The best crime and thriller books of 2017
06 November 2017
By Pan Macmillan
2017 has been a treat for crime lovers. Look back on a year of breakout debuts, familiar sleuths, page-turning mysteries and much more with our round-up of some of the year's very best.
It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find her two young children missing and no clue what happened to them... until they both turn up dead. All evidence points to Ruth, but is she really capable of murder?
'A lightning fast, heart-pounding, psychologically resonant crime novel...' - Jeffrey Deaver
Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. And the one thing Cherry wants more than anything... is Laura's life.
'The Girlfriend is the most marvellous psychological thriller’ - Jilly Cooper
A true crime story like no other...
When Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich began working on the case of a death-row convicted murderer, his story became unsettling and uncannily familiar. She is forced to face her own history, to unearth family secrets, and consider how her own past colours her view of his crime.
'One of the best books I've read this year. Just astounding.' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
The thirteenth Roy Grace novel.
Lorna is desperate to escape her abusive husband and her secret lover has promised they will start a new life in the sun together. But when the body of a woman is found in the bath of their Brighton love nest, DS Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first, it looks like an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect, by Grace soon discovers the killer may be closer to home...
He leads two lives. In one he's just like anyone else, but in the other, he is the caretaker of his family's macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection, and he's found two new victims. But will the police find them before it's too late?
'Harrowing and horrifying, head and shoulders above most of the competition.' - Val McDermid
The eighth novel in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series.
A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. When Brace says he's willing to give up information in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims. But opening up a cold case takes the detective back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his cronies used to congregate.
Special Investigator John Puller is on the pursuit to solve a mystery that's haunted him since his childhood - the disappearance of his mother Jackie. New evidence shows that Puller's fathera highly decorated army veteran - may have murdered Jackie. Meanwhile, John Rogers has been released from prison after serving ten years and he has some unfinished business to take care of...
'Are you happy in your life?'
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers. A man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back my friend'.
An old lady dies alone in a cold Edinburgh flat on a snowy Christmas night. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back in the city she thought she’d left behind. She soon finds herself a job at the Office for Lost People. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know, is just how entangled her own life will become in the death of one lonely stranger.
'Full of twists and turns' - Independent
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