Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Ok, first I want you to know that I am posting this about a week in advance. Why? Because I am finishing the last 50 pages of Brian Freeman's upcoming Jonathan Stride book, In the Dark, and I realized, like I always do, that I've not posted anything about Brian Freeman yet.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota. Gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior.
The two victims couldn't be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath. Bubbly. Sweet sixteen. And now Rachel Deese. Strange and sexually charged. A wild child.
The media is hounding Stride to catch a serial killer. But Stride, haunted by personal loss and by his failure to solve Kerry's murder the year before, doesn't think the answer is that simple. As he exposes Rachel's twisted background, he begins to believe that the truth behind Rachel's disappearance is more complex than anyone imagines. And more evil.
The search carries Stride from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas. And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers.
Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire.
Secrets that are chillingly... immoral.
And because I will never recommend a book that I didn't enjoy, it's obvious that I liked this one. But it was more than that! I LOVED it. This was a really stand-out debut for me. First because Freeman did something that I hadn't ever really seen in a mystery before. He moved on. Halfway through the book, it's months after the fact and Stride is trying to move on. Then he changes pace and ends up in Vegas. It really shakes up the book. Second, because I love Stride and Maggie Bei and the setting. And finally, because they're freaking intense! I would recommend reading when you know you can devote enough time to finishing. You won't want to put this down for anything.
Immoral is a super fast read. If you like Harlan Coben, you're going to love Brian Freeman. And, Stride's tales continue in Stripped, Stalked, and now In the Dark (due out Tuesday!).
Also, I just learned that Freeman is half of the team Ally O'Brien's The Agency. Yep, it's true. Freeman and London agent Ali Gunn are Ally O'Brien. I should have a chance to delve into Freeman's feminine side shortly. Until then, run out and buy Immoral if you haven't already! I'll post some follow-ups about Stripped and Stalked before I post about In the Dark (which is fabulous, chilling, heart wrenching, and as intense as the rest of the series). In the meantime, if you are caught up on your Freeman, my review of In the Dark is now up at bookbitch.com.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of the CDC's New York team, enters and finds a cabin looking like a winged graveyard where everyone appears to be dead. As he begins to remove bodies for transport to the morgue, four victims are discovered miraculously alive-and relatively unscathed apart from complaints of disorientation and a strange soreness.
But this is just the beginning
At the same time, Eldrich Palmer, director of the global Stoneheart Group, monitors the JFK scene on TV from his sickbed in Virginia. Pleased with what he sees, he sends for a helicopter for immediate transport to a Manhattan penthouse. In Queens, Eph's ex-wife Kelley and their 11-year-old son ready themselves with the rest of the Eastern United States for the first total lunar eclipse in more than four hundred years. In a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Nazi concentration camps named Abraham Setrakian takes it all in. He knows that his time has come, that a war is about to begin, and that the Master is Here.
So begins anescalating battle of epic proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected the four survivors begins to ravage the city. Eph-guided by Setrakian, and joined by Vassily, a exterminator, Nora, Eph's CDC colleague, and Gus, a Harlem gangbanger-fights his way through the next horrifying days, determined to save his wife and son before the Master succeeds in his unholy mission.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Third in my "I Just Can't Wait for This Book to Come Out" posts is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Angel's Game, prequel to the fantabulous Shadow of the Wind, one of my favorite books ever. I posted here about that one and told you all how excited I was about this upcoming release, but have any info on the release other than that it was a prequel.
Well, the book is due out on June 16 (mark your calendars) and here's some info from Amazon:
In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house are letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.
Set in the turbulent 1920s, The Angel's Game takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, the Sempere and Son bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.
Shadow of the Wind is such a beautifully written, gothic tale that I don't see how this one could be any less magnificent. Plus, if you're like me and you love books about books, this one should give us more insight into the mysterious tales that fill Shadow of the Wind.
I'm a big fan of gothic reads. It's a style that I think either few are interested in mastering these days, or that few are able to master these days. Zafon's US debut was one of the first modern gothic tales that I read and it left me wanting more.
I should also point out that Angel's Game has been translated by Lucia Graves who also translated In the Shadow of the Wind.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
What is the greatest desire of all?
In the death choked corridors of Palermo's famous catacombs, a young man asks this question of himself as he stands surrounded by eight thousand mummified corpses. The answer he gives, will set the course of his life and take him on a journey into the heart of darkness.
Adrian Ashton is a brilliant man: a quantum physicist and chronobiologist who has devoted his life to the study of chi - the vital energy that runs through our bodies. A gifted scientist, he is also a skilled martial artist - and a hunter. Calling himself Dragonfly, he preys on fighters and martial artists who are blessed with a strong life force, draining them of their chi and making it his own. To assist him in his quest, he draws on the knowledge contained in an enigmatic Chinese text written by a legendary Chinese physician in the thirteenth century.
But the hunter becomes the hunted when a mysterious woman enters his life. A martial artist herself, she belongs to a long line of Keepers: women who are warriors, healers and protectors. When Dragonfly targets the man she loves, she sets out to defeat him. It becomes a fight to the death in which love is both the greatest weakness and the biggest prize.
A fast-paced, highly original thriller, Keeper of Light and Dust blends mysticism with science and explores themes as old as time: the imperative of violence, the redemptive power of love and the greatest desire of all -- to live for ever.
See, doesn't it sound fab?! And you can see Mostert herself talk about the book here.
Mostert is also the author of Windwalker, a very gothic tale about soul mates, The Other Side of Darkness, a mystery, and The Midnight Side, a ghost story of sorts. Other Side and Midnight Side are out of print, so if you can find them I recommend snatching them up. I haven't found Other Side yet.
Readers who enjoy mysteries with a touch of paranormal and philosophical riddles will love Natasha Mostert. I highly recommend her and will definitely keep you posted once I have read Keeper myself.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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Friday, March 20, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- Declan Hughes - author of the Irish suspense series featuring Ed Loy (Wrong Kind of Blood, The Color of Blood, and The Dying Breed (aka The Price of Blood, U.S.)
- Tana French - Edgar winner in the Best First Novel category for In the Woods, which is followed by The Likeness
- Ken Bruen - author of the dark Irish-noir Jack Taylor series
- John Boyne - author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and historical mysteries Crippen, Next of Kin, and Mutiny: A Novel of the Bounty (aka The King's Shilling UK)