Crime fiction debuts to look out for in August 2016

This is a look forward to the crime fiction/thriller debuts being published in August 2016.

1 August 2016

51voq7CaFkLDoubt by C.E. Tobisman (from Thomas and Mercer)

When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top Los Angeles law firm, she’s excited for the challenge—and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as a computer hacker behind her. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to fall ill. Caroline is only supposed to dig in the trenches and report up the ladder, but her tech background and intuition take her further than planned. When she suspects a link between the death of a prominent scientist and the shadowy biotech giant, she cries foul and soon finds herself in the crosshairs. The clock is ticking and thousands of lives are on the line…including her own.

Now this rookie lawyer with a troubled past and a penchant for hacking must prove a billion-dollar company is responsible for thousands of deaths…before they come after her.

For fifteen years, C.E. Tobisman has been an appellate attorney, handling cases in the California courts of appeal and Supreme Court. After graduating from UC Berkeley and attending law school there, she moved to Los Angeles, where she now lives with her wife and their three children. Doubt is the first novel in her new series featuring Caroline Auden. Tobisman is also the author of Inside the Loop, published by Emet Comics. Find her on Twitter at @cetobisman

25 August 2016

81va2pQZ81LNothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey (from Simon & Schuster)

Clyde Barr’s most powerful life-long instinct has been to right wrongs, a compulsion fed by a childhood tainted by domestic violence, a young adulthood working as a Third World gun for hire, and a recent stint in a Mexican prison that he barely survived. So when, only a week after his release, Barr receives a panicked, abruptly ended call from his older sister, Jen, pleading with him to “come get her” he’s grimly determined to do just that. Nothing short of dying will prevent him from keeping his promise.

Even though he has no idea where Jen is or who has taken her.

Violence erupts almost immediately as a succession of hard men block Barr’s path. Helping the ex-mercenary run his gauntlet is an unlikely ally named Allie, whose moxie and uncanny ability to read people has made her a survivor. Now, the two of them are on a propulsive, action-driven race against the clock to find Jen before the unthinkable happens…

Storey is a former ranch hand, wilderness guide, dogsled musher, hunter, bartender and locksmith, who has lived and wandered through the American West. Erik’s short fiction has been published by such online magazines as Waving Hands Review and Literary Erosion. He and his family live in Rangely, Western Colorado.

cover.jpg.rendition.242.374My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry (from Penguin Random House)

What if your life was built on a lie?

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.

But is he really innocent?

And who is she to judge?

Jane Corry is a writer and journalist, and teaches creative writing all over the world. Recently she spent three years working as the writer-in-residence at a high-security prison for men.

81Czf+ZdSeL-2All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford (from Simon and Schuster)

Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why.

College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. Full of perfect strangers, it felt like the ideal place for Pen to shed the confines of her small home town and reinvent herself. But the darkness of her past clings tight, and when the killings begin and friendships are betrayed, Pen’s secrets are revealed. The consequences are deadly.

‘This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let’s just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.’Your secrets define you, don’t let them kill you.’

Born in London of Irish parents, Aoife Clifford grew up in New South Wales, studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University, Canberra and now lives in Melbourne.


For previous ‘debuts’ posts see JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune and July.

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4 comments

  1. I love the sound of Nothing Short of Dying and I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of My Husbands Secret at Harrogate Crime festival a couple of weeks ago. I’m looking forward to reading it!

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