In MASSACRE POND, Barry Award-winner Paul Doiron's latest suspense novel featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch, a wealthy animal rights activist is buying up huge parcels of timberland to create a new national park. When seven moose are found butchered on her estate and a shocking murder is discovered, it's Mike's job to solve the controversial case.
"This series follows Bowditch from the start of his warden career, and his evolution creates a constantly fresh perspective paired with solid procedural details and an outdoors education, to boot. MASSACRE POND, arguably the best yet, boasts fair-minded exploration of Maine’s conflicting environmental and economic interests and marks a turning point for Bowditch, who questions his fit with a career that constantly requires suppressing his instincts." —Booklist (starred review)
"An unusual lead investigator, thoughtful plotting, and lyrical prose add up to a winner" —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Ava Lee, martial arts master and unflappable forensic accountant, is back in her second outing, THE WILD BEASTS OF WUHAM, and this time she's unraveling a financial scandal in the art world to the tune of $100 million. From Denmark to the Faroe Islands, New York to London, Ava tracks down the provenance of a series of meticulously forged paintings.
Booklist is of the first to review THE WILD BEASTS OF WUHAN and they said, "You haven’t seen cold and calculating until you’ve double-crossed this number cruncher. Another strong entry from Arthur Ellis Award–winner Hamilton."
Library Journal gave the first Ava Lee novel, THE DISCIPLE OF LAS VEGAS, a starred review and said, "This financial mystery echoes Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series heroine, but Ava is edgier and computer savvy; she is as resourceful as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander but without the emotional baggage and extreme violence. Highly recommended."
The Ava Lee Series has been sold in more than twenty countries, and has been optioned for film by Strada Films/Union Pictures.Read more
Part history, part journalism, and part true-crime thriller, MORTAL SINS by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael D'Antonio reveals a long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world, the Catholic church. It already has three starred reviews!
"[MORTAL SINS] will be widely regarded as the definitive history of the Catholic Church’s 'most severe crisis since the Reformation': the revelations of endemic sexual abuse of minors by priests in the United States and Europe." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The author weaves a captivating tale of legal drama set against the backdrop of an intransigent ecclesiastical hierarchy. [...] Riveting and fascinating—sure to serve future generations well as they look back on this era." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Doyle and Anderson are the two most prominent heroes of D’Antonio’s superlatively readable overview of the ongoing, now-global crisis of priestly sex abuse. [...] this landmark work of recent history remains gripping and affecting to the last word." -Booklist (starred review)
Book clubs, take note! Reviewers are giving Gail Godwin's latest, FLORA, high praise. Here's a quick summary to get you familiar:
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work during the final months of World War II. At three, Helen lost her mother, and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. Flora, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
"Unsparing yet compassioante; a fine addition to Godwin's long list of first-rate faction bringing 19th-century richness of detail and characterization to the ambiguities of modern life." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] stirring and wondrous novel from Godwin…. [her] thoughtful portrayal of their boredom, desires, and the eventual heartbreak of their summer underscores the impossible position of children, who are powerless against the world and yet inherit responsibility for its agonies." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Godwin’s under-your-skin characters are perfectly realized, and the held-breath plot is consummately choreographed. But the wonder of this incisive novel of the endless repercussions of loss and remorse at the dawn of the atomic age is how subtly Godwin laces it with exquisite insights into secret family traumas, unspoken sexuality, class and racial divides, and the fallout of war while unveiling the incubating mind of a future writer." —Booklist (starred review)
FLORA was also on the May 2013 Indie Next List!
FLORA by Gail Godwin.Poignant story of loss of innocence in 1940s North Carolina mountains. #ewgc— Janet Lockhart (@HartGami) May 7, 2013
Talia and I have a girl crush on Jamaica Kincaid. We spent a little time with her before the Freedom to Read Foundation's Banned/Challenged Author event at Seattle Town Hall during ALA Midwinter. She completely won us over in, oh, approximately four minutes.
Kincaid joined us in Seattle to talk about her journey as a reader and a writer and the experience of having her book, LUCY, challenged in a Pennsylvania high school as "most pornographic." More on that event here.
We're excited to see that SEE NOW THEN, Kincaid's first novel in ten years, has some great press already. The New York Times ran a piece called "Never Mind the Parallels, Don’t Read It as My Life" in which Kincaid clarifies how much of her new book is autobiographical (spoiler: only some). And Publishers Weekly interviewed Kincaid in "The Age of a Mountain: PW Talks with Jamaica Kincaid" about the phrase "see now then" and her experience creating characters of all ages.
"Kincaid has created a measured, bewitching, and metaphysical fable, as well as a venomous, acidly comic, and plangent tale of love, betrayal, and loss that is at once slashingly personal and radiantly universal in its mystery, passion, and catharsis." -Booklist (starred review)
Award winning journalist Christopher Cox has delivered a nail-biting debut mystery that will take your patrons through the side streets of Bangkok and across violent Lao hill county and the reviews are spectacular.
Damon is a sharp-witted and likeable though down-on-his-luck Boston PI who catches an intriguing case. Linda Watts is a beautiful, talented Lao immigrant with a promising career—or she was, until she turns up dead in a cheap Bangkok guest house. Her death seems like a straightforward overdose to the Thai authorities, but her insurance company isn’t buying it. They hire Sebastian to travel halfway around the world to investigate.
"Cox’s action-packed debut is perfect for armchair travelers who will be amazed by the author’s ability to make gaudy Bangkok and the remote hill country of Laos come alive." -Library Journal (starred review)
"A GOOD DEATH is another example of the only positive to emerge from the Vietnam War—fine writing." -Booklist (starred review)
Fine! I'll admit it. I've watched both trailers for Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation of The Great Gatsby a solid million times each.
Those cars! That champagne! Those jewels! Those jams! And, of course, literature's favorite billboard featuring the creepy gaze of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg!
As anticipation for the film rises I'm sure your copies of the original material will get more use than ever, but what stands up next to a novel like THE GREAT GATSBY? What read-alikes do you recommend to roaring readers that can't get enough of flappers and foul play?
We recommend Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, the story of beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre and her scandalous adventures with Scott in the Jazz Age.
"Fowler has given us a lovely, sad and compulsively readable book." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Let's talk about SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by German mystery writer Nele Neuhaus. It's the beginning of a spell-binding new contemporary mystery series, it's already huge international bestseller, and it has the most wicked title!
On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation quickly turns into a small town witch hunt and Pia and Oliver will have to work fast to solve the case before anyone else dies.
"Again and again, Neuhaus inserts the old Grimm fairy tale refrain—'White as snow, red as blood, black as ebony'—that describes Snow White [...] to underscore the grimmest of human emotions: white for icily plotted revenge, red for raging jealousy, black for homicidal madness." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With more than three million copies already in print worldwide(!), your patrons will happily be the next victims of this exciting new series!Read more
We're excited to see that the featured fiction review in the most recent American Libraries Direct newsletter (10/24) is LITTLE KNOWN FACTS, a debut by Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Christine Sneed!
The verdict of the review says it best,
"As Sneed illuminates each facet of her percussively choreographed plot via delectably slant disclosures––overheard conversations, snooping, tabloids, confessions under duress, and journal entries, among them—she spotlights 'little known facts' about the cost of fame, our erotic obsession with movie-star power, and where joy can be found." -Booklist (starred review)
The Barry Awards are awarded for excellence in crime novels by the editorial staff of Deadly Pleasures. More details here.
Publishers Weekly gave DEAD MAN'S GRIP a starred review and said, "The grim creativity of the victims’ deaths and the ease of movement of the action are two of the many compelling reasons to stick with this series."Read more