Criminal justice systems are tested and families are torn apart in this fall’s most anticipated mysteries and thrillers. For more excellent reads coming in Fall 2016, check out EW’s lists of blockbuster novels, nonfiction page-turners, YA fiction, and graphic collections.
Home, Harlan Coben (Sept. 20)
After a five-year break, Coben is bringing back Myron Bolitar, his beloved basketball star-turned-sports agent who dabbles in detective work.
The Trespasser, Tana French (Oct. 4)
The books in French’s loosely connected Dublin Murder Squad series, technically classified as police procedurals, also happen to be beautifully crafted literary novels. This one, starring the bitter, cynical Det. Antoinette Conway, may be her best yet.
The Fall Guy, James Lasdun (Oct. 18)
As the pages turn, the nervous tension ticks ever higher in Lasdun’s combustible psychological thriller, which involves an affluent banker and his wife, a ne’er-do-well cousin, a hot summer, and an upstate vacation house.
Fields Where They Lay, Timothy Hallinan (Oct. 25)
Burglar Junior Bender might be our favorite literary PI: When he’s not committing crimes himself, he’s a self-professed “detective for crooks” in some of L.A.’s seediest neighborhoods.
IQ, Joe Ide (Oct. 18)
Ide’s crackling page-turner of a debut follows a brilliant loner, IQ, who tackles cases the LAPD won’t touch.
The Whistler, John Grisham (Oct. 25)
Grisham, who just keeps getting better and better, likes to delve into hot-button issues in his fiction: This time, he takes on corrupt judges.
Night School, Lee Child (Nov. 7)
Child recently told EW that his new Jack Reacher book is “a prequel set in 1996—Reacher is still in the Army, and he’s moved to an emergency task force because the intelligence services in Europe have plucked a menacing phrase from the air: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars.'”
Beyond the Truth, Anne Holt (Dec. 6)
Jo Nesbø has called Holt “the godmother of Norwegian crime fiction.” If you aren’t familiar with her Hanne Wilhelmsen novels, it’s okay to dive in with this one—No. 7—but then do yourself a favor and binge-read the first six.