Audio - Crime Titles 1999
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New Audio - Crime Titles 1999
Net Force
Tom Clancy Net Force Published May 99 by Headline Audio at £8.99
Created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik
Read by Kerry Shale
The second of Tom Clancy's acclaimed new, cutting-edge series of law enforcement thrillers set against a hi-tech Internet background.
It is 2010 and the Internet has become the world's central nervous system. If terrorists are going to subvert the new world order, this is where they will strike. A new organisation is therefore needed to deter them - Net Force, a team of highly trained operatives whose home ground is the Virtual Reality world of the Net, with the Net Force Strike Teams at the ready to take the battle into the real world with their own devastating firepower.
Kerry Shale's solo shows include The Prince of West End Avenue. His TV credits include Sharpe and Cracker, and he appeared in the films Jude and Welcome to Sarajevo. He has won three Sony Awards for radio acting and writing.
Abridged by Peter Mackie
Produced by Heavy Entertainment
Two cassettes - Playing time approx three hours



Patricia Cornwell
Patricia Cornwell Black Notice Published September 99 by HarperCollins Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-00-105595-X
Read by Lorelei King
After the appalling death of her lover Benton Wesley at the hands of a serial killer in Point of Origin, Chief Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta is trying to live up to the old adage that 'life goes on', but grief isn't easily assuaged.
Distraction comes with the discovery of a body in a cargo ship from Belgium recently arrived in Richmond, Virginia. Initially it seems as though it may be the decomposed remains of a stowaway, but Scarpetta's post-mortem reveals neither a cause of death nor an identification. So the victim’s personal effects and an odd tattoo take Scarpetta on a hunt for information that eventually leads her to Interpol's headquarters in Lyon.
At first the highly confidential information she receives seems incredible, a bizarre trail of conspiracy and deceit, but inexorably the facts reveal a web of privileged and criminal arrogance which puts Scarpetta directly in harm's way, and places her and those she holds dear at mortal risk. 'Scarpetta is a compassionate, moral crusader, a force for good in a sea of evil' Daily Mail

'Scarpetta is a compassionate, moral crusader, a force for good in a sea of evil' Daily Mail Lorelei King's many stage credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Death of a Salesman. She appears in theTV series Chef and Cold Feet, and in the films Martha Meets Frank, Daniel and Laurence and Notting Hill. Her radio work includes Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hours

About The Author
Patricia Cornwell ’s first novel, Postmortem, is the only novel to have won the Edgar, John Creasey, Anthony and MacAvity awards, and the Prix du Roman d’Adventure in one year. Her second and third novels, Body of Evidence and All That Remains, attracted equal critical acclaim and became international best-sellers, establishing the author as one of the top crime writers. She received the Gold Dagger Award for her fourth, Cruel and Unusual.
A former award-winning reporter for the Charlotte Observer, Patricia D.Cornwell worked for over six years as a computer analyst in the chief medical examiner’s office in Virginia, where she witnessed hundreds of autopsies. This experience inspired her to create Dr Kay Scarpetta, the tenacious, intelligent and compassionate Chief Medical Examiner.
She has written a total of nine novels featuring Dr Scarpetta, as well as Hornet's Nest, a police procedural set in North Carolina. She lives in Richmond, Virginia and New York.


Linda Davies
Into the Fire
Linda Davies Into the Fire Published April 99 by HarperCollins Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-00-105582-8
A powerful financial thriller, racing from the dealing rooms of London to the jungles of Peru and back.
Helen Jencks is a beautiful and successful trader at a US investment bank in London, but she has a troubled past that makes her the perfect fall girl in a multi-million-dollar derivatives scam. When Helen discovers the set-up, she escapes to lie low as far from danger as she can possibly imagine - Peru.
While the financial scandal unfolds in London, Helen discovers that in Peru she has, in fact, walked into the fire. Her past catching up with her, she finds herself embroiled with Peru's national intelligence service, and meets the beguiling Evan Conner, working for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Together they are soon on the run through Peru and into Colombia. Only here, in a gruelling battle to survive, will Helen be able to lay to rest the ghosts haunting her life...
Read by Hannah Gordon 2 Tapes, abridges, approx 3 hours listening

