Child writes about Jack Reacher, a military ex-cop who can't settle down -- he even buys new clothes every few days because he doesn't want to commit to a wardrobe. In "61 Hours," a bus crash strands Reacher in a South Dakota town where he uncovers drug rings, violence and a woman in danger.
Deaver writes several series -- this one is about paraplegic forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner. "The Burning Wire" involves a terror attack on New York's electrical grid. Deaver was recently named the writer of the next James Bond book, due out next summer.
David Baldacci has written 19 bestsellers, and Kaplan says he is still constantly surprising readers. She says his new book has one of the most interesting villains we've seen, who's being pursued by two mysterious agents for two different crimes. Baldacci is great at weaving plotlines together in ways that really work, and he does it here.
Kaplan says that Chevy Stevens is a new writer we can expect to see on this list every year. "Still Missing" begins as a real estate agent is having an open house. The last visitor of the day kidnaps her and keeps her captive in a cabin in the woods for a year. The book is a psychological thriller about what happens to her during that year, and what happens when she escapes and must put her life back together.
This is the third book in the series from Stieg Larsson, all of which were published after his death. The trilogy is a publishing phenomenon: worldwide sales total 40 million copies in just four tears and 50,000 a day in the U.S.
The books should be read in order, starting with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and then "The Girl Who Played With Fire." Casting has begun for a Hollywood film version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Kaplan says they're the Harry Potter books for adult -- everyone is reading them.
"In Harms' Way" by Ridley Pearson
The latest work in New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson's "Killer" series. In this thriller, Sun Valley's police chief Walt Fleming hunts down a murderer in the wilderness of Idaho.
"Innocent" by Scott Turow
"Presumed Innocent" was Scott Turow's bestselling debut novel. In this sequel, characters Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto face off more than 20 years after they went head-to-head in a murder trial of "Presumed Innocent."
"Sizzling Sixteen" by Janet Evanovich
Female bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns in the latest installment of Janet Evanovich's series. In "Sizzling Sixteen," she has inherits a "lucky" bottle -- but will it bring good luck or bad?
"Fragile: A Novel" by Lisa Unger
The story behind this novel began while author Lisa Unger was still in high school, when a classmate she knew was abducted and murdered. "Fragile" doesn't chronicle that event, but features a missing girl and a community caught up in secrets and lies.
"Frankenstein: Lost Souls" by Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz returns to the Frankenstein themes of previous works "Dead & Alive" and "City of Night." In "Lost Souls," he brings us the story of a small town under attack.