Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Reading Ahead: November 2014, part 2

Something about autumn always pushes me toward reading more thrillers--the darker the better. If you've got a similar yearning, November has new titles you'll look forward to!

Revival, by Stephen King. Over a half century ago, a charismatic preacher arrives in a small New England town. With the help of his wife, Reverend Jacobs transforms the local church. Then tragedy strikes, and in its wake the Reverend denounces his faith and is banished from the shocked town. Years later, one of the town's inhabitants, a man now sober after years struggling with addiction, meets the Reverend again and now the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. This is being touted as a masterwork from King, "in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe." I'm a fan of King's work anyway, so I'm beyond intrigued about this latest novel.

Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. One of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies has arrived on his doorstep as a corpse. His death bears all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for one enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the dead man's stomach. That single piece of evidence will lead Pendergast from an abandoned mine, to a desolate sea, and then deep into his own family's sinister past. As ancient secrets begin to resurface, Pendergast must escape a subtle killer bent on revenge...

Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell. In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

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