8 smart and sassy crime fiction writers dish on writing and life.
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Hallie recommends... summer crime
HALLIE EPHRON: It's REDS ON WRITING week again... and I get to lead off.
A few months ago, just after I turned in the first draft of You'll Never Know, Dear (I'm deep into revising it now),I got a auspiciously timed request from the Boston Globe to
put together a list of crime novels for summer reading. Reading other people's books is a great way NOT to obsess about the hot mess that you just turned in.
Since I no longer write a regular book review column, this required some quick research and reaching out to publishers for books. In the
course of about six weeks I powered through about thirty books to find summer
reads to recommend. The photo shows the tip of the iceberg.
Here's my list. There's something for everyone in here...
Joe’’ Walter Mosley (Doubleday)
with cash but bereft of his main squeeze, Easy
Rawlins is on the prowl again as he tries to keep a young black physics prodigy
from going down for murder and ends up hip-deep in ill-gotten gains.
the Dead’’ Spencer Kope (Minotaur)
heart-thumping yarn from a real-life crime analyst,
this features an FBI tracker with preternatural ability to “see the hidden.” He
hunts down a serial killer who leaves a frowny face near each of his victims.
Minds”by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
Heller, the quintessential PI with a heart of gold,
debunks scurrilous lies about the Supreme Court’s chief justice, then tries to
rescue the woman who made those claims. Suspenseful, surprising, and humane.
Murder of Mary Russell: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes’’ Laurie R. King (Bantam)
very title stirs dread in the hearts of fans of Sherlock Holmes’s young wife in
this pastiche series. Mrs. Hudson stars (her nefarious past catches up with
her), and she manages to surprise Holmes.
on the Quai’’ Cara Black (Soho)
Berlin wall is crumbling, and in a series prequel, Parisian medical student
Aimêe Leduc finds her mêtier, detecting. She investigates the murders of old
men and tries to find her mother, a reputed terrorist.
“Orphan X”by Greg
perfect fix for paranoid adrenaline junkies, an orphan (a perverted version of
young King Arthur) is recruited and trained as a professional assassin for the
government. Soon he’s surrounded by assassins.
“The Second Life of Nick Mason’’ Steve Hamilton (Putnam)
serving five years of a 25-year term in maximum security, Nick strikes a
Faustian bargain with a criminal mastermind. He’s out of prison, living in
luxury, falling in love, but dancing to the devil’s tune.
“Wilde Lake’’ Laura
secrets rain down like a plague of locusts on “Lu” Brant, Maryland’s first
woman state’s attorney. The young widow and mother of twins prosecutes a case
that strikes close to home, threatening to taint her revered
“Where All the Light Tends” to Go by David Joy (Putnam)
of a man who places a pocket bible on the chest of every person he murders
realizes he’s in danger of becoming his father. This deeply noir finalist for
the Edgar Award best first novel is set in
Will Know Me” by
Megan Abbott (Hachette)
a freak accident that mutilated her foot, Devon Knox becomes a gymnastics
prodigy. Her parents double down to protect her when her coach is murdered. Abbott is brilliant at dissecting the power of adolescent
BONUS: Here are two more that they wouldn't allow me to pick because of the obvious conflict of interest, the REDS own:
and Dangerous”by Rhys Bowen (Berkeley)
Georgie is about to elope with Darcy! Throwing caution to the
wind, nothing can
deter… until the news
that her future father-in-law has been arrested for murder.
Time”by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
reporter Charlotte McNally enters the world of high fashion, only to discover that the purses are fake but the danger is real. She goes undercover
to bring the couture counterfeiters to justice and struggles to answer a
life-changing question from a certain handsome professor.