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Small Mercies - The Return of Dennis Lehane

 A time honored tradition at The Hungry Detective HQ is to perform the twice annual, and largely ceremonial, 'Dennis Lehane New book 20XX" Google search. Nothing comes up on his long abandoned Website, except notification of the script work for his television and film projects.  Grousing aside, 2022 was a big year for Mr. Lehane. BLACK BIRD, a show he created, played on Apple+ to solid acclaim. The show's star, Paul Walter Hauser, won a Golden Globe. But despite that I have yet to watch it. Not for any other reason than I am a movie person more than a TV person. The TV I do watch is watched in an arcane order that is difficult to decipher and even more baffling to explain. Short story, I need to watch ANDOR [Editor's Note: Slow going on ANDOR despite everyone telling me it is amazing.] And then BLACK BIRD, or maybe SLOW HORSES. I'll get there...  Anyway at the dead end of 2022, I did the search. Found out he wrote a book. SMALL MERCIES . I was excited to hear it. I
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Book(s) Announcement - RESURRECTION WALK

 Any day there is a new Michael Connelly book...let alone 5... is a great day. I have developed a real fondness for the Lincoln Lawyer Books and to have them pop up every 4-5 years is a real treat. …RESURRECTION WALK. Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller enlists the help of his half-brother, Harry Bosch, to prove the innocence of a woman convicted of killing her husband. — Michael Connelly (@Connellybooks) January 25, 2023

 Book Announcement: THE LONGMIRE DEFENSE Perfect timing! I just put HELL AND BACK to bed last weekend, so this announcement for Craig Johnson's latest is welcome news. On the list of things I need to do in 2023 is I need to collect/buy the missing Craig Johnson's in my collection. Book releases just after Bouchercon on September 5th. *Coming September 5th, 2023...* The Longmire Defense: Involved in a search & rescue in the Bighorn Mountains, Walt Longmire finds himself on a rock outcropping where he remembers his father telling him about the first time he saw a man die. — Craig Johnson (@ucrosspop25) January 20, 2023

Summing Up 2022

 Over the Thanksgiving holiday I read...well finished... three books. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by John le Carré, THE MAID by Nita Prose and STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel. There was a moment when I thought I could catch my reading goal of 40 books. That was.....foolish. [ Editor's Note: I can recommend all 3 books, immensely enjoyable in their own ways. ]  However, December reading died on the vine and alas I only made 28. The last official read of 2022 was Mark Billingham's THE MURDER BOOK. I was remined yet again that the Thorne books are pound for pound the best series running. I started EVERY CLOAK ROLLED IN BLOOD by James Lee Burke but did not finish it until after the 1st. Silver will pad the 2023 reading numbers. How was the book you might ask? JLB has ascended criticism in my mind so....  After that I moved on to THE ISLAND by Adrian McKinty. I was less enamored with this book than his last. It was some tough sledding through the first 100-125

New Bosch & Ballard - DESERT STAR

The ever reliable Michael Connelly is back with his latest entry to the Bosch & Ballard saga, DESERT STAR. Releases November 8, 2022. The title of Michael's 2022 novel is… DESERT STAR, coming out on November 8. ⁰⁰Detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to hunt the killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family. Read more here: — Michael Connelly (@Connellybooks) April 6, 2022

Pasadena Excursions - Rare Books LA

A few weekends ago I went to the Rare Books LA show in Pasadena, California. I have attended that show or a version of that show more often than not in the last 7-8 years. In the earlier years I tended to walk out of there with something. I grabbed Michael Connelly's THE BLACK ECHO with blue rebate band. On a couple of occasions I was able to mine some moderately priced Edward Gorey books. But the last few shows, as my interests have narrowed, have been slim pickings. On the Edward Gorey side, there always manages to be a bookseller or two. Gorey was a prolific producer. But as a prolific producer many of those books are small run, virtually hand produced copies. Some stray into the hundreds of dollars for that reason. I am not opposed to buying the occasional expensive book, but when there are 30 or 40 with that price tag...  and as much as I like Edward Gorey... I am not quite there. [ Editor's Note: He means 'yet'. He's not there yet. ] I have, also, never really

Walt Longmire Returns - HELL AND BACK

 Announced Monday was the new Craig Johnson. Always happy to see a new Walt Longmire and even better HELL AND BACK releases September 6th which is just a few days after my birthday. This will be a nice late present to myself. Coming September 6, 2022 - HELL AND BACK! What if you woke up lying in the middle of the street in the infamous town of Fort Pratt, Montana, where thirty-one, young Native boys perished in a tragic boarding school fire in 1896? — Craig Johnson (@ucrosspop25) February 28, 2022