BOLO – Week of March 12, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

The books on this week’s list of titles to be on the look out for share two things in common – 1. the authors are so good, they should be household names, and 2. they all feature beautiful and unique cover designs.

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Owen Laukkanen – The Forgotten Girls (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Hardcover, $27.00, 03/14/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The Stevens and Windermere series from Owen Laukkanen continues to shine in this sixth series title. With these two agents on the case, readers know they are in for a thrill ride centered around topical issues and society ills.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

They are the victims no one has ever cared about, until now. Agents Stevens and Windermere return in the blistering new crime novel from the fast-rising, multi-award-nominated suspense star.

She was a forgotten girl, a runaway found murdered on the High Line train through the northern Rocky Mountains and, with little local interest, put into a dead file. But she was not alone. When Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint FBI-BCA violent crime force stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected—a string of murders on the High Line, all of them young women drifters whom no one would notice.

But someone has noticed now. Through the bleak midwinter and a frontier land of forbidding geography, Stevens and Windermere follow a frustratingly light trail of clues—and where it ends, even they will be shocked.

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Chevy Stevens – Never Let You Go (St. Martin’s, Hardcover, $26.99, 03/14/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another skilled practitioner of the contemporary thriller, Chevy Stevens here presents a stand-alone that feels and topical and fresh as anything out there. Keep the lights on and the doors locked while reading this one.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

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Jorn Lier Horst – When it Grows Dark (Sandstone, Paperback, $7.28, 03/16/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This slim volume is another example of how Nordic Crime continues to push boundaries and illuminate human nature within a stark, unforgiving environment.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Stavern 1983: Christmas is approaching, snow is falling heavily, and a young ambitious policeman named William Wisting has just become the father of twins. After a brutal robbery he is edged off the investigation by more experienced officers, but soon he is on another case that is not only unsolved but has not even been recognised as murder. Forgotten in a dilapidated barn stands a bullet riddled old car, and it looks as if the driver did not get out alive. This case will shape William Wisting as a policeman and give him insight that he will carry with him for the rest of his professional career: generations form an unbroken chain.

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Susan Perabo – The Fall of Lisa Bellow (Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $25.99, 03/14/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

In many cases, the after-effects of a crime are as harrowing as the crime itself. Susan Perabo centers her tale around a different kind of victim – the witness!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.

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