Jill

"Nothing makes me happier than finding that little-known or first-time author who really deserves to make it, and selling a boatload of their books -well, that and putting just the right books into each customer's hands.."   jill

The Whisper Man: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250318008
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Published: Celadon Books - June 9th, 2020

Tom Kennedy, still reeling from the death of this wife, is finding hard to communicate with his young son, Jake.
 
Jake seems to be talking to imaginary friends and shutting Tom out completely. 
 
So the two move to another town, hoping for a fresh start. But they've chosen unwisely - the town's dark past included a serial killer who preyed on young boys and, despite the monster being locked in prison, another abduction has just occurred.
 
And then Jake hears whispering at his window...
 
This book is North's first novel - and before its release, its rights had already been sold in 18 territories around the world and to a major Hollywood directing team.
 
I sold our entire first shipment the day The Whisper Man published, and it seems our customers are devouring The Whisper Man just like thriller readers the world over.


Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316478526
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

Gladwell, the author of five big NYT bestsellers, including The Tipping Point and Outliers, returns with Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don't Know. 
 
And in typical Gladwell style, he gives us an easily readable book chock full of examples and studies to illustrate his point - that we humans really aren't that good at "reading" each other's intentions and feelings.
 
From explaining how 'coupling' - circumstances plus action, not just one in a vacuum - must be taken into consideration, to 'transparency' - how we tend to take things at face value - to 'inherent truthfulness' - our tendency to believe what we are told until the opposite has just too much weight to ignore - Gladwell moves us through his thought process with examples ripped from the headlines.
 
He discusses how torture at Guantanamo Bay, Amanda Knox's study-abroad murder conviction, Ferguson police shootings, and the Penn State football program scandal were all affected by the way people perceived the motivations and actions of other people.
 
If you are interested in the way the world works, you owe it to yourself to read Malcolm Gladwell.


I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781439177730
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 2nd, 2014

This one might have passed me by if a customer hadn't raved about Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim.

A far-ranging thriller about an American spy who is called back from "retirement" when intelligence gets word of an inpending attack on the U.S.

Seemingly unrelated events - a murder in NYC in which the killer clearly used Pilgrim's book as a blueprint, the kidnapping of three people whose remains are found in a remote corner of Afghanistan, a biotech expert found eyeless in a junkyard in Damascus, and a billionaire whose death in Turkey was ruled an accident - all lead to one man and a furious race to discover his plot.

Very well conceived with hooks at every turn - I devoured this 600 page tour-de-force, and I think all thriller and espionage fans will, too!


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

We've sold Emily St. John Mandel's books for a long time, but for most of the world, she became a household name with the publication of Station Eleven, which sold 1.5 million copies in 32 languages. 
 
So with Station Eleven as her last novel, the pressure was on to turn in an amazing new novel. And she's done it with The Glass Hotel.
 
Nothing like Station ElevenThe Glass Hotel ranges from Vancouver Island to Dubai and tells the tale of seemingly disparate lives colliding - through a Ponzi scheme and through two disappearances at sea.
 
The vivid characters and their trajectories would keep you turning the pages even if there was no common thread because Mandel is a writer at the top of her game.
 
Many people will buy this book because they recognize the author's name. The store itself will keep them reading far into the night.


How Quickly She Disappears Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984805171
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Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

When Elizabeth was eleven her twin sister disappeared. And now married, with a young daughter and living in Alaska, a man appears who tells Elizabeth he knows what happened to her sister.
 
Obsessed with finding her sister and wracked with guilt that she had something to do with her disappearance, Elizabeth puts everything she holds dear in danger in order the connect with the dangerous stranger who might hold the key these many years later.
 
The stark, frozen Alaskan tundra sets a chilling tone for this twisted and dark tale of desperation.


The Paladin: A Spy Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393254174
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2020

Michael Dunne was a CIA tech specialist. He could bug, hack, and otherwise spy on anyone. But he gets burned on an assignment he knows is illegal, but has been assured is given the okay.
 
Dunne's life is wrecked when he's hung out to dry by the very agency that employs him - he loses his job, his wife, his child, and his freedom.
 
So when Dunne is released from prison, he has only one thing on his mind - revenge.
 
Author David Ignatius is a prize-winning Washington Post columnist who has been covering the CIA for nearly forty years. So when a writer with that background crafts an espionage thriller, you can imagine his sources are pretty good. The cyber security issues in this book sound both terrible and terribly plausible and that, dear reader, makes for a very powerful read.


Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780399593567
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Published: Dell - April 28th, 2020

This is Lee Childs' 24th Jack Reacher thriller, 14 of which have hit the #1 spot on the NYT bestseller list.

In Blue Moon, Reacher is traveling by bus with no particular destination in mind, when he sees an elderly man in some distress with all the hallmarks of a victim in the making. Reacher departs the bus after the old man and sure enough, he steps in to resave the man from a mugging just blocks from the depot.

The old man has a story, though. He's carrying the last money he and his wife have to their names to pay off a loan shark. And when Reacher hears the reason the money has run dry, he's incensed.

And when Reacher gets incensed, heads generally roll. This thriller has Ukrainian and Albanian mobsters, Russian infiltrators, a pretty young woman (of course), and a motley crew of musicians and former servicemen. And a lot of retribution. Lee Child fans, come on down!


Pretty Things: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525479123
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Published: Random House - April 21st, 2020

Janelle Brown gained a following with Watch Me Disappear and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, but it's Pretty Things that has wowed me.
 
Nina has grown up with her mom - drifting from place to place as petty cons kept them in money. But once they hit Lake Tahoe, things seem different. Her mom gets a real job and Nina meets Benny - her first love. But then Benny's uber-wealthy family runs Nina and her mother out of town and smashes Nina's dreams of an Ivy League education and a way out.
 
Benny's older sister, Vanessa, is comfortable blowing through her trust fund and becoming an Instagram influencer - ameliorating her insecurities with the adoration of her anonymous internet fans.
 
But when Vanessa and Benny's father dies, Vanessa retreats to Stonehaven - her family's Lake Tahoe mansion - to come to terms with her life and the people she holds responsible for making it miserable - Nina and her mother.
 
When the two women's paths cross, it gets very dark and complicated.
 
I loved the characters Janelle Brown has drawn in Pretty Things, and I raced through this hefty psychological thriller in record time.


Ice Cold Heart: A Monkeewrench Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781643851327
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - September 10th, 2019

I was afraid that we'd heard the last from mother/daughter writing team P.J. Tracy as I'd heard that P.J., Tracy's mother, passed away.

So I was pleasantly surprised to read Ice Cold Heart and discover the Monkeywrench crew back and embroiled in a mystery as devious and evil as in all of their other books.

When the crew starts to piece together that a cryptocurrency heist they'd been working on has ties to the gruesome murders that their friends on the MPD are handling, the entire cast of familiar characters get in on the action of this thriller - which races from war criminals to fine artists to cyber terrorists and back.

If you're a fan of Lisa Unger or Karin Slaughter and the like, you owe it to yourself to check out the past and, thankfully, continuing thrillers of P.J. Tracy.


The Only Child: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062905048
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Published: Ecco - February 11th, 2020

This Korean thriller stars a criminal psychologist who is invited to interview a killer on death row (think Silence of the Lambs).

The same day, her husband arrives home with his daughter, who was living with her maternal grandparents until their apartment burned down with them still in it; the daughter has been through some horrendous things in her young life. 

This is a cat and mouse of nature vs. nurture, but the stilted translation made reading it almost comical. 

I'd wait for the paperback.