The Late Show, by Michael Connelly -
Renee Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood
- also known as the Late Show - beginning
many investigations but finishing none, as each
morning she turns everything over to the day
shift. But one night she catches two cases she
doesn't want to part with, and as the
investigations entwine, they pull her closer to
her own demons, and the reason she won't give
up her job, no matter what happens.
Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong -
Freshly disengaged from her fiance and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way
she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents'
home to find that situation more complicated than she realized. Her father, a prominent
history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother,
meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in
her situation takes hold, gently transforming all her grief.
Deadfall, by Linda Fairstein -
A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife
Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within
and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don't always
have claws and fangs. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the
assassination of an iconic public figure, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD
detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace must unravel the motive behind the
shooting to discover who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim.
Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero -
With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen
detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys and Scooby-Doo, and delivers and exuberant
and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love and friendship. A nostalgic and
subversive trip rife with sly nods to H.P. Lovecraft and pop culture, Meddling Kids is a
strikingly original reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of
our favorite stories, no matter how old we get.
Paradise Valley, by C.J. Box -
For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on the hunt for a serial killer
known as the Lizard King, whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops
where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught
him...once. Now disgraced, with no allies and no support, Cassie must take down a
killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her
humanity or her own life?
The Seventh Function of Language, by Laurent Binet -
Laurent Binet spins a madcap secret history of the French intelligentsia, starring such
luminaries as Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Michel Foucault, as well as the hapless
police detective Jacques Bayard, whose new case will plunge him into the depths of
literary theory as he goes in search of a lost manuscript on the mysterious "seventh
function of language."
Look Behind You, by Iris Johansen -
A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego with a most unusual M.O. With each kill, the
perpetrator leaves behind mystifying random objects. IN this confusing array of
unrelated evidence, the one thing that is clear is that the murders all have one
characteristic in common: they all require the specific skills of Kendra Michaels, hired
gun for both the CIA and FBI. Kendra, who was blind for the first twenty years of her
life, gained her sight through a revolutionary surgical procedure and now uses her
acute powers of observation to assist in cases all over the United States.