'Her writing style is mellifluous, her understanding of high-stakes currency trading authoritative yet unobtrusive, and her action scenes snap - making this a financial thriller with bull, not bear, written all over it.' Publishers Weekly
About The Author
Linda Davies graduated from Oxford in 1985 and spent the next seven years as a merchant banker. She has lived in New York for a year as well as travelling extensively through Western and Eastern Europe. Linda Daview gave up her City job to write full time. After living in Peru for the last two years, she has recently returned to London.


Colin Dexter
Colin Dexter The Remorseful Day Published November 99 by Macmillan Audio at £7.65 ISBN: 0-333-78004-3
Read by Kevin Whately
'Where does this all leave us, sir?'
'Things are moving fast.'
'We’re getting near the end, you mean?'
'We were always near the end.'
The murder of Yvonne Harrison at her home in the Cotswold village of Lower Swinstead had left Thames Valley CID baffled. A year after the dreadful crime they are still no nearer to making an arrest. But one man has vet to tackle the case - and it is just the sort of puzzle at which Chief Inspector Morse excels.
So why is he adamant that he will not lead the re-investigation, despite the entreaties of Chief Superintendent Strange and dark hints of some new evidence? And why, if he refuses to take on the case officially, does he seem to be carrying out his own private enquiries?
For Sergeant Lewis this is yet another example of the unsettling behaviour his chief has been displaying of late. As if the sergeant didn't have enough to worry about with Morse's increasingly fragile health.
But when Lewis learns that Morse was once friendly with Yvonne Harrison, he begins to suspect that the man who has earnt his admiration over so many years knows more about her death than anyone else.

2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hours Abridged by Katrin Williams Produced by Mellie Buse
About The Author
Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and has lived in Oxford since 1966.
His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and there are now twelve novels in the Inspector Morse series, most recently The Daughters of Cain and Death is Now My Neighbour.
In 1989 The Wench is Dead was awarded a Gold Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year, as was The Way Through the Woods in 1992, and Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. Death is Now My Neighbor went straight to the top of the bestseller lists on first publication in 1996.
In 1997 Colin Dexter was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Carlton/Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The Wench is Dead is the last of the novels to be adapted, to be broadcast in November 1998.


Colin Dexter
Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories
Colin Dexter Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-72219-1
'Morse had solved so many mysteries in his life. Was he now, he wondered, beginning to glimpse the solution to the greatest mystery of them all…?'
How can the discovery of a short story by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Chief Inspector Morse to her murderer? What awaits Morse and Lewis in Room 231 of the Randolph Hotel? Why does a theft at Christmas lead the detective to look upon the festive season with uncharacteristic goodwill? And what happens when Morse himself falls victim to a brilliantly executed crime?
Five dazzling short stories from the world's most popular fictional detective to tantalize all lovers of classic crime fiction.
Kevin Whately stars as Detective Sergeant Lewis in the Inspector Morse television series.
Running time approx 3 hours, Produced by Maurice Leitch


About The Author
Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and has lived in Oxford since 1966.
His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and there are now twelve novels in the Inspector Morse series, most recently The Daughters of Cain and Death is Now My Neighbour.
In 1989 The Wench is Dead was awarded a Gold Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year, as was The Way Through the Woods in 1992, and Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. Death is Now My Neighbor went straight to the top of the bestseller lists on first publication in 1996.
In 1997 Colin Dexter was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Carlton/Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The Wench is Dead is the last of the novels to be adapted, to be broadcast in November 1998.


