From The Booking Desk:

I try to make my lists of books to be on the look out for as eclectic as possible – but I think this week takes the cake.  There are so many genres represented here. Enjoy!

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Jeff Abbott – Blame (Grand Central, Hardcover, $26.00, 07/18/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Hopefully most of you have already pre-ordered this novel based on the BOLO Books Review of Blame from last week, but in case you need further incentive – I once again say that this is the thriller of the summer.  Don’t miss it!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Sometimes the person you thought you knew best…
Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all.

The crash that killed him
Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane’s note: I wish we were dead together.

A girl to blame
From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?

The secrets she should forget
Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don’t remember…

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Michael Connolly – The Late Show (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $28.00, 07/18/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A new series from one of crime fiction’s best. Michael Connolly is stepping away from Harry Bosch for a moment to craft this excellent female protagonist. Readers are going to immediately relate to Renée and I expect that she is going to be with us for a very long time. Talk about a clever set-up for a series – the night shift wins.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood–also known as the Late Show–beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two assignments she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

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Noir at the Salad Bar (Paperback, 07/16/2017) $16.95)

BOLO Books Comments:

This has to be my favorite book title of the year. Perfectly cute and clever.  But beyond that, this book contains short stories from some great writers. I can’t wait for each amuse bouche!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Noir at the Salad Bar, Culinary Tales with a Bite is a crime fiction anthology featuring gastronomic mysteries. Inside are dark and varied tales with a common theme of food and drink. The contributing writers represent a mix of bestselling authors, brand new voices, and seasoned professionals from the crime writing community. Bon Appétit! The Authors: E.A. Aymar – Michael Bracken – Joyce Ann Brown – Mara Buck – Karen Cantwell – John R. Clark – Frank Collia – Sheila Connolly – Sharon Daynard – Jenny Drummey – Martin Edwards – Gerald Elias – John M. Floyd – Jason Half – Isobel Horsburgh – E L Johnson – Larry Lefkowitz – Michael Allan Mallory – LD Masterson – Lorraine Sharma Nelson – Alan Orloff – A.B. Polomski – Rima Perlstein Riedel – Verena Rose – Barbara Ross – Harriette Sackler – Shawn Reilly Simmons – Louise Taylor – Elaine Togneri – Leslie Wheeler

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Marcus Sakey – Afterlife (Thomas & Mercer, Paperback, $15.95, 07/18/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A longer review of this one will appear later this week, but for now, know that this is a unique blend of crime fiction/sci-fi/romance from a writer who excels at crossing genre lines. Soon to be a major motion picture, why not read the novel first – you won’t be sorry.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people—until he sees they’re carrying machetes.

Welcome to the afterlife.

Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic.

Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love…with Will Brody.

But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect—and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.
From the author of the million-copy bestselling Brilliance Trilogy comes a mind-bending thriller that explores our most haunting and fundamental question: What if death is just the beginning?

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Nancy Cole Silverman – Room for Doubt (Henery Press, Paperback, $15.95, 07/18/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Hollywood reporter Carol Childs returns in the fourth book in this traditional mystery series. If you love to surround yourself with the glitz and glitter of the celebrity lifestyle, as well as the secrets and scandals that come with it, this is the book for you.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again.

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew.