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  • Jeff Somers 2:00 pm on 2019/07/29 Permalink
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    Explore the Many Worlds of James Patterson 


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    While other writers may be satisfied working in one genre, for years James Patterson has been quietly taking over every single literary category in the bookstore. With boundless energy, a unique imagination, and a list of dependable writing partners, Patterson likely has written a book for just about every reader out there, no matter their literary taste. As a result, Patterson books make ideal gifts, too. Here’s a quick guide to the ideal Patterson book for every sort of reader—which should be a great help as you search for new reads during James Patterson Week, July 29-August 6, when all James Patterson books are buy one, get one free at Barnes & Noble (in-stores and online, full details here).

    For the Patterson Newbie

    Along Came a Spider
    If you’ve somehow made it through life without ever reading a James Patterson book, choosing one can be a bit overwhelming—the man literally has hundreds of them in circulation, with dozens more arriving every year. Many suggest Along Came a Spider as the ideal Patterson starting point. It was his eighth novel, and the first to feature breakout character Alex Cross. It’s a compelling slow-burn thriller, and the first book where Patterson’s mastery of character and pacing came together to create a breakout, series-launching classic. If you’re wondering whether you’ll enjoy Patterson, this book is your litmus test.

    For Thriller Fans

    Ambush, by James Patterson and James O. Born
    If you’re looking for thrills at a relentless pace instead of slow-burn suspense and mystery, Patterson’s newer series are a better choice—including the Michael Bennett series. In the 11th entry, Detective Michael Bennett receives an anonymous tip that leads him into an attempted assassination. He realizes it’s the work of a talented and mysterious professional, who soon targets Bennett’s family while serving up perfect red herrings clues to keep Bennett and his fellow cops chasing their tails. Bennett puts the pieces together while attempting to protect everyone he cares about, realizing rival cartels battling to corner the city’s drug traffic may have set aside their differences to take out the largest obstacle in their way: Detective Michael Bennett himself.

    For Thriller Fans Who Want a Standalone

    The Cornwalls Are Gone, by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
    If you don’t want to commit to a series with double-digit books or dive into the middle of one and play catch-up, Patterson also writes excellent standalones. This one tells the story of army intelligence officer Amy Cornwall, skilled at dealing with scenarios that would make most people blanch. But nothing in her professional career has prepared her for the sense of dread she experiences when she comes home to find her husband and young daughter missing. Contacted by the kidnapper, she is told there is only one way to save them: she must somehow secure the release of an unnamed captive. She has two days to accomplish her mission, and if she fails, her family will be killed. Amy has no choice but to go rogue, using her training, contacts, and sense of desperation to find out who took her family and why.

    For Fantasy Fans

    Sophia, Princess Among Beasts, by James Patterson and Emily Raymond
    Patterson’s name is synonymous with thrillers, but he’s branched out into every other conceivable genre—including, most recently, epic fantasy, bringing his trademark tension and thriller grit along for the ride. At the core of this epic fantasy is a mystery that only Sophia, princess of a kingdom under dire threat, can solve. Sophia is smart and capable, beautiful and beloved by the people, and an avid reader who spent long hours as a child reading about a terrible realm filled with monsters. When she discovers that that place—and its resident monsters—are very real, and that an army is marching on her kingdom, Sophia knows it is her duty to protect those who have put their trust in her. Her only hope is to solve an ancient a mystery—if she has time.

    For Young Kids

    No More Monsters Under Your Bed, Jordan Chouteau and Anat Even Or
    James Patterson is a huge leader in the drive to get kids reading more, and he’s shepherded to shelves excellent books for kids of all ages. If you’ve got toddlers at home and you want to encourage them to read more (and get comfortable reading), books like No More Monsters—created under the “James Patterson Presents” imprint—are fun, exciting, and as an added bonus, it might even convince kids to go to bed more easily. The illustrations are a delight, and the positive messages are introduced with a lot of fun. It’ll make your own little monster excited about bedtime and reading!

