BOLO – Week of May 7, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

I have doubled the number of titles on this week’s list of books to be on the look out for.  I did this mainly as an example of how much diversity can be found in just one week of publishing in the crime fiction genre – diversity in style, tone, audience, and length. Literally something for everyone here – and all of it worth exploring.

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Karin Salvalaggio – Silent Rain (Minotaur, Hardcover, $27.99, 05/09/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This is the fourth book in Karin Salvalaggio’s Macy Greeley series.  Since she is one of my favorite writers, I am happy to say that Silent Rain just may be her best book yet. Look for the full BOLO Books review on launch day tomorrow!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Grace Adams has spent three years trying to move on―mentally, physically, emotionally―from the traumatizing events of her past. But it’s not easy when the world is morbidly curious about the crimes that shaped her childhood, when despite her changed name, people still track her down for the sensational details. Now in college in Bolton, Montana, the one person Grace has trusted with the truth about her past has betrayed her. The bestselling novelist Peter Granger wants to use Grace’s story in his next book, regardless of how desperate Grace is to keep the details to herself. And then, on Halloween night, Peter Granger’s house burns to the ground and his and his wife’s bodies are found inside.

Montana state detective Macy Greeley is sent to Bolton to handle the investigation into the fire and deaths…which soon appear to be arson and murder. It doesn’t take Macy long to realize that Grace isn’t the only one whom Peter Granger has betrayed, and there are no shortage of others in town who took issue with him and his wife. What at first looked like a straightforward investigation is poised to expose some of Bolton’s darkest secrets, and the fallout may put more than one life in danger.

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Dennis Lehane – Since We Fell (Ecco, Hardcover, $27.99, 05/09/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Most crime fiction fans need not hear anything beyond the name Dennis Lehane to rush to the bookstore. Since We Fell is another stunner from a true master. Check out the BOLO Books review of Since We Fell here.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

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Kristi Belcamino – City of Angels (Polis, Hardcover, $18.99, 05/09/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Kristi Belcamino has been building a very solid collection of writing for a while now, everything from novels to non-fiction and even short stories. With City of Angels she blasts on the Young Adult scene in the most explosive way possible. Check out the BOLO Books review of City of Angels here.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Nikki Black has been self-imposed lone wolf since her mother died, fleeing suburban Chicago to escape her painful past. But when her so-called boyfriend reveals why he really lured her to Southern California, she ends up on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back and a destitute twelve-year-old named Rain following in her shadows. The girls seek refuge at a residential hotel above a punk rock bar in downtown L.A. a few months before the city erupts into chaos during the 1992 riots. At The American Hotel, Nikki makes friends and, for the first time in years, feels as if she has a real family again. But everything changes when Rain disappears. Everyone believes Rain succumbed to the seductive allure of addiction and life on the streets. Determined to find Rain, Nikki burrows deeper into the underbelly of a city that hides a darkness beneath the glamour. And when she unveils a sinister cover-up by a powerful group that secretly controls the city of angels, she could lose everything, including her life. City of Angels is an edgy, gritty, mature Young Adult mystery about a young woman’s struggle to not only belong ― but survive.

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Nadine Nettmann – Uncorking a Lie (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $14.99, 05/08/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Few things go together better than a great book and a good glass of wine. Nadine Nettmann knows both! Uncorking a Lie is the second book in her traditional mystery series set in the Sonoma Valley, following on from her Agatha-Award-nominated debut, Decanting a Murder.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It was the kind of invitation sommelier Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it’s not the vintage listed on the label.

When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money―it includes an accidental death that might just be murder. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake . . . even her life.

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Abir Mukherjee – A Rising Man (Pegasus, Hardcover, $25.95, 05/09/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A Scotland Yard detective in 1919 Raj India…what more does one need to be intrigued by a new series. The industry buzz on this historical mystery was very strong when it debuted overseas last year and it is now finally making its way to American shelves.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In the days of the Raj, a newly arrived Scotland Yard detective is confronted with the murder of a British official―in his mouth a note warning the British to leave India, or else…

Calcutta, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. He is immediately overwhelmed by the heady vibrancy of the tropical city, but with barely a moment to acclimatize or to deal with the ghosts that still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that threatens to destabilize a city already teetering on the brink of political insurgency.

The body of a senior official has been found in a filthy sewer, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India, or else. Under tremendous pressure to solve the case before it erupts into increased violence on the streets, Wyndham and his two new colleagues―arrogant Inspector Digby and Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID―embark on an investigation that will take them from the opulent mansions of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.

Masterfully evincing the sights, sounds, and smells of colonial Calcutta, A Rising Man is the start of an enticing new historical crime series.

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Bryn Chancellor – Sycamore (Harper, Hardcover, $26.99, 05/09/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I have never been a fan of the term literary mystery, but if ever there was a book for which is was an apt designation, Sycamore is that book. This debut features a strong sense of place, a gripping plot, and characters you will grow to love.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

An award-winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing page-turner in the spirit of Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.

Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart—most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature—desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope—as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

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Nick Kolakowski – A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps (Down & Out, Paperback, $9.95, 05/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

And now for something completely different, Gonzo Noir. A term like that makes you want to read this book just to see what exactly that means. Since it is coming to us from Shotgun Honey and Down & Out books, you can bet it will be an interesting blend of things – both violent and funny – but with just the right amount of heart.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Bill is a hustler’s hustler with a taste for the high life. He pulls off big scores for one of New York City’s more vicious gangs…until he suddenly grows a conscience. However, living the clean life takes a whole lot of money, and so Bill decides to steal a fortune from his employer before skipping town.

With a bag of cash in the trunk of his car, Bill heads west, ready for a new life. But all that money makes him a tempting target for some bad people he meets on the road—and if that wasn’t dangerous enough, some old friends are close behind him, and they intend to make a trophy of his head.

Pursued by crooked cops, dimwitted bouncers, and a wisecracking assassin in the midst of a midlife crisis, Bill will need to be a quick study in the way of the gun if he wants to survive his own getaway. Who knew that an honest attempt at redemption could rack up a body count like this?

A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps is a gonzo noir journey into obsession, violence, and the power of love.

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Happy Homicides 5 – The Purr-fect Crime (Spot On, e-book, 0.99, 05/12/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

And at the other end of the crime fiction genre spectrum, we have cozy short stories featuring felines. With writers like Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Wendy Sand Eckel, and Karen Cantwell in the mix, you can bet you will be entertained.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A collection of eleven short mysteries by eleven bestselling and award-winning authors. These are clean reads written in the traditional mystery style popularized by Agatha Christie. All the stories feature cats, the purr-fect feline companions for crime-solving amateurs. Authors include Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Loulou Harrington, Neil Plakcy, Teresa Trent, Terry Ambrose, Amy Vansant, Randy Rawls, Christina Freeburn, Wendy Sand Eckel, and Karen Cantwell. Includes a special email address so you can send away for a bonus file full of recipes and fun project ideas.

6 thoughts on “BOLO – Week of May 7, 2017

  1. Per usual when reading Kristopher’s blog, I picked up my smart phone and entered four books in Evernote to buy and read. You are such a treasure to writers and readers.

    • Thank you so much LaDonna. This is likely because first and foremost I am a fan myself. And I know that if readers (and non-readers) have good books to engage with, they will continue to read into the future. A win for us all!

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