From The Booking Desk:

Fall appears to be upon us; temperatures are cooling down, the leaves are turning, and the holiday shopping season begins (earlier than ever). Fortunately, there are some great new books out this week for your gift-giving needs (either to others or perhaps as a gift to yourself – you deserve it). Once you hear about these books, you won’t be able to resist.

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Ivy Pochoda – Wonder Valley (Ecco, Hardcover, $26.99, 11/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Ivy Pocoda may not be as prolific as some of the authors in the crime fiction community, but when you are writing books as powerful as Visitation Street and Wonder Valley, you don’t need to write often. Wonder Valley is simply unforgettable and is destined for award recognition as another year of crime fiction draws to a close. I will be posting more about this novel soon.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles.

From the acclaimed author of Visitation Street, a visionary portrait of contemporary Los Angeles in all its facets, from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific, from the 110 to Skid Row.

During a typically crowded morning commute, a naked runner is dodging between the stalled cars.  The strange sight makes the local news and captures the imaginations of a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls.

There’s Ren, just out of juvie, who travels to LA in search of his mother. There’s Owen and James, teenage twins who live in a desert commune, where their father, a self-proclaimed healer, holds a powerful sway over his disciples. There’s Britt, who shows up at the commune harboring a dark secret. There’s Tony, a bored and unhappy lawyer who is inspired by the runner. And there’s Blake, a drifter hiding in the desert, doing his best to fight off his most violent instincts.  Their lives will all intertwine and come crashing together in a shocking way, one that could only happen in this enchanting, dangerous city.

Wonder Valley is a swirling mix of angst, violence, heartache, and yearning—a masterpiece by a writer on the rise.

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Victoria Thompson – City of Lies (Berkley, Hardcover, $26.00, 11/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Victoria Thompson launches an excellent new historical series with City of Lies. What is so astonishing is how timely the book feels in today’s political climate. Strong female characters and a thrilling plot add up to an unforgettable reading experience.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…

Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.

She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son, Gideon, is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. Elizabeth knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gideon. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.

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C. L. Taylor – The Missing (William Morrow, Paperback, $15.99, 11/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The trend of unreliable female narrators continues with The Missing. Fan of psychological suspense will flock to this novel and come away fully satisfied.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

A harrowing psychological thriller about a missing teenage boy whose mother must expose the secrets within their own family if she wants to find her son—perfect for fans of Reconstructing Amelia.

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things—that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.

A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it…?

Combining an unreliable narrator and fast-paced storytelling, The Missing is a chilling novel of psychological suspense that will thoroughly captivate and obsess readers.

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Patricia Smiley – Outside the Wire (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $15.99, 11/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Outside the Wire is the second in Smiley’s hard-boiled detective series. Featuring a strong female lead and topical and touching plot elements, readers will surely enjoy another visit to the LAPD.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the Ranger’s neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill? As Davie unravels baffling clues, one murder becomes two and a pattern begins to emerge. Racing to save the killer’s next victim, Davie is led to a shocking twist that challenges her physical and emotional endurance and tests the bonds of brotherhood and friendship.