Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meg's Picks: May 2014, part 1

 Just when you thought you'd seen all May will have to offer in the way of new titles, I have to tell you that there are more.  And these are titles you should definitely pay a little extra attention to.  Suspsense, thriller and mystery fans?  I'm looking at you.

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, by Tom Rachman.  Rachman garnered lots of praise for his debut novel, The Imperfectionists.  Tooly Zylberberg is the American owner of a Welsh countryside bookshop, living an isolated life full of many books and very few people.  Books are safer; books don't ask uncomfortable questions about a past Tooly would rather not remember.  When a call from an old boyfriend with startling news reaches her, however, Tooly must leave her safe isolation and travel afar to finally uncover the mysteries of her past.  This is being billed as a sure thing for fans of writers like Jennifer Egan, David Eggers and Donna Tartt.  That's enough to pique my interest!

I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes.  If you're looking for a thriller with some heft (both figurative and literal--it's over 600 pages) to keep you occupied this summer, this may be just what you're looking for.  A spy-thriller of the first order, this debut from Hayes follows a twisting plot and one man's race against time and the odds to try and head off a single-minded enemy.  I've seen it described as a combination of Homeland, The Wire and The Bourne Ultimatum.  Given than it has gotten great reviews from authors like Gregg Hurwitz and David Baldacci, I definitely think this is worth a gamble.

The Skin Collector, by Jeffrey Deaver.  Inspired by the killer in The Bone Collector (the first of the Lincoln Rhyme novels), a new killer is on the loose, and it's up to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs to once again team up with NYPD and race against time to figure out the killer's pattern, who he will attack next and why he tattoos his victims with poisoned ink.  Delighted to see another installment of Rhyme and Sachs together--they are unorthodox and extraordinary.

The Directive, by Matthew Quirk.  Following Quirk's popular debut, The 500, featuring former con artist and Harvard law student Mike Ford, Ford makes his return in this sequel. After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game--this time the stakes are even higher.  Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from the little-known but unbelievably influential trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to help, Mike soon finds himself trapped by the dangerous men in charge--and forced to call on all the skills of his criminal past in order to escape.  If this is half as good as Quirk's first novel, this is absolutely a must-read for suspense fans. 

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