In The Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McGinty
McGinty wraps up his Troubles Trilogy with Catholic, Belfast cop, Sean Duffy, tracking down a professional bomber. The book caps off a great look at Thatcher-era Ireland. Both Duffy’s sense of humor and justice make him a hero worth rooting for. When Ian Rankin was here last month, he gave high praise to these books.
Evil In All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson
My favorite books of 2013 is now out in paperback. This third book in the Lily Moore series wraps up an elegant emotional arc for the travel writer heroine. Davidson also delivers first rate suspense with a colleague’s disappearance in Acapulco, a creepy hotel, and a connection to her old boyfriend.
You also have the chance to see Hilary Davidson at BookPeople on Thursday, April 24th at 6:30PM when she’s here with her latest, Blood Always Tells.
They Don’t Dance Much by James Ross
One of the first examples of rural noir. This tale of a road-house owner, a crooked sheriff, and a femme fatale who is married to the richest man in town was recommended to me by both Daniel Woodrell and Joe R. Lansdale. If that’s not enough, Chandler was a fan, too. When the lead character’s name is Smut, you know your in hard-boiled high cotton.