    For The Voracious Middle Grade Reader

    Laugh Out Loud, by James Patterson Chris Grabenstein and Jeff Ebbeler
    If you know any burgeoning book nerds, you’re going to want to do all you can to encourage that behavior—and Patterson is in your corner. His middle-grade books offer the perfect balance of serious message and plain old fun. This one tells the story of a kid who wants to start a book company for kids, run by kids, and it is bursting with imagination—of course a kid would design a headquarters with a Ferris wheel used in place of an elevator—and references to other books, which will encourage young readers to search out even more great reads.

    For YA Readers

    Maximum Ride
    Young adults who love to read demand interesting stories that don’t talk down to them. Patterson brings his mastery of building tension and plot-twist expertise to this sci-fi YA series (inspired by and connected to his adult novel When the Wind Blows), focused on a “flock” of human-avian hybrids with wings, the results of genetic experiments. The first books kicks off when the youngest member of this ersatz family, Angel, is abducted by a shadowy group, and the rest of the flock must risk everything in order to track down her kidnappers and save her, fighting evil scientists and a group of human-wolf hybrids called Erasers.

    The Confessions series, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
    Patterson also writes straight-up thrillers for YA audience, so if sci-fi isn’t your bag, the tense, heart-pounding story of Tandy Angel and her family secrets will keep you turning pages well into the night. When Tandy’s parents are murdered, she knows she was the last person to see them, and that she’s the prime suspect. As she investigates on her own, flashes of memory reveal that Tandy has plenty of buried secrets—secrets that mean maybe she can’t even trust herself.

    For True Crime Fans

    Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein, by James Patterson, John Connolly, and Tim Mallo
    If fiction is just too made up for your tastes, Patterson brings his skill at crafting tension and mystery to a non-fiction book exploring someone you’ve likely heard a lot about in recent weeks: infamous alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Long before fresh charges finally brought the billionaire down, Patterson was on the case, detailing the truly awful, appalling crimes that Epstein is said to have committed—and how he (almost) got away without serious punishment. This is a riveting master-class in true crime writing.

    For History Fans

    The Murder of King Tut, by James Patterson and Martin Dugard
    If you love to learn about distant eras and cultures, this book is your jam. Patterson and co-author Martin Dugard (a historian who also writes for Bill O’Reilly’s popular Killing series), approach the mystery of the famous Egyptian pharaoh’s death as if it was one of the famed author’s crime thrillers, digging through ancient evidence to construct a narrative of passion and betrayal that would rival any modern-day story of power and murder. This is one of those works of history where the process is just as fascinating as the story that emerges, as is the reconstruction of King Tut’s life and the world he inhabited.

    For Straight-Up Sci-Fi Fans

    Humans Bow Down, by James Patterson, Emily Raymond, Jill Dembowski, and Alexander Ovchinnikov
    Looking for a gritty, exciting sci-fi adventure? Patterson does those, too. This dark story is set in a grim future where the war between the machines and humanity has already happened—and humanity lost. The survivors can either do as they’re told, or be banished into the Reserve, where death lurks around every corner. One last leader rallies the remaining people for a final desperate try at freedom—but it might require the least likely alliance of all time. It’s a futuristic story filled with classic Patterson twists.

    For Fans of Romance

    Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
    If you love a good tear-jerking love story—and think that Patterson only writes gory novels about serial killers—prepare to be pleasantly surprised by his forays into romance. This touching story starts off as a straightforward romance as a woman meets the man of her dreams—until he disappears from her life mysteriously. When the explanation comes, it comes in the form of a diary that is mailed to her, a diary filled with surprises, heartbreak, and a beautiful secret.

    For Horror Fans

    When the Wind Blows
    Patterson’s tale of genetic experiments, serial murders, and shadowy groups roams directly into full-on supernatural horror territory, combining his thriller licks with a wildly inventive (and often truly terrifying) horror aspect. A young veterinarian is trying to move past her husband’s murder, but when more dead bodies turn up she’d swept up into the investigation—and meets a mysterious girl with a shocking secret tied to the growing body count in unimaginable ways.

