David Baldacci brings high-wire tension to judge’s murder probe, a 17th-century witch-hunt, and mystery over a dead agony aunt

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Thriller: Long Shadows by David Baldacci Macmillan, 446 pages, paperback €21; e-book £11.99

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Long Shadows by David Baldacci

Long Shadows by David Baldacci

Long Shadows by David Baldacci

Former American shot prima Amos Decker is present a advisor with the FBI who has ne'er near a lawsuit unsolved. His astonishing occurrence complaint is owed to the information that helium is brain-damaged. A convulsive tackle connected the gridiron near him with hyperthymesia, amended known arsenic full recall, and synthesis, which causes his encephalon to brace definite things with improbable colours — a dormant assemblage equals electrical blue. Total callback whitethorn assistance him lick cases, but his encephalon wounded does not marque him a squad subordinate and helium has an uneasy narration with colleagues and, particularly, his FBI bosses. When helium and his caller partner, Frederica “Freddy” White are sent to Florida to analyse the treble execution of a national justice and her bodyguard, they find they are successful the mediate of a precise puzzling case. Judge Julia Cummins seemingly had nary enemies and determination was nary forced introduction to her home. Her distraught ex-husband and teenage lad person beardown alibis. But Decker’s instinct is that determination whitethorn beryllium much than 1 assailant involved. He besides finds reasons to wonderment if the judge’s decease is someway linked to the disappearance immoderate years earlier of the laminitis of Gamma Security, the institution that provided her bodyguard. As Amos and Freddy delve deeper, the assemblage number escalates and the hazard to some their lives increases exponentially. An fantabulous and immersive if unusually sombre thriller.
Myles McWeeney

History: The Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm Gaskill
Penguin, 336 pages, paperback €12.50; e-book £7.99

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The Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm Gaskill

The Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm Gaskill

The Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm Gaskill

The 17th-century witch hunts successful Massachusetts person agelong been a root of intrigue for novelists. But what truly happened to the distant communities of English settlers who went to the New World dreaming of an idyllic life? Eminent historiographer Malcolm Gaskill tells the bonzer communicative of Hugh and Mary Parsons, a young mates who stood accused of witchcraft. By putting the microscope connected a household tragedy, we get a consciousness of an full nine caught up successful the modulation betwixt supernatural obsessions and the Age of Enlightenment. Gaskill’s representation of mob hysteria and witch hunts is eerily analogous to our ain troubled times of cancellations and pile-ons.
John Meagher

Thriller: The Politician by Tim Sullivan
Head of Zeus, 416 pages, hardcover €25; e-book £0.99

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The Politician by Tim Sullivan

The Politician by Tim Sullivan

The Politician by Tim Sullivan

When Peggy Frampton — erstwhile politician of Bristol, biology campaigner and fashionable agony aunt — is recovered dead, the archetypal mentation is she was killed during a bungled burglary. But DS George Cross, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is not convinced. Supported by his long-suffering spouse DS Josie Ottey, helium sorts done the galore imaginable suspects whose feathers Peggy had ruffled. DS Cross is oblivious to the societal niceties radical instrumentality for granted, and is startlingly blunt arsenic helium pushes for the truth. While Cross is simply a genuinely unsocial laugh-out-loud creation, The Politician itself is simply a rock-solid transgression caller of the highest order.
Myles McWeeney

Thriller: The Survivor by Simon Conway
Hodder & Stoughton, 336 pages, hardcover €28; e-book £11.99

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The Survivor by Simon Conway

The Survivor by Simon Conway

The Survivor by Simon Conway

MI6 operative Jude Lyon whitethorn person foiled traitor Guy Fowle’s crippled to level London, but the public, whose choler is being fanned by suspiciously ambitious MP Lee Chapeaux’s caller Noble Boys populist party, is demanding answers and action. But Jude has different occupation to lick — precisely however did Fowle get his hands connected the deadly Russian-developed limb successful the archetypal place, and what is the vicious violent readying to bash next? If you similar your villains suave, if irredeemably vicious and evil, and your heroes incredibly brave and resourceful, Simon Conway’s The Survivor, a hold-on-tight action-packed thriller, ticks each the boxes with sizeable brio.
Myles McWeeney

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