January 5, 2018
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Not Just Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2018
Agresti, Aimee. Campaign Widows. May 2018. 384p.
New to Washington, DC, Cady Davenport isn’t overjoyed when she loses her fiancé to the campaign trail, but then she befriends other “campaign widows”: a mommy blogger, a website editor, an elegant Georgetown resident, and a woman who’s reluctant to be First Lady. The result: mutual moral support and even reinvention. With a 150,000-copy first printing; Agresti, a former staff writer for US, has written the YA trilogy “Gilded Wings.”
Andrews, Mary Kay. The High Tide Club. St. Martin’s. May 2018. 448p. ISBN
When lawyer Brooke Trappnell is invited by 99-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick to her 20,000-acre barrier island home, it’s not for the scenery. Josephine wants Brooke to protect her island from developers after her death and to bring together the descendants of her best friends, a spirited bunch who dubbed themselves the High Tide Club. Therein lies a tale of high jinks, betrayal, and unsolved murder. With a national one-day laydown on May 8.
Brown, Holly. How Far She’s Come. Morrow. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062846112.
Thrilled to have been offered her dream job at Independent News Network, which aims for innovative news reporting, Cheyenne Florian is subsequently dismayed to find male hierarchy and petty jealousies abounding once she is on staff. Then the 1991 diary of an iconic female broadcast journalist appears on her desk, with a note to heed the past, and uncomfortable parallels between her life and her predecessor’s begin to unfold. With a 30,000-copy hardcover and 40,000-copy paperback first printing; from the author of Don’t Try To Find Me.
Buckley, Christopher. The Judge Hunter. S. & S. May 2018. 368p.
In this follow-up to The Relic Master, satirist Buckley stays in historical mode. Samuel Pepys, an officer in the king’s navy, deals with the brother-in-law who’s been sponging off him by sending 24-year-old Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel to the New World to find two judges responsible for the execution of King Charles I. From Puritanical Boston to rough-and-ready New Amsterdam, it really is a new world for Balty.
Colgan, Jenny. The Endless Beach. Morrow Paperbacks. May 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780062851116.
Flora MacKenzie has happily abandoned London for her hometown on the glorious Scottish island of Mure, where she’s opened the sweetest café. Lo and behold, former boss Joel, crusty but cute, has followed her to Mure. But even with romance in the air, locals are pointing out that the whales plunging through the waves off the beach are an omen of no good to come. With a 30,000-copy hardcover and 75,000-copy paperback first printing; from the author of the New York Times best-selling The Bookshop on the Corner.
Frank, Dorothea Benton. By Invitation Only. Morrow. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062390820.
You bet that Frank is again taking us to the salt-sprayed loveliness of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this time with a bright-eyed sophisticate from Chicago in tow. She’s fallen in love not just with the owner of a farm on Johns Island but with a land- and-seascape she wants for her own. With a 250,000-copy first printing.
Gable, Michelle. The Summer I Met Jack. St. Martin’s. May 2018. 448p. ISBN 9781250103246.
In 1950, a beautiful Polish refugee begins working for a gilded family in Hyannisport, MA, and becomes involved with rising-star son Jack, whose father refuses to let them marry. She subsequently dates millionaires and Hollywood stars but meets up with Jack on the eve of his inauguration as president, and they may have had a child together. Sounds fanciful, but this latest from the author of the New York Times best-selling A Paris Apartment is based on claims made by and about the real-life Alicia Corning Clark.
Haywood, Sarah. The Cactus. Park Row: HarperCollins. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780778318996.
Briskly efficient Susan likes her made-for-one apartment, matches-her-thinking job, and meets-her-needs relationship. Then she’s totally upended when her mother dies, leaving more money to her lazy brother than to her, and she also finds that she is pregnant. Now she’s got to work on expanding her emotional understanding of the world. A debut with a 100,000-copy first printing, pitched at the Rosie crowd.