    For Western Fans

    Texas Ranger
    Like a bit of a drawl and a dash of the Old West in your stories? Look no further. Rory Yates is one of 200 lawmen who have been elevated to the status of Texas Ranger. Fast on the draw and dedicated to the Ranger creed of “never surrender,” Yates’ rise cost him his marriage to schoolteacher Anne. When Yates gets a call from Anne complaining of creepy phone calls and strange objects left at her home, he heads home, only to find his former wife has been brutally murdered. Even worse, Yates is the main suspect, and clearing his name dredges up connections and memories in he’d rather not recall. When a second murder occurs, Yates knows whoever’s responsible is targeting him specifically—and he will need his shooting skills and his reliance on the Ranger code to survive the twisted scheme.

    What’s your favorite James Patterson book?

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  • Sarah Skilton 1:00 pm on 2019/07/29 Permalink
    Tags: a door in the earth, amy waldman, bill schutt, candice fox, , , , , j.r. finch, james patterson, , mary doria russell, , old bones, , steve cavanagh, the darwin strain, the girl who lived twice, the inn, the women of copper country, thirgeen: the serial killer isn't on trial he's on the jury, tidelands,   

    August’s Best New Fiction in 2019 


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    Historical fiction fans have hit the jackpot this month. Two Cold War-era novels, a new series by Preston & Child centered on the infamous Donner Party, and fresh offerings from historical masters Philippa Gregory and Mary Doria Russell await you. If that’s not enough, Lisbeth Salander is back in her sixth outing, and Eddie Flynn takes on a serial killer serving on the jury of his own crime.

    The Inn, by James Patterson and Candice Fox
    Aussie author Candice Fox usually joins forces with James Patterson for their Oz-set Detective Harriet Blue series, but this time, the duo sets the action in a quiet town outside Boston. Former Beantown homicide detective and widow Billy Robinson runs the beloved Gloucester Inn, a long-term rental full of unconventional guests who have slowly become a family. The arrival of cocksure, violent criminal Mitchell Cline threatens the peace, forcing the denizens of the Inn to take a stand before everything they hold dear is destroyed.

    Old Bones, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
    Archaeologist Nora Kelly (who appears in previous Preston and Child books) headlines her own brand-new series, which kicks off with a chilling look at the infamous Donner Party. Everyone knows the lengths that group they went to for survival in the mid-1800s, but is there more to the story? When historian Clive Benton approaches Kelly about a diary he believes will shed light on a rumored third, lost camp of the Donner Party, a centuries’-old cold case gets jumpstarted. With FBI Special Agent Corinne Swanson beside her, Kelly leads an excavation that proves extremely perilous, from storms and avalanches to foul play dictated by greed.

    Tidelands, by Philippa Gregory
    A master of English historical fiction, usually featuring the fraught lives of noblewomen in the Tudor period (The Other Boleyn Girl and many more), Gregory turns her focus on a non-royal this time. Destitute Alinor lives in the coastal, secluded Tidelands, married to an abuser and struggling to survive amid the turmoil of civil war. On Midsummer’s Eve of 1648, she stands in the graveyard waiting for a ghost to assist her in escaping her husband. When her lamentations beneath the full moon seem to have paid off, the other villagers turn against her, convinced that even if she’s not a witch, her differences (ambition, sudden wealth) mark her as something to be stamped out.

    First Cosmic Velocity, by Zach Powers
    Short story writer Powers’s debut novel will intrigue fans of The Prestige with its use of twins. It’s 1964, and the Chief Designer of the Soviet space program has a big problem. The capsules he’s launched into orbit are impossible to retrieve, and his cosmonauts have never actually returned; he’s relied on twins to fool the world into thinking his missions are successful. One such twin, Leonid, and his brother (also called Leonid), are the final twins left. One will be launched into space to die, and the other will continue the ruse on earth, pretending to the press that he has come back.  But now Premier Khrushchev wants in on the action, and the Chief Designer’s ruse is about to come crashing down in spectacular fashion if he can’t build a working spacecraft in time to send Khrushchev’s dog to perform the first canine launch.

    The Girl Who Lived Twice, by David Lagercrantz
    Book six in the Millenium Series (following the original trilogy created by Stieg Larsson), continues in Lagercrantz’s talented hands and finds the iconic Lisbeth Salander fully off the grid. If that sounds impossible to imagine (what’s a hacker with nothing to hack?) her friend Mikael Blomkvist agrees, and he’s eager to locate her. A dead man with Blomkvist’s contact info in his pocket apparently held secrets worth killing over, and Salander is closer than ever to confronting her sociopathic twin, Camilla. Prepare to lose sleep over this one!

