From The Booking Desk:

We’ve reached the mid-point of January and things are getting back to normal after the holidays. For those looking for something to read this week, there are several new titles would checking out.

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Gregg Hurwtiz – The Nowhere Man (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 01/17/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

You only need to read part of the BOLO Books review of Orphan X to see why the book made it onto my Top Reads of 2106 list. Now Gregg Hurwitz returns to the story of Evan Smoak with a worthy follow-up to that series debut.  Don’t miss it!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Spoken about only in whispers, the Nowhere Man can only be reached by the truly desperate, he can ―He will do anything to save them.

Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets―i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man.

But his new life is interrupted when a surprise attack comes from an unlikely angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, he finds himself heavily guarded and cut off from everything he knows. His captors think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don’t know who they’re dealing with―or that they’ve trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful men on earth.

Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the instant international bestseller, Orphan X.

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Larry D. Sweazy – Where I Can See You (Seventh Street, Paperback, $15.95, 01/17/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Larry Sweazy’s standalone thriller is as atmospheric and gripping as they come. Light the fireplace and settle in to read this one.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Haunted by the disappearance of his mother when he was eight years old, detective Hud Matthews begins his own investigation to find out what really happened so many years before. When a rare murder occurs in the lakeside community, Hud’s veteran skills are called upon to capture the killer. Pulled deep into the threads of the community with ties to the past, Hud quickly becomes a target, not only of the killer, but of those who wish the past to be left alone. As Hud gets closer to discovering the truth about the crimes, he has to face a choice of enforcing the law, or stepping outside of it to make sure that his version of justice is served.

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Karen Pullen – Cold Heart (Five Star, Hardcover, $25.95, 01/18/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Karen Pullen’s traditional mystery series features a heroine everyone can relate to. Pullen’s characterization of an array of differing folks makes for a delightful and tense reading experience. This one is perfect for a relaxing afternoon read.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Motivated by her mother’s long-ago unsolved abduction, Stella Lavender has joined the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation only to be severely challenged by her first assignment: undercover drug agent. Stella works nights, buying drugs from paranoid drug dealers, gathering evidence to send them to prison or turn them into informants. She’s great at the job because, as her boss says, “you don’t look like a cop.” But the physical danger and the necessary betrayals are getting to her. When she sees a chance to work homicide, she’ll always take it.

One afternoon Stella gives a hitchhiking teenager a ride to her babysitting job in a wealthy neighborhood. Horror awaits them–the father lies dead in a pool of blood, and his toddler is missing. Stella joins the murder investigation as the puzzle quickly grows. Most importantly, where is the toddler? A dizzying array of plausible suspects provides more questions than answers.

At the same time, Stella’s personal life offers plenty of distractions. Her grandmother Fern, a free-spirited artist with male admirers wrapped around every one of her paint-stained fingers, needs Stella’s help with expensive house repairs. And Stella’s attraction to three very different men means her romantic life is, well, complicated.

Cold Heart draws the reader into a darkly delightful page-turner as Stella rummages through every strata of society in her relentless and sometimes unconventional pursuit of a cold-hearted murderer who won’t stop at just one victim.
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Francis Sparks – Made Safe (Pandamoon, Paperback, $14.99, 01/17/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This is the start of a new series which appears to be both topical and interesting. Tailor-made for the winter season, grab your favorite warm beverage and settle down to meet Moses Winter.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

For Private Investigator, Moses Winter, the job just got more complicated. His adultery case has taken a violent turn landing the subject of his investigation, Fred Dunsmore, in the hospital and Moses in jail. Moses is held for questioning along with his erratic client, Sharon Dunsmore, and Fred’s mistress, a Bosnian refugee who just happens to be related to the DCI agent investigating the case, Raif Rakic.

After Rakic secures their release, Fred goes missing, and Moses Winter finds himself compelled to find him. With the assistance of Rakic, Moses unravels Fred’s ties to Des Moines’s underworld and is forced to confront the most heinous crimes of his career.