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  • Jeff Somers 4:24 pm on 2018/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: , andy carpenter, , , Deck the Hounds, , , , michael connelly, , otto penzler, , , The Big Book of Female Detectives,   

    October’s Best New Mysteries 

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    October is a month for scares and thrills—but there are scares and thrills in the world that have nothing to do with ghosts and goblins. This month’s best mysteries are here to get those goose-pimples popping and those neck hairs rising without a single witch, vampire bat, or werewolf necessary.

    November Road, by Lou Berney
    Berney spins a karmic tale about a mob fixer named Frank Guidry working in New Orleans in 1963. Guidry snips loose ends for his boss Carlos Marcello, violently if necessary. He gets the job of leaving a car in a Dallas parking lot, and after President Kennedy is assassinated he realizes he provided a getaway vehicle for the real shooter—and worse, now he’s a loose end. Trailed by Marcello’s top hitman, Guidry flees and meets up with Charlotte Roy, an unhappy but steel-tipped housewife escaping an abusive husband. As the tension rises, the two find themselves making a surprisingly effective team as they seek to survive in different ways.

    Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales, by P.D. James
    This cunning assortment of previously uncollected stories from the indomitable author of Death Comes to Pemberley is filled with tales of crimes committed long ago, complete with the chilling rationalizations that so often accompany them. Take a deep dive into the heart of a killer, and explore the push-pull in the minds of murderers, witnesses, orchestrators of the perfect crime, and unwitting victims. James’s formidable talent shines even more brightly in her shorter works.

    Deck the Hounds (Andy Carpenter Series #18), by David Rosenfelt
    Rosenfelt’s 18th Andy Carpenter novel brings Christmas to Paterson, New Jersey. Andy tries to help out a homeless man named Don Carrigan, offering the veteran and his dog the Carpenter garage apartment during the cold weather. But when Don is arrested for murder, Andy finds himself taking on a new legal client. There’s a sniper working in the area, and Andy quickly finds himself dealing with a blood-curdling series of crimes that put both Don and Andy’s lives in danger. Rosenfelt’s characters are as warm and bighearted as ever, and the holiday setting makes this a great gift for the person who has everything, especially the previous 17 Andy Carpenter books.

    The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny
    Anyone looking to skim the cream of mystery fiction need look no further—between them, guest editor Penny and series editor Otto Penzler offer up twenty of the absolute best from the famous and the soon-to-be. Penny’s thoughtful selections feature fantastic short fiction from Michael Connelly, Martin Limón, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Andrew Klaven, Paul D. Mark, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew Bourelle, and twelve others. The choices run the gamut from surprising reinventions of the genre to masterful exercises in the genre’s traditional beats and pleasures.

    The Big Book of Female Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler
    The legendary Otto Penzler continues his popular ‛Big Book’ series with a deep dive into detective fiction with a decidedly female-first focus; considering the current climate, the timing for such a book couldn’t be better. With authors including Agatha Christie (who offers up a delightful Tommy and Tuppence mystery), Marcia Muller (who contributes a Sharon McCone adventure), Phyllis Bentley, Charlotte Armstrong, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Mignon G. Eberhart, this anthology once again demonstrates why Penzler is the most reliable editor working in the mystery genre today.

    October isn’t just a month of tricks and treats—it’s also a month for gumshoes and gimlet-eyed private detectives. Which mysteries will you be reading this month?

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  • BN Editors 8:48 pm on 2015/09/23 Permalink
    Tags: , , michael connelly, , new for fall, , , , ,   

    Exciting New Fall Releases 

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    We love summer, and few things are as satisfying as lazing on the beach with a great book, but we must admit, we’re thrilled it’s finally fall again. Cooler weather brings the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a warm cup of cider and an engrossing book. Here are eight releases coming over the next few months that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

    Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
    Grisham is a master, and in Rogue Lawyer, he’s created one of his most memorable characters ever: Sebastian Rudd, the title character—sarcastic, brilliant, and single-minded in his pursuit of justice for his clients, who tend to be the sort that everyone else has given up on. Rudd’s tendency to stick his nose in cases no one wants him pursue requires him to employ a full-time body bodyguard, and he never sleeps in the same place twice. His current cases, including the defense of a mentally-challenged young man accused of killing two small girls, aren’t going to make him any more popular. A can’t-catch-your-breath read from one of the best.