Colin Dexter
Colin Dexter Death is Now My Neighbour Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-67557-6
Read by Kevin Whately
As he drove his chief down to Kidlington, Lewis returned the conversation to where it had begun. 'You haven't told me what you think about this fellow Owens the dead woman's next door neighbour: 'Death is always the next door neighbour, said Morse sombrely
Colin Dexter's latest brain-teasing whodunit unravels a complex web of deceit and betrayal in the upper echelons of Oxford academia. At the centre of this web is the murder of a young woman, Rachel James, shot from close range through her kitchen window.
Chief Inspector E. Morse is called in to investigate, but the motive is frustratingly elusive and alibis are thick on the ground. But then, after a visit to his GP, Morse is faced with a far more personal crisis.
Kevin Whately stars as Detective Sergeant Lewis in the Inspector Morse television series.
Running time approx 3 hours, Abridged by Keith Darvill, Produced by Maurice Leitch


About The Author
Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and has lived in Oxford since 1966.
His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and there are now twelve novels in the Inspector Morse series, most recently The Daughters of Cain and Death is Now My Neighbour.
In 1989 The Wench is Dead was awarded a Gold Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year, as was The Way Through the Woods in 1992, and Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. Death is Now My Neighbor went straight to the top of the bestseller lists on first publication in 1996.
In 1997 Colin Dexter was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Carlton/Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The Wench is Dead is the last of the novels to be adapted, to be broadcast in November 1998.


Colin Dexter
The Wench Is Dead
Colin Dexter The Wench Is Dead Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-74612-0
The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5.30 a.m. on 22nd June 1859.
At around 10. 15 a.m. on a Saturday morning in 1989 the body of Chief Inspector Morse though very much alive - was removed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment of a perforated ulcer was pronounced successful.
As Morse begins his recovery he comes across an account of the investigation and trial that followed Joanna Franks' death ... and becomes convinced that the two men hanged for her murder were innocent.
Read by Kevin Whately who stars as Detective Sergeant Lewis in the Inspector Morse television series.
Running tome approx. 3 hours
Abridged by Keith Darvill, produced by Maurice Leitch


About The Author
Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and has lived in Oxford since 1966.
His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and there are now twelve novels in the Inspector Morse series, most recently The Daughters of Cain and Death is Now My Neighbour.
In 1989 The Wench is Dead was awarded a Gold Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year, as was The Way Through the Woods in 1992, and Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. Death is Now My Neighbor went straight to the top of the bestseller lists on first publication in 1996.
In 1997 Colin Dexter was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Carlton/Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The Wench is Dead is the last of the novels to be adapted, to be broadcast in November 1998.


Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich High Five Published November 99 by Macmillan Audio at £7.65 ISBN: 0-333-76587-7
Read by Lorelei King
Stephanie Plum has a whole lot of trouble on her doorstep.
Her Uncle Fred disappears and Grandma Mazur is convinced he's been abducted by aliens. The disappearance turns serious when Stephanie finds a photo of dismembered body parts in Fred's desk.
Meanwhile, Stephanie's cousin Vinnie asks her to bring in the vertically challenged Randy Briggs who's jumped bail and, instead of coming quietly, has taken up residence in Stephanie's apartment: Benito Ramirez is back from jail quoting scripture and vowing to introduce Stephanie to God, face to face. And to cap it all Stephanie has nothing to wear to the Mafia wedding.
The big-haired bounty hunter from Trenton is back, having developed an outstanding talent for flattening expensive black cars, and Joe Morelli, the irresistible cop, is still around giving her the odd sleepless night!

Lorelei King's many stage credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Death of a Salesman. She appears in theTV series Chef and Cold Feet, and in the films Martha Meets Frank, Daniel and Laurence and Notting Hill. Her radio work includes Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hours Abridged by Keith Darvill Produced by Louise Armitage

About The Author
Janet Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire but, like Stephanie Plum, grew up in New Jersey.
She has won a major crime fiction award for each of her Stephanie Plum novels so far: One for the Money was presented with the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award, Two for the Dough won the CWA Last Laugh Award and Three to Get Deadly was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger for 1997.


Janet Evanovich
Three to Get Deadly
Janet Evanovich Three to Get Deadly Published November 99 by Macmillan Audio at £7.65 ISBN: 0-333-
Read by Lorelei King
Cuddly ice cream and candy store owner 'Uncle Mo' Bedemier has skipped bail and Stephanie Plum, carbohydrate’s biggest fan, needs to track him down.
The trouble is that Uncle Mo is just about the most popular guy in Trenton and everyone in town seems keen to help keep him one step ahead of the law!
But Stephanie is in ass-kicking form and with the help of a constant supply of pizza and doughnuts, not to mention the gorgeous Joe Morelli, she's bound to get her man!

