Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Reading Ahead: March 2016, part 3

Need an adventure? What about a mystery? Something suspenseful? The Trumbull Library has you covered!

The Gangster, by Clive Cussler & Scott Justin. Newest in Cussler's long-running Isaac Bell series (New to the series? Start with 2007's The Chase.), The Gangster begins in 1906 New York City, where the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree of kidnapping, extortion, and arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special “Black Hand Squad,” but the gangsters appear to be everywhere—so much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitators, criminals using the name for the terror effect. And then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last, and as Bell discovers, to his dismay, the ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all.

Clawback, by J.A. Jance. When Ali Reynolds's parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his long-time friend and financial advisor, only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father’s name, while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme’s other suddenly impoverished victims, one of whom is a stone cold killer.

Darkness, by Karen Robards. Robards treats readers to her signature romantic suspense style in this latest novel, Darkness. Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska, is on  routine outing that turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms. Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Reading Ahead: March 2016, part 2

Need something new to read? When in doubt, reach for a new suspense or thriller novel! March is packed with new titles just waiting for you!

The Steel Kiss, by Jeffery Deaver. I have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series; The Bone Collector was one of the first novels I read after starting here at the Trumbull Library (part time, many moons ago, just out of college), and it's still a favorite of mine all these years later.
So I'd feel remiss if I didn't share a new installment in the series, coming out next month.
Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer, chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity--and discover his mission--before more people die.

The Travelers, by Chris Pavone. Pavone, best-selling author of The Accident and The Expats, returns here with a spy novel like no other. Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.

Gone Again, by James Grippando. Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.”

The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax. The State Attorney refuses to consider the new evidence, insisting the case is closed. The governor has already signed the death warrant. An innocent man may be executed and time is running out—unless his lawyers can locate Sashi. And Jack, being a man of principle who believes in justice, jumps into action, only to find that neither the victim, nor her supposed kidnapper, are who they once appeared to be.
This is on my reading list, I hope it's on yours, too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reading Ahead: March 2016, part 1

I know, it's hard to believe I'm already talking about March, but that means there's an end in sight to winter! In the meantime, here are a few pulse-pounding thrillers to look forward to.

Private Paris, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. When Jack Morgan stops by Private's Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after getting a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter, who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer. Before Jack can locate her, several members of France's cultural elite are found dead-murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.

Fool Me Once, by Harlan Coben. Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

Far From True, by Linwood Barclay. Second in Barclay's slated Promise Falls Trilogy, Far From True picks right up where Broken Promise's cliffhanger ending left off. (Yes, you really should start with Broken Promise. You still have time--go now!) A series of murders have both private investigator Cal Weaver and Promise Falls Police Detective Barry Duckworth trying to get to the bottom of things before more people wind up dead. In the process of their investigations, they uncover some shocking truths about Promise Falls's past, and have to race to solve old crimes or risk certain calamity. Barclay's a big favorite among our library patrons--if you haven't tried his stuff, you're missing out!