    See Me, by Nicholas Sparks
    Sparks is at the top of his game in this deeply human story of starting over and dealing with life’s complexities. Colin Hancock’s past is filled with violence and bad decisions, but he’s committed to turning over a new leaf, pursuing a teaching degree, and living a quiet existence. When he meets Maria Sanchez—a successful lawyer with her own dark past—love springs up despite their mutual hesitation. Their affection is challenged by past secrets, even as ominous events in the present that push them to the breaking point. This deeply emotional book once proves that Sparks understands human nature and relationships as well as anyone writing today.

    Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith
    The third Cormoran Strike novel kicks off with a gruesome bang as a woman’s severed leg is delivered to the inspector’s office, kicking off a classic mystery (no pun intended). Strike quickly identifies four possible suspects from his past who could be behind such a heinous act. While the police pursue a lead he increasingly believes to be a cold one, he must pursue the likelier culprit himself, even as increasingly violent events increase the pressure. Once again, J.K. Rowling proves that even under an assumed name, she’s a crackerjack plotter, consummately skilled at grabbing readers and refusing to let them go.

    The Crossing, by Michael Connelly
    Nobody does crime novels like Michael Connelly, and the seasoned author’s newest work is on pace to continue his never-miss legacy. Half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch try to take it easy, they really do. Yet somehow they always manage to end up right in the thick of L.A.’s hairiest criminal investigations. The ex-LAPD detective and the Lincoln Lawyer find themselves in the red zone once again when Mickey asks Harry to use his insider knowledge of LA’s finest to root out corruption. Bullets fly, tempers flare, and bonds are tested in the latest tour de force read from one of crime fiction’s greatest contemporary authors.

    Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham
    Coming on the heels of last year’s 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush, comes another consideration of George H.W. Bush’s presidency. Meacham casts new light on the career and legacy of one of our most-soft spoken, resolute politicians, a man whose single-term presidency was, at the time, overshadowed by the controversial men who proceeded and followed him into the Oval Office. Through countless interviews and unparalleled access to Bush’s personal diaries, Meacham has assembled a revelatory look at a man who is increasingly considered one of the last great leaders of an earlier era.

    Binge, by Tyler Oakley
    New media star Tyler Oakley commands a huge audience online, and he hasn’t let his platform go to waste. A warrior for social causes and an LBGTQ advocate, he’s dedicated himself to making the world a better place—and a funnier one. In this candid, hilarious essay collection, he shares the weird, wild, and wonderful stories of his unusual journey to fame, from Hulking out at the Cheesecake Factory, to crashing a car with his entire high school as witnesses, to getting violently ill all over a kindly grandmother. The unofficial spokesman for the no-filter generation, Oakley bares it all, and we couldn’t love him more for doing so.

    The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King
    The Master of Horror takes a break from novel-length fiction for a short story collection binding up 20 pieces of prose and poetry with personal essays that reveal what inspired their creation. The stories prove King is only getting better with age, as he explores mortality, regret and general human frailty through a lens smeared with a touch of the supernatural and the fantastic. We love King’s novels, but he might be even better in brief, and that’s really saying something.

    The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom
    The author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven returns with a novel starring one of the year’s most singular, unforgettable characters. Frankie Presto is verifiably the greatest guitarist of all time (just as Music itself, our narrator). A war orphan shipped off to America with nothing to his name but an old guitar and six precious strings, Frankie’s travels take him across the radio dial of music history, from the jazz era to the birth of rock and roll. Along the way, he meets famous figures from Hank Williams, to Elvis, to KISS, and becomes a star himself—before he realizes that his (literal) gods-given talent has the power to alter the destinies of those around him. It’s another heartfelt reminder from Albom that every person you meet has the power to change the world.

