BOLO – Week of February 5, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

I trust that everyone has recovered from that Super Bowl. Not to be outdone, this week’s list of books to watch out for features some heavy-hitters vying for your attention.  Any one of these – or all of these – would be worth your time and money.

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Deborah Crombie – Garden of Lamentations (William Morrow, Hardcover, $26.99, 02/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Deborah Crombie fans have been waiting for the latest mystery in the Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid series and it is finally here. The BOLO Books review of Garden of Lamentations ran last week, so do check it out if you missed it.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?

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Sara Blaedel – The Lost Woman (Grand Central, Hardcover, $26.00, 02/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

If the BOLO Books review of The Lost Woman didn’t convince you to pre-order this book, now you can pick it up at your local bookstore. Denmark already sings the praises of Sara Blaedel, it is time that the United States does the same.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing. Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground.

Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is actually a Danish citizen who’s been on the Missing Persons list for almost two decades-so Louise Rick is called on to the case. Then, in an unexpected twist, the police discover that Sofie had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover.

Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Completely blindsided by Eik’s connection to the case, Louise is thoroughly unsettled and sick with worry, yet she must set aside her own emotional turmoil if she hopes to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…

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Mark Billingham – Rush of Blood (Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, $25.00, 02/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I read Rush of Blood years ago when it was originally released in the UK and I can still recall some of the iconic moments that occur in this stand-alone novel. With the amount of reading I do, that certainly says something about the quality of this book. Highly recommended! And Don’t miss Mark Billingham’s wonderful guest post on the topic of dialogue.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In the standalone novel Rush of Blood, internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham puts a sinister twist on a deceptively innocent topic: the beach vacation.

Three British couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on Easter Sunday, the last day of their vacation, tragedy strikes: the fourteen-year-old daughter of an American vacationer goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home to the U.K., they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don’t always like what they find. Buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some unusual kinks and unpleasant vices. Then, a second girl goes missing, in Kent—not far from where any of the couples lives. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

Ambitiously plotted and laced with dark humor, Rush of Blood is a first-rate suspense novel about the danger of making new friends in seemingly sunny places.

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Sam Wilson – Zodiac (Pegasus, Hardcover, $25.95, 02/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A dystopian serial killer novel. Enough said!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In a volatile society ruled and divided by its citizens’ zodiac signs, a serial killer is on the loose: is it a misguided revolution or something more sinister?

A starting new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.

In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs―divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.

Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart…

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David Putnam – The Vanquished (Oceanview, Hardcover, $26.95, 02/07/2017

BOLO Books Comments:

David Putnam continues the Bruno Johnson series with The Vanquished. This series if perfect for those that like their cop stories gritty, but Putnam also always manages to touch the heart as well.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Former cop and ex-con Bruno Johnson and his wife Marie, living in their safe haven in Costa Rica with the children they illegally rescued from certain death, find a message from their outlaw motorcycle gang enemies written on the back of one of their beloved children. The motorcycle gang, Sons of Satan, out for revenge, will stop at nothing to lure the now furious Bruno back into their web. Bruno and Marie, forced to return to Southern California, battle additional demons in the form of an ex-spouse’s entanglements.

The FBI, watching the Sons of Satan, recognizes Bruno’s unique skills and ties. They recruit him to recover a stolen military drone armed with Hellfire missiles, while Bruno struggles to keep pregnant Marie out of the crossfire. Ultimately, Bruno’s inability to ignore a woman in peril yields unspeakable consequences.

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JoAnn Chaney – What You Don’t Know (Flatiron, Hardcover, $25.99, 02/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This book sounds fascinating. It’s hard to find anything new in the serial killer arena, but Chaney seems focused on the collateral damage caused by such extreme cases.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

He didn’t take their lives — but he ruined them.

The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn’t kill.

Hoskins cracked the case of one of the most infamous serial killers — and then it cracked him. He’s in cold cases, as is his career.

Sammie was the lead reporter who broke the story, but now she’s selling makeup at the mall. She wants back on page 1.

Gloria claims she was the unsuspecting wife. She didn’t know a thing.

And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back.

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