May is Mystery Month at Booklist! We’ve got all new Murder & Mayhem for you (plus Talia’s “Mysteries to Die For”) but we love seeing which Macmillan titles made Booklist‘s “Best of” reading lists for 2016.
The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016 — Best Crime Fiction Debuts
ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
It’s five years after the murder of a young politician in Spain’s Basque Country, but the repercussions reverberate still. Urza tells this history-soaked tale through three narrators, who offer different but equally nuanced views of what happened. A compelling look at Basque culture and the lingering effects of violence.
HANGMAN’S GAME by Bill Syken
Nick Gallow, punter for the Philadelphia Sentinels pro-football team, is present when the team’s first-round draft pick and his agent are killed by a drive-by shooter. Another player is suspected of the killing, but Gallow doesn’t buy it. Syken nails the football milieu in what may be the best sports-themed mystery in years.
She Reads: International Crime Fiction (Kaite Stover’s “Global Women of Mystery” picks)
THE SILENT DEAD by Tetsuya Honda
The newest member of Tokyo’s Homicide Division, Reiko Himekawa, faces situations similar to Petra’s. Young, politically unconnected, and facing gender and age bias from her coworkers, Reiko has only her fearlessness and gut instincts to help her find a serial killer stalking the neon grit of Tokyo. She is determined to speak for THE SILENT DEAD, no matter what the personal cost.
DELICATE MONSTERS by Stephanie Kuehn
Kuehn’s taut psychological drama follows Sadie, who is expelled from boarding school and reconnects with childhood friend Emerson and his sickly brother, Miles—until Miles’ disappearance brings troubling questions to light.
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt, read by Ari Fliakos
Reader Fliakos brings empathy and insight into his brilliant portrayals of the ethnically diverse cops, victims, and criminals in this gritty police procedural set in New York City.