My Summer Preview 2010 is almost a week late, but that is ok. Mrs. Hungry Detective had a birthday and it was a gigantic production. Dominoes, 90 degree heat, an art happening, Karaoke, a trip to the emergency room, hitting a deer, driving to Syracuse and the World Cup were all accomplished in 48 hours.
This summer is even more bountiful then it has been in the past. A lot of books caught my eye. There are 22 books here, and that certainly must be a record. I wish I had the time to read them all. If I am lucky 2 or 3 will cross my already full summer reading schedule. As always The Hungry Detective encourages you to buy books!
STRONG JUSTICE - Jon Land - June 22
The long history of the Texas Rangers has always fascinated me. James Lee Burke has put it to effective use in his Billy Bob Holland books. Plus the Rangers have one of the great all-time slogans. One riot, One Ranger. Balls! I guess I should mention that Mr. Land's protagonist is Catlin Strong a 5th generation Texas Ranger... otherwise the above is out of context. STRONG JUSTICE is the second in this series.
SNOWBOUND - Blake Crouch - June 22
I don't know why I classify this guy as a cult writer, but I do. I have only read his first book, DESERT PLACES, and remember enjoying the darkness of it a great deal. He disappeared for a few years before he returned last year with ABANDON. This is his fourth book.
INSIDE OUT - Barry Eisler - June 29
Please raise your hand if you are interested in reading a book by a guy who was once a CIA agent? Of course, if Mr. Eisler worked for the Culinary Institute of America, I'd be into that too.
RUNNING DARK - Jamie Freveletti - June 29
Ms. Freveletti's book was one of the few blind buys I made at last year's B'Con. I have yet to read it primarily because I am enforcing a strict no thrillers clause right now. I plan to get back to RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL shortly, but until then you should still check her out.
FAITHFUL PLACE - Tana French - July 13
I was late to the Tana French parade a couple years ago. I read INTO THE WOOD long after the awards and everyone telling me I should. It is a killer. Best third act in recent memory. Just wonderful. I look forward to her latest. This is one of the big books of the summer for The Hungry Detective
THE GLASS RAINBOW - James Lee Burke - July 13
James Lee Burke is the master. Enough said.
THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL - Lee Vance - August 3
I know nothing about this book, except that THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL is a fantastic title! You have to start somewhere and that title certainly has me hooked.
THE VANISHING OF KATHARINA LINDEN - Helen Grant - August 10
I don't know what it is about kidnapping stories that fascinate me so much. I guess maybe because I see kidnapping as the stoppage of time. No really moves forward.
CRIME MACHINE - Giles Blunt - August 10
This looks to be a Canada only release on August 10th. I really loved 40 FOOT OF SORROW, but have yet to make it back to this author. Just because I am lazy doesn't mean you should be too. Trust me, this guy has the goods.
JUDGMENT AND WRATH - Matt Hilton - August 17
Second thriller from this Brit. His first book, DEAD MAN'S DUST, stares at me most days because I happen to face that specific shelf. I have yet to read it, but I was really excited to get this book at the Book Bazaar free for all at the Indy B'Con
YOU - Charles Benoit - September 1
This is Mr. Benoit first YA title. YOU is told in the second person, so 'you' are in fact the hero... or villain... of this book. Mr. Benoit is a Rochester native and he has written three other highly regarded novels.
And as per usual there are a number of Summer release that have my interested piqued.
SAVAGES - Don Winslow; LAYOVER IN DUBAI - Dan Fesperman; SPIES OF THE BALKANS - Alan Furst; THE WOLVES OF FAIRMONT PARK - Dennis Tafoya; THE NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES - Rebecca Cantrell; THE INSPECTOR AND SILENCE - Hakan Nessar; BLIND MAN'S ALLEY - Justin Peacock; THE DEVIL - Ken Bruen; I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE - Laura Lippman; Vermillion Drift - William Kent Krueger;