Hopkins, Ellen. A Sin Such as This. Atria. May 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781476743691.
LJ called Love Lies Beneath “a sex-filled masterpiece of mystery and romance,” so you know what to expect from this follow-up. Bad things happen after Tara finally marries gorgeous doctor Calvin Lattimore. She learns that he’s still meeting with his former girlfriend, whom teenage son Eli is sometimes seeing, even as Eli dates Tara’s niece and hits on Tara herself. And that’s not all. From YA star–turned–New York Times best-selling novelist Hopkins.
Mott, Jason. The Crossing. Park Row: HarperCollins. May 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778330738.
Orphaned at age five, twins Tommy and Virginia cling to each other as they’re shoved through a brutal foster care system. Then a deadly epidemic radically depopulates the world, the search for a cure means war, and Tommy gets a draft notice. That’s when it’s time for the twins to run. With a 75,000-copy first printing; more dystopia from the author who went high concept—and scored big—with The Returned.
Poeppel, Amy. Limelight. Emily Bestler: Atria. May 2018. 384p.
Overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, embarrassed by a call from the principal’s office, and shocked to have lost the job she was counting on, Allison Brinkley wonders if she and her husband made a mistake when they left Dallas for New York. Then she encounters a teen pop star just cast in a Broadway musical and gets a whole new view of her life. Poeppel’s Small Admissions was a hit debut last year.
Reilly, Meg Little. Everything That Follows. Mira: HarperCollins. May 2018. 320p.
As the season ends on Martha’s Vineyard, three friends throw themselves an offshore party, sailing into the late-night wind. Glassblower Kat has remade her life by coming to the island, senator’s son Hunter is keeping it together post-rehab, and new-in-town bartender Kyle aims for acceptance. Then Kyle goes overboard for reasons that are hard to fathom. Did he swim to shore? Or drown? If so, where’s the body? With a 50,000-copy first printing; tense doings from the author of We Are Unprepared.
Steel, Danielle. The Cast. Delacorte. May 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781101884034.
Popular magazine columnist Kait Whittier keeps to herself, having tried marriage twice. But when television producer Zack Winter loves the storyline for a TV series she’s based on her tougher-than-tough grandmother, she finds herself in Los Angeles, suddenly part of the wide-ranging family of actors cast in the series. Then tragedy strikes one of Kait’s grown children. Can her new TV family help?
Thayer, Nancy. A Nantucket Wedding. Ballantine. Apr. 2018. 304p.
Beach writer par excellence Thayer keeps up with the sea, salt, and sand but offers a stand-alone with this tale set on Nantucket. Determined mom Felicity and high-power businesswoman Jane arrive on the island for their mother’s wedding, hoping that they won’t wreck the big day with their usual head-on clashes. But there’s family drama anyway, as Felicity’s husband reveals an affair and Jane falls for her brother-in-law to be.
Weir, Alison. Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen. Ballantine. May 2018. 512p.
Royalty among novelists writing about royalty, the New York Times best-selling author Weir offers her third in the “Six Tudor Queens” series. Obviously, we’re up to Jane Seymour, pushed into court as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon though she only ever wanted to join a convent. With Anne Boleyn’s execution, she becomes England’s queen, terrified to resist Henry’s advances lest she end up like her predecessor.
Bell, Ted. Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel. Morrow. May 2018. 544p. ISBN 9780062684516
High in the Swiss Alps, Alex Hawke’s young son, Alexei, is swept from a burning cable car by mysterious assailants in a helicopter even as Vladimir Putin parachutes from the plane that carried him away from a bloodless coup. Who kidnapped Alexei, and what’s the relationship between these two events? With a 150,000-copy first printing.
Cussler, Clive & Robin Burcell. The Gray Ghost. Putnam. May 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780735218734.