  • Monique Alice 8:49 pm on 2015/07/27 Permalink
    Tags: , friction, library of souls, michael connelly, the crossing, , , welome to night vale,   

    7 Big 2015 Releases to Look Forward to Now That Go Set a Watchman is Here 

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    For months, lit lovers everywhere were on pins and needles anticipating the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Before the long-awaited book hit store shelves, speculation ran rampant. Readers wondered how the world of Scout Finch and Boo Radley would change with the publication of the new (or is it the old?) novel—a question sure to be debated for years to come now that the book is finally gracing nightstands everywhere. But no matter how opinions of the new Lee novel might diverge, we know one thing: now that it’s finally here, it’s time to turn our thirst for new releases toward these exciting upcoming reads.

    Wind/Pinball, by Haruki Murakami (August 4)
    Murakami lovers are barely able to contain their excitement at the first U.S. release of his two earliest works, just coming back into print after 30 years. Fans of A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance, Dance, Dance will recognize Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 as prequels to those well-known classics, and Murakami newcomers will have the pleasure of reading the novels in sequence. Whether considered in the context of his more familiar works or as standalone stories, these compelling short novels won’t disappoint.

    Friction, by Sandra Brown (August 18)
    Bestselling author Sandra Brown is at it again with her newest nail-biter. Friction is the story of Texas ranger Crawford Hunt’s struggle to regain custody of his daughter, Georgia. In the wake of a years-long bender after the death of his wife, Crawford must prove to Judge Holly Spencer he is a changed man who’s ready to be a good father. The plot thickens when a masked gunman bursts into the family courtroom and tries to end Holly’s judgeship for good. Full of Brown’s trademark plot twists and romantic tension, this book is poised to continue the author’s career-long bestselling streak.

    Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart (September 1)
    Critics are hailing this edge-of-your-seat romp as another bullseye for bestselling author Stewart, and the Internet is abuzz with anticipation. Gunslinging gangsters, loads of dry humor, and a passel of no-nonsense, pistol-packin’ women round out this fiery tale, which promises to deliver on its ample fanfare. We can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about.

    Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (September 22)
    More and more often these days, a book geared toward young adults manages to capture the imaginations of not-so-young adults everywhere. In recent years, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children swept the nation, spending a whopping 63 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and being lauded by critics for its vibrant characters and creative use of authentic vintage photographs. The series tells the tale of Jacob Portman, who follows clues about his murky family history all the way to an deserted orphanage on an island in Wales. What unfolds is a darkly glittering mystery that pulses with an eerie sense of urgency all the way to this third installment, which finds Jacob and his partner-in-crime Emma racing against time to save beloved matriarch Miss Peregrine.

    The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Millenium Series #4, by David Lagercrantz (September 1)
    If you obsessively devoured all three of the preceding Millennium novels, you might notice a major change on the dustjacket of the fourth: the author’s name. The much-lauded Stieg Larsson passed away in 2004, leaving millions of fans believing they’d read the last of hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander. So it marks a momentous literary occasion that the series has been entrusted to fellow Swede and accomplished author David Lagercrantz. Devotees of the brilliant Lisbeth and her shrewd journalist counterpart, Mikael Blomkvist, can hardly wait to see the duo team up again.

    Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (October 20)
    Few things manage to be both funny and terrifying, but this soon-to-be-released novel based on the wildly popular podcast of the same name pulls the combination off nicely. Night Vale is, to put it mildly, a very strange place. Things have a way of happening there that no one can quite explain, and everyone seems to be all right with that. (Since, you know, it’s not like they have a choice.) So when the lives of two Night Vale residents begin to converge inexplicably, no one is surprised, exactly. What is surprising is that, for once, a mystery in Night Vale might actually be solved.

