If you’re a fan of thrillers or dark police procedurals and looking for that fresh new author, this week gives you a great opportunity to try a new author and series without having to put much cash on the line. Taylor Stevens’ The Innocent has just come out in paperback and Leighton Gage’s Blood Of The Wicked has been brought out in reduced price.
Blood Of The Wicked is the first book in Gage’s Inspector Mario Silva series. Picture Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in Brazil. A tragic history forces the driven inspector to work in one the world’s most corrupt police department to find justice. Gage travels with Silva through all of San Palo’s social structure, looking at it’s politics, culture, class and history, with many glimpses of humanity and some very dark humor. At it’s new price of $9.99, this book is a bargain.
The Innocent is the second book in Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Michael Monroe series. Munroe is an informationist, a specialist hired to find all the information, secure or not, on a given place or subject. This time she’s hired to find a girl held by a cult (a subject close to Taylor’s own experience). Taylor does a great job linking the plot and action to her fascinating character.
If you try either of these books you’ll find them worth any price.
And on a side note, a belated happy birthday to Taylor Stevens. With The Informationist and The Innocent, you’ve brought something fresh to the thriller genre.
Our buddy Frank Bill knocked everyone in both crime and literary fiction out with his no-holds-barred short story collection, Crimes In Southern Indiana. It’s just been announced that his first novel, Donnybrook, will be released in March by FSG. His Crimes In Southern Indiana story Cold, Hard Love serves as a prequel to the book. From what I hear from one crime writer who got an early peek, this potential cover is a subtle reflection of the content:
Luther: The Calling
by Neil Cross
The creator of one of the best cop shows in recent years (now showing on BBC America) gives us a prequel to his brilliant and damaged detective.
by James M. Cain
Our Friends at Hard Case Crime unearthed this lost book from the man many consider the father of noir fiction. Megan Abbott gave it a thorough review for Publisher’s Weekly, saying, “…The Cocktail Waitress still offers much of the addictive weirdness of vintage Cain: delirious coincidences, the hidden kinks of the middle class, and a prime example of what has always been one of Cain’s greatest talents: the turn-of-the-screw moment when we realize just how trapped our narrator has become.”
by George V. Higgins
The author who gave us The Friends Of Eddie Coyle also wrote this funny, gritty, at times violent tale of an enforcer who is brought in to set things “right” when a mob poker game is robbed. Read it before the film version, Killing Them Softly, comes out in October.