From the Booking Desk:

A trip to the bookstore this week will net you some of the best and more original novels of the year. Each of these books will defy your expectations and will find fans in readers who might not normally enjoy this style of novel. That credit all goes to the talented authors who are not afraid to take risks.

Rob Hart – The Warehouse (Crown, Hardcover, $27.0, 08/20/2019)

BOLO Books Comments:

Rob Hart’s dystopian opus will soon be the topic of conversation across the book and film worlds. If you read the spoiler-free BOLO Books Review of The Warehouse, you are already know how I feel – but now it is time that you experience this cerebral thriller yourself. I have no doubt you will join the throngs of fans championing this epic.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering. 

Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.

As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here.

Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place.

Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.


Hank Phillippi Ryan – The Murder List (Forge Books, Hardcover, $27.99, 08/20/2019)

BOLO Books Comments:

From the start of her career, Hank Phillippi Ryan has been providing readers with one excellent novel after the next, but her new one might just be the best yet. You can learn more from the spoiler-free BOLO Books review of The Murder List.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Law student Rachel North is the ultimate reliable narrator–she will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing. She’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar. And her internship with the powerful District Attorney’s office is her ticket to a successful future. 

Problem is–she’s wrong.

Rachel. Jack. Martha. Who is next on The Murder List?

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.


Alex North – The Whisper Man (Celadon Books, Hardcover, $26.99, 08/20/2019)

BOLO Books Comments:

Look for my review of this one soon, but you might as well order it immediately. Writing under a new pen name, one of my favorite crime fiction authors has crafted a near-perfect horror/mystery hybrid that also happens to be a profound meditation on father/son dynamics. Wow, this book is unforgettable!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…