Lorelei King's many stage credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Death of a Salesman. She appears in theTV series Chef and Cold Feet, and in the films Martha Meets Frank, Daniel and Laurence and Notting Hill. Her radio work includes Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hours Abridged by Keith Darvill Produced by Louise Armitage

About The Author
Janet Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire but, like Stephanie Plum, grew up in New Jersey.
She has won a major crime fiction award for each of her Stephanie Plum novels so far: One for the Money was presented with the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award, Two for the Dough won the CWA Last Laugh Award and Three to Get Deadly was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger for 1997.


Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich Four to Score Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-74772-0
The problem with being a bounty hunter is it's all on-the-job training. And Stephanie Plum is still learning the ways to get killed. Take the case of Marine Norwicki…
When Marine failed to turn up for her day in court, Stephanie was asked to bring her in. It looked like a case of simple disappearance until Marine's boyfriend begins receiving mysterious, coded notes from the runaway that hint at buried treasure. The notes are so indecipherable that Stephanie has to call on the help of Sally Sweet, giant drag queen and code breaker extraordinaire. And Steph's knight errant, cop Joe Morelli, is also proving useful although he can't decide what he wants most: Marine's bounty or Stephanie's body.
Meanwhile a friend loses a finger, a mother is scalped, and a store clerk is murdered. And out in the street, the crazy treasure hunt game goes on... Read by Lorelei King whose many stage credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Death of a Salesman. She appears in theTV series Chef and Cold Feet, and in the films Martha Meets Frank, Daniel and Laurence and Notting Hill. Her radio work includes Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.


About The Author
Janet Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire but, like Stephanie Plum, grew up in New Jersey.
She has won a major crime fiction award for each of her Stephanie Plum novels so far: One for the Money was presented with the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award, Two for the Dough won the CWA Last Laugh Award and Three to Get Deadly was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger for 1997.


Keep Me Close
Clare Francis Keep Me Close Published October 99 by Macmillan Audio at £7.65 ISBN: 0-333-78003-5
Read by Frances Tomelty
'It all happened very quickly. I don't remember much, just… this figure coming from nowhere. Suddenly. Rushing at me. And - ' Another recollection come to her so unexpectedly that her first instinct was to distrust it, yet almost immediately it took on the shape and rigidity of memory. 'I forgot, 'she added dutifully, ‘there was this silence. Just before he came for me.
This long silence…’

Catherine has become a victim in her own home. First a string of nuisance calls, then a vicious attack by a mystery intruder. Now, as she struggles to come to terms with her injuries, two very different men seem anxious to uncover the truth. There is Terry Devlin, entrepreneur and fixer, the local boy made good from Catherine's almost forgotten past.
And Simon Jardine, her husband's business partner.
Do either of them really want justice?
The police charge a suspect. But how did he get himself such an expensive lawyer?
And now Catherine is being watched all over again...

Frances Tomelty is well known for her television and film work which include The Field, Lamb, Trial & Retribution III, Vanity Fair and Ballykissangel.
She has also read the unabridged edition of Deciet by Clare Francis published by Chivers Press.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hours Abridged by Keith Darvill


Clare Francis A Dark Devotion Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-72601-4
Read by Lindsay Duncan
Another brilliant psychological thriller, following the success of deceit and betrayal, from the new 'queen of crime'
The Norfolk marshes, a winter storm... A woman is missing, a beautiful and virtuous woman with no enemies...
Alexandra O'Neill, lawyer to petty criminals, is drawn back to the village where she grew up to help Will Dearden find his paragon of a wife.
But can any wife be so perfect that she doesn't have secrets? And can a devoted husband have failed to see the truth?
Lindsay Duncan has received best actress awards and nominations for Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Cat On A Hot Tin Roo. Her numerous TV credits include GBH and The Rectors Wife, and her latest film role is playing opposite Al Pacino in City Hall.
Produced by Alexa Moore, abridged by Katrin Williams
Two Cassettes Approx 3 Hrs playing time



