These are the Pulp Fiction bestsellers for the month of June 2018. Other months’ bestsellers may be found on the Catalogues page.
Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: June 2018
Brief Cases (Dresden Files short fiction collection)
Magic. It can get a guy killed. Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless and fight evil. A new collection of Dresden Files stories, including an original novella (taking place between Skin Game and Peace Talks).
Urban fantasy | HC | $35.00
The Hills Have Spies (Family Spies 01)
In this new series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, Heralds Mags and Amily must continue to protect the realm of Valdemar while raising their children and preparing them to follow in their footsteps.
Valdemar | HC | $49.95
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scripts for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understands. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned? Fantastic! Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Defiant Heir (Swords & Fire 02)
Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all 17 lords to decide a course of action… Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to smother the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction. ‘Charming, intelligent, fast-moving, beautifully atmospheric. I couldn’t put it down.’ – Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library. Yassss! The sequel to the fabulous The Tethered Mage. We are totally onboard for this!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Outcasts of Order (Recluce 20)
L E Modesitt Jr
L E Modesitt Jr continues his bestselling Saga of Recluce with his twentieth book in the long-running series. Beltur, an Order mage, discovers he possesses frightening powers not seen for hundreds of years. With his new abilities, he survives the war in Elparta and saves the lives of all. However, victory comes with a price. His fellow mages now see him as a threat to be destroyed, and the local merchants want to exploit his power. There’s only one way he can remain free and survive – he’s going to have to run.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99
Head On (Lock In 02)
John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the bestselling and critically-acclaimed Lock In. Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are ‘threeps’, robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder? FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators Chris Shane and Leslie Vann are called in to uncover the truth – and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.
Science fiction | PBK | $17.99
Into the Fire (Vatta’s Peace 02)
In this new military SF thriller from the Nebula Award-winning author of Cold Welcome, Admiral Kylara Vatta is back – with a vengeance. Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet’s government itself.
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
Vigil (Verity Fassbinder 01)
Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength and the ability to walk between one world and the other as a couple of her talents. A rarity, she is charged with keeping the peace, and ensuring the Weyrd remain hidden. But now Sirens are dying, illegal wine made from the tears of human children is for sale – and in the hands of those who hold to old, dangerous ways – and someone has released an unknown and terrifyingly destructive force on the streets of Brisbane. Verity must investigate, or risk ancient forces carving the world apart… Our perpetual bestseller – fabulous urban fantasy – set here, in Brisbane. Love it!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
American Hippo (omnibus)
In 2017 Sarah Gailey made her debut with River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, two action-packed novellas that introduced readers to an alternate America in which hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River. Now, readers have the chance to own both novellas in American Hippo, a single, beautiful volume. Years ago, in an America that never was, the United States government introduced herds of hippos to the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This plan failed to take into account some key facts about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. By the 1890s, the vast bayou that was once America’s greatest waterway belongs to feral hippos, and Winslow Houndstooth has been contracted to take it back. To do so, he will gather a crew of the damnedest cons, outlaws, and assassins to ever ride a hippo. American Hippo is the story of their fortunes, their failures, and his revenge. Highly recommended.
Alternate history | PBK | $26.99
The Freeze-Frame Revolution (novella)
How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each job shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears, and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what’s best for you? Trapped aboard the starship Eriophora, Sunday Ahzmundin is about to discover the components of any successful revolution: conspiracy, code – and unavoidable casualties. ‘This – THIS – is the cutting edge of science fiction.’ – Richard K Morgan, author of Altered Carbon. Iain loves this!
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
A Taste For Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police 11)
A missing woman, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it’s another case for Bruno, Chief of Police. When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno’s usually idyllic Dordogne village of St Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What’s the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome’s military past? Bruno’s search for the truth leads him to places he hadn’t intended to go – but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savour the natural delights of the Dordogne. Sante! Love this series. Armchair detection – and travel! – at its best!
Mystery | TP | $32.99
Berlin Noir (Bernie Gunther omnibus)
Ex-policeman Bernie thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. Then he went freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily white, by comparison… Omnibus of the first three in the series – and we just keeping recommending it and selling it. Great stuff!
