Wolf by Mo Hayder

Wolf by Mo HayderWolf
by Mo Hayder
(pub. 4/14)

The Edgar-award winning author does not disappoint with her latest thriller – the 7th featuring troubled detective Jack Caffery.  Each of her books follows a distinctive story line but all share an ominous air of threatening, ill-defined evil.  This atmosphere is especially intense in this novel as Caffery’s investigation of a lost dog is – unknown to him – related to a family held hostage by a pair of imaginatively cruel characters.  As the many plot twists unfold, Caffery confronts a brutal slaying that occurred years before but continues to affect the present and the characters reveal themselves to be sharply different from what they originally seemed and secrets emerge to the final pages.  An absolute page-turner Coming May 2014.

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Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith

Tatiana by Martin Cruz SmithTatiana
by Martin Cruz Smith
(pub. 11/13)

The adventures of Moscow-based Andy Renko continue, reflecting the changes in culture from the oppressive dreariness under Communist rule described in Gorky Park (the first novel in the series) to the current Russian-style, gangster-influenced capitalism that is at the heart of Tatiana.  As Renko investigates the suspicious suicide of an investigative journalist who specialized in unearthing official scandal, he encounters a range of memorable characters and a number of twists in a complex but easily followed plot.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

ImageWe Were Liars
by E. Lockhard
(pub 5/14)

Oh. My. Goodness. You don’t need to know much about this book in order to know that you must read it.  From the very first page, you know you are in the hands of a master.  The story doesn’t even matter (though it’s great) – the writing is that good.  This is one that I won’t expound on much so as not to spoil anything, but trust me when I say that you will turn the last page, let go of the breath you didn’t know you were holding, and immediately open it again.  Then you will want to tell everyone you know to go read it so you can talk about it!  Such a fantastic book!

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Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman KochSummer House with Swimming Pool
by Herman Koch
(pub. 5/14)

Dr. Marc Schlosser finds himself caring for a patient whose life he may not be particularly interested in prolonging.  With regard to his actor friend Ralph Meier, their families have vacationed together and the social/professional boundaries have been thoroughly breached.  This is a book that begs for discussion as there are themes of status, sexism, medical ethics and how closely we must adhere to our biological imperatives . . .  all of which made compelling reading.  As hungrily I devoured the pages I confess there is a wicked aftertaste!

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