In 1906, Cussler stalwart Isaac Bell prevents someone in Manchester, England, from driving off with a shiny new Rolls-Royce prototype called the Gray Ghost, but a man named Marcus Peyton is still wrongly accused of the attempted theft. More than a century later, Sam and Remi Fargo—also Cussler stalwarts—are asked by Peyton’s grandson to clear his grandfather’s name. Coincidentally (or not), the Gray Ghost has flitted off again. From the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, whose last outing with Burcell was The Romanov Ransom.
Gordon, David. The Bouncer. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic. May 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780802128003. THRILLER
Edgar Award finalist Gordon launches a new series starring Joe Brody, expelled from Harvard and working as a bouncer at a strip club owned by head mafioso Gio Caprisi, his best buddy from Catholic school. When the feds crack down on the joint, sniffing out a terrorist lead, Joe meets up with FBI agent Donna Zamora—a crack shot itching to get beyond her stultifying desk job. Unexpected characters here—Caprisi is a cross-dressing sadomasochist—and a second Joe Brody book is under contract.
Graham, Heather. Fade to Black. Mira: HarperCollins. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780778312802;THRILLER
In this next “Krew of Hunters” thriller, Marnie Davante is delighted to be acting in a cult TV show until she witness the brutal murder of a costar, whose killer fades away like mist. PI Bryan McFadden is convinced that Marnie is in danger, but he doesn’t know whether he’s dealing with a deranged fan or something far worse. Great expectations: the mass market paperback has a 400,000-copy first printing, though there’s also a hardcover edition with a modest print run.
Hall, Araminta. Our Kind of Cruelty. MCD: Farrar. May 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780374228194. THRILLER
Having survived a difficult childhood, Mike Hayes learned everything he needs to know about love from Verity Metcalf, refashioning his life and even his body—all that weight lifting!—to please her. Too bad she’s ignoring his emails and is planning to marry Angus. As Mike anticipates rescuing Verity from the grave mistake she’s about to make, debut novelist Hall crafts a psychological chiller with yet another unreliable narrator, though in contrast to similar titles of late, this narrator happens to be male.
Hamilton, Steve. An Honorable Assassin. Putnam. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399574412.THRILLER
For Nick, first featured in Hamilton’s big breakout, The Second Life of Nick Mason, being sprung from prison early means kowtowing to a big-time criminal who’s turned him into a reluctant assassin. Now Nick is on a plane to Jakarta, ordered to kill a man known as the Crocodile who finances terrorist acts worldwide. Interpol agent Martin Sauvage is hunting the Crocodile as well, so expect a three-way collision. Another New York Times best seller for Hamilton?
Heaberlin, Julia. Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense. Ballantine. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780804178020. THRILLER
Once acquitted of murder and still suspected of committing others, an elderly man suffering from dementia is pulled from his assisted-living facility by a woman who claims to be his long-lost daughter. But he doesn’t recognize her, and she’s taking him on a disturbing road trip that travels the path of all those women who vanished, supposedly by his hand. Heaberlin’s recent Black-Eyed Susans was an international best seller and a LibraryReads Top Ten.
Koryta, Michael. How It Happened. Little, Brown. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780316293938. THRILLER
Heroin addict, teen mom, and all-round bad girl, Kimberly Crepeaux confesses to the drunken hit-and-run murder of popular Jackie Pelletier and her boyfriend, Ian Kelly. FBI investigator Rob Barrett finally believes her (the locals in their Maine town regard her as wholly unreliable), only to have the victims’ bullet-shattered bodies turn up 200 miles away. Rob’s career is wrecked, and Jackie’s father wants the killer found, so Rob has work to do. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Laukkanen, Owen. Gale Force. Putnam. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780735212633. THRILLER
Captain of the salvage boat Gale Force, McKenna Rhodes is disturbed enough about her father’s death in a maritime accident to shun the open waters, hewing instead to the Alaska coastline. A distress call from a freighter 200 miles out could bring in much-needed cash, but a storm is already blowing, and another salvage ship is rushing to the scene. What’s more, aboard the freighter a stowaway is carrying $50 million in stolen Yakuza bearer bonds. Vancouver-based, multi-award-nominated Laukkanen has the background to make this shift from crime fiction to action/adventure; he comes from a family of commercial fishers.