Elizabeth George
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
Elizabeth George In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner Published November 99 by Headline Audio at £14.99 ISBN: 1-85998-979-9
Read by Derek Jacobi
Two bodies are discovered in the middle of a pre-historic stone circle in Derbyshire. One is the daughter of a retired Scotland Yard undercover officer, the other an unknown boy. Asked to head the case, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley chooses to work without the help of his longtime partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, recently demoted after an internal investigation. But Havers has her own plans - and they involve the very same case that Lynley is working on.
'George is excellent at slowly unfolding plot and atmosphere ...fine writing and sensitive handling of relationships' Independent Sir Derek Jacobi is highly respected for his work in theatre, television and film. His theatrical work includes the title roles in Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III and Cyrano de Bergerac, his acclaimed TV and film performances include I, Claudius, The Day of the Jackal, Henry V, Little Dorrit, Dead Again and Hamlet.
4 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 6 hrs

About The Author
Elizabeth George's first novel, A Great Deliverance, was honoured with the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere in France. The critically acclaimed Payment in Blood followed, and Well-Schooled in Murder, which was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI, in 1990.
A Suitable Vengeance, For the Sake of Elena, Missing Joseph, Playing for the Ashes, In the Presence of the Enemy and, most recently, Deception on his Mind were also highly acclaimed.
Elizabeth George divides her time between Huntington Beach, California, and London. She is currently working on her eleventh novel.


Thomas Harris Hannibal Published June 99 by Random House Audio at £12.99 ISBN: 1-85686-
See Review by Val McDermid - Gold Dagger winner & creator of Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan & Tony Hill
Read by the author
"On the afternoon of July 8, 1981, he complained of chest pains and was taken to the dispensary. His mouthpiece and restraints were removed for an EKG. When the nurse leaned over him, he did this to her... The doctors managed to reset her jaw more or less, save one of her eyes. His pulse never got above 85 - even when he ate her tongue." The Silence of the Lambs
The l0-year wait is finally over. The follow-up toThe Silence of the Lambs, the most eagerly awaited sequel of the decade, is here and Dr Hannibal Lecter is back with a vengeance.
Thomas Harris introduced Hannibal Lecter in his 1981 novel Red Dragonwhich was a world-wide bestseller. The Silence of the Lambs went on to sell over ten million copies internationally and the film adaptation in 1991, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, received five Academy Awards including 'Best Picture', 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actress'.
This new novel 'Hannibal' opens seven years after Dr Lecter's extraordinary escape at the end of The Silence of the Lambs' and the doctor is still at large. It is also seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling last came into contact with him in a maximum security wing for the criminally insane. She has not forgotten him.
Mason Verger, Dr Lecter's sixth victim, has good reason to remember him too. Dr Lecter fed his face to the dogs. He is now a paraplegic confined to a respirator and can only move the fingers of his crab-like hand across the soft blanket that covers his lifeless body. Verger is very rich and very powerful, and his teach extends into the echelons of power around the world. But finding Lecter and taking revenge has become his obsession; his ultimate fantasy to capture Hannibal and feed him slowly to a specially-bred pack of wild pigs, starting with his feet. But he needs to lure the doctor from hiding; in Clarice Starling he has the perfect bait. …
Set in America and Italy, Thomas Harris's stunning new novel is as gripping and terrifying as any reader of The Silence of the Lambs would expect. Thomas Harris is a native of Mississippi and began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel Black Sunday was published in 1975, followed by The Silence of the Lambs in 1988.
Hannibal is published in hardback by William Heinemann
Running time: 6 hours - 4 Cassettes
Abridged by Lynn Lauber
Produced by John Wager



Jack Higgins
The White House Connection
Jack Higgins The White House Connection Published October 99 by Penguin Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-14-180108-5
Read by Julian Glover
Reuniting the team of The President's Daughter, The White House Connection is the explosive new thriller from the master of the genre.
Senator Michael Cohan is a member of an extremist organization dedicated to hijacking the Irish peace process. Jack Barry, Britain's most wanted terrorist, is the head of this organization, whose secret connections extend to the Oval Office. As the peace process is about to be blown sky-high, and the fate of two governments hangs in the balance, Special Forces have no choice but to call in Sean Dillon, ex-IRA enforcer and Jack Barry's deadliest enemy.

