From The Booking Desk:

I have decided this week to highlight some of the paperback originals being released. Too often they get lost in the crowd of new hardcovers flooding the market each week. However, the stories are no less compelling and they are easier on the wallet. Let’s celebrate some paperback originals this week!

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Neil Plakcy – Nobody Rides For Free (Diversion, Paperback, $14.99, 10/24/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Neil visited BOLO Books last week with a guest post about the evolution of this novel and I was a huge fan of the first Angus Green novel (The BOLO Books review of The Next One Will Kill You), so it is no surprise that I am whole-heartedly recommending this new thriller. There will be a review soon – I just need to catch up after all the festivities of Bouchercon.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

With less than a year of experience and only one big case behind him, FBI Special Agent Angus Green has joined the rarefied group of agents who have been wounded in the line of duty. Assigned to a desk job while he recovers, Angus wonders if he’s chosen the right career. He’s been following his late father’s dream for a life of adventure and travel―and instead encountered danger, pain, and heartbreak.

But when Angus discovers that gay teens are being sexually abused by a pornographer in the same neighborhood where he lives, he shoves aside his lingering doubts about his job and accepts his new assignment. The case takes him from Fort Lauderdale’s seamy underbelly to boisterous beachfront bars where big-fish Russian émigrés launder illegal cash. Angus is back in full effect, but with great power comes great responsibility, and he’ll soon find his stake in saving these trafficked teens is more personal than he could have anticipated. Every case leaves a lasting scar―some are just more difficult to see. In the end, Angus will learn the truth of a saying he learned as a boy―there is a price to pay for every decision we make. Nobody rides for free.

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Kristi Belcamino – Gia and the Forgotten Island (CreateSpace, Paperback, $11.99, 10/23/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Kristi Belcamino is one of the most consistently excellent authors I know. Readers can always count on a story from Kristi to feature strong female characters and a gripping plot that rarely goes where expected; but more than anything, fans know they will get a story full of heart and humanity. Keep your eyes open for an e-book deal very, very soon.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

An exciting new series character … Gia Santella is a fast-driving, hard-drinking, karate-trained free spirit, who is gorgeous, sexy, and a young heiress. She also has a fierce temper and zero tolerance for people in power preying on the vulnerable … especially when the injustice takes place in her neighborhood. Late one Autumn night, violence breaks out in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, as a hate group and counter-protesters come face to face. Gia Santella rushes to the protest to help find her friend’s granddaughter. Sasha Kennedy is a student journalist at U.C. Berkeley covering the protest for the school paper. But when Sasha mysteriously disappears at the protest, Gia learns that the young woman was on the brink of uncovering a story that would blow the whole city wide open. In her efforts to find the girl, Gia finds herself investigating more mysterious disappearances and begins to unravel a string of dark secrets that lie below the surface of her beloved neighborhood, threatening to destroy it. But then her plan goes terribly wrong. When Gia receives a terrifying message, she is caught in a race against time to find the young journalist before it’s too late… If she fails, more innocent people will die … And it will all be her fault.

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Alexandra Sokoloff – Hunger Moon (Thomas & Mercer, Paperback, $15.95, 10/24/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Alexandra Sokoloff may have spent the weekend getting married to fellow crime-writer Craig Robertson, but that’s not going to slow down either of their careers. Here, Alex returns with the latest in her celebrated series featuring Cara Lindstrom and Matthew Roarke. Few writers incorporate their feminist views so organically into their work as does Alexandra Sokoloff. If you haven’t tried this series, you really should. The BOLO Books review of Huntress Moon (book one in the series) can be found here.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Revenge has no limits.

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted . . .

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Chanette Paul – Sacrificed (Catalyst, Paperback, $16.95, 10/24/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Chanette Paul is a celebrated South African crime fiction and thriller writer with over forty books to her name. This is the first to be released here in the States and is well worth checking out. By tying contemporary issues with compelling characters, Chanette crafts a story that is hard to put down and even harder to forget.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Rejected by everyone except her extraordinary daughter, Caz lives a secluded life in rural South Africa. But a single phone call from her estranged sister shatters this refuge. This phone call is the first step down an ever-widening tunnel into Caz’s painful past. From the Congo’s sparkling diamond mines to Belgium’s finest art galleries, from Africa’s civil unrest to its deeply spiritual roots, Sacrificed seamlessly crosses borders and decades with a fiercely captivating story.