Noir | TP | $29.99
The Herring Seller’s Apprentice (Elsie & Ethelred 01)
L C Tyler
His latest novel is going nowhere, a midlife crisis is looming, and he’s burdened by the literary agent he probably deserves: Elsie Thirkettle, a diminutive but determined individual who claims to enjoy neither the company of writers nor literature of any sort. But however bad things look, they can always get worse, as Ethelred discovers when his ex-wife, Geraldine, vanishes… close to his Sussex home. When the disappearance becomes a murder enquiry, the police quickly decide that Geraldine Tressider has been the victim of a local serial killer. Elsie begs to differ, on the grounds that the killer’s other victims had been very different personality types – and no serious serial killer would murder one in mistake for the other… The first six books in this series have been reissued recently – The Herring Seller’s Apprentice was first published in 2007 – when the most recent (and seventh), The Herring in the Smoke, was published. Several of our regulars are smitten with Elsie and Ethelred and think they’re very funny and a little bit wicked!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99
Island of the Mad (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes 15)
Laurie R King
Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlehem Royal Hospital… better known as Bedlam. Mary Russell wants nothing to do with the case – but she can’t say no. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge – and, of course, enlists her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice – only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege… Wonderful series – highly recommended!
Sherlockiana | HC | $52.95
Once Upon a Spine (Bibliophile mysteries 11)
Brooklyn’s future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that’s not enough to set her on edge, rumours abound that the charming Courtyard Shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighbourhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell. But with a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel overwhelmed. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered… Charming cosy mystery series that regular readers of the genre are loving.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse (Aunt Dimity mysteries 22)
Nancy Atherton’s twenty-second cosy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbour’s life in the village of Old Cowerton. But dear, sweet Mrs Craven’s stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband’s death. With Aunt Dimity’s advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the ‘widow’s curse’ – and the deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all.
Mystery | TP | $29.95
Babylon Berlin (Gereon Rath 01) (TV tie-in edition)
Berlin, 1929. Detective Inspector Rath was a successful career officer in the Cologne Homicide Division before a shooting incident in which he inadvertently killed a man. He has been transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, a job he detests; even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter… The book that the fabulous TV miniseries is based on (the most expensive series ever made – that’s not in English!) – currently screening on Netflix!
Mystery | PBK | $19.99
The Blood Road (Logan McRae 11)
Some things just won’t stay buried… Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he’s policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because…Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers – and there are people out there who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…
Mystery | TP | $29.99
Bought the Farm (Farmer’s Daughter mysteries 03)
In the third in the Farmer’s Daughter series, finding a dead body, in her own backyard, lands blogger and farmer Shelby McDonald in one trough spot… Wedding preparations are in full swing as food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald transforms the property for her friend Kelly’s down-home country-style reception. But when the lead singer of the wedding band turns up dead – drowned in a trough full of rainwater and strung up like a scarecrow – the police round themselves up a barnful of suspects. Another cosy mystery series that’s been garnering kudos from regulars.
Mystery | PBK | $19.95
Friends and Traitors (Frederick Troy 08)
London, 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, newly promoted after good service during Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to Britain, is not looking forward to a European trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod has decided to take his entire family. But Troy only gets as far as Vienna. It is there that he crosses paths with an old acquaintance, a man who always seems to be followed by trouble: British spy turned Soviet agent, Guy Burgess. Suffice it to say that Troy is more than surprised when Burgess, who has escaped from the bosom of Moscow for a quick visit to Vienna, tells him something extraordinary: ‘I want to come home.’ Troy knows this news will cause a ruckus in London – but even Troy doesn’t expect an MI5 man to be gunned down as a result, and Troy himself suspected of doing the deed. As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy is haunted by more than just Burgess’ past liaisons – there is a scandal that goes up to the highest ranks of Westminster, affecting spooks and politicians alike. And the stakes become all the higher for Troy when he reencounters a woman he first met in the Ritz hotel during a blackout – falling in love is a handicap when playing the game of spies. Lawton is one of the best – up there with Le Carré. Recommended!
Suspense | TP | $29.99