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Totenkind
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641187338
Pages: 352
Year: 2016-08-15
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Fünf Fußspuren im Beton – das ist alles, was Anna Buck von ihrem kleinen Sohn Daniel geblieben ist. Vor ein paar Monaten stahl sich der Junge unbemerkt über den noch feuchten Zement davon, weil sein Vater die Haustür offen stehen ließ. Seitdem ist Daniel wie vom Erdboden verschluckt. Tagtäglich putzt Anna die kleinen Abdrücke, poliert den Boden unter ihren Füßen, den sie längst verloren hat. Als eines Tages ein Hellseher Hilfe verspricht, ergreift die verzweifelte Mutter ihre letzte Chance. Doch ist der Mann der, der er zu sein vorgibt? Anna lässt sich auf das angebliche Medium ein und erlebt einen Albtraum ...
Ihr liebt sie nicht
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Manhattan
ISBN: 3641087449
Pages: 400
Year: 2013-08-12
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Es ist Jagdsaison im englischen Exmoor. Doch die Beute ist nicht das Wild. Es sind die Kinder ... Erst die dreizehnjährige Jesse, dann der neunjährige Pete. Innerhalb kurzer Zeit verschwinden zwei Kinder aus dem Auto ihrer Eltern. Zurück bleibt in beiden Fällen nur eine handgeschriebene Notiz: »Ihr liebt sie nicht.« Mitten im Hochsommer fallen dunkle Schatten über Exmoor. Irgendjemand scheint Kinder zu stehlen – Jesse und Pete waren nur der Anfang. Es gibt keine Spuren, keine Erklärung, keine Lösegeldforderungen und keine Hoffnung. Der Polizist Jonas Holly versucht, sich in den Kopf des Entführers zu versetzen, um ihm auf die Spur zu kommen. Doch zumindest einer in dem kleinen Örtchen Shipcott ist überzeugt, dass der psychisch instabile Holly der Letzte ist, dem man vertrauen sollte ...
Was tot ist
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Manhattan
ISBN: 3641143373
Pages: 352
Year: 2014-07-28
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Das Leben interessiert den autistischen Medizinstudenten Patrick nicht. Ihn fasziniert der Tod. Für einen Mörder wird er damit zur größten Gefahr... »Die Toten können nicht zu uns sprechen«, hatte Professor Madoc gesagt. Eine glatte Lüge. Denn der Leichnam, den Patrick Fort im Anatomie-Kurs vor sich auf dem Tisch liegen hat, versucht ihm eine ganze Menge mitzuteilen. Dabei ist das Leben für den autistischen Patrick schon rätselhaft genug – auch ohne einen möglichen Mordfall aufklären zu müssen. Ein Verbrechen, an das sonst niemand glaubt. Und während Patrick akribisch versucht, hinter das Geheimnis des Toten zu kommen, gerät er selbst ins Fadenkreuz und in ein Netz aus Lügen in seinem engsten Umfeld ...
Der Beschützer
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Manhattan
ISBN: 3641082080
Pages: 384
Year: 2012-03-19
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Würdest du einen Mörder erkennen, wenn du ihm in die Augen siehst? Mitten im Winter schockiert der Mord an einer hilflosen alten Frau den kleinen Ort Shipcott im englischen Somerset. Während der Schnee die Bewohner von der Außenwelt abschneidet, versucht Dorfpolizist Jonas Holly den Killer zu finden. Doch dann reißen Beamte aus der Stadt die Untersuchung an sich, und Holly wird zu einer Statistenrolle verdammt. Daraufhin treffen immer bedrohlichere anonyme Botschaften bei ihm ein, in denen ihm vorgeworfen wird, seine Pflicht nicht zu tun. Als weitere Morde geschehen, werden aus den Vorwürfen unverhohlene Drohungen. Irgendjemand scheint Jonas die Schuld an den Ereignissen zu geben. Selbstanklagen und die Sorge um seine schwerkranke Frau bringen ihn langsam an den Rand des Zusammenbruchs. Zumal er sich fragen muss: Wer jagt hier wen?
