Best thrillers and mystery novels to read this autumn

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Vendetta in Death by J. D. Robb, St. Martin’s Press, US $28.99, Pp 356, September 2019, ISBN 978-1250207173
The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter, William Morrow, US $27.99, Pp 450, August 2019, ISBN 978-0062858085

Lieutenant Eve calls herself Lady Justice. Her strategy is to choose her target and then turn herself into a curvaceous redhead. At the same time, she makes herself as sexy and seductive as possible to the targets. This is how she makes them powerless. Her first target is a wealthy businessman — Nigel McEnroy — whose company’s Human Resource department has already compensated with money to a couple of his young victims. On the face of it, McEnroy is an extremely scrupulous, ethical, and diligent in running his company — Perfect Planning — that nobody ever suspects him of any wrong-doing. Few including Lady Justice know the kind of pig he is to the women he drugs before he rapes and shames and degrades them. Only the victim women knew of that. But his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. His crimes are not hidden from Lady Justice and she is determined to make him pay a heavy price for those crimes and she succeeds soon. Lieutenant Eve Lady and her husband are investigating McEnroy’s secret life and crimes. His habit of recording his misdeeds is a great source of rich evidence against him that includes a wide range of suspects. Lady Justice never reveals her true identity. This challenging case is made more complicated when McEnroy’s widow reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. But Lady Justice continues with her investigation. Lady Justice must keep the predator becoming prey. It is only natural that Lady Justice metes out the same treatment to McEnroy which his victims had received from him — slipping him a drug, bundling him into a car, chaining him up in a secure location, torturing, even castrating and then killing him and marking the scene with Lady Justice signature. But the question remains how much blood will be spilled. Vendetta in Death has a fast-paced plot that keeps you to the edge of your seat as you read. It is about a hunt that takes you to the future. It is action-packed and powerful. Vendetta in Death is a novel that goes to the heart and soul of what it means to take and punishing the torturer.

About the author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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The Last Widow is set in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a hot summer night and a scientist from the Center for Disease Control is near his car in the local shopping center parking lot when unknown people get hold of him and put him in a car and speed away. Police want to help him but are unable to figure out where has he disappeared. This happens when pediatrician/medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are preparing to get married. As the police fail to make headway in this case of kidnapping even after the passage of one month, two huge bombs explode in Atlanta’s busiest neighborhoods. When they hear the explosions, Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent reach the scene of explosions. Apparently, it is a three-car collision. When they stop to help the injured, they are overpowered by the supposed victims. That is when they realize something is amiss. While Trent is lying on the ground, they succeed in taking Sara away in a car that suddenly appears on the scene. What surprises Sara is the presence of the kidnapped scientist Michelle Spivey. The car with its occupants arrives at the mountain camp of the Invisible Patriot Army or IPA — a paramilitary cadre whose goal is to make America white again. At the camp, Sara is asked to treat the wounds of IPA leader Dash and then asked to treat the children at the camp suffering from measles, including Dash’s daughter. Dash’s wife Gwen Novak is the daughter of Martin Novak, who is known for anti-government bank robberies. Will is left with no choice but to go undercover to save her and prevent a massacre. He puts his own life on the line to save her and the country. Will decides to infiltrate the camp disguised as a new recruit. The outrage Dash has planned will shock the readers. Slaughter explores the roots of domestic terrorism and discusses issues such as misogyny, white nationalism, and racism. The Last Widow is engrossing and suspenseful, but the ending is more surprising and unexpected. It has a well-woven plot that keeps you entertained until the end. This should be on your autumn reading list.

About the author

Karin Slaughter is the author of 19 novels and a popular novelist. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project — a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her, and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

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