(Publisher’s Weekly, Mar. 9)
Kellerman‘s loyal fans can look forward to his newest hardcover, True Detectives, which Ballantine launches on March 24 with a 280,000-copy printing. That book’s two main characters, Moses Reed and Aaron Fox, were introduced in Bones- sons of the same mother, their respective fathers were cops, partners and friends. According to Ballantine, “Their turbulent family history has set them at odds, despite their shared calling.” Copies in print for Bones: 900,000.
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(Publisher’s Weekly, Feb. 2)
PI Aaron Fox and L.A. cop Moe Reed, interracial half-brothers who played minor roles in 2008’s Bones, take center stage in bestseller Kellerman’s routine 24th Alex Delaware novel. When Fox, who used to work for the LAPD, looks into the missing-persons case of 20-year-old Caitlin Frostig, he runs into conflict with Reed. The brothers end up pursuing some predictable lines of inquiry, checking out Rory Stoltz, Frostig’s college boyfriend, as well as links to a filmmaker, Lem Dement, who’s suspected of domestic abuse. More A-list connections surface after the investigators learn Stoltz was the personal assistant for actor Mason Book, whose rumored suicide attempt came shortly after Frostig’s disappearance. The strains between Fox and Reed don’t generate much heat, while the pacing and writing aren’t up to Kellerman’s best. Hopefully, Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis, relegated to cameos, will be back in their usual starring positions next time. (Mar. 24)
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You’ll want to check out our recent notice –
Nearly 25 years ago we first met Alex Delaware, and he returns in his 23rd mystery in Jonathan Kellerman’s True Detectives. Walter Mosley launches what promises to be his best series since Easy Rawlins first appeared in 1990 with The Long Fall.
Readers of historical adventure writers James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, Steve Berry and Clive Cussler take notice of Alexander Cipher, an exciting debut by newcomer Will Adams.
Ace Atkins brings the 1921 Fatty Arbuckle case alive in Devil’s Garden, and Philip Kerr’s private detective Berney Gunther travels to 1950s Argentina in A Quiet Flame. He delivers compelling portraits of real characters such as Eva and Juan Peron, Adolf Eichmann, and Otto Skorzeny in a novel that ends up asking some highly provocative questions about the true extent of Argentina’s Nazi collaboration and anti-Semitism under the Perons.
Today’s selection is rounded out by two recent finds: Michael Palmer’s 2007 bestseller, The Fifth Vial and Manda Scott‘s first title in her bestselling Boudica series Dreaming The Eagle. Quantities are limited on both, so don’t delay.
Plenty to consider here!
John and Virginia
(nzherald.co.nz, Jan 09, Nicky Pellegrino)
When writing about the year ahead it seems almost mandatory to be all doom and economic gloom, but for book lovers at least, 2009 holds plenty of promise – new authors to discover, new releases from well- loved writers and a publishing industry that is as vibrant as it’s ever been.
First, let’s get the shameless self-promotion out the way. My own new novel, The Italian Wedding (Orion) is released here in April (two months before the UK gets it) and is a story about food, feuds and discovering who your parents really are. Naturally, highly recommend it!
Most publishing companies encourage their big-name authors to release a book each year so I can expect some stiff competition on the shop shelves. For instance Jodi Picoult’s next blockbuster also lands in April. Handle With Care is the story of a child born with brittle bone disease whose mother decides to file a wrongful birth lawsuit against the obstetrician who also happens to be her best friend.
Crime/thriller writers tend to be especially prolific for some reason. Michael Connelly has two new titles on offer this year as do Janet Evanovich, Jonathan Kellerman and Ian Rankin, who will be introducing
readers to a brand new series to replace the retired Rebus.
There will also be offerings from all the usual suspects: John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver … and a book called Dead Man’s Dust about a vigilante hero from newcomer Matt Hilton, who’s being heralded as the next big (more…)