Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reading Ahead: October 2014, part 1

I heard someone say the saddest thing ever last week. Want to know what it was?

"School starts soon. I won't be able to read again until next June."

As both a reader and a librarian, I found that statement profoundly depressing. I can't imagine going most of the year with the notion that there would simply not be enough time or energy or motivation or combination of those things to manage to read a book. If you're finding yourself in a similar mindset about reading "out of season", I have some great tips to help you find/create more time to get some reading in. All is not lost! And you'll definitely want to make sure you make time for some of the great new suspense and thrillers coming out this fall.

Gray Mountain, by John Grisham. Grisham has a new hero(ine!), and her name is Samantha Kofer. It's 2008 and her career on Wall Street is on the fast track, at least until the recession hits and she finds herself downsized, furloughed, and escorted out of the building. But she is one of the lucky ones, offered a job at a rural legal-aid clinic for one year, without pay, after which there is a small possibility she might get her job back. In a matter of days, Samantha trades Manhattan for Appalachia, where she gets more experience, both professional and practical, than she ever thought she might. The advance praise I've read about this makes it a sure thing for Grisham fans, and might win him some new ones, too.

Deadline, by John Sandford. Eighth in Sandford's Virgil Flowers series, Deadline finds Flowers investigating a dognapping for a friend, a simple task that is growing bigger and uglier by the minute, as signs are pointing to a larger operation supplying medical labs with animals for testing. Then he receives a phone call to help investigate the murder of a very unpopular local reporter. Sandford can be relied upon for complex characters and well-placed plotting, so this is a sure bet for fans.

Truth Be Told, by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Ryan is no joke. Investigative reporter. Award-winning, best-selling author. Here she returns to readers with her third Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan novel, using her insider's skills to craft a twisted tale of suspense. Reporter Ryland is investigating a heartbreaking story of a middle-class family evicted from their home, only to find that this event, and other recent foreclosures, is part of a bigger scheme backed by some very surprising players. Meanwhile, Boston police detective Brogan has personal reasons for wanting to close a twenty-year-old cold case, but he suspects that the man who's confessed to the crime is actually lying. Readers looking to get in on a newer series should definitely try this one--start with the first installment, The Other Woman.

Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler. While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States, Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in something even more dangerous—a post-Castro power struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt’s children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure. The problem is, that stone was believed to have been destroyed on the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, which brings them both to Cuba as well—and squarely into harm’s way.

I'll be back on Thursday with more titles to look forward to!

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