Well, it’s the beginning of the month, and that means it’s time to look ahead and see which of your favorite bestselling authors are coming out with new books this month, so you can run in to the Field Library and either take them out (often we have them on express, so you can get them for a week) or put them on hold.
Let’s start with Michael Connelly and his bestselling series about Detective Harry Bosch. His newest book in the series, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, the nineteenth starring Bosch, finds our protagonist working as a private investigator after all his years in the L.A. Police Department. He’s involved in two investigations. In one, at the behest of a dying rich industrialist, he is attempting to track down the woman who once got pregnant by the rich man and then disappeared, to find out whether or not she had the baby and if so, what happened to it. In the other investigation, he’s helping out a local police department and tracking down a serial rapist who may turn out to be the most dangerous and baffling foe Harry has ever encountered.
Jack Reacher returns in Lee Child’s newest book, Night School, a sort of prequel to the series. It’s set in 1996, and Jack is still in the army. Having just received a medal, Jack is sent to night school, with two very different classmates, one an FBI agent, one a CIA analyst, both tops in their field and none of them with any idea of what they’re doing there. Then the three discover the reason they’ve been thrown together: there’s a Saudi courier who just visited a jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, with a cryptic message: the American wants a hundred million dollars. Their mission: find the American in question, stop whatever operation is underway. If they fail, they may be facing an epic and terrifying act of terrorism.
Jeffrey Archer presents the seventh and final book in his Clifton Chronicles series with This Was a Man, which starts with a bang, literally: a shot is fired, and the question is, who pulled the trigger? Who lives, who dies? Multiple plot lines interweave and continue the stories of the characters we’ve come to know through the earlier books: Giles Barrington discovers his wife’s other life, Emma Clifton is offered a job by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lady Virginia is on the verge of fleeing the country to escape her creditors, and a shocking diagnosis throws everyone’s lives in disorder. High level British soap opera, written by a someone who knows what he’s talking about: anyone who’s a fan of series like Downton Abbey should give the Clifton Chronicles a try.
Special Agent John Puller, protagonist of three previous David Baldacci books, has a new and personal case in No Man’s Land: the possible murder of Puller’s mother, thirty years before. Her disappearance when he was just a child affected Puller’s whole life, but now he has a more immediate need to face that past tragedy: a group of military investigators has come to accuse Puller’s father, a former general now sinking into dementia, of murdering his wife. As John enlists the help of his brother, Robert, and a shadowy CIA operative, to dig into the past and save his father’s reputation, a monster, formerly a man known as Paul Rogers, is also heading for the place where Jackie Puller disappeared, though his motives are very different, and only John Puller stands between him and atrocities.
A new Stephanie Plum is always worth looking forward to, her combination of professional ineptitude, messy personal life and bizarre family (my favorite character: Grandma Mazur, who goes to wakes to pick up widowers), together with her New Jersey attitude, making for an entertaining read. In Janet Evanovich’s Turbo Twenty-Three, once again her bounty hunting job is peculiar, a thief who skipped bail on a charge of hijacking an 18 wheeler filled with bourbon. Virgil, the target, has once again stolen an 18 wheeler, but this time it’s filled with ice cream and a dead body, frozen solid. While she’s looking for Virgil, Stephanie is also called to work with Ranger on an effort to discover who’s been wiping out his people and sabotaging his business. We don’t know how this is all going to resolve, but with Stephanie involved, it’s certain to be complicated and funny.
Naturally there’s a new James Patterson book this month, this time in the Alex Cross series, called Cross the Line. Alex Cross begins investigating what looks like a road rage killing on Rock Creek Parkway, discovering that it’s bigger than that, but he is immediately pulled into another, higher profile killing: the DC Chief of Detectives. Alex’s wife, Bree, is tapped to take over as Chief, but instead of this turning into a good thing for the couple, it leads to a marital crisis because Bree’s and Alex’s instincts on these high profile cases clash. The mastermind behind all the murders is plotting something very big, which only the two of them, working at their highest level, have a hope of preventing.
If you want to read the hottest new books, come on down to the Field Library this November and pick them up.