Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic (Pushkin Vertigo, £12.99)
The first in a planned crime series featuring Caleb Zelic, who is deaf but has a talent for reading people’s body language. As boss of a security firm, he’s asked his lifelong friend Gary, a cop, to help out on a job. Gary ends up murdered, but not before sending a text saying that someone called “Scott” is after him. Caleb and his business partner Frankie seek answers in Resurrection Bay, where Caleb and Gary grew up and where Caleb’s estranged wife still lives. But they’re putting themselves on the killer’s radar, and the stress may be driving recovering alcoholic Frankie back to drink.