Crime Fiction Authors, Murder Mystery Books, Thriller Novel Reviews & True Crime at Tangled Web - Publisher Hodder 03 July-Sept
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New Crime & Mystery Fiction Titles From Hodder July-Sept 03

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Glenn Chandler Savage Tide Published July 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 0340828757 Artwork by: Cver photograph: Alan Powdrill/© Getty Images Tweet This Book

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Glenn Chandler, who is best known as the creator and writer of the award-winning and highly praised Taggart series.
Detective Inspector Madden of the Brighton police is horrified to discover that the victim of a murder he is called to investigate turns out to be his own son, Jason. He subsequently discovers that his son was working as a male escort. Stricken with guilt at having not been the best father - and wrestling with jealousy that arises from his ex-wife marrying another man, Madden sets out to tind his son's killer, believing that his colleagues have arrested the wrong man... Madden's search takes him into the world of night-clubs, drugs, prostitution and the flat of a really rather glamorous transsexual, named Ming. Everyone - including the beautiful French wife of a multi-millionaire who was buying Jason's services - is a suspect. The story ends with a dramatic confrontation between Madden and his son's murderer.
Glenn Chandler was born in Edinburgh and began writing for television in 1980 with a commission from Scottish Television for a play The Horseman's Word. Best known as the creator and writer of the award-winning and highly praised Taggart series, he has also contributed to such memorable series as Angels and Crown Court. He has ventured into true crime with Yorkshire TV's The Life and Crimes ofWilliam Palmer and A is for Acid, contributions to Granada's In Suspicious Circumstances, and a book, Burning Poison.

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Judith Cutler Power Shift Published September 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 0340820705 Tweet This Book


'Delights and chills in equal measure' Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Kate Power is newly promoted - and in charge of her own station. So in addition to getting used to the pressures of responsibility and gaining the respect of a new team, she has to get to know a new neighbourhood, with new problems and new crimes. When an important member of the local Chinese business community comes to her with some inside information, Kate is plunged into a case involving illegal immigration and prostitution. Her investigation is hampered by a missing officer. Kate's new colleagues dismiss him as a malingerer - but Kate has reason to believe something more sinister may have happened to him.
Judith Cutler was born and bred in the Midlands, has worked as an English lecturer and is Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association.

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Rose Doyle Gambling With Darkness Published August 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 0340827408 Tweet This Book


'A fascinating story, rivetingly told' Irish Times on Friends Indeed
Dublin, 1944. Oscar Raeder, a young German doctor, is under suspicion of murder and a focus for hatred of Germany as the horror of the concentration camp filters through. His brother is a POW at the Curragh. Oscar's only ally is Honor Cusack, a first-year medical student. Convinced of Raeder's innocence, aghast at the prejudice, Honor agrees to help the brothers return to Germany, though this may mean the end of her relationship with Oscar.
Rose Doyle is a Dublin-based journalist and writer. Her previous novel, Fate and Tomorrow, sold fifteen thousand hardback copies.

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Meg Gardiner Mission Canyon Published July 2003 by Hodder at £14.99 ISBN: 0340822503 Artwork by: Cover photograph: © Alamy Images (road) Tweet This Book

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"Great characters, dynamic plot, nail-biting action ..." Elizabeth George

Meg Gardner's debut novel, China Lake, sold 25,000 in hardback - a stunning figure that accurately reflects her instant appeal.
This, her second, sees sassy heroine Evan Delaney - the braveheart legal journalist from China Lake return. This time she is determined to bring to justice the man who was blamed for running down her partner and killing his friend in a bizarre road accident. But, having fled the country, why was Franklin Brand back in town when he knew the law was after him? And what dirty tricks are his ex- employer Mako Technologies up to?
In this beautifully constructed thriller, Meg Gardiner throws up smoke screen after smoke screen while cementing the relationship between her heroine, hero and the reader.
Jesse, paraplegic since the accident, and Evan are on the count-down to their wedding when Brand is spotted by Jesse in Santa Barbara. The sighting opens all the barely healed wounds of the accident which put him in a wheelchair. As he and Evan investigate, the stress puts an almost intolerable strain on their relationship. Old truths and friendships come under the microscope and while the macabre facts of the accident come slowly into focus, Evan finds she is literally running for her life in the hills around Mission Canyon, and the stretch of road where Jesse faced death.
A graduate of Stanford Law School, Meg has also taught at the University of California. She now lives in Surrey with her family.

