Saturday, May 02, 2009

June Treasures Not in My Closet

Like May, June brings a wealth of books that sound appealing. Tomorrow, I'll discuss the June treasures in my closet. Today, I'll mention the other books you don't want to miss.

It's appropriate to start with C.J. Box's Below Zero, since he just won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Blue Heaven. In this one, the Picketts receive a phone message saying April called, the foster daughter who supposedly was killed years earlier.

Gold of Kings is the first in a proposed trilogy by Davis Bunn. When Storm Syrrell's grandfather is murdered, she embarks on a search to find the truth about the mysterious man, working with a treasure hunter to follow clues her grandfather left behind.

Catherine Coulter's new FBI thriller is Knockout. Sheriff Ethan Merriweather has to find a missing little girl in the Virginia wilderness, a girl wanted by some unscrupulous people because of her telepathic gifts.

Roadside Crosses is the second Kathryn Dance novel by Jeffery Deaver. A troubled teenager, bullied online and pushed to the brink, is planning revenge on fellow classmates.

And, of course, there's Janet Evanovich's Finger Lickin' Fifteen, the latest Stephanie Plum book. Ranger fans will be pleased when he goes undercover, and asks Stephanie to pose as his wife.

Dorothea Benton Frank takes readers back to a favorite spot in Return to Sullivan's Island. When Beth Hayes graduates from college, she's recruited to look after the family home.

There are unexpected twists in Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor, the story of the disappearance of a young wife and mother, followed by odd behavior of her husband following his arrest.

The Traffickers is the latest book in the Badge of Honor series by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth. A gangland shooting in Philadelphia sends homicide Sgt. Matt Payne to the Texas-Mexico border.

David Hagberg based his novel, Burned, on the true story of a woman kidnapped in Russia in the 1990s, and the invitation to the FBI to come to Moscow and help in the case.

Alice Hoffman tells the moving story of three sisters whose family is shattered when one dies in an auto accident. Her exploration of family is The Story Sisters.

Nick Horrigan lived under the radar for 20 years until, in the middle of the night, he's kidnapped by a SWAT team to talk to a terrorist. It's Gregg Andrew Hurwitz' book, Trust No One.

Dean Koontz brings readers (and other writers) Relentless, the story of a bestselling novelist who finds himself in a struggle with a sociopath, a much-feared book critic.

There's conspiracy, cover-up, and marijuana in John T. Lescroart's latest book, A Plague of Secrets.

Poor Charlie Marsh! First he's a hero, then on trial for a congressman's death, while trying to escape a dictator's secret police, and the congressman's real killer. He's Philip Margolin's Fugitive.

Brimstone is the latest western in Robert B. Parker's series featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, who search for a woman across New Mexico and Texas.

June is the perfect month for bestselling authors James Patterson and Maxine Paetro to bring out Swimsuit, the story of a supermodel who disappears in Hawaii, and the horror that follows.

Ridley Pearson brings back a favorite character, Blaine County Sheriff Walt Fleming, in Killer Summer, forced to investigate when thieves make off with three bottles of wine, supposedly a gift from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams.

The Doomsday Key is the latest Sigma Force novel from James Rollins, in which three murders on three contents have a strange similarity. Each victim has a Druidic pagan cross burned into his skin.

Brad Thor's The Apostle marks the reappearance of Scot Horvath, Navy SEAL turned Homeland Security operative, who has to find a girl who was kidnapped in Afghanistan.

Die for You by Lisa Unger presents a couple happily married for five years. But when the husband disappears, his wife discovers that the man who actually bore that name died years earlier. So, who is this man she married?

These are all titles by well-known authors. Tomorrow, I'll mention some others whose forthcoming books are in my closet. And, I need to talk about a few first-time authors with interesting debut novels. In the meantime, you should order these books now from your favorite bookstore or your local public library.


Jen said...

Lesa, are you lucky enough to have Michael Stanley's book in your closet? I can't wait for the Kubu sequel! And I KNOW that there's got to be a Ceepak in your closet! Wow! June is a hot month, isn't it? I'm really looking forward to Gregg Hurwitz's book, too!

Lesa said...

No, I'm afraid I don't have Michael Stanley's book in my closet. But, you're right! I do have the latest Ceepak! May and June are both hot months. My husband is already dreading all of the piles of books he has coming at one time. He's a thriller reader, and those two months have a large number coming out.

Kelly said...

Well, heck, I didn't know James Rollins had a new one...I've gotta get my hands on it!

Lesa said...

Don't hurry, Kelly! It's due out in June. But, you do want to order it at a library or bookstore, so you get it when it comes out.

Sock said...

And, of course, there's Janet Evanovich's Finger Lickin' Fifteen, the latest Stephanie Plum book. Ranger fans will be pleased when he goes undercover, and asks Stephanie to pose as his wife.What the...? Is this for real?

Lesa said...

For real, according to the description I read in my catalog of June books, Sock. I don't have a review copy of the book, so I can't say for sure, but it's probably true.