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Thriller Thursday (4/18/19)

A LibraryReads Pick and a true crime investigation make up this week’s Thriller Thursday celebration!

MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim

Two starred reviews!
April LibraryReads Pick + May Indie Next Pick!
A Library Journal Winter/Spring 2019 Best Debut!

“Intricate plotting and courtroom theatrics, combined with moving insight into parenting special needs children and the psychology of immigrants, make this book both a learning experience and a page-turner. Should be huge.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With touches of mystery, legal thriller, and character-driven storytelling, where nothing is ever quite as it seems, Kim’s promising debut will certainly have readers looking forward to her next offering.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE LAZARUS FILES: A Cold Case Investigation by Matthew McGough

“In this engrossing true crime account, McGough, the author of a memoir, BAT BOY, and a former legal consultant for TV’s Law & Order, exposes a horrifying Los Angeles murder that was not solved for decades—and an even more disturbing LAPD cover-up… This memorable and powerful work deserves a wide readership.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Thriller Thursday (2/21/19)

The early life of a now-famous PI and an illicit affair (featured in the just-launched podcast, Case Closed) are today’s #thrillerthursday picks!

THE VANISHING MAN: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series by Charles Finch
“Fans of the series, which set the earlier Lenox novels in the 1860s, will know what’s coming in the detective’s personal and professional life, but that in no way decreases the pleasure of this account of his earlier life. Finch’s nimble prose, edged with humor, makes this twelfth in the Charles Lenox series a pure delight.”–Booklist, starred review

SECRETS OF A MARINE’S WIFE: A True Story of Marriage, Obsession, and Murder by Shanna Hogan
“Bestseller Hogan (THE STRANGER SHE LOVED: A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder) delivers another page-turner… this sad, essentially tragic story will move many.”–Publishers Weekly

Macmillan’s True Crime Podcast: Case Closed

Hear ye, hear ye: podcast lovers, listen up!

Hey now! We’re podcasting! Like bosses! Case Closed, our first ever True Crime Podcast–featuring one murder per episode (from crime to trial to conviction), expertly hosted by St. Martin’s Press VP, Executive Editor, Charlie Spicer–is now available for download wherever you enjoy listening.

Season 1, adapted from CRAZY FOR YOU, explores the 2010 murder of Atlanta businessman Rusty Sneiderman. Sign up for a free trial with the code CLOSED.

Season 2 investigates the murder of Erin Corwin, who was just 19 years old when she kissed her husband Jon goodbye at the Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California, and headed to Joshua Tree National Park to scout hiking trails. It was the last time he would ever see her alive. A true story of marriage, obsession, and murder, based on the book SECRETS OF A MARINE’S WIFE by New York Times bestselling author Shanna Hogan.

New episodes release every Tuesday and are available on every podcast platform.

True Crime = Book Candy for Readers

Back in November, Publishers Weekly expounded on the popularity of true crime and highlighted their favorite titles in the genre. Here are their Macmillan picks:

STAY SEXY AND DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark 
The highly anticipated dual memoir by the beloved hosts of the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder as they delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

THE LAZARUS FILES: A Cold Case Investigation by Matthew McGough 
A deeply-reported, riveting account of a cold case murder in Los Angeles, unsolved until DNA evidence implicated a shocking suspect – a female detective within the LAPD’s own ranks.

AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere by Mikita Brottman 
An obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere–a once-grand hotel–and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism. “In addition to the crime element, Brottman adds an alluring layer to the narrative by interrogating her own preoccupation with death and suicide. The result is a page-turning look at the darker impulses of the human psyche.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Looking for further true crime reading? Check out Mikita Brottman’s true crime favorites.

Mikita Brottman Shares Her True Crime Favorites

Today we are shamelessly stealing an AMAZING idea from Baltimore County Public Library’s Maureen Roberts. Maureen masterminded the library’s “Read With” feature wherein an author curates a virtual book display of 10-20 titles. Maureen’s first test case: Henry Holt author, Mikita Brottman.

Maureen said, “We’ve been talking about AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH at our fall book buzzes and our customers are so intrigued, especially because the Belvedere Hotel is an institution around here. We would love to share Mikita’s recommendations.” And of course, Mikita BROUGHT IT. Here are her all-time True Crime favorites:

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True crime combined with memoir can be especially compelling, especially when the writing is strong. These are some of my favorite true crime memoirs, in no particular order. Although they’re all written in the first person, each author’s involvement is different. Some were directly affected by the crime; others got involved after the fact by attending the trial, or interviewing the participants. What they have in common is skillful writing, and a gripping story.

THE ADVERSARY: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrère (Picador, 2002).  The tale of a wealthy, successful doctor with a loving family who turns out to be an epic imposter. Carrère describes the tragedy that unfolds when eighteen years of lies come undone.

