From The Booking Desk:

It is Thanksgiving week here in the States – and I think we can all agree that we are thankful for books! And yes, there are some excellent new titles out this week, so when you are out getting your holiday shopping on, be sure to check them out.

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Galt Niederhoffer – Poison (St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover, $26.99, 11/21/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Another look at the secrets residing behind the curtain of marriage. Just when I think there is nothing more that can be said on the topic, a book like Poison comes along. Gripping from beginning to end, this one is well worth checking out for domestic suspense fans.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass’ two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland ―a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.

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Con Lehane – Murder in the Manuscript Room (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 11/21/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The second of Con Lehane’s 42nd Street Library series is a timely tale guaranteed to entertain while it educates. Written with a deft hand, readers will once again love the glimpse behind the scenes at one of our favorite places – the library.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When a murder desecrates the somber, book-lined halls of New York City’s iconic 42nd Street Library, Raymond Ambler, the library’s curator of crime fiction, has a personal interest in solving the crime. His quest to solve the murder is complicated by personal entanglements involving his friend―or perhaps more-than-friend―Adele Morgan. Not only does Adele’s relationship with the young woman staffer who was murdered get in the way of Ambler’s investigation, more disturbing for him is Adele’s growing interest in a darkly handsome Islamic scholar.

Soon the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department takes over the case from NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove, Ambler’s friend and sometimes partner-in-crime solving. Ambler suspects that the murder of the young woman, who’d been working at the library under an assumed name and the curious intervention of NYPD’s intelligence division are connected. The trail of intrigue leads to a seemingly unrelated murder in an upstate prison and a long ago murder of a trade union reformer.

No one else sees the connections Ambler is sure are there―not an unusual state of affairs for Ambler. But with the city’s law enforcement establishment determined to stop his investigation, the inquisitive and intrepid librarian faces challenges that may put his very life at risk.

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Douglas Schofield – Killing Pace (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99, 11/21/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I haven’t read this one yet, but with elements like amnesia and kidnapping – plus an international sprawl – it certainly sounds like something that is worth investigating. I suspect that answers to this mystery are not as clear as they may seem.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A high-octane, heart-pounding tale set in Everglades City, Florida and Sicily, Italy with three important questions: Where am I?… How did I get here?… and most importantly… Who am I?

These three questions have plagued Lisa Green for the past two months since she crawled barefoot and bleeding from the wreckage of a catastrophic car accident. Her boyfriend Roland has been nursing her back to health under close watch. Lisa has amnesia. They both know that, but only Lisa knows that she hasn’t lost her ability to reason. And reason tells her that she is not Roland’s girlfriend. She is his prisoner. Escape is her only option, and Lisa must figure out who she can trust and how to stay alive.

It’s bad enough that she’s been held against her will, but worse, it seems that she wasn’t randomly chosen. There’s more to her story than kidnapping, and the details appear to cross borders and continents. With organized criminals hard on her heels, Lisa must expose her enemies before they choose their next victim.