Best ‘New to Us’ Books in 2012: Stephen B.’s Picks

If you like Thrillers, Suspense and Mysteries, then chances are you’ll like my picks for the best “New to Us” books I read this year! — Stephen B.

The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
We first met Vanessa ‘Michael’ Munroe in Taylor Steven’s first book The Informationist.  She is a bright, talented person with some deadly capabilities.  She is asked by her friend, Logan, to rescue his daughter, Hannah, from a cult located in the Buenos Aires area. The ‘extraction’ is not going to be easy and ‘Michael’ is prepared to use force. ‘Michael’ will also have the assistance of another friend ex-military, Miles Bradford. The most fascinating aspect of this story is the background of author, who was actually a member of a religious cult and escaped to create her own life.

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason 
It’s been fun to discover some European authors, who write fascinating mysteries. This author hails from Iceland. ‘Hypothermia’ stars his grumpy Inspector Erlendur. There is something about the suicide of a woman named Maria that haunts Erlendur … perhaps it reminds him of a case that he had to let go years ago.  Maria’s friend , Karen is also upset with the suicide although Baldvin, Maria’s husband relates that Maria had been very depressed since the death of her mother. Although there are other cases to work on and Maria’s case is now officially closed, Erlendur can’t let go and he starts to dig out clues when he is off duty.

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Borge Hellstrom
For Piet Hoffman’s most dangerous assignment as a police operative he is going to be placed in jail as a criminal with the assignment of getting close to someone in prison with connections to the Polish mafia. The Polish mafia is attempting to infiltrate Scandinavia. If anyone finds out about Piet, he will be murdered.  Meanwhile, Detective Ewert Gwens knows only that Piet was present at a murder he’s trying to solve. He knows nothing about Piet’s assignment. And now it is a race between Gwens trying to solve a murder and the government trying to get the information it needs to break the hold of the Polish mafia.

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin
Rankin, a leading writer of police procedurals returns to his newest character, Inspector Malcolm Fox. Fox and two assistants, Sgt. Kaye and Constable Naysmith have been sent from Edinburgh to investigate police corruption in the town of Kirkcaldy.  Fox belongs to the Internal Affairs division, in Scotland it is known as ‘ Complaints ‘. A   division of all police departments that is despised by other ‘coppers’. Their only responsibility is the investigation of police corruption. Fox may have to widen the investigation because there may be more cops involved in the scandal and it may involve top officials. Then Paul Carter turns up dead.

The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz
Nate is standing on the ledge of a building in L.A. about to jump to his death. He will leave a loving family because he has the first signs of ALS and he blames himself for the death of his best friend, who was killed by an IED while serving with Nate in Iraq. But when Nate chances to look through a window, he realizes that a bank is about to be robbed. Nate knows he must act … he captures the gun of one of the robbers and is able to kill all but one. That one yells to Nate, “He is not going to like this.”

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