Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reading Ahead: July 2013, part 1

With the sudden warmup at the end of last week, apparently summer has arrived and is here to stay.  In fact, the sudden influx of 90-degree temperatures here in CT were prompting a lot of my friends to post photos of snow and margaritas on their Facebook pages--everyone who had been wishing for summer suddenly wanted to cool off again!  Ah well, no one is happy all of the time, right?  Unless, of course, you're a fan of thriller novels looking ahead to see what chilling delights are being released this summer.  Might that be you?  I hope so, because the summer of the thriller is just getting started!

The Highway, by C.J. Box

Unleashed, by David Rosenfelt

The English Girl, by Daniel Silva

Light of the World, by James Lee Burke

The Curiosity, by Stephen Kiernan*

Hidden Order, by Brad Thor

Downfall, by Jeff Abbott

The Fire Witness, by Lars Kepler*

For the average thriller reader, you already are rubbing your hands together with glee and placing your holds.  However, I do want to point out two titles which are particularly worthy of note.  The first is Stephen Kiernan's debut novel, The Curiosity, which is being billed as a thoroughly original thriller about the nature of life and humanity.   A team of scientists in the Arctic make a stunning discovery--the body of a man frozen under layers of ice.  He is brought back to their lab and successfully reanimated.  When he begins to regain his memories, he shares that the last thing he remembers was falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean...in 1906.  I'm intrigued!

The other book I'd like to give some special attention to is, the latest Lars Kepler's latest Detective Inspector Joona Linna novel, The Fire Witness.   Flora Hansen makes her living as a medium, claiming to speak with the dead.  But after a gruesome murder at a home for wayward girls, Flora begins to have very real, vivid visions.  When she calls the police to report what she has seen, no one listens to her.  No one, that is, except for Joona Linna.  For fans of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole novels or Steig Larsson's work, I highly recommend this Swedish series--start with The Hypnotist

You may have noticed that today's list featured only male authors.  No worries--I'll share this summer's bad girls of thriller novels in Thursday's post.  In the meantime, happy reading!

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