This February brings us bold releases from longstanding favorites and more recent recipients of our fandom. As the unseasonably warm winter persists, give up on waiting for that snowy day and take one of these to the park for a sunny afternoon.
The Lost Treasures Of R&B by Nelson George
I loved George’s last novel featuring music scene bodyguard Hunter D, The Plot Against Hip-Hop. In this latest, D has to deal with the fallout when a client goes after someone with guns they bought on Hunter’s watch. He must also bodyguard a genius soul singer out for a comeback, and track down a rare single that has the best of Stax and Motown performing on it. In less that two hundred pages, Nelson George delivers an entertaining and hard-boiled look at the music scene, and raises the question of proprietary rights and black culture. The Lost Treasures of R&B hits the shelves Tuesday, February 3. Pre-order now.
Hush, Hush by Laura Lippman
Tess Monoghan is back! Now a mother, the Baltimore private eye gets a case involving parenting, the insanity defense, and reality television. Along with Crowe, her boyfriend, she has a new operative, Sandy Sanchez, the protagonist in Lippman’s last novel, After I’m Gone. Laura Lippman is one of the best storytellers in the genre and Tess one of the most fully realized detectives.Hush, Hush comes out Tuesday, February 24. Pre-order now.
Canary by Duane Swierczynski
Swierczynski delivers a book both heartfelt and hard-boiled. A Philly college girl gets busted when she unknowingly drives a boy she likes to a drug pick-up. When an ambitious narcotics detective forces her to be an informant, we watch her deal with family, cops, and criminals in ways humorous, human, and heart-stopping in this engaging thriller that is both suburban and streetwise. Canary will be released Tuesday, February 24. Pre-order now.