    Thirteen: The Serial Killer Isn’t on Trial. He’s on the Jury., by Steve Cavanagh
    If the full title of this staggeringly original and terrifying book doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will. In book three of the Eddie Flynn series, about a con artist-turned-defense attorney who has battled the Russian mob and lived to tell about it, Flynn takes on a high-profile murder case. He doesn’t yet know the real killer, Joshua Kane, has finagled a spot on the jury and intends to frame Eddie’s client for the crime. Worse, Kane is bumping off his fellow jurors when he senses they won’t vote his way.

    The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell
    In her previous historical novels, Doc and Epitaph, Russell depicted the relationship between professional gambler Doc Holliday and western folk hero Wyatt Earp. With Women, the author sets her sights on a copper-mine town in Michigan in the early 1900s, as viewed through the lens of a woman few remember: Annie Clements, “America’s Joan of Arc.” The wife of a miner, Annie has had enough of the horrific working conditions suffered by her husband, Joe, and the husbands of her friends. Ironically, Joe has never joined the union, and he bristles at Annie’s independent streak, but Annie’s not about to let that stop her from calling for a strike and standing up against unfettered capitalism.

    A Door in the Earth, by Amy Waldman
    As a former Afghanistan correspondent for the New York Times, critically acclaimed author Waldman (The Submission) is the perfect person to tell this story of tragic misperceptions set in an Afghani village. A book-within-a-book sets the stage for what’s to come: Dr. Gideon Crane’s selectively positive memoir inspires Berkeley graduate Parveen Shamsa to join Crane’s foundation and discover her roots in her family’s homeland, but what she discovers in the village of Crane’s book is that Crane’s account is not the whole story of American interventionism, and in fact continues to incite worse and worse consequences.

    The Darwin Strain, by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch
    In their third adventure, R.J. MacCready, Yanni Thorne and special guest-star Jacques Cousteau (yep, the real-life explorer), take on mythological Kraken, a volcanic hot spring with alleged healing properties hidden beneath a remote Greek island, and a simmering tension with the Russians. The early days of the Cold War form the backdrop of this thrilling tale, which also includes aliens, religious infighting, and a fascinating look at the effects of biology-gone-wrong.

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  • Jeff Somers 5:00 pm on 2019/06/28 Permalink
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    July’s Best New Thrillers 


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    July’s most thrilling books include a new hero from the masterful David Baldacci, the next Gabriel Allon adventure from Daniel Silva, James Patterson’s first foray into epic fantasy, and more.

    One Good Deed, by David Baldacci
    Baldacci spins a tightly-plotted period piece to introduce a new hero: Aloysius Archer, a veteran of World War II in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. When released in 1949, he finds himself in Poca City with strict instructions to get a job and stay out of trouble. Archer visits a local bar seeking a little bit of both when he gets a job offer: businessman Hank Pittleman wants a debt collected. Archer takes on the job, and soon finds himself in a mess of small-town plotting, as Pittleman’s mistress tries to use Archer for her own ends and the debt proves harder to collect than Archer expected. When someone shows up dead, the local police seem to think Archer, recently-arrived ex-con, did the deed. Archer brains, brawn, and desperation are all that’s keeping him from returning to prison—or worse.

    The New Girl, by Daniel Silva
    The 19th Allon novel centers on a tony private school in Switzerland—the sort of exclusive place only the children of the rich and powerful attend. The students buzz about the new arrival, a beautiful young girl who appears every morning and leaves every afternoon in a motorcade, surrounded by bodyguards. Her classmates all have theories as to who she might be—but they’re all wrong. When the girl is kidnapped while across the border in France, Gabriel Allon, chief of Israeli intelligence, is called into action. As Allon goes up against a familiar old enemy, the fate of girl and the world lies with him.

