of action thrillers.

With a career which encompassed many things form mining to journalism, Bagley became a full time writer after his first novel The Golden Keel became a bestseller. He went on to write 16 thrillers, most of them  Top 10 bestsellers and he established a trademark style which featured ordinary men pitted against again villains with intent on causing global chaos. Bagley died relatively young at fifty nine, and his books have remained in print ever since. His writing continues to influence new writers in the genre.

Read an extract from The Snow Tiger

This November sees HarperCollins published a further selection of classic titles from Bagley’s back catalogue as ‘2 in 1; double action thrillers’. The titles available include:

High Citadel AND Landslide – Buy now from Amazon

Flyaway AND Windfall – Buy now from Amazon

The Spoilers AND Juggernaut – Buy now from Amazon

Wyatt’s Hurricane AND Bahama Crisis – Buy now from Amazon