October is a great month for bestsellers, and this month many of the most popular fiction writers have come out or are coming out with new books for your reading pleasure, all of which are here at The Field Library, ready to be checked out.

Of course, if you’re talking about bestsellers, you have to start with James Patterson, who never lets a month go by without releasing another book in one of his series.  This month, his new book is Ambush, in the Michael Bennett series. The book starts with a bang, literally: a crime tip turns into a setup and a police officer is killed. It should have been Michael Bennett, and he comes to realize, through a string of other murders, leads that turn out to be fake, and attempts on his own children, that the killer is someone who’s got a grudge against him personally, and who is willing to go a long way to get rid of Michael Bennett.  The plot twists and turns as Bennett tries to figure out who this unknown killer is and what his ultimate plan is, before he becomes the last victim.

Stuart Woods is another perennial bestseller with his Stone Barrington series, and his latest is Desperate Measures. In this book, Barrington meets a stunning woman who seems ideally suited to helping him professionally and possibly personally as well, but no sooner does he hire her than a series of disturbing crimes takes place, all pointing to the likelihood that she might be the next intended target. Barrington has to use all his skills and connections to protect the lady and discover who’s behind the attacks and what’s really going on.

In The Reckoning, John Grisham returns to the South for a twisting suspense novel about a surprising murder.  Set in 1946, in Clanton, Mississippi, the book’s protagonist is a seeming golden man, Pete Banning.  A World War II vet, member of a prominent local family, farmer, neighbor, and member of the Methodist Church, Pete seems to have it all, until the day he walks into his church and guns down his pastor and friend in cold blood.  Then, to make it more complicated, he refuses to say anything about the crime beyond “I have nothing to say.” His defense attorney, desperately trying to keep him from the death penalty, digs deeply into Pete’s history, from the jungles of the Philippines during the war to the intricacies of Jim Crow laws to an insane asylum, trying to find the answers Pete refuses to give for himself.

Michael Connelly has recently branched out from his Harry Bosch series to a new series, featuring Renee Ballard, working on the night shift in the LAPD.  In his newest book, however, to the delight of his many fans, he brings together the characters from both series. Dark Sacred Night starts with Ballard coming to her desk one night to find a stranger rifling through some old files.  The stranger is Harry Bosch, now retired but still haunted by one case from his past. Regulations require Ballard to stop Bosch from going through the old case files, but she’s the kind of person who can’t let things go herself, so after he’s gone, she starts looking into the case, which involved the brutal murder of a 15 year old runaway, and she’s intrigued enough to go to Bosch and offer to work with him to solve the cold case.  What could be more fun for a reader than seeing these two characters working together, especially when the case takes a dangerous turn that tests their growing trust in each other?

While you would expect a Stephen King book released at the end of October to be one of his horror novels, he takes a surprising turn in Elevation, his newest book, which is more of a thriller than a straight horror or supernatural novel. The protagonist is Scott Carey, living in Castle Rock (scene of many of King’s books and stories).  His neighbors, a married lesbian couple, have a dog that keeps defecating on Scott’s lawn, and Scott is engaged in a low level feud with them over this. He is also suffering from an odd ailment in which he keeps losing weight for no apparent reason, and he weighs the same no matter what he’s wearing or not wearing. He’s unwilling to go through medical procedures to determine what’s going on with him, but he shares his concerns with his family doctor, just so someone will know.  In the meantime, the lesbian couple is trying to run a new restaurant in town, but the town’s prejudice against a gay married couple is making this extremely difficult. As Scott comes to understand his neighbors and the prejudice they’re facing, he begins to find common ground with them. His strange affliction brings the town together in unlikely but moving ways, in a book that’s been compared to It’s a Wonderful Life (and how unusual is that for Stephen King!).

So follow your favorite authors right here to The Field Library and check out their latest!


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