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Elizabeth George A Place of Hiding Published August 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 034076709X Artwork by: Cover photo: Forground headstones © James Harris background © Richard Jenkins Photography Tweet This Book


A new novel of psychological suspense from the bestselling author of A Traitor to Memory.

Guy Brouard, patron and benefactor of several cherished projects in Guernsey, is found dead after his early morning swim.
When a young American woman is charged with the murder, her brother seeks help from the only contact he has in the LIK - Deborah St James. Deborah and her husband, Simon, travel to Guernsey to avert a miscarriage of justice. There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, with its origins in wartime Occupation.
'She writes extremely well, plots brilliantly and reaches an emotional level deeper than most' The Times
Author of eleven internationally bestselling novels, Elizabeth George divides her time between California and London. Her Lynley novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC.

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Georgie Hale Better Than Death Published August 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 0340818336 Artwork by: Cover image: Larry Rostant Tweet This Book

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Five friends, two deaths - one terrible secret.
When Matthew Cosgrave and a number of fellow-students at Blackport University were acquitted of a seríous crime, he put his past behind him and looked ahead to the future. Twenty-five years later and happily married, his only grief is the tragic death of his daughter.
Then his best friend from college is killed in an accident and Matthew soon comes to realise that the past is not so easily shaken off. .
Georgie Hale is married, with two grown-up daughters. She lives in Coventry.

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Greg Iles Dark Matter Published August 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 0340822724 Artwork by: Cover photograph: © Ron Watts/Corbis Tweet This Book


For nearly fifty years the Holy Grail of artificial intelligence has been to create a computer that can think like a human being. Has that day finally dawned?
David Tenant is the man assigned by the National Security Agency to oversee the project named Trinity. As a participant in the testing he begins to experience severe side effects, and he isn't the only one.
Are the machines used to take snapshots of people's brains as safe as the National Security Agency would have everyone believe? David Tenant has serious doubts, but those who try and stop it may be silenced - for good.
Greg Iles is the internationally bestselling author of seven highly acclaimed thrillers, including The Quiet Game, 24 Hours, Dead Sleep and Sleep No More. He lives with his wife and two children in Mississippi, USA.

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Paul Johnston The Last Red Death Published September 2003 by Hodder at £18.99 ISBN: 0340825618 Artwork by: Cover photograph: © Imagebank/Getty Images Tweet This Book

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Sins of the fathers. American Grace Helmer was just a child when she witnessed the brutal murder of her father by a member of a Greek terrorist group. Now the mysterious terrorist group known as Iraklis is back and Grace plans to track down her father's killer.She hires the enigmatic Alex Mavros - a man who's also searching for answers. He's looking for his missing brother, last heard of at an underground resistance meeting during the dictatorship. Iraklis was responsible. Iraklis is back. And Alex Mavros must risk it all in the pursuit of the truth.

Paul Johnston was born in Edinburgh and studied Greek at Oxford. Paul now divides his time between the UK and Greece.

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Kyle Mills Smoke Screen Published September 2003 by Hodder at £12.99 ISBN: 0340734280 Tweet This Book


'lf you haven't read Kyle Mills yet you should - I do.' Tom Clancy
Rising star Kyle Mills out-Clancys Clancy with his latest high-octane thriller.
The tobacco industry is faced with a $250 billion lawsuit that it knows it cannot win. Determined not to lose their enormous assets the companies cut off the cigarette supply and try to strong-arm the US government into protecting them from legal action. But one man employed to fix this deal is about to throw a spanner in the works and his life into jeopardy.
'In the world of political thrillers, 1 have a feeling that young Kyle Mills will soon be a very big player.' Frederick Forsyth
Kyle Mills lives in Jackson Hole Wyoming, where he spends his time skiing rock climbing and writing books.

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Adam Williams The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure Published August 2003 by Hodder at £15.99 ISBN: 0340827866 Tweet This Book


A group of foreigners in the provincial Chinese town of Shishan find the status quo upset when the young middle-class Helen Frances arrives and falls in love with the Hon Henry Manners. But while she tries to resist betraying her solid but dull fiance, the Boxer rebellion threatens them all.

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