Thursday, October 15, 2015

Meg's Picks: November 2015

 Well, there's not a lot on my list of picks for next month, but those that made the list? They're serious business.

American Blood, by Ben Sanders. Sanders is a New Zealand bestseller, and American Blood is his US debut. Marshall Grade, a former NYPD officer now living in the witness protection program in Santa Fe, NM, tries to make amends for wrongs committed during his final undercover assignment by searching for a local woman who has disappeared. That brings him to the attention of the bad guys he was trying to leave behind, including a contract killer called the Dallas Man. Additionally noteworthy is that Warner Bros. has bought the film rights, and Bradley Cooper has signed on to star in the film adaptation. I'd imagine we'll be hearing more from Sanders soon.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King. A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. I am a major Stephen King fan, as my readers are well aware, and I adore his short fiction in particular--I have read, and re-read, Nightmares and Dreamscapes in particular--Dolan's Cadillac in particular has left a lasting impact. There's no reason to doubt that his latest collection will have similar impact.

The Muralist, by B.A. Shapiro. If you're unfamiliar with B.A. Shapiro, let me refresh your memory: She wrote 2012's sleeper hit The Art Forger, about a woman who makes a living painting reproductions, only to find herself in over her head when a work she has been contracted to copy turns out to be a forgery itself. Now in this new novel, Shapiro returns to the art world, this time in a woman's search for her great-aunt, a political artist who disappeared 70 years ago. Fans of the first will certainly want to check out this latest.

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