THE RED PARTS: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf, 2016).  Nelson, along with her mother, attends the trial of a man accused of murdering her aunt Jane 35 years earlier. Although Nelson never met her aunt, she’d always been fascinated and horrified by the murder. Woven into her observations of the trial are family memories, reflections on a broken relationship, meditations on the nature of violence, and much more. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday: Case Closed Podcast

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two bestselling authors with returning series favorites. Plus, a new true crime podcast!

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
Also available in audio
In the next book in the best-selling Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series, the all-female law firm is hit with a sex discrimination suit. “Series fans and newcomers alike will revel in the partners’ fierce loyalty, served up with an endearingly humorous slice of South Philly family life. A sure bet for legal-thriller fans.” — Booklist

ABANDONED by Allison Brennan
Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she’s never attempted is the mystery from her own past: why her mother abandoned her. “…an enjoyable mix of family story, romance, and thriller. Readers who enjoy strong female leads will finish this one wanting more from award-winner Brennan.” — Booklist

If you’re hooked on The Girls podcast, we’ve got another one to recommend: Case Closed, a new true crime podcast perfect for fans of Serial, Dirty John, Criminal, and other favorites.

Produced by Macmillan Podcasts & Criminal Element, and hosted by renowned true crime book editor Charlie Spicer—a 30-year veteran of St. Martin’s Press who has published more than 100 books—each season of Case Closed will track one murder from crime to trial to conviction. readmoreremove

July 2018 Nonfiction

Check out our great new nonfiction titles available this month—then make sure they get checked out at your library!

CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
Two starred reviews! “Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga. French’s two-fisted prose—‘When Boobee hops on a bar stool, lights an opium-tipped cigarette, and crosses her long legs, the sound of a dozen tensed-up male necks swinging round is like… a gunshot’—makes this deep noir history unforgettable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
Two starred reviews! “In this complex, exquisitely detailed account, freelance journalist and Detroit Free Press contributor Clark draws on interviews, emails, and other materials to describe the ensuing [Flint, Michigan, water] catastrophe… A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference. Infuriated readers will be heartened by the determined efforts of protesters and investigative reporters.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy
A searching examination of all the dimensions of love, marriage, mourning, and kinship from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy. “This timely look at how women are viewed (and often dismissed) by society will resonate with many readers, but particularly with those who have felt marginalized or undervalued.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Also available in audio
“Novelist Scottoline and daughter Serritella team up for the eighth in a series of entertaining mother-daughter humor books, combining entries in their ‘Chick Wit’ column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and new material. This summer beach read—which is indeed ‘like a glass of rosé, between two covers’—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

Day’s YA – SADIE

Helloooooo, YA librarians!

Holy. Moly. This. Freaking. Book.

I’m not even going to waste time with a witty introduction because I’m just SO EXCITED to talk to you about SADIE. But before I begin, just know that you will not be able to put this book down. So carve out an afternoon, get comfy, and prepare yourself for a YA thriller like no other. Ready? Let’s go.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Nineteen-year-old Sadie lives in a small Colorado town where she has raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own for years . . . until the day she runs away, on a mission to find the man who killed Mattie. The police investigation was a mess and Sadie wants justice. She throws away almost everything she owns, buys a cheap car, and leaves town following whatever clues she can find to lead her to her sister’s killer. readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH

“If my pursuits appear unhealthy to the modern eye, that is simply because they are no longer fashionable. Mine is the unhealthiness of the modern-day ascetic, the anchorite, the mortifier of the flesh. These moments I seek are my mementi mori, ritual injunctions reminding me that my own death is a little closer every day.” — Mikita Brottman

Mikita Brottman’s AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere delves into her obsessive decade-long investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere—a once-grand hotel turned apartment complex where Brottman lives. As she examines her own morbid curiosity, she offers a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism.

Maximum Shelf Awareness delves deeper into AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH: “Fans of true crime—and those who enjoy the fictional variety—will find plenty to rivet them in AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH. But the story also offers a lot to those who relish the psychological mysteries of mankind. The richest gem of AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH, however, is Brottman herself.” readmoreremove

May 2018 All-Stars

Sooooo many stars! Have you ordered these forthcoming books for your library yet? (If not, what are you waiting for?!)

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
“[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Paris (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; THE BREAKDOWN) once again proves her suspense chops with this can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio
“Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something here for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Steinhauer is a master at layering gray upon gray, motive upon motive…. Another must-read from a modern master.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
“Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga. French’s two-fisted prose—‘When Boobee hops on a bar stool, lights an opium-tipped cigarette, and crosses her long legs, the sound of a dozen tensed-up male necks swinging round is like… a gunshot’—makes this deep noir history unforgettable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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