    Sophia, Princess Among Beasts, by James Patterson with Emily Raymond
    The prolific James Patterson (with Emily Raymond) stretches to infuse a new genre his trademark tension and thriller grit. At the core of this epic fantasy is a mystery that only Sophia, princess of a kingdom under dire threat, can solve. Sophia is smart and capable, beautiful and beloved by the people, and an avid reader who spent long hours as a child reading about a terrible realm filled with monsters. When she discovers that the place—and the resident monsters—are very real, and that an army is marching on her kingdom, Sophia knows it is her duty to protect the people who have put their trust in her. Her only hope is to solve an ancient a mystery—if she has time.

    Red Metal, by Mark Greaney and H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC
    Greaney knows just how to spin a modern thriller, and his co-writer H. Ripley Rawlings is a lieutenant colonel in the marines. Together they’ve created a razor-sharp near-future story of brutal combat and global maneuvering centered on a rare-earth mine in Africa. The mine was in Russian hands until Kenya reclaimed it out from under Russian special forces Colonel Yuri Borbikov. Borbikov draws up an ambitious, dangerous plan to get it back—Operation Red Metal. With simultaneous attacks on the U.S. Central Africa Command in Germany and the mine itself, Russia sets in motion a series of battles that Greaney and Rawlings depict through the eyes of the dedicated warriors tasked with carrying out their orders—no matter what. The result is a gripping and finely detailed story of modern warfare no fan of the genre should miss.

    Smokescreen, by Iris Johansen
    Johansen’s 25th Eve Duncan novel introduces Jill Cassidy, a journalist who returns from the war-torn country of Maldara haunted by what she’s witnessed. She seeks out forensic sculptor Duncan and asks her to help reconstruct the skulls of 27 children massacred by rebel soldiers. Duncan is moved but troubled by the opportunity, but she accepts the job and jumps on a flight to the site of the killings, the village of Robaku. Jill also wants Eve to reconstruct the skull of a mercenary named Nils Varak, the man responsible for the uprising that led to the murders—because Jill doesn’t believe Nils is actually dead and hopes to prove a government cover-up is underway. In an unfamiliar country, Duncan finds herself isolated and uncertain who she can trust. She must rely on her gut to get to the bottom of the mystery without becoming the next victim.

    The Russian, by Ben Coes
    Coes launches a new series and a new protagonist, former Navy SEAL Rob Tacoma. As the book begins, the Russian mafia has asserted itself as the most powerful organized criminal force in the United States, meeting any effort to curtail its activities with brutal violence. When its actions cross the line into the outright assassination of politicians, the president authorizes the CIA to recruit an elite team tasked with identifying, locating, and killing the powerful criminals ordering the murders. Tacoma and another former SEAL, Billy Cosgrove, are brought in—but Cosgrove is almost immediately identified and murdered in his own home by the Russians. Cosgrove must take on the mob single-handedly, both to get revenge for his comrade-in-arms, and to keep himself alive the only way he can—by killing all of his well-funded, well-protected enemies.

    What books are thrilling you this July?

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  • BN Editors 6:00 pm on 2019/06/26 Permalink
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    10 Page-Turning Thrillers to Bring a Chill to Your Summer 


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    There’s nothing quite like a page-turning thriller to bring a few chills to your summer reading list. From salacious murders to mysterious disappearances to more monstrous threats still, here are 10 books that will hold you in their icy grip until the last page—making them a perfect choice for the hottest days of the year.

    It’s why we’ve declared it Thriller Week—and why the 10 can’t-stop-reading books below, and a wide selection of others, are buy one, get one 50% off for a limited time.

    Unsolved, by James Patterson and David Ellis
    James Patterson and David Ellis delivery the sequel to Invisible, which introduced the obsessive, genius FBI researcher Emily Dockery. Emily notices things others miss, and it has made her reputation in the bureau. Now, she’s seeing a string of murders across the country—deaths that appear to be accidental, and which seem to have no connection to one another. Whoever’s orchestrating them seems to know what Emily is thinking, and keeps one step ahead of her as she works the case hard. Meanwhile, Emily’s ex-fiancee and reluctant partner, Special Agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, suspects treason within the Bureau—and hasn’t ruled out Emily herself as the culprit.

