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July 3, 2008 / C.T. Henry

Summer 2008 Preview

This summer should prove to be a great one for reading.  Many of the mysteries have already been highly acclaimed by critics.  From the blogs and critical reviews, here are the ones with most buzz:

NEW RELEASES (in Hardback)


I Shall Not Want – Julia Spencer-Fleming – June 10
The 6th novel in this great amateur detective series featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne.

Don’t Tell a Soul – David Rosenfelt – June 24
Rosenfelt’s first stand-alone is a break from his outstanding legal thrillers featuring Paterson, N.J., attorney Andy Carpenter.

Hit and Run – Lawrence Block – June 24
The 4th outing for John Keller in this popular hitman series


Chasing Darkness – Robert Crais – July 1
Crais’ Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series is one of the best P.I. mysteries ever written.  His last thriller, The Watchman, was nominated for the Anthony, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards.  This latest outing is already touted as one of the summer’s best reads.

Swan Peak – James Lee Burke – July 8
One of the most prolific and talented writers today comes out with his 17th Dave Robicheaux thriller.  His last book, Tin Roof Blowdown, was nominated for the Anthony, Gumshoe, and Dagger Awards.  I haven’t read it yet, but it’s definitely on my “to buy” list.


The Turnaround – George Pelecanos – August 1
Another one of the most highly claimed of today’s authors.

Envy the Night – Michael Koryta – August 5
After reading the first two outstanding books in his P.I. series., I’ve become a loyal fan.  This is the first stand-alone novel from the critically acclaimed Edgar Award-finalist.  I can’t wait for this one!

Good People – Marcus Sakey – August 14
Sakey’s first book, The Blade Itself, was one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.  His second, At the City’s Edge, is on my “to buy” list.  Now he’s got a third thriller out in August.  I think he’s going to be around for a long, long time.


Red Knife – William Kent Krueger – September 2
Another one of my favorite series featuring Cork O’Connor.  I’ve been memorized by Krueger’s excellent writing since Iron Lake.  This is sure to be a winner.

The Brass Verdict – Michael Connelly – October 14
Thank you Michael Connelly!!! You have no idea how happy I am to see that he has written a second legal thriller featuring attorney Mikey Haller.  The Lincoln Lawyer is my favorite legal thriller of all time.  You can bet that I’ll be one of the first to purchase this hardback on October 14th.

Happy reading!


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