Ratlines by Stuart Neville
Neville wrote one of my favorite books dealing with the IRA, The Ghosts of Belfast, a few years ago. His latest is set in 1963 right before Kennedy’s visit to Ireland. A murder investigation leads to both the Mossad and the Nazis, who sought refuge in Ireland. A chilling tale that uses many real people and historical details.
The Black Angel by John Connolly
Connolly’s next book featuring private detective and possible fallen angel Charlie Parker, The Wrath Of Angels, will be out the first of January and has strong ties to this novel. The Black Angel finds Charlie and his violent friend, Louis, involved with an artifact that may contain one of the original angels banished from Heaven. Connolly has a brilliant voice that subtly weaves the supernatural into detective fiction.
I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane
(Included in The Mike Hammer Collection: Volume I)
It doesn’t get much more hard boiled than Mike Hammer. I wanted to read this again before I cracked open Lady, Go Die, the unearthed sequel finished by Max Allan Collins. Hammer’s angry soliloquies alone get the blood rushing.