    Cari Mora, by Thomas Harris
    The author of The Silence of the Lambs delivers his first standalone novel in four decades, a tense thrilling with a most unexpectedly dangerous protagonist. It’s the story of Cari Mora, an tenuously legal immigrant working in Miami as the caretaker of a luxurious beach house, having fled violence and brutality in her home country. What Cari doesn’t know is that her life in the U.S. will be no safer: a drug cartel has buried $25 million under the house, and a group of ruthless, driven men seek to claim it. The worst of them, a sadistic fiend named Hans-Peter Schneider, is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the money, but he finds himself distracted with the beautiful Cari, and decides to claim her as part of the fortune. But Schneider soon discovers that Cari has learned how to survive the hard way, and has the skills—and the desperate drive to survive—to match his own perverse desires.

    Run Away, by Harlan Coben
    First Simon lost his daughter figuratively: Addicted to drugs and involved with the wrong guy, her life had spiraled. Then he lost her literally, and when she disappeared, it was obvious she didn’t want to be found. But when she turns up in Central Park, playing the guitar—dirty, frightened, and unable or unwilling to recognize her own father, Simon must take matters into his own hands, risking his own life, and his family, to get her back. A dark novel of suspense from a master of the genre, Run Away will thrill longtime Coben fans, and hook new ones. The B&N special edition includes an interview with the author.

    Dark Sacred Night, by Michael Connelly
    Connelly pairs up two of his most enduring characters as Harry Bosch, now retired and working cases for his own reasons, and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard see their paths cross. After Ballard files a sexual harassment claim against the police department, she gets relegated to the graveyard shift. One night she catches Bosch looking through an old case file, researching the unsolved murder of a runaway girl in 2009. When she learns the girl’s mother, Daisy, is staying with Bosch as he helps her recover from drug addiction, Renée is moved to help. Meanwhile, Bosch’s other activities have put him directly in the sights of one of the most violent and ruthless street gangs in the area, Varrio San Fer 13, making the new partnership an extremely dangerous one—not that the detective is the type to spook easily.

    Long Road to Mercy, by David Baldacci
    Baldacci takes a break from Amos Decker to introduce FBI Agent Atlee Pine, whose skill set makes her one of the FBI’s top criminal profilers, but who chooses to work in solitude as the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona, resident agency. Pine is haunted by the kidnapping of her twin sister, Mercy, when they were six years old; the kidnapper sang out an old nursery rhyme as they chose which twin to abduct. Mercy was chosen, and Atlee never saw her sister again, and dedicated her life to saving others. When a mule is found dead in the Grand Canyon and its rider missing, Atlee is plunged into an investigation that would be beyond most agents—but not her. At least not until she’s abruptly ordered to close the case just as she’s figuring out the terrifying scope of what’s she’s chasing after…

    The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pakkanen
    Take liberal doses of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Trainand mix them up in wholly unexpected ways, and you have this crackling new thriller from former book editors Hendricks and Pakkanen. Vanessa and Richard got divorced after a series of failed fertility treatments left them childless, but now charismatic, controlling Richard has married a younger version of Vanessa—or so it seems to her. Nellie, the new fiancée, is a bright-eyed schoolteacher uncertain she’s ready to leave her fun lifestyle for the suburbs. And Richard’s secretive destination wedding brings up haunting memories of a traumatic event in her past. Meanwhile, Vanessa unravels, drinking and pushing herself to the brink of unemployment as she becomes increasing unreliable and increasingly obsessed with Nellie. To say this setup doesn’t go where you might think is the understatement of the year.

    Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
    The basis for the meme-spawning Netfliz original film starring Sandra Bullock, Josh Malerman’s intense monster thriller tells of a world slowly crumbling as people begin succumbing to a mysterious plague of murderous madness triggered by a mere glimpse of a breed of mysterious creatures—referred to simply as The Problem—that suddenly appear and begin wreaking havoc on humanity. Though the events are massive in scope, the novel is supremely scary because of the limited perspective through which we view it: the reader only has access to the same information the characters do, and that’s not much. Our primary point-of-view character (though calling them that is darkly funny, as they spend much of the narrative blindfolded to avoid seeing the creatures) is a woman named Mallory who is desperate to shepherd her young children to safety. As the world collapses around her, Mallory has no choice but to try to stay one step ahead of an unknowable threat. Chilling.