The Shut Eye
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802190286
Pages: 304
Year: 2016-01-12
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A desperate woman hopes a psychic can help find her son in “this intricate, surprise-filled crime novel” from the CWA Gold Dagger Award–winning author (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Five footprints are the only sign that four-year-old Daniel Buck was ever here. They’re all his mother has left. Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiraling towards insanity. With little help or hope coming from the police or her husband, James, Anna is looking for any opportunity that may lead to finding her son. So when a woman tells her she’s found a “shut eye”—a true psychic—Anna grasps at it. Maybe he can tell her what happened. But her meeting with the psychic is not at all what she suspected . . . Matching breathtaking suspense with a keen exploration of skepticism in the face of the unexplainable, The Shut Eye is a “very satisfying” crime thriller that will have readers “rushing to the final pages” (TheIndependent). “A standout.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Finders Keepers
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802189407
Pages: 400
Year: 2017-03-14
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“Surprise, of course, is the most potent aspect of suspense. And Belinda Bauer knows exactly how to manipulate that element, right until the very end . . . She’s shown, not just how to keep surprise bubbling explosively away, but to do it with extraordinary dexterity, maturity and feeling . . . Brilliant.”—Daily Mirror (UK) Finders Keepers is a spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about an alarming spree of kidnappings in the southwest of England. The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and—as if by slick, sick magic—had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel: “You don’t love him.” At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor, as children begin to disappear, with each disappearance marked only by a terse, accusatory note. There are no explanations, no ransom demands, and no hope. Policeman Jonas Holly (a character returning from Bauer’s first two novels) faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he’s to stand any chance of catching him. But—still reeling from a personal tragedy—is Jonas really up to the task? There are some who would say that, when it comes to being the first line of defense, Jonas Holly may be the last man to trust. “The British countryside has never appeared so alien or so macabre.”—Sunday Times (UK) “A remarkable achievement . . . The story rushes along on a tide of suspense.” —Independent (UK)
Rubbernecker
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802191193
Pages: 320
Year: 2015-08-04
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“Breathtaking. I read this and wished I’d written it.”—Val McDermid Belinda Bauer is a phenomenal voice in British crime fiction, whose work has won the CWA’s Gold Dagger Award for Crime Novel of the Year and garnered rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, Rubbernecker is a gripping thriller about a medical student who begins to suspect that something strange is going on in this cadaver lab. “The dead can’t speak to us,” Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. The body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. But no one hears what he does, and no one understand when he tries to tell them. Life is already strange enough for Patrick—being a medical student with Asperger’s Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that’s before he is faced with solving a possible murder, especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery. But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies closer to home. A can’t-put-it-down page-turner from one of the finest voices in UK crime, Rubbernecker puts Belinda Bauer firmly on the map of world-class crime writers. “An intelligent, disturbing read.”—The Guardian (UK)
Blacklands
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439157596
Pages: 240
Year: 2010-01-05
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A taut and chillingly atmospheric debut that signals the arrival of a bright new voice in psychological suspense and "a brilliant analysis of an exceedingly twisted mind" (Chicago Tribune). Eighteen years ago, Billy Peters disappeared. Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered—after all, serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted killing six other children and burying them on the same desolate moor that surrounds their small English village. Only Billy’s mother is convinced he is alive. She still stands lonely guard at the front window of her home, waiting for her son to return, while her remaining family fragments around her. But her twelve-year-old grandson Steven is determined to heal the cracks that gape between his nan, his mother, his brother, and himself. Steven desperately wants to bring his family closure, and if that means personally finding his uncle’s corpse, he’ll do it. Spending his spare time digging holes all over the moor in the hope of turning up a body is a long shot, but at least it gives his life purpose. Then at school, when the lesson turns to letter writing, Steven has a flash of inspiration... Careful to hide his identity, he secretly pens a letter to Avery in jail asking for help in finding the body of "W.P."—William "Billy" Peters. So begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. Just as Steven tries to use Avery to pinpoint the gravesite, so Avery misdirects and teases his mysterious correspondent in order to relive his heinous crimes. And when Avery finally realizes that the letters he’s receiving are from a twelve-year-old boy, suddenly his life has purpose too. Although his is far more dangerous...
Snap
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 0802165583
Pages: 352
Year: 2018-07-03
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From award-winning crime writer Belinda Bauer, “the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell” [Mail on Sunday (UK)], Snap is a gripping novel about a teenage boy’s hunt for his mother’s killer. Jack’s in charge, said his mother as she disappeared up the road to get help. I won’t be long. Now eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And after that long, hot summer’s day, nothing will ever be the same again. Three years later, Jack’s fifteen now and still in charge . . . alone in the house. Meanwhile across town, a young woman called Catherine While wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note reading I could of killed you. The police are tracking a mysterious burglar they call Goldilocks, for his habit of sleeping in the beds of the houses he robs, but Catherine doesn’t see the point of involving the police. And Jack, very suddenly, may be on the verge of finding out who killed his mother. A twisty, masterfully written novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats, Snap is Belinda Bauer at the height of her powers.
