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Booklist Mystery Month 2018, Our Agatha Award Winner & #ThrillerThursday Picks

First, a HUGE congratulations to Louise Penny’s GLASS HOUSES, which won the 2017 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel!

It’s Mystery Month over at Booklist, and Bill Ott named 3 of our books The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018 (for books reviewed between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018):

Top 10 Crime Novels

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
The latest in Hurwitz’s Evan Smoak series may be the best yet. The former Orphan X has cut his ties with the deep-cover Orphan Program and has reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, helping those with nowhere else to turn. Now, though, he’s out to avenge the death of his former mentor, but can he do so without putting at risk a young woman he rescued from the program? The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. As the character of Smoak becomes steadily more complex, the humanity at the core of the man emerges forcefully.

Best Debuts

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
PI Roxane Weary is a lot like her dead father, Frank, who was also a cop: she looks like him and drinks like him, and she’s taken to sleeping with his former partner. So she turns to Frank’s notebooks when she attempts to solve several murders in her small Ohio town. Roxane is a wonderfully rich character, deeply flawed but absolutely dogged in her pursuit of the truth. Sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. readmoreremove

PW Best Summer Books of 2018

Publishers Weekly recently announced their Best Summer Books of 2018, including these 9 Macmillan titles:
Top 10 (full list)

NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS, edited by Heid E. Erdrich
Rather than anthologize contemporary and emerging authors alongside classic or familiar ones, Erdrich introduces readers to 21 Native poets whose writing was first published after 2000. It’s a simple, powerful framing and all that is needed to introduce readers to a group of writers whose breadth and diversity of styles represent some of the best of contemporary poetry today. —Alex Green, New England correspondent

Fiction (full list)

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
Stage’s debut novel is a deviously fun domestic horror story that takes child-rearing anxiety to demented new heights. Frustrated stay-at-home mom Suzette attempts to pacify her seven-year-old daughter Hanna, who adores her father but distrusts Suzette, has dangerous tantrums, and only speaks in the voice of a 17th-century girl who was burned at the stake. As Suzette tries to connect with Hanna, Hanna plots ways to “step up her game against Mommy.”

BROTHER by David Chariandy
Set during the summer of 1991 in the Park, a housing complex in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Chariandy’s powerful and incendiary novel tracks the coming of age of two mixed-heritage brothers. Sensitive Michael fumbles through his first relationship while volatile Francis becomes obsessed with the burgeoning hip-hop scene. Chariandy imbues his resilient characters with strength and hope.

KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
Cusk’s final book in a trilogy (after OUTLINE and TRANSIT) expertly concludes the story of protagonist British author Faye. Like its predecessors, the novel eschews chronicling Faye’s life via traditional narrative, instead filling each page with conversations with and monologues by the many writers, journalists, and publicists she meets during her travels. As always, Cusk’s ear for dialogue and language is stunning. The author ends Faye’s trilogy with yet another gem.

Mystery (full list)

CAGED by Ellison Cooper
In her debut thriller, Cooper, an anthropologist who has worked as a murder investigator in Washington, D.C., channels “equal parts Kathy Reichs and Thomas Harris” (according to Lisa Gardner). In the basement of a D.C. house, a woman is found dead in a cage—left to slowly starve to death in a cold and calculating experiment with no clear motive. readmoreremove

The Best Book Since THE BOURNE IDENTITY

Do you like gripping, high octane thrillers? Are you a fan of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne? Then great news, because we have the perfect book for you: ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz.

The start of a new series introducing Evan Smoak, a legendary figure with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn, is blowing readers’ minds:

“Knowing that this is the start of a series reduces tension only a sliver in this hi-tech, nonstop thriller. Hurwitz, known for this kind of adrenaline-producing fiction, adds enough humanity to the action to make this a standout, and readers should get in at the start. As if a big print run and marketing plans weren’t enough, screen rights have already been sold, with Hurwitz doing the screenplay and Bradley Cooper as producer and possible star.” — Booklist, starred review

“Bestseller Hurwitz melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener. Evan is an electrifying character who chooses daily to do good.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

I didn’t just ‘like’ this book, or ‘love’ it—ORPHAN X blew me away. The last time a book and a character rocked me this deeply was the 80s when I read THE BOURNE IDENTITY by Robert Ludlum. The day I met Jason Bourne, I knew in the first 30 pages the character was a breakout megastar with unlimited reach. Now, all these years later, Evan Smoak has awed me in exactly the same way.” — Robert Crais

“From the explosive opening where a boy begins his dramatic transformation, ORPHAN X blows the doors off most thrillers I’ve read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse chase that feels like a missile launch. Brilliantly conceived and plotted, his character Evan Smoak, Orphan X, deserves his own niche in the thriller hero hall of fame. Read this book. You will thank me later.”
— David Baldacci

“Gregg Hurwitz’s ORPHAN X is his best yet – a real celebration of all the strengths he brings to a thriller.” — Lee Child

Exciting and mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, ex operative Evan Smoak turns on the action and shows off all the right moves as he sets out to help the downtrodden, and perhaps save his own humanity along the way.” — Lisa Gardner

“ORPHAN X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you’ll not soon forget!” — Tess Gerritsen

ORPHAN X is the most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. And Reacher would love this guy. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense enriched by compassion and insight.” — Jonathan Kellerman

We want you to be among the first to experience the thrill-ride of reading ORPHAN X so we’re giving away ARCs to adult librarians currently employed in the U.S.!*

To request a copy, please email library@macmillanusa.com from your library-issued email account with the subject line “Orphan X” and make sure to include your library’s mailing address.

Remember, if you love it, you can nominate it for the January LibraryReads list (due 11/20)! readmoreremove

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