Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Reading Ahead: July 2017, part 1

As we continue to work under the impression that summer will arrive eventually, I'm going to keep sharing great new reads to be released this summer!

House of Spies, by Daniel Silva. Number 17 in Silva's extremely popular Gabriel Allon series (after The Black Widow, 2016), House of Spies finds Allon back in action and out for revenge, on the hunt for an ISIS operative known only as Saladin. Series fans will love it for Silva's signature style as Allon travels the world over in hot pursuit of his adversary. New to the series? My advice is to start at the beginning with The Kill Artist (I've tried to pick this up in the middle, and while it is possible, I must admit that readers will get more out of the later novels if they have the foundation laid early on.). Also available in Large Print.

The Late Show, by Michael Connelly. Bestseller Connelly introduces readers to a new protagonist in his latest, a hungry young detective named Renee Ballard eager to prove herself working the LAPD's toughest beat--The Late Show. It is a shift of case beginnings, though Ballard turns everything over to the day shift each morning, finishing none of these cases. It is her punishment assignment after filing sexual harassment charges against her supervisor.
But one night she catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the investigations entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her. 
I'd expect this new novel to win Connelly even more fans. Also available in Large Print.

Two Nights, by Kathy Reichs. Reichs, who has been writing her Temperance Brennan novels (basis for the hit TV show Bones) since the late 1990s (Deja Dead, etc.), here treats readers to a stand-alone novel. Sunday "Sunnie" Night has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? Sunnie's own demons may just be what helps her to solve the case. As with Connelly, above, I'd expect a new series to win Reichs some new fans. Also available in Large Print.

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