This month all three book are from authors who will be stopping by.
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin
Gaylin’s latest psychological suspense novel ties a podcaster and film columnist whose families were both affected by two young thrill killers in 1976. Gaylin’s clean style allows her to put the reader on less than solid footing as the story bobs and weaves, with protagonists trading positions, toward one hell of an ending. Alison Gaylin will be at BookPeople July 15th to sign and discuss the book.
This Side of Night by J. Todd Scott
Scott teams up sheriff Chris Cherry and DEA Joe Garrison again when violence from a vicious drug cartel spills over to this side of the border. Scott uses the Texas local, well defined characters, and some fantastic action sequences to deliver a gritty crime novel that is both epic and intimate. J. Todd Scott will be at BookPeople July 18th to sign and discuss the book.
The Best of Manhunt edited by Jeff Vorzimmer
47 stories from one of the best crime fiction magazines ever. Manhunt published the greats Mickey Spillane, David Goodis, and Even Hunter and gave a start to the likes of Donald Westlake and Lawrence Block. The collection showcases these writers and many others from the fifties and sixties worth discovering. Editor Jeff Vorzimmer will be joining Rick Ollerman, Jesse Sublett, Josh Stallings, Tim Bryant, and Joe Lansdale for Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames: A Discussion Of Hard Boiled Fiction on BookPeople’s third floor 2PM August 31st.
Peccadillo at the Palace
By Kari Bovee:
The second book in The Annie Oakley series focuses on The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show performing in England for The Queen. When one of her majesty’s emissaries is murdered on the voyage over, Annie finds herself dealing with Irish rebels and an assassination plot. Bovee continues to meld historical detail, human behavior and suspense into an entertaining read.
Girl in the Rearview Mirror
By Kelsey Rae Dimberg:
When Finn Hunt, a young woman with a past, finds work as a nanny for a politically connected family in Arizona, she believes she has found solid footing. It all becomes overturned when a mysterious woman approaches Finn to get a message to the father, unraveling everyone’s secrets that lead to deadly consequences. Dimberg uses minute human behavior and the harsh desert light to build mood and suspense that leads to a killer ending.
By James Ellroy:
The second book in the Demon Dog Of Crime Fiction’s World War Two Quartet has fascist cop Dudley Smith and his corrupt gang violently careening through L.A. and Mexico in search of killers, fifth columnists, and stolen gold as they smuggle heroin and illegal labor. A stylish, sinful, sexy as hell read that will have you questioning whoever’s side you take.
Each of this month’s three picks are written by authors who will be at BookPeople. Stop by, hear how they approached their novel, and get a copy signed.
Black Mountain by Laird Barron—The second Isiah Coleridge novel has the ex-mod enforcer hanging out a private investigator shingle. He’s hired by his old bosses to track down a brutal killer who has taken out some of their men. The search leads to a secret mountain research facility and a government cover up. Laird creates one of the strongest hard boileds out there with a touch of the serial killer and horror tale as well. Laird Barron will be at BookPeople May 9th at 7PM.
Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin by Robert Knott—Appaloosa lawmen Hitch and Cole have to contend with a war between two mines and their hired guns, a mysterious killer in town, and one riding into town, all with a blizzard blowing in. Neither of the women in their lives make it any easier either. Knott brings a little more detective work to this latest entry to the series as well the swift action and laconic banter delivered by it’s two heroes that make it one of the best. Bob will be here May 8th at 7PM.
An Accidental Cuban by Joan Moran—Harry Cisneros, a young Cuban, works at every hustle to get his family to the states. when he thinks he has found a way to his dreams with a shady businessman with a money exchange scheme, it soon becomes a nightmare with Russian mobsters. An entertaining crime novel that gives a vivid look at Cuba in transition. Joan Moran will be joining David C. Taylor (Night Watch) for a discussion and signing on May 19 at 2PM.
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins – Austin genealogist Lucy Lancaster’s discovery of a senatorial candidate’s ancestor having possibly murdered the relative of his rial in 1849 triggers a murder in the present that stolen daguerreotype could be the key to and prevent another homicide. Perkins has a lot of fun with ancestry, Texas ways and the genre itself in this light thriller. She will be at BookPeople June 3rd with Terry Shames.