Julian Glover is one of our foremost actors and his career has encompassed film, television and theatre. He is particularly known for the films The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Cry Freedom.
2 Cassettes Running Time: approx. 3 hours Abridged by Martin Franks Produced by Martin Franks

About The Author
Jack Higgins was brought up in Belfast in a family with a political background and frequently experienced the worst aspect of the troubles during his youth. He later moved to Leeds with no qualifications. He had a succession of jobs, including two years as an NCO in the Royal House Guards, serving on he East German border during the Cold War. He was then accepted as an external student at London University, while working at various jobs including a circus tent-hand, and a tram-conductor. He eventually gained a degree in sociology and social psychology and went into teaching, before becoming a full time author. In 1995, Leeds Metropolitan University awarded him an honorary doctorate. Jack Higgins's first big bestseller was the international hit, The Eagle Has Landed. His novels have since sold 250 million copies and have been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of his books have been made into films. The first was The Violent Enemy, with Susan Hampshire and Tom Bell, which was banned for political reasons by the Foreign Office. Then came the MGM classic, The Wrath of God, Rita Hayworth's last film, The Eagle Has Landed, and in 1987, A Prayer For The Dying starring Mickey Rourke and Bob Hoskins. Thunder Point has recently been filming in the Caribbean.


John Le Carre
John Le Carre Single & Single Published February 99 by Headline Audio at £14.99 ISBN: 1-840-32196-2
See Review by Andrew Taylor - author of the highly acclaimed Roth & Lydmouth Series
John le Carre was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Bern and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British foreign Service. He now lives in Cornwall.
Four Cassettes - Playing time approximately six hours
Abridgment copyright David Cornwell, abridged by Peter Mackie.



Death du Jour
Kathy Reichs Death du Jour Published June 99 by Random House Audio at £12.99 ISBN: 1856865223
The follow-up to the No:1 International bestseller Deja Dead
Read by Katherine Borowitz

March in Montreal: It is a bitterly cold night and in the eerie silence of an old church forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan digs carefully, exhuming the remains of a nun who died in 1888. Why has the coffin been disturbed? And what will Tempe discover when she lifts the rotting lid?
Just hours later, Tempe is called to the scene of an horrific arson: a young family has perished in mysterious circumstances. From the ruins of their house, to a trail of sinister cult activity and a terrifying showdown, Tempe gathers her evidence and confronts the terror of a killer out of control. 'Another day. Another death. Death du Jour. My God, how many such days would there be?'
Katherine Borowitz has appeared in various films including Baby Boom and The World According to Garp. Her stage performances include Cloud Nine, Arcadia, The Triumph of Love, and Hedda Gabler.
Published by William Heinemann in hardback
Produced and directed by Elisa Shokoff Abridged by Judith Benenson
Playing time approx 6 hours - four cassettes
Kathy Reichs's first novel Deja Dead was published in January 1998 and was without doubt the most successful crime debut ever. It went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list at number one and stayed there for an unprecedented seven weeks, more than twice the length of time of the previous record-holder. It was also a number one bestseller in Ireland and Canada, and stayed in the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks. It has currently sold over 300,000 copies. Minette Waiters described it as 'a brilliant novel. Unputdownable' and the Times wrote 'Deja Dead is terrific, terrifying in its own right, easily rising above Comwellian similarities...' This stunning debut novel took the publishing industry by storm.