    The Crossing, by Michael Connelly (November 3)
    Nobody does crime novels like Michael Connelly, and the seasoned author’s newest work is on pace to continue his never-miss legacy. Half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch try to take it easy, they really do. Yet somehow they always manage to end up right in the thick of L.A.’s hairiest criminal investigations. The ex-LAPD detective and the Lincoln Lawyer find themselves in the red zone once again when Mickey asks Harry to use his insider knowledge of LA’s finest to root out corruption. Bullets fly, tempers flare, and bonds are tested in the latest tour de force read from one of crime fiction’s greatest contemporary authors.

  • Joel Cunningham 7:00 pm on 2014/09/11 Permalink
    Tags: , dissident gardens, , everybody's got something, , , , michael connelly, , personal, , robin robinson, , , the burning room, , , , , , why grizzly bears should wear underpants   

    What to Read Next if You Liked What I Know for Sure, The Bone Clocks, We Are Not Ourselves, Personal or What If? 

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    What I Know for Sure, by Oprah Winfrey, collects pearls of wisdom and life lessons from more than 14 years of her columns in O, The Oprah Magazine. These brief essays on finding joy, clarity, power, and possibility will empower and uplift readers. Though there is most definitely only one Oprah, Everybody’s Got Something, journalist Robin Roberts’ memoir of a battle with cancer, is similarly inspiring, and as filled with important lessons on how to make the most of the time you’ve been given.

    The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell, is nearly incomparable, blending familiar elements of literary fiction, sci-fi, dystopian fantasy, and metafictional, self-referential narrative tricks into a heady brew that is entirely unique and entirely Mitchell (and par for the course from the author of Cloud Atlas). Still, his fans might find similar appeal in Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, an eerie, ethereal postapocalyptic novel set in a world ravaged by a killer plague, in which a disparate group of survivors attempts to preserve some semblance of societal order through performances of Shakespeare. Though more linear than Mitchell’s work, Mandel’s debut carries the same metaphorical heft and leaves the same emotional impact.

    We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas, is a multigenerational Irish-American family drama following the rising and falling fortunes of the Learys of Woodside, Queens. At its center is Eileen, who was born just as the U.S. was entering World War II and grew up in the shadow of conflict, caring for her alcoholic parents and dreaming of an escape to a better life. She thinks she’s found it when she meets Ed, a brilliant scientist, but he’s more dedicated to the pursuit of scientific truth than a house in the suburbs. The struggle to make do with what life has given you while striving always for something better is the engine that drives the book.  Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem, is another New York–set story covering 35 years in the lives of an Irish-American family and two women who battle ceaselessly against the status quo.

    Personal, by Lee Child, is the latest in his pulse-pounding, mega-popular Jack Reacher series. Finding a character that can go toe-to-toe with a guy like Reacher is tough, and not just because the dude is 6’5—Child’s series provides a perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and action. If you’ve already torn through all of them, however, you might want to try Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels. Like Reacher, Bosch is a former military man who isn’t afraid to question authority in pursuit of justice (even if he is only 5’9). The series starts with The Black Echo, and book 14, The Burning Room, comes out in November.

    What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe, isn’t afraid to broach those delicate subjects. Like, what would happen if you dropped a T-Rex into the Sarlacc Pit from Return of the Jedi? How many arrows would it take to blot out the sun like in that battle scene from 300? The cartoonist behind the popular webcomic xkcd answers these queries and more. For more utterly useless but indispensable information delivered via cartoons, you can’t go wrong with The Oatmeal, another web comic known for its elaborate graphs and flow charts. Choice cut: “Hammer Pants vs. Hipsters: A Visual Comparison.” (That one’s from Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants.)

    What books have you recommended lately?

