From The Booking Desk:

Readers will be able to fill an entire summer of books simply with this week’s list. There are so many exciting titles coming out tomorrow, I am confident that everyone will find something they need to order immediately.

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James W. Ziskin – Cast the First Stone (Seventh Street, Paperback, $15.95, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

You have probably already seen the BOLO Books review of Cast the First Stone. I don’t really have much else to add, except to say that this entire series is worth exploring. Each of the novels works fine as a stand-alone, but the evolution of Ellie Stone as a character across all of the books is truly something to behold.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

February 1962: Tony Eberle has just scored his first role in a Hollywood movie, and the publisher of his hometown newspaper in upstate New York wants a profile of the local boy who’s made good. Reporter Ellie Stone is dispatched to Los Angeles for the story. But when she arrives on set to meet her subject, Tony has vanished. The director is apoplectic, Tony’s agent is stumped, and the producer is found murdered.

Ellie is on the story, diving headfirst into a treacherous demimonde of Hollywood wannabes, beautiful young men, desperately ambitious ingénues, panderers, and pornography hobbyists. Then there are some real movie stars with reputations to protect. To find the killer, Ellie must separate the lies from the truth, unearthing secrets no one wants revealed along the way. But before she can solve the producer’s murder, she must locate Tony Eberle.

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Erin Kelly – He Said/She Said (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Sure to be one of the buzz books of the season, Erin Kelly has really outdone herself with this one. Check out the BOLO Books review of He Said/She Said for more details. (Trust me, it’s a spoiler-free review – as always here at BOLO Books)

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder―did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

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Cara Black – Murder in St. Germaine (Soho Crime, Hardcover, $27.95, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Cara Black is back and that means Aimée Leduc is off on another adventure through Paris. The fan base for this series continues to grow and with good reason. Look for a full review of this title later this week.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord her team took down. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?

Aimée is already working on a huge case; plus, she’s got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads she has, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladić is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind—until Suzanne’s team begins to die in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

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Hallie Ephron – You’ll Never Know, Dear (William Morrow, Hardcover, $26.99, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

As for as I am concerned, you can never go wrong with a Hallie Ephron novel. In a career of highs, You’ll Never Know, Dear is a highlight. I’ll be running a review later this week, so keep your eye out for that.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .

Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey’s precious doll was gone . . . and so was Janey.

Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis—now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own—still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, their mother, Miss Sorrel, places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day—a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll—offering a generous cash reward for its return. For years, there’s been no response. But this year, the doll came home.

It is the first clue in a decades-old mystery that is about to turn into something far more sinister—endangering Lis and the lives of her mother and daughter as well. Someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago, and is desperate to keep it hidden.

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Nik Korpon – The Rebellion’s Last Traitor (Angry Robot, Paperback, $7.99, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Nik Korpon has a way of blending genres in unique, yet convincing ways.  Here we have a traditional sounding sci-fi premise with enough crime and noir overtones to please readers of the crime fiction genre. Step outside you box and give this one a try.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

In a dystopian world ravaged by war and environmental collapse, one man fights history to discover the truth about his wife and child.

After decades of war, the brutal Tathadann Party restored order toshattered Eitan City by outlawing the past and rewriting history. Memory is a commodity – bought and sold, and experienced like a drug. Henraek works as a Tathadann memory thief, draining citizens’ memories.

Everything changes when Henraek harvests a memory of his own wife’s death, in the hidden rebellion that once tore apart their city. Now he will do whatever it takes to learn the truth – even ifit means burning Eitan City to the ground.

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Harry Bryant – Hidden Palms (ROTA, Paperback, $17.00, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I know very little about this book other than the fact that the jacket copy made me laugh out loud. There is just something about this premise – not to mention the cover – that makes this one seem tailor made for summer reading.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Meet Robert “Butch” Bliss. Once upon a time, he was a rising star in the adult filmed entertainment industry, but that was before the unfortunate incident with all that cocaine (not his) in the back of the car (also not his). Regardless, the DA was up for re-election that year, and so he made a point of throwing the book at this disreputable young man who was making a living shooting nudie films (that was true) and selling drugs (so very not true). In the end, Butch got a couple of years of free room and board at CCI in Tehachapi, CA. Throw in a little accidental misunderstanding in the prison shower one day, and a “couple” turned into a decade.

You’d think a man would be sour on the world after that, but along the way, Bliss found his, well, not his “bliss,” because that would be totally corny, but he found something similar, and as the 20th century comes to a close, Butch Bliss is out of jail, out of work, and living rent-free in the bungalow out behind Mrs. Chow’s house. What’s an ex-con, ex-porn star to do? Well, he does favors. Not those kind of favors. He gives aid to those who need help from someone who isn’t afraid of jaywalking, or smoking in the lavatory on an airplane, or littering at a state park. He helps out the little guy, the disenfranchised, the downtrodden, and the underrepresented because he knows how badly the system will screw anyone.

Hidden Palms begins with a favor (as they all do), and ends with a showdown between a motorcycle gang, rogue DEA agents, and a narcissistic narcotics entrepreneur. Stoic, unflappable, and easy-going, Bliss is the dude who strolls out of the sunset and offers to change the tire when you’ve got a flat along the side of the Pacific Coast Highway. He’s the dude who will carry your groceries through that neighborhood where gangbanger drive-bys happen around the clock. He’s the dude who will do just about anything, if you ask nicely. (And no, not those things; he doesn’t do that sort of work anymore.)

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Cristin Terrill – Here Lies Daniel Tate (S & S for Young Readers, Hardcover, $17.99, 06/06/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Reminiscent of the film The Imposter, this YA title sounds like an intriguing read and has a cover design that defies readers to simply walk by this title on the shelf.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realized he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

It seems too good to be true when Daniel Tate, missing since he was abducted from one of California’s most elite private enclaves at the age of ten, turns up on a snowy street in Vancouver six years later. At first too traumatized to speak, he is eventually able to tell the authorities who he is and is reunited with his overjoyed family. In time, they tell him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing; all that matters is that they have him back.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing:

That boy isn’t Daniel Tate.

But he wants to be. A young con artist who’s been taking on false identities for years, this impostor has stumbled onto the scam of a lifetime. Daniel has everything he’s ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and most importantly, a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.

Until he realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all. Maybe someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be…and if he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.