    Tailspin, by Sandra Brown
    Rye Mallett is a “freight dog,” making a living flying cargo around the country. He accepts a strange job ferrying a mysterious black box through bad weather to a remote area of Georgia, where one Dr. Nathaniel Lambert will meet him to accept it. As Rye approaches the small airport, someone shines a laser into the cockpit. Rye is temporarily blinded, and crashes the plane while trying to land. He survives, and when he exits the wreckage with the box he meets Brynn O’Neal, a beautiful doctor who claims Lambert sent her in his place. Although Rye doesn’t trust her, he has no choice but to accept her help when it soon becomes clear there are others seeking whatever’s in the mystery box—and they’re willing to kill for it.

    Girl Last Seen, by Nina Lauren
    Nina Laurin’s debut thriller focuses on Laine Moreno, a young woman struggling to adjust to her normal life after spending three years as the captive of a man who kidnapped and terrorized her—and who is still on the loose. News reports of another disappearance—that of 10-year-old Olivia Shaw—finally give Laine purpose. Despite the fact that Olivia seems a far different sort of kidnapping victim—the pampered child of wealthy parents, as opposed to the daughter of a drug addict—the mere physical resemblance between the two is enough to convince Laine her captor has claimed his next victim. Her suspicion is shared by Detective Sean Ortiz, one of the cops who brought Laine back to civilization. But as both of them investigate, Laine quickly finds her carefully reconstructed life unraveling around her. It’s a haunting story of resilience in the face of trauma, with no guarantee of a happy ending.

    Killing Eve: No Tomorrow, by Luke Jennings
    Luke Jennings delivers a followup to his hit 2018 thriller Codename Villanelle, which served as the inspiration for Killing Eve, the breakout BBC America series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. For her work tracking down Villanelle, a deadly assassin who targets figures active in dirty politics and organized crime, MI5 agent Eve Polastri lost her job, and she’s convinced it was because someone pressured her old boss, Dennis Cradle, to work on behalf of Russian interests. Now working for MI6, Eve attempts to strike a dangerous deal with Cradle to reveal who was behind the plot, but he’s unwilling to go quietly, and partners with none other than Villanelle, still on the loose, to take Eve down. The chases and spycraft are great fun, but the real thrills are found in the cat-and-mouse interplay between the exacting Villanelle and her increasingly desperate quarry. 

    What books are thrilling you this summer?

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  • Jeff Somers 1:00 pm on 2019/03/25 Permalink
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    Getting Ready to Shop B&N’s Buy One, Get One James Patterson Sale? Here’s Where to Start 


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    Calling all James Patterson fans, and new readers ready to make the plunge: have we got a gift for you. Today through April 1 (no foolin’), shop our buy one, get one free sale on James Patterson books, in store and at BN.com! Buy a book by the prolific author of masterful thrillers and hilarious kids’ books, and get a second one of your choice free: it’s that simple! The offer is valid in stores and online while supplies last, and cannot be combined with coupons or any other offer. Some exclusions may apply.

    Looking for suggestions on how to use this opportunity to your greatest advantage? We thought you’d never ask…

    The Cornwalls Are Gone, by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
    Army intelligence officer Amy Cornwall is skilled at dealing with scenarios that would make most people blanch. But nothing in her professional career prepares her for the nightmare she steps into when she comes home to find her husband and young daughter missing. Contacted by the kidnapper, she’s told there’s only one way to save her family: she must somehow secure the release of an unnamed captive. She has two days to accomplish her mission, and if she fails, her family will be killed. Amy has no choice but to go rogue, using her training, contacts, and desperation to find out who took her family and why.

    The Chef, by James Patterson and Max DiLallo
    You might have heard about this one when it was first published on Facebook Messenger, a bold and innovative experiment. Police detective and food truck chef Caleb Rooney serves New Orleans justice and a hot meal, but as Mardi Gras approaches, he finds himself accused of murder. (It probably doesn’t help that his food truck is called the Killer Chef.) Shortly thereafter, Rooney discovers a plot to attack New Orleans being brewed up by homegrown terrorists. Racing against time, Rooney must clear his own name while preventing a slaughter in his beloved city as it gears up for Mardi Gras—the perfect tasty backdrop for a tense thriller.

