The Gangster, by Clive Cussler & Scott Justin. Newest in Cussler's long-running Isaac Bell series (New to the series? Start with 2007's The Chase.), The Gangster begins in 1906 New York City, where the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree of kidnapping, extortion, and arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special “Black Hand Squad,” but the gangsters appear to be everywhere—so much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitators, criminals using the name for the terror effect. And then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last, and as Bell discovers, to his dismay, the ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all.
Clawback, by J.A. Jance. When Ali Reynolds's parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his long-time friend and financial advisor, only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father’s name, while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme’s other suddenly impoverished victims, one of whom is a stone cold killer.
Darkness, by Karen Robards. Robards treats readers to her signature romantic suspense style in this latest novel, Darkness. Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska, is on routine outing that turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms. Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.