  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:30 pm on 2014/06/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , , f. paul wilson, faceoff, , ian rankin, , james rollins, , , , joseph finder, , , , , , michael connelly, peter james, , raymond khoury, , ,   

    FACEOFF: A Conversation with Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly 

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    Our interviewer had a conversation with Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, whose story “Red Eye,” starring their series heroes Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch, opens the FACEOFF thriller anthology, on sale now.

    How did you get paired together in the FACEOFF anthology?

    Dennis Lehane: By height, I’m pretty sure. Or the shared ginger tint of our hair.

    Michael Connelly: We didn’t need to do anything. I was asked by Steve Berry if I would work on a story with Dennis and I said sure. Dennis and I have known each other about twenty years. I figured if I was going to put Harry Bosch into the hands of another writer there could be no better choice.

    How are Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch similar to or different from one another? Which qualities does each man bring to the case in “Red Eye?”

    DL: I can’t get too Dr. Freud on this without feeling silly but if I had to guess I’d say Bosch is more aware of his own internal damage. Patrick, for me anyway, has always been a character who deflects a lot. It’s why he’s good with a one liner. Humor is his shield.

    MC: I think they are a lot alike but it’s sort of a case of Mr. Insider and Mr. Outsider. Harry carries a badge and that makes him part of the establishment, a representative of the state. Patrick is a private eye and that makes him a classic outsider. That’s why I think pairing them was kind of a cool idea. While they approach investigations from that significantly different angle they are both no doubt relentless men. They are self-observing and self-questioning but relentless all the way.

    How did you come up with the story’s title? Did that “job” belong to one of you?

    DL: That was Michael. He sent me that title and I thought, Okay. Box checked. No heavy lifting required on my part in the title department.

    You talk a little in FACEOFF about your process, sending pages back and forth–was that daunting, or a refreshing change of pace?

    DL: It was fun. We have very different voices so I was interested to see how much those styles would clash. But instead they fused together pretty nicely.

    MC: It started with the basic agreement that the only way this would realistically work would be if Harry went to Boston on a case. This would make him a fish out of water and more willing to grab onto a private eye for help. To further his disorientation I had him fly out on a red eye. It sort of became the obvious title.

    How did you originally dream up Patrick Kenzie? And how did you decide on his name and where he came from?

    DH: I dreamed up his father first. But I did it from first person point-of-view so I knew pretty quickly that it was the owner of that POV that I was really interested in. And that was Patrick. I have zero idea where the name Kenzie came from, unless subconsciously I lifted it from Kenzie Kids, which was a Boston area children’s clothing store chain. As for Patrick, I just knew he was really, really Irish and that he hated being called “Pat.”

    How about Harry Bosch?

    MC: I was a newspaper reporter and knew a lot of detectives. Harry’s origin is with them and the many fictional detectives from books and films that influenced me. I named him after a 15th century painter because the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch were full of chaos and torture and the wages of sin. I saw the parallels to crime scenes and the places Detective Bosch would inhabit.

    If you paired them up again, would you send Kenzie to L.A.?

    DL: Patrick in L.A. would be hilarious. He’d probably get deported for aggressive use of irony or sarcasm. Barring that, his pale-ass skin might spontaneously combust. But it’d be fun to watch him try to figure his way around Silver Lake or Brentwood or just see his reaction to the plastic surgery parade.

    MC: I think it would be good to see the bookending of this where Patrick came to LA. Of course, now they know each other and so Patrick would be able to just call Bosch up and say “This is what I need.”

    FACEOFF marks the first time all of these bestselling writers have paired their characters together in stories. Now that Bosch and Kenzie have had their moment, who else would you like to see each guy paired up with and why?

    DL: Since you’ve already put L.A. in my head, I suspect Patrick might have some fun and kinship with Elvis Cole. Not sure about Joe Pike, but I think he’d get along famously with Elvis.

    MC: There are countless possibilities: Jack Reacher, Derek Strange, Angela Gennaro come to mind.

    What’s your favorite thriller series?

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