Darkside
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 145161277X
Pages: 304
Year: 2011-05-03
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In bleak midwinter, the people of Shipcott are shocked by the murder of an elderly woman in her bed. As snow cuts off the village, local policeman Jonas Holly is torn between catching a brutal killer and protecting his vulnerable wife, Lucy. When the inquiry is commandeered by an abrasive senior detective, Jonas finds himself derided by his colleagues and ashamed to admit to Lucy that he’s been sidelined. It seems his first murder investigation may be over before it’s begun. But when he receives a series of increasingly sinister anonymous notes, Jonas is thrust back into the center of the case. Someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy. Someone thinks he’s not doing his job; someone seems to know every move he makes. And soon Jonas has to ask: Who’s hunting who?
The Beautiful Dead
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802189989
Pages: 354
Year: 2017-01-03
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“Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.” —Sophie Hannah, New York Times–bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and Woman with a Secret Belinda Bauer is an award-winning British crime writer of the highest caliber, whose smart, stylish novels have captivated readers and reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic and earned her a reputation as “the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell” (Mail on Sunday (UK)). Her latest, The Beautiful Dead, is a riveting narrative centered on a down-on-her-luck journalist and a serial killer desperate for the spotlight. TV crime reporter Eve Singer’s career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders—each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there’s a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder—possibly her own. A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end, The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer’s reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense.
Darkness Calls
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101061324
Pages: 320
Year: 2009-06-30
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View our feature on Marjorie Liu’s Darkness Calls. Demon hunter Maxine Kiss, inked with living tattoos, is on a mission to rescue the man she loves from a bloodthirsty army. To save him, Maxine has only one choice: to lose control—and release her own powers of darkness.
Skin
Author: Mo Hayder
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802198015
Pages: 384
Year: 2011-02-08
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A Jack Caffrey thriller from “easily today’s best writer of visceral and elemental horror . . . guaranteed to creep out even the strongest of heart.” (Booklist, starred review) In her eerie and hair-raising thriller Skin, Mo Hayder trails her two unforgettable protagonists as they race to staunch a rising tide of blood in a sweltering port town. When the decomposing body of a young woman is found, the wounds on her wrists suggest an open-and-shut case of suicide. But Jack Caffery is not so sure. Other apparent suicides are cropping up, and they all have a connection to Elf’s Grotto, a nearly bottomless network of flooded quarries just outside the city. Caffery begins to suspect a shadowy and sinister predator, someone—or something—that can disappear into darkness and slip into houses unseen. Working alongside Caffery is rough-and-tough police diver Flea Marley, but while pursuing her investigation, she stumbles upon something far too close to home that no one—not even Caffery—can help her face. Skin is a penetrating dissection of family, friendships, and the evil that can tear them apart—or bind them together. Devious and disturbing, it introduces one of Hayder’s most horrifying villains yet. “Hayder is not a subdued writer. Her characters are almost as chilling as the horrors that they are investigating.” —The Times (London)
The Facts of Life and Death
Author: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802189504
Pages: 366
Year: 2017-04-11
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From the CWA Gold Dagger Award–winning author of Blacklands: A “gripping, unsettling” thriller about a young British girl coming face-to-face evil (Bella). On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, England, vulnerable women have become the victims of a series of shocking crimes. Forced to strip naked and then call their families to say goodbye, they are the losers in a madman’s cruel and deadly game . . . At the age of ten, Ruby Trick knows little of the horrors of the world. Her fears are much closer to home: school bullies, the dark forest that surrounds her crumbling house, and the threat of her parents’ divorce. When her father joins the hunt for the killer terrorizing their seaside town, Ruby tries to help in the hopes of keeping him close. But she soon learns that real evil is much scarier than the things that go bump in the night. “Bauer at her best . . . The true heir to the great Ruth Rendell.” —The Mail on Sunday “The novel lingers in the mind like an unwelcome guest, albeit one with a dark sense of humor . . . Powerful, compelling reading.” —The Spectator “Belinda Bauer’s thrillers are always compelling, always original, always brilliant. I will rush to read anything she writes.” —Mark Billingham “Blends a murder mystery with a blackly comic look at the gradual erosion of ‘normal’ family life. You won’t want to put it down.” —Bella
Dying for Christmas: A Novel
Author: Tammy Cohen
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 168177285X
Pages: 400
Year: 2016-11-22
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A novel full of twists, surprising turns, and suspense, Dying for Christmas is Tammy Cohen's most disturbing psychological thriller yet. Out Christmas shopping one December afternoon, Jessica Gould meets the charming Dominic Lacey and impulsively agrees to go home with him for a drink. What follows is a Twelve Days of Christmas from hell as Lacey holds Jessica captive, forcing her to wear his missing wife’s gowns and eat lavish holiday meals. Each day he gifts her with one item from his twisted past—his dead sister’s favorite toy, disturbing family photos, a box of teeth. As the days pass and the “gifts” become darker and darker, Jessica realizes that Lacey has a plan for her, and he never intends to let her go. But Jessica has a secret of her own … a secret that may just mean she has a chance to make it out alive.