Friday, August 30, 2019

What to Read Over Labor Day Weekend 2019

These are the crime fiction and thriller novels which I recommend you read this weekend. (Titles are linked to publishers, and author names are linked to their Twitter account or website.)

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan (Penguin Books)
This is the second book in Dervla McTiernan's Detective Cormac Reilly crime thriller series set in the west of Ireland (Galway). 
The first, The Ruin, was just optioned by Colin Farrell as the first project for his new production company Hopscotch FeaturesMcTiernan's novels unveil the naked truth about the insidious corruption in Irish institutions-- the Catholic Church, social services, the Gardai (police service in the Republic of Ireland), child abuse, domestic violence, philanthropy, politics, and Big Pharma. These two "small town noir" novels begin, as all police procedurals do, with a crime being committed (a murder) and the police (Cormac Reilly) being called in to investigate. McTiernan has many gifts, and delivers perfectly executed plots with twists, fully developed characters (major and minor), believable interior voices, thoroughly authentic dialogue, and brilliant writing.  Cormac Reilly Book 3, The Good Turn, will be published in the UK in March 2020, and I am counting down the days (188 from today).

The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Mulholland Books)
"Victim. Survivor. Abductor. Criminal. You will become each one.
Your phone rings. A stranger has kidnapped your child. To free them you must abduct someone else's child. Your child will be released when your victim's parents kidnap another child. If any of these things don't happen: your child will be killed. You are now part of the chain." The Chain is "A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it. -Don Winslow Winslow is the New York Times  and #1 internationally bestselling crime thriller author of The Border (Power of the Dog Book 3) (which you should read, along with all his other books!).  Don figures prominently in the back-story of this novel's publication, a tale as fascinating and exciting as this thriller: From Uber driving to huge book deal: Adrian McKinty's life-changing phone call. Also: Paramount Makes 7-Figure Film Deal For ‘The Chain’; A Life Changer For Uber Driver-Turned-Hot New Author Adrian McKinty Take it from me, Don Winslow as well as Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Alafair Burke, Attica Locke, Meg Gardiner and Lou Berney, you must read The Chain.

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik (Scout Press/Gallery Books)
The River at Night (my review) heralded the arrival of a uniquely feminist action-filled and psychological thriller writer. A main character is Mother Nature, and she is a bitch. Into the Jungle takes 19-year-old Lily from Massachusetts to the Bolivian, where she finds love, savagery, and peril. Which is more dangerous, traditional gender roles and misogyny or  the Amazonian jungle?

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron Books)
"The serial killer isn't on trial. He's on the jury."
Cavanagh is one of the best writers around , and his protagnoist Eddie Flynn-- con artist turned lawyer--has a razor-sharp mind (and fine wit). Eddie goes to the wall to see justice done. For fans of other great legal thriller writers John Grisham, Scott Turow and Brad Meltzer.
🔷Thirteen won the top UK crime fiction award, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. 🔷

Layover by David Bell (Berkley Publishing)
"A chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth."
I  have had the great pleasure of reading a David Bell novel every July since 2015! David is a USA Today-bestselling and internationally renowned author of high concept suspense thrillers. He was awarded the prestigious Le Prix Polar International de Cognac (best crime novel by a non-French author) at the 2013 The Cognac Crime Novel Festival for his third novel Cemetery Girl.

The Arrangement  by Robyn Harding (Scout Press/Gallery Books)
"A Pretty Woman tale turns toxic and deadly in this provocative thriller of sex, obsession and murder."  Natalie is a young art student in New York City who is struggling to pay the bills, so she goes on line and finds a sugar daddy. 
Harding rivals Megan Abbott in her depiction and deep understanding of the psychology of young women. Do not miss this domestic thriller!

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Scout Press/Gallery Books)
A young woman takes a live-in nanny position for a picture-perfect family at luxurious "smart home" in the beautiful Scottish highlands. "What she doesn't know is she's stepping into a nightmare--one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder."
Ruth Ware is an international number one bestselling author, and her literary psychological crime thrillers elevates the genre to another level of excellence. The Turn of the Key is an homage to Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, with a creepy yet modern haunted house. You will want to read this straight through so start early in the day, or plan to be up all night with all the lights on.

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