    Target: Alex Cross, by James Patterson
    If you’re already a huge fan of Alex Cross, this is a perfect opportunity to grab the latest in the series. It opens on a somber scene of mourning as thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C., to mourn the president—among them Alex Cross, whose wife, Bree, has just become D.C.’s chief of detectives. When a sniper takes out a member of the president’s cabinet, it falls to Bree to solve the crime—and it’s clear her job is on the line. Cross begins to suspect the sniper is only getting started, and as usual he’s right. Soon, the country is plunged into a violent crisis like nothing it’s ever seen before.

    The 17th Suspect, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
    How can you resist a book series called the Women’s Murder Club? Answer: you can’t. The seventeenth go-round in the series focuses on Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and ADA Yuki Castellano. Boxer is approached by a homeless woman who tells her the city’s homeless population is being hunted by a killer and the police are slow-walking the investigation. When Lindsay’s initial inquiries seem to confirm this, she’s outraged and goes on the warpath—with unexpected consequences that are serious enough for her friends in the Club to urge her to step back. Meanwhile, Yuki catches a rape case involving a man accusing his female superior of assault, and she thinks she can make the charges stick. But as she moves forward, the case seems to dissolve under her, and her opponent in the courtroom finds ways of getting under her skin. As Yuki struggles, Lindsay finds herself targeted by the killer she was hunting, and both women deal with personal problems that complicate their professional lives to the breaking point.

    Juror #3, by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
    Patterson teams up with Allen, a former attorney, to tell the story of Ruby Bozarth. Ruby is new to the Mississippi bar and the town of Rosedale, but she’s barely got time to find her bearings before she’s assigned to a sensational case: a rich girl is dead, and a college football star stands accused. The prosecutor and judge think Ruby’s inexperience will help them ram through a quick conviction, but she’s determined to prove them wrong. With a little help from a fellow attorney and a short order cook with a lot of secrets, she mounts a defense—and begins to suspect the biggest obstacle to justice might just be the jurors on the case, who have secrets of their own.

    Ambush, by James Patterson and James O. Born
    Detective Michael Bennett is another great character in Patterson’s thrillers. In the latest in the series, he receives an anonymous tip leading him into an attempted assassination. Quickly he realizes it’s the work of a professional, who soon targets his own family, while serving perfect red-herring clues to keep Bennett and his fellow cops chasing their tails. As Bennett puts the pieces together while protecting everyone he cares about, he realizes that the assassin’s motives are related to those of the rival cartels trying to corner the city’s drug traffic—cartels that may have joined forces to take out their main obstacle, Detective Michael Bennett.

    Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story, by James Patterson and Steven Butler, with Richard Watson (illustrator)
    If you’re a kid—or you know a kid—who loves dogs, pick up this crowd-pleaser by the newest member of the Khatchadorian family—their adopted dog Junior! Junior is the goodest boy, but he has a little trouble obeying rules and understanding his pet humans. He loves waking up Rafe (who he calls Ruff Catch-a-Dogy-Bone) by tapping him on the head with his paw, because Rafe takes him on walks to the park for adventures! When one of those adventures see Junior slip his leash and cause a lot of trouble, he’s forced to go to a doggy obedience school run by a mean trainer—but Junior’s certain he’ll graduate with honors. The back of the book includes a list of fun activities to try with your own doggo, and a glossary of “doglish” to help you understand what your dog pup is trying to communicate.

    Middle School: Born to Rock, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
    Middle school struggles are real, and the Middle School series is hilarious, fun, and very, very real. The 11th book in the series continues the adventures of the Khatchadorian kids, older brother Rafe and younger sister Georgia. Normally, Georgia can’t stand her annoying brother, but when a secret crush, a class project, and a battle of the bands that could lead to a jam session with her favorite rock star all converge on her middle school life, she might be willing to make an exception and ask for his help. Georgia gets her all-girl band, We Stink, together, while dealing with resident Mean Girl Missy Trillin and her Princess Patrol on top of everything else—because as every middle schooler knows, life is complicated.

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