BOLO – Week of May 14, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

For the first time since I started the blog, I have not yet read any of the books on this Monday BOLO report. They are all included here because they seem to be doing unusual things within the crime fiction genre. It is also a nice mixture of non-fiction, YA, historical and contemporary.

Give them a look and I’ll see you at the local bookstore where I will surely be picking up a few copies.

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – The Fact of a Body (Flatiron, Hardcover, $26.99, 05/16/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The blend of true crime with memoir is very intriguing. This synopsis also contains many concepts that are like cat-nip for my reading interest. There is some strong buzz about this one as well, so I don’t think we are going to be disappointed.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears him speak of his crimes — she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky’s crime.

But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s.

An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed — but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe — and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

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Cale Dietrich – The Love Interest (Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, $17.99, 05/16/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Just look at that cover! That alone would make me pick this book up off the shelves, but then you add in a secret agency for teen spies, a love triangle, and lots of angst. Sign me up.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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Danny Gardner – A Negro and an Ofay (Down & Out Books, Paperback, $17.95, 05/15/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I am a fan of Danny Gardner – both is writing and his personality – so when I saw that his first novel was being released this week, I had to include it here. A historical with an attention-grabbing title, I have no doubt that Danny will both entertain and educate with this one.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse. Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat.

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Caroline Carlson – The World’s Greatest Detective (HarperCollins, Hardcover, $16.99, 05/16/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Here is a new entry into the area of middle-grade crime fiction. This one looks and sounds like tons of fun. Let’s hope that it opens some new doors for future fans of our beloved genre.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Caroline Carlson, author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, returns with The World’s Greatest Detective, a story of crime, tricks, and hilarity for those who know that sometimes it takes a pair of junior sleuths to solve a slippery case.

Detectives’ Row is full of talented investigators, but Toby Montrose isn’t one of them. He’s only an assistant at his uncle’s detective agency, and he’s not sure he’s even very good at that. Toby’s friend Ivy is the best sleuth around—or at least she thinks so. They both see their chance to prove themselves when the famed Hugh Abernathy announces a contest to choose the World’s Greatest Detective. But when what was supposed to be a game turns into a real-life murder mystery, can Toby and Ivy crack the case?

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Gian Sardar – You Were Here (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Hardcover, $27.00, 05/16/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

With a comparison to Kate Atkinson, this literary crime novel appears to mine both the present and the past in order to cultivate suspense. I haven’t seen too much talk about this novel, so it remains to be seen if this amounts to a success. It certainly sounds interesting.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Readers of Kate Atkinson will delight in this suspenseful debut novel about a woman haunted by nightmares and her grandmother’s role in a doomed love triangle almost seventy years before.

What if the past is never buried?

Death, accidental and early, has always been Abby Walters’s preoccupation. Now thirty-three and eager to settle down with her commitment-shy boyfriend, a recurring dream from her past returns: a paralyzing nightmare of being buried alive, the taste of dirt in her mouth cloying and real. But this time the dream reveals a name from her family’s past. Looking for answers, Abby returns home to small-town Minnesota for the first time in fourteen years, where she reconnects with her high school crush, now a police detective on the trail of a violent criminal. When Abby tries on her grandmother’s mesmerizing diamond ring, a ring she always dreamed would be hers, she discovers a cryptic note long hidden beneath the box’s velvet lining. What secret was her grandmother hiding? And could this be the key to what’s haunting Abby? As she begins to uncover the traces of a love triangle gone shockingly wrong nearly seventy years before, we, too, see that the layers of our lives may echo a past we’ve never known. With mesmerizing twists and a long-buried secret that may finally rise to light, You Were Here weaves together two worlds separated by decades, asking if the mistakes made in past lives can ever be corrected in the future, and if some souls are meant to find one another time and time again.

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