If you like Michael Connelly…

  • Post by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery

Michael Connelly is the current king of the police procedural. His dogged and damaged Detective Harry Bosch is a character we not only root for, but care for. Here are books with several protagonists in that mold.

9780399167263Out Of The Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce

Boyce, a former Atlanta police officer herself, has her newly minted APD detective Sarah Alt, aka Salt, catch a cold case of a blues musician’s murder. She ends up unraveling a part of the city’s shadow history where race, religion, politics, and music all meet. A great example of a protagonist interacting with her environment.  You can find copies of Out of the Blues on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

9781455527410The Abbey by Chris Culver

Ash Rashad, a Muslim cop in Indianapolis, learns the body of his niece was found in a rich man’s apartment and written off as an overdose. Compromising his job and faith, his investigation leads to many of the city’s power players and one mysterious club. An intriguing hero melded with a great plot. You can find copies of The Abbey on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. 

9780399173035Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

The first in what I hope will be a long series featuring Gus Murphy, a former Suffolk County cop licking the wounds life gave him as he works as a courtesy van driver for a hotel. When asked by a petty criminal he used to arrest to look into the murder of his son, not only has to put his life on the line, he is confronted with who he has become. Looking forward to where this character is going. You can find copies of Where It Hurts on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

The Hard Word Book Club Visits Chris Culver’s THE ABBEY

THE ABBEYThe Hard Word Book Club meets Wednesday, August 26th, at 7 pm, on BookPeople’s third floor, to discuss The Abbey, by Chris Culver.


This August, the Hard Word Book Club discusses one of MysteryPeople’s popular books. Chris Culver’s The Abbey was an online sensation that won the author a book deal for his series featuring Indianapolis Muslim police detective Ash Rashid. Rashid’s investigations take him to some truly dark sides of humanity and The Abbey is no exception.

The murder Ash deals with is very personal – the victim is his niece. Since her body is found in the home of one of the city’s rich and powerful, his few cops are unwilling to look to deep into it. Ash goes defies orders, following a trail of drugs, gangsters, and a subculture way too into vampirism that leads to a goth club known as “The Abbey.”

This is a fresh take on the cop novel. It blends noir and procedural with an with an engaging hero. It should make for a great discussion on Wednesday, August 26th, 7PM on the third floor. The book is 10% off at the register to those who attend.