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Fall Preview 2008

It is generally understood that the summer is the best time to release books. It seems even more so with crime fiction. The ultimately derogatory phase of 'beach read' gets attached to this genre to the extent that publishers end up believing that these books only sell when readers have vacation time staring them in the face.

THD will say that this fall is a little light. Looking over some of the release schedules there were a few books we left off. Does the new Stephen King really need any publicity? It has also been apparent to frequent readers of The Hungry Detective that we have been out of the loop for over a month. Vacation to Wisconsin, and a somewhat last minute trip to Brazil meant that we have just not had the time to keep in contact with all that has gone on. (You will be missed Cluelass!)

But this is water under the bridge. The Baltimore B'Con is just two and half weeks away. THD will be there with daily reports. We will also post winners of the various awards as soon as humanly possible.

Hopefully some exciting stuff is coming to the blog.

The Given Day - Dennis Lehane (Sept. 23)
Is there a bigger book this year? The reviews have been embarrassingly positive. This is a day of purchase. But I might save it for purchase here.

In the Dark - Mark Billingham (Sept. 30)
Non-series from Mark Billingham. Read him!

The Brass Verdict - Michael Connelly (Oct. 14)
Another Bosch book. And another Mickey Haller book. Haller and Bosch are actually Step-Brothers. Same father. I am perhaps the only reader who was lukewarm on The Lincoln Lawyer, the first Haller book. It just did not click with me. Still Connelly sits pretty high up the mountain of Crime Fiction. He would have to do something exceptionally bad to get me to stop reading.

Trigger City - Sean Chercover (Oct. 14)
The Hungry Detective have been plugging Trigger City for about a month. Sean was kind enough to send me an ARC on this book. Signed, thank you very much! I read it and loved the he-hi-heck out of the book. I'll post a review. soon. Buy this guy.

Flesh House - Stuart MacBride (Oct. 14)
Just read this authors first book. And I dug it. This is the fourth in the series. I have the second somewhere in the too be read pile. Will I read it? Of course. When? I don't have the first clue

Once Were Cops - Ken Bruen (Oct. 28)
Ugh! Here is an author that simply everyone.... EVERYONE... loves. Have never read him. Yes I know. Terrible. This is a case of do as I say not as I do!

Arctic Drift - Clive and Dirk Cussler (Nov. 25)
A beloved series. Clive was one of the first authors I picked up. I could not have a had a better introduction. Adventure, history, guns, women. Not Crime Fiction, but tons of fun.

Seven books in a Fall Preview is not a lot. We know that there must be more. Perhaps they are just waiting to present themselves. If and and when they do, I'll update this post. W

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