A Bloody Business by Dylan Struzan – Drawn from the accounts of Vincent “Jimmy Blue Eyes Alo”, the model for The Godfather Part 2‘s Johnny Ola, this sprawling story follows the Prohibition era he came of age in working with the likes of Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano , and Bugsy Seigel. A riveting mob saga that captures all the players and their strategies as well as their violence. Illustrated by the great movie poster artist Drew Struzan.
Like Lions by Brian Panowich – After years of waiting, the sequel to Bull Mountain is out and proves to be worth the time. Sheriff Clayton Burroughs and his wife Kate are still trying to heal from previous events when an oxy ring wants to move in to their town bringing blood and bad history. Violent, poetic, and often humorous, Like Lions examines kin, morality, ghosts from the past and the effect they have on one another. Brian will be here May 1st to discuss the book.
Run Away by Harlan Coben: A few months ago, Simon Greene and his wife Ingrid made the difficult decision not to go after their drug addicted daughter Paige when she ran away to her abusive boyfriend Aaron. One morning Simon sees Paige in Central Park, a shadow of her former self, playing guitar for tips, but when he tries to talk to her Aaron intervenes. Countless cell phone cameras are there to record their encounter, and the resulting video of a privileged white man who tries to accost a young woman and then beats the homeless man who comes to her aid quickly goes viral. A few months later Aaron is dead and Paige is missing, and Simon is drawn into the dark underbelly of the New York drug scene to try to find her. You just can’t turn the pages fast enough. – Meike
A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle: The incredibly funny yet tough novel follows a mob widow and retired porn star thrown together through fate involving family dysfunction, bad men, and stolen mafia cash. Boyle works the humor toward the characters instead of the other way around and never lets it mute the danger these ladies are in or the people they are. Instead it serves as a way to explore female friendship. Major actresses over forty should be fighting over the film rights. – Scott
The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear: When a young American correspondent named Catherine Saxon is found murdered in her London apartment, Maisie is called in to investigate her death. She’s asked to work with Mark Scott, an American agent from the US Department of Justice–and the man who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. While the blitzkrieg rains terror and destruction on London, Maisie is torn between the need to find Catherine’s killer and the need to love and protect her young ward Anna–and the pull of her feelings for the American agent. – Meike
The Book Artist by Mark Pryor
Mark Pryor returns with Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. embassy in Paris. Hugo has to clear his girlfriend Claudia for the murder of a sculptress he took to dinner. Also, Cofer, the criminal from Tom Green and his FBI past comes back for revenge. Pryor juggles both of these stories with wit, suspense and a seemingly effortless style. Mark will be at BookPeople February 9th at 6PM to discuss The Book Artist.
Brother’s Keeper by Donald Westlake
A monk tries to save his monastery on Park Avenue from being bought out by a greedy land developer, committing several sins in the process. Hard Case Crime brings back this Donald Westlake novel from 1975 that demonstrates his craft for character and humor. A subtle satire of religion, big business, and all our human frailties that the author appears to embrace.
Last Night by Karen Ellis
When a black working class nineteen year old helps a white upper middle class girl find some weed to buy, they take a dark journey through New York. Ellis weaves their story with the the two police detectives each trying to find them after they have been reported missing. Every character you meet is both fully formed and sharply delineated in this story that looks at class, race, and the ways a city divides.
Dave Robicheaux has to contend with the body of a dead woman found floating on a cross, a wunderkind film director with plenty of secrets, and a new partner he’s falling for with her own history. Burke brings his sense of place, people and poetry to one of crime fictions most tortured cops.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Psychotherapist Leo Faber’s obsession with the case of Alicia Berenson and artist who refuses to talk after she murdered her husband takes him to the run down psychiatric hospital she was put in. with only her art and a diary to lead the way, Faber unlocks what really happened that night. A thriller with one hell of a reveal.
Take Out by Rob Hart
Hard boiled author Rob Hart gives us a collection of stories involving crime and food. All of Hart’s pathos, humor, and style are on display here. The story “Creampuff,” about a bouncer at a pastry shop, is worth the price alone.