Yes, I know, technically it’s not summer until June 21, but for most people, summer begins with Memorial Day weekend and ends with Labor Day weekend, so we can consider ourselves to be standing on the verge of summer, ready to dive into some good books for summer. And our bestselling authors are happy to oblige, releasing new books just in time for the beginning of the new season, so come to The Field Library and get the hot new books first.
When you’re talking about bestsellers, one name that comes up all the time is Stephen King’s, and no wonder: practically everything he writes leaps to the top of the bestseller lists. Gwendy’s Button Box, his newest book, co-authored with Richard Chizmar, will almost certainly do the same. Unlike many of King’s recent books, though, this is a novella, and a short one, so you can probably read it in a day or two. King and Chizmar take readers back to Castle Rock, location of many of King’s works, and bring onstage one of King’s most famous and feared characters, the man in black, here calling himself Richard Farris, to offer a deceptively simple offer to the title character, Gwendy Peterson, an overweight middle school student trying to remake herself. He gives her a box with buttons she can press and levers she can pull, all of which do different things, including a black button that could destroy the world. He asks her to take care of the box and then he leaves, and the rest of the story turns on what she does — and doesn’t do — with the box and its powerful buttons and levers. With great power comes great responsibility, and be careful what you wish for.
But if creepy Stephen King style novellas aren’t your style, don’t worry. Clive Cussler has a new volume in his NUMA series, Nighthawk, coming out on May 30. The plot revolves around a missing U.S. military aircraft, one of the most advanced in the world, which disappears suddenly. Naturally there are other countries which are very interested to get their hands on the aircraft and its technology, which is (naturally) highly classified, and the Russian and Chinese interest in the disappeared plane would be worrying enough, but they don’t even know the most dangerous secret about the plane: it’s carrying some exotic material extracted from the far reaches of the atmosphere, which will remain inert as long as the stuff is kept close to absolute zero. If it thaws, however, it will unleash a worldwide disaster of unthinkable proportions. The entire NUMA team is chasing down the plane, racing against time as well as against their enemies. A suspenseful page-turner in the classic Clive Cussler fashion.
Not interested in reading about the potential for worldwide destruction? Then maybe you’d like to read Nora Roberts’ new book, Come Sundown. The book is set in a 30,000 acre ranch and resort in western Montana, owned for generations by the family of Bodine Longfellow. Bo’s aunt, Alice, disappeared years before and everybody has been assuming she’s dead, but she’s not; she’s close by, though not at all the same person she was when the family saw her last. First a bartender and then another woman are found murdered, and then Alice reappears on the ranch property, with a story about where she’s been and what happened to her, and what trouble is following after her, that unnerves everybody in the family and sets the stage for greater danger than Bo has ever had to face before. A master of romantic suspense at the top of her form, Nora Roberts delivers another blockbuster for her fans.