Mackay, Malcolm. For Those Who Know the Ending. Mulholland: Little, Brown. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780316556071. THRILLER
Tied up rather painfully in an empty warehouse, Martin Sivok figures that the best way to stay alive is to stay conscious long enough to confront his captors, which he manages by carefully reviewing the last year of his life. He had fled the Czech Republic for Glasgow, evading certain punishment, and reentered the crime life at the lowest level possible: joining forces with full-of-himself newbie Usman Kassar. From Edgar-shortlisted Mackay, winner of the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award; with a 40,000-copy first printing.
Milchman, Jenny. Wicked River. Sourcebooks Landmark. May 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781492658993. THRILLER
A book to keep you from walking in the woods: Natalie and Doug Larson are honeymooning in the Adirondacks when they sense that someone is watching. Indeed, their stalker has in mind for them a fate worse than death, though death will likely figure in the mix. From USA Today best-selling author Milchman (As Night Falls), a Mary Higgins Clark Award and a Silver Falchion award winner.
Molloy, Aimee. The Perfect Mother. Harper. May 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062696793. THRILLER
To support one another, the self-styled May mothers (their babes were all born that month) gather regularly in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Now they have a bigger problem: reserved single mother Winnie’s son, Midas, has been abducted from his crib, and with the police making a mess of the case, several May moms do their own investigating. A big-news fiction debut; with a 200,000-copy first printing and soon to be a motion picture, from the author of the New York Times best seller However Long the Night.
Nakamura, Fuminori. Cult X. Soho Crime. May 2018. 528p. ISBN 9781616957865. THRILLER
Desperate to find his vanished girlfriend, Ryoko, Toru Narazaki follows a meager path to her previous residence, the Tokyo base of a cult whose fiery leader preaches a new and disturbing form of Buddhism. He joins the cult, ignorant of its ultimately violent purposes. A major work by the Akutagawa Prize–winning Nakamura, inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and resonant today.
North, Claire. 84K. Orbit: Hachette. May 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780316316804. DYSTOPIAN THRILLER
A fun place to work, the Criminal Audit Office: anyone committing a crime simply forks over the requisite amount of cash, as the auditors indicate, and forgets about jail time. But when auditor Theo witnesses Dani Cumali’s murder (cost: £84,000), he just can’t let it go; someone’s got to pay in the retributive sense of the word. From the exceedingly well-reviewed author of The End of the Day.
Pettus, Charlton. Exit Strategy. Hanover Square: HarperCollins. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781335016928. THRILLER
From white-collar criminals to dictators on the way out, Exit Strategy clients have their deaths faked, their names refreshed, and their dirty money laundered. Jordan Parrish puts Exit Strategy to use when his marriage and his medical technology startup look to be going over a cliff. But then he starts wondering whether he was set up for a fall and wants to return to his old life to discover what happened. And that’s a no-no. A debut novel from songwriter/producer Pettus, a longtime member of the band Tears for Fears; with an 80,000-copy first printing.
Quick, Amanda. The Other Lady Vanishes. Berkley. May 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780399585326. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
In the 1930s, people go to Burning Cove, CA, to rest up or start over—people like Jake Truett, a widowed businessman, and Adelaide Blake, who has escaped from a private sanitarium and now works at the teashop Jack frequents. Others there are criminals hiding out, which Adelaide and Jake discover when celebrity psychic Madame Zolanda successfully predicts her own murder. Readers first got to visit Burning Cove in this year’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much, predictably a New York Times best seller.