Praise for Dèja Dead:
'A brilliant novel. Unputdownable' Minette Walters
'Without ever slowing the pace of an irresistibly compelling thriller Kathy Reichs shows us what it feels like being an ordinary woman in a profession in which murder is commonplace... Better than Patricia Cornwell' Sunday Express

About The Author
Kathy Reichs is forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciare et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec, and has as a result part based her novels on her vast experience in the area of forensic science where she specialises in bones. At present she is one of only 50 people certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and very few of these are women. Like her leading character Dr Brennan, Kathy Reichs has to not only function but excel in the masculine world of law enforcement.
Kathy Reichs is often called upon to be an expert witness in criminal trials and it is her testimony which can sometimes make the difference between getting a conviction and not. She has recently returned from a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where she was part of a team gathering evidence against those accused of genocide in the region. Due to the nature of her work death threats are not uncommon and she keeps the whereabouts of her family as secret as possible.
She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, and is currently writing her third novel.


Ruth Rendell
Ruth Rendell Harm Done Published September 99 by Random House Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 1-85686-681-5
Shortly after Lizzie Cromwell returns from the dead, another young woman disappears, just as a convicted paedophile is released back into the community. Local residents are up in arms, and even prepared to take the law into their own hands...
Chief Inspector Wexford is not only concerned very personally with the effects of violence and prejudice, but is involved with a new programme to help the victims of domestic violence. His daughter, Sylvia, whose marriage is in difficulties, has also come to work nearby in a refuge for battered women.
After those early disappearances, two far more serious crimes are committed which will affect the lives and attitudes of police and public alike.
Christopher Ravenscroft is best known as Detective Inspector Mike Burden in ITV's The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. His work with the RSC includes Buckingham in Richard III and a notable Mountjoy to the Henry V of Kenneth Branagh.
An abridgement of Harm Done copyright Ruth Rendell 1999
Published by Hutchinson in hardback and arrow in paperback
Produced by Mike Carrington Wood
Abridged by John Lewis
Playing Time: approx 3 hour, two cassettes


About The Author
Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in my View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, The New Girl Friend; a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986; and most recently she was the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre. In 1996, she was awarded the CBE.
Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and are also published to great acclaim in the United States.
Ruth Rendell is married and lives in a sixteenth-century farmhouse in Suffolk.
Ruth Rendell also writes as Barbara Vine


H.M.S. Unseen
Patrick Robinson H.M.S. Unseen Published March 99 by Random House Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 1-85686-721-8
Read by Kerry Shale
In Iraq the President awards his country's highest honour to the man known as Eilat One. Hours later, he tries to have him killed …
In Iran one of the world's deadliest terrorists promises to bring down America's military might against Iraq ... In England the submarine HMS Unseen mysteriously disappears ...
In Washington Admiral Arnold Morgan suspects that one of his most skilful enemies is responsible for a series of spectacular attacks. He must be stopped at all costs.
HMS Unseen takes you into the soul of one of the most ruthless terrorists the world has known, and into the heart of the American Intelligence community as the race to stop him takes off. With Patrick Robinson's trademark blistering pace and complete authenticity, it is a chilling portrait of what could so easily be true.
Patrick Robinson was born in Kent and now lives in Ireland and the US. He began his career working as a journalist for the gossip columns on The Daily Express and The Daily Mail and has also worked in publishing. He is the author of many works including Decade of Champions, Born to Win, True Blue and Nimitz Class as well as being the co-author with Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward of One Hundred Days.
Kerry Shale's recent work includes the solo stage show The Prince of West End Avenue and the films Welcome to Sarajevo and B.Monkey. He has been awarded three Sony awards.
An abridgement of HMS Unseen copyright Patrick Robinson 1999
Published by Century in hardback
Playing time approx. 3 hours
Two Cassettes

Praise for Nimitz Class
"An absolutely marvellous thriller, one of the best things of its kind I have read in years" Jack Higgins
"Fast, sharply-focused, engine driven action" The Express


Chris Ryan The Tenth Man Down Published July 99 by Random House Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 1856866610
Read by Christian Rodska
"Ten will die," Jess translated.
"Ten what?"
"Ten white persons."
"Men?"
"And women. Either."
"Why ten."
"Because the boy was ten years old, one for every year of his life."

