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Summer 2008 Preview

Well it is time for the Summer Preview. Not surprisingly there are bunch of books releasing between now and September. This list is a little different from past lists. THD has included a few books that while very interesting it is doubtful that we will purchase, let alone read. These books mainly fall under the heading of 'wish we had the time.'

The Evil that Men Do - Dave White - June 17
Second of the Jackson Dunne books. I liked the first book to the extent that while I felt I had read it before it was still highly enjoyable. Ok, so technically this is a late Spring release.

Chasing Darkness - Robert Crais - July 1
Back to Elvis. I think the 9th or 10th book for Elvis Cole. I have read most of this author's canon, I think The Watchman is the only book I am missing. Mr. Crais is a good to great author who's early work we find a tad more enjoyable than his later. But 'good' Crais is like 'great' most everyone else.

Fuzzy Navel - JA Konrath - July 8
THD is a sucker for cool looking covers, all of these alcohol themed books have had enticing dust jackets. We've only read the first in the adventures of Chicago Cop Jack Daniel's. It was quick, breezy fun, if a little pedestrian.

Swan Peak - JL Burke - July 8
Probably don't need to include this book on the list as it will probably spend some amount of time on the NY Times Bestseller list. Another Dave Robicheaux book. Reading JL Burke right now, not surprisingly it is pretty great.

The Likeness - Tana French - July 17
The first was Edgar nominated, and lurks in my to be read pile. In the Woods pulled off the triple (Ed, Ant, Bar nominations), so THS guesses she is pretty good.

Hell Hole - Chris Grabenstein - July 22
THD loves this author and this series. Across the board this is our favorite series. This will be a Tuesday purchase and Tuesday afternoon read. THS has waited a whole year for this book.

The Turnaround - George Pelecanos - August 1
Mr. Pelecanos is like a John Cassevettes movie. Not what you expect, challenges you at every turn. Not immediately likable, but by the end you know you have experienced something great. Possibly the only author on this list to approach James Lee Burke.

The Stolen - Jason Pinter - August 1
Well THD killed Pinter's first two books earlier this year. And we are a sucker for crime fiction with journalistic intent. Plus paperback!

Envy the Night - Michael Koryta - August 5
THD honestly thought Mr. Koryta's first book was one of the best first novels we had ever read. THD was somewhat cool on his second, but we are still excited by this author and anything that he writes. This is a stand alone from Koryta's Lincoln Perry books.

Good People - Marcus Sakey - August 14
The third from Sakey, and the second this year. Just talked to our blogging pal Jared about this book today. We are looking forward to the is book more so than the At the City's Edge, primarily because THD really enjoyed that book. This quick turn around is no doubt linked with Sakey's move from St. Martins to Dutton for the release of this book

THD is sure there are a bunch of books we missed mentioning. If you come across one, don't be shy, let us know about it in the comments section.


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