Tapper, Jake. The Hellfire Club. Little, Brown. May 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780316472319. THRILLER
CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times best-selling author of The Outpost, Tapper not surprisingly opted to write a political thriller when he turned to fiction. In 1950s Washington, DC, reluctant congressman Charlie Marder is trying to navigate a job he got via family ties after his predecessor died under suspicious circumstances when a car accident forces him and zoologist wife Margaret into smoky, deal-doing backrooms. Then Charlie discovers a conspiracy, which could cost him his life.
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Alam, Rumaan. That Kind of Mother. Ecco. May 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780062667601.
As he did in his celebrated debut, Rich and Pretty, Alam takes a women’s-eye view to give us a larger picture of the world. Panicked about raising her baby, first-time white mother Rebecca invites understanding African American hospital staffer Priscilla to be her nanny. Rebecca quickly comes to see her own advantaged position and takes the next step when Priscilla dies in childbirth by adopting her son. But she’s not prepared for the consequences of being a white mother with a black child. Alam’s backstory as an adoptive parent raising sons with his husband adds interest. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Dovey, Ceridwen. In the Garden of the Fugitives. Farrar. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780374226640.
Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, was short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Award and won her the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 status; her story collection, Only the Animals, was a knockout. So smart readers will be looking for this new novel, framed as an exchange of letters between Vita, a South African woman now living in Australia, and Royce, an older man who once helped her secure a fellowship to study in the United States. The letters close with a big-bang surprise.
Kushner, Rachel. The Mars Room. Scribner. May 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781476756554.
Having ranged the world in Telex from Cuban and Flamethrowers, both National Book Award finalists, Kushner here places us in a much more telescoped setting: Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility in California’s Central Valley. It’s 2003, and since Romy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences, she’ll have lots of time to get acquainted with institutional living and the violence of the guards. With a seven-city tour to Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
Ondaatje, Michael. Warlight. Knopf. May 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780525521198
Trust the multi-award-winning author of The English Patient to turn in a new novel both mysterious and dramatic, featuring 14-year-old Nathaniel and older sister Rachel, whose parents leave them in the care of a shadowy man called the Moth when they pick up and move to Singapore in 1945. The Moth could be a criminal, but the friends he enlists to guide the two siblings are connected by service in the war and have lots to teach. Then the siblings’ mother returns, mum about their father, and Nathaniel has more puzzles to solve.
Phillips, Caryl. A View of the Empire at Sunset. Farrar. May 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780374283612.
Just as Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea reimagines the life of Bertha, the in-the-attic first wife of Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, so Phillips (The Lost Child), winner of PEN Open Book and James Tait Black Memorial honors, reimagines the life of Jean Rhys. Himself born in St. Kitts, Phillips traces Rhys’s life from her birth in Dominica when the British Empire was flourishing, to her miserable years in Edwardian England (with a side trip to Paris), and return in 1936 to her beloved Caribbean home. In the process, he addresses fraught issues of colonization. Not just for Brontë fans.
Powers, Kevin. A Shout in the Ruins. Little, Brown. May 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780316556477.
Having won the Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and National Book Award finalist attention for The Yellow Birds, set during the Iraq War, Powers shifts to the Civil War and its enduring consequences as signpost of violence in American society. During the war, Virginia plantation master Anthony Levallios realizes that slavery is done for even as slaves Nurse and Rawls anxiously anticipate emancipation. Meanwhile, Levallios all but locks up his wife, daughter of a Confederate soldier. In the 1950s, 90-year-old George Seldom, orphaned during the war, heads South to discover his roots, helped by a young woman named Lottie whose life story unfolds until the 1980s.
Simsion, Graeme & Anne Buist. Two Steps Forward. Morrow. May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062846150.
For centuries, pilgrims have walked the hallowed route called Camino de Santiago, ending in Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Here, they’re joined by California artist Zoe, trying to recover from her husband’s sudden death, and English engineer Martin, stunned by his divorce and road-testing a cart he has designed. They start off in the same small French town and head, however bumpily, toward togetherness. Simsion, whose The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have together sold over four million copies, joins forces with leading Australian psychiatrist Buist, who writes mystery and romantic suspense under the pseudonym Simone Sinna. Crowds are lining up already.
