From The Booking Desk:

It is a holiday week here in the States and judging by this list of books, readers are going to be very happy. For me, this week’s releases hit all the sweet spots I love in my literature. I know you will find something that you must read as well.

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John Connolly – A Game of Ghosts (Atria, Hardcover, $26.99, 07/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A new Charlie Parker novel is always reason to celebrate. This one is a more intimate outing, but we are still inching ever closer to Parker’s biggest battle. Nobody crafts better villains than John Connolly. They seem so real, you fear running into them out in the real world.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator—he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund’s world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts…

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Susie Steiner – Persons Unknown (Random House, Hardcover, $27.00, 07/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Steiner’s follow-up to Missing, Presumed confirms what we already knew. This is a talented author with quite the future ahead of her. Jump on the bandwagon now, you won’t regret it.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman’s name on his lips in his last seconds of life.

Detective Manon Bradshaw handles only cold cases. Five months pregnant, in pursuit of a work-life balance rather than romantic love, she’s focused on being a good mother to her two children: her adopted twelve-year-old son, Fly Dent, and the new baby.

But the man died just yards from the police station where she works, so Manon can’t help taking an interest. And as she sidles in on the briefing she learns that the victim, a banker from London worth millions, is more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. When the case begins to circle in on Manon’s home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the colleagues she once held dear: Davy Walker and Harriet Harper.

Can Manon separate what she knows about the people she loves from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she investigate the evidence just as she would with any other case? Persons Unknown shows acclaimed author Susie Steiner writing her most intricate, suspenseful novel yet.

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Christopher Brookmyer – The Last Hack (Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, $25.00, 07/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Brookmyre will be the guest of honor at this year’s Bouchercon in Toronto. I am very much looking forward to hearing him speak. I recently reviewed Black Widow and will be posting more about this book soon. With a stunning cover and relevant plot, this one should be flying off bookstore shelves.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

There are no women on the Internet. It is one of the cardinal rules of hacking, and not since Lisbeth Salander famously violated it in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series has the maxim been so compellingly broken as in The Last Hack, the new Jack Parlabane thriller from one of the smartest minds in crime fiction, Christopher Brookmyre.

Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast. Left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison, she is forced to watch her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online. Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane seems to have finally gotten his career back on track with a job at a flashy online news start-up, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realize—and might be each other’s only hope.

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Simon Toyne – The Boy Who Saw (William Morrow, $27.99, 07/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I was a huge fan of The Searcher. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a galley of this sequel, but there is little doubt in my mind that it will be a worthy read. I hope to follow up with more on this time in the future, schedule-permitting.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Solomon Creed, the enigmatic hero introduced in The Searcher, must stop a killer tied to a conspiracy stretching back over generations to the dying days of World War II.
Solomon Creed has no recollection of who he is, or where he comes from. The only solid clue to his identity is a label stitched in his jacket that reads: “This suit was made to treasure for Mr. Solomon Creed.”

The jacket fits perfectly, and so does the name, but there is a second name on the label, the name of the tailor who made the suit and an address in southern France. Solomon heads to France in search of this man, hoping to discover more about who he is. But instead of answers he finds a bloody corpse, the Star of David carved into his chest and the words “Finishing what was begun” daubed in blood on the wall.

When the police discover Solomon at the crime scene they suspect he is the murderer and lock him up. Solomon must escape to clear his name and solve the mystery of why the last remaining survivors of a notorious Nazi death camp are being hunted down and murdered. Only by saving these survivors from evil can Solomon hope to piece together the truth about a decades-old conspiracy as well as discover the key to his own identity.
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Holly Seddon – Don’t Close Your Eyes (Ballantine, Hardcover, $27.00, 07/04/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another newish psychological suspense author for us all to check out.  I haven’t read Seddon yet, but I have only heard great things.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When the past knocks, someone must answer.

In a bustling suburban neighborhood in Manchester, England, sits an unassuming house. There is no sign of life behind the unwashed windows, but Robin Marshall is inside. Driven by fears and obsessions, racked by anxiety, Robin is frantically pushing her body through punishing workouts, eating little, haunted by what happened to her family when she was a girl. Robin’s only connection to the outside world is through her rear windows and the lives she spies upon in the apartment house across the way. Then a stranger starts pounding on her door.

Sarah Marshall is Robin’s twin, estranged from her sister after their parents’ betrayal and a violation at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust. Sarah has recently lost custody of the child she loves more than anything and has set off on her own, hoping that somewhere in England she can find Robin, the braver twin, the rock star, the survivor, the savior.

These two young women, polar opposites, cannot go on unless they reckon with the past. While Sarah, slowly unraveling, searches for her sister’s hiding place, Robin sees another life hanging in the balance in the lighted windows across the street. It is a life only Robin can save—as long as she never looks away.

In a novel that is stunning in its twists, shocks, and gripping psychological suspense, two sisters find themselves on the razor’s edge of sanity. Untold secrets, a ghastly lie, and suffocating guilt hold them back. Only one astounding act can set them free. And one last revelation will leave readers gasping in surprise.