Former SAS sergeant, Chris Ryan, has set his compelling new thriller in the war-torn republic of Kamanga, deep in the heart of Southern Africa. We rejoin Geordie Sharp, hero of Ryan's previous three bestselling thrillers, on his mission to train the undisciplined government army Alpha Commando.
At the outset a witchdoctor predicts that ten whites are going to die. Haunted by the juju's prophecy, Geordie Sharp and his team are caught in the most dangerous and challenging assignment of their careers.
In the south of Kamanga, rebel forces have seized the diamond mines which produce the bulk of the country's wealth. The government troops must recapture then and they enlist the much-needed help of the SAS. But Sharp's plans are thrown into chaos when a South African plane comes down close to rebel territory, the only survivor a mysterious white Namibian, Inge Braun.
The team takes Inge with them as they continue their journey across the harsh African terrain but little do they realise the fatal consequences of rescuing her from the burning wreckage of the plane. Disaster strikes as Sharp and two others are captured by the rebels. Sharp makes an astonishing escape and rejoins what is left of his team but he has discovered a deadly secret agenda - a cache of nuclear warheads which General Muende the leader of the Afundi rebels is desperate to get his hands on.
Driven by the desire to avenge the savage murder of his friend and comrade Whinger, Sharp embarks on a personal mission to destroy General Muende and his lethal plans. As the boundaries between political aims and personal motives become blurred, Sharp is faced with the hardest decision of all.
The race is on to reach the nuclear site first. Will Geordie Sharp survive the threat of radiation and prevent a nuclear catastrophe, or will he fulfill the witch doctor's prophecy and be the tenth man down?
Christian Rodska has recorded over fifty audio books together with several hundred radio plays, wildlife commentaries and poems. Numerous TV appearances include Sharpe, Taggart, Wycliffe, Spender, Casualty and Follyfoot.
Two cassettes - running time approx 3 hours



The Echo
Minette Walters The Echo Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-71259-5
Read by Bob Peck
Who was Billy Blake, other than a homeless alcoholic who wandered the streets? Why was he found dead from starvation in the garage of a wealthy woman, whose merchant-banker husband had absconded five years earlier with £10 million?
Having thwarted press interest at the time, six months after the bizarre tragedy Amanda Powell is suddenly eager to talk to journalist Michael Deacon. She seems to have developed a strange obsession with her dead visitor, and Deacon's curiosity is aroused. But Deacon's interest in Billy Blake has more to do with forgotten echoes in his own life than in the moralistic stance taken by Amanda Powell - a woman whose wealth can only be explained if her husband is dead...
Bob Peck has acted with the Royal National theatre and the RSC. His television wok includes a Bafta award-winning role in Edge of Darkness. Most recently he has appeared in the acclaimed film Surviving Picasso with Anthony Hopkins.
Running time approx 3 hours, Abridged by Neville Teller, Produced by Stuart Owen



Minette Walters The Breaker Published July 99 by Macmillan Audio at £8.99 ISBN: 0-333-74614-7
Twelve hours after a woman's broken body is washed up on a deserted shore on the south coast of England, her traumatized three-year old daughter is discovered twenty miles away, alone and apparently abandoned …
But why was Kate killed and her daughter allowed to live? More curiously, why had Kate willingly boarded a boat when she had a terror of drowning at sea?
Suspicion centres on a young actor, a loner who lies about his relationship with the woman, and whose sailing boat, Crazy Daze, is moored just yards from where the toddler was found …
As the investigation proceeds attention shifts towards the murdered woman's husband. Was he really in Liverpool the night she died? Is he sure that Kate was the 'respectable woman' he claims? And why does their daughter scream in terror, every time he tries to pick her up …?
Read by Kevin Whately who stars as Detective Sergeant Lewis in the Inspector Morse television series (Carlton/Central Television), and as Jimmy Griffin in The Broker's Man (BBC1). Running time approx. 3 hours
Abridged by Keith Darvill, produced by Gina Rozner