Trevor, Williams. Last Stories. Viking. May 2018. 224p. ISNB 9780525558101.
Publishing on November 20, which would have been Trevor’s 90th birthday, this collection of ten final stories from a multi-award-winning master of the form will draw big attention throughout the literary community. Six of the ten stories have not appeared in print, though they will be surfacing in The New Yorker, and the remaining four stories have never appeared between book covers. As always, Trevor explores the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
Ware, Ruth. Untitled. Gallery: S. & S. May 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781501156212.
Since blasting onto the scene with In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ware has come up with some pretty intriguing premises, and this sounds no different. Protagonist Hal quickly realizes that a letter she’s received about a big inheritance was misdirected and just as quickly realizes that certain skills she developed as a tarot card reader can help her claim it anyway. But at the deceased’s funeral, she gets the sense that there’s something really off about this death.
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Ball, Jesse. Census. Ecco. Mar. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780062676139
A Granta Best of Young American Novelists, NYPL Young Lion, and Plimpton Prize winner whose A Cure for Suicide was long-listed for the National Book Award, Ball gets a chance to break out with this affecting story, already getting in-house raves. A widower who learns that he has only a short time to live worries about the son he loves deeply, who has Down syndrome, and hopes he can give the two of them more time together by signing up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau. The road trip that results leaves him with as many questions as answers. With a 75,000-copy first printing.
Forna, Aminatta. Happiness. Atlantic Monthly. Mar. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780802127556.
There’s a frisky fox trotting across London’s Waterloo Bridge, which causes American scientist Jean and Ghanaian psychiatrist Attila to bang into each other, with fortunate results. Attila, in town to deliver a speech on trauma, is also hunting for the young son of a friend’s daughter, who has been caught up in an immigration raid. Jean organizes her network of volunteer fox spotters to help in the hunt, and a deep friendship develops between Jean and Attila. From a Donald Windham–Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize winner whose titles routinely get best-booked; look for a ten-city tour to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
Frazier, Charles Varina. Ecco. Apr. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062405982
In this fourth novel, Frazier revisits the territory that made Cold Mountain a blockbuster best seller, taking us into the heart of the Confederacy with the story of Jefferson Davis’s wife, Varina. She married Mississippi landowner Davis for security, then found herself plunged into politics and war; the novel shows her gathering her children at war’s end and fleeing south from Richmond, with “bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit.” No matter what you do in life, there are consequences. With a 500,000-copy first printing; a ten- to 12-city tour.
Mayes, Frances. Women in Sunlight. Crown. Apr. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780451497666
Fans will be delighted that Mayes again puts them Under the Tuscan Sun, where American writer Kit Raine is now living. (Some 1.6 million copies of Mayes’s most popular book are out there in some format.) The biography of a close friend that Kit is writing has begun to weigh, and she’s perhaps gratefully distracted when Julia, Camille, and Susan lease a beautiful old house in Tuscany, ready for an Italian adventure that might not go as planned. At least they have Kit to lean on. Sun and fun, food and friendship—you can’t go wrong.
Nesbø, Jo. Macbeth. Hogarth. Apr. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780553419054.
Up next in the imaginative and sometimes New York Times best-selling Hogarth Shakespeare series: international crime fiction phenomenon Nesbø reenvisioning the icy-dark Macbeth. In a rundown industrial town in the 1970s, drug dealer Hekate, her product overseen by a crew of weird sisters, tells Inspector Macbeth that one day he’ll replace upright chief of police Duncan. Macbeth’s lover, a casino owner named Lady, knows exactly what must happen to Duncan and his loyal assistant chief, Malcolm, to make that prediction come true.