BOLO – Week of March 26, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

It is another week full of excellent new books. With Spring finally upon us, and Spring Breaks happening in many locations, what could be better than settling down with a good book?

Julia Dahl – Conviction (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 03/28/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The third book in Julia Dahl’s Award-Winning series is the best yet. Look for a full review later this week. But there is no need to wait, order today! For now, here is my review of Invisible City.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

New York City 1992: a year after riots exploded between black and Jewish neighbors in Brooklyn, a black family is brutally murdered in their Crown Heights home. A teenager is quickly convicted, and the justice system moves on.

Twenty-two years later, journalist Rebekah Roberts gets a letter: I didn’t do it. Frustrated with her work at the city’s sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah starts to dig. But witnesses are missing, memories faded, and almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City―not even Saul Katz, a former NYPD cop and her source in Brooklyn’s insular Hasidic community.

So she goes it alone. And as she gets closer to the truth of that night, Rebekah finds herself in the path of a killer with two decades of secrets to protect.

From the author of the Edgar-nominated Invisible City comes another timely thriller that illuminates society’s darkest corners. Told in part through the eyes of a jittery eyewitness and the massacre’s sole survivor, Julia Dahl’s Conviction examines the power―and cost―of community, loyalty, and denial.

Wendy Corsi Staub – Bone White (William Morrow, Paperback, $7.99, 03/28/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Wendy Corsi Staub brings to a close her Mundy’s Landing Trilogy. No doubt, fans of the other two books are waiting in line, but this one works for new readers as well.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The town of Mundy’s Landing was founded on a horrifying secret, but stark white bones of the dead never lie…

“We shall never tell.” Spurred by the cryptic phrase in a centuries-old letter, Emerson Mundy travels to her ancestral hometown to trace her past. In Mundy’s Landing, she connects with long lost relatives—and a closet full of skeletons going back centuries.

In the year since former NYPD Detective Sullivan Leary solved the historic Sleeping Beauty Murders, she—like the village itself—has made a fresh start. But someone has unearthed blood-drenched secrets in a disembodied skull, and is hacking away at the Mundy family tree, branch by branch…


Jane Haseldine – Duplicity (Kensington, Hardcover, $25.99, 03/28/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Jane Haseldine’s second book once again follows Julia Gooden, Detroit newspaper reporter. In this one, Julia is struggling with work/life balance as her estranged husband works a major case that threatens Julia’s family and everything she holds dear.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past.

Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.

Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured.

Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…


Stuart Prebble – The Bridge (Mulholland, Hardcover, 3/28/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

An interesting blend of thriller and domestic suspense – by a male author, no less – this book is a welcome departure from the same old, same old.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The woman of his dreams isn’t what she seems.

Michael Beaumont is head over heels with the woman of his dreams. The minute he and Alison saw each other across a crowded bar, there was a powerful, immediate connection. She’s everything he could ever want in a woman–charismatic, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and so much more.

But Alison is harboring a dangerous secret, one that threatens to break loose once Michael introduces her to his last remaining relative. Michael’s grandmother Rose, who raised him from childhood, isn’t quite the woman she used to be–her memory is failing her, and she’s prone to fits of wild emotion. But something about Rose’s outburst upon meeting Alison seems like more than just a simple delusion. And something about the string of murders terrorizing London, with incidents occurring just blocks from Michael, feels like more than just a coincidence.

What is Rose not telling Michael? What is Alison hiding? Every relationship in Michael’s life is a bridge, and he’ll discover that there are some he shouldn’t cross.

Amanda Hickie – Before This Is Over (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $26.00, 03/28/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This novel sounds reminiscent of Carla Buckley’s The Things That Keep Us Here – and as a huge fan of that book, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by this one. Can’t wait to dive in.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In the midst of a devastating epidemic, how far will a desperate mother go to keep her loved ones safe?

There is a deadly virus spreading around the world. At first it is a distant alarm bell in the background of Hannah’s comfortable suburban life. Then suddenly, it has arrived on the doorstep.

The virus traps Hannah, her husband, and their young sons in their city, then their neighborhood, and finally their own home. As a formerly idyllic backyard and quiet street become battlefields, fear and compassion collide. But what happens when their water supply is cut, and then the power, and the food supply dwindles?

Chilling and suspenseful, at once deeply personal and terrifying in its implications, Before This Is Over invites us to imagine what a family must do to survive when pushed to the extreme.

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